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Hardy writer died during U.S. mission

As recalled a few weeks ago, numerous Hardys seemed to be born with a writer's pen in their hands or a bent toward some form of journalism.

November 10, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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


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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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