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Two local towns had double mayor controversies

Georgia had its "two governors" controversy back in 1947 after the governor-elect, Eugene Talmadge, died just weeks before his inauguration.

March 24, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Railroaders get together to swap tales

The late Talmadge Pless, who served as Lula's mayor, missed seeing his fellow Norfolk-Southern Railway workers after he retired.

March 17, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Several ’20s stars excelled in college ball

Several players on the undefeated 1923-25 Gainesville High School football teams went on to greater things, including athletics.

March 10, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Amazing Gainesville team had amazing win streak

The 1923 Gainesville High School football team, in the school's first undefeated season, had scored 306 points to its opponents' 19, shutting out seven of those teams.

March 03, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


GHS won it all in 1923-25, yet no trophy

As storied as Gainesville High School football is, it took 99 years for its first state championship, remarkably winning it in 2012, the first year the school jumped two classifications into AAAAA.

February 24, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


Friendship Road has rich history and many trials

It's no wonder residents along Friendship Road in southern Hall County are so passionate in resisting a change in the road's name to Lanier Islands Parkway.

February 17, 2013 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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


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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


Slaughterhouse Creek’s history includes mines, meat operation

Connie Propes and other neighbors where Wal-Mart is building a grocery and installing gas pumps on Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville are researching the history of the area, in particular Slaughterhouse Creek, which might be affected by rainfall runoff from the development. The creek eventually feeds into Lake Lanier.

August 31, 2014 | Johnny Vardeman | Johnny Vardeman's column


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