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Battles over rivers, boundaries are nothing new

Georgia has a history of boundary battles with its neighbors. The most recent scrimmage was with Tennessee, which some Georgia legislators wanted to adjust its boundary to take advantage of that state's water resources.

October 05, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


White County mountain’s past is quite infamous

Lynch Mountain isn't as well known or prominent as its more visible neighbor, Yonah Mountain, which stands guard over picturesque Nacoochee Valley in White County.

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


Historic home and Old Joe both will stay put

Ebernezer B. Gower was the guy who developed Gower Springs, which became a popular resort off Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville. He not only owned the property that eventually became the Green Street Circle neighborhood, but owned land from that point all the way up to the downtown square.

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


Dairies milked all over North Georgia

Winford Elrod used to get up at 4 a.m., milk cows, bottle the milk, load the bottles on a truck, deliver them to homes all over Gainesville, then get back to the dairy in time to milk again.

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


This year's ’maters pass the tasting test here

Reports are that some people are shying away from tomatoes in view of the federal government's report that they might have caused some to be sick, having eaten a salmonella sandwich instead of a genuine homegrown tomato sandwich.

September 06, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


New buildings drew criticism from near, far

When Hall County built its new courthouse, there was considerable criticism when the original estimate of $8.5 million grew to $16.5 million because of increased building costs, and finally to $24.9 million because another floor was added.

August 31, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


The first Red Elephants stampeded and stumbled

Katie B. Davis's excellent article in The Times a few days back about the origin of the Gainesville High School Red Elephants' nickname stirs some curiosity about that 1935 football team and the excitement that would attract the attention of the big-city newspapers.

August 24, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


How people got around without cars

Those interested in what it was like way back when are fortunate when those who lived way back when leave their recollections to their descendants.

August 17, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Green Street Circle recycles a bygone era

Many people driving along ultra-busy, multilaned Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville may not be aware only a few yards away is a quiet two-lane, tree-lined street that developed early in the 1900s and today is enjoying somewhat of a renaissance.

August 10, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Some of county's goals from decades ago still elusive

Hall County was quite a different place 60 years ago with men and women who served in World War II just settling into a new chapter of their lives.

August 03, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Rural column writers won readers, if no Pulitzers

Some small weekly newspapers still carry the personal notes of country correspondents, who write faithfully of happenings in their community.

July 27, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


A costly fire long ago, and how local towns were named

Historians have written that a fire wiped out Gainesville in 1851, just over three decades after it was founded.

July 20, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


A plane lab caused a stir 52 years ago

It probably wouldn't go over as big today, but when Lockheed Corp. announced a research facility for an atomic-powered airplane would set up housekeeping in Dawson County, it was major headlines.

July 12, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Indians lost every effort to keep land

As white settlers poured into what is now North Georgia in the 1700s and early 1800s, conflicts between them and the Indians were inevitable.

July 05, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Gainesville’s namesake had his problems

Most people familiar with local history know Gainesville is named in honor of Gen. Edmund Pendleton Gaines, but perhaps fewer know why. Still fewer might know little about the city's namesake.

June 28, 2008 | 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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