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Baptisms water the soul of Christians

In the north corner of the west lobby of Chestnut Mountain Church in Flowery Branch is an unexpected sight: a small heated swimming pool.

January 18, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories

Bike your way to better health in 2014

"You will exercise at least 30 minutes a day," the doctor said following a physical exam last month.

December 30, 2013 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories

Artistic expression spreads to downtown

While artist Sterling Brown was eating one day recently at Avocados on the downtown square in Gainesville, he noticed the different pieces of art adorning the restaurant's walls.

December 26, 2013 | J.K. Devine | Get Out top stories

Prepare dishes at night and serve for breakfast

For as long as she can remember, Emily Williams has looked forward to Christmas Day at her mother's home in Gainesville for two reasons.

December 24, 2013 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories

North Georgians light up the night

A little more than 10 years ago, three different Northeast Georgia families purchased or received a single item, leading them to start a Christmas tradition that continues to this day.

December 24, 2013 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories

Advent wreath lights the way to Christmas

Christmas time is filled with family traditions such as baking holiday cookies, building snowmen and decorating the Christmas tree. But for the Voyles family, one tradition is crafting an Advent wreath and placing it literally in the center of their daily life during the holiday season.

December 14, 2013 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories

Buying a budget-friendly feast for Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving approaches, many consumers are awaiting the Black Friday deals. But for those living on a tight budget, finding bargains on food for the feast is more important. Therefore, The Times asked a couple of North Georgia experts, consulted online websites and went shopping to compile a Thanksgiving meal for four people for $60 or less.

November 20, 2013 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories

Help provide Thanksgiving food for others

If you are spending Thanksgiving at a friend or family member's home this year or have a little extra time and money, then a couple of North Georgia charities have an idea for you.

November 20, 2013 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories

Operation collects and delivers gifts to foreign children

Supplying needy children across the globe with Christmas gifts is an admirable goal, but Gainesville resident Jim Lee wants to offer foreign kids more than tangible items. He wants to offer them the gift of Christian faith.

November 18, 2013 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories

Church takes a journey to Bethlehem, figuratively

For 30 years, Dee Snow taught her elementary school students the basic skills of reading, writing and arithmetic. Now retired, she has returned to learning the basics - the Bible basics that is.

November 16, 2013 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories

Flood damage doesn't deter North Georgia Zoo visitors

Signs of flood damage are hardly noticeable to the average visitor at the North Georgia Zoo in Cleveland. But staff members and volunteers can quickly and easily point to waterline marks and damage from a flash flood two months ago.

October 15, 2013 | J.K. Devine | Local

Ministers offer prayers for all kinds of pets

Thirteen-year-old Porter needed an extra "punch" for good health in his hospice years. Fiona, whose age is unknown, needed a cure for her carsickness and other ailments.

October 08, 2013 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories

Herbs enhance flavors of food

Growing vegetables and fruits in a home garden is a convenient way to have easy access to the freshest, healthiest food possible. However, another kind of garden can enhance or add flavor to the food - an herb garden.

October 04, 2013 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories

Students cultivate their own green thumbs

Plunging a shovel into loosened dirt, pulling back on the handle and watching a large redish-brown sweet potato pop out of the ground elated 8-year-old Franky Perez.

September 20, 2013 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories

Cleveland girl explores her Jewish heritage

For Ella Padawer, traveling to Israel is a normal summer activity. The 17-year-old Cleveland girl heads overseas for a month to visit her aunt, uncle and grandparents who live in Tel Aviv. But this summer, Padawer's trip was anything but normal.

September 08, 2013 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories

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Articles By Author - J.K. Devine

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 ...

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 ...

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


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