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1940s Guild put spotlight on theater

Community theater in Gainesville wasn't really in the spotlight until the 1960s, but a Gainesville Theatre Guild organized in the 1940s produced several plays before it was succeeded by a group that eventually became today's Gainesville Theater Alliance.

February 28, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Soda fountain was a popular spot at pharmacies

There weren't nearly as many eating places around Gainesville's downtown half a century ago as there are today, but there were enough with certain menu items that stick in your memory like cheese on a burger.

February 21, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Where fans can get a fill-up on car racing

Race Week in Daytona fittingly concludes on Valentine's Day because fans have had a longtime love affair with auto racing in its various forms.

February 14, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


A short street, Woodsmill’s past is rich

When Gainesville officials announced during Truman Day festivities July 4, 1945, they were planning to pave the road to the golf course, they might have been talking about Woodsmill Road.

February 07, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Truman Day was a giant July 4 event as war waned

World War II in Europe had ended two months earlier, but the Japanese continued to fight Americans and their allies furiously in the Pacific.

January 31, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Do we need more farmers in the Capitol?

Citizens sometimes complain that Georgia's legislature would get more done if there weren't so many lawyers involved.

January 24, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Rebel fired first cannon of Civil War

If Vince Evans had enough time before he retires as superintendent of Gainesville's Alta Vista Cemetery, he would have a story about everybody who's buried there.

January 10, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Mining assayer Stephenson favored feet over horses in 1800s

Dr. Matthew F. Stephenson was an important, but sometimes overlooked, figure in North Georgia's history.

January 03, 2010 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


What it was like as 1950s came to end

So what was the Christmas season like half a century ago in Northeast Georgia, say 1959?

December 27, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Liquid assets drew tourists to Hall County area

It's been well documented how popular North Georgia and Hall County in particular were as health resorts during the late 1800s and the early 1900s.

December 20, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


‘Forgotten’ governor buried here

The Georgia historical marker outside Alta Vista Cemetery in Gainesville notes two of the state's governors are buried there.

A.D. Candler, who was born in North Georgia and lived in Gainesville, is the better known. James Milton Smith, who served as governor from 1872 to 1877, was a South Georgian whose eventual home was Columbus. While most of his biographies don't mention it, at least one source said he practiced law in Hall County at one time, though that couldn't be confirmed.

December 13, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Fire gutted Gainesville's once-proud opera house

An opera house once flourished in Gainesville on the downtown square where Christopher's is situated today at the corner of Washington and Bradford streets.

December 06, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Book details Indian mound history, myths

When Emory Jones, who grew up in White County, told a friend he was going to write a book about the Nacoochee Indian mound, the friend's response was, "What, two pages?"

November 29, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


New Holland was a milestone in Hall County history

There have been some big days in the history of Hall County: the railroad coming in the 1870s, Johnson & Johnson building the model Chicopee mill village in 1927, opening of what would become Brenau University, likewise Riverside Military Academy, Lanier Tech and Gainesville State, the formation of Lake Lanier in the 1950s and construction of Interstate 985/Ga. 365.

November 22, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Who are men depicted in post office mural?

Those who remember the old U.S. Post Office at the corner of Green and Washington streets in downtown Gainesville also might remember the mural that hung in the lobby.

November 15, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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Slaughterhouse Creek’s history includes mines, meat operation

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.

August 31, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Many memories made in Brenau sorority houses

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.

August 24, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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


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