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The first death from coronavirus in Georgia occurred in March 2020 with a 67-year-old gentleman. Through Aug. 10, Georgia experienced 219,025 confirmed cases with 4,229 deaths, and, collectively, Dawson and Pickens counties experienced 768 cases with eight deaths. In Georgia, the age groups from 50-79 accounted for 2,298 deaths. As we return children to schools, the Georgia COVID-19 statistics in the age group 1-17 with positive results are 17,086, with two deaths (https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report). Do not assume youths cannot serve as carriers.

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Early American wine history is best captured in the two-volume “A History of Wine in America” by Thomas Pinney, published in 1989. Pinney reminds us Leif Ericson, while sailing in 1001 A.D. from Greenland to Newfoundland, observed grapes—or perhaps cranberry plants. After Christopher Columbu…

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July—whether from your garden, a farmers’ market or the grocery store, it’s time to enjoy the tomato harvest. Every spring, tender shoots are placed in soil, watered, staked and protected from the elements and voracious rabbits, so we might chow down on these tasty fruits of the vine come mi…

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Zinfandel has a unique history, with numerous ancestral names linked to varying origins. In simple terms, the first name, or origin name, by DNA is Tribidgrag from Croatia—perhaps as early as 1518—and then Primitivo, meaning first to ripen, and more recently, Zinfandel. You have to work to u…

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My husband and I have been self-isolating for the past three months, which means I have prepared 90 meals. It would have been 92, but I broke down and picked up dinner from Home restaurant and the Big Canoe clubhouse. It goes with saying, I have been cooking a lot.

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I am at home, with my wife Kathy, following national guidelines for coronavirus social distancing. Kathy is careworn to have me home habitually. Having canceled the Wine Group this month to sidestep a group tasting and not violate health recommendations, my article will revisit wine encounte…

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There are some books I am a little reluctant to review. I struggle to overcome that reluctance because dark things happen in our world, and we gain nothing by hiding them—or hiding from them. In truth, we lose because by hiding them, we let then grow and fester.
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Despite the blazing heat and choking humidity outside, despite the classic dog-days-of-summer feeling of being trapped all day and all night under a soggy, heated blanket, the weeks are slowly filing in, and the autumn book-season is slowly drawing nearer. The season typically brings an incr…
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I was in law enforcement for over twelve years. Many things, like the high incarceration rate of black males, have disturbed me about our criminal justice system. But when it came to police brutality, I believed in the “few rotten apples” theory. I understand the pressures police face from a…
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Max Brooks had a massive bestseller on his hands back in 2006 when he wrote that War and Peace of zombie novels, World War Z. The book's title was later used in a Brad Pitt movie that otherwise had virtually nothing in common with the book other than hordes of shambling undead, but millions …
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The action of Matthew Carr's second novel (following 2017's The Devils of Cardona) kicks off in Barcelona in the summer of 1909. It features private detective Harry Lawton, who arrives in the city just in time to be drawn into a series of bizarre killings. Several people have been killed by …
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Jill McCorkle's new novel Hieroglyphics is on one level a quiet, modest story about a battered, durable, loving marriage. Lil and Frank Wishart have been together for years, their long marriage first cemented by the fact that each of them had already been deeply wounded by personal bereaveme…
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