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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


Book recounts 1960 team that won state title

Joey McQuaig, a halfback for the Waycross Bulldogs when they beat Gainesville 49-0 in the 1960 Class AA football finals, recalls his team's undefeated season in a book he wrote just three years ago.

December 19, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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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


Johnny Vardeman: Hall County has a key role in story of Forsyth’s racial history

Hall County figures prominently in the book, "Blood at the Root - a Racial Cleansing in America."

October 09, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


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