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First seniors really earned their diplomas

Seven boys and six girls earned Gainesville High School's first diplomas in 1894.

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


Movie made in mountains almost stalled

The original script of the movie "I'd Climb the Highest Mountain," which was filmed in White County in 1950, reveals how much a story goes through before making it to theaters.

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


Small steps meant a lot to minorities in 1947

There was a lot going on that inaugural year of 1947 for the Gainesville Daily Times, the name now shortened to simply The Times. The newspaper just marked its 65th year last month.

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


How a Ham tried to roast a terrapin bill

Georgia is moving to protect 19 species of turtles threatened by commercial pet trade or imports to Asian countries that use them for soup and folk medicine. Not to mention they rank right up there with armadillos and possums as road kill in some sections.

January 29, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Southerners turned down charity offers

Many Confederate soldiers, even their officers, were in dire straits the years after the Civil War.

January 22, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


North Ga. drew attention during 1920s

A lot was going on in North Georgia in the Roaring '20s. That was when Johnson & Johnson decided on Hall County for its Chicopee Manufacturing Corp. model mill village.

January 15, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Corner lot on square has varied history

When Gainesville was laid out, Lot No. 1 at the corner of Spring and Main streets where Hunt Towers is today was the prime place on the public square.

January 08, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Possum took pride in job on city streets

People make up the character of the community. Certain personalities over time have stood out almost as familiar as the Confederate statue on Gainesville's downtown square.

January 01, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Tight election added spice to Christmas in 1897

A lot more than Christmas was on the minds of Gainesvillians in December 1897.

December 25, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Confession led to freedom for suspect

It's been more than a half century since the conclusion of one of the most sensational murder cases in the state's history.

December 18, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Hula dance got Cornelia show into trouble

While Northeast Georgia is still considered in a drought, every few days some rain falls to provide temporary relief.

December 11, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Gainesvilleman told of escape during WWI

The Towery family of Gainesville hadn't heard from their son Fred Richmond Towery in more than three years during World War I.

December 04, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Hard times hit Hall as WWI wound down

Many still remember how hard life was during World War II, what with rationing and shortages and loved ones fighting overseas.

November 27, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


How things change with political winds

If you're already worn out over the 2012 elections while we're still a few weeks from finishing 2011, get used to it.

November 19, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Sunday booze ban wasn’t only blue law

The mostly overwhelming vote around the state for package sales of alcoholic beverages on Sunday shows how far we have come, or, from the perspective of opponents, how far we have retreated on blue law issues.

November 13, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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‘Miracle man’ earned renown as horticulturist

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.

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


1936 tornado victim fought for life after storm struck

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.

April 05, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


River ford bandits’ lair is gone, but legends live

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.

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


Pioneer Hall pastor, store merchant forgave debts

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.

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


Drawn into history: Gainesville cartoonist to continue legacy of ‘Mark Trail’ comic

Jack Elrod spent much of his childhood roaming the rivers and woods around Gainesville and North Georgia.

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


Helen’s Helen was a Missouri social butterfly

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.

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


Chicopee looked at Lula for its model village

Iris Thompson Fry of Lula is somewhat of a hoarder - not the kind you see on television, but a hoarder of memories and stories.

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


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