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1960s decade began changes, crucial times

The 1960s are remembered mostly as a chaotic period in American history, marked by assassinations of major public figures, desegregation and civil rights struggles.

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


Moonshiners, revenue feud slowed down

While moonshining, making illegal whisky, is supposed to be just a memory, every now and then you read about a liquor still being discovered or seized or a couple of moonshiners being arrested.

September 25, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


State officials’ pay was puny a century ago

People seem more concerned than ever these days about how taxes are spent on the local, state and national levels.

September 18, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


1899 blizzard blew misery through area

As the extremely hot summer wanes, we can wonder what kind of winter it will be. As extremely cold as it was warm?

September 11, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


New’ City Hall didn’t last as long as hoped

The marble building next to Gainesville's Georgia Mountains Center near one end of the new pedestrian bridge across Jesse Jewell Parkway continues to bear the name "City Hall," although numerous city offices are in the Joint Administration Building next door.

September 04, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Book teaches youngsters local history

There are plenty of history books and resources available on Gainesville and Hall County.

August 28, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Fish tale took good ole boy to stardom

Howard Samples has a unique autograph written in the floor of the carport in his Forsyth County home: "Junior S., 1983."

August 21, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Bill Sellers was a big fan of trains, rains and temperatures

For family entertainment, Bill Sellers used to pile his wife Miriam and two sons Bruce and Billy into their car and track down a train.

August 14, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Yet another early version of Nacoochee tale

There have been as many versions of the legend of Nacoochee as there have been cows grazing the fields of that lush White County valley.

August 07, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Farmer’s first plane earns more notice

They had the annual Dyer-Souther family reunion at Choestoe Baptist Church in Union County a couple of weeks ago.

July 31, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


College puts together full history of lake

Ben Fouts believes he was the first person to water ski barefooted on Lake Lanier.

July 24, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Hall Countians put Cherokees on trail west

Hall Countians and other North Georgians played important parts in the removal of the Cherokee Indians westward to Oklahoma on what became called the Trail of Tears.

July 17, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Real cowboy rounded up stray cattle

W.F. (Dub) Westmoreland Jr. didn't just play cowboy like many of his peers when he was a child. His grandparents, Marvin and Mary Nell Autry, had him driving cows on their Clark's Bridge Road farm in Hall County when he was 4 years old.

July 10, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


How would lake visionaries respond today?

Really, it shouldn't have taken a court case to figure out that local, state and federal officials intended for Lake Lanier to be used as a water supply for neighboring communities.

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


Paving square got anti-tax opposition, too

Before the Gainesville downtown streets were paved, it was a common sight for mules and horses pulling wagons to be mired in near knee-deep mud.

June 26, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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Articles By Author - Johnny Vardeman


Johnny Vardeman: Longstreet Bridge’s name was unofficial until recently

And all this time you thought the first bridge over the Chattahoochee River arm of Lake Lanier on U.S. 129 north of Gainesville was ...

May 21, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Quillians played important roles across Georgia

So, is Sally Quillian Yates one of the Hall County Quillians Corner Quillians?

May 14, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Ferry operators of early 1900s viewed bridges as competitors

Just as multilane highways today are replacing narrow two-laners, and just as rutted dirt roads were replaced by paved roads, bridges over wide streams were ...

May 07, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Thanks go to those who help preserve our area’s history

There are too many people to name who have contributed to the preservation of history in Hall County.

April 30, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Markers relate some historic events, sites in Northeast Ga.

Did you know that a Confederate Army unit that organized in Hall County helped keep Union Gen. U.S. Grant's army at bay until ...

April 23, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Telephones were talk of the town in early days

You see so many people walking around or sitting, their heads bowed, their eyes staring into their phones. Not just young people, but all ages ...

April 02, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


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