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Olympics stir ’96 memories of Games here

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.

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


Similar issues are recycled year to year

What are those old sayings? "What goes around comes around ?" or "There's nothing new under the sun."

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


Rabun native tries to hang onto heritage

If ever there were a person who best epitomized the culture and character of the North Georgia mountains, it might be Barbara Taylor Woodall, who lives on Kelly's Creek in Rabun County.

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


How you got over the mountains in early days

We think nothing of a trip to the mountains these days. From Gainesville, one can be in the heights of the hills in less than an hour's drive north.

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


It was hard to find stills a long time ago

North Georgia mountains long have had the reputation of a hiding place for illegal liquor stills.

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


Tourists came by rail to see gorgeous gorge

The legend of Nacoochee, whose name is attached to that lovely valley just south of Helen in White County, is well known.

June 24, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Woman found ‘lost’ family in Gainesville

Gainesville's standing as a health resort in the late 1800s and early 1900s played a part in the reunion of family members who lost touch with one another over 30 years.

June 17, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Peach pickin’ time continues an annual rite

It is approaching peak peach time in North Georgia. Trips to Jaemor Farms near Lula and other orchards in that area will become more frequent. Peaches will be showing up more often in the backs of trucks parked at local farmers' markets.

June 10, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


'Deliverance' bash marks movie's 40th anniversary

Rabun County's spectacular beauty has lured tourists to the mountains for decades, and when Hollywood discovered it, it became a mecca for movie settings.

June 03, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Fire didn’t put local newspaper out of business

Fire struck the Gainesville Eagle newspaper right before Christmas 1885.

May 27, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Storms led to floods, later Lake Lanier

In July 1916, the Southeast suffered from a tropical 1-2 punch that resulted in historic flooding and caused dozens of deaths and millions in damage.

May 20, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Shoe factory closing left many jobless

Hall County's economy has had its ups and downs through its history, with disasters striking and industries opening or closing.

May 13, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Warnings over Ga. 365 date back to ’70s

Concern over the safety of Ga. 365, the four-laner from Gainesville to the South Carolina line via Toccoa, can be traced well back into the 1970s before it was even built.

May 06, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


1959 critical year for rails in N. Georgia

North Georgia is rich in railroad history, what with efforts in the 1800s to get a main line through Gainesville, trials and tribulations of the Gainesville and Northwestern Railroad into the mountains, the Gainesville Midland, one of the last steam trains in the country, as well as the colorful but troubled Tallulah Falls Railroad from Cornelia to Franklin, N.C.

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


Early travel costly, rough on area roads

Toll roads have been in the news in Georgia lately. State officials reneged on a promise to end the toll on Ga. 400 when it was paid for. They also turned a lane of Interstate 85 that tax money had built into a High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lane that you have to pay to use now. And there are plans and discussions about other toll roads in the Atlanta area.

April 22, 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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