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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


When chickens began to unseat cotton as king

North Georgia's broiler boom began in earnest after World War II and into the 1950s. It led to so many allied industries that Gainesville continues to be known as the world's broiler capital.

December 12, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


It was a decisive time in North Ga. 50 years ago

This time of year 50 years ago was indeed a significant period in North Georgia's history, particularly Gainesville and Hall County.

December 05, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Santa came to North Georgia minus beard

When Sarah Allen Cooper was just a toddler in March 1938, her father brought her to see President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Gainesville, which was officially marking its recovery from the 1936 tornado.

November 28, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


How holiday was before U.S. entered war

Thanksgiving season in North Georgia just before the United States officially entered World War II in 1941

November 21, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Fire in 1851 destroyed most of Gainesville

Gainesville's history is filled with disasters, including the 1903 and 1936 tornadoes that left heavy tolls of destruction and death.

November 14, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Newspapers disagreed over liar population

Newspaper competition was furious at times in the old days. At one time Hall County had three weekly newspapers.

November 07, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Oak Street was a happy place in hard times

Like many streets leading from downtown Gainesville, Oak Street isn't what it used to be.

October 31, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Rudolph’s gone, family name not forgotten

The Rudolph name, while still around Gainesville, no longer resides on Green Street, Rudolph's Restaurant having morphed into a pizza place.

October 24, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Georgia's best burger is Collegiate’s, newspaper says

Best hamburger in Georgia, right here in Gainesville?

October 17, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Track people kept Bulldogs in the zone

Maybe what the University of Georgia Bulldogs ought to do to salvage their football season is tear down the seats in the east end zone.

October 10, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


A little Goat Rock needed in today's campaigns

Whenever election season rolls around, the topic of "Goat Rock" emerges amid the blather of political pollution.

October 03, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Movie houses were popular here for years

While there is only one movie house in Gainesville today, there are others in nearby counties, and through modern technology you can capture films through the mail, in stores or off your TV and the Internet.

September 26, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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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


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


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