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The right frame of mind

These days, more and more people aren't satisfied with just hanging mass produced pieces of art on their walls. A growing number of shoppers are seeking original art for their homes, says interior designer Robert Novogratz.

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


Summer’s bounty means being creative with all of the extra produce, like bell peppers

So you've canned, dried, frozen and given away as much as you could from the summer garden, but you still have veggies on the vine.

August 03, 2011 | Michelle Boaen Jameson | Life top stories


From ball gowns to car repair, these debutantes are learning more than just etiquette

PLANO, Texas - Sure, they still learn to take a graceful bow while wearing elegant white dresses and tiaras, but some debutantes are also taking in the finer points of car repair, nutrition and self-defense.

August 02, 2011 | | Life top stories


Bringing back Sunday dinner

When Sabrina Mitchell was growing up in North Carolina, there were two things that were guaranteed to happen on Sundays, no matter what.

July 31, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


40 acres of worship

In 1830, a group of 10 men donated $1 each for the purchase of 40 acres of land that would become Lumpkin Campground in Dawson County.

July 29, 2011 | Tom Reed | Life top stories


Despite the heat of summer, it will soon be time to plan the fall garden

If the thought of harvesting the last of your summer crops has you going through gardening withdrawal, there's no reason to fret.

July 29, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Easy steps take fresh fruit from the carton to the freezer

Just because summer is dwindling away, that doesn't mean your enjoyment of its produce has to fade during the rest of the year.

July 27, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Friendship Woman’s Club forms for the betterment of Hall County

A group of South Hall residents are women on a mission.

July 26, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Space camp rockets teacher's enthusiasm for science

Janelle Wilson developed a love for outer space at a young age, so it's no surprise she was thrilled to attend a space academy program last month at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.

July 25, 2011 | By KATIE DUNN Times regional staff | Life top stories


Their lucky number

At the Limestone Heritage Nursing Home in Gainesville, the number 103 has special significance.

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


Old organ parts become an art installation at Cumming church

The heavens, earth and sea have come together in one large community art project at a local church.

July 23, 2011 | By Crystal Ledford Times regional staff | Life top stories


Seed spheres used to offset blight

Homemade "seed bombs" are a favorite tool of guerrilla gardeners.

July 22, 2011 | By Dean Fosdick Associated Press | Life top stories


Cumming pastry chef flexes culinary muscles in national competition

For chef Alex Hwang, competition is a piece of cake - literally.

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


Zedonk still popular at wildlife preserve as its 1st birthday approaches

Pippi Z. Donk is a heartbreaker and showstopper all rolled up into one.

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


Fashionable future

With local students heading back to class in less than a month, many families are officially in back-to-school shopping mode.

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


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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


Doctors establishing pharmacies inside practices to make patients’ lives easier

As more consumers seem to favor one-stop shopping with their retail choices, some doctors' offices are starting to adopt the same trend by establishing pharmacies inside their own practices.

March 15, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Gainesville man recalls serving in army with real-life 'Forrest Gump'

Life may have been "like box of chocolates" for Forrest Gump, but for the 42 men who entered into Cai Lay, Vietnam, on a fateful November night in 1967, they pretty much knew what they were going to get.

March 15, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Builders change homes to accommodate walkers, wheelchairs

While Gainesville and the Northeast Georgia area is peppered with dozens of senior apartments, retirement communities and independent- and assisted-living facilities, some Southern natives still prefer to stay in their own home. However, the home is not equipped to handle their developing physical ailments.

March 13, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


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