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Operation Christmas Child delivers toy-filled shoeboxes

Most families around the holidays can't live without several things: A turkey dinner with their loved ones; traditions such as Elf on the Shelf or last-minute shopping; dolled-up family photos; or Christmas cookies with hot chocolate and apple cider to wash them down.

November 13, 2015 | BY REBECCA BRAUN rbraun@gainesvilletimes.com | Life top stories


Lula shop offers flower arrangements, sweet treats

"Where Flowers Bloom So Does Hope."

November 13, 2015 | SANDRA WARWICK For The Times | Life top stories


Your guide to authentic tacos at Taqueria El Antojito

Editor's note: High school intern Charles Olsen can often be found in The Times conference room telling the other high school interns about the best food on Atlanta Highway. Here, he's sharing those tips with you as well. Olsen is a Johnson High School student whose mother was born and raised in Mexico and moved to the United States in the 1990s. Check out Olsen's and the other interns' work at www.gainesvilletimes.com/youngedge.

November 10, 2015 | By Charles Olsen colsen@gainesvilletimes.com | Life top stories


Veterans receive red, white, blue quilts from local group

As people poured through the doors of Central Baptist Church on Sunday for the 11 a.m. service, it was hard not to notice the two empty rows in front.

November 10, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Life top stories


Teen fighting cancer meets pope, starts nonprofit charity

Standing among hundreds of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square, 17-year-old Gino Vizzi was "awe struck" as Pope Francis descended the steps of St. Peter's Basilica and headed straight for him.

November 08, 2015 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Gainesville woman to spread Gospel on The World Race

Unworthy, unloved, rejected, depressed and inadequate. Each emotion has plagued Faith Silva at one point or other in her 21 years of life.

November 07, 2015 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Flowery Branch graduate transforms into powerlifter

Looking into the mirror wasn't always easy for Leanna Carr.

November 03, 2015 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Buford man competes in Ironman World Championship

Michael King isn't sure what's next for him, but he knows he's taking a break.

November 02, 2015 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Father Robert ‘Bob’ Fessler fills in as a substitute servant

Father Robert "Bob" Fessler started and ended his career in the same way.

November 02, 2015 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Hall County families transform houses into haunted sights

2 Flowery Branch families transform garage into haunted house

October 30, 2015 | BY Amy McDonald, Kayla Canada and Rebecca Braun The Times | Life top stories


Gainesville girl catches top baton title at age 12

Anna Mitchell Ralston is just like your average 12-year-old, except for one little thing. She's one of the best baton twirlers in the nation.

October 27, 2015 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


With a new heart and cancer-free, man returns to college, works with transplant recipients

After a heart transplant followed by a bout with lymphoma, Shaw Carter and his pharmacist have a relationship like one you would have with your barber or bartender.

October 25, 2015 | Nick Watson | Life top stories


Compassion Experience to show lives of third-world children

The definition of the word "poor" varies depending on the country. Poor to some Americans might mean not being able to afford an iPhone while poor to some in foreign countries might mean not having food or water for days.

October 24, 2015 | Kayla Canada | Life top stories


Nichols brothers feed masses with 2 restaurants

When you're Alan and Craig Nichols, catering to hungry customers runs in the family.

October 20, 2015 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


'Magical Mr. McClure' impresses crowd with tricks

Before the age of 2, the game "got your nose" will leave young minds mystified with the simplest sleight of hand. As people grow older, their minds are not as easily fooled.

October 20, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Life top stories


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World War II veteran and Murrayville man visits memorials in US capital on Honor Flight

Gary Gambrell stood silently and respectfully as he watched the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

May 27, 2017 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Churches prepare for upcoming vacation Bible school

Barbecues, baseball and beach visits are staple of the summer season. Area churches are no different.

May 27, 2017 | Amber Tyner | Life top stories


Hall County garden walk aims to inspire June 3

From a koi pond to a double waterfall, flower beds to a potting shed and a portable greenhouse to fruit plants - all can be found ...

May 26, 2017 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Second-graders become authors and illustrators with hard-bound book

When second-grader Joan (pronounced John) Diaz walked into The Den at the media center at Fair Street International Academy last week, his face quickly lit ...

May 22, 2017 | Norm Cannada | Life top stories


Ronda Rich: Songs that tell a story

When I was almost 17 and started my career in media by hosting a weekend radio show on a country music station, I was no ...

May 22, 2017 | Ronda Rich | Life top stories


Brenau softball player gets back into the game after having a baby girl

Mackenzie Oliver Mullis' collegiate softball season came to an end Tuesday, but the next journey of her life is just underway.

May 21, 2017 | Nick Watson | Life top stories


Pets of the Week

May 21, 2017 | | Life top stories


Kipper Tool garden provides fresh fruits, vegetables for employees

About six years ago, a third of an acre adjacent to Kipper Tool in Gainesville was just a piece of turf. But employee Randy Jeffers ...

May 19, 2017 | Amber Tyner | Life top stories


4 picnic packing safety guidelines to follow this summer

When it comes to staying safe during summer picnics, it's not just sunscreen and water wings that are needed. As the temperature rises, so ...

May 17, 2017 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Former teacher wins jury selection award with his movie 'The System'

Filmmaker Robert Keith Kelly said he felt intimidated when he attended the London International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema in February, where his film "The ...

May 15, 2017 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Hall County woman volunteers with March of Dimes after youngest daughter's premature birth

Melissa Payne is celebrating Mother's Day with her two daughters this year by having "mommy and me" portraits taken Saturday and enjoying a special ...

May 14, 2017 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


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