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New senior pastor takes over reins at First Presbyterian Church

As a man of God, the Rev. Lee Koontz is used to answering to different names. Lee, Pastor Lee or even the Rev. Koontz just to name a few. But one of the standard and interesting titles he answers to is one half of a "clergy couple."

January 15, 2016 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Lanier Tech student walks road to recovery after battling alcohol addiction

Corey Taylor is man of routine.

January 10, 2016 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Polar Bear Plunge postponed because of flooding, debris in lake

Many residents ready to literally jump into 2016 at the annual Polar Bear Plunge on Friday will have to wait.

December 30, 2015 | J.K. Devine | Get Out top stories


Gainesville native pens memoir about being a firefighter

Tony Baker stowed his firefighting gear safely in his locker, hoping to store away his day as a rookie with the DeKalb County Fire Rescue Department. When he couldn't quiet his thoughts, the then-28-year-old Gainesville native pulled out a simple black-and-white composition book and searched for a quiet place to be alone.

December 13, 2015 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


First Presbyterian Church's music director to retire

Since he began walking, Mike Henry's life has been enveloped by music.

December 07, 2015 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Thanksgiving Day and its traditions evolve throughout years

When Dana Chapman thinks of Thanksgiving, one image comes to mind. It is a 1943 Norman Rockwell painting titled "Freedom From Want," which was part of a series of four called "The Four Freedoms."

November 22, 2015 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Experts: Black Friday shopping helps local economy

Many people focus on the edible fare, family time and football on Thanksgiving Day.

November 22, 2015 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Fire chief credits boys club for path to dream job

At a young age, Jerome Yarbrough had to make a choice. He could indulge in delinquent acts and continue in his "curiosity" as a boy and head down the "left" path. Or he could travel on a higher road on the "right" path and become a successful person.

November 14, 2015 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Teen fighting cancer meets pope, starts nonprofit charity

Standing among hundreds of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square, 17-year-old Gino Vizzi was "awe struck" as Pope Francis descended the steps of St. Peter's Basilica and headed straight for him.

November 08, 2015 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Gainesville woman to spread Gospel on The World Race

Unworthy, unloved, rejected, depressed and inadequate. Each emotion has plagued Faith Silva at one point or other in her 21 years of life.

November 07, 2015 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Kicking balls, raising money and 'saving boobies'

On June 26, Ashley Williams' life changed.

October 18, 2015 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Hardman Farm full of history

Cindy Randolph leaned forward conspiratorially from her chair on her back porch with a twinkle in her eye and a quick smile.

October 04, 2015 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Gainesville woman’s art, nonprofit offer tangible support to cancer patients

A Hartwell woman driving to Gainesville four times a week for medical treatment scrapes up enough money for gas for the trips.

September 20, 2015 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Fifty shades of Gradin

Seated cross-legged on the floor wearing a black tank top, painted-splattered blue jean overalls and black shoes peppered with speckles of even more paint, Fox Gradin carefully swipes her brush across the frame of a small doghouse at the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia in Gainesville.

September 13, 2015 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Two elderly sisters support each other in Chicopee

Many seniors ages 80 and older are relegated to living in assisted-living housing or nursing homes because they are unable to care for themselves any longer, or at least need some help with everyday chores.

August 23, 2015 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


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