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Teen uses party to help less fortunate families at Christmas

Bailee O'Brien always has trouble deciding what to do on her birthday.

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


C.W. Davis middle schoolers travel back to World War II

During World War II, American troops crossed oceans. But on Dec. 11, some Gainesville students crossed time to experience some of those darkest moments in modern history.

December 19, 2015 | Amy McDonald | Life top stories


List of Christmas Eve services around town

The following is a list of some of the Christmas Eve services in Hall County:

December 18, 2015 | Times staff reports | Life top stories


Area residents go all out with Christmas lights this season

Blue lights projected onto their decorated house makes the Whitey residence look like an underwater winter wonderland.

December 18, 2015 | Times staff reports | Life top stories


Try 5 cookie recipes this holiday season

Flour, butter, eggs, sugar. Put them all together and you get magic.

December 15, 2015 | By Daniel Neman St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Life top stories


What local kids want from Santa

During Christmas on Green Street, boys and girls of all ages were given the chance at The Times' building to write or drop off a letter to Santa Claus, letting the jolly ol' elf know if they have been naughty or nice this year along with their Christmas wish list.

December 14, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Life top stories


Gainesville native pens memoir about being a firefighter

Tony Baker stowed his firefighting gear safely in his locker, hoping to store away his day as a rookie with the DeKalb County Fire Rescue Department. When he couldn't quiet his thoughts, the then-28-year-old Gainesville native pulled out a simple black-and-white composition book and searched for a quiet place to be alone.

December 13, 2015 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


10 tips from local designer to spruce up your home for holidays

With Christmas fast approaching, decorating your home for the season might be the last thing on your mind.

December 10, 2015 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Homemade soups fill stomachs, souls at St. Paul UMC

Simple or complex. Short trips to the nearest grocery store or flights to Idaho for the finest elk.

December 08, 2015 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Seven Gainesville teens reach Eagle Scout status

Charlie Adams had nine days to accomplish a goal he had been working for most of his life to achieve.

December 07, 2015 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Want to buy an historic gold mine in Lumpkin County?

America's political and gold mining pasts collide on a nearly 500-acre tract in Lumpkin County.

December 07, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Life top stories


First Presbyterian Church's music director to retire

Since he began walking, Mike Henry's life has been enveloped by music.

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


Dawson County teenager puts 'critters' first this Christmas

December 04, 2015 | | Life top stories


Elachee uses outdoor hands-on activities to teach home-school students

For Elberton mother Tracy Bell, driving three hours round-trip to ensure her two boys can participate in Elachee Nature Science Center's home-school program is "worth every penny."

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


Eat at Thai serves up traditional, fresh flavors from Southeast Asia

Running a restaurant is a tough job, but someone has to do it.

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


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Crevolyn Wiley: Back to school creates exciting, hectic moments

I admit it. I was different than most of the other kids. I was the one who could hardly wait to get back to school ...

August 16, 2017 | Crevolyn Wiley | Life top stories


Shelter dogs get to run free thanks to volunteer and her Pooch Pontoon

Tail whipping the air, Ruben was raring to go as the Pooch Pontoon beached on the sandy shore of a little island on Lake Lanier.

August 13, 2017 | Nick Bowman | Life top stories


Pets of the Week, Aug. 13

August 13, 2017 | | Life top stories


Minister's Message: Anchor children with deep roots of love, faith

Having kids is hard. Raising them is even tougher and even difficult at times. Raising children in the way they should go is demanding on ...

August 12, 2017 | By Jentezen Franklin | Life top stories


Teen pianist Allie Heard debuts new album at Sunday concert

At 16, Allie Heard already has been playing the piano for nine years, and she's had four albums produced.

August 11, 2017 | Amber Tyner | Life top stories


A chance find in antique shop draws out memories for Riverstreet band twins

On Feb. 6, 1983, the British band Badfinger was performing in Brassy's Night Club in Cocoa Beach, Fla.

August 06, 2017 | Nick Bowman | Life top stories


Minister's Message: Christ's way teaches us not to retaliate with angry, vulgar words

There are some true gems of wisdom hidden in the New Testament Epistles. Consider the portrait of Christ painted in 1 Peter 2:22-23: "Christ ...

August 05, 2017 | The Rev. Bill Coates kristiwright@mindspring.com | Life top stories


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