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AT&T community service group celebrates 100 years of volunteering

You may have never heard of the Northeast Georgia Mountaineers Council, but its presence is definitely felt around the community.

December 13, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


North Hall students hear apartheid accounts from former South African police officer

As a child, nothing about his neighborhood in South Africa surprised the Rev. Johan Joubert.

December 12, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


The holidays are all about being with the ones you love, but what if you just can’t get along?

In a perfect world, little Suzy's mommy and daddy never argue about how much money was spent on gifts and uncle Billy doesn't over indulge in eggnog and make off-color jokes at the family Christmas party.

December 11, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Mission builds new school, provides portraits

Although the separation of church and state is a clear cut issue for most people, Steve McDaniel is pleased that he was able to blur the lines a bit.

December 10, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Warm blankets and self-blended herbal teas are great alternatives to store-bought gifts

Store-bought goods have their place, but nothing warms the heart quite like a handmade gift.

December 09, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


12 Days of Cookies

While the holiday season is full of many great traditions, cookie swap parties are probably the most delicious of them all.

December 06, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


The perfect gift may be a second-hand item

If nothing else, the Great Recession has taught most folks how to make the most out of their earnings.

December 06, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Alpha Chi Omega marks its 100th anniversary of supporting arts, women’s causes at Brenau

In 1885, Alpha Chi Omega was founded at DePauw University in Indiana. A few decades later, the sorority would catch on in Gainesville.

December 04, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Showing the English a touch of the South

Our three-week stay in the storybook village of Edale, England, made a lasting impression upon my wife Jenny and I.

December 04, 2011 | | Life top stories


Religious debate starts a conversation between believers and nonbelievers

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 75 percent of American adults identify themselves as Christians.

December 03, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Local residents help decorate state mansion for Christmas

If you've always wanted to take a tour of the Georgia Governor's Mansion when it was all dolled up for the holidays, this year you may have even more of an incentive to do so.

December 02, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Braselton resident shares father’s love of cooking in Relay for Life cookbook

Some of the more cherished moments Kim Bauman shared with her father involved food.

November 29, 2011 | By KATIE DUNN Times regional staff | Life top stories


Brenau radio host brings big names to Gainesville airwaves

Paul Leslie has a weakness for good music and meaningful conversations.

November 27, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


4 homes and still growing

Surrounded by new subdivisions, Mount Salem Baptist Church is a piece of old Flowery Branch located on Mount Salem Circle.

November 26, 2011 | Tom Reed | Life top stories


Spending savvy for the holidays

The day that shopping enthusiasts look forward to each year - Black Friday - is here.

November 25, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | 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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