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'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


Hall County library had to struggle from get-go

While in recent years, Hall County Library has expanded its reach with branches in most sections of the county, the road has been bumpy for the public library movement.

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


Pea Ridge put suspense in bond vote

Before increasing sales taxes became the popular method to finance improvements, local governments often used bond issues to finance capital items, especially schools and government buildings.

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


Gainesville's changes in council structure come rarely

With state legislation to add an elected mayor to Gainesville City Council getting final approval, it would be the first substantive change since the city went from a three-person commission to five in 1958.

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


Wire walker over Tallulah excited crowd

Summer of 1970 was hot in more ways than one in Georgia.

March 25, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Hall County's early days: Mint juleps, mountain dew and chickens

Back about the turn of the 20th century, Hall County was an up-and-coming corner of the state, but some of its leaders felt snubbed by other areas that didn't see its potential.

March 11, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Main Street Gang relives its old school days

When the old Main Street School in Gainesville was demolished to make way for a Hall County jail, the cornerstone and its contents were salvaged.

March 04, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Rich history, controversy mark jail site

If it weren't such a serious matter, it almost would be funny, this dispute over the former Hall County jail property on South Main Street in Gainesville.

February 26, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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


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WWI casualty Bolding wrote of mud, shells and willpower

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.

July 27, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Antioch UMC celebrates its 200th year at camp meeting

One of the oldest camp meetings in North Georgia begins Monday at the historic Antioch Campground on Antioch Campground Road in west Hall County.

July 20, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


County agents play key role in community

"County agents," as we call them, date back in Georgia 100 years. They are part of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service, celebrating its centennial this year helping residents with home, garden and farm advice.

July 13, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Hall also had role in birthing Bulldog Nation

On this Independence Day Weekend, take a brief look at Lyman Hall, for whom Hall County is named.

July 06, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Family retains ties to historic Hall farmland

Nancy Terrell Furr hid in a cabin during the Civil War while Union soldiers plundered the countryside, picked all the pears from a tree nearby and killed the only cow she owned.

June 29, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Test your knowledge of history in Northeast Ga.

OK, all you local history buffs, here's your chance to display your knowledge with this little trivia test. Answers to the questions are below:

June 22, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


What used to be where on square in Gainesville

Relative newcomers to Hall County, and even longtime residents whose memory might be fuzzy, are curious about "what used to be" in Gainesville's downtown.

June 15, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Humorist cut his law teeth in North Ga.

Near the intersection of Wilson Bridge and Martin Bridge roads off Exit 154 of Interstate 85 in Banks County, there once was a community called Arp.

June 08, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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