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Dr. Newman jump-started special school in Gainesville

Hall County was a pioneer in providing training for special needs or developmentally delayed children.

November 03, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Tom Watson’s mean streak maligned his political foes

When they remove Tom Watson's statue from Georgia's Capitol grounds, it won't be quite as spectacular as when Iraqis and American soldiers pulled down the statue of dictator Saddam Hussein in Baghdad in the spring of 2002.

October 27, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Area schools’ consolidation a 1924 issue

School consolidation hasn't been an issue in Hall County for some time after the major mergers in the 1950s that created North Hall, East Hall and South Hall high schools from smaller high schools such as River Bend, Oakwood, Flowery Branch, Sardis, Lula or Clermont.

October 20, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


When movies lured people to downtown Gainesville

A gaping hole on Gainesville's South Main Street sits where once stood a prime entertainment venue for North Georgians.

October 13, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Printer’s ink runs thick in family’s veins

They say once printer's ink gets in the blood of a family, it might run from generation to generation.

October 06, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Football came close to ending in Georgia colleges

Probably among Georgia legislators there are few who would not call themselves fairly rabid football fans.

September 29, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Seed planted by Gainesville judge grew a library

The Richard B. Russell Building Special Collection Libraries is a special place indeed on Hull Street in Athens, almost a Hail Mary pass across Lumpkin Street from Sanford Stadium.

September 22, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Development followed rails after the war

While the immediate years after the Civil War were troublesome for the South, including Northeast Georgia, it didn't take long for conditions to improve.

September 15, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Clermont’s No. 1 resident kept his farming roots

Godfrey Funk and his wife Patty are practically landmarks in Clermont, having lived in the same house on Main Street for 63 years, almost all their married lives.

September 08, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Wilshire Trail a jewel among string of parks

Gainesville and Hall County hope eventually to have a trail system that runs from Lake Lanier and Pearl Nix Parkway through downtown Gainesville and the southside to the Oakwood campus of the University of North Georgia.

September 01, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Covering racial issues sometimes was hazardous

Journalists realize risks come with the territory in their profession because they sometimes are the bearers of information readers, listeners or viewers don't want to see or hear.

August 25, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Local mint operator was a genius whom fortune eluded

Templeton Reid, the guy who made Gainesville famous as the site of the first private mint in the United States, apparently was an eccentric tinker, inventor, entrepreneur and crack rifleman.

August 18, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Grand jury faced familar issues 186 years ago

The Hall County grand jury fussed at the county commissioners for not fixing the roads and jumped on the state legislature for wasting money.

August 11, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Communities’ curious names fall from maps

Longtime Hall County residents are familiar with the names of unincorporated crossroads communities such as Blackshear Place, Price, Brookton, Quillians, The Glades and Chestnut Mountain, which once was known as Chestnut Hill.

August 04, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


City Park has seen its share of big stars, big moments

Famous Atlanta Falcons football players will leave their cleat marks tonight on the sacred sod of Gainesville City Park, a place where memories - athletic and otherwise - have been made for more than a century.

August 01, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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WWI casualty Bolding wrote of mud, shells and willpower

A century will have passed Monday since the beginning of World War I, which started July 28, 1914, when Austria declared war on Serbia. The United States didn't enter until three years later, declaring war on Germany.

July 27, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Antioch UMC celebrates its 200th year at camp meeting

One of the oldest camp meetings in North Georgia begins Monday at the historic Antioch Campground on Antioch Campground Road in west Hall County.

July 20, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


County agents play key role in community

"County agents," as we call them, date back in Georgia 100 years. They are part of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service, celebrating its centennial this year helping residents with home, garden and farm advice.

July 13, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Hall also had role in birthing Bulldog Nation

On this Independence Day Weekend, take a brief look at Lyman Hall, for whom Hall County is named.

July 06, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Family retains ties to historic Hall farmland

Nancy Terrell Furr hid in a cabin during the Civil War while Union soldiers plundered the countryside, picked all the pears from a tree nearby and killed the only cow she owned.

June 29, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Test your knowledge of history in Northeast Ga.

OK, all you local history buffs, here's your chance to display your knowledge with this little trivia test. Answers to the questions are below:

June 22, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


What used to be where on square in Gainesville

Relative newcomers to Hall County, and even longtime residents whose memory might be fuzzy, are curious about "what used to be" in Gainesville's downtown.

June 15, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Humorist cut his law teeth in North Ga.

Near the intersection of Wilson Bridge and Martin Bridge roads off Exit 154 of Interstate 85 in Banks County, there once was a community called Arp.

June 08, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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