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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


Paper pushed for highways, more tourism

Jim Davidson, who published the Cleveland, Ga., Courier, was the consummate old-time editor who tediously hand-set one at a time every letter of every word of every sentence in his four-page newspaper long hours into the night, but never on Sunday.

June 19, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Editor sent some sermons to his readers

North Georgia over the years produced a bumper crop of entertaining and sometimes controversial newspaper editors.

June 12, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Zipper firm transformed White County

When zipper inventor and manufacturer Talon Inc., announced it would locate in Cleveland in the summer of 1952, the normally reserved weekly Cleveland Courier shouted the news in 2-inch headlines.

June 05, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Chicken tags hailed, hated by motorists

Probably a few longtime Hall County residents have an old "chicken tag" lying around, having saved it from the 1950s and '60s or found it at a garage or yard sale somewhere.

May 29, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Lyman Hall had to settle for marker

It could have been Lyman Hall instead of Old Joe on Gainesville's downtown square. In 1901, Somebody suggested a statue of Hall, the county's namesake and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, be erected in the middle of the square.

May 22, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Pioneer's grave to be marked in Hall County

An important piece of Hall County history relating to the founding of Gainesville in 1821 will be highlighted Saturday at Air Line Baptist Church Cemetery.

May 15, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Much-coveted postmaster job stirred ruckus

Community postmaster jobs once were considered a valuable political plum, and therefore were much lusted over.

May 08, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Gainesvillians pushed hard for rail route

When the Air Line railroad began construction just after the Civil War, Gainesville had fewer than 500 residents, and no houses had been built in 12 years.

May 01, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Some in area voted to delay Ga. secession

As Georgia and other Southern states contemplated secession from the Union in 1860, they scheduled conventions to decide the issue.

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


Joy reigned in early days of Civil War

A few days before the Civil War broke out with the firing on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor April 12, 1861, mini-civil wars erupted now and then, even in Gainesville.

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


Before '36 tornado, Gainesville was a retail hub

Gainesville had no clue, of course, that it would be the bull's eye for a record tornado that would ravage its downtown early on a Monday morning, April 6, 1936.

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


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


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Articles By Author - Johnny Vardeman


Johnny Vardeman: A war story, and one about a poultry giant

In the late John Jacobs' book, "The Longer You Live, Remembrances of John Wesley Jacobs Jr.," he recounts an episode he experienced as a young ...

May 28, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


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


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