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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


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 housing project began to take shape.

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


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


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Articles By Author - Johnny Vardeman


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 | All viewpoint stories


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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


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