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Hall County man rose to prominence as an orator

One of Hall County's most colorful characters was H.W.J. Ham, a journalist and lawyer who became nationally famous as an orator.

September 13, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Chautauquas entertained, enlightened before TV, radio

Scientists and assorted tinkerers were just beginning to dabble in radio about the turn of the 20th century. It would be a couple of decades before entrepreneurs and listeners would realize its potential as a mass medium.

September 06, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Pendergrass was a thriving town in early 1900s

It is no accident Pendergrass in Jackson County is about halfway between Athens and Gainesville.

August 30, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


'Mark Trail' continues a longtime local link

For more than six decades, "Mark Trail" has been a fixture in newspaper funnies. It was birthed by a Gainesville man, continued by another Gainesvillian, and a third Gainesville artist has dipped his pen in it recently.

August 23, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


'Ghost Town' health resort in Lumpkin County drew crowds

In the 1950s and perhaps later, a favorite pastime for some high school and college students was to explore what they called "Ghost Town" in Lumpkin County.

August 16, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Nalleys keep ’em in the road in tough times

The Nalley name continues on 10 Atlanta area car dealerships, but the Nalley family no longer is involved directly in them. Asbury Automotive Group, Inc., a multibillion-dollar business, acquired most of the Nalley car enterprises in 1997, with Jim Nalley remaining as a partner and chief executive officer. His and wife Rene's three sons, Clay (C.V. Nalley IV), Street and Slater, continued working for Asbury.

August 02, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Nalley autos cranked up in Gainesville

When Jim Nalley was growing up in Gainesville in the 1950s, his main hang-out was his father's Chevrolet dealership on South Main Street.

July 26, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


What visitors to Gainesville saw in 1908

A visitor to Gainesville in 1908 wrote about what he liked about the city.

July 19, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Good reading to lift you up on down days

Six Gainesville friends were together on a Caribbean cruise in May 1996. When the ship returned to port, three stayed for another day to tour Miami.

July 12, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Hall County was feeling its oats in 1920s

Even when it was tiny with mostly volunteer staff, the chamber of commerce for Gainesville and Hall County was aggressive in promoting the area.

July 05, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


19th century teacher had tough words for parents

Educators sometimes are frustrated that parents don't get more involved in their children's education. But their problems today hardly compare to the late 1800s when children were expected to pull their weight on the family farm.

June 28, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Lulans are proud of their veterans from past wars

For Lula being no bigger than it is, the east Hall County town has supplied its country with more than its share of military heroes.

June 21, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Mayflower Café started tasty career

If you lived in Hall County or nearby in the 1950s, more than likely you had a meal at the Mayflower Café.

June 14, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Letters home shed light on World War I

Communication from overseas to back home was painstakingly slow during World War I, and it mostly consisted of letters from soldiers to their parents, other relatives or friends.

June 07, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


How it was on the homefront during World War I

Plenty of veterans of World War II remain and even more people who remember the war.

May 31, 2009 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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Two kin from the area died decades apart serving cause

The story of Hugh Minor Sr. has been well told. He was the Dawson County native and pioneer airplane pilot who lived much of his early life in Gainesville.

December 21, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


City’s park and rec program began with $1,000 purchase

The lights decorating the Gainesville Civic Center and its front campus provide a perfect bookend to the annual Christmas on Green Street with the holly tree lighted by the Rotary Club at the other end of the historic street.

December 14, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


How Hall County reacted after Pearl Harbor

Just as the attack by Japanese on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941, came on a Sunday, so is today's 73rd anniversary of that fateful day.

December 07, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Brenau landed in Paris, wooed New York, Washington

Brenau University perhaps is in its most aggressive mode in its history with all the building going on at its expanding Gainesville campus and its arms spread wide to locations in Atlanta, Augusta and King's Bay.

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


Late Gov. Carl Sanders kept substantial ties to Hall

Carl Sanders, the Georgia governor from 1963-67, who died last week, had a lot of Gainesville connections.

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


Vintage Gainesville photos stir memories, show changes

Nothing funner on a rainy day than pulling out family photo albums, reminiscing and laughing over how you, your children, grandchildren and others have changed through the years.

November 16, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Veterans Day honors military heroes of all conflicts

Tuesday is Veterans Day, when at the 11th hour on the 11th day of November, the 11th month, citizens and veterans across the country honor and remember veterans of all wars.

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


How survivor escaped flames in pants plant

The Cooper Pants Factory historical marker at the corner of Maple and Broad streets in Gainesville has been appropriately unveiled in remembrance of those who died in the 1936 tornado, specifically those killed in the tragic fire that engulfed the pants factory.

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


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


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