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Forsyth veteran rejuvenates military jeep

NORTHWEST FORSYTH - Many retirees pick up a hobby to keep themselves occupied, but Claude Whittle of northwestern Forsyth County rebuilt a 1952 Willys M-38 jeep, affectionately known as Col. Maggie.

November 18, 2014 | BY KELLY WHITMIRE Times regional staff | Life top stories


Gainesville baby survives premature birth and thrives

Melissa Payne carefully sorts through the objects inside a decorative box on her kitchen counter, handling each one with care.

November 16, 2014 | C.L. Abercrombie | Life top stories


Upcycled furniture goes from rugged to refined

What's old is new again.

November 14, 2014 | C.L. Abercrombie | Life top stories


Lula woman transform tubers into stylish spuds

Potatoes are one of the most versatile foods in existence. They can be cooked into hash browns, mashed potatoes, French fries and soups.

November 11, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Instructors teach taekwondo to students with special needs

Connor Daniel, a 12-year-old student at Ava White Academy in Gainesville, searched longer than most 12-year-olds for an after-school activity.

November 10, 2014 | C.L. Abercrombie | Life top stories


Gainesville man a true globetrotter

Before he saw Queen Elizabeth, before he privately toured the King Tutankhamun tomb, before he took five around-the-world trips and before he visited more than 100 of our world's great nations, Scott Kinney was just a Georgia boy who had never been outside the immediate South.

November 09, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Cruise tips from a shore excursions director Scott Kinney

Thinking about cruising the high seas? Cruise expert Scott Kinney advises potential passengers to think before diving too deep. While the sea veteran highly recommends cruising, he said they should consider the following before a voyage:

November 09, 2014 | | Life top stories


Flowery Branch minister to retire after 62 years in pulpit

Tears pool in Paul Wade's eyes as he recalls his decision to join the Christian faith.

November 08, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Life top stories


Mother Nature’s gift of the fall season: leaves

Mother Nature is in a gift-giving mood this time of year.

November 07, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Life top stories


Deck the halls, trim the walls with wreaths

This season, the holiday spirit starts at your front door.

November 07, 2014 | C.L. Abercrombie | Life top stories


Music, history lover mixes both in between book covers

In one book, author Ben Wynne has managed to combine two of the South's great loves - history and music.

November 05, 2014 | | Life top stories


Brenau professor elected to dance commission

Professor of Dance Vincas S. Greene attended the 34th annual meeting for the National Association of Schools of Dance from Sept. 11-13 in Snowbird, Utah.

November 02, 2014 | Times staff reports | Life top stories


Church offers respite and relaxation to special-needs children and parents

In December 2010, Debbie Mott and her husband got the news many couples hope to hear: Debbie was expecting their first child.

November 02, 2014 | C.L. Abercrombie | Life top stories


Church aims to raise money with inaugural Missions Market

Residents of North Georgia will soon have the opportunity to go on a shopping trip around the world without even getting on a plane.

November 01, 2014 | | Life top stories


Couple carves out haunted homestead on lawn

From the view from their kitchen looking out on the front yard, Charles and Sharon Holcomb watched as a Hall County Sheriff's patrol car cruised slowly past their house last fall. The married couple nervously wondered if the deputy's next move would be to knock on their front door, telling them to move the tractor from their front yard.

October 31, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


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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


Divorcees seek marital solace in DivorceCare program

There is no such thing as a painless divorce and in the Old Testament, God says he hates divorce, Lakewood Discipleship Pastor Scott Smith said.

January 27, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Self-proclaimed 'gypsy' Lois Reed has lifelong music affair

On Jan. 17, Gainesville resident Lois Reed turned 79. Some may call that particular age old. Lois Reed disputes that characterization.

January 25, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Caring Hands Ministries has been helping for 20 years

Two things motivate Ann Fleming to keep doing what she does.

January 24, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Life top stories


Bargain hunters can discover deals at estate sales

Normally, going to a stranger's home and rifling through their worldly possessions is a bit taboo - unless it's at an estate sale, in which case it's just called shopping.

January 23, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Life top stories


Dawson County women bake up favorite pies for contest

It's a tale as old as time, as far as baking is concerned: whether classic sweet concoctions such as apple pie or traditional savory offerings such as quiches are truly superior as far as taste buds are concerned.

January 21, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Life top stories


Flowery Branch woman turns childhood dream into fish business

When Tara Massarelli got her first fish tank at 12 years old, she didn't know how quickly it would turn into a lifetime devotion.

January 20, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Life top stories


Students finding less time for sleep as extracurricular activities add up

As more students do their best to overachieve and prepare for a competitive future, many find it difficult to accomplish their many tasks in a regular day and stay up late into the night. The result is students forgo getting enough sleep.

January 19, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Female epilepsy patient uses art class to battle disease

Sixteen years ago, Angie Bryant's life changed.

January 18, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Clarkesville man copies the King James Version of the Bible by hand

Freddie North was sitting in his apartment in Demorest when he claims he heard "a voice."

January 17, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Life top stories


Gardening experts share tips on composting in the cold

Creating compost in the cold poses many challenges for some gardeners. Luckily some gardening experts know of a wide variety of materials to make high-quality soil during the winter months.

January 16, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


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