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Confusing feud fizzled as booze sales approved

In Hall County's pioneer days, alcoholic spirits were pretty much unregulated. Saloons and bars were common in Gainesville as it developed from a back-country crossroads into somewhat of a village.

January 06, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Family finally learns origins of mysterious foot locker

Jerry Castleberry, Gainesville schools' transportation director, finally knows some history of a military foot locker that has been in his family since he was a youngster.

December 30, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Christmas in Gainesville had a special glow

Houses on Gainesville's Green Street were populated by families instead of mostly offices and businesses, as they are today. Prominent names such as Hosch, Dewitt, Rudolph, Jackson, Palmour, Browning, Garner, Roper, Hardy, Strong, Smith, Carter, Ham, Estes, Moore, Burns, Redwine, Wheeler, Hulsey, Quinlan and Dean filled the Victorian homes that lined the city's main entrance.

December 23, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


DAR plans to upgrade lot in Alta Vista Cemetery

The Col. William Candler Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution secured a lot in Gainesville's Alta Vista Cemetery in 1926 to provide a place to memorialize the county's citizens who fought in that war.

December 16, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Local Methodists started small in a log house

Looking at the sprawling campus of Gainesville's First United Methodist Church, it's hard to imagine it all started in a little log house.

December 09, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Williams clan served House for 4 decades

Roger Williams this month is concluding his 22nd year in the Georgia legislature. Dalton Mayor David Pennington honored Williams on his retirement at a recent Rotary Club meeting. Williams was the Dalton area's state representative.

December 02, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Hall draftee’s number was 1st during World War I

A Hall County man was among the first to be drafted for military service during World War I.

November 25, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Some rebelled against ‘closets’ city required

We take so much for granted, it's hard to believe how far we've come in basic living conditions in less than a century.

November 18, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


First GHS almost built at City Park

The old Gainesville High School building on West Washington Street is long gone, but not so long ago that many students who stalked its halls, dusted its erasers and frustrated its teachers are still around to remember it fondly.

November 11, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


After World War I, city, county got things moving

Immediately after the armistice was signed officially ending World War I on Nov. 11, 1918, Gainesville and Hall County leaders shifted into high gear a number of projects they had been chomping at the bit to begin.

November 04, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


World War I vets saw Germans give up their ships

We no longer have with us eyewitnesses to the signing of the Armistice at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the end of World War I.

October 28, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Adair Street was ‘a dare’ for youngsters

Adair Street, which connects Oak Street to Ivey Terrace, is one of Gainesville's shortest streets. It isn't insignificant, though because it provides another access point to Ivey Terrace Park and trails, including Wilshire and Longwood, that lead from the shores of Lake Lanier to downtown Gainesville.

October 21, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Johnsons won wide acclaim as journalists

William Malone Johnson was a prominent lawyer, educator and church worker in the early 1900s in Hall County.

October 14, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


All was rosy months before market failed

In the months before the Great Depression, there were few hints of the coming economic disaster, at least in the Gainesville area.

October 07, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Old-time editors drew attention with writings

Northeast Georgia History Center recently celebrated journalism and freedom of the press. The history of community newspapers, such as The Times, was told in a special newspaper section.

September 30, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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‘Miracle man’ earned renown as horticulturist

Gainesville native Iverson D. Hudgins was characterized "a miracle man" because he survived the 1936 tornado despite being caught in the vortex of the twister, thrown high above his house, landing midst all manner of debris and leaving him with 17 fractures and nails in one eye and his jaw.

April 12, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


1936 tornado victim fought for life after storm struck

There are so many stories that have been told and retold about the 1936 tornado that caused more than 200 deaths in the heart of Gainesville.

April 05, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


River ford bandits’ lair is gone, but legends live

Woolley's Ford was one of those places on rivers in Northeast Georgia where people would cross either wading across shallows or riding a ferry. Bridges weren't all that common on such streams as the Chattahoochee or Chestatee until the late 1800s.

March 30, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Pioneer Hall pastor, store merchant forgave debts

The first minister of Chestatee Baptist Church, John Edward "Jackie" Rives, was a successful farmer and merchant who turned preacher in 1833 after hearing a stirring sermon on swearing, a sin he admitted he was guilty of.

March 23, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Drawn into history: Gainesville cartoonist to continue legacy of ‘Mark Trail’ comic

Jack Elrod spent much of his childhood roaming the rivers and woods around Gainesville and North Georgia.

March 09, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Helen’s Helen was a Missouri social butterfly

If it weren't for the preference of Southern cooks for white flour in the early 1900s, there might not be a Helen, Ga., as it is today.

March 02, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Chicopee looked at Lula for its model village

Iris Thompson Fry of Lula is somewhat of a hoarder - not the kind you see on television, but a hoarder of memories and stories.

February 23, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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