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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: When Christmas came downtown back in the day in Gainesville

Gainesville's downtown square is alive and alighted for Christmas, rekindling memories for those who grew up here or whose children did in the 1950s, '60s and '70s.

December 13, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: You could eat a lot for under a buck in 1939

A former waitress at the old Gainesville Dixie Hunt Hotel restaurant, now in her 90s, brought a 1939 menu a while back to Juan Luna, proprietor of Luna's Restaurant in Hunt Towers, the former hotel.

December 06, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Shoebusiness, chickens, eggs were staples in Hall County

Hall County was experiencing a mini-boom in 1897.

November 29, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Reform crusade shut down most stores Sundays

A great reform movement swept Hall County in the early 1900s.

November 22, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Professor Leon had testy walk across Tallulah Gorge in 1886

Many remember Karl Wallenda's tightrope walk across Tallulah Gorge in 1970. It was spectacular and drew thousands of onlookers.

November 15, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Documentary relates history of TF Railroad

It is unfortunate Rudy Ellis and Dess Oliver died before seeing the Tallulah Falls Railroad documentary video they were a significant part of.

November 08, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Moonshiners often were able to outwit law enforcement

When moonshine liquor was in its heyday, bootleggers went to great lengths to hide their stills or disguise their liquor-making supplies and products. They also used their imagination to outfox local sheriffs and revenue officers.

November 01, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


‘Auto craze,’ Model T Ford paved way for better roads

While mostly wealthy citizens could afford cars in the early years, there were enough puttering around toward the end of the first decade of the 20th century to create an increasing demand for better roads. Wagon and buggy riders had long sought improved roads.

October 25, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


When cars first plodded along area roadways

Horses and buggies, mules and wagons remained the primary mode of transportation in North Georgia into the early 1900s.

October 18, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Some believed Hall County had potential for gold rush

The Lumpkin County gold rush in the 1800s is well known, and mining continued on a small scale even in more modern times.

October 11, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Reunion draws former students from Clermont

When former students of Clermont schools come to their reunion in the old gymnasium today, they might not be able to ring their school bell, but they can look it over as they exchange memories with each other.

October 04, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


School football in North Ga. can be traced to early 1900s

While Col. Ed Kenyon was officially Gainesville High School's first football coach, starting in 1910, the sport in Gainesville goes back further, even to 1905.

September 27, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Meaders keeps turning family potter’s wheel

Whelchel Meaders will be among the potters participating in the "Pottery Comes to Town" event 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday in the White County Courthouse parking lot in Cleveland.

September 20, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


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Articles By Author - Johnny Vardeman


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: 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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