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Book recounts 1960 team that won state title

Joey McQuaig, a halfback for the Waycross Bulldogs when they beat Gainesville 49-0 in the 1960 Class AA football finals, recalls his team's undefeated season in a book he wrote just three years ago.

December 19, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


When chickens began to unseat cotton as king

North Georgia's broiler boom began in earnest after World War II and into the 1950s. It led to so many allied industries that Gainesville continues to be known as the world's broiler capital.

December 12, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


It was a decisive time in North Ga. 50 years ago

This time of year 50 years ago was indeed a significant period in North Georgia's history, particularly Gainesville and Hall County.

December 05, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Santa came to North Georgia minus beard

When Sarah Allen Cooper was just a toddler in March 1938, her father brought her to see President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Gainesville, which was officially marking its recovery from the 1936 tornado.

November 28, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


How holiday was before U.S. entered war

Thanksgiving season in North Georgia just before the United States officially entered World War II in 1941

November 21, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Fire in 1851 destroyed most of Gainesville

Gainesville's history is filled with disasters, including the 1903 and 1936 tornadoes that left heavy tolls of destruction and death.

November 14, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Newspapers disagreed over liar population

Newspaper competition was furious at times in the old days. At one time Hall County had three weekly newspapers.

November 07, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Oak Street was a happy place in hard times

Like many streets leading from downtown Gainesville, Oak Street isn't what it used to be.

October 31, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Rudolph’s gone, family name not forgotten

The Rudolph name, while still around Gainesville, no longer resides on Green Street, Rudolph's Restaurant having morphed into a pizza place.

October 24, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Georgia's best burger is Collegiate’s, newspaper says

Best hamburger in Georgia, right here in Gainesville?

October 17, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Track people kept Bulldogs in the zone

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.

October 10, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


A little Goat Rock needed in today's campaigns

Whenever election season rolls around, the topic of "Goat Rock" emerges amid the blather of political pollution.

October 03, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Movie houses were popular here for years

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.

September 26, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Gov. Talmadge avoided FDR during 1935 visit

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.

September 19, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Cornerstone not missing, no mystery after all

Turns out the mystery of the missing 1883 Hall County Courthouse cornerstone is no mystery at all, and it isn't missing.

September 12, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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‘Miracle man’ earned renown as horticulturist

Gainesville native Iverson D. Hudgins was characterized "a miracle man" because he survived the 1936 tornado despite being caught in the vortex of the twister, thrown high above his house, landing midst all manner of debris and leaving him with 17 fractures and nails in one eye and his jaw.

April 12, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


1936 tornado victim fought for life after storm struck

There are so many stories that have been told and retold about the 1936 tornado that caused more than 200 deaths in the heart of Gainesville.

April 05, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


River ford bandits’ lair is gone, but legends live

Woolley's Ford was one of those places on rivers in Northeast Georgia where people would cross either wading across shallows or riding a ferry. Bridges weren't all that common on such streams as the Chattahoochee or Chestatee until the late 1800s.

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


Pioneer Hall pastor, store merchant forgave debts

The first minister of Chestatee Baptist Church, John Edward "Jackie" Rives, was a successful farmer and merchant who turned preacher in 1833 after hearing a stirring sermon on swearing, a sin he admitted he was guilty of.

March 23, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Drawn into history: Gainesville cartoonist to continue legacy of ‘Mark Trail’ comic

Jack Elrod spent much of his childhood roaming the rivers and woods around Gainesville and North Georgia.

March 09, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Helen’s Helen was a Missouri social butterfly

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.

March 02, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Chicopee looked at Lula for its model village

Iris Thompson Fry of Lula is somewhat of a hoarder - not the kind you see on television, but a hoarder of memories and stories.

February 23, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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