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Peachy keen pork

If the bounty of summer's harvest has left your sweet tooth overwhelmed with fruit pies, cobblers and smoothies, consider using that produce in a more savory way.

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


Gainesville beats out Orlando as a fun, affordable city

If you're scouting fun places to visit that won't break the bank, you may want to keep your search close to home.

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


Gainesville teen overcomes drugs, gang life with help of nonprofit

When Christian Alvarado was 7 years old, he smoked marijuana for the first time.

August 20, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Enota teacher called to work as a missionary

Even though Sidney Eure was lucky enough to find a job in her field right after college graduation, she wasn't completely satisfied with what she was doing.

August 20, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


History center event brings restorationists and appraisers to Gainesville

If hunting for antiques is your thing, you should know that you may not need to search further than your own home for treasures.

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


Cumming's Hwang named Pastry Chef of the Year

A Cumming resident was recently crowned the nation's top pastry chef.

August 17, 2011 | By Crystal Ledford Times regional staff | Life top stories


A brittle boom

Peanut brittle isn't exactly considered a gourmet treat, but Milli Jordan is hoping to build an empire around the simple dish.

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


Wildlife preserve welcomes a second ‘amazing’ zedonk

Although full moons have almost always signaled the arrival of baby animals at the Chestatee Wildlife Preserve in Dahlonega, the latest addition has caught the staff off guard.

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


Fiddleheads back on ‘America’s Got Talent!’

The Dahlonega-based band, The Fiddleheads, a musical group rooted in bluegrass, has won a wild card spot on NBC's "America's Got Talent!" The group was voted off the show earlier in the season, but now will have a second chance to get back in the game. Comprised of North Georgia College & State University students and alumni, the group is competing for a $1 million grand prize.

August 16, 2011 | From staff reports | Life top stories


WomenSource program to help empower girls, enlighten moms

Ordinarily, WomenSource staff are busy planning events for adults, but this week they're focused on Girl Power.

August 15, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


You’re never too young, or old, to save a life

When it comes to measuring a lifetime, most people tend to think in years.

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


‘Wagon man’ sees the country behind a horse

CLEVELAND - The 90-plus degree Georgia heat on a recent Monday did not stop James Newton from making the trip by horse and a homemade gypsy-like wagon from Helen, where he spent the night, to Cleveland.

August 14, 2011 | By La Venier Mize For The Times | Life top stories


Going native in the garden

Some plants get no respect.

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


Hotdogging the frank: Enter the Tater Dawg

Some consider it a staple of summer, right after watermelon. I consider it a staple of my refrigerator simply because there are nights I don't feel like cooking.

August 10, 2011 | Michelle Boaen Jameson | Life top stories


Nearly 50 years later, Gainesville Phoenix Woman’s Club is still transforming lives

In 1971, before she was Georgia's first lady that champions statewide causes, Sandra Deal's focus was centered on Hall County.

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


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Easter traditions bring new outfits and old memories

Easter is a time for new beginnings and new life full of color. For some locals, it means new clothes.

March 30, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Gainesville woman recounts Selma march for civil rights

In 1965, Northwestern University senior Ferris Hardin felt a calling to be a small cog in a big social machine and change America in the small town of Selma, Ala.

March 29, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Blackshear Place Baptist Church growing after 60 years

What began as some 37 Christians trying to meet a need in the community of South Hall County has now turned into the 8,000-member Blackshear Place Baptist Church. And its small roots, originally planted on a 4-acre cornfield at the intersection of Atlanta and Winder highways, have grown to a 40-acre campus.

March 27, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Life top stories


Steps for achieving a spotless kitchen this spring

The sunshine of spring is peeking through homes across North Georgia and revealing messes that piled up during the winter. That means one thing: It's time for spring cleaning.

March 27, 2015 | AUDREY WILLIAMS For The Times | Life top stories


Beer experts: Suds tastes better at higher temperature

I have a drinking problem, and it makes me order two beers at a time in bars and restaurants.

March 24, 2015 | By Josh Noel Chicago Tribune | Life top stories


Gainesville girl leaps for equine excellence

Most girls go through a horse-loving phase at some point in their youth. For Burgin Lee, it was not a phase - it is a lifestyle.

March 24, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Toccoa woman undergoes surgery to remove colon cancer

On Feb. 19, Cathy Stowe gathered up her courage and faced one of her fears - undergoing her first routine colonoscopy screening.

March 23, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Gainesville native overcomes challenge of short arms

Her father's simple act of placing a pencil between her toes when she was 5 years old set Bessie Woods on the path to independent living.

March 22, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Life top stories


Chestatee Baptist Church opens new building debt-free

Nine years ago, members of Chestatee Baptist Church cast their ballots to consider building a new church on their property off Chestatee Road. And finally on Feb. 1, the congregation met in its new facility for the first time. The added bonus was the church did not borrow any money to pay for its new building. In fact, several church members said they felt "blessed" for building the church without having to take out a loan and go into debt.

March 21, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Life top stories


Outdoor furniture can last for years with proper care

When weather warms up, windows open, the grill fires up and patio furniture hits the deck as families spend more time outdoors, lounging in Adirondack chairs and hammocks to enjoy the spring and summer sun.

March 20, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Humane society to provide shot for furry friends

Pet owners seeking an affordable way to care for their four-legged friends will have their chance this weekend.

March 19, 2015 | Times staff reports | Life top stories


Classic sounds celebrate Bach's birth

Music lovers with an affinity for Johann Sebastian Bach and his other classical friends will be delighted with the upcoming concert from the Lanier Chamber Singers.

March 19, 2015 | Times staff reports | Life top stories


Find classic soup, sandwich combo at Papa Sam's

Tucked away behind the glittering jewelry, rustic home decor and fashionable accessories at Nest Feathers boutique in Oakwood is a small counter with a chalkboard sign reading "Soup of the Day."

March 18, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Cleveland couple bonds with breed of Great Pyrenees

When Marla McSwiney first met Noah, her niece's Great Pyrenees dog, she saw a fluffy, white being that was loving and loyal. However, Noah had heartworms, and McSwiney had no idea how to help care for the animal. She called up John Heldrich, founder of Great Pyrenees Rescue of Atlanta, to ask for his advice.

March 17, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


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