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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


How a Ham tried to roast a terrapin bill

Georgia is moving to protect 19 species of turtles threatened by commercial pet trade or imports to Asian countries that use them for soup and folk medicine. Not to mention they rank right up there with armadillos and possums as road kill in some sections.

January 29, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Southerners turned down charity offers

Many Confederate soldiers, even their officers, were in dire straits the years after the Civil War.

January 22, 2012 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


North Ga. drew attention during 1920s

A lot was going on in North Georgia in the Roaring '20s. That was when Johnson & Johnson decided on Hall County for its Chicopee Manufacturing Corp. model mill village.

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


Corner lot on square has varied history

When Gainesville was laid out, Lot No. 1 at the corner of Spring and Main streets where Hunt Towers is today was the prime place on the public square.

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


Possum took pride in job on city streets

People make up the character of the community. Certain personalities over time have stood out almost as familiar as the Confederate statue on Gainesville's downtown square.

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


Tight election added spice to Christmas in 1897

A lot more than Christmas was on the minds of Gainesvillians in December 1897.

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


Confession led to freedom for suspect

It's been more than a half century since the conclusion of one of the most sensational murder cases in the state's history.

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


Hula dance got Cornelia show into trouble

While Northeast Georgia is still considered in a drought, every few days some rain falls to provide temporary relief.

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


Gainesvilleman told of escape during WWI

The Towery family of Gainesville hadn't heard from their son Fred Richmond Towery in more than three years during World War I.

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


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


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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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