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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


Doctors establishing pharmacies inside practices to make patients’ lives easier

As more consumers seem to favor one-stop shopping with their retail choices, some doctors' offices are starting to adopt the same trend by establishing pharmacies inside their own practices.

March 15, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Gainesville man recalls serving in army with real-life 'Forrest Gump'

Life may have been "like box of chocolates" for Forrest Gump, but for the 42 men who entered into Cai Lay, Vietnam, on a fateful November night in 1967, they pretty much knew what they were going to get.

March 15, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Buddhist monk focuses on peace, clarity of mind at Gainesville church

Tibetan Buddhist monk Tenzin Lama Sherpa is constantly aware of every moment in his life. He feels every breath he takes, notices the wind as it blows through his robes, and hears the faint sounds of nature all around him. Because of this awareness, he is at peace and has clarity of the mind.

March 14, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Builders change homes to accommodate walkers, wheelchairs

While Gainesville and the Northeast Georgia area is peppered with dozens of senior apartments, retirement communities and independent- and assisted-living facilities, some Southern natives still prefer to stay in their own home. However, the home is not equipped to handle their developing physical ailments.

March 13, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Growlers on Main brewing Irish charm

Each year, Ireland's rich history is celebrated and signified with green clothing, shamrocks, traditional music and Irish drinks for St. Patrick's Day.

March 11, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


New scenes at historic Holly Theater

At night in Dahlonega, one of the city's oldest attractions still lights up downtown.

March 10, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Life top stories


Oakwood woman receives heartfelt, life-saving gift

One day before his high school graduation, Zachary Harrison was in a car accident. And instead of preparing to start a new chapter in his life, he was fighting to keep it.

March 08, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


North Lanier Baptist Church offers free services to needy

CUMMING - Forsyth County residents will be able to get their oil changed, a haircut and makeover for free today thanks to a regional church.

March 07, 2015 | BY KAYLA ROBINS Times regional staff | Life top stories


Protect your plants from cold winter temperatures

Winter planning and protection is important for ornamental plants.

March 06, 2015 | Wanda Cannon | Life top stories


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Wine pioneers from around the world share stories with Randall Murray

The world of wine is crammed with stories. Stories of great creativity, strong personalities and the collision of consumer tastes and marketing - all those aspects ...

December 07, 2016 | Randall Murray | Life top stories


Drop off Christmas wish list to Santa at The Times

Inside the warm ornament- and light-adorned building of The Times, boys and girls of all ages could pick up a pen, pencil or crayon and ...

December 05, 2016 | Times staff reports | Life top stories


Live Nativity scenes at Corinth Baptist Church, Hope Crossings Church and Lanier Islands

Among the donkeys, sheep, goats and other animals, a Christmas tradition is born.

December 05, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Special-needs children can play with toys designed for them at Murrayville library

New toys for Christmas can be a financial burden for any family. But for parents of special-needs children, finding toys to fit their child's ...

December 04, 2016 | Emily Williams | Life top stories


Pets of the Week

December 03, 2016 | | Life top stories


Gainesville mother pens second collegiate children's book titled "Roll Tide Roll!"

Becoming a pack of elephants in a family friend's book is something the Ligons will likely never forget.

December 01, 2016 | Nick Watson | Life top stories


Family-owned Danny's Donuts becoming a popular morning eatery

Andy Nuon spent two years doing research to bring Gainesville something he found it was missing - a homemade donut shop.

November 29, 2016 | Emily Williams | Life top stories


How to navigate the ins and outs of shopping on Etsy.com

Etsy can be a wonderful service or a nightmare.

November 28, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Pets of the Week

November 27, 2016 | | Life top stories


Gainesville native studies marine ecology in Caribbean

Haley Haynes is a typical college student. She wakes up in time for her 8:30 a.m. classes, geared toward her ecology major.

November 26, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Holiday concert marks 20 years of performing

With the first note rung each year by the Gainesville First United Methodist Church handbell choir during the Christmas is One Language concert, Enrique Montiel ...

November 26, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Clermont homes, businesses open to guests for inaugural tour

The Christmas season is in full swing on Holly Springs Road in Clermont.

November 25, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Thanksgiving recipes to keep your diet on track

Healthy eating and the holidays rarely go hand-in-hand, but there are ways to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner without totally blowing your diet.

November 23, 2016 | Emily Williams | Life top stories


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