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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


Getting kids back into a routine means setting rules for homework, TV and games

This morning, alarm clocks all over Hall County signaled the official end of summer vacation and the beginning of a new academic year.

August 08, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


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Gainesville man takes nontraditional education path

At first glance, a man sitting at a round table by himself eating chips and salsa in the writing center appears to be your average college student. But on closer inspection, Woody Depew is anything but your average 20-something college kid. In fact, Depew has his own kid who is old enough to attend college as well.

April 19, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Band of believers to perform Civil War sounds

While the Civil War divided the United States into North and South, the music from the era seemed to bond the two sides.

April 18, 2015 | | Life top stories


Parks and Rec employee honored for saving a life

April 17, 2015 | | Life top stories


Tricks, tools to tame the crammed kitchen

Associated Press

April 17, 2015 | | Life top stories


Electronics recycling event set for April 18

April 16, 2015 | | Life top stories


Food bank launches ‘Stock the Shelves’ campaign

Food, to most people, is a nourishing meal, a way to celebrate with loved ones or a method of creativity.

April 15, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


2 couples fulfill crazy passion by opening store

Nestled just below the mountains in Habersham County, a store is filled literally from top to bottom with antiques and art from local artists.

April 14, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Alternative medicine grows in popularity

Many people believe natural and traditional medicine must be mutually exclusive forms of treatment for ailments and sicknesses. However, doctors in North Georgia and specialists in natural forms of medicine are looking to bridge the gap between the two distinct styles of healing.

April 13, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Retired nurse recounts her life of service

Born as one of 13 children, Joan Praet was no stranger to discipline growing up. Her experiences as a child fueled her dream of being a nurse, her desire to join the military and her ability to adapt to changing situations and raising four children of her own.

April 12, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


St. Paul UMC has strong foundations

For six generations, the Whitaker family has been members of St. Paul United Methodist Church in downtown Gainesville.

April 11, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Experts advise cleaning bathrooms from top down

Bathrooms have the reputation of being the toughest room to clean. But with spring cleaning season upon us, it's time to get to it.

April 10, 2015 | AUDREY WILLIAMS For The Times | Life top stories


Flowery Branch toddler suffers from rare condition

Hayden Coleman, who is almost 2 years old, is very smart for her age and understands what her parents tell her. But the toddler has a hard time communicating with them for one big reason - her overgrown tongue.

April 06, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


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