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50 years ago, trying times at university

Probably at no time in the history of the University of Georgia had there been more change than in January 1961.

October 16, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


When schools became serious about merging

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.

October 09, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


1960s decade began changes, crucial times

The 1960s are remembered mostly as a chaotic period in American history, marked by assassinations of major public figures, desegregation and civil rights struggles.

October 02, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Moonshiners, revenue feud slowed down

While moonshining, making illegal whisky, is supposed to be just a memory, every now and then you read about a liquor still being discovered or seized or a couple of moonshiners being arrested.

September 25, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


State officials’ pay was puny a century ago

People seem more concerned than ever these days about how taxes are spent on the local, state and national levels.

September 18, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


1899 blizzard blew misery through area

As the extremely hot summer wanes, we can wonder what kind of winter it will be. As extremely cold as it was warm?

September 11, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


New’ City Hall didn’t last as long as hoped

The marble building next to Gainesville's Georgia Mountains Center near one end of the new pedestrian bridge across Jesse Jewell Parkway continues to bear the name "City Hall," although numerous city offices are in the Joint Administration Building next door.

September 04, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Book teaches youngsters local history

There are plenty of history books and resources available on Gainesville and Hall County.

August 28, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Fish tale took good ole boy to stardom

Howard Samples has a unique autograph written in the floor of the carport in his Forsyth County home: "Junior S., 1983."

August 21, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Bill Sellers was a big fan of trains, rains and temperatures

For family entertainment, Bill Sellers used to pile his wife Miriam and two sons Bruce and Billy into their car and track down a train.

August 14, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Yet another early version of Nacoochee tale

There have been as many versions of the legend of Nacoochee as there have been cows grazing the fields of that lush White County valley.

August 07, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Farmer’s first plane earns more notice

They had the annual Dyer-Souther family reunion at Choestoe Baptist Church in Union County a couple of weeks ago.

July 31, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


College puts together full history of lake

Ben Fouts believes he was the first person to water ski barefooted on Lake Lanier.

July 24, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Hall Countians put Cherokees on trail west

Hall Countians and other North Georgians played important parts in the removal of the Cherokee Indians westward to Oklahoma on what became called the Trail of Tears.

July 17, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Real cowboy rounded up stray cattle

W.F. (Dub) Westmoreland Jr. didn't just play cowboy like many of his peers when he was a child. His grandparents, Marvin and Mary Nell Autry, had him driving cows on their Clark's Bridge Road farm in Hall County when he was 4 years old.

July 10, 2011 | 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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