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Ugandan children on a mission to say thanks

One student brought his notebooks from school on his trip to Gainesville so he could keep up with his studies while he's away.

August 10, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Leasing solar panels an option for homeowners

Ben Kunz wanted to do "the green thing" and save on his electric bill without paying a lot of money up front. So instead of buying a solar system for his house in Cheshire, Conn., he leased one.

August 09, 2013 | Associated Press | Life top stories


To-do list for autumn

Fall is my favorite time to plant and work in the garden. The days are cooler and it is a great time to plan and implement some great projects to ensure a beautiful landscape the following year.

August 09, 2013 | Wanda Cannon | Life top stories


Peaches ripe later due to more rain, less sunshine

John Zelek and his sister-in-law, Jo Literal, combed the Hall County Farmers Market on a recent Tuesday morning for fresh peaches.

August 07, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Veteran US mail carrier works with speed, ease at post office

Mail delivery is usually a very ordinary thing. Mostly anyone during the week knows when the mailman has stopped at his or her house.

August 06, 2013 | Meredith Pruitt | Life top stories


Rich’s book jumps from pages to small screen

The people of small-town Blytheville, Ark., stood in line at a bookstore to meet best-selling author Ronda Rich and put in a good word for their unmarried mayor.

August 06, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Newtown Florist Club members model latest fall fashions

For most children, the first day of school is a chance to start fresh and show their peers how they have changed during the summer.

August 05, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Gainesville couple takes "bucket list" trip to Galapagos Islands

"I want to be on every continent before I leave this world," Reesa Dawkins said flipping through photos of her latest adventure - a trip to the Galapagos Islands.

August 04, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Churches answer call to arms students with school supplies

Even for families who aren't struggling financially, preparing students to go back to school can get expensive quickly.

August 03, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


U-pick farms hit hard by rains

Most summer days, u-pick farms are well harvested by families and tourists looking for a freshly picked berry treat. This year, however, heavy rainfall has caused a few complications for farmers and pickers in the Hall County area.

August 02, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Bison beef is the other red meat

A family road trip seven years ago to South Dakota and Nebraska resulted in an unexpected farming enterprise for Mary Farmer.

July 31, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Times reporter poses and stretches in exercise class

There was a time in my life when I considered myself something of a living-room yogi.

July 30, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Eagle Scout engineers the building of a playground

While most teenagers are preoccupied with school and sports, 17-year-old Cameron Drake spent three years raising funds and building a playground for his church to become an Eagle Scout.

July 29, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Veteran midwife fights back cancer, fear

For 20-plus years, Nivenann "Ann" Addison helped usher 4,000 new lives into the world as a trained midwife in North Georgia. Now, at age 62, she is fighting for her own life: The registered nurse certified in midwifery has stage 3 pancreatic cancer.

July 27, 2013 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Minister, wife deal with major transitions

Like a lot of young married couples, Tyler and Catie Smiley's lives are in the midst of a major transitional period.

July 27, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


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Home cooks supply recipes straight out of Georgia

All across Georgia at any given time, you can find a grandma in the kitchen working on one of her family recipes, passed down from her momma and her momma's momma.

March 04, 2015 | Audrey Williams | Life top stories


Author pens historical fiction on ‘Doc’ Holliday

While many people expect a cross-country move to change the course of their lives, literally and figuratively, Victoria Wilcox never thought it would lead her to change one man's history.

March 03, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Life top stories


Echo Wellness Center offers traditional Chinese medicine

At first blush, it may sound a little nuts to willingly ask someone to place multiple needles in your skin, but proponents say the practice is useful for alleviating a variety of ailments, from chronic pain to depression.

March 02, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Life top stories


Hilda Bell sings with her golden-aged voice

At 91 years old, Hilda Bell knows how to do a little bit of everything.

March 01, 2015 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Westminster members break bread together

Getting to know other church members during a Sunday service can be difficult because of the number of people and small amount of time one has for conversation.

February 28, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Area children sprouting knowledge about gardening

During a day when ice covered most of Forsyth County, 10 out of 12 enrolled children showed up at the Forsyth County Library for the fourth session of Master Gardener Sprouts to learn about planting vegetables.

February 27, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Cooking with Crevolyn: Secret to good food is the spices

I'm sure you've heard the expression "variety is the spice of life."

February 25, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Life top stories


Restaurants compete in cookie-inspired contest

The sweetest season is upon Northeast Georgia as Girl Scout cookie sales are in full swing, and the girls are preparing to celebrate the iconic Samoa's 40th birthday.

February 25, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Red Shoe House repairs old soles

Providing North Georgia with an old-fangled service for more than 40 years, Eddie Tatum works long hours to repair shoes, purses, gloves and other leather products at the Red Shoe House.

February 24, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Gainesville man returns to the shoe repair business after 16-year absence

Other shoe repair shops in Gainesville include Country Cobbler II, which offers repairs on shoes, handbags and jackets.

February 24, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


German influence in Northeast Georgia

On a walk down Edelweiss or Munich Strassen, you'll find cobblestone alleys lined with brightly painted Bavarian shops. Only, this charming German town is not actually in Germany. It's Helen, nestled away in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northeast Georgia.

February 22, 2015 | BY AUDREY WILLIAMS For The Times | Life top stories


Gardeners learn to grow plants from seeds

Within every seed is life, but to get that life to sprout has some garden hobbyists on edge.

February 20, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Create 10 Crockpot dishes with two meats

Lots of people love their slow cookers. Just as many folks don't. We tend to be in the latter group. Not because we don't appreciate the dump-and-go convenience. And we certainly enjoy being greeted at the end of the day by delicious smells before we've even taken off our coats.

February 18, 2015 | BY ALISON LADMAN Associated Press | Life top stories


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