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To paraphrase the classic saying, with this issue we bring you something old, something new, something bottled and something in bloom.

"Something old" is the Hickory Log archaeological site in Canton, where artifacts from more than 2,000 years of human history along the Etowah River have been unearthed. These historical treasures will now have a permanent home here in Georgia, thanks to a partnership between the University of Georgia and Reinhardt University's Funk Heritage Center. See "Keepers of the Etowah" on page 16 for more on this signature exhibition, and how you can help it become a reality.

"Something new" is the Coca-Cola 125 Raceway in Statesboro. Turn to page 21 to read about how visitors of all ages are having a ball while getting their NASCAR on at The Clubhouse. If racing's not your thing, there's plenty more to see and do in Statesboro -- from viewing hawks and other raptors up close at Georgia Southern University's Center for Wildlife Education to cooling off at Splash in the 'Boro water park.

And what else would "something bottled" be here in Georgia besides Coca-Cola? Check out this month's Georgia Cooks column on page 34 for recipes featuring this iconic brand -- some historic and some created just for us by chefs Linton Hopkins and Marvin Woods, among others.

As for "something in bloom", there's no better place to look than the Atlanta Botanical Garden's new Gainesville campus, opening this month. A legacy of the generosity of Lessie and Charlie Smithgall, it will not only give the botanical garden much-needed room for expansion, but will also offer family-based programming and exhibits. Turn to page 30 to find out more about current exhibits and upcoming events at the garden.


Laurel George

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Cate Fortune, left, and Emmie David take a NASCAR look-alike go-cart for a spin at the Coca-Cola 125 Raceway in Statesboro. (Photo by Frank Fortune.)

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