Plunging a shovel into loosened dirt, pulling back on the handle and watching a large redish-brown sweet potato pop out of the ground elated 8-year-old Franky Perez.
Sylvia Cordell doesn't use the instant stuff.
If you have ever been fascinated by ballroom dancing but unsure of where to begin, a local duo might have the answer.
Lisa Weinwurm wasn't looking at the clients during a recent therapy session, she was more concerned with watching horses.
Old Cornelia Highway is dotted with fruit stands. Most of the old buildings have fallen into disrepair.
Churches are glad to see new visitors any Sunday, but this Sunday is particularly inviting.
Judy Roberts shouts across the cul-de-sac to a customer admiring a shelf "built by a little old lady who worked at that sewing factory in Cleveland."
As football season gears up, chicken wings, burgers and hot dogs will proliferate at tailgate parties, but the grease and fat can add unwanted calories and cholesterol to a person's meal. However, two local food experts pointed out nutritional alternatives for the traditional football feast.
Most kids spend their weekends playing sports or video games, but for 27 local youth weekends are a time for search and rescue training and scouring the wilderness for simulated airplane crashes.
On a weekday afternoon, school buses are parked along McEver Road at West Hall High School in the hot midday sun. Luckily for Becky Taylor, a bus driver of 19 years, she has learned to deal with the heat.
Most people wouldn't consider three weeks of mopping floors and working in an Israeli military supply warehouse a vacation. But for Gerald Herring, Dennis Pritchett and David James, all of Gainesville, the trip provided a unique way to experience a country and its cultures.
For Ella Padawer, traveling to Israel is a normal summer activity. The 17-year-old Cleveland girl heads overseas for a month to visit her aunt, uncle and grandparents who live in Tel Aviv. But this summer, Padawer's trip was anything but normal.
"Running is addictive," Liz Isandoro said.
Time stands for no man, least of all a gardener.
As fall approaches, the area extension office will send out applications to people interested in becoming master gardeners in 2014.
On Jan. 17, Gainesville resident Lois Reed turned 79. Some may call that particular age old. Lois Reed disputes that characterization.
Two things motivate Ann Fleming to keep doing what she does.
Normally, going to a stranger's home and rifling through their worldly possessions is a bit taboo - unless it's at an estate sale, in which case it's just called shopping.
It's a tale as old as time, as far as baking is concerned: whether classic sweet concoctions such as apple pie or traditional savory offerings such as quiches are truly superior as far as taste buds are concerned.
When Tara Massarelli got her first fish tank at 12 years old, she didn't know how quickly it would turn into a lifetime devotion.
As more students do their best to overachieve and prepare for a competitive future, many find it difficult to accomplish their many tasks in a regular day and stay up late into the night. The result is students forgo getting enough sleep.
Sixteen years ago, Angie Bryant's life changed.
Freddie North was sitting in his apartment in Demorest when he claims he heard "a voice."
Creating compost in the cold poses many challenges for some gardeners. Luckily some gardening experts know of a wide variety of materials to make high-quality soil during the winter months.
Known to cook meals for hundreds of years, a cast-iron skillet is the perfect tool to fry, bake, saute, braze and broil.
Most people hear the word "mural" and probably think about Greek gods and goddesses or scenes from the Bible. But at the Hall County Animal Shelter, the newest murals adorning the concrete walls are all about mammals of the four-legged variety.
Many people set New Year's Resolutions. Few keep them.
Some might think a former math teacher and current math tutor wouldn't have a creative streak, but Lilli Grenvicz would prove them wrong.
Not every 11-year-old boy spends his time thinking about how to stop a dangerous oil spill.
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