John Preston didn't know it at the time, but when his mother, Robbie, gathered his Cub Scout den together in the basement of their Ridgewood Avenue home in Gainesville, it was the start of a lifetime in Scouting for him.
When the influenza pandemic roared into North Georgia in the fall of 1918, schools closed and some activities shut down for a few weeks.
As the automobile began to show up more around the turn of the 20th century, the demand for more roads and bridges increased. They sometimes became embroiled in controversy.
Federal "bailouts" of financial institutions, carmakers or others generate considerable heat across the country, but especially in the South.
Tom Bell was a man of action who served as 9th District U.S. Representative from 1905 to 1931.
We think partisan politics is worse than ever, but it's pretty tame compared to some periods of the country's history.
One incident involving a Hall Countian not long after the Civil War is an example of how things sometimes could get out of hand between political party supporters.
Green Russell, who with his brothers caused a gold rush in what is now Colorado and who shares credit for the founding of Denver, was a colorful, adventurous character out of the hills of Lumpkin and Dawson counties.
Buford has a long history of sports excellence; witness the recent girls high school state basketball championship or the almost routine state championship football teams.
The Bona Allen leather enterprises have been long gone from Buford, but the Bona Allen name lives and forever will be identified with the Gwinnett and Hall counties town of Buford.
When President Woodrow Wilson's first wife, Ellen Louise Axson Wilson, died in June 1914, the train carrying her body stopped in Gainesville. Mrs. Wilson had spent considerable time in Gainesville, along with her husband. Two of her children were born in Gainesville.
Congressional races in the 9th District aren't what they used to be. They traditionally were quite contested, and some could get nasty.
With so many duplicate or similar street and road names in Hall County, it's a wonder emergency responders ever get to the right location.
During World War II, early in his flying career, Ed Jared worked for a private company teaching potential Army Air Corps pilots to fly.
Growing up in southwest Gainesville in the 1940s and '50s, getting up early and milking the family cow before school, Jack Richards never imagined he'd be deeply involved in the nation's space program.
One hundred years ago, Soong Mei-ling, who became Madame Chiang Kai-shek, enrolled in Piedmont College in Demorest.
Wiley Harben held the distinction of being Gainesville's first postmaster, appointed in 1823. He also had the distinction of being the first postmaster to lose his job for purely political reasons.
You never know where a bicycle ride will take you.
A new street sign went up in Gainesville the other day - Sweet Bay Drive, the entrance to Atlanta Botanical Gardens' Smithgall Woodland Gardens off Cleveland Road.
A version of this column ran in March 2000.
"Wireless" is a common term in today's age of modern electronics. It allows people to use their electronic devices in a variety of locations or situations.
The story of Hugh Minor Sr. has been well told. He was the Dawson County native and pioneer airplane pilot who lived much of his early life in Gainesville.
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