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By ’20s, paving had become a priority as cars crowded roads

By the 1920s, Gainesville long had been a trade center, and more automobiles were filling its streets. With more people owning cars, demands for improving roads increased.

July 28, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Chamber still had lofty goals in hard times

Gainesville's Chamber of Commerce had some ambitious goals in 1931 despite the nation heading into what became known as the Great Depression.

July 21, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Area eventually felt full brunt of Depression

After the stock market crash in 1929, the economy really sank into the tank across the country. While it seemed Northeast Georgia was immune from the worst of the Great Depression in its early months, local businesses and industry would suffer eventually.

July 14, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Area escaped earliest impact of Great Depression

In the years before the Great Depression, which is said to have started in earnest the fall of 1929, there seemed to be no signs of an economic downturn in the Gainesville area.

July 07, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


D-Day veteran finds it hard to relive horrors of war

It's been 69 years since J.D. Satterfield jumped from an airplane over France with other American paratroopers on what was D-Day June 6, 1944, the beginning of the end of World War II in Europe.

June 30, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Student paper’s pages reflected UGA’s history

The Red and Black has been the University of Georgia's student newspaper since 1893. It has been the vehicle that launched the careers of innumerable journalists, several of them to the loftiest heights of the profession.

June 23, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Central Baptist Church prays its miracles will continue

It took several years to build the present Central Baptist Church building on Gainesville's southside because it ran into the Great Recession in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

June 16, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Church stands strong in face of adversity

"Not Made for Defeat" was the title of a book the Rev. Harold Frederic Green wrote about Gainesville's Central Baptist Church in 1974, a history of the church from its beginnings in 1890.

June 09, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Soulful sounds make music at Iron Works

Gainesville Iron Works was a fixture on South Main Street for more than a century.

June 02, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Pioneer home may return to its South Hall roots

Ken Cochran painstakingly helped dismantle log-by-log the historic Roberts-Orr house at Roberts Crossroads in south Hall County.

May 26, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


CD package relates stories of area locations

Johnny Kytle was a native of Clermont in Hall County and a pioneer daredevil pilot who carried the mail between Atlanta and Richmond, Va.

May 19, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Prior Street was named for Hall judge

Prior Street is one of Gainesville's most important streets. It connects the northside of town to the southside. It runs from Hunter Street near St. Paul United Methodist Church on Summit Street, to City Park and the Civic Center.

May 12, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Hero reticent about his heroics during World War II

Bob Dollar said Jason Nix was an ordinary man, the kind who goes about his work and lives humbly and without much fanfare or attention.

May 05, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Poodle at large: Owner seeks pet lost for months

If you'd lost a dog six months ago, chances are you would have given up finding it by now and moved on.

April 28, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Family’s lives rotated around a 5-and-dime

You don't see many 5-and-10-cent stores anymore like McLellan's, which was such an anchor in downtown Gainesville over several decades.

April 21, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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Antioch UMC celebrates its 200th year at camp meeting

One of the oldest camp meetings in North Georgia begins Monday at the historic Antioch Campground on Antioch Campground Road in west Hall County.

July 20, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


County agents play key role in community

"County agents," as we call them, date back in Georgia 100 years. They are part of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service, celebrating its centennial this year helping residents with home, garden and farm advice.

July 13, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Hall also had role in birthing Bulldog Nation

On this Independence Day Weekend, take a brief look at Lyman Hall, for whom Hall County is named.

July 06, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Family retains ties to historic Hall farmland

Nancy Terrell Furr hid in a cabin during the Civil War while Union soldiers plundered the countryside, picked all the pears from a tree nearby and killed the only cow she owned.

June 29, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Test your knowledge of history in Northeast Ga.

OK, all you local history buffs, here's your chance to display your knowledge with this little trivia test. Answers to the questions are below:

June 22, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


What used to be where on square in Gainesville

Relative newcomers to Hall County, and even longtime residents whose memory might be fuzzy, are curious about "what used to be" in Gainesville's downtown.

June 15, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Humorist cut his law teeth in North Ga.

Near the intersection of Wilson Bridge and Martin Bridge roads off Exit 154 of Interstate 85 in Banks County, there once was a community called Arp.

June 08, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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