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Area churches combine styles to draw worshipers

If a pastor wants more people in the pews, then it might be time to try the new tools of the trade: an electric guitar and a drum set.

September 06, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Master gardener grows a tapestry of roses, literally

Lynn Kempler dreamed of roses.

September 04, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Judge, competitive cook Scot Howard serves up barbecue secrets

Scot Howard doesn't just love barbecue. The Jefferson resident practically lives it.

September 03, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Barbecue judge dishes up secrets

Scot Howard doesn't just love barbecue. The Jefferson resident practically lives it.

In the past year, the U.S. Postal Service worker has started a website ranking various barbecue restaurants across the South and earned his official barbecue judging certificate. He started judging and competing professionally and selling his homemade goods to a growing clientele of barbecue lovers.

September 03, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Young missionaries trek around the globe

It took longer than the famous 180 days, but around the world they went.

August 31, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Adults on a mission to serve

Rebekah Ryan stood outside a Guatemalan AIDS hospital with some trepidation in July. The Hall County native wasn't afraid to admit what was on her mind.

August 31, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Church facilitates a 'dream' expansion

Gainesville First United Methodist Church believes "children and youth are first."

August 30, 2014 | KRISTEN OLIVER koliver@gainesvilletimes.com | Life top stories


Residents welcome feathery friends with feeders and houses

With fall fast approaching, the nation's bird watchers are listening for chirps, calls and the flutter of fast-flying wings.

August 29, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Jaemor Farms wins the homemade ice cream challenge

Fresh fruit, a vanilla ice cream base and local fresh milk is all it takes to make a winning homemade ice cream.

August 27, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Family adopts German shepherd, treats rare condition

NORTH FORSYTH - To see Lucy-Blue today, one would never know what the 4-year-old German shepherd mix has been through.

August 26, 2014 | CRYSTAL LEDFORD Times regional staff | Life top stories


Fans show off school spirit with fashion

Fashion may not be the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks about football season, but fans can express their school spirit many different ways outside of shouting down the referee.

August 25, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Female inmates break free with music

With a pick and some plucks, Wendy Fortner soared above her surroundings, figuratively speaking.

August 24, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Master Gardener maintains her father's living legacy

Deer were here, nibbling on the lilies, hitting up the hydrangeas and binging on the blueberries, only to leave a bare bush behind.

August 22, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Healthy, easy entree for school lunch

If all the commercials on the Disney channel and Nickelodeon are to be believed, children nowadays can survive on gogurt, Kraft mac-n-cheese and pop tarts alone.

August 20, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Life on the farm easier without an air conditioner

David White doesn't mind technology. He just doesn't like one piece in particular.

August 19, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


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Murrayville woman uses art to help beat ovarian cancer

When Sue Sigmon-Nosach celebrated her 60th birthday, the milestone might not have seemed like much for those who don't know the Murrayville resident.

September 21, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Christian, Muslim discover common ground at forum

University of North Georgia student April Bradley expected a heated debate when she heard a Christian minister and observant Muslim were going to talk about their opposing faiths Thursday night. But she was pleasantly surprised to observe a different scene at The Monkey Barrel in downtown Gainesville.

September 20, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Antioch UMC reminisces over its history

"Loving, gracious, faithful and generous," is the reputation Antioch United Methodist Church in Gainesville has created during the past 200 years, according to its members, pastor and former pastors.

September 20, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Life top stories


Gardens on Green teaches 'miracles'

Taylor Parker held up a small speck of black and squealed.

September 19, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Father and son hike to the mountaintop

FORSYTH COUNTY - Charlie Ewing Jr. has grown up hearing about his father's adventures along the Appalachian Trail.

September 16, 2014 | By Crystal Ledford Times regional staff | Life top stories


Experts offer advice on combating fall allergies and flu

For some, fall means scarves, boots, football and pumpkin spice and everything nice. It's a reason to celebrate.

September 15, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Flowery Branch woman casts her dragnet into Amelia Earhart's mystery

Before she became America's aviator, Amelia Mary Earhart was just a Midwestern tomboy who thought of planes as nothing more than jumbles of "rusty wire and wood." Then, she became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic and instantly became a household name.

September 14, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


In His Name reaches out to apartment complex communities

Jon Huebner wanted to help.

September 13, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Women to stand strong at DIVINE conference

Hundreds of women together are set to share their laughter, tears, problems and solutions while listening to life-changing messages in one week's time.

September 13, 2014 | Times staff reports | Life top stories


Sellers, give every room a role

Many of us have one room in the house that doesn't really have a job. Maybe we set it up with an air bed once in a while for guests, or shove out-of-season clothing boxes in there, or use it as a holding zone for stuff we're not sure what to do with.

September 12, 2014 | By KIM COOK Associated Press | Life top stories


Sweet taste of macarons find way to Flowery Branch

For Karen Ching, there's a constant bar of excellence she's always trying to reach.

September 10, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Life top stories


Art helps Lula man find his purpose

Larry Ledford hurt. His shoulder pained him with every move.

September 09, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Gainesville couple bitten by the travel bug sets the globe as their itinerary

Name a place, and odds are Wolfgang Hartert has visited it.

September 07, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


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