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Family finally learns origins of mysterious foot locker

Jerry Castleberry, Gainesville schools' transportation director, finally knows some history of a military foot locker that has been in his family since he was a youngster.

December 30, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Christmas in Gainesville had a special glow

Houses on Gainesville's Green Street were populated by families instead of mostly offices and businesses, as they are today. Prominent names such as Hosch, Dewitt, Rudolph, Jackson, Palmour, Browning, Garner, Roper, Hardy, Strong, Smith, Carter, Ham, Estes, Moore, Burns, Redwine, Wheeler, Hulsey, Quinlan and Dean filled the Victorian homes that lined the city's main entrance.

December 23, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


DAR plans to upgrade lot in Alta Vista Cemetery

The Col. William Candler Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution secured a lot in Gainesville's Alta Vista Cemetery in 1926 to provide a place to memorialize the county's citizens who fought in that war.

December 16, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Local Methodists started small in a log house

Looking at the sprawling campus of Gainesville's First United Methodist Church, it's hard to imagine it all started in a little log house.

December 09, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Williams clan served House for 4 decades

Roger Williams this month is concluding his 22nd year in the Georgia legislature. Dalton Mayor David Pennington honored Williams on his retirement at a recent Rotary Club meeting. Williams was the Dalton area's state representative.

December 02, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Hall draftee’s number was 1st during World War I

A Hall County man was among the first to be drafted for military service during World War I.

November 25, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Some rebelled against ‘closets’ city required

We take so much for granted, it's hard to believe how far we've come in basic living conditions in less than a century.

November 18, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


First GHS almost built at City Park

The old Gainesville High School building on West Washington Street is long gone, but not so long ago that many students who stalked its halls, dusted its erasers and frustrated its teachers are still around to remember it fondly.

November 11, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


After World War I, city, county got things moving

Immediately after the armistice was signed officially ending World War I on Nov. 11, 1918, Gainesville and Hall County leaders shifted into high gear a number of projects they had been chomping at the bit to begin.

November 04, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


World War I vets saw Germans give up their ships

We no longer have with us eyewitnesses to the signing of the Armistice at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the end of World War I.

October 28, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Adair Street was ‘a dare’ for youngsters

Adair Street, which connects Oak Street to Ivey Terrace, is one of Gainesville's shortest streets. It isn't insignificant, though because it provides another access point to Ivey Terrace Park and trails, including Wilshire and Longwood, that lead from the shores of Lake Lanier to downtown Gainesville.

October 21, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Johnsons won wide acclaim as journalists

William Malone Johnson was a prominent lawyer, educator and church worker in the early 1900s in Hall County.

October 14, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


All was rosy months before market failed

In the months before the Great Depression, there were few hints of the coming economic disaster, at least in the Gainesville area.

October 07, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Old-time editors drew attention with writings

Northeast Georgia History Center recently celebrated journalism and freedom of the press. The history of community newspapers, such as The Times, was told in a special newspaper section.

September 30, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Centennial year was a milestone for local education

The country was but 100 years old in 1876, celebrating its centennial with a big blowout in Philadelphia that actually became the first World's Fair.

September 23, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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Stores keep on the move these days, too

There have been so many changes among Gainesville's business districts over the years, you can't keep track of them.

March 01, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Hope family’s ancestors were early settlers in the region

Bob Hope once lived in Gainesville.

February 15, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Local radio acts launched performers on music careers

When local radio was in its pioneer stages, live acts, mostly country and gospel music, were a significant part of the programming.

February 08, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Gainesville’s first postmaster was pushed out of job by politics

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.

February 01, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Two journalists of note began their careers in Gainesville

You never know where a bicycle ride will take you.

January 25, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Where some names originate in North Georgia

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.

January 18, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


You’re Old Hall County if you remember these

A version of this column ran in March 2000.

January 11, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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