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Hall Countian was among heroes at the Alamo

A few Georgians were involved in the Battle of the Alamo in what is now Texas in 1836, among them William Wells, who was born in what is now Hall County in 1798.

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


Milliken had impact on Hall, many places

When textile tycoon Roger Milliken died last month, Spartanburg and the whole of South Carolina appropriately mourned him and loudly sang his praises.

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


Similar themes in inaugurals of 2 Hall County governors

There were similar themes in the inauguration of the first governor from Hall County, A.D. Candler, and the second, Nathan Deal, who took office last week.

January 16, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Brenau library houses books from Watson

The library of one of Georgia's best known politicians is housed in Brenau University's trustee library in Gainesville.

January 09, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


North Georgia grad was part of secret war

Ben Malcom had been out of North Georgia College in Dahlonega barely a year before he found himself in Korea in 1952 on an unconventional warfare assignment kept top secret for four decades after the war there concluded in n armistice.

January 02, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Local wagons found homes all over US

Gainesville wasn't exactly the Detroit of vehicle manufacturing in the days before the automobile began riding American roads, but it did have a national reputation for its wagon-making.

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


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


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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


Glory, it’s ’mater sammich time again

Editor's note: For many years, Johnny Vardeman, retired editor of The Times, would write his annual "'mater sammich" column as homegrown tomatoes started coming in during the summer. "'Maters and Music" will be the theme for a tomato sandwich event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center one mile north of Vogel State Park, 9 miles south of Blairsville on U.S. 129.

August 03, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


WWI casualty Bolding wrote of mud, shells and willpower

A century will have passed Monday since the beginning of World War I, which started July 28, 1914, when Austria declared war on Serbia. The United States didn't enter until three years later, declaring war on Germany.

July 27, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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