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Area home's backyard deemed a ‘hidden jewel’

From the road, Jim and Mary Beth Tharp's home is a pleasant sight with a green, manicured lawn and garden. A small sign by the road hints more artistry may be involved than one would notice on first glance.

June 14, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Moonshiner makes his final batch

After spending nearly a century in the mountains near Canton, one moonshiner is preparing his last batch in Dawsonville.

June 12, 2013 | David Renner Times regional staff | Life top stories


U.S. flag is a symbol of a nation

Two hundred years ago this summer, Maj. George Armistead commissioned a flag maker by the name of Mary Young Pickersgill in Baltimore, Md., to sew two flags for Fort McHenry at Baltimore Harbor. One of them would be 30 feet by 42 feet, large enough the British could see it from a long distance across the water as it loomed over the star-shaped fort.

June 11, 2013 | Lynda A. Holmes For The Times | Life top stories


Artifacts found in North Georgia cornfield

On the surface, an old cornfield in North Hall County is just another place to grow feed for livestock. But 2 feet under ground, it's a 1,500-year-old time capsule.

June 09, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Mormon church sees boost in female students

Sister Tara Reese, 20, and her companion, Sister Britteny Breinholt, 19, ride their bicycles six miles each day around the neighborhoods in the Oakwood area attempting to share the gospel with people they meet.

June 08, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Staking tomatoes brings benefits, responsibilities

A month from now, don't say I didn't warn you.

June 07, 2013 | By Lee Reich Associated Press | Life top stories


Hall County woman wins recipe contest with last-minute egg dish

While cleaning out her files of old papers, Deborah Abercrombie noticed an envelope for an egg cooking contest she participated in almost 30 years earlier.

June 05, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Retired band conductor celebrates 90th birthday

The Sounds of Sawnee Concert Band recently surprised one of its longest standing members with a birthday celebration.

June 04, 2013 | By Crystal Ledford crystalledford@forsythnews.com | Life top stories


Marty Owens takes an unplanned journey

Editor's Note: This is the first in the "Georgia Original" series of stories spotlighting area residents who have contributed to the betterment of Hall County through their community works. In this series, The Times will highlight one person each month.

June 02, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Singing and songwriting

Most clergy describe their entry into the Christian ministry as a calling. For The Highlands United Methodist Church youth minister Kyle Jones, he got a call on two separate occasions to praise God through song.

June 01, 2013 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Creating a comfortable work zone

When you consider the fact that The Times newsroom was once a parking deck, it's really not so bad.

May 31, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Mac, cheese and pork combined in casserole compilation

Casseroles have never really had much of a place in my culinary repertoire. It's a time thing mostly. I'd rather sear something off in a few minutes than stand around while it slowly bakes.

May 29, 2013 | By J.M. Hirsch Associated Press | Life top stories


Rhythm not required: Times reporter tries out latest exercise craze

For the past few years, I've been listening to some of the more fit people I know rave about the Latin dance-inspired workout, Zumba.

May 28, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Elementary School collects pet products

After learning about the needs of the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia, fourth-graders at Myers Elementary School took it upon themselves to help out.

May 27, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Returning to base

Three former Marines stepped onto the yellow footprints they knew in their youth at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot on Parris Island in South Carolina.

May 26, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


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Celebrate holidays with 'green' on your mind

As we get closer and closer to the height of the holiday season, being excited for Father Christmas is no excuse to forget about Mother Nature.

November 28, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Going nuts for coconuts

Calliope Sweets owner Patty Phillips prides herself on her Southern hospitality, her roots and her skills in the kitchen.

November 26, 2014 | BY JESSIKA BOUVIER jbouvier@gainesvilletimes.com | Life top stories


A place for pets in the hospital

Pet therapy is a common form of treatment for many individuals. However, patients who are hospitalized for long periods of time often spend weeks and even months away from their pets since animals are not allowed in hospitals.

November 25, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Hospital offers surgery to help ease symptoms of Parkinson's disease

For the 1 million Americans living with Parkinson's disease and especially those who are responding well to medication, more good news is at hand.

November 24, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Veterans seek to add more to soldiers memorial

The plot of land began years as ago as a gateway to a string of parks connecting downtown Gainesville to Lake Lanier, with park benches and paths winding between trees and landscaped areas.

November 23, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Life top stories


L.A.M.P. to serve homeless Thanksgiving meal today

It's an unfortunate fact of life that, even in Hall County, not everyone has a home for the holidays.

November 22, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Feasting on allergy-free food this Thanksgiving

When I was a kid, I always looked forward to holidays because it was a guarantee that my mom served all the dishes I loved. I always counted on a turkey, a sweet potato dish and green beans at Thanksgiving for example.

November 19, 2014 | Gillan Ludlow | Life top stories


Forsyth veteran rejuvenates military jeep

NORTHWEST FORSYTH - Many retirees pick up a hobby to keep themselves occupied, but Claude Whittle of northwestern Forsyth County rebuilt a 1952 Willys M-38 jeep, affectionately known as Col. Maggie.

November 18, 2014 | BY KELLY WHITMIRE Times regional staff | Life top stories


Gainesville baby survives premature birth and thrives

Melissa Payne carefully sorts through the objects inside a decorative box on her kitchen counter, handling each one with care.

November 16, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Upcycled furniture goes from rugged to refined

What's old is new again.

November 14, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


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