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Experts advise different gifts for Valentine's Day

Flowers are among the most popular gift choices for Valentine's Day each year. Roses fill vases and ribbons are tied, but the beauty of these plants lasts only a few weeks at best.

February 13, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Restaurants and stores prepare sweet romance

Valentine's Day is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're going to get. It could be a sparkling piece of jewelry, a selection of candy, a giant stuffed white bear or a romantic date night.

February 11, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


North Georgia couple endures long-distance relationship

One young couple will share the upcoming Valentine's Day holiday long distance. But for Chelsea Doyle and Christian Smith, it's just another day in their lives.

February 10, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Life top stories


Gainesville family raises money for son’s tumor-causing nerve condition

Robert Owenby is, for the most part, a normal 5-year-old boy.

February 09, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Life top stories


Technological advances, new measures help safeguard kids, day cares

When parents want to pick up their child from First Baptist Church of Gainesville's children's ministry, the process is a bit more complicated than simply popping in and scooping up the children.

February 08, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Life top stories


Handshakes on hold at many churches to curb germs

Every week when the praise band at Gainesville First United Methodist Church prays, members hold hands. Last week was the first week they did not.

February 07, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Pet Pleasers Bakery makes treats for furry friends

As health food stores begin popping up more frequently in North Georgia, health-conscious individuals have started searching for ways to make their furry friends healthier as well.

February 04, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Noah Blaustein believes poems are limitless

Noah Blaustein "never promised to light up a room," as one of his poems states, but his words certainly do.

February 03, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Echo Wellness Center offers traditional Chinese medicine

At first blush, it may sound a little nuts to willingly ask someone to place multiple needles in your skin, but proponents say the practice is useful for alleviating a variety of ailments, from chronic pain to depression.

February 02, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Life top stories


Gainesville Ballet trains area men to hold, lift ballerinas

For his first show with the Gainesville Ballet Company, John Lilly apparently put his bloomers on backward. Later, the clothing apparel fell to his knees during a ballroom dancing scene in "Cinderella."

February 02, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Forsyth mother shares her daughter's story of survival

FORSYTH COUNTY - Amy Adams was 23 weeks pregnant. On her fourth visit to the doctor, they found the Northwest Forsyth woman had no amniotic fluid and signs of stress in the womb, stunting the growth of her unborn child's lungs.

February 01, 2015 | BY KAYLA ROBINS Times regional staff | Life top stories


Parents are buying children phones at much younger ages

Two 11-year-old girls sit in the lunchroom at C.W. Davis Middle School, drinking out of milk cartons and discussing pictures on the iPhone app, Instagram.

February 01, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Life top stories


World War II veteran earns French honor

Henry Reyno Petree and his fellow soldiers in the 1306th Engineer General Service Regiment specialized in building bridges, lots of bridges.

February 01, 2015 | BY ZAC TAYLOR Times regional staff | Life top stories


First Presbyterian Church recreates rural African town

Northeast Georgia children will be able to visit Africa without a passport or leaving the country.

January 31, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Life top stories


Stick to the classics like meat and beer for your Super Bowl cookout

When the New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks in the upcoming Super Bowl XLIX, football fans from across the country will gather to witness the sport's most important game.

January 28, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Life top stories


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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


Steps for achieving a spotless kitchen this spring

The sunshine of spring is peeking through homes across North Georgia and revealing messes that piled up during the winter. That means one thing: It's time for spring cleaning.

March 27, 2015 | AUDREY WILLIAMS For The Times | Life top stories


Beer experts: Suds tastes better at higher temperature

I have a drinking problem, and it makes me order two beers at a time in bars and restaurants.

March 24, 2015 | By Josh Noel Chicago Tribune | Life top stories


Gainesville girl leaps for equine excellence

Most girls go through a horse-loving phase at some point in their youth. For Burgin Lee, it was not a phase - it is a lifestyle.

March 24, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Toccoa woman undergoes surgery to remove colon cancer

On Feb. 19, Cathy Stowe gathered up her courage and faced one of her fears - undergoing her first routine colonoscopy screening.

March 23, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Gainesville native overcomes challenge of short arms

Her father's simple act of placing a pencil between her toes when she was 5 years old set Bessie Woods on the path to independent living.

March 22, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Life top stories


Chestatee Baptist Church opens new building debt-free

Nine years ago, members of Chestatee Baptist Church cast their ballots to consider building a new church on their property off Chestatee Road. And finally on Feb. 1, the congregation met in its new facility for the first time. The added bonus was the church did not borrow any money to pay for its new building. In fact, several church members said they felt "blessed" for building the church without having to take out a loan and go into debt.

March 21, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Life top stories


Outdoor furniture can last for years with proper care

When weather warms up, windows open, the grill fires up and patio furniture hits the deck as families spend more time outdoors, lounging in Adirondack chairs and hammocks to enjoy the spring and summer sun.

March 20, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Humane society to provide shot for furry friends

Pet owners seeking an affordable way to care for their four-legged friends will have their chance this weekend.

March 19, 2015 | Times staff reports | Life top stories


Classic sounds celebrate Bach's birth

Music lovers with an affinity for Johann Sebastian Bach and his other classical friends will be delighted with the upcoming concert from the Lanier Chamber Singers.

March 19, 2015 | Times staff reports | Life top stories


Find classic soup, sandwich combo at Papa Sam's

Tucked away behind the glittering jewelry, rustic home decor and fashionable accessories at Nest Feathers boutique in Oakwood is a small counter with a chalkboard sign reading "Soup of the Day."

March 18, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Cleveland couple bonds with breed of Great Pyrenees

When Marla McSwiney first met Noah, her niece's Great Pyrenees dog, she saw a fluffy, white being that was loving and loyal. However, Noah had heartworms, and McSwiney had no idea how to help care for the animal. She called up John Heldrich, founder of Great Pyrenees Rescue of Atlanta, to ask for his advice.

March 17, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


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