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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


Who are men depicted in post office mural?

Those who remember the old U.S. Post Office at the corner of Green and Washington streets in downtown Gainesville also might remember the mural that hung in the lobby.

November 15, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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Articles By Author - Johnny Vardeman


Johnny Vardeman: Red Elephant also was a bus to haul athletes at Gainesville

The Times is seeking memories of Gainesville School System for special coverage Friday on the occasion of its 125th anniversary.

September 25, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Gold in Nacoochee field wasn’t the kind he had in mind during rush

George Walton Williams grew up in Nacoochee Valley in White County and became a successful banker and merchant, living most of his life in the ...

September 18, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Gainesville school system survived after years of debate

Seeds for a "free" public school system for Gainesville were sown as far back as the 1870s, but two decades of debate followed, and in ...

September 11, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Booklet shows Brenau campus of 100 years ago

One hundred years ago, 1916, Brenau College issued what it called its Bulletin, Vol. 6, No. 3.

September 04, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Whistle stop failed to halt for candidate in Gainesville

One of the largest crowds ever at a political event was supposed to gather in Gainesville in April 1912. Gov. Woodrow Wilson of New Jersey ...

August 28, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Old Cake Box was a hangout site and a tasty baking spot

Practically every community, small and large, has those "hangouts," places where people gather to discuss politics, sports or just gossip. They are usually must-stops for ...

August 21, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Zany elections aren’t that rare in US, Georgia

This may go down as the most bizarre presidential election in the country's history if the campaign so far is any indication.

August 14, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Celebrating summer’s song about tomatoes

"Homegrown tomatoes, homegrown tomatoes. What would life be without homegrown tomatoes?"

August 07, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


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