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Where is courthouse cornerstone?

Hall County's first courthouse was a log structure built in 1818; its second burned in 1882.

September 05, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


How airport got its wings during World War II

Hall County has a tradition of getting behind a project and marshaling all its resources to see it to fruition.

August 29, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


How Atlanta lawyer eluded bandits in mountains in 1878

An Atlanta lawyer's exciting trip on horseback through the Northeast Georgia mountains in 1878 provides a glimpse into perils lurking within the peaceful icturesque countryside during that era.

August 22, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Senator ran for 2 offices in same year

"I think Congress has been one of the biggest frauds in all American history."

August 15, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Women aided Confederates in Civil War

The American home front is well known for supporting its fighting men and women in its wars. Local organizations in all wars have prepared bandages, food, stationery, shaving and other personal items especially during World Wars I and II. It continued through the Korean and Vietnam wars.

August 08, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Are diamonds still hidden in Hall's soil?

When the Glades Reservoir covers the valley in northeastern Hall County, will the waters forever conceal the secrets of diamonds that previously were found in that area?

August 01, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Astronomy genius found his gift here

One of the first products of the Gainesville school system was said to be Otis Ashmore, who was considered a genius in astronomy. It was at Gainesville College, as the first city school was called, that teachers are said to have discovered his gift.

His uncle, Thomas Ashmore, was the longtime editor of the famous Grier's Almanac. When he died, Otis Ashmore succeeded him and served from 1882 to 1934. During Otis's tenure, however, the almanac went through bankruptcy and was sold on the courthouse steps in Savannah, where Otis Ashmore had moved to become superintendent of Savannah ...

July 25, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Whelchels, Wilkies; what’s in their name?

Whelchel, Wilkie, Gilkie?

July 18, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Park Hall has strong link to Gainesville

Generations of Gainesville and Hall County students, not to mention the rest of Northeast Georgia, have either had classes in or walked by Park Hall numerous times on the main campus of the University of Georgia in Athens.

July 11, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


School closed, its namesake not forgotten

Jones Elementary School may be no more, but the Sylvester B. Jones name lives on as the Hall County school board plans to continue to make use of the building in Chicopee Village.

July 04, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Match firm fired up city in the 1880s

Gainesville has had a variety of industries over time, making everything from ball bearings to chicken pluckers.

June 27, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Anonymity doesn't faze Robertstown

Helen, the Bavarian-themed village in northern White County, is well known around the state and Southeast.

June 20, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


New Holland Springs was popular resort

White Sulphur Springs in eastern Hall County perhaps is the best known of the mineral springs resorts during their heyday in the last part of the 19th century and early part of the 20th century.

June 13, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Conventions chose hopefuls for Congress

This year's 9th District U.S. House races are provoking considerable interest despite low voter turnout. It's the first time in several years the election has been close enough for a runoff.

May 30, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Little church by the river marks its 150th year

It's a Methodist church, but instead of sprinkling water on the heads of new members, they more likely will be baptized in the Chattahoochee River that flows just a stone's throw away.

May 23, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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‘Miracle man’ earned renown as horticulturist

Gainesville native Iverson D. Hudgins was characterized "a miracle man" because he survived the 1936 tornado despite being caught in the vortex of the twister, thrown high above his house, landing midst all manner of debris and leaving him with 17 fractures and nails in one eye and his jaw.

April 12, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


1936 tornado victim fought for life after storm struck

There are so many stories that have been told and retold about the 1936 tornado that caused more than 200 deaths in the heart of Gainesville.

April 05, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


River ford bandits’ lair is gone, but legends live

Woolley's Ford was one of those places on rivers in Northeast Georgia where people would cross either wading across shallows or riding a ferry. Bridges weren't all that common on such streams as the Chattahoochee or Chestatee until the late 1800s.

March 30, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Pioneer Hall pastor, store merchant forgave debts

The first minister of Chestatee Baptist Church, John Edward "Jackie" Rives, was a successful farmer and merchant who turned preacher in 1833 after hearing a stirring sermon on swearing, a sin he admitted he was guilty of.

March 23, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Drawn into history: Gainesville cartoonist to continue legacy of ‘Mark Trail’ comic

Jack Elrod spent much of his childhood roaming the rivers and woods around Gainesville and North Georgia.

March 09, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Helen’s Helen was a Missouri social butterfly

If it weren't for the preference of Southern cooks for white flour in the early 1900s, there might not be a Helen, Ga., as it is today.

March 02, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Chicopee looked at Lula for its model village

Iris Thompson Fry of Lula is somewhat of a hoarder - not the kind you see on television, but a hoarder of memories and stories.

February 23, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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