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Couple carves out haunted homestead on lawn

From the view from their kitchen looking out on the front yard, Charles and Sharon Holcomb watched as a Hall County Sheriff's patrol car cruised slowly past their house last fall. The married couple nervously wondered if the deputy's next move would be to knock on their front door, telling them to move the tractor from their front yard.

October 31, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Coupling cold ones with fall appetizers, entrees and desserts

While pumpkin spice lattes and apple cider snagged the title of most ubiquitous autumn drinks long ago, new players have entered the game, and they are playing for keeps.

October 29, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


History Center recounts tales about ghosts of Gainesville

For years, many groups have been investigating the historical haunts of Gainesville and trying to find explanations for the ghost stories passed down through the generations.

October 28, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Gainesville native finally takes on running challenge

October 27, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Know the risk factors, warning signs of a stroke

October 27, 2014 | BY Denise Boldea and Sonia Hunter For The Times | Life top stories


Gainesville graduate connects with Chinese culture while in Asian country

When Gainesville High School graduate William Morris began his college career at Harvard University, he expected to simply be a student.

October 26, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Georgia group aids Kenyan kids

CUMMING - Parsons Gifts may be the perfect place to find holiday presents and collectibles, but many customers may not know just how far some of their money reaches.

October 26, 2014 | BY KAYLA ROBINS Times regional staff | Life top stories


Clermont woman spends 60 years playing for the Lord

Barbara Glover lifts the hymnal and runs her finger down the index.

October 25, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Wileys continue a family farming tradition dating to the Civil War

Yvonne Wiley recalls the dramatic moment with a sharpness that shows she's told the tale a time or two.

October 24, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Tourists hunt the ghostly haunts of Dahlonega

Dahlonega is known for many things - gold, history and wine among them - but the historic city hasn't gone almost 200 years without gathering a spooky legend or two.

October 21, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Homeless man turns life around, runs Good News at Noon shelter

October 19, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Six tasks top your honey-do list for the fall

Change is in the air.

October 16, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Pastry chefs craft doughnut delicacies

Charles Barrett had our attention when he said the magic word: doughnut.

October 15, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Family Haven marks 25 years of operation in South Forsyth

ALPHARETTA - Christy Denton left her abusive husband 13 years ago, and she has just recently begun to speak out about her experience with domestic violence.

October 14, 2014 | By KAYLA ROBINS Times regional staff | Life top stories


NASCAR champion consolidates racing collection

A 30-year racing career can produce quite a collection of cars and memorabilia.

October 14, 2014 | Michele Hester Times regional staff | Life top stories


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Hundreds of antique Christmas ornaments available at Sample Pleasures

Glittering beneath the winter daylight, dozens of vintage ornaments sway in the windows of Sample Pleasures, waiting patiently for a home between the green needles of a Christmas tree. And keeping the nearly 100 Christmas ornaments company is a light-up statue of Mrs. Claus.

December 18, 2014 | BY JESSIKA BOUVIER For The Times | Life top stories


Feast on baked brisket and tzimmes during Hanukkah

It's all a matter of cause and effect.

December 17, 2014 | By Daniel Neman St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Life top stories


Jewish residents celebrate Hanukkah at sundown

It's the time of year when evergreen trees are trimmed with twinkling lights, halls are decked with holly and stockings are hung with care. The glow of Christmas is easy to spot, but in some Northeast Georgia homes, that glow is coming not from a tree but from a menorah.

December 16, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Life top stories


Mothers can save lives with cord blood donation at NGMC

While pregnant women welcome a child into the world, few may realize they can save another at the same time with a simple donation.

December 15, 2014 | By Amanda Head ahead@gainesvilletimes.com | Life top stories


Parents reading aloud to children helps language skills, education

Once a week since the summer, Ruth Demby has lugged boxes of children's books to Norwood Apartments on Cleveland Highway with a handful of volunteers in tow. Armed with a curriculum outlined by the United Way, the associate pastor at First Baptist Church of Gainesville meets with mothers and small children for a singular goal: to ensure every child is read to by a parent by the time he or she enter kindergarten.

December 14, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Corinth Baptist Church recreates Bethlehem

There is no uniform way to celebrate the birth of Christ.

December 13, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Decor experts: Trim your tree from the top down

With less than two weeks until Christmas, tree-trimming and holiday decorating time is in full swing. However, each year new decor trends and methods appear to add a different flair to the season.

December 12, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Bake up breakfast with some Santa time on the side

Pancake breakfasts with Santa have been a December tradition for years, but local community centers and organizations are adding new twists each year to provide a unique experience for children and parents alike.

December 10, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Looking at letters to Santa

For more than 100 years, the U.S. Postal Service has been receiving letters to Santa from American children, according to the USPS website. And each year, the letters vary in length and requests.

December 09, 2014 | | Life top stories


Female vets offer help to neglected comrades

When Teresa Lambert graduated high school in 1988, she found herself on a more unique path than most of her fellow female classmates.

December 07, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Concert showcases Christian diversity

Whether you say Jesus or Yeshua, God or Dios, all followers of Christianity agree on one event - the celebration of the Savior's birth is one of the most special times of the year.

December 06, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Four homes hang holiday cheer for a fundraiser

Lyn Froehlich favorite time of year is Christmas.

December 05, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


School serving meals healthier than mom's

Over the years, school lunches have evolved from mystery meat to "taco pizza." And as tastes improved, so has the healthiness of the options.

December 03, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Gainesville man transforms from Chris into Kringle

Santa Claus is real, and he lives in Gainesville.

December 02, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Rahab's Rope founder heads to UN conference for women's rights

Vicki Moore didn't realize casually surfing the Web in 2004 could change her life. But with one click of the mouse, her eyes were opened to a whole new world she never knew existed.

November 30, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


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