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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


Anonymity doesn't faze Robertstown

Helen, the Bavarian-themed village in northern White County, is well known around the state and Southeast.

June 20, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


New Holland Springs was popular resort

White Sulphur Springs in eastern Hall County perhaps is the best known of the mineral springs resorts during their heyday in the last part of the 19th century and early part of the 20th century.

June 13, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Conventions chose hopefuls for Congress

This year's 9th District U.S. House races are provoking considerable interest despite low voter turnout. It's the first time in several years the election has been close enough for a runoff.

May 30, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Little church by the river marks its 150th year

It's a Methodist church, but instead of sprinkling water on the heads of new members, they more likely will be baptized in the Chattahoochee River that flows just a stone's throw away.

May 23, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Spelling bee words not as tough in 1875

The 19th annual Spelling Bee to benefit the Alliance for Literacy was held a few days ago at Brenau University's Pearce Auditorium in Gainesville.

May 16, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Hall County catered to tourists, well and ill

Hall County, somewhat of a health resort in the 1800s and early 1900s, at the time had one of the lowest death rates in the United States.

May 09, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Old whistle gives people time of day

If you've lived around Gainesville a while, you know where that whistle comes from that blows at 8 a.m., noon, 12:30 and 4:30 p.m., Georgia Chair Co. on Industrial Boulevard.

May 02, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


He printed first copies of newspaper in 1947

The guy who cranked out the very first issues of what was then the Gainesville Daily Times Jan. 26, 1947, died the other day.

April 25, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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


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Old buildings hold memories for long-timers

A couple of downtown Gainesville landmarks that hold special memories for a lot of people are undergoing yet another series of renovations.

August 30, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


School funds have a history of coming up short in area

Education funding and teacher pay aren't just recent controversies in Georgia's history.

August 23, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Lynchings were a common crime in early 20th century

Much is being made of the 100th anniversary of the Leo Frank/Mary Phagan case this month.

August 16, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Try your hand at some local history trivia

Another local history quiz. See how many questions you can answer.

August 09, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Rylees were among first settlers in Banks, Hall counties

Ten to 20 people will gather at the Rylee homeplace in Banks County for lunch today as they do most every Sunday.

August 02, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Brenau’s goal was to make ‘a good woman’

Some Northeast Georgia historical trivia:

July 26, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


‘Enoche’ wasn’t in Cherokees’ vocabulary, nor was auto racing

Recent inquiries to "Ask The Times" in the Saturday newspaper about sports car races at the Gainesville airport brought back memories to a couple of ...

July 19, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Relatives of slugger’s wife Claire Ruth clear up myths

Claire Merritt pulled up her deep Northeast Georgia roots in the early 1920s, went to New York and married legendary baseball star Babe Ruth.

July 12, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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