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North Ga. drew attention during 1920s

A lot was going on in North Georgia in the Roaring '20s. That was when Johnson & Johnson decided on Hall County for its Chicopee Manufacturing Corp. model mill village.

January 15, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Corner lot on square has varied history

When Gainesville was laid out, Lot No. 1 at the corner of Spring and Main streets where Hunt Towers is today was the prime place on the public square.

January 08, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Possum took pride in job on city streets

People make up the character of the community. Certain personalities over time have stood out almost as familiar as the Confederate statue on Gainesville's downtown square.

January 01, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Tight election added spice to Christmas in 1897

A lot more than Christmas was on the minds of Gainesvillians in December 1897.

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


Confession led to freedom for suspect

It's been more than a half century since the conclusion of one of the most sensational murder cases in the state's history.

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


Hula dance got Cornelia show into trouble

While Northeast Georgia is still considered in a drought, every few days some rain falls to provide temporary relief.

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


Gainesvilleman told of escape during WWI

The Towery family of Gainesville hadn't heard from their son Fred Richmond Towery in more than three years during World War I.

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


Hard times hit Hall as WWI wound down

Many still remember how hard life was during World War II, what with rationing and shortages and loved ones fighting overseas.

November 27, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


How things change with political winds

If you're already worn out over the 2012 elections while we're still a few weeks from finishing 2011, get used to it.

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


Sunday booze ban wasn’t only blue law

The mostly overwhelming vote around the state for package sales of alcoholic beverages on Sunday shows how far we have come, or, from the perspective of opponents, how far we have retreated on blue law issues.

November 13, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


A funny ride through time around Georgia

Wouldn't it be exciting to travel in a time machine and witness some of Georgia's historic events?

November 06, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Hall Countians paid tribute to late First Lady

Gainesville's Norfolk Southern Railroad depot has been the scene of several memorable occasions, including presidential whistle-stop campaigns, troop trains during World War II, visits from President Franklin Roosevelt and funeral trains.

October 30, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Habersham, Hall counties competed for new school

North Georgia Technical College in Clarkesville has a rich history, its campus dating back 104 years.

October 23, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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


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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


First wireless message sent in 1911 from ship to Brenau

"Wireless" is a common term in today's age of modern electronics. It allows people to use their electronic devices in a variety of locations or situations.

December 28, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Two kin from the area died decades apart serving cause

The story of Hugh Minor Sr. has been well told. He was the Dawson County native and pioneer airplane pilot who lived much of his early life in Gainesville.

December 21, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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