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He's the REAL Santa

You might think you know Santa Claus, but you'd be wrong.

December 23, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Local church gives out 5,000 meals

One Gainesville church set out to be a part of a miracle on Sunday afternoon. Hopewell Baptist Church in Gainesville fed more than 5,000 people after their morning church service.

December 22, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Life editor makes Christmas ornaments from organic finds

When I first set out to make my own ornaments, I was picturing something delicate, beautiful and right of Better Homes and Gardens.

December 21, 2012 | Michelle Boaen Jameson | Life top stories


Bear Sloan competes on ‘BBQ Pitmasters,’ hopes to put Gainesville area on the map

This may come as a surprise, but Santa is actually an award-winning cook.

December 19, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Local woman’s dogs compete at AKC/Eukanuba National Championship

Though she's no stranger to the dog show scene, Sherri Bell admits she was a little nervous over the weekend.

December 18, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Gainesville father makes family tradition of tacky Christmas light display

Travis Germick and his two sons have spent more than 10 years perfecting the art of the "tacky" Christmas light display.

December 16, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Finally a Hanukkah sweater — and it’s not even ugly

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Every holiday season, Carin Agiman pawed through her closet, searching for something to wear to her friend's ugly sweater party.Having no luck, Agiman, who is Jewish, glued felt menorah cutouts and blue sequins to a white thrift store sweater. But the clumsy DIY look never quite matched the breadth of bright sweaters with reindeer and snowmen. And it certainly didn't show off Agiman's Hanukkah pride.

December 15, 2012 | By Jessica Yadegaran Contra Costa Times | Life top stories


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


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Protect your plants from cold winter temperatures

Winter planning and protection is important for ornamental plants.

March 06, 2015 | Wanda Cannon | Life top stories


Herbs an idea choice for indoor gardens

An icy winter may dampen the mood, but there's no need for it to hinder a green thumb.

March 06, 2015 | Audrey Williams | Life top stories


Home cooks supply recipes straight out of Georgia

All across Georgia at any given time, you can find a grandma in the kitchen working on one of her family recipes, passed down from her momma and her momma's momma.

March 04, 2015 | Audrey Williams | Life top stories


Author pens historical fiction on ‘Doc’ Holliday

While many people expect a cross-country move to change the course of their lives, literally and figuratively, Victoria Wilcox never thought it would lead her to change one man's history.

March 03, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Life top stories


Echo Wellness Center offers traditional Chinese medicine

At first blush, it may sound a little nuts to willingly ask someone to place multiple needles in your skin, but proponents say the practice is useful for alleviating a variety of ailments, from chronic pain to depression.

March 02, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Life top stories


Hilda Bell sings with her golden-aged voice

At 91 years old, Hilda Bell knows how to do a little bit of everything.

March 01, 2015 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Westminster members break bread together

Getting to know other church members during a Sunday service can be difficult because of the number of people and small amount of time one has for conversation.

February 28, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Area children sprouting knowledge about gardening

During a day when ice covered most of Forsyth County, 10 out of 12 enrolled children showed up at the Forsyth County Library for the fourth session of Master Gardener Sprouts to learn about planting vegetables.

February 27, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Cooking with Crevolyn: Secret to good food is the spices

I'm sure you've heard the expression "variety is the spice of life."

February 25, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Life top stories


Restaurants compete in cookie-inspired contest

The sweetest season is upon Northeast Georgia as Girl Scout cookie sales are in full swing, and the girls are preparing to celebrate the iconic Samoa's 40th birthday.

February 25, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Red Shoe House repairs old soles

Providing North Georgia with an old-fangled service for more than 40 years, Eddie Tatum works long hours to repair shoes, purses, gloves and other leather products at the Red Shoe House.

February 24, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Gainesville man returns to the shoe repair business after 16-year absence

Other shoe repair shops in Gainesville include Country Cobbler II, which offers repairs on shoes, handbags and jackets.

February 24, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


German influence in Northeast Georgia

On a walk down Edelweiss or Munich Strassen, you'll find cobblestone alleys lined with brightly painted Bavarian shops. Only, this charming German town is not actually in Germany. It's Helen, nestled away in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northeast Georgia.

February 22, 2015 | BY AUDREY WILLIAMS For The Times | Life top stories


Gardeners learn to grow plants from seeds

Within every seed is life, but to get that life to sprout has some garden hobbyists on edge.

February 20, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


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