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Gainesville dog to compete in dock-diving championship

At 3 years old, Mattie can run, jump and compete with the best of them.

August 15, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Flowery Branch woman motivates husband to live longer life

EDITOR'S NOTE: National Geographic fellow Dan Buettner visited Gainesville in April to share his nine "Blue Zone Power Approaches" to living a longer life. This series is dedicated to those approaches and how they can be implemented in Hall County. The third power approach, "Have Purpose," states having a sense of purpose is worth up to seven years of extra life expectancy.

August 14, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Pets of the Week

August 14, 2016 | | Life top stories


Christians use praise flags to worship the Lord

A small group of people gathered in the woods at Wilshire Trails Park in Gainesville, clutching multicolored flags in their hands.

August 12, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Life top stories


Gainesville sisters build budding flower business

Friday's Flowers is an outlet for creativity for owners and sisters CJ Greene and Leigh Justice.

August 11, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


‘Locals love’ two lump crab cakes from Fleur de Lis in Braselton

Since the spa at Chateau Elan opened in 1992, two lump crab cakes at Fleur de Lis have been on the menu.

August 09, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Gainesville mother of four spars her way to top of a karate event

A home-schooling mother of four, Susan Harkins jumped back into karate after watching her kids participate in the sport from her own childhood.

August 08, 2016 | Nick Watson | Life top stories


Gainesville grad, playwright to research 9 months in Canada about native rights 

Shinning a light into the dark is one of the themes Gainesville playwright Isaac Hopkins explores with his work.

August 07, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Pets of the Week

August 07, 2016 | | Life top stories


Brett Parks to share story of recovery with Flat Creek Baptist Church

Brett Parks lay in the street, a bullet in his abdomen, and prayed.

August 06, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Life top stories


First-time college students share plans to decorate their dorms

Leaving the nest can be a difficult process for parents and their baby birds.

August 04, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Randall Murray: Finding a buttery Chardonnay

Yep, we're in the dog days of summer. Soon, however, we'll be in the Dawg Days of fall and all will be well with the world.

August 03, 2016 | Randall Murray | Life top stories


Gainesville man recognized for bowling in 50 national tournaments

Joseph Leiser is part of a pretty elite club.

August 01, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Camp Toccoa, the former paratrooper training camp, under renovation and reconstruction

More than 70 years ago, soldiers arrived at Camp Toccoa in the Northeast Georgia mountains near the South Carolina border to train to become paratroopers for World War II.

July 31, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Pets of the Week

July 31, 2016 | | Life top stories


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2000 West Hall High School grad publishes first novel

Frank Reddy always dreamed of having a novel published, but he believed it was a "pipe dream."

August 29, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Award-winning Cleveland ranch offers lessons on farm life and horse riding

Every year, John Hulsey and his trainer, Walt Erwin, load up their quarter horses and head to the biggest horse show competitions in the Southeast ...

August 28, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Pets of the Week

August 28, 2016 | | Life top stories


Catholic churches battle drop in attendance but Gainesville churches increase numbers

Being in the middle of the Bible belt means Christian churches of all denominations can be found on every corner of the city or on ...

August 26, 2016 | From Times staff and wire reports | Life top stories


Youth gardening conference set for Sept. 9-10 at Gardens on Green in Gainesville

Master Gardener Kathy Lovett feels it's "imperative to teach our children to love the natural world that we share."

August 25, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Gainesville woman starts gourmet cookie company in her kitchen

Kerri Prince, 35, has been cooking ever since she can remember. Her Italian family was "always in the kitchen," she said. So she naturally gravitated ...

August 23, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


West Hall grad's weight loss featured in national infomercial

Rachel Lauria was an aspiring dancer who moved to New York City to follow her dreams in 2012, but upon arrival in the big city ...

August 22, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Gainesville couple visits Rio de Janeiro 11 days before Olympics

"Rio (de Janeiro) is probably one of the most beautiful cities in the world," Rob Jaeger said.

August 21, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Pets of the Week

August 21, 2016 | | Life top stories


Meet the minister: The Rev. Mike Dorough looks to the future of Riverbend Baptist Church

Editor's note: This series introduces one minister from every church and faith-based organization in the community each month.

August 20, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Life top stories


Gainesville woman turns garden into personal sanctuary

Every morning around 7 o'clock, Mary Bogle makes her way down to her garden.

August 18, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Expert: Kids lunches should have 5 food groups

Sometimes it takes a village just to get the kids out the door in the morning, much less wrangle the time it takes to prepare ...

August 16, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


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