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Gainesville resident heads to Ireland to perfect her art

When many artists get ready to work on a new piece, they pull out their brushes and apply paint to canvas.

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


Flowery Branch church goes to interactive sermon

Not many things are the same as they were 30 years ago. Cars are built differently, clothing styles have changed and nowadays even churches are changing how they reach out to worshippers.

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


Gardens on Green tilling up nuggets of wisdom for your fall vegetables

Although some folks may not think about the cooler months being an opportune time to garden, local experts are proving there's never a bad time to grow your own vegetables.

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


Cooler weather means it is time to start thinking about stews, soups and chowders

For many folks, summer technically ended on Labor Day, but the first day of fall is still more than a week away.

September 14, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Gainesville’s Drexler fashions her own line of accessories from cast-off items

Boxes of odds and ends like old maps and doll-house miniatures would be disregarded as junk to most folks.

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


Waiting in the Wings

Volunteers with the Theatre Wings organization are doing their best to help area college students close the curtain on homesickness.

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


Gainesville native helped protect 3 presidents while in Secret Service

There are people who are overwhelmed by tragedies. No matter how hard they try, they can't seem to rise above the misery of it all.

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


A journey of faith

Here in the buckle of the Bible Belt, I am the little Jewish girl, safely exotic around Hanukkah and appropriately confused around Lent.

September 10, 2011 | By Rachel Glazer For The Times | Life top stories


Site seeing now for spring gardens

Although the cooling temperatures and dreary sky don't inspire most folks to piddle around in their gardens, now's the perfect time to get in a little quality time.

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


A bowl full of compassion

A lunch consisting of soup and a sandwich is simple fare for most folks, but for the Georgia Mountain Food Bank, it's a lifeline.

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


Clarkesville earns accolade as a friendly town

When Kitt McCarthy relocated to Clarkesville from California with her husband nearly three years ago, it wasn't without reservations.

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


Cheer on the crouching Tigers!

Nearly two dozen Brenau University students are kicking, tumbling and stunting their way into the school's history books.

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


A Labor Day salute to those with thankless jobs

On this day, most employees look forward to having the day off and enjoying a long weekend. For some people, it's seen as a day away from a mundane 9-to-5 job good for one thing - paying bills.

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


First Baptist beginnings unclear, but presence now unmistakable

The First Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. is one of the oldest continuous churches in Gainesville. First organized in 1838, little is known about the early days of the church because there were no written records.

September 03, 2011 | Tom Reed | Life top stories


Barreling your way to a greener garden

Thanks to a redesigned model, capturing rainwater for use in home gardens has gotten a lot easier and more efficient.

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


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Author pens historical fiction on ‘Doc’ Holliday

While many people expect a cross-country move to change the course of their lives, literally and figuratively, Victoria Wilcox never thought it would lead her to change one man's history.

March 03, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Life top stories


Echo Wellness Center offers traditional Chinese medicine

At first blush, it may sound a little nuts to willingly ask someone to place multiple needles in your skin, but proponents say the practice is useful for alleviating a variety of ailments, from chronic pain to depression.

March 02, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Life top stories


Hilda Bell sings with her golden-aged voice

At 91 years old, Hilda Bell knows how to do a little bit of everything.

March 01, 2015 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Westminster members break bread together

Getting to know other church members during a Sunday service can be difficult because of the number of people and small amount of time one has for conversation.

February 28, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Area children sprouting knowledge about gardening

During a day when ice covered most of Forsyth County, 10 out of 12 enrolled children showed up at the Forsyth County Library for the fourth session of Master Gardener Sprouts to learn about planting vegetables.

February 27, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Cooking with Crevolyn: Secret to good food is the spices

I'm sure you've heard the expression "variety is the spice of life."

February 25, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Life top stories


Restaurants compete in cookie-inspired contest

The sweetest season is upon Northeast Georgia as Girl Scout cookie sales are in full swing, and the girls are preparing to celebrate the iconic Samoa's 40th birthday.

February 25, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Red Shoe House repairs old soles

Providing North Georgia with an old-fangled service for more than 40 years, Eddie Tatum works long hours to repair shoes, purses, gloves and other leather products at the Red Shoe House.

February 24, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Gainesville man returns to the shoe repair business after 16-year absence

Other shoe repair shops in Gainesville include Country Cobbler II, which offers repairs on shoes, handbags and jackets.

February 24, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


German influence in Northeast Georgia

On a walk down Edelweiss or Munich Strassen, you'll find cobblestone alleys lined with brightly painted Bavarian shops. Only, this charming German town is not actually in Germany. It's Helen, nestled away in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northeast Georgia.

February 22, 2015 | BY AUDREY WILLIAMS For The Times | Life top stories


Gardeners learn to grow plants from seeds

Within every seed is life, but to get that life to sprout has some garden hobbyists on edge.

February 20, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Create 10 Crockpot dishes with two meats

Lots of people love their slow cookers. Just as many folks don't. We tend to be in the latter group. Not because we don't appreciate the dump-and-go convenience. And we certainly enjoy being greeted at the end of the day by delicious smells before we've even taken off our coats.

February 18, 2015 | BY ALISON LADMAN Associated Press | Life top stories


Whelchel Barbershop still practices business basics

For Jimmy Kemp, Whelchel Barbershop is more than a place for a haircut.

February 17, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Life top stories


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