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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


Williams clan served House for 4 decades

Roger Williams this month is concluding his 22nd year in the Georgia legislature. Dalton Mayor David Pennington honored Williams on his retirement at a recent Rotary Club meeting. Williams was the Dalton area's state representative.

December 02, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Hall draftee’s number was 1st during World War I

A Hall County man was among the first to be drafted for military service during World War I.

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


Some rebelled against ‘closets’ city required

We take so much for granted, it's hard to believe how far we've come in basic living conditions in less than a century.

November 18, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


First GHS almost built at City Park

The old Gainesville High School building on West Washington Street is long gone, but not so long ago that many students who stalked its halls, dusted its erasers and frustrated its teachers are still around to remember it fondly.

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


After World War I, city, county got things moving

Immediately after the armistice was signed officially ending World War I on Nov. 11, 1918, Gainesville and Hall County leaders shifted into high gear a number of projects they had been chomping at the bit to begin.

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


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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


Gainesville Mill added a big jolt to Hall economy

The early 1900s were high times for Gainesville and Hall County.

March 29, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Gwinnett County police murders stunned state in 1964

Fifty-one years ago next month marks one of the most sensational crimes in Georgia's history: the execution murders of three Gwinnett County policemen.

March 22, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Mossy Creek Campground is full of history

Mossy Creek Campground lies between Ga. 254 and Skitts Mountain Road in White County.

March 15, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Many golfers learned to play at Mossy Creek in White County

One of the oldest golf courses in North Georgia is Mossy Creek, just over the Hall County line into White County on Ga. 254 next to Mossy Creek Campground and at the base of Skitts Mountain.

March 08, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Stores keep on the move these days, too

There have been so many changes among Gainesville's business districts over the years, you can't keep track of them.

March 01, 2015 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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