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Archive By Section - 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


Centennial year was a milestone for local education

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.

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


Spittoon miss caused blaze at courthouse

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.

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


1st convictions for Klan Act came in area

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.

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


Riders loved to commute on Airline Belle rail line

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.

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


Schools faced overcrowding in early days

Gainesville School Board is rolling up taxes this year, saying teachers are having to do more with less as enrollment continues to climb.

August 26, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Chase ended in near riot at City Hall

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.

August 19, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


When Gainesville square was a circle for cruisers

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.

August 12, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Pioneer radio man entertained, helped listeners

Bob Schwab was one of those people you call "pioneers" in his profession.

August 05, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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Ex-principal to mark 100th at old school

Frances Miller Haynes will turn 100 years old Oct. 1. Appropriately, she will celebrate in advance Saturday in the building with which she is most identified – Candler Street School just off North Green Street in Gainesville.

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


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


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