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.
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."
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.