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Johnny Vardeman: Chautauquas were popular gatherings in late 1800s

Chautauquas, popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, were a conglomeration of educational lectures, music, sermons, comedy and sometimes political oratory.

February 21, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Lake Lanier is a treasure, but it complicates road planning

You would find few people today who wouldn't say Lake Lanier has been a blessing to Northeast Georgia, a bonus for people living here, a big draw for tourism, recreation and economic development.

February 14, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: North Georgia had its share of racial discord in years past

Recent remarks by a Georgia legislator defending the Ku Klux Klan dredges the memory of some dark days in the state's history.

February 07, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Tunnels still cross beneath the streets of Gainesville

Underground Gainesville?

January 31, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | All viewpoint stories


Johnny Vardeman: Gainesville square traffic problems date to early days

Gainesville's public square has been the center of activity since the town's founding. It's had its ups and downs with traffic, ranging from horses and wagons to modern vehicles trying to find parking places.

January 23, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Hall County premiered its locally made movie in 1952

These photos show the 1952 "world premiere" of the movie "Birthright," which was filmed in Hall County with a local cast for the most part.

January 16, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Old Post Office still standing today in downtown Gainesville

There's a lot of history in this old photograph submitted by John S. Rogers of Gainesville.

January 10, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Wet weather, ‘dry’ new year greeted 1916

Thousands of Georgians New Year's Eve and beyond toasted 2016 with a flute of champagne or snorts of other liquid spirits.

January 03, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Coal miners put a chill on Christmas in strike of 1919

This warm Christmas season isn't conducive to fires in the fireplace or bumping up the thermostat to keep the house comfortable.

December 27, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: White County had state’s first female jurors

It would be three full decades after women earned the right to vote before they could serve on juries in Georgia.

December 20, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: When Christmas came downtown back in the day in Gainesville

Gainesville's downtown square is alive and alighted for Christmas, rekindling memories for those who grew up here or whose children did in the 1950s, '60s and '70s.

December 13, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: You could eat a lot for under a buck in 1939

A former waitress at the old Gainesville Dixie Hunt Hotel restaurant, now in her 90s, brought a 1939 menu a while back to Juan Luna, proprietor of Luna's Restaurant in Hunt Towers, the former hotel.

December 06, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


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


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Articles By Author - Johnny Vardeman


Johnny Vardeman: Valentine Day’s leap into Lake Lanier a ritual for pals

For decades, it has been a tradition and rite of spring for many Gainesville High School students to take a dip off "the pipe" on ...

February 19, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Grateful POW family treated local soldier

Jack (Jay) Vandiver Jr. was among American soldiers during World War II liberating the German prison camp at Dachau, where hundreds of prisoners either starved ...

February 12, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Gainesville man a veteran of presidential inaugurations

With a name like Woodrow Wilson Golden Jr., no wonder he's interested in presidential history.

January 29, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: It was so cold in 1895, cattle, hogs and feet were frozen

January is when we expect our bitterest cold weather, not the record-breaking 60s and 70s Northeast Georgia has experienced recently.

January 22, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: As Jimbo or Bimbo, he liked to laugh, and make us laugh

Since his untimely passing, Bimbo Brewer stories have been flying off the shelves like bread and milk before a snowstorm.

January 15, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Downey name honors efforts of early doctor

Downey Boulevard is a short Gainesville street running between South Enota Drive and Myrtle Street.

January 08, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


Johnny Vardeman: Rowdy rituals on New Year’s Eve lured crowds to greet 1960s

During the 1950s, perhaps earlier, it had been a ritual among the younger crowd, and even some older Northeast Georgians, to celebrate a new year ...

January 01, 2017 | Johnny Vardeman | Columnists


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