When Hall County built its new courthouse, there was considerable criticism when the original estimate of $8.5 million grew to $16.5 million because of increased building costs, and finally to $24.9 million because another floor was added.
Katie B. Davis's excellent article in The Times a few days back about the origin of the Gainesville High School Red Elephants' nickname stirs some curiosity about that 1935 football team and the excitement that would attract the attention of the big-city newspapers.
Those interested in what it was like way back when are fortunate when those who lived way back when leave their recollections to their descendants.
Many people driving along ultra-busy, multilaned Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville may not be aware only a few yards away is a quiet two-lane, tree-lined street that developed early in the 1900s and today is enjoying somewhat of a renaissance.
Hall County was quite a different place 60 years ago with men and women who served in World War II just settling into a new chapter of their lives.
Some small weekly newspapers still carry the personal notes of country correspondents, who write faithfully of happenings in their community.
Historians have written that a fire wiped out Gainesville in 1851, just over three decades after it was founded.
It probably wouldn't go over as big today, but when Lockheed Corp. announced a research facility for an atomic-powered airplane would set up housekeeping in Dawson County, it was major headlines.
As white settlers poured into what is now North Georgia in the 1700s and early 1800s, conflicts between them and the Indians were inevitable.
Most people familiar with local history know Gainesville is named in honor of Gen. Edmund Pendleton Gaines, but perhaps fewer know why. Still fewer might know little about the city's namesake.
If it hadn't been for Phil Rizzuto, famed New York Yankees shortstop during the team's dominance in the 1940s and '50s, Pat Hallford might have made it in the major leagues.
When Gainesville's airport was merely a dirt strip on the hill where the more modern facility is today, Hugh Minor Sr. was among the handful of pilots who flew regularly.
The recent Georgia Legislature's fussing about car tags revives memories of other tussles that became election campaign topics. And this past session appears to be much of that: fueling fodder for candidates at the ballot box, whether it be this year's legislative and local races or future statewide campaigns.
Ramblin' Tommy Scott will bring his old-timey medicine show to Northeast Georgia History Center at Brenau University next month, and he'll be selling the snake oil whose formula was passed on to him by his mentor, Doc M.F. Chamberlain, more than 75 years ago.
It seems like the 2008 election campaign already has lasted a decade, but it's just getting started.
It was a grand occasion that mid-November day in 1928 near Flowery Branch when the Daughters of the American Revolution dedicated a boulder marking where Gen. Andrew Jackson spent the night at Young's Tavern.
Not everybody got into the Roaring '20s, defined as a loose time of rebellion among some segments of the population, defying tradition and exploring a modern age after World War I and before the 1929 stock market crash and Great Depression.
In the days leading up to Nov. 22, 1963, the Hall County community was preoccupied with the usual issues and autumn activities.
As recalled a few weeks ago, numerous Hardys seemed to be born with a writer's pen in their hands or a bent toward some form of journalism.
Hall County was a pioneer in providing training for special needs or developmentally delayed children.
When they remove Tom Watson's statue from Georgia's Capitol grounds, it won't be quite as spectacular as when Iraqis and American soldiers pulled down the statue of dictator Saddam Hussein in Baghdad in the spring of 2002.
School consolidation hasn't been an issue in Hall County for some time after the major mergers in the 1950s that created North Hall, East Hall and South Hall high schools from smaller high schools such as River Bend, Oakwood, Flowery Branch, Sardis, Lula or Clermont.
A gaping hole on Gainesville's South Main Street sits where once stood a prime entertainment venue for North Georgians.
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