It's a Methodist church, but instead of sprinkling water on the heads of new members, they more likely will be baptized in the Chattahoochee River that flows just a stone's throw away.
The 19th annual Spelling Bee to benefit the Alliance for Literacy was held a few days ago at Brenau University's Pearce Auditorium in Gainesville.
Hall County, somewhat of a health resort in the 1800s and early 1900s, at the time had one of the lowest death rates in the United States.
If you've lived around Gainesville a while, you know where that whistle comes from that blows at 8 a.m., noon, 12:30 and 4:30 p.m., Georgia Chair Co. on Industrial Boulevard.
The guy who cranked out the very first issues of what was then the Gainesville Daily Times Jan. 26, 1947, died the other day.
Sometimes you find treasure within a treasure that you weren't even looking for.
Gainesville was one of the first towns in the South to have electricity, courtesy of Gen. A.J. Warner and others who built a hydroelectric plant on the Chestatee River between Gainesville and Dahlonega and later Dunlap Dam on the Chattahoochee River near the site of today's American Legion Post 7.
Gainesville was just becoming known as a health resort and a North Georgia leader in 1878 when it was host to a convention of Georgia editors and publishers, the largest such gathering ever held at the time.
Boy Scouting is celebrating its 100th year nationwide. In Hall County the movement began about 1920, according to a history of local Boy Scouts written by Livingston Newton in 1927.
One of the most charming modes of transportation in Gainesville was the old street car, which actually began with horse-drawn trolleys in the 1870s.
A writer identified only as "C.W.A." gave an account of the early history of churches in Gainesville in an 1888 article in the Gainesville Eagle.
With opening day for Major League Baseball only weeks away, players wearing helmets at all levels is a common as wads of tobacco or bubble gum poking out their jaws.
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.
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.
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.
Carl Sanders, the Georgia governor from 1963-67, who died last week, had a lot of Gainesville connections.
Nothing funner on a rainy day than pulling out family photo albums, reminiscing and laughing over how you, your children, grandchildren and others have changed through the years.
Tuesday is Veterans Day, when at the 11th hour on the 11th day of November, the 11th month, citizens and veterans across the country honor and remember veterans of all wars.
The Cooper Pants Factory historical marker at the corner of Maple and Broad streets in Gainesville has been appropriately unveiled in remembrance of those who died in the 1936 tornado, specifically those killed in the tragic fire that engulfed the pants factory.
Gainesville High School students and alumni are familiar with The Trumpeter, the school newspaper for decades.
Time for another little local history trivia quiz. Answers follow:
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and local leaders broke ground for Buford Dam in 1949, and it would be another seven years before the first trickle of water from the Chattahoochee River would begin to form Lake Lanier.
A mother and her two daughters were among those killed in the Cooper Pants Factory fire that started during the 1936 Gainesville tornado.
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