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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


Family finally learns origins of mysterious foot locker

Jerry Castleberry, Gainesville schools' transportation director, finally knows some history of a military foot locker that has been in his family since he was a youngster.

December 30, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Christmas in Gainesville had a special glow

Houses on Gainesville's Green Street were populated by families instead of mostly offices and businesses, as they are today. Prominent names such as Hosch, Dewitt, Rudolph, Jackson, Palmour, Browning, Garner, Roper, Hardy, Strong, Smith, Carter, Ham, Estes, Moore, Burns, Redwine, Wheeler, Hulsey, Quinlan and Dean filled the Victorian homes that lined the city's main entrance.

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


DAR plans to upgrade lot in Alta Vista Cemetery

The Col. William Candler Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution secured a lot in Gainesville's Alta Vista Cemetery in 1926 to provide a place to memorialize the county's citizens who fought in that war.

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


Local Methodists started small in a log house

Looking at the sprawling campus of Gainesville's First United Methodist Church, it's hard to imagine it all started in a little log house.

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


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Memorial Day holiday isn’t always happy time for some

Though the Memorial Day holiday is to remember those who died serving their country, it is spent by many as a day off work, festivals, parades or other fun activities. Some businesses, rather than close, use the weekend for special sales of merchandise or services.

May 24, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Horses, mules almost overran ‘Joeless’ square in Gainesville

The picture is of Gainesville's downtown square probably in the early 1900s before motorized vehicles were common and before "Old Joe," the Confederate statue was erected. The view is toward the west side of the square where Saul's, Frames You Nique and other stores stand today.

May 17, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


1920 contents of high school cornerstone unveil history

In the fall of 1920, Hall County students were studying in 21 schools.

May 10, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Gainesville was a brick center in early 1900s

In the early 1900s, Gainesville already was becoming known as a poultry center, but it would be another half century before it could boast about being the "World's Broiler Capital."

May 03, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Family finally tells its story of ’36 Gainesville tornado

Because April is high tornado season, and storms are top of mind especially in Northeast Georgia, here's a family's remarkable story about how they survived Gainesville's 1936 tornado despite being in or near the middle of it. They were indeed fortunate they were not among the more than 200 people killed.

April 19, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Gainesville residents fought to keep square in 1901

"Old Joe," the Confederate statue on Gainesville's downtown square, almost wasn't to be for a couple of reasons.

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


Anniversary of a different deadly 1936 tornado

Today is the 79th anniversary of the fourth deadliest tornado in United States history.

April 05, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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