Ms. Bowen’s return in 2004 to The Times as executive editor was welcomed by many appreciative followers.
now some two years following retirement Hall Countians recall her tenures at The Gainesville Times of Georgia with fondness, associating her with the time as a “Golden Era” of journalism in North Georgia.
letter to the editor; Reader thankful for coverage, commentary in The Times, November 25, 2009: “We are fortunate in our community to have a local newspaper like The Times, which continues providing news, features and editorials in the best traditions established by its pioneers; people like Charles and Lessie Smithgall, Lou Fockele, Sylvan Meyer, Bob Campbell, Alma Bowen and Johnny Vardeman“. The complete letter may be read here.
2004 Rep. Rogers and Rep. Reece introduced a resolution of recognition and commendation to the Georgia House of Representatives.
reads in part: “the hallmark of Bowen´s professional career is reflected in a personal and professional credo, that a newspaper best serves its community with a focus on local news and events and that personal involvement and appreciation for the community it serves reflects best on those who report about it“
:”her love for the community is best exhibited by her abiding faith and dutiful membership at Gainesville´s First Presbyterian Church, her former leadership of the League of Women Voters, her rousing support of educational opportunities and scholarships as well as the documented positive influence of the arts toward the cultural advancement of the community and region.“
full resolution, HR1790, as passed by the Georgia House of Representatives may be read here.
daily commentator on WDUN-AM, Gordon Sawyer welcomed her return in his column in Access North Georgia: “Alma Bowen is back in town, and I’m sure she brought that infectious laugh of hers with her. But her homecoming to Gainesville this time brings with it a serious side, too. She has taken on the responsibility as editor of the local daily newspaper, and for those of us who remember Alma and her teammates in what we would consider the “Golden Era” of local journalism, that is going to be a challenge. We have high expectations, maybe even higher than can possibly be met, but if anybody can reach that height, Alma can.” Read the full article here.