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Neil Gaines’ life was turned upside down by a small mole

Neil Gaines was a college graduate looking forward to beginning his career when an odd-shaped mole on his back changed everything.

October 16, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Should teens be allowed to trick-or-treat?

Patti Woods-LaVoie loves Halloween and all things candy, but she has a hard and fast rule when it comes to teens and trick-or-treating.

October 15, 2012 | By Leanne Italie Associated Press | Life top stories


Theater project will unite Buford, groups as a cultural destination

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to notice the abundance of stage talent and theater groups in Northeast Georgia. From award-winning high school programs to standout community theaters, Hall County and the surrounding area is chock full of good performers.

October 14, 2012 | From staff reports | Life top stories


More doctors honor religious objections to blood transfusions

CHICAGO - As a Jehovah's Witness, Tracy Pickett always has enjoyed knocking on doors and introducing strangers to the tenets of her faith. But by the time she reached her mid-40s, scoliosis made every step excruciating and her spiritual mission impossible.Walking again would require surgery that often involves tremendous blood loss and a transfusion - a medical procedure to replenish the blood supply forbidden by her church.

October 13, 2012 | By Manya A. Brachear Chicago Tribune | Life top stories


Through the grapevine

Grapes are a great backyard choice if you're seeking delicious juice, some wine to savor or snacks fresh from the vine. But look elsewhere if it's low maintenance or fast production that you want.

October 11, 2012 | By Dean Fosdick Associated Press | Life top stories


Turn your tailgate party into a feast

DETROIT - As fans rev up for football games, so does their tailgating repertoire. In parking lots on game day, tailgaters elevate their food to big and bold levels.

October 10, 2012 | By Susan M. Selasky Detroit Free Press | Life top stories


Longstreet Cancer Clinic’s All About You shop offers products and comfort

"Cancer itself is just a hard journey all the way around," Cathy Jarrells said.

October 09, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Parents opt out, tackle teaching on their own

MODESTO, Calif. - As neighborhood schools grapple with pared budgets and pressure-cooker tests, not every family shares the strain. For a hardy few, the living room doubles as classroom, and kids drive the curriculum.An estimated 2 million students, or 3.6 percent, are home-schooled nationwide, twice as many as in 1999.

October 08, 2012 | By Nan Austin The Modesto Bee | Life top stories


They turn bicycle trash into treasure — then give it away

SANTA ANA, Calif. - Bicycle parts crowd out all but the washer and dryer and Christmas ornaments packed on a few shelves in Randy Kiefer's garage.Overhead, dozens of tires and tire tubes - tied together in bunches by size, 26- and 27-inch - hang like long, skinny pieces of black rubbery fruit. Bicycle forks straddle a narrow beam. Frames are tucked up in the rafters; rims hooked to the walls. Smaller parts fill crates, bins and tackle boxes - drive chains, crank arms, derailleurs, hubs, spokes, lugs, clamps, bolts, spacers, washers…

October 07, 2012 | By Theresa Walker The Orange County Register | Life top stories


Mushrooms serve a greater purpose

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - There's always a fungus among us ... in lawns, gardens and woods"Fungi are part of our everyday lives," says Theresa Augustin, curator of natural areas at Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk, Va.

October 05, 2012 | By Kathy Van Mullekom Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) | Life top stories


Charleston’s shrimp and grits is a humble dish full of native history

Barbecue is nice, and fried green tomatoes have a catchy name. But if you want the dish that truly represents the South these days, skip them both and turn to another recipe entirely:

October 03, 2012 | By Kathleen Purvis The Charlotte Observer | Life top stories


Mural by NGCSU art students took more than a year to complete

DAHLONEGA - A woman with a weathered face, silver hair piled atop her head, sits on a rustic porch admiring a patchwork quilt.Behind her, hazy blue mountains and a stream that winds its way between Dahlonega landmarks form the backdrop of a mural depicting the history and culture of Appalachia.

October 02, 2012 | From staff reports | Life top stories


Adirondack Adventure: Episode III

I maxed out on family in the Syracuse area for a few days until Sunday, June 10, and then headed home for Gainesville via a slightly different route. I rode south out of 'Cuse (as the city is now affectionately known, thanks to the Syracuse University basketball team) and picked up N.Y. Highway 13 southeast in Cortland. Here's the old biker on Pompeii Hill just south of Syracuse - finally, some sun!

September 29, 2012 | By Bill Rezak For The Times | Life top stories


Master Gardeners strut their green stuff at Fall Expo

One of the largest garden shows in Georgia, the Hall County Master Gardeners' Fall Garden Expo begins today and runs through Saturday.

September 28, 2012 | From staff reports | Life top stories


Warm up with creamy casseroles and creamy vegetable soup sans butter

I've always loved broccoli, even if it does have an unfortunate aroma. It's an excellent source of protein, calcium, iron, dietary fiber and many vitamins and minerals.

September 26, 2012 | By Sara Moulton Associated Press | Life top stories


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Hot Dog Ninja serves all-beef franks, Polish sausages from cart

Step aside, Oscar Mayer. There's a new mayor of wieners in town - it's Landon Brockmeyer.

May 24, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Learn to skim the surface in a kayak or canoe

Last week, the Pan American Championships brought the excitement of canoe and kayak racing to Gainesville. Several athletes who train with the Lanier Canoe and ...

May 23, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Buford man raises awareness about rare disorder

The first time Alexis Rodriguez walked into a support meeting for individuals with myasthenia gravis, all he could see was white hair.

May 22, 2016 | BY FRANK REDDY For The Times | Life top stories


Pets of the Week

May 22, 2016 | | Life top stories


Area churches offer a variety of VBS programs for the summer

Summer activities are gearing up as schools close for their break, but that does not mean learning is over. Many vacation Bible schools set to ...

May 21, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


5 tips to turn your cluttered closet into an organized space

Whether you are a fashionista with a perfectly color-coded closet or a man who wears five of the same type of shirt every day, chances ...

May 19, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Reid's Cafe in Murrayville offers family-friendly fare

Harold Kanady of Murrayville eats at Reid's Cafe almost every day. Some days he even eats there twice a day.

May 17, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Gainesville woman crafts soft, beastly and cuddly critters

In Megan Noble's line of work, the more misshapen, wacky and strange, the better.

May 16, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Challenged Child and Friends teaches students, siblings about sports

A little boy in a blue shirt holds a baseball bat uncertainly in his hand.

May 15, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Life top stories


Two ministers at Gainesville First United Methodist Church leaving for new positions

Gainesville First United Methodist Church is losing two of its longtime clergy in the coming weeks to promotions within the church conference. And while there ...

May 14, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce accepts nominations for beautification awards

For the past 25 years, the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce has been commending private homeowners and businesses with an award for their efforts of ...

May 12, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


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