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Johnny Vardeman: Shoebusiness, chickens, eggs were staples in Hall County

Hall County was experiencing a mini-boom in 1897.

November 29, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists

Johnny Vardeman: Reform crusade shut down most stores Sundays

A great reform movement swept Hall County in the early 1900s.

November 22, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists

Johnny Vardeman: Professor Leon had testy walk across Tallulah Gorge in 1886

Many remember Karl Wallenda's tightrope walk across Tallulah Gorge in 1970. It was spectacular and drew thousands of onlookers.

November 15, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists

Johnny Vardeman: Documentary relates history of TF Railroad

It is unfortunate Rudy Ellis and Dess Oliver died before seeing the Tallulah Falls Railroad documentary video they were a significant part of.

November 08, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists

Johnny Vardeman: Moonshiners often were able to outwit law enforcement

When moonshine liquor was in its heyday, bootleggers went to great lengths to hide their stills or disguise their liquor-making supplies and products. They also used their imagination to outfox local sheriffs and revenue officers.

November 01, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists

‘Auto craze,’ Model T Ford paved way for better roads

While mostly wealthy citizens could afford cars in the early years, there were enough puttering around toward the end of the first decade of the 20th century to create an increasing demand for better roads. Wagon and buggy riders had long sought improved roads.

October 25, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists

When cars first plodded along area roadways

Horses and buggies, mules and wagons remained the primary mode of transportation in North Georgia into the early 1900s.

October 18, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists

Some believed Hall County had potential for gold rush

The Lumpkin County gold rush in the 1800s is well known, and mining continued on a small scale even in more modern times.

October 11, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists

Reunion draws former students from Clermont

When former students of Clermont schools come to their reunion in the old gymnasium today, they might not be able to ring their school bell, but they can look it over as they exchange memories with each other.

October 04, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists

School football in North Ga. can be traced to early 1900s

While Col. Ed Kenyon was officially Gainesville High School's first football coach, starting in 1910, the sport in Gainesville goes back further, even to 1905.

September 27, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists

Meaders keeps turning family potter’s wheel

Whelchel Meaders will be among the potters participating in the "Pottery Comes to Town" event 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday in the White County Courthouse parking lot in Cleveland.

September 20, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists

Mysterious white horse rider searched for pot of gold in North Ga.

During the 1920s, a woman in fancy riding clothes regularly could be seen on a white horse in a sparsely populated area of Banks County near Alto.

September 13, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column

Gillsville’s principal got thanks after a spanking

As Gillsville School principal, Ralph White had plenty of opportunities to spank unruly students. After he had applied a hickory switch to him, one student said, "Thank you, Mr. White," as he was going out the door.

September 06, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column

Old buildings hold memories for long-timers

A couple of downtown Gainesville landmarks that hold special memories for a lot of people are undergoing yet another series of renovations.

August 30, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column

School funds have a history of coming up short in area

Education funding and teacher pay aren't just recent controversies in Georgia's history.

August 23, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column

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Articles By Author - Johnny Vardeman

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 | All viewpoint stories

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

Johnny Vardeman: Cobb Street bridge history part of the past for Lula area

The Cobb Street bridge over railroad tracks in Lula will be saved after all. It was threatened to be demolished because of its deteriorating condition ...

July 31, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists

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 | Community

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


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