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Johnny Vardeman: Valentine Day’s leap into Lake Lanier a ritual for pals

For decades, it has been a tradition and rite of spring for many Gainesville High School students to take a dip off "the pipe" on a Lake Lanier cove not far from the school.

February 19, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Grateful POW family treated local soldier

Jack (Jay) Vandiver Jr. was among American soldiers during World War II liberating the German prison camp at Dachau, where hundreds of prisoners either starved to death or were outright killed.

February 12, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Hall man was among soldiers freeing Dachau

Jack (Jay) Vandiver Jr., like many World War II veterans, has been reluctant to relive the horrible memories of his experiences - Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge, the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp at Dachau, Germany, among others.

February 05, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Gainesville man a veteran of presidential inaugurations

With a name like Woodrow Wilson Golden Jr., no wonder he's interested in presidential history.

January 29, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: It was so cold in 1895, cattle, hogs and feet were frozen

January is when we expect our bitterest cold weather, not the record-breaking 60s and 70s Northeast Georgia has experienced recently.

January 22, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: As Jimbo or Bimbo, he liked to laugh, and make us laugh

Since his untimely passing, Bimbo Brewer stories have been flying off the shelves like bread and milk before a snowstorm.

January 15, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Downey name honors efforts of early doctor

Downey Boulevard is a short Gainesville street running between South Enota Drive and Myrtle Street.

January 08, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Rowdy rituals on New Year’s Eve lured crowds to greet 1960s

During the 1950s, perhaps earlier, it had been a ritual among the younger crowd, and even some older Northeast Georgians, to celebrate a new year with a bit of rowdiness.

January 01, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Christmas 1909 came with mix of snow, politics

How Christmas was in Hall County in 1909:

December 25, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Grace Hewell is gone, but her Gillsville pottery family endures

The matriarch of the Hewell family pottery dynasty, Grace Nell (Granny) Hewell, died Dec. 1.

December 18, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Local man photographs thousands of graves for website

A Gainesville man not only has seen about every grave marker in Hall County, he's photographed most of them.

December 11, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


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 still entertain today.

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 field.

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


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Johnny Vardeman: ‘Just Mr. Jones’ to local teen girl happened to be golfing legend

Bobby Jones was the great Georgia golfer who won 33 tournaments, including 13 majors and the "Grand Slam" of his era.

July 21, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: School years were aligned with calendar in early 1900s

As a new school year begins in a few weeks - much too soon, many students, teachers and parents say - look back to the early 1900s ...

July 16, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: You ask, we answer — solving some mysteries of local history

Readers now and then have questions about local history. Here are a few of some that have popped up over the years:

July 09, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: When the first load of lumber came in from Helen in 1913

When the first train carload of lumber passed through Gainesville on its way to market from Byrd-Matthews Lumber Co. in Helen, it was a significant ...

June 25, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Ridge Road was named for a Cherokee Indian chief

Many assume Ridge Road was so named because it generally follows a ridge from Old Cornelia Highway to Queen City Parkway in Gainesville. One story ...

June 18, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Asbestos mine was pricey property back in 1899

While gold mining continued at a fairly brisk pace into the early 1900s, another type of mine provided a bonanza of a different sort in ...

June 11, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Some historic happenings back in 1980

Doesn't seem all that long ago, but in 1980 Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan were locked in a presidential race while Iran held more ...

June 04, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


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