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Pioneer pilot lost over sea in World War II

When Gainesville's airport was merely a dirt strip on the hill where the more modern facility is today, Hugh Minor Sr. was among the handful of pilots who flew regularly.

June 15, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Tag fee cut helped launch Talmadge

The recent Georgia Legislature's fussing about car tags revives memories of other tussles that became election campaign topics.

And this past session appears to be much of that: fueling fodder for candidates at the ballot box, whether it be this year's legislative and local races or future statewide campaigns.

June 08, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Step right up: Old-timey medicine show is headed to town

Ramblin' Tommy Scott will bring his old-timey medicine show to Northeast Georgia History Center at Brenau University next month, and he'll be selling the snake oil whose formula was passed on to him by his mentor, Doc M.F. Chamberlain, more than 75 years ago.

May 25, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Campaigns run forever for collector of memorabilia

It seems like the 2008 election campaign already has lasted a decade, but it's just getting started.

May 10, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Rail sleuths try to track down old train lines

An informal group of railroad buffs is trying to track routes of long-gone railroads that chugged through the highlands of North Georgia.

April 27, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


When GHS almost lost its Red Elephants

Gainesville High School has a long tradition of championship sports teams. Could you imagine the school without any athletics program at all? It happened, though briefly, in 1933.

April 27, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Bill Slack Jr. helped city, county on lake issues

One person more than any other was responsible for Gainesville and Hall County being compensated for infrastructure that was affected by the creation of Lake Lanier.

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


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


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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


Local radio acts launched performers on music careers

When local radio was in its pioneer stages, live acts, mostly country and gospel music, were a significant part of the programming.

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


Gainesville’s first postmaster was pushed out of job by politics

Wiley Harben held the distinction of being Gainesville's first postmaster, appointed in 1823. He also had the distinction of being the first postmaster to lose his job for purely political reasons.

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


Two journalists of note began their careers in Gainesville

You never know where a bicycle ride will take you.

January 25, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Where some names originate in North Georgia

A new street sign went up in Gainesville the other day - Sweet Bay Drive, the entrance to Atlanta Botanical Gardens' Smithgall Woodland Gardens off Cleveland Road.

January 18, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


You’re Old Hall County if you remember these

A version of this column ran in March 2000.

January 11, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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