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Gainesville family believes fostering a dog is a 'badge of honor'

Pets come to families in a lot of different ways.

October 06, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Johns Creek woman welcomes questions about her disease, companion dog

Lately, Emilie Angle's part-time job at The Next Chapter Bookstore in downtown Gainesville is keeping her very busy.

October 06, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


North Hall church revamps old building into house of worship

Lanier Hills Church is settling into its newly purchased home off of Mount Vernon Road, after almost two years of extensive repairs and renovations. Now, the Sunday services have breathed new life into the previously unoccupied building.

October 05, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Herbs enhance flavors of food

Growing vegetables and fruits in a home garden is a convenient way to have easy access to the freshest, healthiest food possible. However, another kind of garden can enhance or add flavor to the food - an herb garden.

October 04, 2013 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Cooks heat up ovens for baking as fall season arrives

Baking season has arrived, and the oven is beckoning. So we've asked some of the best pastry chefs in Los Angeles for home recipes to ease bakers into fall. Their recipes call for 10 ingredients or fewer but are desserts worthy of bringing to a party, even Sharlena Fong's marshmallow-studded campfire scones from Semi Sweet Bakery.

October 02, 2013 | McClatchy Newspapers | Life top stories


Library can help residents trace their roots

Rhonda Sanders's co-workers call her the "lady in charge of the dead and the moldy."

October 01, 2013 | Meredith Pruitt | Life top stories


GHS senior wastes no time at school, home

When the final bell rings to signal the end of the school day, students burst through the doors of Gainesville High School eager to leave campus.

September 30, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Visitors get lost in corn mazes this fall

While his two older brothers roamed through the 12-acre maze of tall corn stalks, 2-year-old McKay Dutcher found his way through a maze more akin to his size.

September 29, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Gainesville woman describes Native American ceremonies to congregation

Lojuana Howard grabbed the edge of the podium and slipped her shoes from her feet.

September 28, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Gardeners can create compost pile with kitchen and yard waste

Composting is a popular tool used by many gardeners to improve soil integrity and the quality and quantity of their plants.

September 27, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Wheeler: Diverse trees fill Linwood Preserve

The City of Gainesville is very lucky to be flanked by Lake Lanier. The lake is a great source of entertainment and its tranquility has a calming effect for many. In a year like this one, it has been a great foundation to the summertime economy of the county and region as well.

September 27, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Life top stories


Judging jams, jellies for inaugural Hall County Farmers Market County Fair

"That's pretty," Ginger Bennett said holding the jar of purple jelly in front of her face.

September 25, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Duo devotes time to translating for the deaf

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, students gather for a 10 a.m. history class at the University of North Georgia's Dahlonega campus. Here, students learn about the rise and fall of world civilizations and relive pivotal moments in history. Some write fervently, taking notes on everything that is said, while others yawn and stare at the whiteboard with a blank expression.

September 24, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Gainesville woman's rocking chair donation goes full circle

Sylina LiBasci remembers the night before the accident.

September 22, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Church fills teen with the spirit

Everyone knows what a pep rally is like, with the football team, cheerleaders, mascot and the band being the main participants. However, not many students at a school spirit event get to win an iPad.

September 21, 2013 | Meredith Pruitt | 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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