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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


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


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Articles by Section - Johnny Vardeman's column


School funds have a history of coming up short in area

Education funding and teacher pay aren't just recent controversies in Georgia's history.

August 23, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Lynchings were a common crime in early 20th century

Much is being made of the 100th anniversary of the Leo Frank/Mary Phagan case this month.

August 16, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Try your hand at some local history trivia

Another local history quiz. See how many questions you can answer.

August 09, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Rylees were among first settlers in Banks, Hall counties

Ten to 20 people will gather at the Rylee homeplace in Banks County for lunch today as they do most every Sunday.

August 02, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Brenau’s goal was to make ‘a good woman’

Some Northeast Georgia historical trivia:

July 26, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


‘Enoche’ wasn’t in Cherokees’ vocabulary, nor was auto racing

Recent inquiries to "Ask The Times" in the Saturday newspaper about sports car races at the Gainesville airport brought back memories to a couple of ...

July 19, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Relatives of slugger’s wife Claire Ruth clear up myths

Claire Merritt pulled up her deep Northeast Georgia roots in the early 1920s, went to New York and married legendary baseball star Babe Ruth.

July 12, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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 ...

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


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