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'Mark Trail' continues a longtime local link

For more than six decades, "Mark Trail" has been a fixture in newspaper funnies. It was birthed by a Gainesville man, continued by another Gainesvillian, and a third Gainesville artist has dipped his pen in it recently.

August 23, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


'Ghost Town' health resort in Lumpkin County drew crowds

In the 1950s and perhaps later, a favorite pastime for some high school and college students was to explore what they called "Ghost Town" in Lumpkin County.

August 16, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Nalleys keep ’em in the road in tough times

The Nalley name continues on 10 Atlanta area car dealerships, but the Nalley family no longer is involved directly in them. Asbury Automotive Group, Inc., a multibillion-dollar business, acquired most of the Nalley car enterprises in 1997, with Jim Nalley remaining as a partner and chief executive officer. His and wife Rene's three sons, Clay (C.V. Nalley IV), Street and Slater, continued working for Asbury.

August 02, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Nalley autos cranked up in Gainesville

When Jim Nalley was growing up in Gainesville in the 1950s, his main hang-out was his father's Chevrolet dealership on South Main Street.

July 26, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


What visitors to Gainesville saw in 1908

A visitor to Gainesville in 1908 wrote about what he liked about the city.

July 19, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Good reading to lift you up on down days

Six Gainesville friends were together on a Caribbean cruise in May 1996. When the ship returned to port, three stayed for another day to tour Miami.

July 12, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Hall County was feeling its oats in 1920s

Even when it was tiny with mostly volunteer staff, the chamber of commerce for Gainesville and Hall County was aggressive in promoting the area.

July 05, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


19th century teacher had tough words for parents

Educators sometimes are frustrated that parents don't get more involved in their children's education. But their problems today hardly compare to the late 1800s when children were expected to pull their weight on the family farm.

June 28, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Lulans are proud of their veterans from past wars

For Lula being no bigger than it is, the east Hall County town has supplied its country with more than its share of military heroes.

June 21, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Mayflower Café started tasty career

If you lived in Hall County or nearby in the 1950s, more than likely you had a meal at the Mayflower Café.

June 14, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Letters home shed light on World War I

Communication from overseas to back home was painstakingly slow during World War I, and it mostly consisted of letters from soldiers to their parents, other relatives or friends.

June 07, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


How it was on the homefront during World War I

Plenty of veterans of World War II remain and even more people who remember the war.

May 31, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Bryan wowed large crowd in Gainesville

William Jennings Bryan went down in history as one of the country's greatest orators. He is best known for his part in the Scopes trial, which debated the teaching of evolution.

May 24, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Blairsville retiree stayed a Boy Scout for a lifetime

John Preston didn't know it at the time, but when his mother, Robbie, gathered his Cub Scout den together in the basement of their Ridgewood Avenue home in Gainesville, it was the start of a lifetime in Scouting for him.

May 17, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Deadly flu outbreak in 1918 closed much of Gainesville

When the influenza pandemic roared into North Georgia in the fall of 1918, schools closed and some activities shut down for a few weeks.

May 10, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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Film to depict Jackson pilot’s WWII escapes

Jackson Countians know why the Jefferson bypass on U.S. 129 south of Gainesville is named for Major Damon J. Gause. Many others, even in neighboring counties, might not know that he was a World War II hero, whose remarkable story about multiple escapes from the Japanese will be told in a Public Broadcasting documentary next year.

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


Ex-principal to mark 100th at old school

Frances Miller Haynes will turn 100 years old Oct. 1. Appropriately, she will celebrate in advance Saturday in the building with which she is most identified – Candler Street School just off North Green Street in Gainesville.

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


Businesses along Atlanta Highway roll with the times

Even longtime North Georgia residents are struck at how Gainesville's Atlanta Highway transformed so quickly.

September 14, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Who recalls the final film shown at the Royal?

Many remember the movie "The Last Picture Show," which came out in 1971 and starred Jeff Bridges and Cybill Shepherd. It was about a dying Texas town whose businesses, including the movie show, were failing.

September 07, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Slaughterhouse Creek’s history includes mines, meat operation

Connie Propes and other neighbors where Wal-Mart is building a grocery and installing gas pumps on Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville are researching the history of the area, in particular Slaughterhouse Creek, which might be affected by rainfall runoff from the development. The creek eventually feeds into Lake Lanier.

August 31, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Many memories made in Brenau sorority houses

During the recent razing of several sorority houses at Brenau University in Gainesville, students and alumni gathered in groups at times to snap photos and hopefully get a brick or other piece of memorabilia from the rubble.

August 24, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Sacks store was mainstay on city square

The east side of Gainesville's downtown square in the 1950s was dominated by clothing stores, most of them what you would consider discount shops today.

August 17, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Seeding ground with gold failed to profit crooks

At the height of the Lumpkin County gold rush, people from all over the country were coming to North Georgia to pursue their personal fortune. Locals sometimes were prone to take advantage of gullible outside prospectors.

August 10, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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