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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


‘We took care of our people’

The founders of the Men's Progressive Club proved that there was more than one way to get what you want, even in the segregated South.

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


96-year-old Flowery Branch resident recalls a road well traveled as a missionary

To say Flowery Branch resident Margaret Burks has an adventurous spirit would be an understatement.

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


Perfect time for a quick snip

If you haven't done so already, now is the time to show your trees some love.

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


Community center’s swap, tasting an opportunity to dish about desserts

It's not everyday that you get the opportunity to taste-test a potential new favorite recipe, but that's just the opportunity that's being extended at the Mulberry Creek Community Center.

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


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Church aims to raise money with inaugural Missions Market

Residents of North Georgia will soon have the opportunity to go on a shopping trip around the world without even getting on a plane.

November 01, 2014 | | Life top stories


Couple carves out haunted homestead on lawn

From the view from their kitchen looking out on the front yard, Charles and Sharon Holcomb watched as a Hall County Sheriff's patrol car cruised slowly past their house last fall. The married couple nervously wondered if the deputy's next move would be to knock on their front door, telling them to move the tractor from their front yard.

October 31, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Coupling cold ones with fall appetizers, entrees and desserts

While pumpkin spice lattes and apple cider snagged the title of most ubiquitous autumn drinks long ago, new players have entered the game, and they are playing for keeps.

October 29, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


History Center recounts tales about ghosts of Gainesville

For years, many groups have been investigating the historical haunts of Gainesville and trying to find explanations for the ghost stories passed down through the generations.

October 28, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Gainesville native finally takes on running challenge

October 27, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Know the risk factors, warning signs of a stroke

October 27, 2014 | BY Denise Boldea and Sonia Hunter For The Times | Life top stories


Gainesville graduate connects with Chinese culture while in Asian country

When Gainesville High School graduate William Morris began his college career at Harvard University, he expected to simply be a student.

October 26, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Georgia group aids Kenyan kids

CUMMING - Parsons Gifts may be the perfect place to find holiday presents and collectibles, but many customers may not know just how far some of their money reaches.

October 26, 2014 | BY KAYLA ROBINS Times regional staff | Life top stories


Clermont woman spends 60 years playing for the Lord

Barbara Glover lifts the hymnal and runs her finger down the index.

October 25, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Wileys continue a family farming tradition dating to the Civil War

Yvonne Wiley recalls the dramatic moment with a sharpness that shows she's told the tale a time or two.

October 24, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Tourists hunt the ghostly haunts of Dahlonega

Dahlonega is known for many things - gold, history and wine among them - but the historic city hasn't gone almost 200 years without gathering a spooky legend or two.

October 21, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


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

October 19, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


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