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Holly, cranberry bushes add colorful seasonal contrast to landscape

Winter does not have to equate to a dreary garden devoid of excitement. There are many types of berry-bearing shrubs, woody plants and winter flowers to brighten the landscape.

December 14, 2012 | Wanda Cannon | Life top stories


Spoon up some traditional potato cakes for Hanukkah

At countless Hanukkah celebrations, latkes will be there.

December 12, 2012 | By Susan M. Selasky Detroit Free Press | Life top stories


Students whip Santa into shape with school play

Last year, all those cookies finally caught up with Santa and he got stuck in a chimney.

December 09, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Teens and elementary students all learn while teaming up for stage production

Nothing is cuter than a room full of dalmatian puppies ... unless of course they elementary students dressed up as puppies.

December 09, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Chattahoochee Baptist Association is handing out toys for children

No one would argue that Santa's got a big job to do on Christmas Eve.

December 08, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Gingerbread houses go pro in stunning holiday displays

NEW YORK- Out of the kitchen and into the hotel lobby: Gingerbread houses have gone from being a homemade project done with mom to professional exhibits designed by pastry chefs and sometimes even architects.And never mind the humble miniature: Some displays are life-size, while others depict entire villages. A few extravaganzas raise money for charity, while some include contests for home bakers. Many are part of larger Christmas celebrations at luxury hotels that also showcase decorated trees, Santa visits and holiday menus.

December 07, 2012 | By Beth J. Harpaz Associated Press | Life top stories


Light libations set the holiday mood

Back during my days at Gourmet magazine, my many duties included teaching cooking classes. I used to tell my students - especially the cooking-impaired ones - that if they made sure to greet dinner party guests with a special homemade drink, they would always win, no matter what else happened that evening.

December 05, 2012 | By Sara Moulton Associated Press | Life top stories


Quinlan Visual Arts Center uses grant to reduce its lighting costs

The Quinlan Visual Arts Center is getting a little greener. But it's not because of any new art display.

December 04, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Marching toward the future

Students of the East Hall High School band marched around their school's track last week blasting holiday tunes with a finesse that can only be earned through many hours of practice.

December 03, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Cleveland’s Luke Pilgrim rising on country charts while creating his own music videos

Luke Pilgrim never thought of music as a hobby or a side gig.

December 02, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Gainesville's Mormon church displays hundreds of nativities

A Gainesville church is opening its doors to celebrate the reason behind the Christmas season this weekend.

December 01, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Planting tips in Farmer’s Almanac, other sources often based on science

Recently, a local news channel that reported a story about garden and weather folklore.

November 30, 2012 | Wanda Cannon | Life top stories


New breed of grandma's skillet topping holiday gift lists

One of the hottest items on cooks' holiday lists this year is one of the oldest types of cookware around: cast iron.

November 28, 2012 | By Noelle Carter Los Angeles Times | Life top stories


Hit TV series, Schwarzenegger movie filming on Lanier

Lake Lanier isn't just an attractive location for tourists and fishing enthusiasts.

November 26, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Make advent calendars a Christmas tradition

The advent calendar, which eases anxiety by counting down those pesky 24 days until Christmas Eve, is as much a holiday tradition for my family as the tree.

November 26, 2012 | By Jennifer Forker Associated Press | Life top stories


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Father and son hike to the mountaintop

FORSYTH COUNTY - Charlie Ewing Jr. has grown up hearing about his father's adventures along the Appalachian Trail.

September 16, 2014 | By Crystal Ledford Times regional staff | Life top stories


Experts offer advice on combating fall allergies and flu

For some, fall means scarves, boots, football and pumpkin spice and everything nice. It's a reason to celebrate.

September 15, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Flowery Branch woman casts her dragnet into Amelia Earhart's mystery

Before she became America's aviator, Amelia Mary Earhart was just a Midwestern tomboy who thought of planes as nothing more than jumbles of "rusty wire and wood." Then, she became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic and instantly became a household name.

September 14, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


In His Name reaches out to apartment complex communities

Jon Huebner wanted to help.

September 13, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Women to stand strong at DIVINE conference

Hundreds of women together are set to share their laughter, tears, problems and solutions while listening to life-changing messages in one week's time.

September 13, 2014 | Times staff reports | Life top stories


Sellers, give every room a role

Many of us have one room in the house that doesn't really have a job. Maybe we set it up with an air bed once in a while for guests, or shove out-of-season clothing boxes in there, or use it as a holding zone for stuff we're not sure what to do with.

September 12, 2014 | By KIM COOK Associated Press | Life top stories


Sweet taste of macarons find way to Flowery Branch

For Karen Ching, there's a constant bar of excellence she's always trying to reach.

September 10, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Life top stories


Art helps Lula man find his purpose

Larry Ledford hurt. His shoulder pained him with every move.

September 09, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Gainesville couple bitten by the travel bug sets the globe as their itinerary

Name a place, and odds are Wolfgang Hartert has visited it.

September 07, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Area churches combine styles to draw worshipers

If a pastor wants more people in the pews, then it might be time to try the new tools of the trade: an electric guitar and a drum set.

September 06, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Master gardener grows a tapestry of roses, literally

Lynn Kempler dreamed of roses.

September 04, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


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