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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


By ’20s, paving had become a priority as cars crowded roads

By the 1920s, Gainesville long had been a trade center, and more automobiles were filling its streets. With more people owning cars, demands for improving roads increased.

July 28, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Chamber still had lofty goals in hard times

Gainesville's Chamber of Commerce had some ambitious goals in 1931 despite the nation heading into what became known as the Great Depression.

July 21, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Area eventually felt full brunt of Depression

After the stock market crash in 1929, the economy really sank into the tank across the country. While it seemed Northeast Georgia was immune from the worst of the Great Depression in its early months, local businesses and industry would suffer eventually.

July 14, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Area escaped earliest impact of Great Depression

In the years before the Great Depression, which is said to have started in earnest the fall of 1929, there seemed to be no signs of an economic downturn in the Gainesville area.

July 07, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


D-Day veteran finds it hard to relive horrors of war

It's been 69 years since J.D. Satterfield jumped from an airplane over France with other American paratroopers on what was D-Day June 6, 1944, the beginning of the end of World War II in Europe.

June 30, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Student paper’s pages reflected UGA’s history

The Red and Black has been the University of Georgia's student newspaper since 1893. It has been the vehicle that launched the careers of innumerable journalists, several of them to the loftiest heights of the profession.

June 23, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Central Baptist Church prays its miracles will continue

It took several years to build the present Central Baptist Church building on Gainesville's southside because it ran into the Great Recession in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

June 16, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Church stands strong in face of adversity

"Not Made for Defeat" was the title of a book the Rev. Harold Frederic Green wrote about Gainesville's Central Baptist Church in 1974, a history of the church from its beginnings in 1890.

June 09, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Soulful sounds make music at Iron Works

Gainesville Iron Works was a fixture on South Main Street for more than a century.

June 02, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Pioneer home may return to its South Hall roots

Ken Cochran painstakingly helped dismantle log-by-log the historic Roberts-Orr house at Roberts Crossroads in south Hall County.

May 26, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


CD package relates stories of area locations

Johnny Kytle was a native of Clermont in Hall County and a pioneer daredevil pilot who carried the mail between Atlanta and Richmond, Va.

May 19, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Prior Street was named for Hall judge

Prior Street is one of Gainesville's most important streets. It connects the northside of town to the southside. It runs from Hunter Street near St. Paul United Methodist Church on Summit Street, to City Park and the Civic Center.

May 12, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Hero reticent about his heroics during World War II

Bob Dollar said Jason Nix was an ordinary man, the kind who goes about his work and lives humbly and without much fanfare or attention.

May 05, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Poodle at large: Owner seeks pet lost for months

If you'd lost a dog six months ago, chances are you would have given up finding it by now and moved on.

April 28, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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‘Miracle man’ earned renown as horticulturist

Gainesville native Iverson D. Hudgins was characterized "a miracle man" because he survived the 1936 tornado despite being caught in the vortex of the twister, thrown high above his house, landing midst all manner of debris and leaving him with 17 fractures and nails in one eye and his jaw.

April 12, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


1936 tornado victim fought for life after storm struck

There are so many stories that have been told and retold about the 1936 tornado that caused more than 200 deaths in the heart of Gainesville.

April 05, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


River ford bandits’ lair is gone, but legends live

Woolley's Ford was one of those places on rivers in Northeast Georgia where people would cross either wading across shallows or riding a ferry. Bridges weren't all that common on such streams as the Chattahoochee or Chestatee until the late 1800s.

March 30, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Pioneer Hall pastor, store merchant forgave debts

The first minister of Chestatee Baptist Church, John Edward "Jackie" Rives, was a successful farmer and merchant who turned preacher in 1833 after hearing a stirring sermon on swearing, a sin he admitted he was guilty of.

March 23, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Drawn into history: Gainesville cartoonist to continue legacy of ‘Mark Trail’ comic

Jack Elrod spent much of his childhood roaming the rivers and woods around Gainesville and North Georgia.

March 09, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Helen’s Helen was a Missouri social butterfly

If it weren't for the preference of Southern cooks for white flour in the early 1900s, there might not be a Helen, Ga., as it is today.

March 02, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Chicopee looked at Lula for its model village

Iris Thompson Fry of Lula is somewhat of a hoarder - not the kind you see on television, but a hoarder of memories and stories.

February 23, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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