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The Georgia writer who defined Southern Gothic literature in the stories A Good Man is Hard to Find and The Life You Save May Be Your Own was born 95 years ago today.

Flannery O’Connor turned her keen observation of Southern life into transcendent tales of the human condition. In the biographical children’s story The Strange Birds of Flannery O’Connor, author Amy Alznauer says that at an early age, O’Connor trained her sight on the birds in the backyard of her childhood home in Savannah. As she fancied ever-more exotic birds on the family farm, Andalusia, in Milledgeville, the peacock became a totem for O’Connor’s spiritual search for meaning.

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Flannery O’Connor featured her beloved Milledgeville farm, Andalusia, in several of her stories.

The 550-acre dairy farm includes the hay loft where an itinerant Bible salesman cajoles Joy Hulga out of her prosthetic leg in Good Country People and the walls of trees on the property conceal the fiery furnace of A Circle in the Fire. Of course, the iconic peacocks O’Connor raised were featured in her 1941 essay, The King of Birds.


Craig Pascoe says when people come to Georgia, North Carolina or Alabama they often have one food on their mind. 

“The first thing they ask is ‘I want authentic BARBECUE,’” Pascoe said.

To satisfy aficionados’ appetite for Georgia barbecue, Pascoe teamed up with colleague James “Trae” Welborn to develop Georgia Barbecue Trails, a website mapping the location of traditional barbecue restaurants and situating their stories in the history and culture of Georgia.

How Will Proposed Trump Budget Affect Georgia?

Mar 16, 2017
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The Trump administration unveiled its proposed 2018 budget Thursday morning. Unsurprisingly, the budget calls for significant increases in military and border security spending while dramatically reducing the funding for a number of other government agencies.

Several of those cuts, including reductions at the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting will affect a variety of Georgia-based programs that receive federal funding.