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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

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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


Easter traditions bring new outfits and old memories

Easter is a time for new beginnings and new life full of color. For some locals, it means new clothes.

March 30, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Gainesville woman recounts Selma march for civil rights

In 1965, Northwestern University senior Ferris Hardin felt a calling to be a small cog in a big social machine and change America in the small town of Selma, Ala.

March 29, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


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


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Dahlonega offers visitors wealth of opportunities

Walking down streets paved with gold might be a dream to some, but in Dahlonega it's a reality.

May 03, 2015 | Audrey Williams | Life top stories


Guest House clients relax with one stroke of the brush

Senior citizen JoAnn Phillips has a hard time remembering. But when the North Georgia woman picks up a brush, dips it into paint and swoops it across paper, she doesn't have to remember. She can just paint.

May 03, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Retired businesswomen pens first book at 99

May 03, 2015 | | Life top stories


Gardens on Green to focus on homegrown greenery

When the phrase "Go native" is used, some people think of adapting to the atmosphere surrounding them. But for a gardener, "going native" means cultivating the plants that naturally grow in a specific area.

May 01, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit grows

April 30, 2015 | | Life top stories


Gainesville Coffee Shop keeps service, food simple

Tony and Heather Jonovitch feel fate brought them to the Gainesville Coffee Shop inside Lawrence Pharmacy on Broad Street. And it all started with lunch service at another Gainesville restaurant.

April 29, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Gainesville toddler is a real bookworm

Clementine Connolly spends most of her days reading. At the breakfast table, she reaches for her book for much like an adult would reach for the morning newspaper. At night before going to sleep, she curls up in bed with another book. Yet, she's not even 2 years old.

April 28, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Doctors encourage patients to get tested for STDs

Talking about sexual health and sexually transmitted diseases is never an easy task, even with a medical professional. However, the need for the conversation is crucial, especially in Georgia.

April 27, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Area women sewing up a problem

One day in the 1990s, a nurse at a Georgia hospital saw a mother leaving with her baby. Instead of the newborn wearing a hat and onesie and wrapped in a blanket for the journey home, the child was covered with a towel.

April 27, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Chicopee UMC constructs prayer garden

Prayer is the act of Christians talking or petitioning God regarding their hopes, dreams, struggles and frustrations.

April 25, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Natural Juice Cafe serves up 'superfood'

Two years ago, Jeannie Copeland needed a change of pace from her job as a massage therapist. Since she had an interest in health food, and her husband, Brett, had a background in cooking, the pair decided to combine their skills into one pursuit.

April 22, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Adams Barber Shop maintains old-time tradition

As a 3-year-old boy, Kevin McIntyre toddled into the Adams Barber Shop with his father for his very first haircut.

April 21, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Life top stories


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