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Three St. Paul Methodist churches founded in 1800s carry on

If somebody mentions St. Paul United Methodist Church around here, you have to ask which one because there are three in the Gainesville Methodist District.

January 04, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Bride's wish for wedding dress comes as a quilt

Some of the old roads around North Georgia whose names end in "ford" likely led to places in streams that could be crossed on foot, horseback or wagon.

January 04, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Restoration pumps new life into old stations in Dawsonville

People visiting downtown Dawsonville for next weekend's Moonshine Festival might think they're stepping back into a time machine.

January 04, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


WWII soldier gave up stripes to see brother

John and Roger Tankersley of Murrayville both served in Germany during World War II, surviving some of the fiercest battles in the European Theater.

January 04, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Red, White & Blue, Redtop and Goat Man

When the Old Cornelia Highway was in its prime as U.S. 23, the main route between Atlanta and the Carolinas, it was dotted with businesses ranging from truck stops to grocery stores to roadhouses to tiny seasonal fruit stands.

January 03, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman Column | Johnny Vardeman's column


Pleasant Hill church began as log building in 1855

It was only a log building in 1855 when Pleasant Hill Baptist Church began on Brown's Bridge Road near Gainesville. Four new buildings have been built since then, the latest a fine red brick structure seating 600 and dedicated in September 2005.

January 03, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Before Hall’s Chestatee High, there was one in Forsyth County

Chestatee High School on Sardis Road in Hall County is making a name for itself in academics and sports after only five years of existence.

January 03, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Floods once were more trouble than droughts

Droughts seem to happen more often in North Georgia the last few decades.

January 03, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Streetcar was a popular diner around Lula for more than three decades

The intersection of Ga. 52 and Old Cornelia Highway remains a busy crossroads near Lula in east Hall County, but before four-lane Ga. 365 opened just to the west it was an even more popular place.

January 03, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Is thar gold in that thar drought?

A drought once again has undressed the shoreline of Lake Lanier, revealing naked landscape not seen for years.

January 03, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Some looked the other way as neighbors made 'shine

The Cool Springs/Bark Camp community in northwest Hall County apparently was in an uproar over the killing of two moonshiners by law officers in a midnight shootout Dec. 16, 1884.

January 03, 2008 | Johnny Vardeman Column | Johnny Vardeman's column


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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


WWI casualty Bolding wrote of mud, shells and willpower

A century will have passed Monday since the beginning of World War I, which started July 28, 1914, when Austria declared war on Serbia. The United States didn't enter until three years later, declaring war on Germany.

July 27, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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