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Late-summer veggies can fill garden's vacant spots

Mid- to late summer is prime time for gardeners - a last chance to grow a second batch of fresh vegetables before the plant-killing frosts arrive. Add a few protective enclosures, such as cold frames, overhead sheets and hoops, and the harvest can be extended until Thanksgiving and beyond.

August 17, 2012 | From staff and wire reports | Life top stories


New study shows some red meat actually can be healthy for the heart

When it comes to a heart-healthy diet, most folks automatically flock to poultry or fish, but a recent study suggests it could be beneficial to reconsider positions on red meat.

August 15, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Distracted pedestrians stumble into danger

We've all seen them: The folks who are too busy doing everything else except paying attention to where they're going.

August 13, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Equine therapy helps some find their voice, others find their legs

It was just three words, not a very long sentence, but it was the most magical sound to Jennifer Lane's ears.

August 12, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Latter-Day Saints offer their unwed a way to mix and mingle

In addition to worship services, most churches have also played host to a fair share of wedding ceremonies. And it's not uncommon to hear a pastor acknowledge a wedding anniversary from the pulpit or in church bulletins.

August 11, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Decor can bring summer travels home

Remember how much you loved taking naps on the chaise of the bed and breakfast where you stayed during your last vacation? Or how much you couldn't get enough of looking at the tropical flowers in the arrangements on the dinner table during your last cruise?

August 10, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


How to avoid the pitfalls of a potluck

They can be joyous events, these gatherings of friends and food called potlucks. You know, a genial host and happy guests each toting a dish that perfectly complements salads, entrees and lip-smacking desserts spread across a flower-bedecked table.

August 08, 2012 | By Judy Hevrdejs Chicago Tribune | Life top stories


For a former medical examiner, writing about the horrors of his job was way to slay personal demons

Joseph Scott Morgan spent his entire career - and a good portion of his life in general - seeing things that most people would rather hide from view.

August 05, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Finding a solution for even the peskiest landscape problem

CHICAGO- If you stand in the right spot in Tom and Karen Renk's Sugar Grove, Ill., yard, you may notice that dozens of trees on the property are in perfect lines. That's because the area used to be a black walnut nursery, and the 50- and 60-foot trees date back to the early 1950s. These trees are not gardener-friendly."We found out that black walnuts, from the leaves and the roots, give off this toxin, juglone, that keeps many other plants from growing," Tom Renk says.

August 03, 2012 | By William Hageman Chicago Tribune | Life top stories


Dahlonega physician partners with chef for book on eating well

If your goal is to become a healthier you, half the battle will be fought at your dinner table.

August 01, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


WomenSource luncheon will help ladies learn football with Lakeview coach

If you've ever watched or attended a football game, you know that the sport comes with its own language and culture.

July 31, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Brenau summer program is feeding the minds — and bodies — of Hall County children

It's an epidemic that's widely known, but not greatly discussed.

July 29, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Leaving a legacy

Emerald City residents may have been disappointed to discover their wizard was just a man behind a curtain, but local folks are happy to know the man controlling the happenings at the Good Samaritan Food and Furniture Ministry.

July 28, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Planting the right crawler will minimize problems

In a quest for getting more value from their homes, many folks are no longer content with having a plain backyard. Instead they're looking for outdoor living spaces with a cohesive theme and look.

July 27, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Lunch gear goes stainless, makes food safety easy

It's entirely likely I spend too much time thinking about the lunches I pack for my 7-year-old son. After all, he probably spends all of 5 minutes inhaling my hard work.

July 25, 2012 | By J.m. Hirsch AP Food Editor | Life top stories


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Gainesville man takes nontraditional education path

At first glance, a man sitting at a round table by himself eating chips and salsa in the writing center appears to be your average college student. But on closer inspection, Woody Depew is anything but your average 20-something college kid. In fact, Depew has his own kid who is old enough to attend college as well.

April 19, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Band of believers to perform Civil War sounds

While the Civil War divided the United States into North and South, the music from the era seemed to bond the two sides.

April 18, 2015 | | Life top stories


Parks and Rec employee honored for saving a life

April 17, 2015 | | Life top stories


Tricks, tools to tame the crammed kitchen

Associated Press

April 17, 2015 | | Life top stories


Electronics recycling event set for April 18

April 16, 2015 | | Life top stories


Food bank launches ‘Stock the Shelves’ campaign

Food, to most people, is a nourishing meal, a way to celebrate with loved ones or a method of creativity.

April 15, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


2 couples fulfill crazy passion by opening store

Nestled just below the mountains in Habersham County, a store is filled literally from top to bottom with antiques and art from local artists.

April 14, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Alternative medicine grows in popularity

Many people believe natural and traditional medicine must be mutually exclusive forms of treatment for ailments and sicknesses. However, doctors in North Georgia and specialists in natural forms of medicine are looking to bridge the gap between the two distinct styles of healing.

April 13, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Retired nurse recounts her life of service

Born as one of 13 children, Joan Praet was no stranger to discipline growing up. Her experiences as a child fueled her dream of being a nurse, her desire to join the military and her ability to adapt to changing situations and raising four children of her own.

April 12, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


St. Paul UMC has strong foundations

For six generations, the Whitaker family has been members of St. Paul United Methodist Church in downtown Gainesville.

April 11, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Experts advise cleaning bathrooms from top down

Bathrooms have the reputation of being the toughest room to clean. But with spring cleaning season upon us, it's time to get to it.

April 10, 2015 | AUDREY WILLIAMS For The Times | Life top stories


Flowery Branch toddler suffers from rare condition

Hayden Coleman, who is almost 2 years old, is very smart for her age and understands what her parents tell her. But the toddler has a hard time communicating with them for one big reason - her overgrown tongue.

April 06, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


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