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Professional organizer offers tips to clear clutter

Christmas is finally over, but remnants of the holiday are strewn all over the house.

December 31, 2015 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Sweet memories of fudge, family

Christmas may be over, but leftovers from the food festivities pepper my kitchen counters. And the most coveted one remains in the pan with a lid, preserving its yummy texture, taste and smell - fudge.

December 29, 2015 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


2 UNG students give people a Lyft

For two University of North Georgia Gainesville campus students, finding a job with flexible hours amid a busy class schedule and other part-time work sometimes proves difficult.

December 28, 2015 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Prince of Peace Catholic Church turns 40

Forty years ago, 16 families carried in lawn chairs from home and arranged them in rows on a cement floor facing a homemade altar inside a small building in Buford. Then without any heat to warm their bodies, 30 to 35 people worshipped together in a Christmas Eve Mass. And the day before the celebration of Christ's birth, the Prince of Peace Catholic Church was born in 1975.

December 26, 2015 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Bethel AME Church honors four senior citizens

Sharing your life story can be a daunting task, especially when you're sharing someone else's.

December 25, 2015 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Churches offer fitness classes to its congregation, community

Chances are, you know someone who always vows to get fit or be more healthy in the New Year.

December 25, 2015 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Lanier Village Estates kitchen staff creates gingerbread village

A group of mischievous and culinary creative elves, also known as the kitchen staff at Lanier Village Estates, is at it again.

December 24, 2015 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Sunday brunch options expanding in Gainesville

It's enjoyed by elderly couples after Sunday morning church services and by young socialites after a long night out. It comes in all shapes, sizes, tastes and smells, topped with gravy or whipped cream, often with a mimosa on the side.

December 22, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Life top stories


Jefferson girl reins in spot on UGA equestrian team

Kristy Barrett has received top billing on the Facebook welcome page for the University of Georgia equestrian team.

December 21, 2015 | LeAnne Akin | Life top stories


Teen uses party to help less fortunate families at Christmas

Bailee O'Brien always has trouble deciding what to do on her birthday.

December 20, 2015 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


C.W. Davis middle schoolers travel back to World War II

During World War II, American troops crossed oceans. But on Dec. 11, some Gainesville students crossed time to experience some of those darkest moments in modern history.

December 19, 2015 | Amy McDonald | Life top stories


List of Christmas Eve services around town

The following is a list of some of the Christmas Eve services in Hall County:

December 18, 2015 | Times staff reports | Life top stories


Area residents go all out with Christmas lights this season

Blue lights projected onto their decorated house makes the Whitey residence look like an underwater winter wonderland.

December 18, 2015 | Times staff reports | Life top stories


Try 5 cookie recipes this holiday season

Flour, butter, eggs, sugar. Put them all together and you get magic.

December 15, 2015 | By Daniel Neman St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Life top stories


What local kids want from Santa

During Christmas on Green Street, boys and girls of all ages were given the chance at The Times' building to write or drop off a letter to Santa Claus, letting the jolly ol' elf know if they have been naughty or nice this year along with their Christmas wish list.

December 14, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Life top stories


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Hall County woman carves out career as zombie on 'The Walking Dead'

Sonya Thompson makes her living playing dead.

May 30, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Women's group from Unicoi Springs helps needy through array of projects

It's the third Tuesday of the month and a group of a dozen women wearing silly hats they decorated themselves are gathered for a ...

May 29, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Pets of the Week

May 29, 2016 | | Life top stories


How to move from large house to smaller home after 25 years

It took Strother Randolph more than a year to convince his wife, Cindy, to consider leaving their home of 25 years and move into a ...

May 26, 2016 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Hot Dog Ninja serves all-beef franks, Polish sausages from cart

Step aside, Oscar Mayer. There's a new mayor of wieners in town - it's Landon Brockmeyer.

May 24, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Learn to skim the surface in a kayak or canoe

Last week, the Pan American Championships brought the excitement of canoe and kayak racing to Gainesville. Several athletes who train with the Lanier Canoe and ...

May 23, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Buford man raises awareness about rare disorder

The first time Alexis Rodriguez walked into a support meeting for individuals with myasthenia gravis, all he could see was white hair.

May 22, 2016 | BY FRANK REDDY For The Times | Life top stories


Pets of the Week

May 22, 2016 | | Life top stories


Area churches offer a variety of VBS programs for the summer

Summer activities are gearing up as schools close for their break, but that does not mean learning is over. Many vacation Bible schools set to ...

May 21, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


5 tips to turn your cluttered closet into an organized space

Whether you are a fashionista with a perfectly color-coded closet or a man who wears five of the same type of shirt every day, chances ...

May 19, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Reid's Cafe in Murrayville offers family-friendly fare

Harold Kanady of Murrayville eats at Reid's Cafe almost every day. Some days he even eats there twice a day.

May 17, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce accepts nominations for beautification awards

For the past 25 years, the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce has been commending private homeowners and businesses with an award for their efforts of ...

May 12, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


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