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Johnny Vardeman: Hall boosters took to road to tell story before WWI

Hall County was feeling its oats just before World War I. It had landed two large textile mills, other small industries were thriving, a few streets were paved, and roads were being graded and top-soiled.

March 27, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Horse Guards militia group was horseless in early years

The Candler Horse Guards was a Hall County militia group that despite its name went without its own horses for a while.

March 20, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Local lawyer Perry liked to take on the powerful

H.H. Perry, the colorful, constantly controversial Gainesville lawyer in the early 1900s, who never met a political race he didn't like, also had a penchant for taking on titans in the community or wherever he found them.

March 12, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: 68 years with cerebral palsy, he inspires others

The best 10 years of his life were spent working at the Dixie-Hunt Hotel, 68-year-old Clint Strother of Gainesville says.

March 06, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Quillians had a lot of trust in each other in business

Quillians Corner in north Hall County is named for the family that once thrived in the area, owning miles of property and beaucoup businesses. They grew cotton and ginned cotton for other farmers.

February 28, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Chautauquas were popular gatherings in late 1800s

Chautauquas, popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, were a conglomeration of educational lectures, music, sermons, comedy and sometimes political oratory.

February 21, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Lake Lanier is a treasure, but it complicates road planning

You would find few people today who wouldn't say Lake Lanier has been a blessing to Northeast Georgia, a bonus for people living here, a big draw for tourism, recreation and economic development.

February 14, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: North Georgia had its share of racial discord in years past

Recent remarks by a Georgia legislator defending the Ku Klux Klan dredges the memory of some dark days in the state's history.

February 07, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Tunnels still cross beneath the streets of Gainesville

Underground Gainesville?

January 31, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | All viewpoint stories


Johnny Vardeman: Gainesville square traffic problems date to early days

Gainesville's public square has been the center of activity since the town's founding. It's had its ups and downs with traffic, ranging from horses and wagons to modern vehicles trying to find parking places.

January 23, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Hall County premiered its locally made movie in 1952

These photos show the 1952 "world premiere" of the movie "Birthright," which was filmed in Hall County with a local cast for the most part.

January 16, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Old Post Office still standing today in downtown Gainesville

There's a lot of history in this old photograph submitted by John S. Rogers of Gainesville.

January 10, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Wet weather, ‘dry’ new year greeted 1916

Thousands of Georgians New Year's Eve and beyond toasted 2016 with a flute of champagne or snorts of other liquid spirits.

January 03, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Coal miners put a chill on Christmas in strike of 1919

This warm Christmas season isn't conducive to fires in the fireplace or bumping up the thermostat to keep the house comfortable.

December 27, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: White County had state’s first female jurors

It would be three full decades after women earned the right to vote before they could serve on juries in Georgia.

December 20, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


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Articles By Author - Johnny Vardeman


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 ...

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 ...

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


Johnny Vardeman: Some places, bits of history are missing off today’s maps

Old maps reveal a lot about the history of an area, changes that have come about, places that no longer are obvious.

April 17, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Public housing and the legacy of a preacher

Some Gainesville homes were still without electricity and used kerosene for both heating and lighting in the late 1940s when the idea for a public ...

April 10, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Try this quiz: What do you recollect about street changes?

Time for another history trivia quiz about Northeast Georgia. Answers at end of column.

April 03, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


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