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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

More doctors honor religious objections to blood transfusions

CHICAGO - As a Jehovah's Witness, Tracy Pickett always has enjoyed knocking on doors and introducing strangers to the tenets of her faith. But by the time she reached her mid-40s, scoliosis made every step excruciating and her spiritual mission impossible.Walking again would require surgery that often involves tremendous blood loss and a transfusion - a medical procedure to replenish the blood supply forbidden by her church.

October 13, 2012 | By Manya A. Brachear Chicago Tribune | Life top stories

Through the grapevine

Grapes are a great backyard choice if you're seeking delicious juice, some wine to savor or snacks fresh from the vine. But look elsewhere if it's low maintenance or fast production that you want.

October 11, 2012 | By Dean Fosdick Associated Press | Life top stories

Turn your tailgate party into a feast

DETROIT - As fans rev up for football games, so does their tailgating repertoire. In parking lots on game day, tailgaters elevate their food to big and bold levels.

October 10, 2012 | By Susan M. Selasky Detroit Free Press | Life top stories

Longstreet Cancer Clinic’s All About You shop offers products and comfort

"Cancer itself is just a hard journey all the way around," Cathy Jarrells said.

October 09, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories

Parents opt out, tackle teaching on their own

MODESTO, Calif. - As neighborhood schools grapple with pared budgets and pressure-cooker tests, not every family shares the strain. For a hardy few, the living room doubles as classroom, and kids drive the curriculum.An estimated 2 million students, or 3.6 percent, are home-schooled nationwide, twice as many as in 1999.

October 08, 2012 | By Nan Austin The Modesto Bee | Life top stories

They turn bicycle trash into treasure — then give it away

SANTA ANA, Calif. - Bicycle parts crowd out all but the washer and dryer and Christmas ornaments packed on a few shelves in Randy Kiefer's garage.Overhead, dozens of tires and tire tubes - tied together in bunches by size, 26- and 27-inch - hang like long, skinny pieces of black rubbery fruit. Bicycle forks straddle a narrow beam. Frames are tucked up in the rafters; rims hooked to the walls. Smaller parts fill crates, bins and tackle boxes - drive chains, crank arms, derailleurs, hubs, spokes, lugs, clamps, bolts, spacers, washers…

October 07, 2012 | By Theresa Walker The Orange County Register | Life top stories

Mushrooms serve a greater purpose

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - There's always a fungus among us ... in lawns, gardens and woods"Fungi are part of our everyday lives," says Theresa Augustin, curator of natural areas at Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk, Va.

October 05, 2012 | By Kathy Van Mullekom Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) | Life top stories

Charleston’s shrimp and grits is a humble dish full of native history

Barbecue is nice, and fried green tomatoes have a catchy name. But if you want the dish that truly represents the South these days, skip them both and turn to another recipe entirely:

October 03, 2012 | By Kathleen Purvis The Charlotte Observer | Life top stories

Mural by NGCSU art students took more than a year to complete

DAHLONEGA - A woman with a weathered face, silver hair piled atop her head, sits on a rustic porch admiring a patchwork quilt.Behind her, hazy blue mountains and a stream that winds its way between Dahlonega landmarks form the backdrop of a mural depicting the history and culture of Appalachia.

October 02, 2012 | From staff reports | Life top stories

Adirondack Adventure: Episode III

I maxed out on family in the Syracuse area for a few days until Sunday, June 10, and then headed home for Gainesville via a slightly different route. I rode south out of 'Cuse (as the city is now affectionately known, thanks to the Syracuse University basketball team) and picked up N.Y. Highway 13 southeast in Cortland. Here's the old biker on Pompeii Hill just south of Syracuse - finally, some sun!

September 29, 2012 | By Bill Rezak For The Times | Life top stories

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West Hall High School graduate bound for Broadway

No matter what it takes, Alex Hernandez is going to make it on Broadway.

October 12, 2015 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories

Human trafficking is 'an everybody issue'

Carmen Luisa Coya-van Duijn of Flowery Branch knows all too well about the rising issue of human trafficking.

October 11, 2015 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories

Cafe at St. Paul United Methodist Church brings community together

St. Paul United Methodist Church in Gainesville is hiding the best kept secret in town.

October 10, 2015 | | Life top stories

Learning is in the air as second-graders visit Gardens on Green in Gainesville

Screams of delight and wonder echoed through the trees, signaling another second-grader had found an earthworm in the compost heap.

October 09, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Life top stories

Sautee couple wins shrimp and grits cooking contest

Two hours is all the time Suzy and Clark Neal had.

October 07, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Life top stories

Hardman Farm full of history

Cindy Randolph leaned forward conspiratorially from her chair on her back porch with a twinkle in her eye and a quick smile.

October 04, 2015 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories

Egyptian fruit bats inhabit new home at zoo

Boy Scout Grant Randolph was nearing the cusp of earning his Eagle Scout ranking. All he needed was a worthwhile project to perform for a ...

September 29, 2015 | BY KAYLA CANADA | Life top stories


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