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Farmer’s first plane earns more notice

They had the annual Dyer-Souther family reunion at Choestoe Baptist Church in Union County a couple of weeks ago.

July 31, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


College puts together full history of lake

Ben Fouts believes he was the first person to water ski barefooted on Lake Lanier.

July 24, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Hall Countians put Cherokees on trail west

Hall Countians and other North Georgians played important parts in the removal of the Cherokee Indians westward to Oklahoma on what became called the Trail of Tears.

July 17, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Real cowboy rounded up stray cattle

W.F. (Dub) Westmoreland Jr. didn't just play cowboy like many of his peers when he was a child. His grandparents, Marvin and Mary Nell Autry, had him driving cows on their Clark's Bridge Road farm in Hall County when he was 4 years old.

July 10, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


How would lake visionaries respond today?

Really, it shouldn't have taken a court case to figure out that local, state and federal officials intended for Lake Lanier to be used as a water supply for neighboring communities.

July 03, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Paving square got anti-tax opposition, too

Before the Gainesville downtown streets were paved, it was a common sight for mules and horses pulling wagons to be mired in near knee-deep mud.

June 26, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Paper pushed for highways, more tourism

Jim Davidson, who published the Cleveland, Ga., Courier, was the consummate old-time editor who tediously hand-set one at a time every letter of every word of every sentence in his four-page newspaper long hours into the night, but never on Sunday.

June 19, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Editor sent some sermons to his readers

North Georgia over the years produced a bumper crop of entertaining and sometimes controversial newspaper editors.

June 12, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Zipper firm transformed White County

When zipper inventor and manufacturer Talon Inc., announced it would locate in Cleveland in the summer of 1952, the normally reserved weekly Cleveland Courier shouted the news in 2-inch headlines.

June 05, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Chicken tags hailed, hated by motorists

Probably a few longtime Hall County residents have an old "chicken tag" lying around, having saved it from the 1950s and '60s or found it at a garage or yard sale somewhere.

May 29, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Lyman Hall had to settle for marker

It could have been Lyman Hall instead of Old Joe on Gainesville's downtown square. In 1901, Somebody suggested a statue of Hall, the county's namesake and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, be erected in the middle of the square.

May 22, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Pioneer's grave to be marked in Hall County

An important piece of Hall County history relating to the founding of Gainesville in 1821 will be highlighted Saturday at Air Line Baptist Church Cemetery.

May 15, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Much-coveted postmaster job stirred ruckus

Community postmaster jobs once were considered a valuable political plum, and therefore were much lusted over.

May 08, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Gainesvillians pushed hard for rail route

When the Air Line railroad began construction just after the Civil War, Gainesville had fewer than 500 residents, and no houses had been built in 12 years.

May 01, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Some in area voted to delay Ga. secession

As Georgia and other Southern states contemplated secession from the Union in 1860, they scheduled conventions to decide the issue.

April 24, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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Late Gov. Carl Sanders kept substantial ties to Hall

Carl Sanders, the Georgia governor from 1963-67, who died last week, had a lot of Gainesville connections.

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


Vintage Gainesville photos stir memories, show changes

Nothing funner on a rainy day than pulling out family photo albums, reminiscing and laughing over how you, your children, grandchildren and others have changed through the years.

November 16, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Veterans Day honors military heroes of all conflicts

Tuesday is Veterans Day, when at the 11th hour on the 11th day of November, the 11th month, citizens and veterans across the country honor and remember veterans of all wars.

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


How survivor escaped flames in pants plant

The Cooper Pants Factory historical marker at the corner of Maple and Broad streets in Gainesville has been appropriately unveiled in remembrance of those who died in the 1936 tornado, specifically those killed in the tragic fire that engulfed the pants factory.

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


Original copy of Gainesville High paper dates to 1902

Gainesville High School students and alumni are familiar with The Trumpeter, the school newspaper for decades.

October 26, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


How much do you know about Lake Lanier, local history?

Time for another little local history trivia quiz. Answers follow:

October 19, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Timely rains kept schedule for filling lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and local leaders broke ground for Buford Dam in 1949, and it would be another seven years before the first trickle of water from the Chattahoochee River would begin to form Lake Lanier.

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


Cooper Pants Factory marker finally to honor victims of '36 tragedy

A mother and her two daughters were among those killed in the Cooper Pants Factory fire that started during the 1936 Gainesville tornado.

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


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