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Johnny Vardeman: Troops couldn’t find an enemy to fight in Civil War

The Civil War almost ignored Northeast Georgia. Plenty of its residents served in the Confederate Army, a few even fighting for the Union. But there were no major battles in this area.

November 05, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Gainesville football almost moved home from City Park

Can you imagine the Gainesville High School Red Elephants playing home football games any place other than City Park?

October 02, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Red Elephant also was a bus to haul athletes at Gainesville

The Times is seeking memories of Gainesville School System for special coverage Friday on the occasion of its 125th anniversary.

September 25, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Gold in Nacoochee field wasn’t the kind he had in mind during rush

George Walton Williams grew up in Nacoochee Valley in White County and became a successful banker and merchant, living most of his life in the 1800s. He was a native of North Carolina, but besides Nacoochee Valley, he also lived for a time in Athens, Augusta and Charleston, S.C.

September 18, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Gainesville school system survived after years of debate

Seeds for a "free" public school system for Gainesville were sown as far back as the 1870s, but two decades of debate followed, and in the end citizens were faced with a choice between providing education or sewers.

September 11, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Booklet shows Brenau campus of 100 years ago

One hundred years ago, 1916, Brenau College issued what it called its Bulletin, Vol. 6, No. 3.

September 04, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Whistle stop failed to halt for candidate in Gainesville

One of the largest crowds ever at a political event was supposed to gather in Gainesville in April 1912. Gov. Woodrow Wilson of New Jersey was campaigning for president and scheduled a stop in Gainesville. He was to be escorted from the depot and make an address in the public square.

August 28, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Old Cake Box was a hangout site and a tasty baking spot

Practically every community, small and large, has those "hangouts," places where people gather to discuss politics, sports or just gossip. They are usually must-stops for candidates trolling for votes.

August 21, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Zany elections aren’t that rare in US, Georgia

This may go down as the most bizarre presidential election in the country's history if the campaign so far is any indication.

August 14, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Celebrating summer’s song about tomatoes

"Homegrown tomatoes, homegrown tomatoes. What would life be without homegrown tomatoes?"

August 07, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Cobb Street bridge history part of the past for Lula area

The Cobb Street bridge over railroad tracks in Lula will be saved after all. It was threatened to be demolished because of its deteriorating condition and has been closed since last fall.

July 31, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Before there was Lake Lanier, there was Lanier Lake

Did you know there was a Lanier Lake in Hall County before our present Lake Lanier filled in the mid-1950s?

July 24, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Old fire maps provide peek into city’s past

David A. Sanborn, a civil engineer and surveyor, began mapping urban areas as early as 1866 for fire insurance purposes.

July 17, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Community


Johnny Vardeman: Dixie City was discount pioneer before big box stores

Before there was a Wal-Mart, before there was a Kmart, before all the Dollar-type discount stores, there was Gainesville's Dixie City, from which sprang a chain of Liquidation Marts or L-Marts.

July 10, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: McCurry kin, O’Dells notable in Hall history

The main reason prolific preacher and church planter Dave McCurry came to North Georgia from North Carolina after four of his children had died was to be near his sister, Becky Goswick, who was a celebrated character in her own right.

July 03, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


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Articles By Author - Johnny Vardeman


Johnny Vardeman: There were no sacred cows safe in Dahlonega editor’s witty writings

W.B. Townsend, the colorful editor of the Dahlonega Nugget, who died in 1933, was often quoted by newspapers all over the country. His writings ...

December 04, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Lively Lions left footprints all over town

Gainesville Lions Club, it seems, has always been identified with City Park, especially when Gainesville High School's Red Elephant football team romped over the ...

November 27, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Horse lovers got their kicks from City Park shows

Horse shows at City Park in Gainesville once were a highlight of the year, especially in the 1950s.

November 20, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Skitt Mountain’s hidden history brought to light by descendants

Skitt Mountain straddles the Hall and White counties line between Cleveland and Clermont.

November 13, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Elvis made a short stopover in Gainesville early in career

Elvis Presley never held a concert in Gainesville, but just as his career was taking off, he made a pit stop here, according to a ...

October 30, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Is bridge image under the lake Light’s Ferry?

The drought has more Lake Lanier shoreline exposed, providing another avenue for hiking and exploring.

October 23, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Pioneer Rylee’s grave ceremony planned Oct. 29

It's been almost a century and a half since James Rylee died, but a marker will be placed at his gravesite. The ceremony is ...

October 16, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Hall County has a key role in story of Forsyth’s racial history

Hall County figures prominently in the book, "Blood at the Root - a Racial Cleansing in America."

October 09, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


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