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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


Group of disabled adults takes on projects for those in need around Demorest

A group of developmentally disabled adults in Demorest is using its members' creativity to help others in their community overcome life's challenges.

November 25, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Union Baptist congregation has a long familial history that continues today

The Civil War had ended the previous year when parishioners from two Flowery Branch churches sat together and discussed the merging of their respective parishes.

November 24, 2012 | Lisa Laskey | Life top stories


Pick out, cut and care for a live Christmas tree

One of the best childhood memories I can remember was going with my dad to pick out a Christmas tree.

November 23, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Life top stories


Last chance to beef up turkey’s flavor

Traditionally the showpiece of the holiday meal, turkey tends to intimidate.

November 21, 2012 | By Susan M. Selasky Detroit Free Press | Life top stories


Balloon tidbits before the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade tune-in

NEW YORK - One man's Elf on the Shelf is another's Kermit the Frog, but at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, there is room for both.The parade has to be a multigenerational crowd-pleaser for the more than 3 million people who typically attend the event and the TV audience of 50 million. There are 86 years of history to honor while making a pitch to first-time fans.

November 20, 2012 | By Samantha Critchell Associated Press | Life top stories


Falcons reward students with room makeover

Josh Grindle didn't know what to think when his mother, Lori, picked him up early from school Tuesday.

November 19, 2012 | By Crystal Ledford Times regional staff | Life top stories


School News Nov. 19

Josten representative Pat Cornelius presented Lakeview Academy yearbook faculty sponsor Brooke Burt and the 2011-12 yearbook staff with the National Yearbook Program of Excellence award.

November 19, 2012 | | Life top stories


Local woman’s purse drive helps her deal with the loss of her father

There's a saying about a road paved with good intentions. But the road Janet Henry is on may be heaven sent.

November 18, 2012 | Michelle Boaen Jameson | Life top stories


New center to exemplify social legacy of MLK Sr.

ATLANTA - The father of Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered as a prominent Atlanta preacher and civil rights leader. But as a young man from a poor sharecropping family in rural Georgia, he is said to have walked north to Atlanta barefoot so he didn't wear out his only pair of shoes.His legacy is now being honored through a community center built to help other low-income people find a path out of poverty.

November 17, 2012 | By Michael Biesecker Associated Press | Life top stories


Are you fire ready?

Preparing the Thanksgiving meal with family can be as much of a holiday tradition as actually eating the food.

November 16, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


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Hospital volunteers show generosity at Christmas

Dot Dusenberry is no stranger to bedside visits. The 12-year volunteer with the Northeast Georgia Health System easily recalls a moment from last year when she felt she truly made a difference in a patient's holiday enjoyment.

December 21, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Churches mark Christmas Eve with candlelight services

As Christmas is five days away, Gainesville residents may seek to celebrate Jesus' birth at one of the many Christmas Eve services the city has to offer.

December 20, 2014 | Andi Eckardt | Life top stories


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


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