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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


How would lake visionaries respond today?

Really, it shouldn't have taken a court case to figure out that local, state and federal officials intended for Lake Lanier to be used as a water supply for neighboring communities.

July 03, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Paving square got anti-tax opposition, too

Before the Gainesville downtown streets were paved, it was a common sight for mules and horses pulling wagons to be mired in near knee-deep mud.

June 26, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Paper pushed for highways, more tourism

Jim Davidson, who published the Cleveland, Ga., Courier, was the consummate old-time editor who tediously hand-set one at a time every letter of every word of every sentence in his four-page newspaper long hours into the night, but never on Sunday.

June 19, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Editor sent some sermons to his readers

North Georgia over the years produced a bumper crop of entertaining and sometimes controversial newspaper editors.

June 12, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Zipper firm transformed White County

When zipper inventor and manufacturer Talon Inc., announced it would locate in Cleveland in the summer of 1952, the normally reserved weekly Cleveland Courier shouted the news in 2-inch headlines.

June 05, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Chicken tags hailed, hated by motorists

Probably a few longtime Hall County residents have an old "chicken tag" lying around, having saved it from the 1950s and '60s or found it at a garage or yard sale somewhere.

May 29, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Lyman Hall had to settle for marker

It could have been Lyman Hall instead of Old Joe on Gainesville's downtown square. In 1901, Somebody suggested a statue of Hall, the county's namesake and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, be erected in the middle of the square.

May 22, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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Family finally tells its story of ’36 Gainesville tornado

Because April is high tornado season, and storms are top of mind especially in Northeast Georgia, here's a family's remarkable story about how they survived Gainesville's 1936 tornado despite being in or near the middle of it. They were indeed fortunate they were not among the more than 200 people killed.

April 19, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Gainesville residents fought to keep square in 1901

"Old Joe," the Confederate statue on Gainesville's downtown square, almost wasn't to be for a couple of reasons.

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


Anniversary of a different deadly 1936 tornado

Today is the 79th anniversary of the fourth deadliest tornado in United States history.

April 05, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Gainesville Mill added a big jolt to Hall economy

The early 1900s were high times for Gainesville and Hall County.

March 29, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Gwinnett County police murders stunned state in 1964

Fifty-one years ago next month marks one of the most sensational crimes in Georgia's history: the execution murders of three Gwinnett County policemen.

March 22, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Mossy Creek Campground is full of history

Mossy Creek Campground lies between Ga. 254 and Skitts Mountain Road in White County.

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


Many golfers learned to play at Mossy Creek in White County

One of the oldest golf courses in North Georgia is Mossy Creek, just over the Hall County line into White County on Ga. 254 next to Mossy Creek Campground and at the base of Skitts Mountain.

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


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


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