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Frigid winter conjures talk of ‘back when’

When a winter like Northeast Georgia is having this year, when electricity and gas bills soar, when firewood runs low, and school schedules are slammed, people begin to reminisce about winters past, those that stand out.

February 16, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


WWI aviator from Hall had some close calls

One of the first military aviators from Hall County who fought in World War I had some narrow escapes in the air, but luckily returned with hardly a scratch.

February 09, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Longstreets told whole world why they wed

Even in this more tolerant time, eyebrows are raised when a much older guy or gal marries a much younger gal or guy.

February 02, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


The day fire destroyed Longstreet’s home in Gainesville

Picture Gainesville in the late 1800s. It was billed as one of the South's great health resorts because of its numerous nearby mineral springs. It had a dozen lodging places, including the Piedmont Hotel operated by famed Confederate Gen. James Longstreet.

January 26, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Norwegian son follows mom’s path to Georgia

Liv Reinhardt Myklebust, a Norwegian, traveled to the United States in 1980 to attend Brenau University in Gainesville on a Georgia Rotary Student scholarship.

January 19, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Col. Candler defied mob to protect Union officer

An incident during the Civil War tells much about the character of A.D. Candler of Gainesville, who later served as mayor, U.S. representative and as Georgia's governor.

January 12, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


‘Bloody 9th’ was slow to report election night returns

This election year, voting results from the various precincts around the 9th Congressional District will show up on computer screens and other electronic devices not long after the polls close.

January 05, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Gen. Sherman gave Atlanta some water advice

It'd be a stretch, but kind of fun, to blame Atlanta's water troubles on Gen. William T. Sherman, whose Union troops burned the city and anything else that got in his way on his March to the Sea during the Civil War.

December 29, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Why there’s nothing better than Christmas in North Ga.

(A version of this column originally ran in The Times Dec. 25, 1991.)

December 22, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Bolding Bridge owner lost standoff with revenuer

Bolding Bridge over the Chestatee River arm of Lake Lanier on Ga. 53 at the Hall-Forsyth counties line has been in the news lately because peregrine falcons find it convenient to build their nests atop it.

December 15, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Book explains how Gainesville spread its wings

In his book, "Mule and Wagon to Automobile," Prof. Thomas H. Rasmussen of Gainesville explores how a Gainesville of 472 people in 1870 grew into a sprawling metropolitan area of 180,000 today.

December 08, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


When the DAR unveiled boulder for Old Hickory

It was a grand occasion that mid-November day in 1928 near Flowery Branch when the Daughters of the American Revolution dedicated a boulder marking where Gen. Andrew Jackson spent the night at Young's Tavern.

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


If only 1920s editor could observe fashions today

Not everybody got into the Roaring '20s, defined as a loose time of rebellion among some segments of the population, defying tradition and exploring a modern age after World War I and before the 1929 stock market crash and Great Depression.

November 24, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


The Times’ newsroom and JFK, 50 years ago

In the days leading up to Nov. 22, 1963, the Hall County community was preoccupied with the usual issues and autumn activities.

November 17, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Hardy writer died during U.S. mission

As recalled a few weeks ago, numerous Hardys seemed to be born with a writer's pen in their hands or a bent toward some form of journalism.

November 10, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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Escapee said he'd rather hang in Georgia than live in Canada

In the news lately has been the elaborate escape of two inmates from a New York prison. One died, and the other was wounded while trying to reach the Canadian border and is now back in custody.

July 05, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Gainesville had hard time teeing off its golf course

A somewhat significant anniversary passed in Gainesville this month without significant, if any, notice.

June 28, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Remembering when Clarks Bridge closed for over a year after 1919 flood

It has been inconvenient the last few days for those who use Clarks Bridge Road in northern Hall County as the new bridge is prepared for traffic shortly.

June 21, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Hall was active on home front after Pearl Harbor

What was the atmosphere in Hall County in the months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941?

June 13, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Sanders sought honor for one of his troops

The C.C. Sanders chapter of the Children of the Confederacy was named for Col. Christopher Columbus Sanders, who fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War.

June 07, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


‘Days Gone By’ page recalls long-ago sites in Gainesville

Gainesville was quite a different place a half century ago. The business center was downtown around the square, yet there were popular businesses on the town's outskirts. The teenagers and young people of that era frequented those "hangouts" much like the youngsters of today have their own favorite places to go.

May 31, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Memorial Day holiday isn’t always happy time for some

Though the Memorial Day holiday is to remember those who died serving their country, it is spent by many as a day off work, festivals, parades or other fun activities. Some businesses, rather than close, use the weekend for special sales of merchandise or services.

May 24, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Horses, mules almost overran ‘Joeless’ square in Gainesville

The picture is of Gainesville's downtown square probably in the early 1900s before motorized vehicles were common and before "Old Joe," the Confederate statue was erected. The view is toward the west side of the square where Saul's, Frames You Nique and other stores stand today.

May 17, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


1920 contents of high school cornerstone unveil history

In the fall of 1920, Hall County students were studying in 21 schools.

May 10, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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