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Mystery of missing dog tags is solved

Like a lot of other people, one of our grandchildren's favorite things on mild winter afternoons is scouring the expanded shore of Lake Lanier, hoping to find that special treasure.

March 30, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Singer-farmer left a lifetime of songs, deeds

Ray Wofford died Jan. 4, but they're still singing his praises.

March 16, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Some things you may have missed about Hall County

When Georgia was celebrating its bicentennial in 1933, Hall County historian William H. Hosch provided some firsts for Gainesville and Hall County. Some are well-known; others are more obscure.

March 09, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Recalling three teachers who spark fond memories

Longtime Hall Countians are remembering three former Gainesville educators who died within the last few days: Louise Platt Bloom, Bertha Turner and Brownie Flournoy.

March 02, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Granny Parks ran a farm, raised 7 kids alone

This is a story of a strong resourceful North Georgia woman who was left to raise seven children and run a farm by herself after her husband died. It is told by Barbara Kerby of Cornelia, whose grandmother, Laura Parks, is the heroine of the story.

February 24, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Gainesville square hints of Christmas from a bygone era

Gainesville's downtown square seems to glow more warmly this Christmas season than anytime in recent memory.

February 17, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Pretty Town Creek predates founding of White County

White County is completing the celebration of its sesquicentennial year, having been created in 1857, the 125th of Georgia's 159 counties.

February 10, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Was Auraria really as rough as its reputation?

Auraria, the gold-mining boom town that rivaled Dahlonega in Lumpkin County in the 1800s, started out being called Nuckollsville.

February 07, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


The ’81 drought didn’t spur as much urgency

The drought of 1980-81 didn't seem to produce the sense of urgency that has followed the current dry spell and plummeting level of Lake Lanier.

February 02, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Bridge was more than just a way to cross river

When Helen Stell discovered a large piece of wood buried in the sand on the shore of Lake Lanier behind her home three years ago, she knew there was a story behind it.

February 02, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


‘Water Unlimited’ turned out to be a trickle

The Daily Times June 30, 1957, published an ambitious special edition marking the beginning of the operation of Buford Dam, which created Lake Lanier. It was called, ironically, it seems now, "Water Unlimited." The first electricity generated by the dam had come just 10 days earlier.

February 02, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


This Colonel Sanders had more on his plate than chicken

Long before Col. Sanders made Kentucky Fried Chicken famous, there was another Col. Sanders, a prominent Gainesville citizen who fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War.

January 04, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Three St. Paul Methodist churches founded in 1800s carry on

If somebody mentions St. Paul United Methodist Church around here, you have to ask which one because there are three in the Gainesville Methodist District.

January 04, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Bride's wish for wedding dress comes as a quilt

Some of the old roads around North Georgia whose names end in "ford" likely led to places in streams that could be crossed on foot, horseback or wagon.

January 04, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Restoration pumps new life into old stations in Dawsonville

People visiting downtown Dawsonville for next weekend's Moonshine Festival might think they're stepping back into a time machine.

January 04, 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


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


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