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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


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


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Antebellum named one of top 100 restaurants in country by Opentable.com

When Larry Lokey goes to Antebellum, he knows he will receive a meal he loves.

January 17, 2017 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


14 ways to work out at your desk at work

It seems like there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done, and time to exercise often gets put on the chopping ...

January 16, 2017 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Gainesville man takes solo motorcycle trip to Alaska

While filling up his motorcycle at a gas station in Canada, Gainesville resident David Waldrip became aware of the sound of thunder filling the sunny ...

January 15, 2017 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Pets of the Week

January 15, 2017 | | Life top stories


Cross Plain Missionary Baptist Church to build new sanctuary

When Harvey Young first came to Cross Plain Missionary Baptist Church as a child, he arrived by mule and wagon.

January 14, 2017 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


The history behind Mellow Mushroom's Green Street home

Driving down Green Street is a trip through the history of Gainesville.

January 13, 2017 | By Emily Williams For The Times | Life top stories


Randall Murray: The world of wine

As I prowl the swamp that is the internet, I stumble on the occasional odd but interesting fact about the world of wine.

January 11, 2017 | Randall Murray | Life top stories


Art Colony Georgia owner, four-time breast cancer survivor doesn’t let challenges slow her down

Sara Oakley finds beauty around her. Whether it's a scenic landscape or a captivating person, Oakley's art sets her free.

January 08, 2017 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Pets of the Week

January 08, 2017 | | Life top stories


St. Paul UMC associate minister builds strength in gym and the community

Editor's note: This series introduces one minister from a faith-based organization in the community each month.

January 07, 2017 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Northeast Georgia Locally Grown offers healthy options during winter season

Eating farm-fresh foods is easy during warmer months, but it's not impossible when temperatures drop thanks to one local agency.

January 05, 2017 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Eight delicious nights: Residents celebrate Hanukkah with traditional foods

While Christian families tucked the kids into bed to await the arrival of Santa Claus and baby Jesus, Jewish families in the area lit their ...

January 04, 2017 | Emily Williams | Life top stories


Straight Street Revolution Ministries helps rescue women working in the sex trade industry

A woman from a good home with a supportive family had one bad relationship with a man and found herself working in the sex trade ...

December 11, 2016 | Emily Williams | Life top stories


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