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Homegrown blackberries 'nutritional powerhouse' food

As a child, Lindsey Vrahiotes remembers picking wild blackberries in a yard near her parents' house. The picking usually led to her mother making blackberry jelly.

June 26, 2013 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Around the Home: Grill to proper temps

We love to grill foods for holidays, family gatherings and special occasions all year-round. Summer is especially popular for outdoor meals, picnics and barbecues.

June 26, 2013 | Sandra Stringer | Life top stories


Times editor splashes into water aerobics

Scissors! Frog legs! Cannonball!

June 25, 2013 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Professionals stay constantly connected to the offices

By the end of her weeklong vacation, Sherry Myers negotiated three real estate contracts from the beach.

June 23, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Quiz Bowl prepared contestant for ‘Jeopardy!’

Andrew Moore said he always felt like he would be a viable contestant on the America's Favorite Quiz Show "Jeopardy!" if he ever got the chance.

June 23, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


New research examines difference among Amish communities

LANCASTER, Pa. - Conservative Amish groups have larger families than other Amish and their children are far less likely to leave the church, a trend expected to bring dramatic changes for them in the coming years, according to a book on the distinctive religious group published recently.

June 22, 2013 | Associated Press | Life top stories


Area children digging down in dirt to learn about gardening

After being rained out two weeks in a row, children finally got the opportunity to enjoy a morning in the Gardens on Green in Gainesville.

June 21, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Residents rediscover edible roots

By eight o'clock Saturday morning, Bill and Latrelle Thomas had already sold all of their beets.

June 19, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Contra dancing in Sautee-Nacoochee

One Saturday night a month, the old gym behind the Sautee-Nacoochee Center in White County comes alive with the sound of mountain music and swirling of dancers following a contra dance caller. Contra dancing is a blend of folk and square dancing and is practiced all across the country.

June 18, 2013 | Tom Reed For The Times | Life top stories


Father, son trek to nation's capital

When Harry Scroggs was serving his country in the U.S. Army during World War II, he saw trucks loaded with fallen soldiers who paid the price of freedom with their lives as they were shipped home from the battlefield.

June 16, 2013 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Two are teams place in Odyssey of Mind contest

Aaron Turpin could only watch as his team of fourth- and fifth-graders from World Language Academy tried to turn on a waterwheel.

June 15, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Gainesville girl on a medical mission

Erica Granger expected to see a different way of life when she went on a mission trip to Uganda. But she didn't expect the trip to change her view of her life after returning home.

June 15, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Area home's backyard deemed a ‘hidden jewel’

From the road, Jim and Mary Beth Tharp's home is a pleasant sight with a green, manicured lawn and garden. A small sign by the road hints more artistry may be involved than one would notice on first glance.

June 14, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Moonshiner makes his final batch

After spending nearly a century in the mountains near Canton, one moonshiner is preparing his last batch in Dawsonville.

June 12, 2013 | David Renner Times regional staff | Life top stories


U.S. flag is a symbol of a nation

Two hundred years ago this summer, Maj. George Armistead commissioned a flag maker by the name of Mary Young Pickersgill in Baltimore, Md., to sew two flags for Fort McHenry at Baltimore Harbor. One of them would be 30 feet by 42 feet, large enough the British could see it from a long distance across the water as it loomed over the star-shaped fort.

June 11, 2013 | Lynda A. Holmes For The Times | Life top stories


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St. Paul UMC has strong foundations

For six generations, the Whitaker family has been members of St. Paul United Methodist Church in downtown Gainesville.

April 11, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Experts advise cleaning bathrooms from top down

Bathrooms have the reputation of being the toughest room to clean. But with spring cleaning season upon us, it's time to get to it.

April 10, 2015 | AUDREY WILLIAMS For The Times | Life top stories


Flowery Branch toddler suffers from rare condition

Hayden Coleman, who is almost 2 years old, is very smart for her age and understands what her parents tell her. But the toddler has a hard time communicating with them for one big reason - her overgrown tongue.

April 06, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


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