The 1960s are remembered mostly as a chaotic period in American history, marked by assassinations of major public figures, desegregation and civil rights struggles.
While moonshining, making illegal whisky, is supposed to be just a memory, every now and then you read about a liquor still being discovered or seized or a couple of moonshiners being arrested. The moonshine trade might be near nothing nowadays, but there could be old-timers back in the hills who still make their own for their own consumption. You occasionally hear of somebody getting a Mason jar of peach brandy or some other ...
People seem more concerned than ever these days about how taxes are spent on the local, state and national levels.
As the extremely hot summer wanes, we can wonder what kind of winter it will be. As extremely cold as it was warm?
The marble building next to Gainesville's Georgia Mountains Center near one end of the new pedestrian bridge across Jesse Jewell Parkway continues to bear the name "City Hall," although numerous city offices are in the Joint Administration Building next door.
There are plenty of history books and resources available on Gainesville and Hall County. Local history buffs down through the years, including William Hosch, Lester Hosch, Sybil McRay, Ruth Waters, Gordon Sawyer and James Dorsey, preserved piles of information about the community's past. But, Laura Rauch Sumner decided, there wasn't anything geared for children. Her parents, Sam and Pat Rauch, challenged her to put something together on Gainesville's history for the younger set. "I grew ...
Howard Samples has a unique autograph written in the floor of the carport in his Forsyth County home: "Junior S., 1983."
For family entertainment, Bill Sellers used to pile his wife Miriam and two sons Bruce and Billy into their car and track down a train.
There have been as many versions of the legend of Nacoochee as there have been cows grazing the fields of that lush White County valley.
They had the annual Dyer-Souther family reunion at Choestoe Baptist Church in Union County a couple of weeks ago.
Ben Fouts believes he was the first person to water ski barefooted on Lake Lanier. When the lake was first rising behind Buford Dam, Fouts' father was pulling him on skis behind a boat in the Sardis-Chestatee area. Ben dropped one ski, then another until he was skiing barefooted. This was in 1957 or 1958 when trees still poked their tops above the surface as the lake filled up. "You had to be careful to ...
Hall Countians and other North Georgians played important parts in the removal of the Cherokee Indians westward to Oklahoma on what became called the Trail of Tears.
W.F. (Dub) Westmoreland Jr. didn't just play cowboy like many of his peers when he was a child. His grandparents, Marvin and Mary Nell Autry, had him driving cows on their Clark's Bridge Road farm in Hall County when he was 4 years old.
Really, it shouldn't have taken a court case to figure out that local, state and federal officials intended for Lake Lanier to be used as a water supply for neighboring communities.
Before the Gainesville downtown streets were paved, it was a common sight for mules and horses pulling wagons to be mired in near knee-deep mud.
It was a grand occasion that mid-November day in 1928 near Flowery Branch when the Daughters of the American Revolution dedicated a boulder marking where Gen. Andrew Jackson spent the night at Young's Tavern.
Not everybody got into the Roaring '20s, defined as a loose time of rebellion among some segments of the population, defying tradition and exploring a modern age after World War I and before the 1929 stock market crash and Great Depression.
In the days leading up to Nov. 22, 1963, the Hall County community was preoccupied with the usual issues and autumn activities.
As recalled a few weeks ago, numerous Hardys seemed to be born with a writer's pen in their hands or a bent toward some form of journalism.
Hall County was a pioneer in providing training for special needs or developmentally delayed children.
When they remove Tom Watson's statue from Georgia's Capitol grounds, it won't be quite as spectacular as when Iraqis and American soldiers pulled down the statue of dictator Saddam Hussein in Baghdad in the spring of 2002.
School consolidation hasn't been an issue in Hall County for some time after the major mergers in the 1950s that created North Hall, East Hall and South Hall high schools from smaller high schools such as River Bend, Oakwood, Flowery Branch, Sardis, Lula or Clermont.
A gaping hole on Gainesville's South Main Street sits where once stood a prime entertainment venue for North Georgians.
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