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It’s a wrap!

Gifts themselves are nice, but presentation is everything.

December 23, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


12 Days of Cookies

Snickerdoodles and chocolate-chip cookies may be delicious, but when you're trying to impress a holiday crowd, sometimes you have to pull out all of the stops.

December 21, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Girl Scouts create ornaments for national Christmas tree

Although crafts are a regular part of the Girl Scouts of the USA experience, members of the local branch of the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia have a reason to be especially proud of their latest art project.

December 19, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


A transplant patient's Christmas miracle

There's nothing like having your world turned upside down to give you a new perspective on life.

December 18, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Lanier Hills Church growing by leaps and bounds

When many churches seek to add additional locations, they tend to look outside of their current city.

December 17, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


12 Days of Cookies

Athough some purists may dispute classifying bars as cookies, inch for inch, they carry just as much flavor as their rolled and cut-out peers.

December 14, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


AT&T community service group celebrates 100 years of volunteering

You may have never heard of the Northeast Georgia Mountaineers Council, but its presence is definitely felt around the community.

December 13, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


North Hall students hear apartheid accounts from former South African police officer

As a child, nothing about his neighborhood in South Africa surprised the Rev. Johan Joubert.

December 12, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


The holidays are all about being with the ones you love, but what if you just can’t get along?

In a perfect world, little Suzy's mommy and daddy never argue about how much money was spent on gifts and uncle Billy doesn't over indulge in eggnog and make off-color jokes at the family Christmas party.

December 11, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Mission builds new school, provides portraits

Although the separation of church and state is a clear cut issue for most people, Steve McDaniel is pleased that he was able to blur the lines a bit.

December 10, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Warm blankets and self-blended herbal teas are great alternatives to store-bought gifts

Store-bought goods have their place, but nothing warms the heart quite like a handmade gift.

December 09, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


12 Days of Cookies

While the holiday season is full of many great traditions, cookie swap parties are probably the most delicious of them all.

December 06, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


The perfect gift may be a second-hand item

If nothing else, the Great Recession has taught most folks how to make the most out of their earnings.

December 06, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Alpha Chi Omega marks its 100th anniversary of supporting arts, women’s causes at Brenau

In 1885, Alpha Chi Omega was founded at DePauw University in Indiana. A few decades later, the sorority would catch on in Gainesville.

December 04, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Showing the English a touch of the South

Our three-week stay in the storybook village of Edale, England, made a lasting impression upon my wife Jenny and I.

December 04, 2011 | | Life top stories


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Downtown store owner crafts confections creations

Sometimes you feel the need for something sweet, and sometimes you find it.

October 01, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Former soldier transforms into a crafty cowboy

Jason Smith's mind struggles.

September 30, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Working out inch by inch at the barre

Some workouts are measured in miles run, others in yards swum. For barre fitness, a lot can be accomplished in an inch.

September 29, 2014 | Shannon Casas | Life top stories


Hospice offers simple comforts

Carol Jewell, the volunteer coordinator at Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, could talk for days about her 20-plus years in hospice care. When she discusses what her volunteers really do, one particular anecdote comes to mind.

September 28, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Eyes of the Father: Worshipping God in church renews spirit

As we were getting ready for church one morning, Chloe dropped a bombshell. She said she didn't want to go to church.

September 28, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Life top stories


Bahai'a faith growing in Georgia

Around the same time that America was breaking into a Civil War, a Persian nobleman named Mirza Husayn Ali Nuri announced he was a "Manifestation of God."

September 27, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Seed company flourishes

Joanne Roth said she has been growing plants "forever and ever," or at least since she lived in England in the early 1980s.

September 26, 2014 | Bonny Harper Times regional staff | Life top stories


Murrayville man grows hundreds of pounds of pumpkins

Mike Nepereny is already planting seeds for his retirement.

September 24, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Covington woman takes life one step at a time

Tichelle Florence is tough.

September 23, 2014 | BY ROB DEWIG Times regional staff | Life top stories


Area woman creates fanciful fashions

Ruth Nore got into the business when she was 12.

September 22, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Murrayville woman uses art to help beat ovarian cancer

When Sue Sigmon-Nosach celebrated her 60th birthday, the milestone might not have seemed like much for those who don't know the Murrayville resident.

September 21, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Christian, Muslim discover common ground at forum

University of North Georgia student April Bradley expected a heated debate when she heard a Christian minister and observant Muslim were going to talk about their opposing faiths Thursday night. But she was pleasantly surprised to observe a different scene at The Monkey Barrel in downtown Gainesville.

September 20, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Antioch UMC reminisces over its history

"Loving, gracious, faithful and generous," is the reputation Antioch United Methodist Church in Gainesville has created during the past 200 years, according to its members, pastor and former pastors.

September 20, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Life top stories


Gardens on Green teaches 'miracles'

Taylor Parker held up a small speck of black and squealed.

September 19, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


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