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Animal Shelter raises funds by painting pooches

Most people hear the word "mural" and probably think about Greek gods and goddesses or scenes from the Bible. But at the Hall County Animal Shelter, the newest murals adorning the concrete walls are all about mammals of the four-legged variety.

January 13, 2015 | C. I. Abercrombie | Life top stories


Assistant principal resolves to lose weight

Many people set New Year's Resolutions. Few keep them.

January 12, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Life top stories


GoFundMe website helps funding local worthy causes

Not every 11-year-old boy spends his time thinking about how to stop a dangerous oil spill.

January 11, 2015 | C. I. Abercrombie | Life top stories


Retired math teacher takes time to paint

Some might think a former math teacher and current math tutor wouldn't have a creative streak, but Lilli Grenvicz would prove them wrong.

January 11, 2015 | BY Bonny Harper Times regional staff | Life top stories


Holmes Bible College hold classes in Buford

Churchgoers line up Sunday after Sunday to get their weekly dose of the Word, but for some, Sundays aren't enough.

January 10, 2015 | Audrey Williams | Life top stories


Seeing potential in an older home

In the mornings, Winter Cox sits with a cup of tea and her two dogs, finding solace in her new cedar-planked sunroom that overlooks her spacious backyard.

January 09, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Piedmont Tractor customers feast at In and Out Deli

Fast, fresh and flavorful food is the goal of the In and Out Deli. And the deli - located inside Piedmont Tractor and Equipment on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Gainesville - seems to succeed by streamlining its lunch service with house-made sandwiches, chips and sodas in glass bottles.

January 07, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Historic cemeteries appear forgotten

The old Dover Cemetery is all but invisible from the road save for a few heavily worn headstones peeking out from a family plot overgrown with long, dry grass and pine saplings. Further back, some of the more recent headstones have been tended to, but a collapsed wire fence and thickets of brambles stand as evidence of years of neglect.

January 06, 2015 | BY MERIS LUTZ Times regional staff | Life top stories


Lift away your fitness phobias with a workout

Laurie Davidson has been going to the J.A. Walters Family YMCA in Gainesville for almost nine years. In those years, she has seen many new people come just after the beginning of the year only to disappear a couple of months later.

January 05, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Female veteran answers a call to prayer

When Wendy Paradis sees someone in need, she isn't shy about offering them a hand.

January 04, 2015 | C. I. Abercrombie | Life top stories


Female priest brings 'wealth of wisdom' to Gainesville

With three professional degrees under her belt, the Rev. Cynthia Park has a lot to offer the congregation at Grace Episcopal Church.

January 03, 2015 | C. I. Abercrombie | Life top stories


Guard your garden against winter weather

With colder months quickly approaching and forecasts of frigid winters on the horizon, home gardeners begin preparing their beds to brave the freezes to ensure the survival of greenery and flowers.

January 02, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Residents ready to sip down some cider

New Year's Eve parties have always existed as the final celebration of a year past. Fizzy champagne, sparkling clothes, silly glasses and savory treats are characteristic of the occasion, but in recent years, new trends have begun to flourish.

December 30, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Parents and teens take driving class to reduce crashes

Four teens were handed faux steering wheels and asked to pull their phones out. Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jonathan Fitzpatrick then asked them to remember a simple line they would text to a random friend, "The movie starts at 6."

December 30, 2014 | BY AMANDA HEAD ahead@gainesvilletimes.com | Life top stories


Lula folk potter fights to keep his family's land and legacy

When asked how it feels to be the last son of a centurylong legacy, David Meaders responds with the humor and humility typical of his easy-going, deeply Southern personality.

December 28, 2014 | C. I. Abercrombie | Life top stories


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Stick to the classics like meat and beer for your Super Bowl cookout

When the New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks in the upcoming Super Bowl XLIX, football fans from across the country will gather to witness the sport's most important game.

January 28, 2015 | C. I. Abercrombie | Life top stories


Divorcees seek marital solace in DivorceCare program

There is no such thing as a painless divorce and in the Old Testament, God says he hates divorce, Lakewood Discipleship Pastor Scott Smith said.

January 27, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Self-proclaimed 'gypsy' Lois Reed has lifelong music affair

On Jan. 17, Gainesville resident Lois Reed turned 79. Some may call that particular age old. Lois Reed disputes that characterization.

January 25, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Caring Hands Ministries has been helping for 20 years

Two things motivate Ann Fleming to keep doing what she does.

January 24, 2015 | C. I. Abercrombie | Life top stories


Bargain hunters can discover deals at estate sales

Normally, going to a stranger's home and rifling through their worldly possessions is a bit taboo - unless it's at an estate sale, in which case it's just called shopping.

January 23, 2015 | C. I. Abercrombie | Life top stories


Dawson County women bake up favorite pies for contest

It's a tale as old as time, as far as baking is concerned: whether classic sweet concoctions such as apple pie or traditional savory offerings such as quiches are truly superior as far as taste buds are concerned.

January 21, 2015 | C. I. Abercrombie | Life top stories


Flowery Branch woman turns childhood dream into fish business

When Tara Massarelli got her first fish tank at 12 years old, she didn't know how quickly it would turn into a lifetime devotion.

January 20, 2015 | C. I. Abercrombie | Life top stories


Students finding less time for sleep as extracurricular activities add up

As more students do their best to overachieve and prepare for a competitive future, many find it difficult to accomplish their many tasks in a regular day and stay up late into the night. The result is students forgo getting enough sleep.

January 19, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Female epilepsy patient uses art class to battle disease

Sixteen years ago, Angie Bryant's life changed.

January 18, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Clarkesville man copies the King James Version of the Bible by hand

Freddie North was sitting in his apartment in Demorest when he claims he heard "a voice."

January 17, 2015 | C. I. Abercrombie | Life top stories


Gardening experts share tips on composting in the cold

Creating compost in the cold poses many challenges for some gardeners. Luckily some gardening experts know of a wide variety of materials to make high-quality soil during the winter months.

January 16, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Cooking with cast-iron skillet or pan creates unique flavor in food

Known to cook meals for hundreds of years, a cast-iron skillet is the perfect tool to fry, bake, saute, braze and broil.

January 14, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


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