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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


Pioneer's grave to be marked in Hall County

An important piece of Hall County history relating to the founding of Gainesville in 1821 will be highlighted Saturday at Air Line Baptist Church Cemetery.

May 15, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Much-coveted postmaster job stirred ruckus

Community postmaster jobs once were considered a valuable political plum, and therefore were much lusted over.

May 08, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Gainesvillians pushed hard for rail route

When the Air Line railroad began construction just after the Civil War, Gainesville had fewer than 500 residents, and no houses had been built in 12 years.

May 01, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Some in area voted to delay Ga. secession

As Georgia and other Southern states contemplated secession from the Union in 1860, they scheduled conventions to decide the issue.

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


Joy reigned in early days of Civil War

A few days before the Civil War broke out with the firing on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor April 12, 1861, mini-civil wars erupted now and then, even in Gainesville.

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


Before '36 tornado, Gainesville was a retail hub

Gainesville had no clue, of course, that it would be the bull's eye for a record tornado that would ravage its downtown early on a Monday morning, April 6, 1936.

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


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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


Hope family’s ancestors were early settlers in the region

Bob Hope once lived in Gainesville.

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


Local radio acts launched performers on music careers

When local radio was in its pioneer stages, live acts, mostly country and gospel music, were a significant part of the programming.

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


Gainesville’s first postmaster was pushed out of job by politics

Wiley Harben held the distinction of being Gainesville's first postmaster, appointed in 1823. He also had the distinction of being the first postmaster to lose his job for purely political reasons.

February 01, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Two journalists of note began their careers in Gainesville

You never know where a bicycle ride will take you.

January 25, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Where some names originate in North Georgia

A new street sign went up in Gainesville the other day - Sweet Bay Drive, the entrance to Atlanta Botanical Gardens' Smithgall Woodland Gardens off Cleveland Road.

January 18, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


You’re Old Hall County if you remember these

A version of this column ran in March 2000.

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


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