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Cleveland woman’s seeing-eye horse is also her companion

Before Renata di Pietro heads out, she makes sure that her little one's hair is combed and that she visits the potty before they leave the house.

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


Taking a hike to connect with home

North Georgia offers some of the region's best hiking destinations. As the temperatures and humidity drop with the fall weather, getting out and enjoying the geography is a must.

November 06, 2011 | | Life top stories


Author’s book explains the difference between religion and knowing God

Instead of being the tie that binds humanity together, Steve McSwain says religion sometimes becomes a wedge that drives people further apart.

November 05, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


WomenSource speaker gives the scoop on the latest in cooktops and convection ovens

With Thanksgiving just weeks away, kitchens and cooking are dominating the thoughts of many home chefs.

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


Jefferson farm cooks up old-time fare, Southern style

The sweet, woodsy aroma of fire drifted across the historic Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm on Saturday, its flames helping cook an assortment of mouth-watering Southern fare.

November 02, 2011 | | Life top stories


GPB to highlight the life of Crawford Long on his birthday

Although Dr. Crawford W. Long made history more than 150 years ago by performing the first surgical procedure using ether as anesthesia, some folks still don't know a lot about the late Jefferson physician.

November 01, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Mother, son team among first to finish 3-Day for the Cure walk

Every year, thousands of participants converge on Atlanta for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure.

October 30, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Hickory Grove builds on a diverse past

The history of Hickory Grove Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, located along Ga. 115 between Murrayville and Dahlonega, dates back 138 years.

October 29, 2011 | Tom Reed | Life top stories


A Halloween hello

All around Hall County, ghosts and goblins will be ringing doorbells and offering open sacks in the hopes of scoring a few tasty treats come Monday night.

October 28, 2011 | From staff, wire reports | Life top stories


Pumpkins: More than just a scary face

This time of year, folks have one thing in mind when they look at pumpkins: decorations.

October 26, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


If you need a costume, who ya gonna call?

Around these parts in North Georgia, most hobbyists have fairly typical interests ... classic cars, wood turning, lure collections. But every once in a while, like the odd egg in a chicken nest, comes someone whose hobby can only be classified as "unique." Meet Gainesville resident Jeff McClure.

October 25, 2011 | Michelle Boaen Jameson | Life top stories


Students get a look at Holocaust memories

Telling students to be kind to one another is one thing, but the lesson is possibly more effective when they see what happens when hatred rules.

October 23, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


New blog puts focus on Appalachia

Without ever setting foot in one of the 13 Appalachian states, many people reach a conclusion about what the region's people are like.

October 23, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Group helps youth build relationships with Jesus

Instead of telling members there is one path to building a relationship with God, Young Life leaders and volunteers strive to walk beside teenagers on their individual journey.

October 22, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Tour highlights chef-worthy kitchens

Lindsay Addison may be living in her childhood home, but her newly renovated kitchen is all grown up.

October 20, 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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