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From student to entrepreneur

Brittany K. Earls has discovered that sometimes you have to make your own way out of what seems like no way.

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


Lula pastor says the Lord shows her the way, wants others to look within and see it, too

For as long as she could remember, Pastor Veola Thomas says that she has been able to see things that others couldn't.

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


An evening of magic

It isn't every day that Hall County audiences get to see a professional dancer from the Atlanta Ballet arabesque in their own backyard, but that's exactly what's happening this weekend.

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


Nutrition hotline will give callers the skinny on food labels, serving size and eating healthy

Although many people would like to eat healthier, not everyone knows exactly how to do it.

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


Gainesville student shares his love of locomotion to give children a smile

At one point or another as children, we all said "chug-a-chug-a choo choo" and moved our bent arms in circles to simulate a train's wheels.

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


Lakeview Academy student heads to state spelling bee

Going head-to-head with the trickiest words Merriam-Webster has to offer, Lakeview Academy student Dhruv Gaur was undaunted, surfacing as one of the region's best private-school spellers.

March 07, 2011 | Elizabeth Burlingame | Life top stories


A life on a roll

The name Hal Needham may not immediately ring a bell, but his films certainly will.

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


Nondenominational Taizé service focuses on silent meditation, simple music

In silent prayer, with sparse singing and liturgy, members of St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church engage in a Taizé-style service six times a year.

March 04, 2011 | By Ashley Bates For The Times | Life top stories


Georgia’s largest private solar farm provides electricity to Blairsville homes

If you live in Blairsville, part of your home's electricity may be provided by solar energy, thanks to a recently opened solar farm on Ed King Road.

March 03, 2011 | Tasha Biggers | Life top stories


Remembering the staples will keep the party food festive and tasty

During the next week, thousands of faithful and partygoers alike will descend upon New Orleans for the annual Mardi Gras celebration.

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


Local bird dog enthusiast shows why Hall County has the competitive edge

It may have taken a full half-hour episode for Lassie to find the missing boy in a well and bring help, but William Greene's pointers could have accomplished the same task in less than three minutes.

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


Gainesville’s first black mayor paved the way for equality

Every day, hundreds of cars travel back and forth over John W. Morrow Jr. Parkway. Most drivers know that the roadway will take them to the mall or lead them to the interstate, but what they may not know is the history of the road's namesake.

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


Rucker Museum a symbol of determination

Standing out against the brown hill and wintry gray trees off the highway, a 100-year-old square dwelling, painted bright red with a shiny tin roof, quickly catches the eye.

February 27, 2011 | Lauren Blais | Life top stories


From ashes to ascension: Church rises to rebuild its presence

Early on June 4, 2000, the Rev. Fulton Boswell and a few members of Montgomery Memorial Baptist Church watched as the sanctuary was gutted by fire. The cause was arson, and no one was ever arrested. Later that day, the congregation gathered under a tent for the regular Sunday service.

February 26, 2011 | Tom Reed | Life top stories


History center gardens offer educational experience

Although their area of expertise falls more in the horticultural field, the Hall County Master Gardeners have taken on two important projects at the Northeast Georgia History Center.

February 24, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


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Hydrangeas full of Southern charm

For anyone looking to dive headfirst into gardening, Hall County Master Gardener Mary Richards says the hydrangea is an ideal introductory perennial plant that comes in a wide variety of colors and types.

July 25, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


From the farm to the freezer, Jaemor uses 3 ingredients to produce homemade ice cream

Fresh locally produced milk, handpicked fruits and a vanilla-flavored base are all it takes for Jaemor Farms to make its signature peach and strawberry soft serve ice cream year-round.

July 23, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Artist sculpts out his life's work

As a young artist in 1973, Gregory Johnson aspired to being a famous painter. However, the lack of profit plagued his wallet, compelling him to switch his specialty to sculpting.

July 22, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Y-O-G-A spells relief

What does human anatomy have to do with the Sanskrit language? They have two things in common. One, I know nothing about either of them. Two, they are very common in the practice of many forms of yoga.

July 21, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Clarkesville native crafts flowers into works of art

Sarah Samsel sat near the window inside her small cottage and used scissors to snip small red petals into delicate shapes.

July 20, 2014 | Savannah King | Life top stories


New minister brings nurturing outlook to Oakwood First United Methodist Church

Sandra Skinner has learned many important things in almost five years of working in ministry.

July 19, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


What is it? Local extension agents answer questions about mystery plants

Kidney leaf rosin weed

July 18, 2014 | By Wanda Connon and Michael Wheeler | Life top stories


Pizza Tour gives kids a chance to learn about their food, one slice at a time

Pizza is a popular meal all year-round, and making the tasty pies can be a treat kids of all ages can enjoy.

July 16, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Grounds crew gets down and dirty

Imagine having 300 acres of grass to cut. Add 14 miles of edging around sidewalks, fertilizing, aerating and weed eating to the list and it describes the job of a landscape services worker for the city of Gainesville.

July 15, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Professionals disclose tips on manicures, and pedicures

July 14, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Try out different wedding style trending this year

When the big day finally rolls around, brides and grooms are adding a lot of personal flair to their weddings, and it's creating a few trends.

July 13, 2014 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Rahab's Rope expands into larger space on the downtown square

Rahab's Rope mission is simple: Teach women skills to help them find work in their communities in India and prevent them from entering human trafficking.

July 12, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Online farmers market brings locally grown fruits and vegetables to Hall County

July 11, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


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