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Students cultivate their own green thumbs

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.

September 20, 2013 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Seniors compile 'Favorite Recipes' in cookbook

Sylvia Cordell doesn't use the instant stuff.

September 19, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Couples learn ballroom dancing with cue caller

If you have ever been fascinated by ballroom dancing but unsure of where to begin, a local duo might have the answer.

September 17, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Patients and families learn from horses that mirror their behavior

Lisa Weinwurm wasn't looking at the clients during a recent therapy session, she was more concerned with watching horses.

September 16, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Farming family: Generations of Echols run Jaemor Farms

Old Cornelia Highway is dotted with fruit stands. Most of the old buildings have fallen into disrepair.

September 15, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Churches throw open their doors to all guests to celebrate ‘Back to Church Sunday’

Churches are glad to see new visitors any Sunday, but this Sunday is particularly inviting.

September 14, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


North Georgians shop for hidden treasures at yard sales

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."

September 13, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Explore healthier options for football fans

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.

September 11, 2013 | Meredith Pruitt | Life top stories


Civil Air Patrol conducts search and rescue training mission

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.

September 10, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


School bus driver Miss Becky knows students' names by heart

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.

September 09, 2013 | Meredith Pruitt | Life top stories


Three Gainesville men serve Israeli military

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.

September 08, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Cleveland girl explores her Jewish heritage

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.

September 08, 2013 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Potential 5Kers stretch, pray and run

"Running is addictive," Liz Isandoro said.

September 07, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Adult gardening classes begin at Gardens on Green

Time stands for no man, least of all a gardener.

September 06, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Cannon: Become a master gardener

As fall approaches, the area extension office will send out applications to people interested in becoming master gardeners in 2014.

September 06, 2013 | Wanda Cannon | 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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