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This year's ’maters pass the tasting test here

Reports are that some people are shying away from tomatoes in view of the federal government's report that they might have caused some to be sick, having eaten a salmonella sandwich instead of a genuine homegrown tomato sandwich.

September 06, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


New buildings drew criticism from near, far

When Hall County built its new courthouse, there was considerable criticism when the original estimate of $8.5 million grew to $16.5 million because of increased building costs, and finally to $24.9 million because another floor was added.

August 31, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


The first Red Elephants stampeded and stumbled

Katie B. Davis's excellent article in The Times a few days back about the origin of the Gainesville High School Red Elephants' nickname stirs some curiosity about that 1935 football team and the excitement that would attract the attention of the big-city newspapers.

August 24, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


How people got around without cars

Those interested in what it was like way back when are fortunate when those who lived way back when leave their recollections to their descendants.

August 17, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Green Street Circle recycles a bygone era

Many people driving along ultra-busy, multilaned Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville may not be aware only a few yards away is a quiet two-lane, tree-lined street that developed early in the 1900s and today is enjoying somewhat of a renaissance.

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


Some of county's goals from decades ago still elusive

Hall County was quite a different place 60 years ago with men and women who served in World War II just settling into a new chapter of their lives.

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


Rural column writers won readers, if no Pulitzers

Some small weekly newspapers still carry the personal notes of country correspondents, who write faithfully of happenings in their community.

July 27, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


A costly fire long ago, and how local towns were named

Historians have written that a fire wiped out Gainesville in 1851, just over three decades after it was founded.

July 20, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


A plane lab caused a stir 52 years ago

It probably wouldn't go over as big today, but when Lockheed Corp. announced a research facility for an atomic-powered airplane would set up housekeeping in Dawson County, it was major headlines.

July 12, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Indians lost every effort to keep land

As white settlers poured into what is now North Georgia in the 1700s and early 1800s, conflicts between them and the Indians were inevitable.

July 05, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Gainesville’s namesake had his problems

Most people familiar with local history know Gainesville is named in honor of Gen. Edmund Pendleton Gaines, but perhaps fewer know why. Still fewer might know little about the city's namesake.

June 28, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Baseball skill led to career as textile exec

If it hadn't been for Phil Rizzuto, famed New York Yankees shortstop during the team's dominance in the 1940s and '50s, Pat Hallford might have made it in the major leagues.

June 15, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Pioneer pilot lost over sea in World War II

When Gainesville's airport was merely a dirt strip on the hill where the more modern facility is today, Hugh Minor Sr. was among the handful of pilots who flew regularly.

June 15, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Tag fee cut helped launch Talmadge

The recent Georgia Legislature's fussing about car tags revives memories of other tussles that became election campaign topics.

And this past session appears to be much of that: fueling fodder for candidates at the ballot box, whether it be this year's legislative and local races or future statewide campaigns.

June 08, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Step right up: Old-timey medicine show is headed to town

Ramblin' Tommy Scott will bring his old-timey medicine show to Northeast Georgia History Center at Brenau University next month, and he'll be selling the snake oil whose formula was passed on to him by his mentor, Doc M.F. Chamberlain, more than 75 years ago.

May 25, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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Two kin from the area died decades apart serving cause

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.

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


City’s park and rec program began with $1,000 purchase

The lights decorating the Gainesville Civic Center and its front campus provide a perfect bookend to the annual Christmas on Green Street with the holly tree lighted by the Rotary Club at the other end of the historic street.

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


How Hall County reacted after Pearl Harbor

Just as the attack by Japanese on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941, came on a Sunday, so is today's 73rd anniversary of that fateful day.

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


Brenau landed in Paris, wooed New York, Washington

Brenau University perhaps is in its most aggressive mode in its history with all the building going on at its expanding Gainesville campus and its arms spread wide to locations in Atlanta, Augusta and King's Bay.

November 30, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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


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