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Recounting a lively race for Congress back in 1914

Congressional races in the 9th District aren't what they used to be. They traditionally were quite contested, and some could get nasty.

March 08, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Similar street names hinder fast response

With so many duplicate or similar street and road names in Hall County, it's a wonder emergency responders ever get to the right location.

March 01, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Pilot Jared is still on a 'hell of a ride' in memoirs

During World War II, early in his flying career, Ed Jared worked for a private company teaching potential Army Air Corps pilots to fly.

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


NASA exec has no plans to retire yet

Growing up in southwest Gainesville in the 1940s and '50s, getting up early and milking the family cow before school, Jack Richards never imagined he'd be deeply involved in the nation's space program.

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


How Madame Chiang Kai-chek landed at Piedmont College

One hundred years ago, Soong Mei-ling, who became Madame Chiang Kai-shek, enrolled in Piedmont College in Demorest.

February 08, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Plaque honors local veterans of Spanish War

Gainesville has numerous monuments around honoring presidents, local war veterans, Confederate soldiers and other figures in the county's history.

February 01, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


From Atlanta to sea by boat never did float

At the same time federal officials were planning Buford Dam immediately after World War II, they also considered making the Chattahoochee River navigable from Atlanta to Columbus. That eventually would allow barges to reach Georgia's capital from the Gulf of Mexico.

January 25, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Poultry Bowl didn’t attract large turnout

Mat Garretson, a former Gainesville man now a California winemaker, noticed a piece in ESPN magazine about football bowl games that mentioned the Poultry Bowl of 1973.

January 18, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Citizens Bank staff will gather to reminisce

The Citizens Bank was a mainstay in Gainesville for more than eight decades. Before the banking landscape changed so dramatically, you had Citizens, First National and Gainesville National, then the savings and loan guys, Home Federal and First Federal. In recent years, banks grew like kudzu, and even in today's recession new ones are sprouting.

January 11, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Four decades later, woman finds POW

When Kathleen Bearden was 13 years old, she and several friends bought Prisoner-of-War bracelets to support American troops fighting in the Vietnam War.

January 04, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


The top local stories of 50 years ago

There was no shortage of nominees for the Top 10 stories of 2008: a watershed election year, drought, wars and the usual controversies, state, local and national.

January 04, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Harmony Hall supplied stars for 1952 film

Hall County was the site of a world premiere movie in 1952.

December 28, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Christmas came in '36 despite tragic storm

People are still around who remember that first Christmas season after Gainesville's 1936 tornado.

December 28, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Editors of old weren’t stingy with their wit

One of the many experts that enjoyed critiquing newspapers used to say there wasn't enough humor in them.

December 21, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Shoal Creek’s colorful men made history

Slab Town and Pleasant Retreat no longer are on modern maps of White County, but they once were significant communities that produced significant people in the county's history.

December 21, 2008 | 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


‘Miracle man’ earned renown as horticulturist

Gainesville native Iverson D. Hudgins was characterized "a miracle man" because he survived the 1936 tornado despite being caught in the vortex of the twister, thrown high above his house, landing midst all manner of debris and leaving him with 17 fractures and nails in one eye and his jaw.

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


1936 tornado victim fought for life after storm struck

There are so many stories that have been told and retold about the 1936 tornado that caused more than 200 deaths in the heart of Gainesville.

April 05, 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


Chicopee looked at Lula for its model village

Iris Thompson Fry of Lula is somewhat of a hoarder - not the kind you see on television, but a hoarder of memories and stories.

February 23, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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