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Pretty Town Creek predates founding of White County

White County is completing the celebration of its sesquicentennial year, having been created in 1857, the 125th of Georgia's 159 counties.

February 10, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Was Auraria really as rough as its reputation?

Auraria, the gold-mining boom town that rivaled Dahlonega in Lumpkin County in the 1800s, started out being called Nuckollsville.

February 07, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


The ’81 drought didn’t spur as much urgency

The drought of 1980-81 didn't seem to produce the sense of urgency that has followed the current dry spell and plummeting level of Lake Lanier.

February 02, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Bridge was more than just a way to cross river

When Helen Stell discovered a large piece of wood buried in the sand on the shore of Lake Lanier behind her home three years ago, she knew there was a story behind it.

February 02, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


‘Water Unlimited’ turned out to be a trickle

The Daily Times June 30, 1957, published an ambitious special edition marking the beginning of the operation of Buford Dam, which created Lake Lanier. It was called, ironically, it seems now, "Water Unlimited." The first electricity generated by the dam had come just 10 days earlier.

February 02, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


This Colonel Sanders had more on his plate than chicken

Long before Col. Sanders made Kentucky Fried Chicken famous, there was another Col. Sanders, a prominent Gainesville citizen who fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War.

January 04, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Three St. Paul Methodist churches founded in 1800s carry on

If somebody mentions St. Paul United Methodist Church around here, you have to ask which one because there are three in the Gainesville Methodist District.

January 04, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Bride's wish for wedding dress comes as a quilt

Some of the old roads around North Georgia whose names end in "ford" likely led to places in streams that could be crossed on foot, horseback or wagon.

January 04, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Restoration pumps new life into old stations in Dawsonville

People visiting downtown Dawsonville for next weekend's Moonshine Festival might think they're stepping back into a time machine.

January 04, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


WWII soldier gave up stripes to see brother

John and Roger Tankersley of Murrayville both served in Germany during World War II, surviving some of the fiercest battles in the European Theater.

January 04, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Red, White & Blue, Redtop and Goat Man

When the Old Cornelia Highway was in its prime as U.S. 23, the main route between Atlanta and the Carolinas, it was dotted with businesses ranging from truck stops to grocery stores to roadhouses to tiny seasonal fruit stands.

January 03, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman Column | Johnny Vardeman's column


Pleasant Hill church began as log building in 1855

It was only a log building in 1855 when Pleasant Hill Baptist Church began on Brown's Bridge Road near Gainesville. Four new buildings have been built since then, the latest a fine red brick structure seating 600 and dedicated in September 2005.

January 03, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Before Hall’s Chestatee High, there was one in Forsyth County

Chestatee High School on Sardis Road in Hall County is making a name for itself in academics and sports after only five years of existence.

January 03, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Floods once were more trouble than droughts

Droughts seem to happen more often in North Georgia the last few decades.

January 03, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Streetcar was a popular diner around Lula for more than three decades

The intersection of Ga. 52 and Old Cornelia Highway remains a busy crossroads near Lula in east Hall County, but before four-lane Ga. 365 opened just to the west it was an even more popular place.

January 03, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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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


Film to depict Jackson pilot’s WWII escapes

Jackson Countians know why the Jefferson bypass on U.S. 129 south of Gainesville is named for Major Damon J. Gause. Many others, even in neighboring counties, might not know that he was a World War II hero, whose remarkable story about multiple escapes from the Japanese will be told in a Public Broadcasting documentary next year.

September 28, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Ex-principal to mark 100th at old school

Frances Miller Haynes will turn 100 years old Oct. 1. Appropriately, she will celebrate in advance Saturday in the building with which she is most identified – Candler Street School just off North Green Street in Gainesville.

September 21, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Businesses along Atlanta Highway roll with the times

Even longtime North Georgia residents are struck at how Gainesville's Atlanta Highway transformed so quickly.

September 14, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Who recalls the final film shown at the Royal?

Many remember the movie "The Last Picture Show," which came out in 1971 and starred Jeff Bridges and Cybill Shepherd. It was about a dying Texas town whose businesses, including the movie show, were failing.

September 07, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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