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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 to be near his sister, Becky Goswick, who was a celebrated character in her own right.

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 Centennial Arts Academy in the works.

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 chose to advertise in what became known as the "Yellow Pages."

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


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


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Articles By Author - Johnny Vardeman


Johnny Vardeman: There were no sacred cows safe in Dahlonega editor’s witty writings

W.B. Townsend, the colorful editor of the Dahlonega Nugget, who died in 1933, was often quoted by newspapers all over the country. His writings ...

December 04, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Lively Lions left footprints all over town

Gainesville Lions Club, it seems, has always been identified with City Park, especially when Gainesville High School's Red Elephant football team romped over the ...

November 27, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Horse lovers got their kicks from City Park shows

Horse shows at City Park in Gainesville once were a highlight of the year, especially in the 1950s.

November 20, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Skitt Mountain’s hidden history brought to light by descendants

Skitt Mountain straddles the Hall and White counties line between Cleveland and Clermont.

November 13, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Elvis made a short stopover in Gainesville early in career

Elvis Presley never held a concert in Gainesville, but just as his career was taking off, he made a pit stop here, according to a ...

October 30, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Is bridge image under the lake Light’s Ferry?

The drought has more Lake Lanier shoreline exposed, providing another avenue for hiking and exploring.

October 23, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Pioneer Rylee’s grave ceremony planned Oct. 29

It's been almost a century and a half since James Rylee died, but a marker will be placed at his gravesite. The ceremony is ...

October 16, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


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