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Serve up a boxed beverage with your holiday dinner

Wine in a box for Thanksgiving? Forgive the pun, but wine not?

November 14, 2012 | Randall Murray | Life top stories


Local students hear area veterans’ stories of battle

Kenneth McElreath knew his life was going to change forever as soon as he stepped into the bus heading to Fort Benning near Columbus.

November 12, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Navy trainee follows in wake of his merchant mariner grandfather

Nathaniel Simon grew up listening to his grandfather's war stories.

November 11, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


New church ministers to Hall’s impoverished

Angelo Velis smiled broadly Thursday night as he gestured toward a group of young adults and teens playing basketball on the courts at Myrtle Street Park in Gainesville.

November 09, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Get creative storing those offseason items

It's that time of year again, when we pull out the blankets and sweaters and stash the last of the warm-weather items until spring arrives.

November 09, 2012 | By Melissa Rayworth Associated Press | Life top stories


Former Gainesville chef wins on ‘Cupcake Wars’

Victory is so sweet, especially when it involves cupcakes.

November 07, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Gainesville man discovers he’s the perfect match for stranger in need of an organ donation

Four years ago, Lisa Miller played a game on Facebook that started a life-changing chain of events.

November 06, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


The gentle hygienist

Amber Highfield isn't your average dental hygienist.

November 04, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Doomsday exhibit, planetarium event to demystify Maya calendar

Don't worry, Virginia. There will be a Christmas. At least, according to the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

November 03, 2012 | From staff and wire reports | Life top stories


Homes tour to feature impressive kitchen displays

Last summer, Vickie and Rich White decided it was time for a change. Their 20-year-old kitchen was in need of some updating.

November 01, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Don’t get flummoxed by Thanksgiving math

If you start roasting a 14-pound turkey at 375 F at 7 a.m. and need to feed 15 people - including three vegetarians, a vegan and two gluten intolerants - by 1 p.m., how many pounds of cranberries do you need if the stuffing is baked outside the bird and the pumpkin pie is cut into 11.75 equal wedges?

October 31, 2012 | By J.M. Hirsch AP Food Editor | Life top stories


Times reporter takes on a DIY robot outfit for Halloween

Earlier this month, I took my 2-year-old son shopping for a Halloween costume.

October 30, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Mount Vernon students try to help set a world record

Second-grader Sarah Morris was a little girl with a big idea for her school.

October 29, 2012 | Shannan Finke | Life top stories


At 92, author publishes her first children’s book

First thing every morning, Anne Abbott Gray opens the newspaper to check her horoscope.

October 28, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Spiders are active in the garden, but don’t let them scare you

I have noticed a lot of spider webs hanging from everything imaginable as of late.

October 26, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | 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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