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Poultry Bowl didn’t attract large turnout

Mat Garretson, a former Gainesville man now a California winemaker, noticed a piece in ESPN magazine about football bowl games that mentioned the Poultry Bowl of 1973.

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


Citizens Bank staff will gather to reminisce

The Citizens Bank was a mainstay in Gainesville for more than eight decades. Before the banking landscape changed so dramatically, you had Citizens, First National and Gainesville National, then the savings and loan guys, Home Federal and First Federal. In recent years, banks grew like kudzu, and even in today's recession new ones are sprouting.

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


Four decades later, woman finds POW

When Kathleen Bearden was 13 years old, she and several friends bought Prisoner-of-War bracelets to support American troops fighting in the Vietnam War.

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


The top local stories of 50 years ago

There was no shortage of nominees for the Top 10 stories of 2008: a watershed election year, drought, wars and the usual controversies, state, local and national.

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


Harmony Hall supplied stars for 1952 film

Hall County was the site of a world premiere movie in 1952.

December 28, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Christmas came in '36 despite tragic storm

People are still around who remember that first Christmas season after Gainesville's 1936 tornado.

December 28, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Editors of old weren’t stingy with their wit

One of the many experts that enjoyed critiquing newspapers used to say there wasn't enough humor in them.

December 21, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Shoal Creek’s colorful men made history

Slab Town and Pleasant Retreat no longer are on modern maps of White County, but they once were significant communities that produced significant people in the county's history.

December 21, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Golden roads, voter scams and $20 bills

Because so many new voters are on the rolls, no doubt when votes are counted Nov. 4, howls will come from all corners about fraud or efforts to keep certain voters from casting legitimate ballots.

December 14, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Newsman Craig lived and died on the press

Northeast Georgia over the years produced some colorful journalists, some of whom attained national recognition for their writing.

December 14, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


History Center forum focuses on Indian law

A Gainesville native who has become an authority on Indian removal will come back home Tuesday night to talk about the topic at the regular monthly forum of the Northeast Georgia History Center.

December 07, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Sunday shows stirred debate after WWII

During World War II, Gainesville theaters were allowed to show movies on Sundays in deference to military personnel stationed in the immediate area.

December 07, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


One young lad ruled the Great Bicycle Race

There was a big race out at Road Atlanta near Chestnut Mountain this weekend. Across the Winder Highway, stock cars have burned rubber all season long.

North Georgia and particularly Hall County have a long tradition of racing, dating back to when a track operated at the old fairgrounds off Shallowford Road and Looper's Speedway, located on the big bend in the Chattahoochee River where Laurel Park on Lake Lanier is today.

November 30, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Large-scale annexations are never simple

Gainesville's recent decision to abandon its attempt to annex unincorporated islands into the city illustrates again the reluctance of many outside-city interests to become part of a city.

November 30, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Japanese link to Brenau goes back quite a ways

Two reminders of Brenau University's Japanese connection remain on the Gainesville school's campus.

A weathered stone lantern that once graced Lake Takeda in the area of the present tennis courts now stands in the plaza area in the school's sorority circle off Prior Street. Two Japanese maples beside the Science Building on Washington Street guard another marker donated to the memory of Aya Takeda, who started it all in 1906, according to Brenau's archives.

November 23, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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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


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


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