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Golden roads, voter scams and $20 bills

Because so many new voters are on the rolls, no doubt when votes are counted Nov. 4, howls will come from all corners about fraud or efforts to keep certain voters from casting legitimate ballots.

December 14, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Newsman Craig lived and died on the press

Northeast Georgia over the years produced some colorful journalists, some of whom attained national recognition for their writing.

December 14, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


History Center forum focuses on Indian law

A Gainesville native who has become an authority on Indian removal will come back home Tuesday night to talk about the topic at the regular monthly forum of the Northeast Georgia History Center.

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


Sunday shows stirred debate after WWII

During World War II, Gainesville theaters were allowed to show movies on Sundays in deference to military personnel stationed in the immediate area.

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


One young lad ruled the Great Bicycle Race

There was a big race out at Road Atlanta near Chestnut Mountain this weekend. Across the Winder Highway, stock cars have burned rubber all season long.

North Georgia and particularly Hall County have a long tradition of racing, dating back to when a track operated at the old fairgrounds off Shallowford Road and Looper's Speedway, located on the big bend in the Chattahoochee River where Laurel Park on Lake Lanier is today.

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


Large-scale annexations are never simple

Gainesville's recent decision to abandon its attempt to annex unincorporated islands into the city illustrates again the reluctance of many outside-city interests to become part of a city.

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


Japanese link to Brenau goes back quite a ways

Two reminders of Brenau University's Japanese connection remain on the Gainesville school's campus.

A weathered stone lantern that once graced Lake Takeda in the area of the present tennis courts now stands in the plaza area in the school's sorority circle off Prior Street. Two Japanese maples beside the Science Building on Washington Street guard another marker donated to the memory of Aya Takeda, who started it all in 1906, according to Brenau's archives.

November 23, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Doug’s popular drive-in served half a century

Doug Meeks scraped together $500, pooled it with another $500 from a partner and established a Hall County restaurant that developed into an institution for more than half a century.

November 23, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Hall County a was reluctant backer of Lake Lanier

In these drought-driven days, we're pretty much together in North Georgia in the never-ending tug-of-war over water in the Chattahoochee River basin, which forms Lake Lanier.

Used to be we'd fuss with Atlanta about how much water it was using. But now so many consider us part of Atlanta, and therefore part of the problem, that we've ended up on the same side in Georgia's battles with Alabama and Florida over water that originates within our boundaries.

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


Masonic apron survived trip to California gold fields

A Masonic apron on display periodically at Dahlonega's Gold Museum has a century-and-a-half story behind it.

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


Players had to fix their 'field of dreams' before play

A "Field of Dreams" is planned at Alberta Banks Park in south Hall County for children with physical and developmental disabilities.

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


Thick bamboo part of former Brenau garden

Bamboo, some of it more than half foot in diameter and tall as a three-story building, grows tucked away in a corner of the Brenau University campus in Gainesville.

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


Novel retells gold history in Lumpkin County

Anne Dismukes Amerson long ago made a name for herself as an expert on North Georgia history and from her "I Remember Dahlonega" series of books, along with other books on the area's past.

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


First Brother left friends tales to retell

Gainesville Realtor Don Carter for many years owned a farm on Corbin Creek near Hiawassee. He regularly invited friends up for fishing, tall-tale telling and assorted activities.

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


Hall helped lead colonies’ break from England

Thank the Lord for people like the late Sybil McRay and Ruth Waters, local historians and educators, who researched our past, leaving a legacy of less to do for those who followed them.

October 12, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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Escapee said he'd rather hang in Georgia than live in Canada

In the news lately has been the elaborate escape of two inmates from a New York prison. One died, and the other was wounded while trying to reach the Canadian border and is now back in custody.

July 05, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Gainesville had hard time teeing off its golf course

A somewhat significant anniversary passed in Gainesville this month without significant, if any, notice.

June 28, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Remembering when Clarks Bridge closed for over a year after 1919 flood

It has been inconvenient the last few days for those who use Clarks Bridge Road in northern Hall County as the new bridge is prepared for traffic shortly.

June 21, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Hall was active on home front after Pearl Harbor

What was the atmosphere in Hall County in the months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941?

June 13, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Sanders sought honor for one of his troops

The C.C. Sanders chapter of the Children of the Confederacy was named for Col. Christopher Columbus Sanders, who fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War.

June 07, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


‘Days Gone By’ page recalls long-ago sites in Gainesville

Gainesville was quite a different place a half century ago. The business center was downtown around the square, yet there were popular businesses on the town's outskirts. The teenagers and young people of that era frequented those "hangouts" much like the youngsters of today have their own favorite places to go.

May 31, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Memorial Day holiday isn’t always happy time for some

Though the Memorial Day holiday is to remember those who died serving their country, it is spent by many as a day off work, festivals, parades or other fun activities. Some businesses, rather than close, use the weekend for special sales of merchandise or services.

May 24, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Horses, mules almost overran ‘Joeless’ square in Gainesville

The picture is of Gainesville's downtown square probably in the early 1900s before motorized vehicles were common and before "Old Joe," the Confederate statue was erected. The view is toward the west side of the square where Saul's, Frames You Nique and other stores stand today.

May 17, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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