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Mill villagers had hard life, yet had fun

With no television, limited transportation and very little money, children growing up in the Gainesville Mill village in the 1940s, '50s and beyond "made do."

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


Do diamonds remain hidden in Hall’s soils?

A century and a half ago this month, the Civil War began officially with the shelling of Fort Sumter, but as embroiled as the nation was in the turmoil of the times, Hall Countians had diamonds on their minds and in their mines.

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


Lawyer lost friends fighting for Cherokees

One of the little known, but most controversial figures in Hall County history was a lawyer named William H. Underwood.

March 31, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Two local towns had double mayor controversies

Georgia had its "two governors" controversy back in 1947 after the governor-elect, Eugene Talmadge, died just weeks before his inauguration.

March 24, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Railroaders get together to swap tales

The late Talmadge Pless, who served as Lula's mayor, missed seeing his fellow Norfolk-Southern Railway workers after he retired.

March 17, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Several ’20s stars excelled in college ball

Several players on the undefeated 1923-25 Gainesville High School football teams went on to greater things, including athletics.

March 10, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Amazing Gainesville team had amazing win streak

The 1923 Gainesville High School football team, in the school's first undefeated season, had scored 306 points to its opponents' 19, shutting out seven of those teams.

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


GHS won it all in 1923-25, yet no trophy

As storied as Gainesville High School football is, it took 99 years for its first state championship, remarkably winning it in 2012, the first year the school jumped two classifications into AAAAA.

February 24, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Friendship Road has rich history and many trials

It's no wonder residents along Friendship Road in southern Hall County are so passionate in resisting a change in the road's name to Lanier Islands Parkway.

February 17, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Writer didn’t fret if stories weren’t real

There's a television commercial in which a woman says something to the effect that it has to be true if you see it on the Internet because you can't put anything on the Internet unless it's true. When asked where she learned that, she replies, "On the Internet," then walks away with her blind date, alleged "French model" that she met on the Internet.

February 10, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


‘MilliKids’ kept plenty busy in mill village life

"We lived for the lights to come on in the gym," Vic Wilson said as he drove through the New Holland mill village where he grew up.

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


Chicopee had its own ‘fix-it’ guy to turn to

In just about every community, there is somebody who is the "go-to" guy or gal. In Chicopee Village for many years that was Joe Holcomb.

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


Morris tough, but eased up on Elephants

Larry Morris, the great Georgia Tech and National Football League linebacker who died last month, was the father of Kayanne Staub, wife of Eagle Ranch director Eddie Staub.

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


Hogs, poultry were an issue in annexation

Every few years, an annexation controversy featuring the city of Gainesville and outlying properties seems to pop up.

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


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


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Stores keep on the move these days, too

There have been so many changes among Gainesville's business districts over the years, you can't keep track of them.

March 01, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Hope family’s ancestors were early settlers in the region

Bob Hope once lived in Gainesville.

February 15, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Local radio acts launched performers on music careers

When local radio was in its pioneer stages, live acts, mostly country and gospel music, were a significant part of the programming.

February 08, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Gainesville’s first postmaster was pushed out of job by politics

Wiley Harben held the distinction of being Gainesville's first postmaster, appointed in 1823. He also had the distinction of being the first postmaster to lose his job for purely political reasons.

February 01, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Two journalists of note began their careers in Gainesville

You never know where a bicycle ride will take you.

January 25, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Where some names originate in North Georgia

A new street sign went up in Gainesville the other day - Sweet Bay Drive, the entrance to Atlanta Botanical Gardens' Smithgall Woodland Gardens off Cleveland Road.

January 18, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


You’re Old Hall County if you remember these

A version of this column ran in March 2000.

January 11, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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