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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: 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: 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 Hall County man whose brother met the famous singer.

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 scheduled for 2 p.m. Oct. 29, at the Rylee Family Cemetery, Herbert Segers Road, Gillsville.

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


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


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Articles By Author - Johnny Vardeman


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 ...

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 ...

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


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