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Boy Scouts, YMCA have rich history

Boy Scouting is celebrating its 100th year nationwide. In Hall County the movement began about 1920, according to a history of local Boy Scouts written by Livingston Newton in 1927.

March 28, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Street cars finally came to end of line

One of the most charming modes of transportation in Gainesville was the old street car, which actually began with horse-drawn trolleys in the 1870s.

March 21, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Early church put bars out of business

A writer identified only as "C.W.A." gave an account of the early history of churches in Gainesville in an 1888 article in the Gainesville Eagle.

March 14, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


How helmets finally got into baseball

With opening day for Major League Baseball only weeks away, players wearing helmets at all levels is a common as wads of tobacco or bubble gum poking out their jaws.

March 07, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


1940s Guild put spotlight on theater

Community theater in Gainesville wasn't really in the spotlight until the 1960s, but a Gainesville Theatre Guild organized in the 1940s produced several plays before it was succeeded by a group that eventually became today's Gainesville Theater Alliance.

February 28, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Soda fountain was a popular spot at pharmacies

There weren't nearly as many eating places around Gainesville's downtown half a century ago as there are today, but there were enough with certain menu items that stick in your memory like cheese on a burger.

February 21, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Where fans can get a fill-up on car racing

Race Week in Daytona fittingly concludes on Valentine's Day because fans have had a longtime love affair with auto racing in its various forms.

February 14, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


A short street, Woodsmill’s past is rich

When Gainesville officials announced during Truman Day festivities July 4, 1945, they were planning to pave the road to the golf course, they might have been talking about Woodsmill Road.

February 07, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Truman Day was a giant July 4 event as war waned

World War II in Europe had ended two months earlier, but the Japanese continued to fight Americans and their allies furiously in the Pacific.

January 31, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Do we need more farmers in the Capitol?

Citizens sometimes complain that Georgia's legislature would get more done if there weren't so many lawyers involved.

January 24, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Rebel fired first cannon of Civil War

If Vince Evans had enough time before he retires as superintendent of Gainesville's Alta Vista Cemetery, he would have a story about everybody who's buried there.

January 10, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Mining assayer Stephenson favored feet over horses in 1800s

Dr. Matthew F. Stephenson was an important, but sometimes overlooked, figure in North Georgia's history.

January 03, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


What it was like as 1950s came to end

So what was the Christmas season like half a century ago in Northeast Georgia, say 1959?

December 27, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Liquid assets drew tourists to Hall County area

It's been well documented how popular North Georgia and Hall County in particular were as health resorts during the late 1800s and the early 1900s.

December 20, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


‘Forgotten’ governor buried here

The Georgia historical marker outside Alta Vista Cemetery in Gainesville notes two of the state's governors are buried there.

A.D. Candler, who was born in North Georgia and lived in Gainesville, is the better known. James Milton Smith, who served as governor from 1872 to 1877, was a South Georgian whose eventual home was Columbus. While most of his biographies don't mention it, at least one source said he practiced law in Hall County at one time, though that couldn't be confirmed.

December 13, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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Old buildings hold memories for long-timers

A couple of downtown Gainesville landmarks that hold special memories for a lot of people are undergoing yet another series of renovations.

August 30, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


School funds have a history of coming up short in area

Education funding and teacher pay aren't just recent controversies in Georgia's history.

August 23, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Lynchings were a common crime in early 20th century

Much is being made of the 100th anniversary of the Leo Frank/Mary Phagan case this month.

August 16, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Try your hand at some local history trivia

Another local history quiz. See how many questions you can answer.

August 09, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Rylees were among first settlers in Banks, Hall counties

Ten to 20 people will gather at the Rylee homeplace in Banks County for lunch today as they do most every Sunday.

August 02, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Brenau’s goal was to make ‘a good woman’

Some Northeast Georgia historical trivia:

July 26, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


‘Enoche’ wasn’t in Cherokees’ vocabulary, nor was auto racing

Recent inquiries to "Ask The Times" in the Saturday newspaper about sports car races at the Gainesville airport brought back memories to a couple of ...

July 19, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Relatives of slugger’s wife Claire Ruth clear up myths

Claire Merritt pulled up her deep Northeast Georgia roots in the early 1920s, went to New York and married legendary baseball star Babe Ruth.

July 12, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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