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Atheist, minister discuss viewpoints at downtown bar

A Baptist minister and a proclaimed atheist walk into a bar for an open dialogue about religion.

August 16, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Father of two sons ensures bonding time with his boys

Gage Pacesky jumped from picnic table to picnic table and said in a clear, loud voice "Dad, watch this!" His father, Justin Pacesky eyed his oldest son and shot him a look of warning. Nestled in the crook of his arm was his newborn son, Spencer. Justin Pacesky quickly responded, "Let's not do that."

June 15, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Zumba dance moves convert easily to pool exercise

"I would never do this move on land," said Shannon Mooney, who was exercising next to me as we thrust our hips forward and back to the beat of the music blaring in the warm pool room Thursday night at Frances Meadows Aquatic Center.

June 02, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Vegans cakes contain no eggs or dairy

As the summer season and warmer temperatures creep in, residents head outdoors for cookouts. Traditional grilling foods include hamburgers and hot dogs accompanied by potato salad and desserts such as cookies, cakes and pies.

May 28, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Experts explain the purpose of prayer

Dozens of residents bowed their heads to pray on the downtown square in Gainesville nine days ago. The solemn activity was part of the National Day of Prayer, which was established by Congress as an annual event in 1952 and designated as the first Thursday of May each year in 1988.

May 10, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Assembling old-school antenna for TV purposes

"Be careful. Don't poke your eye out," the deep fatherly voice said from across the small living room. "And don't poke your sister's eye out, either!"

May 06, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Choir offers prisoners opportunity for some positive praise

"My parents drugged me … to church."

April 19, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Churches collaborate on worship services during Holy Week

A triumphant entry into Jerusalem, the Last Supper with the 12 disciples, a trial and crucifixion followed by his death and burial and finally his resurrection all happened in a week's time. Christians call it Holy Week.

April 12, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Seniors volunteer to help residents file tax returns

Roberta Eaton of Gainesville walked into the conference room at the Murrayville library carrying her Social Security card, photo ID, her tax forms and her previous year's return. Her purpose was simple: Have a qualified AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteer double-check her tax return.

March 30, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Many on a mission to find bent "marker" trees

Danny Head of Clermont always wondered about the oddly-bent trees near the intersection of the Chattahoochee River and Mossy Creek. Little did he know trees with a similar shape were used by Native Americans to mark trading trails, bodies of water or even battlefield sites.

March 21, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Artist who crafted Helen's Alpine look dies at 85

Artist John Kollock, the man responsible for crafting the look of Helen's Alpine-themed architecture with his sketches, died Monday. He was 85.

March 11, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Local


Christians practice Lenten traditions

Growing up in the United Methodist church, Nancy Page always knew about Lent but rarely observed the reflective Christian season. Her sister, on the other hand, always participated in a unique way.

March 08, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Protect your financial information

Kathy and Hugh Bond got an unexpected call from their bank in November. It appears while the couple was spending time in Atlanta, Hugh Bond's debit card made a purchase in Fredericksburg, Va.

March 04, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Learning to walk off weight with healthy diet

"How many of you woke up and said 'Oh my goodness! I gained 10 pounds overnight?'"

February 11, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Chicken wings on menu for several football fans

Football season and chicken wings seem to go hand-in-hand, literally. And with Super Bowl XLVIII four days away, many cooks will prepare their own homemade wings or start placing orders at area restaurants.

January 29, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


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Christian, Muslim discover common ground at forum

University of North Georgia student April Bradley expected a heated debate when she heard a Christian minister and observant Muslim were going to talk about their opposing faiths Thursday night. But she was pleasantly surprised to observe a different scene at The Monkey Barrel in downtown Gainesville.

September 20, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Grow a glorious fall garden

As autumn official officially arrives Monday, the Hall County Master Gardeners plan to mark the event the following weekend with its annual Fall Garden Expo.

September 18, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Get Out top stories


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