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Hard times hit Hall as WWI wound down

Many still remember how hard life was during World War II, what with rationing and shortages and loved ones fighting overseas.

November 27, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


How things change with political winds

If you're already worn out over the 2012 elections while we're still a few weeks from finishing 2011, get used to it.

November 19, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Sunday booze ban wasn’t only blue law

The mostly overwhelming vote around the state for package sales of alcoholic beverages on Sunday shows how far we have come, or, from the perspective of opponents, how far we have retreated on blue law issues.

November 13, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


A funny ride through time around Georgia

Wouldn't it be exciting to travel in a time machine and witness some of Georgia's historic events?

November 06, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Hall Countians paid tribute to late First Lady

Gainesville's Norfolk Southern Railroad depot has been the scene of several memorable occasions, including presidential whistle-stop campaigns, troop trains during World War II, visits from President Franklin Roosevelt and funeral trains.

October 30, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Habersham, Hall counties competed for new school

North Georgia Technical College in Clarkesville has a rich history, its campus dating back 104 years.

October 23, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


50 years ago, trying times at university

Probably at no time in the history of the University of Georgia had there been more change than in January 1961.

October 16, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


When schools became serious about merging

The subject of consolidation of Hall County and Gainesville schools rarely comes up these days, although it has been discussed numerous times over the past few decades. There is no apparent groundswell of support for such a merger.

October 09, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


1960s decade began changes, crucial times

The 1960s are remembered mostly as a chaotic period in American history, marked by assassinations of major public figures, desegregation and civil rights struggles.

October 02, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Moonshiners, revenue feud slowed down

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.

September 25, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


State officials’ pay was puny a century ago

People seem more concerned than ever these days about how taxes are spent on the local, state and national levels.

September 18, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


1899 blizzard blew misery through area

As the extremely hot summer wanes, we can wonder what kind of winter it will be. As extremely cold as it was warm?

September 11, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


New’ City Hall didn’t last as long as hoped

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.

September 04, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Book teaches youngsters local history

There are plenty of history books and resources available on Gainesville and Hall County.

August 28, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Fish tale took good ole boy to stardom

Howard Samples has a unique autograph written in the floor of the carport in his Forsyth County home: "Junior S., 1983."

August 21, 2011 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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Moonshiner making legal white lightnin’ now

Dwight Bearden was 6 or 7 years old when he first started helping his father on their liquor still north of Dawsonville.

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


River ford bandits’ lair is gone, but legends live

Woolley's Ford was one of those places on rivers in Northeast Georgia where people would cross either wading across shallows or riding a ferry. Bridges weren't all that common on such streams as the Chattahoochee or Chestatee until the late 1800s.

March 30, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Pioneer Hall pastor, store merchant forgave debts

The first minister of Chestatee Baptist Church, John Edward "Jackie" Rives, was a successful farmer and merchant who turned preacher in 1833 after hearing a stirring sermon on swearing, a sin he admitted he was guilty of.

March 23, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Drawn into history: Gainesville cartoonist to continue legacy of ‘Mark Trail’ comic

Jack Elrod spent much of his childhood roaming the rivers and woods around Gainesville and North Georgia.

March 09, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Helen’s Helen was a Missouri social butterfly

If it weren't for the preference of Southern cooks for white flour in the early 1900s, there might not be a Helen, Ga., as it is today.

March 02, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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