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Trunk full of memories returns home

Sometimes you find treasure within a treasure that you weren't even looking for.

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


Electricity was slow to arrive in parts of Hall

Gainesville was one of the first towns in the South to have electricity, courtesy of Gen. A.J. Warner and others who built a hydroelectric plant on the Chestatee River between Gainesville and Dahlonega and later Dunlap Dam on the Chattahoochee River near the site of today's American Legion Post 7.

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


Georgia press offered praise to Gainesville

Gainesville was just becoming known as a health resort and a North Georgia leader in 1878 when it was host to a convention of Georgia editors and publishers, the largest such gathering ever held at the time.

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


Boy Scouts, YMCA have rich history

Boy Scouting is celebrating its 100th year nationwide. In Hall County the movement began about 1920, according to a history of local Boy Scouts written by Livingston Newton in 1927.

March 28, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Street cars finally came to end of line

One of the most charming modes of transportation in Gainesville was the old street car, which actually began with horse-drawn trolleys in the 1870s.

March 21, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Early church put bars out of business

A writer identified only as "C.W.A." gave an account of the early history of churches in Gainesville in an 1888 article in the Gainesville Eagle.

March 14, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


How helmets finally got into baseball

With opening day for Major League Baseball only weeks away, players wearing helmets at all levels is a common as wads of tobacco or bubble gum poking out their jaws.

March 07, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


1940s Guild put spotlight on theater

Community theater in Gainesville wasn't really in the spotlight until the 1960s, but a Gainesville Theatre Guild organized in the 1940s produced several plays before it was succeeded by a group that eventually became today's Gainesville Theater Alliance.

February 28, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Soda fountain was a popular spot at pharmacies

There weren't nearly as many eating places around Gainesville's downtown half a century ago as there are today, but there were enough with certain menu items that stick in your memory like cheese on a burger.

February 21, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Where fans can get a fill-up on car racing

Race Week in Daytona fittingly concludes on Valentine's Day because fans have had a longtime love affair with auto racing in its various forms.

February 14, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


A short street, Woodsmill’s past is rich

When Gainesville officials announced during Truman Day festivities July 4, 1945, they were planning to pave the road to the golf course, they might have been talking about Woodsmill Road.

February 07, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Truman Day was a giant July 4 event as war waned

World War II in Europe had ended two months earlier, but the Japanese continued to fight Americans and their allies furiously in the Pacific.

January 31, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Do we need more farmers in the Capitol?

Citizens sometimes complain that Georgia's legislature would get more done if there weren't so many lawyers involved.

January 24, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Rebel fired first cannon of Civil War

If Vince Evans had enough time before he retires as superintendent of Gainesville's Alta Vista Cemetery, he would have a story about everybody who's buried there.

January 10, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Mining assayer Stephenson favored feet over horses in 1800s

Dr. Matthew F. Stephenson was an important, but sometimes overlooked, figure in North Georgia's history.

January 03, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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Original copy of Gainesville High paper dates to 1902

Gainesville High School students and alumni are familiar with The Trumpeter, the school newspaper for decades.

October 26, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


How much do you know about Lake Lanier, local history?

Time for another little local history trivia quiz. Answers follow:

October 19, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Timely rains kept schedule for filling lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and local leaders broke ground for Buford Dam in 1949, and it would be another seven years before the first trickle of water from the Chattahoochee River would begin to form Lake Lanier.

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


Cooper Pants Factory marker finally to honor victims of '36 tragedy

A mother and her two daughters were among those killed in the Cooper Pants Factory fire that started during the 1936 Gainesville tornado.

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


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


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