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Don Pirkle has a big Habitat goal to reach for his birthday

A bit of curiosity years ago led Don Pirkle to a life-changing experience.

August 07, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Unity Church member’s Web-based radio show promotes interfaith unity

In a world where varying doctrines can push followers of different religions apart, Scott Lindquist is hoping that spirituality can be the great uniter.

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


The right frame of mind

These days, more and more people aren't satisfied with just hanging mass produced pieces of art on their walls. A growing number of shoppers are seeking original art for their homes, says interior designer Robert Novogratz.

August 05, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Summer’s bounty means being creative with all of the extra produce, like bell peppers

So you've canned, dried, frozen and given away as much as you could from the summer garden, but you still have veggies on the vine.

August 03, 2011 | Michelle Boaen Jameson | Life top stories


From ball gowns to car repair, these debutantes are learning more than just etiquette

PLANO, Texas - Sure, they still learn to take a graceful bow while wearing elegant white dresses and tiaras, but some debutantes are also taking in the finer points of car repair, nutrition and self-defense.

August 02, 2011 | | Life top stories


Bringing back Sunday dinner

When Sabrina Mitchell was growing up in North Carolina, there were two things that were guaranteed to happen on Sundays, no matter what.

July 31, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


40 acres of worship

In 1830, a group of 10 men donated $1 each for the purchase of 40 acres of land that would become Lumpkin Campground in Dawson County.

July 29, 2011 | Tom Reed | Life top stories


Despite the heat of summer, it will soon be time to plan the fall garden

If the thought of harvesting the last of your summer crops has you going through gardening withdrawal, there's no reason to fret.

July 29, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Easy steps take fresh fruit from the carton to the freezer

Just because summer is dwindling away, that doesn't mean your enjoyment of its produce has to fade during the rest of the year.

July 27, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Friendship Woman’s Club forms for the betterment of Hall County

A group of South Hall residents are women on a mission.

July 26, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Space camp rockets teacher's enthusiasm for science

Janelle Wilson developed a love for outer space at a young age, so it's no surprise she was thrilled to attend a space academy program last month at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.

July 25, 2011 | By KATIE DUNN Times regional staff | Life top stories


Their lucky number

At the Limestone Heritage Nursing Home in Gainesville, the number 103 has special significance.

July 24, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Old organ parts become an art installation at Cumming church

The heavens, earth and sea have come together in one large community art project at a local church.

July 23, 2011 | By Crystal Ledford Times regional staff | Life top stories


Seed spheres used to offset blight

Homemade "seed bombs" are a favorite tool of guerrilla gardeners.

July 22, 2011 | By Dean Fosdick Associated Press | Life top stories


Cumming pastry chef flexes culinary muscles in national competition

For chef Alex Hwang, competition is a piece of cake - literally.

July 20, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


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Father and son hike to the mountaintop

FORSYTH COUNTY - Charlie Ewing Jr. has grown up hearing about his father's adventures along the Appalachian Trail.

September 16, 2014 | By Crystal Ledford Times regional staff | Life top stories


Experts offer advice on combating fall allergies and flu

For some, fall means scarves, boots, football and pumpkin spice and everything nice. It's a reason to celebrate.

September 15, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Flowery Branch woman casts her dragnet into Amelia Earhart's mystery

Before she became America's aviator, Amelia Mary Earhart was just a Midwestern tomboy who thought of planes as nothing more than jumbles of "rusty wire and wood." Then, she became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic and instantly became a household name.

September 14, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


In His Name reaches out to apartment complex communities

Jon Huebner wanted to help.

September 13, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Women to stand strong at DIVINE conference

Hundreds of women together are set to share their laughter, tears, problems and solutions while listening to life-changing messages in one week's time.

September 13, 2014 | Times staff reports | Life top stories


Sellers, give every room a role

Many of us have one room in the house that doesn't really have a job. Maybe we set it up with an air bed once in a while for guests, or shove out-of-season clothing boxes in there, or use it as a holding zone for stuff we're not sure what to do with.

September 12, 2014 | By KIM COOK Associated Press | Life top stories


Sweet taste of macarons find way to Flowery Branch

For Karen Ching, there's a constant bar of excellence she's always trying to reach.

September 10, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Life top stories


Art helps Lula man find his purpose

Larry Ledford hurt. His shoulder pained him with every move.

September 09, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Gainesville couple bitten by the travel bug sets the globe as their itinerary

Name a place, and odds are Wolfgang Hartert has visited it.

September 07, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Area churches combine styles to draw worshipers

If a pastor wants more people in the pews, then it might be time to try the new tools of the trade: an electric guitar and a drum set.

September 06, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Master gardener grows a tapestry of roses, literally

Lynn Kempler dreamed of roses.

September 04, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Judge, competitive cook Scot Howard serves up barbecue secrets

Scot Howard doesn't just love barbecue. The Jefferson resident practically lives it.

September 03, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Barbecue judge dishes up secrets

Scot Howard doesn't just love barbecue. The Jefferson resident practically lives it.

In the past year, the U.S. Postal Service worker has started a website ranking various barbecue restaurants across the South and earned his official barbecue judging certificate. He started judging and competing professionally and selling his homemade goods to a growing clientele of barbecue lovers.

September 03, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


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