We think partisan politics is worse than ever, but it's pretty tame compared to some periods of the country's history.
One incident involving a Hall Countian not long after the Civil War is an example of how things sometimes could get out of hand between political party supporters.
Green Russell, who with his brothers caused a gold rush in what is now Colorado and who shares credit for the founding of Denver, was a colorful, adventurous character out of the hills of Lumpkin and Dawson counties.
Buford has a long history of sports excellence; witness the recent girls high school state basketball championship or the almost routine state championship football teams.
The Bona Allen leather enterprises have been long gone from Buford, but the Bona Allen name lives and forever will be identified with the Gwinnett and Hall counties town of Buford.
When President Woodrow Wilson's first wife, Ellen Louise Axson Wilson, died in June 1914, the train carrying her body stopped in Gainesville. Mrs. Wilson had spent considerable time in Gainesville, along with her husband. Two of her children were born in Gainesville.
Congressional races in the 9th District aren't what they used to be. They traditionally were quite contested, and some could get nasty.
With so many duplicate or similar street and road names in Hall County, it's a wonder emergency responders ever get to the right location.
During World War II, early in his flying career, Ed Jared worked for a private company teaching potential Army Air Corps pilots to fly.
Growing up in southwest Gainesville in the 1940s and '50s, getting up early and milking the family cow before school, Jack Richards never imagined he'd be deeply involved in the nation's space program.
One hundred years ago, Soong Mei-ling, who became Madame Chiang Kai-shek, enrolled in Piedmont College in Demorest.
Gainesville has numerous monuments around honoring presidents, local war veterans, Confederate soldiers and other figures in the county's history.
At the same time federal officials were planning Buford Dam immediately after World War II, they also considered making the Chattahoochee River navigable from Atlanta to Columbus. That eventually would allow barges to reach Georgia's capital from the Gulf of Mexico.
Mat Garretson, a former Gainesville man now a California winemaker, noticed a piece in ESPN magazine about football bowl games that mentioned the Poultry Bowl of 1973.
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.
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.
Because April is high tornado season, and storms are top of mind especially in Northeast Georgia, here's a family's remarkable story about how they survived Gainesville's 1936 tornado despite being in or near the middle of it. They were indeed fortunate they were not among the more than 200 people killed.
"Old Joe," the Confederate statue on Gainesville's downtown square, almost wasn't to be for a couple of reasons.
Today is the 79th anniversary of the fourth deadliest tornado in United States history.
The early 1900s were high times for Gainesville and Hall County.
Fifty-one years ago next month marks one of the most sensational crimes in Georgia's history: the execution murders of three Gwinnett County policemen.
Mossy Creek Campground lies between Ga. 254 and Skitts Mountain Road in White County.
One of the oldest golf courses in North Georgia is Mossy Creek, just over the Hall County line into White County on Ga. 254 next to Mossy Creek Campground and at the base of Skitts Mountain.
There have been so many changes among Gainesville's business districts over the years, you can't keep track of them.
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