Editor's note: For many years, Johnny Vardeman, retired editor of The Times, would write his annual "'mater sammich" column as homegrown tomatoes started coming in during the summer. "'Maters and Music" will be the theme for a tomato sandwich event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center one mile north of Vogel State Park, 9 miles south of Blairsville on U.S. 129.
A century will have passed Monday since the beginning of World War I, which started July 28, 1914, when Austria declared war on Serbia. The United States didn't enter until three years later, declaring war on Germany.
One of the oldest camp meetings in North Georgia begins Monday at the historic Antioch Campground on Antioch Campground Road in west Hall County.
"County agents," as we call them, date back in Georgia 100 years. They are part of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service, celebrating its centennial this year helping residents with home, garden and farm advice.
On this Independence Day Weekend, take a brief look at Lyman Hall, for whom Hall County is named.
Nancy Terrell Furr hid in a cabin during the Civil War while Union soldiers plundered the countryside, picked all the pears from a tree nearby and killed the only cow she owned.
OK, all you local history buffs, here's your chance to display your knowledge with this little trivia test. Answers to the questions are below:
Relative newcomers to Hall County, and even longtime residents whose memory might be fuzzy, are curious about "what used to be" in Gainesville's downtown.
Near the intersection of Wilson Bridge and Martin Bridge roads off Exit 154 of Interstate 85 in Banks County, there once was a community called Arp.
The late Lester Hosch, a Hall County businessman, consummate Rotarian and historian, once inventoried Gainesville street names, giving the origin of some of them.
The year 1964 doesn't seem like half a century ago, but it is memorable because of the turbulent times the country experienced.
One hundred years ago, Europe was in the throes of World War I, called the Great War prior to World War II, and countries were declaring war on each other right and left.
While there are debates in these political times, they aren't what they used to be. Nowadays, campaigns depend on big money to buy big television ads. Elections seemingly are won by who has the most money to buy TV time.
The Northeast Georgia History Center, celebrating a decade in its $4 million building on Gainesville's Academy Street, got off to a meager beginning in an old fire station in 1981.
The Spring Chicken Festival held in downtown Gainesville this weekend surely must stir memories of those who remember the very popular Georgia Poultry Festival staged in the 1950s and '60s, just when the poultry industry was beginning to take off in Northeast Georgia.
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.
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.
Even longtime North Georgia residents are struck at how Gainesville's Atlanta Highway transformed so quickly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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