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Lula pastor says the Lord shows her the way, wants others to look within and see it, too

For as long as she could remember, Pastor Veola Thomas says that she has been able to see things that others couldn't.

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


An evening of magic

It isn't every day that Hall County audiences get to see a professional dancer from the Atlanta Ballet arabesque in their own backyard, but that's exactly what's happening this weekend.

March 10, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Nutrition hotline will give callers the skinny on food labels, serving size and eating healthy

Although many people would like to eat healthier, not everyone knows exactly how to do it.

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


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


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Going nuts for coconuts

Calliope Sweets owner Patty Phillips prides herself on her Southern hospitality, her roots and her skills in the kitchen.

November 26, 2014 | BY JESSIKA BOUVIER jbouvier@gainesvilletimes.com | Life top stories


A place for pets in the hospital

Pet therapy is a common form of treatment for many individuals. However, patients who are hospitalized for long periods of time often spend weeks and even months away from their pets since animals are not allowed in hospitals.

November 25, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Hospital offers surgery to help ease symptoms of Parkinson's disease

For the 1 million Americans living with Parkinson's disease and especially those who are responding well to medication, more good news is at hand.

November 24, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Veterans seek to add more to soldiers memorial

The plot of land began years as ago as a gateway to a string of parks connecting downtown Gainesville to Lake Lanier, with park benches and paths winding between trees and landscaped areas.

November 23, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Life top stories


L.A.M.P. to serve homeless Thanksgiving meal today

It's an unfortunate fact of life that, even in Hall County, not everyone has a home for the holidays.

November 22, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Feasting on allergy-free food this Thanksgiving

When I was a kid, I always looked forward to holidays because it was a guarantee that my mom served all the dishes I loved. I always counted on a turkey, a sweet potato dish and green beans at Thanksgiving for example.

November 19, 2014 | Gillan Ludlow | Life top stories


Forsyth veteran rejuvenates military jeep

NORTHWEST FORSYTH - Many retirees pick up a hobby to keep themselves occupied, but Claude Whittle of northwestern Forsyth County rebuilt a 1952 Willys M-38 jeep, affectionately known as Col. Maggie.

November 18, 2014 | BY KELLY WHITMIRE Times regional staff | Life top stories


Gainesville baby survives premature birth and thrives

Melissa Payne carefully sorts through the objects inside a decorative box on her kitchen counter, handling each one with care.

November 16, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Upcycled furniture goes from rugged to refined

What's old is new again.

November 14, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


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