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A flair for fare

When the culinary staff at Lanier Village Estates say they are the best, that's not just lip service. It's a verifiable fact.

October 19, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Times reporter takes her first trip through a favorite North Georgia pastime

I'm from South Georgia where fall is far less exciting than it is here.

October 18, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Family, fiesta and cultural fare

New Holland Core Knowledge Academy kindergarten students enjoyed a multi-sensory Hispanic Heritage celebration last week.

October 17, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Two Up Across America: A motorcycle adventure part IV

Editor's note: This is the last of a four-part series chronicling a trip Bill Rezak made across the U.S. on a motorcycle.

October 16, 2011 | | Life top stories


Gainesville boy uses his entrepreneurial skills to provide wells for a foreign land

Like most boys his age, Grayson Smith loves playing video games, building things and catching insects.

October 16, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


‘A place for prayer, reflection’

Fred Hedges says he believes Carmel Retreat Center might be one of Jackson County's best kept secrets.

October 15, 2011 | By Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Life top stories


Festive treats let you savor fall's flavors

The leaves are starting to light up the sky with a rainbow of yellows and reds, so that means fall festival season is upon us.

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


Around the Home: Shop smart to eat smart

Becoming a savvy food shopper is a worthy goal for anyone who shops for nutritious food these days. Finding the best, most nutritious foods while faced with rising prices is a challenge for all of us.

October 12, 2011 | Ginger Bennett | Life top stories


Oakwood artisan finds joy in crafting cute toppers for tabbies

Dr. Seuss may have written about cats in hats, but Amalia S. Davidson has taken the concept a step further.

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


West Hall flag corps’ seniors carry on school tradition for a final season

Since the beginning of the band program at West Hall High School in 1988, the Flagettes have taken to the field during halftime alongside the instrument-playing members of the Band of Silver.

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


A survivor's tale: How Mandy Smith Nix beat breast cancer

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, where ever-present swatches of pink, seen everywhere from suit lapels to pro football uniforms, serve as a reminder of the disease.

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


Two Up Across America: Western vistas colored with history, culture

Editor's note: This is the third of a four-part series chronicling a trip Bill Rezak made across the U.S. on a motorcycle.

October 09, 2011 | | Life top stories


Project Hope puts church members to work serving community needs

The Chattahoochee Baptist Association is proving there really is power in numbers.

October 08, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Got a craving to carve? Preserve your pumpkins for the spooky season

In case you haven't paid much attention to the displays outside most grocery stores and many other retail outlets, it's pumpkin season.

October 07, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Smooth operators: Clermont dairy opens own creamery

Since cloning miniature versions of their Holsteins wasn't an option, Scott and Jennifer Glover found another way to get milk with that fresh "squeezed" taste to their customers all over Hall County.

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


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Lung cancer survivor radiates inspiration

Diagnosed with Stage 2 lung cancer in May 2013, Gallery on the Square artist Ruth Money decided to turn her battle into art.

December 22, 2014 | BY AMANDA HEAD ahead@gainesvilletimes.com | Life top stories


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


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