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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


What it was like as 1950s came to end

So what was the Christmas season like half a century ago in Northeast Georgia, say 1959?

December 27, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Liquid assets drew tourists to Hall County area

It's been well documented how popular North Georgia and Hall County in particular were as health resorts during the late 1800s and the early 1900s.

December 20, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


‘Forgotten’ governor buried here

The Georgia historical marker outside Alta Vista Cemetery in Gainesville notes two of the state's governors are buried there.

A.D. Candler, who was born in North Georgia and lived in Gainesville, is the better known. James Milton Smith, who served as governor from 1872 to 1877, was a South Georgian whose eventual home was Columbus. While most of his biographies don't mention it, at least one source said he practiced law in Hall County at one time, though that couldn't be confirmed.

December 13, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Fire gutted Gainesville's once-proud opera house

An opera house once flourished in Gainesville on the downtown square where Christopher's is situated today at the corner of Washington and Bradford streets.

December 06, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Book details Indian mound history, myths

When Emory Jones, who grew up in White County, told a friend he was going to write a book about the Nacoochee Indian mound, the friend's response was, "What, two pages?"

November 29, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


New Holland was a milestone in Hall County history

There have been some big days in the history of Hall County: the railroad coming in the 1870s, Johnson & Johnson building the model Chicopee mill village in 1927, opening of what would become Brenau University, likewise Riverside Military Academy, Lanier Tech and Gainesville State, the formation of Lake Lanier in the 1950s and construction of Interstate 985/Ga. 365.

November 22, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Who are men depicted in post office mural?

Those who remember the old U.S. Post Office at the corner of Green and Washington streets in downtown Gainesville also might remember the mural that hung in the lobby.

November 15, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Cemeteries’ secrets reveal family history

The Bell family has been prominent in North Georgia history for generations, producing farmers, politicians, athletes, coaches, educators and other professional and business men and women.

November 08, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Adventures before Alaska was a state

Martha Ann Taylor has a mountain of memories from service with the American Red Cross in Alaska before it became a state and was even wilder than it is today.

November 01, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Star-crossed boat too big for bridges

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is releasing more water through Buford Dam because Lake Lanier's level is higher than it is supposed to be this time of year. The corps is afraid there won't be enough room to store water expected from winter rains.

October 25, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Will anybody want the lake level lower?

If the wet weather pattern continues, and Lake Lanier rises higher, instead of calls for raising the lake level, some might be tempted to want to draw the water down.

October 18, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Barber follows grandfather's old-time ways

When Ben McCool was a youngster, one of his jobs was cleaning out spittoons in his grandfather's barber shop.

October 11, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Center Point fills unique role in education

Center Point's mission isn't intended to turn out preachers, but it happens as a happy by-product to some of the students who take released-time courses in religion.

October 04, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


How an idea for religion study started

Sometimes it takes idea decades before it becomes reality. It took only 15 months from when the idea of a Christian education center was discussed in Gainesville for it to open its doors to students wanting to learn more about various religions.

September 27, 2009 | 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


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