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Clermont homes, businesses open to guests for inaugural tour

The Christmas season is in full swing on Holly Springs Road in Clermont.

November 25, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Thanksgiving recipes to keep your diet on track

Healthy eating and the holidays rarely go hand-in-hand, but there are ways to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner without totally blowing your diet.

November 23, 2016 | Emily Williams | Life top stories


50 Brenau students filmed in ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’

This past weekend, members of Brenau University's cheer and dance teams shared the silver screen with actors Vin Diesel, Kristen Stewart, Steve Martin, Chris Tucker and Garrett Hedlund, sort of.

November 21, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Gift guide for shopping local

Gift-giving is a joy, but shopping for the gift can be a less than pleasant experience, particularly in the already busy holiday season.

November 20, 2016 | Emily Williams | Life top stories


Flowery Branch family is thankful for daughter's victory over brain cancer

Wes and Jennifer Williams have something extra to be thankful for this year. Their daughter Madison will celebrate her 17th birthday on Thanksgiving Day.

November 20, 2016 | Emily Williams | Life top stories


Pets of the Week

November 20, 2016 | | Life top stories


Phoenix Community offers alternative way to serve others

Every Sunday morning, Little Italy transforms from a pizza restaurant to a place of worship.

November 19, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


The Bradford apartments have award-worthy appeal

Earlier this year, The Bradford apartments were transformed inside and out.

November 17, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Lula woman to raise and show a herd of Nigeria dwarf goats

Jennifer Carlyle is expecting new additions to her family in spring 2017.

November 14, 2016 | Emily Williams | Life top stories


Gainesville man making a difference by teaching children in Samoa

Growing up, William "Zack" Agerton heard wonderful stories from his family members about traveling and working all over the world.

November 13, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Pets of the Week

November 13, 2016 | | Life top stories


Area residents can support kids in need through Operation Christmas Child

Residents can spread holiday cheer to a child in need by mailing an Operation Christmas Child shoebox this year.

November 12, 2016 | Times staff reports | Life top stories


Missions Market offers unique gifts from around the world

Those looking for unique Christmas gifts can jumpstart their holiday shopping Sunday while supporting mission work around the world.

November 12, 2016 | EMILY WILLIAMS ewilliams@gainesvilletimes.com | Life top stories


Plant City Bonsai hits its 30th anniversary in business

Some 30 years ago, Steve Cratty followed his dream and turned his hobby into a business.

November 10, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Family-owned farm makes homegrown, homemade jams

"Want sum? Need sum? Get you sum!"

November 09, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


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Retired nurse Veola Thomas lives to serve others in church

Editor's note: This series introduces one minister from a faith-based organization in the community each month.

December 09, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Flowery Branch shop features variety of antique ornaments

Ornaments of all shapes, sizes and time periods hang from branches of a white plastic Christmas tree in the window at Sample Pleasures antique shop ...

December 09, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories




Wine pioneers from around the world share stories with Randall Murray

The world of wine is crammed with stories. Stories of great creativity, strong personalities and the collision of consumer tastes and marketing - all those aspects ...

December 07, 2016 | Randall Murray | Life top stories


Drop off Christmas wish list to Santa at The Times

Inside the warm ornament- and light-adorned building of The Times, boys and girls of all ages could pick up a pen, pencil or crayon and ...

December 05, 2016 | Times staff reports | Life top stories


Live Nativity scenes at Corinth Baptist Church, Hope Crossings Church and Lanier Islands

Among the donkeys, sheep, goats and other animals, a Christmas tradition is born.

December 05, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Special-needs children can play with toys designed for them at Murrayville library

New toys for Christmas can be a financial burden for any family. But for parents of special-needs children, finding toys to fit their child's ...

December 04, 2016 | Emily Williams | Life top stories


Gainesville mother pens second collegiate children's book titled "Roll Tide Roll!"

Becoming a pack of elephants in a family friend's book is something the Ligons will likely never forget.

December 04, 2016 | Nick Watson | Life top stories


Family-owned Danny's Donuts becoming a popular morning eatery

Andy Nuon spent two years doing research to bring Gainesville something he found it was missing - a homemade donut shop.

November 29, 2016 | Emily Williams | Life top stories


How to navigate the ins and outs of shopping on Etsy.com

Etsy can be a wonderful service or a nightmare.

November 28, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Pets of the Week

November 27, 2016 | | Life top stories


Gainesville native studies marine ecology in Caribbean

Haley Haynes is a typical college student. She wakes up in time for her 8:30 a.m. classes, geared toward her ecology major.

November 26, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Holiday concert marks 20 years of performing

With the first note rung each year by the Gainesville First United Methodist Church handbell choir during the Christmas is One Language concert, Enrique Montiel ...

November 26, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


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