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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


Local chef brings back a taste of trends to come during Atlanta food expo

Last weekend, hundreds of chefs made their way to Atlanta for a chance to see the latest trends in food from the region's best chefs, cooking competitions and to network with some the elite in the food industry.

February 23, 2011 | BY ASHLEY BATES For The Times | Life top stories


Search for wedding band reveals the kindness of strangers

Sometimes a trip to a recycling center can do more than save the environment. Sometimes it can restore faith in humanity.

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


After-school sports program looking for volunteers to help keep kids healthy and active

Kim Johnson's goal for the year is simple: Continue the work she's doing, but in a bigger way.

February 21, 2011 | Elizabeth Burlingame | Life top stories


Gainesville’s Deal in spotlight as Patsy Cline

Area Patsy Cline fans may fall to pieces Thursday.

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


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Homeless man turns life around, runs Good News at Noon shelter

October 19, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Six tasks top your honey-do list for the fall

Change is in the air.

October 16, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Pastry chefs craft doughnut delicacies

Charles Barrett had our attention when he said the magic word: doughnut.

October 15, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Family Haven marks 25 years of operation in South Forsyth

ALPHARETTA - Christy Denton left her abusive husband 13 years ago, and she has just recently begun to speak out about her experience with domestic violence.

October 14, 2014 | By KAYLA ROBINS Times regional staff | Life top stories


NASCAR champion consolidates racing collection

A 30-year racing career can produce quite a collection of cars and memorabilia.

October 14, 2014 | Michele Hester Times regional staff | Life top stories


Trail safety tips to follow

Plan for temperature

October 12, 2014 | | Life top stories


Outdoor experts unearth the beauty of the mountains

Fall leads to football tailgating, weekend barbecues, boots and festivals. But the greatest change is the color as it sweeps across the North Georgia Mountains. And it is one development best seen up close.

October 12, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Women reaffirm their faith through religious discussion

In the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, three women of different faiths found themselves wondering what to teach their children about the tragedy.

October 11, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Life top stories


Bored with the gourd? Decorate in a new way with pumpkins or other fall offerings

All you have to do to find the best fall decor is open your front door and step outside. Such is the advice of Gainesville decorator Elizabeth Thompson of House Dressing Interiors, LLC.

October 10, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Japanese restaurant fries sushi roll in Flowery Branch

Wasabi Japanese Restaurant owners Sam and Jasmine Yong pride themselves in bringing creative Asian cuisine and new types of sushi to Flowery Branch.

October 08, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Former educator receives influx of appreciation in the mail

The stack of envelopes on Frances Haynes' sitting room table was large ­- maybe as much mail as an average person would receive in a year.

October 07, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Eyes of the Father: Worshipping God in church renews spirit

As we were getting ready for church one morning, Chloe dropped a bombshell. She said she didn't want to go to church.

September 28, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Life top stories


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