When Gainesville was laid out, Lot No. 1 at the corner of Spring and Main streets where Hunt Towers is today was the prime place on the public square.
People make up the character of the community. Certain personalities over time have stood out almost as familiar as the Confederate statue on Gainesville's downtown square.
A lot more than Christmas was on the minds of Gainesvillians in December 1897.
It's been more than a half century since the conclusion of one of the most sensational murder cases in the state's history.
While Northeast Georgia is still considered in a drought, every few days some rain falls to provide temporary relief.
The Towery family of Gainesville hadn't heard from their son Fred Richmond Towery in more than three years during World War I.
Many still remember how hard life was during World War II, what with rationing and shortages and loved ones fighting overseas.
If you're already worn out over the 2012 elections while we're still a few weeks from finishing 2011, get used to it.
The mostly overwhelming vote around the state for package sales of alcoholic beverages on Sunday shows how far we have come, or, from the perspective of opponents, how far we have retreated on blue law issues.
Wouldn't it be exciting to travel in a time machine and witness some of Georgia's historic events?
Gainesville's Norfolk Southern Railroad depot has been the scene of several memorable occasions, including presidential whistle-stop campaigns, troop trains during World War II, visits from President Franklin Roosevelt and funeral trains.
North Georgia Technical College in Clarkesville has a rich history, its campus dating back 104 years.
Probably at no time in the history of the University of Georgia had there been more change than in January 1961.
The subject of consolidation of Hall County and Gainesville schools rarely comes up these days, although it has been discussed numerous times over the past few decades. There is no apparent groundswell of support for such a merger.
The 1960s are remembered mostly as a chaotic period in American history, marked by assassinations of major public figures, desegregation and civil rights struggles.
Jack Elrod spent much of his childhood roaming the rivers and woods around Gainesville and North Georgia.
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.
Iris Thompson Fry of Lula is somewhat of a hoarder - not the kind you see on television, but a hoarder of memories and stories.
When a winter like Northeast Georgia is having this year, when electricity and gas bills soar, when firewood runs low, and school schedules are slammed, people begin to reminisce about winters past, those that stand out.
One of the first military aviators from Hall County who fought in World War I had some narrow escapes in the air, but luckily returned with hardly a scratch.
Even in this more tolerant time, eyebrows are raised when a much older guy or gal marries a much younger gal or guy.
Picture Gainesville in the late 1800s. It was billed as one of the South's great health resorts because of its numerous nearby mineral springs. It had a dozen lodging places, including the Piedmont Hotel operated by famed Confederate Gen. James Longstreet.
Liv Reinhardt Myklebust, a Norwegian, traveled to the United States in 1980 to attend Brenau University in Gainesville on a Georgia Rotary Student scholarship.
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