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Gainesville’s namesake had his problems

Most people familiar with local history know Gainesville is named in honor of Gen. Edmund Pendleton Gaines, but perhaps fewer know why. Still fewer might know little about the city's namesake.

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


Baseball skill led to career as textile exec

If it hadn't been for Phil Rizzuto, famed New York Yankees shortstop during the team's dominance in the 1940s and '50s, Pat Hallford might have made it in the major leagues.

June 15, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Pioneer pilot lost over sea in World War II

When Gainesville's airport was merely a dirt strip on the hill where the more modern facility is today, Hugh Minor Sr. was among the handful of pilots who flew regularly.

June 15, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Tag fee cut helped launch Talmadge

The recent Georgia Legislature's fussing about car tags revives memories of other tussles that became election campaign topics.

And this past session appears to be much of that: fueling fodder for candidates at the ballot box, whether it be this year's legislative and local races or future statewide campaigns.

June 08, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Step right up: Old-timey medicine show is headed to town

Ramblin' Tommy Scott will bring his old-timey medicine show to Northeast Georgia History Center at Brenau University next month, and he'll be selling the snake oil whose formula was passed on to him by his mentor, Doc M.F. Chamberlain, more than 75 years ago.

May 25, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Campaigns run forever for collector of memorabilia

It seems like the 2008 election campaign already has lasted a decade, but it's just getting started.

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


Rail sleuths try to track down old train lines

An informal group of railroad buffs is trying to track routes of long-gone railroads that chugged through the highlands of North Georgia.

April 27, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


When GHS almost lost its Red Elephants

Gainesville High School has a long tradition of championship sports teams. Could you imagine the school without any athletics program at all? It happened, though briefly, in 1933.

April 27, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Bill Slack Jr. helped city, county on lake issues

One person more than any other was responsible for Gainesville and Hall County being compensated for infrastructure that was affected by the creation of Lake Lanier.

April 26, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Beware of bitter battles over borders

Legislators wanting to challenge Georgia's border with Tennessee better be careful what they ask for. When Georgia got into a border dispute with North Carolina two centuries ago, it came out on the short end.

April 20, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


On Rin Tin Tin, Roosevelt and frog legs

Presidential assassinations, and attempted assassinations, burn deep into Americans' memories.

April 19, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Special rose might still be growing here somewhere

Recent rains, some coming close to qualifying as the frog-strangling variety, have inched the level of Lake Lanier up gradually.

April 06, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Century-old building poised for parking lot

The familiar painted Snowdrift Flour sign is barely readable on the side of the old brick Carter Wholesale building at the corner of Jesse Jewell Parkway and Maple Street in downtown Gainesville.

April 05, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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


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Late Gov. Carl Sanders kept substantial ties to Hall

Carl Sanders, the Georgia governor from 1963-67, who died last week, had a lot of Gainesville connections.

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


Vintage Gainesville photos stir memories, show changes

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.

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


Veterans Day honors military heroes of all conflicts

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.

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


How survivor escaped flames in pants plant

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.

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


Original copy of Gainesville High paper dates to 1902

Gainesville High School students and alumni are familiar with The Trumpeter, the school newspaper for decades.

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


How much do you know about Lake Lanier, local history?

Time for another little local history trivia quiz. Answers follow:

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


Timely rains kept schedule for filling lake

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.

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


Cooper Pants Factory marker finally to honor victims of '36 tragedy

A mother and her two daughters were among those killed in the Cooper Pants Factory fire that started during the 1936 Gainesville tornado.

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


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