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Longstreet Cancer Clinic’s All About You shop offers products and comfort

"Cancer itself is just a hard journey all the way around," Cathy Jarrells said.

October 09, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Parents opt out, tackle teaching on their own

MODESTO, Calif. - As neighborhood schools grapple with pared budgets and pressure-cooker tests, not every family shares the strain. For a hardy few, the living room doubles as classroom, and kids drive the curriculum.An estimated 2 million students, or 3.6 percent, are home-schooled nationwide, twice as many as in 1999.

October 08, 2012 | By Nan Austin The Modesto Bee | Life top stories


They turn bicycle trash into treasure — then give it away

SANTA ANA, Calif. - Bicycle parts crowd out all but the washer and dryer and Christmas ornaments packed on a few shelves in Randy Kiefer's garage.Overhead, dozens of tires and tire tubes - tied together in bunches by size, 26- and 27-inch - hang like long, skinny pieces of black rubbery fruit. Bicycle forks straddle a narrow beam. Frames are tucked up in the rafters; rims hooked to the walls. Smaller parts fill crates, bins and tackle boxes - drive chains, crank arms, derailleurs, hubs, spokes, lugs, clamps, bolts, spacers, washers…

October 07, 2012 | By Theresa Walker The Orange County Register | Life top stories


Mushrooms serve a greater purpose

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - There's always a fungus among us ... in lawns, gardens and woods"Fungi are part of our everyday lives," says Theresa Augustin, curator of natural areas at Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk, Va.

October 05, 2012 | By Kathy Van Mullekom Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) | Life top stories


Charleston’s shrimp and grits is a humble dish full of native history

Barbecue is nice, and fried green tomatoes have a catchy name. But if you want the dish that truly represents the South these days, skip them both and turn to another recipe entirely:

October 03, 2012 | By Kathleen Purvis The Charlotte Observer | Life top stories


Mural by NGCSU art students took more than a year to complete

DAHLONEGA - A woman with a weathered face, silver hair piled atop her head, sits on a rustic porch admiring a patchwork quilt.Behind her, hazy blue mountains and a stream that winds its way between Dahlonega landmarks form the backdrop of a mural depicting the history and culture of Appalachia.

October 02, 2012 | From staff reports | Life top stories


Adirondack Adventure: Episode III

I maxed out on family in the Syracuse area for a few days until Sunday, June 10, and then headed home for Gainesville via a slightly different route. I rode south out of 'Cuse (as the city is now affectionately known, thanks to the Syracuse University basketball team) and picked up N.Y. Highway 13 southeast in Cortland. Here's the old biker on Pompeii Hill just south of Syracuse - finally, some sun!

September 29, 2012 | By Bill Rezak For The Times | Life top stories


Master Gardeners strut their green stuff at Fall Expo

One of the largest garden shows in Georgia, the Hall County Master Gardeners' Fall Garden Expo begins today and runs through Saturday.

September 28, 2012 | From staff reports | Life top stories


Warm up with creamy casseroles and creamy vegetable soup sans butter

I've always loved broccoli, even if it does have an unfortunate aroma. It's an excellent source of protein, calcium, iron, dietary fiber and many vitamins and minerals.

September 26, 2012 | By Sara Moulton Associated Press | Life top stories


Local dance team featured on reality TV show

Reality television shows aren't exactly known for clearing up misconceptions, but one local dance team hopes a new show will tell the truth about their sport.

September 25, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Adirondack Adventure: Episode II

Editor's note: This is the second of a three-part series chronicling a trip Hall County resident Bill Rezak made across the eastern U.S. on a motorcycle.

September 23, 2012 | By Bill Rezak For The Times | Life top stories


PBS film plumbs Civil War’s staggering toll

RICHMOND, Va. - In the PBS American Experience documentary "Death and the Civil War" premiering tonight, bloated Union and Confederate bodies are shown scattered on battlefields and in trenches and bleached skulls and body parts are stacked like cordwood.As the title suggests, death is the central theme of this moving, extraordinarily graphic film based on Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust's acclaimed book "This Republic of Suffering."

September 18, 2012 | By Steve Szkotak Associated Press | Life top stories


Adirondack Adventure: Episode I

Editor's note: This is the first of a three-part series chronicling a trip Hall County resident Bill Rezak made across the eastern U.S. on a motorcycle.

September 16, 2012 | By Bill Rezak For The Times | Life top stories


Rare medieval book offers window to religious life during Middle Ages

University of South Carolina English professor Scott Gwara had sorted through 32 lots of medieval books and manuscripts in a London auction house when he pulled out box 33 and discovered a pristine prayer book that he hoped would round out USC's collection of 15th-century religious texts."I pulled this off the shelf and I thought, 'This is amazing,'" Gwara recalled Friday as he unveiled the volume that was hand-lettered and illuminated more than 500 years ago. "It is the original cover, it has never been rebound, and the paint is as fresh as it was in 1490."

September 15, 2012 | By Carolyn Click The State (Columbia, S.C.) | Life top stories


Reel in the benefits of smoked fish

Several thousand years ago, people discovered that exposing fish to intense amounts of salt and smoke was a great was of preserving the catch for later.

September 12, 2012 | By J.M. Hirsh Associated Press | Life top stories


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Culinary student experiences an edible education

When it was Erika Castaneda's turn to come up with a menu for her week as head chef at The Bistro at the Oaks, she drew inspiration from a recent vacation.

April 23, 2014 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Dixie Divas: Reading nature’s own weather forecasts

As an unusually mild, rainy summer was melting away, or rather frosting its way, into autumn, I took to noticing signs that mountain people have always used to judge the forthcoming severity of winter.

April 22, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Life top stories


Recycling waste rakes in revenue for Hall County

"Most people don't realize that they use recycled-content materials every day," Hall County Recycling Coordinator Rick Foote said.

April 22, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


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


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