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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


Prior Street was named for Hall judge

Prior Street is one of Gainesville's most important streets. It connects the northside of town to the southside. It runs from Hunter Street near St. Paul United Methodist Church on Summit Street, to City Park and the Civic Center.

May 12, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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Sacks store was mainstay on city square

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.

August 17, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Seeding ground with gold failed to profit crooks

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.

August 10, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Glory, it’s ’mater sammich time again

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.

August 03, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


WWI casualty Bolding wrote of mud, shells and willpower

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.

July 27, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Antioch UMC celebrates its 200th year at camp meeting

One of the oldest camp meetings in North Georgia begins Monday at the historic Antioch Campground on Antioch Campground Road in west Hall County.

July 20, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


County agents play key role in community

"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.

July 13, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Hall also had role in birthing Bulldog Nation

On this Independence Day Weekend, take a brief look at Lyman Hall, for whom Hall County is named.

July 06, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Family retains ties to historic Hall farmland

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.

June 29, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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