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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


Cemeteries’ secrets reveal family history

The Bell family has been prominent in North Georgia history for generations, producing farmers, politicians, athletes, coaches, educators and other professional and business men and women.

November 08, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Adventures before Alaska was a state

Martha Ann Taylor has a mountain of memories from service with the American Red Cross in Alaska before it became a state and was even wilder than it is today.

November 01, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Star-crossed boat too big for bridges

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is releasing more water through Buford Dam because Lake Lanier's level is higher than it is supposed to be this time of year. The corps is afraid there won't be enough room to store water expected from winter rains.

October 25, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Will anybody want the lake level lower?

If the wet weather pattern continues, and Lake Lanier rises higher, instead of calls for raising the lake level, some might be tempted to want to draw the water down.

October 18, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Barber follows grandfather's old-time ways

When Ben McCool was a youngster, one of his jobs was cleaning out spittoons in his grandfather's barber shop.

October 11, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Center Point fills unique role in education

Center Point's mission isn't intended to turn out preachers, but it happens as a happy by-product to some of the students who take released-time courses in religion.

October 04, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


How an idea for religion study started

Sometimes it takes idea decades before it becomes reality. It took only 15 months from when the idea of a Christian education center was discussed in Gainesville for it to open its doors to students wanting to learn more about various religions.

September 27, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


How kudzu got its grip on Georgia

In view of this year's bodacious bumper crop of kudzu, it's interesting to see how we got where we are.

September 20, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Hall County man rose to prominence as an orator

One of Hall County's most colorful characters was H.W.J. Ham, a journalist and lawyer who became nationally famous as an orator.

September 13, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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Articles By Author - Johnny Vardeman


Johnny Vardeman: Before there was Lake Lanier, there was Lanier Lake

Did you know there was a Lanier Lake in Hall County before our present Lake Lanier filled in the mid-1950s?

July 24, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Old fire maps provide peek into city’s past

David A. Sanborn, a civil engineer and surveyor, began mapping urban areas as early as 1866 for fire insurance purposes.

July 17, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | All viewpoint stories


Johnny Vardeman: Dixie City was discount pioneer before big box stores

Before there was a Wal-Mart, before there was a Kmart, before all the Dollar-type discount stores, there was Gainesville's Dixie City, from which sprang ...

July 10, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: McCurry kin, O’Dells notable in Hall history

The main reason prolific preacher and church planter Dave McCurry came to North Georgia from North Carolina after four of his children had died was ...

July 03, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Ancestors give Hall woman a lot to talk about

Gainesville icon Lillie Mae Green will turn 98 July 17.

June 26, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Some aging local schools were closed, some rescued

Gainesville city schools are in building mode with a new Enota Elementary School and one off Mundy Mill Road near Oakwood plus an addition to ...

June 19, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: City directory pictured town as it used to be, with full details

Old telephone directories are full of history of local communities because they contained names and addresses of residents, as well as businesses, especially those who ...

June 12, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Old directories reveal history, revive memories

Old telephone directories provide a peek into the past as they are akin to local history books themselves.

June 05, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


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