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Help provide Thanksgiving food for others

If you are spending Thanksgiving at a friend or family member's home this year or have a little extra time and money, then a couple of North Georgia charities have an idea for you.

November 20, 2013 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


New sport of Pickleball appeals to North Georgians

A new sport is sweeping across senior communities and public gyms in North Georgia. The game pickleball, akin to tennis and badminton, frequently attracts seniors because of its smaller courts and greater accessibility.

November 19, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


North Georgia teenager compete in world karate competition

Upon first impression, Brianna Ray is a typical American teenager.

November 18, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Operation collects and delivers gifts to foreign children

Supplying needy children across the globe with Christmas gifts is an admirable goal, but Gainesville resident Jim Lee wants to offer foreign kids more than tangible items. He wants to offer them the gift of Christian faith.

November 18, 2013 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Landscaper loves the view from outside

Whenever Mark Fockele visits a new building his eyes are immediately drawn to the nearest window. It's a subconscious habit he's developed over the past 20 years.

November 17, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Celebrity stylist recounts his life lessons

There are hair stylists, and there are artists.

November 17, 2013 | Carly Sharec | Life top stories


Church takes a journey to Bethlehem, figuratively

For 30 years, Dee Snow taught her elementary school students the basic skills of reading, writing and arithmetic. Now retired, she has returned to learning the basics - the Bible basics that is.

November 16, 2013 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Garden offers respite from sounds in the hospital

Inside the waiting room is a cacophony of beeping alarms, hissing elevator doors, rushing feet and chatter punctuated by cough. But in the garden, all is quiet.

November 15, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Celebrity chef cooks up a buzz about diabetes

Celebrity Chef Charles Mattocks thought he was healthy until he was diagnosed with diabetes three years ago.

November 13, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Red Rabbit driver shares wisdom of the road

On most weekdays, Johnny Wilson arrives at Hall County Transit at 5:45 a.m., before the sun has even risen, to check the fluid levels, tire pressure and light functions of his bus in preparation for his 8-hour shift.

November 12, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


World War II veteran shares some perspective

More than seven decades ago, Cecil Boswell joined the U.S. Army.

November 11, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


UNG military program sees rise in cadet enrollment

North Georgia is home to another esteemed military school, only it's for college-age men and women.

November 10, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Riverside Military Academy molds future troops

Veterans Day is a day of celebration and remembrance for those who have fought for our country. But the young men and women of our local military schools, many of whom aspire to continue the tradition of this holiday by formally serving in uniform, are often overlooked.

November 10, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Harmony Hall Baptist Church lays a new foundation

Over two years ago, much of the 136-year-old Harmony Hall Baptist Church went up in flames during an electrical fire. Afterward, the distraught congregation vowed to rebuild, and now they are fulfilling their promise.

November 09, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Passing a water test requires know-how

Every day you turn on the faucet in your house and clean water comes out.

November 08, 2013 | Shannon Casas | Life top stories


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Easter traditions bring new outfits and old memories

Easter is a time for new beginnings and new life full of color. For some locals, it means new clothes.

March 30, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Gainesville woman recounts Selma march for civil rights

In 1965, Northwestern University senior Ferris Hardin felt a calling to be a small cog in a big social machine and change America in the small town of Selma, Ala.

March 29, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Blackshear Place Baptist Church growing after 60 years

What began as some 37 Christians trying to meet a need in the community of South Hall County has now turned into the 8,000-member Blackshear Place Baptist Church. And its small roots, originally planted on a 4-acre cornfield at the intersection of Atlanta and Winder highways, have grown to a 40-acre campus.

March 27, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Life top stories


Steps for achieving a spotless kitchen this spring

The sunshine of spring is peeking through homes across North Georgia and revealing messes that piled up during the winter. That means one thing: It's time for spring cleaning.

March 27, 2015 | AUDREY WILLIAMS For The Times | Life top stories


Beer experts: Suds tastes better at higher temperature

I have a drinking problem, and it makes me order two beers at a time in bars and restaurants.

March 24, 2015 | By Josh Noel Chicago Tribune | Life top stories


Gainesville girl leaps for equine excellence

Most girls go through a horse-loving phase at some point in their youth. For Burgin Lee, it was not a phase - it is a lifestyle.

March 24, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Toccoa woman undergoes surgery to remove colon cancer

On Feb. 19, Cathy Stowe gathered up her courage and faced one of her fears - undergoing her first routine colonoscopy screening.

March 23, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Gainesville native overcomes challenge of short arms

Her father's simple act of placing a pencil between her toes when she was 5 years old set Bessie Woods on the path to independent living.

March 22, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Life top stories


Chestatee Baptist Church opens new building debt-free

Nine years ago, members of Chestatee Baptist Church cast their ballots to consider building a new church on their property off Chestatee Road. And finally on Feb. 1, the congregation met in its new facility for the first time. The added bonus was the church did not borrow any money to pay for its new building. In fact, several church members said they felt "blessed" for building the church without having to take out a loan and go into debt.

March 21, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Life top stories


Outdoor furniture can last for years with proper care

When weather warms up, windows open, the grill fires up and patio furniture hits the deck as families spend more time outdoors, lounging in Adirondack chairs and hammocks to enjoy the spring and summer sun.

March 20, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Humane society to provide shot for furry friends

Pet owners seeking an affordable way to care for their four-legged friends will have their chance this weekend.

March 19, 2015 | Times staff reports | Life top stories


Classic sounds celebrate Bach's birth

Music lovers with an affinity for Johann Sebastian Bach and his other classical friends will be delighted with the upcoming concert from the Lanier Chamber Singers.

March 19, 2015 | Times staff reports | Life top stories


Find classic soup, sandwich combo at Papa Sam's

Tucked away behind the glittering jewelry, rustic home decor and fashionable accessories at Nest Feathers boutique in Oakwood is a small counter with a chalkboard sign reading "Soup of the Day."

March 18, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Cleveland couple bonds with breed of Great Pyrenees

When Marla McSwiney first met Noah, her niece's Great Pyrenees dog, she saw a fluffy, white being that was loving and loyal. However, Noah had heartworms, and McSwiney had no idea how to help care for the animal. She called up John Heldrich, founder of Great Pyrenees Rescue of Atlanta, to ask for his advice.

March 17, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


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