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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


Variable, portable and simply adorable

Take everything you love about pie - that rich, flaky crust cradling your favorite filling - and downsize it into a compact package. Behold the little wonder that is the hand pie. Convenient, simple and, dare I say it - terribly cute - it's pie's answer to the cupcake, without the fussy decorations.

October 24, 2012 | By Noelle Carter Los Angeles Times | Life top stories


‘Laverne & Shirley’ star performs in Gainesville for Arts Council series

Indeed, Cindy Williams had to really think about whether or not she had ever "set foot" in the state of Georgia before this week.

October 23, 2012 | From staff reports | Life top stories


Ronda Rich’s new book offers inspiring stories from her years as an observer of life in the South

When you're walking in your purpose, things just have a way of falling into place effortlessly.

October 21, 2012 | BY BRANDEE A. THOMAS For The Times | Life top stories


Eagle Ranch houseparents offer love, stability to displaced youth

Angela and Jordan Crossland are full-time parents. In fact, it's basically their job description.

October 20, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


A look at the history behind 2 autumn decor staples — pumpkins and mums

This time of year, I would venture to say that most everyone has purchased a decorative pot of mums and a colorful pumpkin to adorn their front doorway stoops or other visible places.

October 19, 2012 | Wanda Cannon | Life top stories


Scare up some friends for a frightful feast of edible swamp mud and eyeball punch

Party food is supposed to be easy. You are, after all, having a party to have a good time, right?

October 17, 2012 | By Alison Ladman Associated Press | Life top stories


Neil Gaines’ life was turned upside down by a small mole

Neil Gaines was a college graduate looking forward to beginning his career when an odd-shaped mole on his back changed everything.

October 16, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Should teens be allowed to trick-or-treat?

Patti Woods-LaVoie loves Halloween and all things candy, but she has a hard and fast rule when it comes to teens and trick-or-treating.

October 15, 2012 | By Leanne Italie Associated Press | Life top stories


Theater project will unite Buford, groups as a cultural destination

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to notice the abundance of stage talent and theater groups in Northeast Georgia. From award-winning high school programs to standout community theaters, Hall County and the surrounding area is chock full of good performers.

October 14, 2012 | From staff reports | Life top stories


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Steps for achieving a spotless kitchen this spring

The sunshine of spring is peeking through homes across North Georgia and revealing messes that piled up during the winter. That means one thing: It's time for spring cleaning.

March 27, 2015 | AUDREY WILLIAMS For The Times | Life top stories


Beer experts: Suds tastes better at higher temperature

I have a drinking problem, and it makes me order two beers at a time in bars and restaurants.

March 24, 2015 | By Josh Noel Chicago Tribune | Life top stories


Gainesville girl leaps for equine excellence

Most girls go through a horse-loving phase at some point in their youth. For Burgin Lee, it was not a phase - it is a lifestyle.

March 24, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Toccoa woman undergoes surgery to remove colon cancer

On Feb. 19, Cathy Stowe gathered up her courage and faced one of her fears - undergoing her first routine colonoscopy screening.

March 23, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Gainesville native overcomes challenge of short arms

Her father's simple act of placing a pencil between her toes when she was 5 years old set Bessie Woods on the path to independent living.

March 22, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Life top stories


Chestatee Baptist Church opens new building debt-free

Nine years ago, members of Chestatee Baptist Church cast their ballots to consider building a new church on their property off Chestatee Road. And finally on Feb. 1, the congregation met in its new facility for the first time. The added bonus was the church did not borrow any money to pay for its new building. In fact, several church members said they felt "blessed" for building the church without having to take out a loan and go into debt.

March 21, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Life top stories


Outdoor furniture can last for years with proper care

When weather warms up, windows open, the grill fires up and patio furniture hits the deck as families spend more time outdoors, lounging in Adirondack chairs and hammocks to enjoy the spring and summer sun.

March 20, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Humane society to provide shot for furry friends

Pet owners seeking an affordable way to care for their four-legged friends will have their chance this weekend.

March 19, 2015 | Times staff reports | Life top stories


Classic sounds celebrate Bach's birth

Music lovers with an affinity for Johann Sebastian Bach and his other classical friends will be delighted with the upcoming concert from the Lanier Chamber Singers.

March 19, 2015 | Times staff reports | Life top stories


Find classic soup, sandwich combo at Papa Sam's

Tucked away behind the glittering jewelry, rustic home decor and fashionable accessories at Nest Feathers boutique in Oakwood is a small counter with a chalkboard sign reading "Soup of the Day."

March 18, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Cleveland couple bonds with breed of Great Pyrenees

When Marla McSwiney first met Noah, her niece's Great Pyrenees dog, she saw a fluffy, white being that was loving and loyal. However, Noah had heartworms, and McSwiney had no idea how to help care for the animal. She called up John Heldrich, founder of Great Pyrenees Rescue of Atlanta, to ask for his advice.

March 17, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Doctors establishing pharmacies inside practices to make patients’ lives easier

As more consumers seem to favor one-stop shopping with their retail choices, some doctors' offices are starting to adopt the same trend by establishing pharmacies inside their own practices.

March 15, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Gainesville man recalls serving in army with real-life 'Forrest Gump'

Life may have been "like box of chocolates" for Forrest Gump, but for the 42 men who entered into Cai Lay, Vietnam, on a fateful November night in 1967, they pretty much knew what they were going to get.

March 15, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Builders change homes to accommodate walkers, wheelchairs

While Gainesville and the Northeast Georgia area is peppered with dozens of senior apartments, retirement communities and independent- and assisted-living facilities, some Southern natives still prefer to stay in their own home. However, the home is not equipped to handle their developing physical ailments.

March 13, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


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