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Food pantry closing after 26 years of meals, prayers and inspiration from its founder

Vickie Baker sat back in her chair as a friend held up a camera.

December 30, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Stir-crazy crafts

It's inevitable during the holiday season: Kids get bored. But the doldrums are just the thing for unleashing children's creativity.

December 28, 2012 | By Jennifer Forker Associated Press | Life top stories


Traditional New Year’s dishes transform into fortune-packed appetizers perfect for parties

You don't have to resort to the same old pot of beans and greens to get lucky in the new year ahead. Here are a few appetizers that are perfect for parties and prosperity.

December 26, 2012 | By Judy Hevrdejs, Bill Daley And Joe Gray Chicago Tribune | Life top stories


We asked area residents: If anything were possible, what would you want to give or receive?

In nearly every house, under every tree there are sure to be a few beautifully wrapped gifts.

December 24, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


He's the REAL Santa

You might think you know Santa Claus, but you'd be wrong.

December 23, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Local church gives out 5,000 meals

One Gainesville church set out to be a part of a miracle on Sunday afternoon. Hopewell Baptist Church in Gainesville fed more than 5,000 people after their morning church service.

December 22, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Life editor makes Christmas ornaments from organic finds

When I first set out to make my own ornaments, I was picturing something delicate, beautiful and right of Better Homes and Gardens.

December 21, 2012 | Michelle Boaen Jameson | Life top stories


Bear Sloan competes on ‘BBQ Pitmasters,’ hopes to put Gainesville area on the map

This may come as a surprise, but Santa is actually an award-winning cook.

December 19, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Local woman’s dogs compete at AKC/Eukanuba National Championship

Though she's no stranger to the dog show scene, Sherri Bell admits she was a little nervous over the weekend.

December 18, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Gainesville father makes family tradition of tacky Christmas light display

Travis Germick and his two sons have spent more than 10 years perfecting the art of the "tacky" Christmas light display.

December 16, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Finally a Hanukkah sweater — and it’s not even ugly

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Every holiday season, Carin Agiman pawed through her closet, searching for something to wear to her friend's ugly sweater party.Having no luck, Agiman, who is Jewish, glued felt menorah cutouts and blue sequins to a white thrift store sweater. But the clumsy DIY look never quite matched the breadth of bright sweaters with reindeer and snowmen. And it certainly didn't show off Agiman's Hanukkah pride.

December 15, 2012 | By Jessica Yadegaran Contra Costa Times | Life top stories


Holly, cranberry bushes add colorful seasonal contrast to landscape

Winter does not have to equate to a dreary garden devoid of excitement. There are many types of berry-bearing shrubs, woody plants and winter flowers to brighten the landscape.

December 14, 2012 | Wanda Cannon | Life top stories


Spoon up some traditional potato cakes for Hanukkah

At countless Hanukkah celebrations, latkes will be there.

December 12, 2012 | By Susan M. Selasky Detroit Free Press | Life top stories


Students whip Santa into shape with school play

Last year, all those cookies finally caught up with Santa and he got stuck in a chimney.

December 09, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Teens and elementary students all learn while teaming up for stage production

Nothing is cuter than a room full of dalmatian puppies ... unless of course they elementary students dressed up as puppies.

December 09, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


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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


Doctors establishing pharmacies inside practices to make patients’ lives easier

As more consumers seem to favor one-stop shopping with their retail choices, some doctors' offices are starting to adopt the same trend by establishing pharmacies inside their own practices.

March 15, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Gainesville man recalls serving in army with real-life 'Forrest Gump'

Life may have been "like box of chocolates" for Forrest Gump, but for the 42 men who entered into Cai Lay, Vietnam, on a fateful November night in 1967, they pretty much knew what they were going to get.

March 15, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Builders change homes to accommodate walkers, wheelchairs

While Gainesville and the Northeast Georgia area is peppered with dozens of senior apartments, retirement communities and independent- and assisted-living facilities, some Southern natives still prefer to stay in their own home. However, the home is not equipped to handle their developing physical ailments.

March 13, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


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