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Many on a mission to find bent "marker" trees

Danny Head of Clermont always wondered about the oddly-bent trees near the intersection of the Chattahoochee River and Mossy Creek. Little did he know trees with a similar shape were used by Native Americans to mark trading trails, bodies of water or even battlefield sites.

March 21, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Soup and salad combination can be hearty and healthy

Soup and salad is a popular healthy meal choice at many restaurants but sometimes the meals miss the mark. The combinations can be either too light, leaving you hungry, or too high in calories, negating the good intentions behind the meal choice.

March 19, 2014 | BY SAVANNAH KING and J.K. DEVINE For The Times | Life top stories


Water damage experts come to rescue of area homeowners

As anybody who has ever suffered it knows, heavy water damage at home can be a traumatic experience. Furniture, family possessions, important documents and other items can disappear in a splash.

March 18, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Hall County teen earn honorable status

Fifteen-year-old Dallas Wright, like a lot of teenagers, turned to social media when he needed to find some inspiration for his Eagle Scout service project.

March 17, 2014 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Woman joins spiritual ranks at Hall County Sheriff's Office

Mary Shore smiled to herself as she hooked her new badge onto the edge of her sweater and walked through the doors of the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

March 16, 2014 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Retirement beckons Forsyth Extension agent

CUMMING - Stephen Garton was busy packing up books and posters about horticulture and wildlife last week.

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


Food pantry feeds families, changes lives

A small group of people quietly slipped inside the door of the warehouse and waited in line next to shelves of bread Monday evening.

March 15, 2014 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Ways to lower your electricity bill

One of the biggest expenses for homeowners is the electricity bill. For some, it can be as much as a second mortgage payment.

March 14, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Enjoy some Irish eyes this St. Patrick's Day

Until I moved to Chicago, St. Patrick's Day wasn't a big event for me. But that first year, I was stunned by the sight of what locals took for granted - a boat slowly traveling the Chicago River depositing a rich green dye into the water. It was amazing to see the water turn emerald.

March 12, 2014 | By Elizabeth Karmel Associated Press | Life top stories


Hall County native still works at age 90

Pete Smith was born near the intersection of what are now Barrett and Dorsey Peek roads in 1924. On Friday, he celebrated his 90th birthday only 3 miles away at the same place he has worked for the past two decades, the Hall County compactor site on Poplar Springs Road.

March 11, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


High School shooting teams emphasize safety, teamwork and confidence

When most people hear the phrase "guns in school," they think of tragedies such as school shootings and gang violence. But for several local high schoolers, the phrase means competition, responsibility and camaraderie.

March 10, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Teacher turns boys into men with the 'Gents Club'

Nathaniel Shelton has a knack for helping young people find their talents.

March 09, 2014 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Christians practice Lenten traditions

Growing up in the United Methodist church, Nancy Page always knew about Lent but rarely observed the reflective Christian season. Her sister, on the other hand, always participated in a unique way.

March 08, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Mural on Main Street depicts Venetian setting

The artists stooped, stretched and sat along the wall as they carefully mixed paint colors and filled in details of a Venetian canal.

March 07, 2014 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Not eating meat during Lent can lead to fish on Fridays

Many faithful Catholics find eating fish is good for the soul as well as the body.

March 05, 2014 | Savannah King | Life top stories


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North Georgia women feel called into the clergy

The Easter story might not be told the same way if it had not been for three women discovering an empty tomb some 2,000 years ago.

April 20, 2014 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Choir offers prisoners opportunity for some positive praise

"My parents drugged me … to church."

April 19, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Clermont couple designs garden house styled after magazines

Elizabeth Harrison is a self-professed "magazine junkie."

April 18, 2014 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Northeast Georgia woman shaves head for fundraiser

Ashlynn Geringer, a 4-year-old Lumpkin County girl who has leukemia, received an interesting birthday present Saturday: a family friend's hair.

April 16, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Experimenting in the kitchen with an Easter ham

I have never made a holiday meal.

April 16, 2014 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Bob Swoszowski makes his mark with McDonald's in Northeast Georgia

Employees ranging from teenagers to middle-aged adults hustled at their stations during the fast-food restaurant's lunch rush Tuesday afternoon.

April 13, 2014 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Churches collaborate on worship services during Holy Week

A triumphant entry into Jerusalem, the Last Supper with the 12 disciples, a trial and crucifixion followed by his death and burial and finally his resurrection all happened in a week's time. Christians call it Holy Week.

April 12, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Variations of flower vase makes decorating easier

We've been picking flowers and sticking them in containers for thousands of years.

April 11, 2014 | By Kim Cook Associated Press | Life top stories


Seder dinner filled with traditional foods

Orly Padawer of Cleveland said she's looking forward to the Passover feast known as the Seder.

April 09, 2014 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Mission unearths African-American cemetery

A temporary, handwritten sign marks the site of the small cemetery. It reads "New Bethel Church, Strickland Cemetery."

April 08, 2014 | Savannah King | Life top stories


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