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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


Movie made in mountains almost stalled

The original script of the movie "I'd Climb the Highest Mountain," which was filmed in White County in 1950, reveals how much a story goes through before making it to theaters.

February 12, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Small steps meant a lot to minorities in 1947

There was a lot going on that inaugural year of 1947 for the Gainesville Daily Times, the name now shortened to simply The Times. The newspaper just marked its 65th year last month.

February 05, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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Original copy of Gainesville High paper dates to 1902

Gainesville High School students and alumni are familiar with The Trumpeter, the school newspaper for decades.

October 26, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


How much do you know about Lake Lanier, local history?

Time for another little local history trivia quiz. Answers follow:

October 19, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Timely rains kept schedule for filling lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and local leaders broke ground for Buford Dam in 1949, and it would be another seven years before the first trickle of water from the Chattahoochee River would begin to form Lake Lanier.

October 12, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Cooper Pants Factory marker finally to honor victims of '36 tragedy

A mother and her two daughters were among those killed in the Cooper Pants Factory fire that started during the 1936 Gainesville tornado.

October 05, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Film to depict Jackson pilot’s WWII escapes

Jackson Countians know why the Jefferson bypass on U.S. 129 south of Gainesville is named for Major Damon J. Gause. Many others, even in neighboring counties, might not know that he was a World War II hero, whose remarkable story about multiple escapes from the Japanese will be told in a Public Broadcasting documentary next year.

September 28, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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


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