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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


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


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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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