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North Georgia Jewish community small, but close knit

While many Christians prepare for Easter with egg hunts and religious services during Holy week, members of the Jewish faith are anticipating the arrival of one of its major observances: Passover.

April 05, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Runners and walkers chase down a goal

Editor's note: Savannah King and J.K. Devine trained and participated in the Greater Hall County Chamber of Commerce Chamber Chase. The following are their separate accounts.

April 01, 2014 | BY SAVANNAH KING and J.K. DEVINE | Life top stories


Students' mind venture to outer space

After the last student left the theater to return to class, Gale Allen took a breath and laughed. She said she'd been warned about speaking to middle school students before her arrival.

March 31, 2014 | Savannah King | 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


Gainesville church group builds a strong foundation

The Rev. Calvin Haney and members of his flock from St. Paul United Methodist Church off Washington Street in Gainesville arrived in a small town west of Birminghman, Ala., to answer God's call.

March 29, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Tasty, attractive herbs prove easy to grow

Culinary herbs are enjoying a revival thanks to new varieties, stronger flavors, health concerns and more discerning palates. Their low cost, attractiveness and easy-to-grow attributes are making them popular, too.

March 28, 2014 | Associated Press | Life top stories


Food inspectors keep Hall County kitchens safe and clean

Even though she shows up unannounced, Laurie Wentworth's visits to area kitchens shouldn't come as any big surprise to area restaurants.

March 26, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Life top stories


Forsyth mother, South Georgia couple find 'the perfect match'

NORTH FORSYTH - Jessica and Alonso Martinez are counting down the days until their son will be born today at Northside Hospital-Forsyth.

March 25, 2014 | By Jennifer Sami Times regional staff | Life top stories


11-month trip alters woman’s life and career

Editor's note: India's government requires Sarah's Covenant Homes to protect the names of its children. All of the kids have been given nicknames by the orphanage's staff members.

March 24, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Animal lovers pay high price for pet care

How far would you go to help your sick pet?

March 23, 2014 | Savannah King | 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


Soup and salad combination can be hearty and healthy

Soup and salad is a popular healthy meal choice at many restaurants but sometimes the meals miss the mark. The combinations can be either too light, leaving you hungry, or too high in calories, negating the good intentions behind the meal choice.

March 19, 2014 | BY SAVANNAH KING and J.K. DEVINE For The Times | Life top stories


Water damage experts come to rescue of area homeowners

As anybody who has ever suffered it knows, heavy water damage at home can be a traumatic experience. Furniture, family possessions, important documents and other items can disappear in a splash.

March 18, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Hall County teen earn honorable status

Fifteen-year-old Dallas Wright, like a lot of teenagers, turned to social media when he needed to find some inspiration for his Eagle Scout service project.

March 17, 2014 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Woman joins spiritual ranks at Hall County Sheriff's Office

Mary Shore smiled to herself as she hooked her new badge onto the edge of her sweater and walked through the doors of the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

March 16, 2014 | Savannah King | Life top stories


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Northeast Georgia woman shaves head for fundraiser

Ashlynn Geringer, a 4-year-old Lumpkin County girl who has leukemia, received an interesting birthday present Saturday: a family friend's hair.

April 16, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Experimenting in the kitchen with an Easter ham

I have never made a holiday meal.

April 16, 2014 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Bob Swoszowski makes his mark with McDonald's in Northeast Georgia

Employees ranging from teenagers to middle-aged adults hustled at their stations during the fast-food restaurant's lunch rush Tuesday afternoon.

April 13, 2014 | Savannah King | 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


Variations of flower vase makes decorating easier

We've been picking flowers and sticking them in containers for thousands of years.

April 11, 2014 | By Kim Cook Associated Press | Life top stories


Seder dinner filled with traditional foods

Orly Padawer of Cleveland said she's looking forward to the Passover feast known as the Seder.

April 09, 2014 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Mission unearths African-American cemetery

A temporary, handwritten sign marks the site of the small cemetery. It reads "New Bethel Church, Strickland Cemetery."

April 08, 2014 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Sisters meet after 4 decades of separation

Carolyn Hogan said she didn't expect much when she sat down in front of the computer and typed her long-lost sister's name in the search bar.

April 06, 2014 | Savannah King | Life top stories


French bestow award on Barrow County vet

Marcie Dover was 19 years old when he left his home in Alabama for basic training, New Jersey and eventually a ship to Europe in 1944. He hadn't even had a chance to finish high school before being drafted.

April 06, 2014 | By Zac Taylor Times regional staff | Life top stories


Making your car smell brand new

If you've owned your vehicle for a while, you've likely spilled a few drinks, dropped a couple of french fries or worse - let the dog ride shotgun. And that new-car smell is nothing more than a fading memory even after a wash and vacuum.

April 04, 2014 | Savannah King | Life top stories


North Georgia musician kick off inaugural CD with concert

Last fall, musician Jason Kenney of Dahlonega didn't know if he would even record his first solo album because of the financial involvement.

April 03, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Eggs crack into haute cuisine

Don't tell James Beard Award-winning food writer Michael Ruhlman that eggs are trending.

April 02, 2014 | By Michelle Locke Associated Press | Life top stories


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