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Local mint operator was a genius whom fortune eluded

Templeton Reid, the guy who made Gainesville famous as the site of the first private mint in the United States, apparently was an eccentric tinker, inventor, entrepreneur and crack rifleman.

August 18, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Grand jury faced familar issues 186 years ago

The Hall County grand jury fussed at the county commissioners for not fixing the roads and jumped on the state legislature for wasting money.

August 11, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Communities’ curious names fall from maps

Longtime Hall County residents are familiar with the names of unincorporated crossroads communities such as Blackshear Place, Price, Brookton, Quillians, The Glades and Chestnut Mountain, which once was known as Chestnut Hill.

August 04, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


City Park has seen its share of big stars, big moments

Famous Atlanta Falcons football players will leave their cleat marks tonight on the sacred sod of Gainesville City Park, a place where memories - athletic and otherwise - have been made for more than a century.

August 01, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


By ’20s, paving had become a priority as cars crowded roads

By the 1920s, Gainesville long had been a trade center, and more automobiles were filling its streets. With more people owning cars, demands for improving roads increased.

July 28, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Chamber still had lofty goals in hard times

Gainesville's Chamber of Commerce had some ambitious goals in 1931 despite the nation heading into what became known as the Great Depression.

July 21, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Area eventually felt full brunt of Depression

After the stock market crash in 1929, the economy really sank into the tank across the country. While it seemed Northeast Georgia was immune from the worst of the Great Depression in its early months, local businesses and industry would suffer eventually.

July 14, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Area escaped earliest impact of Great Depression

In the years before the Great Depression, which is said to have started in earnest the fall of 1929, there seemed to be no signs of an economic downturn in the Gainesville area.

July 07, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


D-Day veteran finds it hard to relive horrors of war

It's been 69 years since J.D. Satterfield jumped from an airplane over France with other American paratroopers on what was D-Day June 6, 1944, the beginning of the end of World War II in Europe.

June 30, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Student paper’s pages reflected UGA’s history

The Red and Black has been the University of Georgia's student newspaper since 1893. It has been the vehicle that launched the careers of innumerable journalists, several of them to the loftiest heights of the profession.

June 23, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Central Baptist Church prays its miracles will continue

It took several years to build the present Central Baptist Church building on Gainesville's southside because it ran into the Great Recession in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

June 16, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Church stands strong in face of adversity

"Not Made for Defeat" was the title of a book the Rev. Harold Frederic Green wrote about Gainesville's Central Baptist Church in 1974, a history of the church from its beginnings in 1890.

June 09, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Soulful sounds make music at Iron Works

Gainesville Iron Works was a fixture on South Main Street for more than a century.

June 02, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Pioneer home may return to its South Hall roots

Ken Cochran painstakingly helped dismantle log-by-log the historic Roberts-Orr house at Roberts Crossroads in south Hall County.

May 26, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


CD package relates stories of area locations

Johnny Kytle was a native of Clermont in Hall County and a pioneer daredevil pilot who carried the mail between Atlanta and Richmond, Va.

May 19, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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Moonshiner making legal white lightnin’ now

Dwight Bearden was 6 or 7 years old when he first started helping his father on their liquor still north of Dawsonville.

April 20, 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


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