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Your guide to authentic tacos at Taqueria El Antojito

Editor's note: High school intern Charles Olsen can often be found in The Times conference room telling the other high school interns about the best food on Atlanta Highway. Here, he's sharing those tips with you as well. Olsen is a Johnson High School student whose mother was born and raised in Mexico and moved to the United States in the 1990s. Check out Olsen's and the other interns' work at

November 10, 2015 | By Charles Olsen | Life top stories

Veterans receive red, white, blue quilts from local group

As people poured through the doors of Central Baptist Church on Sunday for the 11 a.m. service, it was hard not to notice the two empty rows in front.

November 10, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Life top stories

Teen fighting cancer meets pope, starts nonprofit charity

Standing among hundreds of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square, 17-year-old Gino Vizzi was "awe struck" as Pope Francis descended the steps of St. Peter's Basilica and headed straight for him.

November 08, 2015 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories

Gainesville woman to spread Gospel on The World Race

Unworthy, unloved, rejected, depressed and inadequate. Each emotion has plagued Faith Silva at one point or other in her 21 years of life.

November 07, 2015 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories

Flowery Branch graduate transforms into powerlifter

Looking into the mirror wasn't always easy for Leanna Carr.

November 03, 2015 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories

Buford man competes in Ironman World Championship

Michael King isn't sure what's next for him, but he knows he's taking a break.

November 02, 2015 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories

Father Robert ‘Bob’ Fessler fills in as a substitute servant

Father Robert "Bob" Fessler started and ended his career in the same way.

November 02, 2015 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories

Hall County families transform houses into haunted sights

2 Flowery Branch families transform garage into haunted house

October 30, 2015 | BY Amy McDonald, Kayla Canada and Rebecca Braun The Times | Life top stories

Gainesville girl catches top baton title at age 12

Anna Mitchell Ralston is just like your average 12-year-old, except for one little thing. She's one of the best baton twirlers in the nation.

October 27, 2015 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories

With a new heart and cancer-free, man returns to college, works with transplant recipients

After a heart transplant followed by a bout with lymphoma, Shaw Carter and his pharmacist have a relationship like one you would have with your barber or bartender.

October 25, 2015 | Nick Watson | Life top stories

Compassion Experience to show lives of third-world children

The definition of the word "poor" varies depending on the country. Poor to some Americans might mean not being able to afford an iPhone while poor to some in foreign countries might mean not having food or water for days.

October 24, 2015 | Kayla Canada | Life top stories

Nichols brothers feed masses with 2 restaurants

When you're Alan and Craig Nichols, catering to hungry customers runs in the family.

October 20, 2015 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories

'Magical Mr. McClure' impresses crowd with tricks

Before the age of 2, the game "got your nose" will leave young minds mystified with the simplest sleight of hand. As people grow older, their minds are not as easily fooled.

October 20, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Life top stories

Kicking balls, raising money and 'saving boobies'

On June 26, Ashley Williams' life changed.

October 18, 2015 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories

Market to fund missions at Gainesville FUMC

Members of Gainesville First United Methodist Church will depart today for Bolivia as part of a 16-person medical mission team. Church member Dr. Brennan Wood will lead the group.

October 17, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Life top stories

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Wondrous color beneath the surface at Jungle Paradise Daylilies

To say June is Suzanne Franklin's busiest month is an understatement.

November 27, 2015 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories

Simple side dish recipes for Thanksgiving

November 25, 2015 | | Life top stories

Forsyth County teen shares experiences from "The Voice"

November 23, 2015 | | Life top stories

Thanksgiving Day and its traditions evolve throughout years

When Dana Chapman thinks of Thanksgiving, one image comes to mind. It is a 1943 Norman Rockwell painting titled "Freedom From Want," which was part ...

November 22, 2015 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories

Experts: Black Friday shopping helps local economy

Many people focus on the edible fare, family time and football on Thanksgiving Day.

November 22, 2015 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories

African Children's Choir to sing, dance at Gainesville church

Some people catch themselves humming one tune or another throughout the day, whether it's happy or sad.

November 20, 2015 | BY REBECCA BRAUN | Life top stories

10 simple ways to repair holiday kitchen disasters

If you're planning to entertain at home this holiday season, you'd be wise to bear in mind the words of Julia Child: "Never ...

November 17, 2015 | By Sara Moulton Associated Press | Life top stories

Facebook page helps area couple find their missing dog

If you've ever lost a furry friend, you know how frightening and stressful it can be.

November 16, 2015 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories

Fire chief credits boys club for path to dream job

At a young age, Jerome Yarbrough had to make a choice. He could indulge in delinquent acts and continue in his "curiosity" as a boy ...

November 14, 2015 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories

Operation Christmas Child delivers toy-filled shoeboxes

Most families around the holidays can't live without several things: A turkey dinner with their loved ones; traditions such as Elf on the Shelf ...

November 13, 2015 | BY REBECCA BRAUN | Life top stories

Lula shop offers flower arrangements, sweet treats

"Where Flowers Bloom So Does Hope."

November 13, 2015 | SANDRA WARWICK For The Times | Life top stories


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