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Gainesville woman recounts Selma march for civil rights

In 1965, Northwestern University senior Ferris Hardin felt a calling to be a small cog in a big social machine and change America in the small town of Selma, Ala.

March 29, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Gainesville girl leaps for equine excellence

Most girls go through a horse-loving phase at some point in their youth. For Burgin Lee, it was not a phase - it is a lifestyle.

March 24, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Toccoa woman undergoes surgery to remove colon cancer

On Feb. 19, Cathy Stowe gathered up her courage and faced one of her fears - undergoing her first routine colonoscopy screening.

March 23, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Outdoor furniture can last for years with proper care

When weather warms up, windows open, the grill fires up and patio furniture hits the deck as families spend more time outdoors, lounging in Adirondack chairs and hammocks to enjoy the spring and summer sun.

March 20, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Find classic soup, sandwich combo at Papa Sam's

Tucked away behind the glittering jewelry, rustic home decor and fashionable accessories at Nest Feathers boutique in Oakwood is a small counter with a chalkboard sign reading "Soup of the Day."

March 18, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Cleveland couple bonds with breed of Great Pyrenees

When Marla McSwiney first met Noah, her niece's Great Pyrenees dog, she saw a fluffy, white being that was loving and loyal. However, Noah had heartworms, and McSwiney had no idea how to help care for the animal. She called up John Heldrich, founder of Great Pyrenees Rescue of Atlanta, to ask for his advice.

March 17, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Gainesville man recalls serving in army with real-life 'Forrest Gump'

Life may have been "like box of chocolates" for Forrest Gump, but for the 42 men who entered into Cai Lay, Vietnam, on a fateful November night in 1967, they pretty much knew what they were going to get.

March 15, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Buddhist monk focuses on peace, clarity of mind at Gainesville church

Tibetan Buddhist monk Tenzin Lama Sherpa is constantly aware of every moment in his life. He feels every breath he takes, notices the wind as it blows through his robes, and hears the faint sounds of nature all around him. Because of this awareness, he is at peace and has clarity of the mind.

March 14, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Growlers on Main brewing Irish charm

Each year, Ireland's rich history is celebrated and signified with green clothing, shamrocks, traditional music and Irish drinks for St. Patrick's Day.

March 11, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Restaurants compete in cookie-inspired contest

The sweetest season is upon Northeast Georgia as Girl Scout cookie sales are in full swing, and the girls are preparing to celebrate the iconic Samoa's 40th birthday.

February 25, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Three entrepreneurs inducted into the Business Hall of Fame

Three local entrepreneurs were inducted into the 2015 Northeast Georgia Business Hall of Fame at a banquet Thursday at the Chattahoochee Country Club in Gainesville.

February 19, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Local


Gainesville native Currin playing first hometown show in four years

Gainesville native Nate Currin loves living and working in California. However, whenever he's away, he tends to miss the small town that helped shape his music and personality. Currin has visited home a few times in the past four years, but he hasn't brought any music to the people of Gainesville in a while.

February 19, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Get Out top stories


Experts advise different gifts for Valentine's Day

Flowers are among the most popular gift choices for Valentine's Day each year. Roses fill vases and ribbons are tied, but the beauty of these plants lasts only a few weeks at best.

February 13, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Restaurants and stores prepare sweet romance

Valentine's Day is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're going to get. It could be a sparkling piece of jewelry, a selection of candy, a giant stuffed white bear or a romantic date night.

February 11, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Pet Pleasers Bakery makes treats for furry friends

As health food stores begin popping up more frequently in North Georgia, health-conscious individuals have started searching for ways to make their furry friends healthier as well.

February 04, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


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Articles By Author - Kelsey Williamson


Gainesville toddler is a real bookworm

Clementine Connolly spends most of her days reading. At the breakfast table, she reaches for her book for much like an adult would reach for the morning newspaper. At night before going to sleep, she curls up in bed with another book. Yet, she's not even 2 years old.

April 28, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Doctors encourage patients to get tested for STDs

Talking about sexual health and sexually transmitted diseases is never an easy task, even with a medical professional. However, the need for the conversation is crucial, especially in Georgia.

April 27, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Area women sewing up a problem

One day in the 1990s, a nurse at a Georgia hospital saw a mother leaving with her baby. Instead of the newborn wearing a hat and onesie and wrapped in a blanket for the journey home, the child was covered with a towel.

April 27, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Natural Juice Cafe serves up 'superfood'

Two years ago, Jeannie Copeland needed a change of pace from her job as a massage therapist. Since she had an interest in health food, and her husband, Brett, had a background in cooking, the pair decided to combine their skills into one pursuit.

April 22, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Food bank launches ‘Stock the Shelves’ campaign

Food, to most people, is a nourishing meal, a way to celebrate with loved ones or a method of creativity.

April 15, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Alternative medicine grows in popularity

Many people believe natural and traditional medicine must be mutually exclusive forms of treatment for ailments and sicknesses. However, doctors in North Georgia and specialists in natural forms of medicine are looking to bridge the gap between the two distinct styles of healing.

April 13, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Retired nurse recounts her life of service

Born as one of 13 children, Joan Praet was no stranger to discipline growing up. Her experiences as a child fueled her dream of being a nurse, her desire to join the military and her ability to adapt to changing situations and raising four children of her own.

April 12, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Film festival brings slate of movies to University of North Georgia-Dahlonega

For the second year, the SouthEastern Film Festival is bringing 80 award-winning, independent and otherwise uncommon films to Northeast Georgia for the weekend.

April 10, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Local


Camping season underway at Lanier parks

With weather warming up, families are eager to begin spending weekends by the lake, and with six Lake Lanier campgrounds opening today, people can enjoy the season every day.

April 02, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Local


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