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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

Fire gutted Gainesville's once-proud opera house

An opera house once flourished in Gainesville on the downtown square where Christopher's is situated today at the corner of Washington and Bradford streets.

December 06, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column

Book details Indian mound history, myths

When Emory Jones, who grew up in White County, told a friend he was going to write a book about the Nacoochee Indian mound, the friend's response was, "What, two pages?"

November 29, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column

New Holland was a milestone in Hall County history

There have been some big days in the history of Hall County: the railroad coming in the 1870s, Johnson & Johnson building the model Chicopee mill village in 1927, opening of what would become Brenau University, likewise Riverside Military Academy, Lanier Tech and Gainesville State, the formation of Lake Lanier in the 1950s and construction of Interstate 985/Ga. 365.

November 22, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column

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Articles By Author - Johnny Vardeman

Johnny Vardeman: Reform crusade shut down most stores Sundays

A great reform movement swept Hall County in the early 1900s.

November 22, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists

Johnny Vardeman: Professor Leon had testy walk across Tallulah Gorge in 1886

Many remember Karl Wallenda's tightrope walk across Tallulah Gorge in 1970. It was spectacular and drew thousands of onlookers.

November 15, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists

Johnny Vardeman: Documentary relates history of TF Railroad

It is unfortunate Rudy Ellis and Dess Oliver died before seeing the Tallulah Falls Railroad documentary video they were a significant part of.

November 08, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists

Johnny Vardeman: Moonshiners often were able to outwit law enforcement

When moonshine liquor was in its heyday, bootleggers went to great lengths to hide their stills or disguise their liquor-making supplies and products. They also ...

November 01, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists

‘Auto craze,’ Model T Ford paved way for better roads

While mostly wealthy citizens could afford cars in the early years, there were enough puttering around toward the end of the first decade of the ...

October 25, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists

When cars first plodded along area roadways

Horses and buggies, mules and wagons remained the primary mode of transportation in North Georgia into the early 1900s.

October 18, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists

Some believed Hall County had potential for gold rush

The Lumpkin County gold rush in the 1800s is well known, and mining continued on a small scale even in more modern times.

October 11, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists

Reunion draws former students from Clermont

When former students of Clermont schools come to their reunion in the old gymnasium today, they might not be able to ring their school bell ...

October 04, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


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