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Dr. Newman jump-started special school in Gainesville

Hall County was a pioneer in providing training for special needs or developmentally delayed children.

November 03, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Tom Watson’s mean streak maligned his political foes

When they remove Tom Watson's statue from Georgia's Capitol grounds, it won't be quite as spectacular as when Iraqis and American soldiers pulled down the statue of dictator Saddam Hussein in Baghdad in the spring of 2002.

October 27, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Area schools’ consolidation a 1924 issue

School consolidation hasn't been an issue in Hall County for some time after the major mergers in the 1950s that created North Hall, East Hall and South Hall high schools from smaller high schools such as River Bend, Oakwood, Flowery Branch, Sardis, Lula or Clermont.

October 20, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


When movies lured people to downtown Gainesville

A gaping hole on Gainesville's South Main Street sits where once stood a prime entertainment venue for North Georgians.

October 13, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Printer’s ink runs thick in family’s veins

They say once printer's ink gets in the blood of a family, it might run from generation to generation.

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


Football came close to ending in Georgia colleges

Probably among Georgia legislators there are few who would not call themselves fairly rabid football fans.

September 29, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Seed planted by Gainesville judge grew a library

The Richard B. Russell Building Special Collection Libraries is a special place indeed on Hull Street in Athens, almost a Hail Mary pass across Lumpkin Street from Sanford Stadium.

September 22, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Development followed rails after the war

While the immediate years after the Civil War were troublesome for the South, including Northeast Georgia, it didn't take long for conditions to improve.

September 15, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Clermont’s No. 1 resident kept his farming roots

Godfrey Funk and his wife Patty are practically landmarks in Clermont, having lived in the same house on Main Street for 63 years, almost all their married lives.

September 08, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Wilshire Trail a jewel among string of parks

Gainesville and Hall County hope eventually to have a trail system that runs from Lake Lanier and Pearl Nix Parkway through downtown Gainesville and the southside to the Oakwood campus of the University of North Georgia.

September 01, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Covering racial issues sometimes was hazardous

Journalists realize risks come with the territory in their profession because they sometimes are the bearers of information readers, listeners or viewers don't want to see or hear.

August 25, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Local mint operator was a genius whom fortune eluded

Templeton Reid, the guy who made Gainesville famous as the site of the first private mint in the United States, apparently was an eccentric tinker, inventor, entrepreneur and crack rifleman.

August 18, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Grand jury faced familar issues 186 years ago

The Hall County grand jury fussed at the county commissioners for not fixing the roads and jumped on the state legislature for wasting money.

August 11, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Communities’ curious names fall from maps

Longtime Hall County residents are familiar with the names of unincorporated crossroads communities such as Blackshear Place, Price, Brookton, Quillians, The Glades and Chestnut Mountain, which once was known as Chestnut Hill.

August 04, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


City Park has seen its share of big stars, big moments

Famous Atlanta Falcons football players will leave their cleat marks tonight on the sacred sod of Gainesville City Park, a place where memories - athletic and otherwise - have been made for more than a century.

August 01, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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Two kin from the area died decades apart serving cause

The story of Hugh Minor Sr. has been well told. He was the Dawson County native and pioneer airplane pilot who lived much of his early life in Gainesville.

December 21, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


City’s park and rec program began with $1,000 purchase

The lights decorating the Gainesville Civic Center and its front campus provide a perfect bookend to the annual Christmas on Green Street with the holly tree lighted by the Rotary Club at the other end of the historic street.

December 14, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


How Hall County reacted after Pearl Harbor

Just as the attack by Japanese on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941, came on a Sunday, so is today's 73rd anniversary of that fateful day.

December 07, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Brenau landed in Paris, wooed New York, Washington

Brenau University perhaps is in its most aggressive mode in its history with all the building going on at its expanding Gainesville campus and its arms spread wide to locations in Atlanta, Augusta and King's Bay.

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


Late Gov. Carl Sanders kept substantial ties to Hall

Carl Sanders, the Georgia governor from 1963-67, who died last week, had a lot of Gainesville connections.

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


Vintage Gainesville photos stir memories, show changes

Nothing funner on a rainy day than pulling out family photo albums, reminiscing and laughing over how you, your children, grandchildren and others have changed through the years.

November 16, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Veterans Day honors military heroes of all conflicts

Tuesday is Veterans Day, when at the 11th hour on the 11th day of November, the 11th month, citizens and veterans across the country honor and remember veterans of all wars.

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


How survivor escaped flames in pants plant

The Cooper Pants Factory historical marker at the corner of Maple and Broad streets in Gainesville has been appropriately unveiled in remembrance of those who died in the 1936 tornado, specifically those killed in the tragic fire that engulfed the pants factory.

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


Original copy of Gainesville High paper dates to 1902

Gainesville High School students and alumni are familiar with The Trumpeter, the school newspaper for decades.

October 26, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


How much do you know about Lake Lanier, local history?

Time for another little local history trivia quiz. Answers follow:

October 19, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Timely rains kept schedule for filling lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and local leaders broke ground for Buford Dam in 1949, and it would be another seven years before the first trickle of water from the Chattahoochee River would begin to form Lake Lanier.

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


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