The country was but 100 years old in 1876, celebrating its centennial with a big blowout in Philadelphia that actually became the first World's Fair.
The old Hall County Courthouse, built in 1884 after a fire destroyed the previous one, was done in by the 1936 tornado that demolished downtown Gainesville. But for a mere coincidence, it almost burned down a quarter century earlier.
Violence against blacks in Northeast Georgia led to the first convictions in the state under the Ku Klux Klan Act aimed at trying to outlaw the organization.
There has been talk in recent years about commuter rail from Hall County to Atlanta. Some folks see in the future an extension of Atlanta's rapid rail, MARTA, into Gwinnett County, maybe light rail to Gainesville.
Gainesville School Board is rolling up taxes this year, saying teachers are having to do more with less as enrollment continues to climb.
It's been an interesting election season so far, what with the failure of T-SPLOST, the various runoffs upcoming and an intense presidential campaign.
What a great idea the former cruisers had recently when they staged a cruise-in along Pearl Nix Parkway, or West Bypass, as it was known at one time.
Bob Schwab was one of those people you call "pioneers" in his profession.
The Summer Olympic Games in London surely must stir some memories for local folks when Lake Lanier was chosen as a venue for rowing and flatwater kayaking and canoeing in 1996.
What are those old sayings? "What goes around comes around ?" or "There's nothing new under the sun."
If ever there were a person who best epitomized the culture and character of the North Georgia mountains, it might be Barbara Taylor Woodall, who lives on Kelly's Creek in Rabun County.
We think nothing of a trip to the mountains these days. From Gainesville, one can be in the heights of the hills in less than an hour's drive north.
North Georgia mountains long have had the reputation of a hiding place for illegal liquor stills.
The legend of Nacoochee, whose name is attached to that lovely valley just south of Helen in White County, is well known.
Gainesville's standing as a health resort in the late 1800s and early 1900s played a part in the reunion of family members who lost touch with one another over 30 years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jack Elrod spent much of his childhood roaming the rivers and woods around Gainesville and North Georgia.
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.
Iris Thompson Fry of Lula is somewhat of a hoarder - not the kind you see on television, but a hoarder of memories and stories.
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