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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


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


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Ex-principal to mark 100th at old school

Frances Miller Haynes will turn 100 years old Oct. 1. Appropriately, she will celebrate in advance Saturday in the building with which she is most identified – Candler Street School just off North Green Street in Gainesville.

September 21, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Businesses along Atlanta Highway roll with the times

Even longtime North Georgia residents are struck at how Gainesville's Atlanta Highway transformed so quickly.

September 14, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Who recalls the final film shown at the Royal?

Many remember the movie "The Last Picture Show," which came out in 1971 and starred Jeff Bridges and Cybill Shepherd. It was about a dying Texas town whose businesses, including the movie show, were failing.

September 07, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Slaughterhouse Creek’s history includes mines, meat operation

Connie Propes and other neighbors where Wal-Mart is building a grocery and installing gas pumps on Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville are researching the history of the area, in particular Slaughterhouse Creek, which might be affected by rainfall runoff from the development. The creek eventually feeds into Lake Lanier.

August 31, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Many memories made in Brenau sorority houses

During the recent razing of several sorority houses at Brenau University in Gainesville, students and alumni gathered in groups at times to snap photos and hopefully get a brick or other piece of memorabilia from the rubble.

August 24, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Sacks store was mainstay on city square

The east side of Gainesville's downtown square in the 1950s was dominated by clothing stores, most of them what you would consider discount shops today.

August 17, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Seeding ground with gold failed to profit crooks

At the height of the Lumpkin County gold rush, people from all over the country were coming to North Georgia to pursue their personal fortune. Locals sometimes were prone to take advantage of gullible outside prospectors.

August 10, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Glory, it’s ’mater sammich time again

Editor's note: For many years, Johnny Vardeman, retired editor of The Times, would write his annual "'mater sammich" column as homegrown tomatoes started coming in during the summer. "'Maters and Music" will be the theme for a tomato sandwich event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center one mile north of Vogel State Park, 9 miles south of Blairsville on U.S. 129.

August 03, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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