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Johnny Vardeman: New Gainesville city hall was over estimate, yet was a bargain in 1900

When Gainesville Mayor J.B. Gaston was leaving office in January 1900, he boasted the city was spending no more than $9,600 on the new city hall, which was in a block just south of the downtown square.

April 16, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Curious news nuggets from region’s papers of past

Some nuggets mined from mountain newspapers from the past:

April 09, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


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 city hall in Gainesville after the 1936 tornado practically blew away the downtown and government buildings.

March 05, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


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: 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 a Lake Lanier cove not far from the school.

February 19, 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


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Articles By Author - Johnny Vardeman


Johnny Vardeman: Longstreet Bridge’s name was unofficial until recently

And all this time you thought the first bridge over the Chattahoochee River arm of Lake Lanier on U.S. 129 north of Gainesville was ...

May 21, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Quillians played important roles across Georgia

So, is Sally Quillian Yates one of the Hall County Quillians Corner Quillians?

May 14, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Ferry operators of early 1900s viewed bridges as competitors

Just as multilane highways today are replacing narrow two-laners, and just as rutted dirt roads were replaced by paved roads, bridges over wide streams were ...

May 07, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Thanks go to those who help preserve our area’s history

There are too many people to name who have contributed to the preservation of history in Hall County.

April 30, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Markers relate some historic events, sites in Northeast Ga.

Did you know that a Confederate Army unit that organized in Hall County helped keep Union Gen. U.S. Grant's army at bay until ...

April 23, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Telephones were talk of the town in early days

You see so many people walking around or sitting, their heads bowed, their eyes staring into their phones. Not just young people, but all ages ...

April 02, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


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