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.
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.
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.
William Malone Johnson was a prominent lawyer, educator and church worker in the early 1900s in Hall County.
In the months before the Great Depression, there were few hints of the coming economic disaster, at least in the Gainesville area.
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.
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.
Even longtime North Georgia residents are struck at how Gainesville's Atlanta Highway transformed so quickly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A century will have passed Monday since the beginning of World War I, which started July 28, 1914, when Austria declared war on Serbia. The United States didn't enter until three years later, declaring war on Germany.
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