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Longtime Gainesville theater family remembers their father

Although he was a lawyer by trade, Michael "Mickey" Neidenbach was born to be a performer.

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


Cornelia residents create community garden

If you travel down Level Grove Road in Habersham County, it's hard to miss the Cornelia Home Grown Harvest community garden.

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


Summer’s favorite fruit becomes a favorite soup

For many people, one of the great joys of summer is biting into a perfectly chilled piece of watermelon.

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


Ed Levine’s postcard collection really delivers

Name a card. Any card. And chances are Ed Levine has it.

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


Young, & proud to be American

He may not be able to spell Declaration of Independence, but Kade Morgan enjoys a good Fourth of July celebration all the same.

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


Purple heart art is a special gift

Although Frank Downing sees his own Purple Heart hanging on the wall every day, somehow one at the Veterans Affairs clinic in Oakwood still managed to catch his eye.

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


‘Fitliness’ is next to Godliness

The Bible is most often associated with guidance for the spiritual being, but many Christians say it also gives direction for one's physical being.

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


Farm fresh and fragrant

For Nathan and Jennifer Phillips of Jefferson, life is blooming with activity for their family business, The Yellow Petal.

July 01, 2011 | By LeAnne Akin Times regional staff | Life top stories


Celebrate independence from complex holiday dishes

If you're the designated host for your family's Fourth of July celebration, there's no reason to lose any sleep over the menu.

June 29, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Geocaching fuses hiking with history — and gadgets — at Ga. state parks

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has taken a firm grasp on modern technology to help visitors get a new perspective of state parks and historic sites.

June 28, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Hall County students earn the chance to see the nation’s Capitol up close and personal

They may only be high school students, but Alexandra Smith and Patrick Kelley recently had the opportunity to rub elbows with the upper echelons of government.

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


Many old cemeteries fall into disrepair after descendants move on

If you want to get an idea of how times have changed, take a trip to your local cemetery.

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


Congregation at Nacoochee Presbyterian still growing

Nacoochee Presbyterian Church, just off Ga. 255 in the center of the White County community of Sautee, was originally founded in 1870 by Capt. James Nichols. Nichols moved his from family Milledgeville to the Sautee area after the Civil War.

June 25, 2011 | Tom Reed | Life top stories


The bamboo bamboozle

These days, bamboo is more than just a food source for pandas.

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


Pick a healthier picnic

Summertime is officially here and that's the prime season for backyard barbecues.

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


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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


Gainesville man transforms from Chris into Kringle

Santa Claus is real, and he lives in Gainesville.

December 02, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


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