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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


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


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Gainesville Mill added a big jolt to Hall economy

The early 1900s were high times for Gainesville and Hall County.

March 29, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Gwinnett County police murders stunned state in 1964

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.

March 22, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Mossy Creek Campground is full of history

Mossy Creek Campground lies between Ga. 254 and Skitts Mountain Road in White County.

March 15, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Many golfers learned to play at Mossy Creek 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.

March 08, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Stores keep on the move these days, too

There have been so many changes among Gainesville's business districts over the years, you can't keep track of them.

March 01, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Hope family’s ancestors were early settlers in the region

Bob Hope once lived in Gainesville.

February 15, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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