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Johnny Vardeman: FDR’s lectern to join Gainesville High’s birthday bash

Prominently on display today at Gainesville High School's 125th anniversary celebration will be the lectern especially built for President Franklin D. Roosevelt when he visited Gainesville after the 1936 tornado. It will be on display at the school's Pam Ware Performing Arts Center.

February 26, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Grateful POW family treated local soldier

Jack (Jay) Vandiver Jr. was among American soldiers during World War II liberating the German prison camp at Dachau, where hundreds of prisoners either starved to death or were outright killed.

February 12, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Hall man was among soldiers freeing Dachau

Jack (Jay) Vandiver Jr., like many World War II veterans, has been reluctant to relive the horrible memories of his experiences - Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge, the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp at Dachau, Germany, among others.

February 05, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Gainesville man a veteran of presidential inaugurations

With a name like Woodrow Wilson Golden Jr., no wonder he's interested in presidential history.

January 29, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: It was so cold in 1895, cattle, hogs and feet were frozen

January is when we expect our bitterest cold weather, not the record-breaking 60s and 70s Northeast Georgia has experienced recently.

January 22, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: As Jimbo or Bimbo, he liked to laugh, and make us laugh

Since his untimely passing, Bimbo Brewer stories have been flying off the shelves like bread and milk before a snowstorm.

January 15, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Downey name honors efforts of early doctor

Downey Boulevard is a short Gainesville street running between South Enota Drive and Myrtle Street.

January 08, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Rowdy rituals on New Year’s Eve lured crowds to greet 1960s

During the 1950s, perhaps earlier, it had been a ritual among the younger crowd, and even some older Northeast Georgians, to celebrate a new year with a bit of rowdiness.

January 01, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Christmas 1909 came with mix of snow, politics

How Christmas was in Hall County in 1909:

December 25, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Grace Hewell is gone, but her Gillsville pottery family endures

The matriarch of the Hewell family pottery dynasty, Grace Nell (Granny) Hewell, died Dec. 1.

December 18, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Local man photographs thousands of graves for website

A Gainesville man not only has seen about every grave marker in Hall County, he's photographed most of them.

December 11, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


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 still entertain today.

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 field.

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


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Articles By Author - Johnny Vardeman


Johnny Vardeman: Storm victims’ cemetery marker in need of repair

More than 200 people died in the April 6, 1936, tornado that blew through the heart of Gainesville.

March 26, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Check yourself on local history, area landmarks

Some miscellaneous historical trivia to test your knowledge of Northeast Georgia: (Answers below.)

March 19, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Transportation plan in 1970s had hits, misses

Transportation problems are a symptom of galloping growth, which comes in spurts according to the health of the economy.

March 12, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Levines left lasting legacy as craftsmen

The record needs to be set straighter on who built the famed lectern first used by President Franklin Roosevelt, who dedicated a new courthouse and ...

March 05, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Valentine Day’s leap into Lake Lanier a ritual for pals

For decades, it has been a tradition and rite of spring for many Gainesville High School students to take a dip off "the pipe" on ...

February 19, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


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