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Before '36 tornado, Gainesville was a retail hub

Gainesville had no clue, of course, that it would be the bull's eye for a record tornado that would ravage its downtown early on a Monday morning, April 6, 1936.

April 03, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Lessie Smithgall still going strong at 100

One of Lessie Smithgall's favorite stories about her early newspaper days was when she was making telephone calls trying to get people to subscribe to the brand-new Gainesville Daily Times.

March 27, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Stolen stone returns home minus fanfare

Considerable commotion arose a few years ago when some Georgia legislators wanted to claim land north of the state's boundary with Tennessee so Georgia could get water from the Tennessee River.

March 20, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Canal dream didn’t make it across state

It takes big dreamers sometime to get things done, but sometimes dreams evaporate with the times.

March 13, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


States’ rights was flag issue at courthouse

Georgia has had a series of flag controversies, mostly over changing the state flag in recent years.

March 06, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Midland train wasn't known for its speed

The Gainesville Midland Railroad, now part of CSX Railroad, from Gainesville to Athens, has a storied history, and it has some stories in its history.

February 27, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Generals met off battlefield after the war

Gen. James Longstreet, the Confederate officer who lived out his life in Gainesville, met one of his old foes years after the Civil War.

February 20, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Of schools, potholes and Gen. Sherman

When the Gainesville School System was just beginning in 1877, the city council at the time decreed that "one-fourth of 1 percent property tax" would be used to fund the schools.

February 13, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


1876 words could apply as well today

John E. Redwine was editor and publisher of the Gainesville Eagle in America's centennial year, 1876. Gainesville and Hall County were just over a half century old.

February 06, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Hall Countian was among heroes at the Alamo

A few Georgians were involved in the Battle of the Alamo in what is now Texas in 1836, among them William Wells, who was born in what is now Hall County in 1798.

January 30, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Milliken had impact on Hall, many places

When textile tycoon Roger Milliken died last month, Spartanburg and the whole of South Carolina appropriately mourned him and loudly sang his praises.

January 23, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Similar themes in inaugurals of 2 Hall County governors

There were similar themes in the inauguration of the first governor from Hall County, A.D. Candler, and the second, Nathan Deal, who took office last week.

January 16, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Brenau library houses books from Watson

The library of one of Georgia's best known politicians is housed in Brenau University's trustee library in Gainesville.

January 09, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


North Georgia grad was part of secret war

Ben Malcom had been out of North Georgia College in Dahlonega barely a year before he found himself in Korea in 1952 on an unconventional warfare assignment kept top secret for four decades after the war there concluded in n armistice.

January 02, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Local wagons found homes all over US

Gainesville wasn't exactly the Detroit of vehicle manufacturing in the days before the automobile began riding American roads, but it did have a national reputation for its wagon-making.

December 26, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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Articles By Author - Johnny Vardeman


Johnny Vardeman: Whistle stop failed to halt for candidate in Gainesville

One of the largest crowds ever at a political event was supposed to gather in Gainesville in April 1912. Gov. Woodrow Wilson of New Jersey ...

August 28, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Old Cake Box was a hangout site and a tasty baking spot

Practically every community, small and large, has those "hangouts," places where people gather to discuss politics, sports or just gossip. They are usually must-stops for ...

August 21, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Zany elections aren’t that rare in US, Georgia

This may go down as the most bizarre presidential election in the country's history if the campaign so far is any indication.

August 14, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Celebrating summer’s song about tomatoes

"Homegrown tomatoes, homegrown tomatoes. What would life be without homegrown tomatoes?"

August 07, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Cobb Street bridge history part of the past for Lula area

The Cobb Street bridge over railroad tracks in Lula will be saved after all. It was threatened to be demolished because of its deteriorating condition ...

July 31, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


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 | Community


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


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