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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


Johnny Vardeman: Ancestors give Hall woman a lot to talk about

Gainesville icon Lillie Mae Green will turn 98 July 17.

June 26, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Some aging local schools were closed, some rescued

Gainesville city schools are in building mode with a new Enota Elementary School and one off Mundy Mill Road near Oakwood plus an addition to Centennial Arts Academy in the works.

June 19, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: City directory pictured town as it used to be, with full details

Old telephone directories are full of history of local communities because they contained names and addresses of residents, as well as businesses, especially those who chose to advertise in what became known as the "Yellow Pages."

June 12, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Old directories reveal history, revive memories

Old telephone directories provide a peek into the past as they are akin to local history books themselves.

June 05, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Jackson County plays major role in a PBS film airing Monday

Jackson County will be the star of the Public Broadcasting documentary, "War Journal - The Incredible Escape of Damon 'Rocky' Gause at 7 p.m. Monday. Georgia Public Broadcasting's Channel 8 will carry the inspiring story of Gause, a Jackson County hero of World War II, appropriately on Memorial Day.

May 29, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: 113 years ago, another tornado took deadly toll on Gainesville

June 1 will be the 113th anniversary of the tornado that killed more than 100 people and left a swath of destruction on Gainesville's southside.

May 22, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Some historical trivia on roads, streets in area

One hundred years ago, Gainesville was bragging that it had almost 5 miles of paved streets. That was in 1916 when Hall County had few if any paved roads.

May 15, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Autos silenced familiar bells of streetcars

Imagine yourself in the early 1900s in Gainesville when rarely seen automobiles were novelties. Horses and buggies, mules and wagons mostly got people around.

May 08, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Gainesville’s Jack of all sports was a pure natural

If a ball had anything to do with it, Jack Roberts was naturally great at it.

May 01, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: 100 years later, politics remain as divisive and bizarre as ever

Elections 100 years ago, on state, local and national levels, are not so dissimilar from this year's.

April 24, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


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Articles By Author - Johnny Vardeman


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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


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