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A little Goat Rock needed in today's campaigns

Whenever election season rolls around, the topic of "Goat Rock" emerges amid the blather of political pollution.

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


Movie houses were popular here for years

While there is only one movie house in Gainesville today, there are others in nearby counties, and through modern technology you can capture films through the mail, in stores or off your TV and the Internet.

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


Gov. Talmadge avoided FDR during 1935 visit

Just as Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Roy Barnes avoided President Barack Obama when he recently spoke in Atlanta, so did Gov. Gene Talmadge avoid President Franklin Roosevelt when he addressed a huge crowd in Atlanta in November 1935.

September 19, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Cornerstone not missing, no mystery after all

Turns out the mystery of the missing 1883 Hall County Courthouse cornerstone is no mystery at all, and it isn't missing.

September 12, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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


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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


Antioch UMC celebrates its 200th year at camp meeting

One of the oldest camp meetings in North Georgia begins Monday at the historic Antioch Campground on Antioch Campground Road in west Hall County.

July 20, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


County agents play key role in community

"County agents," as we call them, date back in Georgia 100 years. They are part of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service, celebrating its centennial this year helping residents with home, garden and farm advice.

July 13, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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