Gainesville's history is filled with disasters, including the 1903 and 1936 tornadoes that left heavy tolls of destruction and death.
Newspaper competition was furious at times in the old days. At one time Hall County had three weekly newspapers.
Like many streets leading from downtown Gainesville, Oak Street isn't what it used to be. Today the street is mostly commercial, everything from auto repair shops to offices. It used to be a popular residential street so quiet children played in the street. A few businesses mixed in among the homes. Bradley Lawson's grandmother, Jo Lawson, lived in the back of a store on the east end of the street. A block of ice kept ...
The Rudolph name, while still around Gainesville, no longer resides on Green Street, Rudolph's Restaurant having morphed into a pizza place.
Best hamburger in Georgia, right here in Gainesville? That's what USA Today says. None other than the venerable Collegiate Grill gets the honors, the national newspaper says. USA Today, in its "Great American Bites" feature earlier this month, chose 51 best hamburgers from among the states and the District of Columbia. "It was a pleasant surprise," said Jeff Worley, who owns the Collegiate with his wife Donna. But nobody contacted him officially about the honor; ...
Maybe what the University of Georgia Bulldogs ought to do to salvage their football season is tear down the seats in the east end zone.
Whenever election season rolls around, the topic of "Goat Rock" emerges amid the blather of political pollution.
While there is only one movie house in Gainesville today, there are others in nearby counties, and through modern technology you can capture films through the mail, in stores or off your TV and the Internet.
Just as Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Roy Barnes avoided President Barack Obama when he recently spoke in Atlanta, so did Gov. Gene Talmadge avoid President Franklin Roosevelt when he addressed a huge crowd in Atlanta in November 1935.
Turns out the mystery of the missing 1883 Hall County Courthouse cornerstone is no mystery at all, and it isn't missing.
Hall County's first courthouse was a log structure built in 1818; its second burned in 1882. The cornerstone for the third was laid Sept. 19, 1883. The marble slab was engraved with the words, "Erected 1883. J.B.M. Winburn, ordinary; John L. Gaines, sheriff; W.B. Smith, clerk; Bruce and Morgan, architects; Joe B. Patton, contractor; W.L. Room, superintendent." County officials placed within the cornerstone a $1,000 Confederate bond, a $2 bill, Gainesville city scrip, six Confederate ...
Hall County has a tradition of getting behind a project and marshaling all its resources to see it to fruition.
An Atlanta lawyer's exciting trip on horseback through the Northeast Georgia mountains in 1878 provides a glimpse into perils lurking within the peaceful icturesque countryside during that era.
"I think Congress has been one of the biggest frauds in all American history." That quote didn't come from any candidates in this mega election year, but from one 100 years ago. The speaker was a Hall County candidate for 9th District Congress in 1910, lawyer H.H. Perry of Gainesville. During the official announcement of his candidacy at the noon recess of the Hall County Superior Court in July of that year, Perry continued, "They ...
The American home front is well known for supporting its fighting men and women in its wars. Local organizations in all wars have prepared bandages, food, stationery, shaving and other personal items especially during World Wars I and II. It continued through the Korean and Vietnam wars.
It was a grand occasion that mid-November day in 1928 near Flowery Branch when the Daughters of the American Revolution dedicated a boulder marking where Gen. Andrew Jackson spent the night at Young's Tavern.
Not everybody got into the Roaring '20s, defined as a loose time of rebellion among some segments of the population, defying tradition and exploring a modern age after World War I and before the 1929 stock market crash and Great Depression.
In the days leading up to Nov. 22, 1963, the Hall County community was preoccupied with the usual issues and autumn activities.
As recalled a few weeks ago, numerous Hardys seemed to be born with a writer's pen in their hands or a bent toward some form of journalism.
Hall County was a pioneer in providing training for special needs or developmentally delayed children.
When they remove Tom Watson's statue from Georgia's Capitol grounds, it won't be quite as spectacular as when Iraqis and American soldiers pulled down the statue of dictator Saddam Hussein in Baghdad in the spring of 2002.
School consolidation hasn't been an issue in Hall County for some time after the major mergers in the 1950s that created North Hall, East Hall and South Hall high schools from smaller high schools such as River Bend, Oakwood, Flowery Branch, Sardis, Lula or Clermont.
A gaping hole on Gainesville's South Main Street sits where once stood a prime entertainment venue for North Georgians.
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