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Honeybees suffer massive losses

When local beekeeper Bob Bradbury surveyed his beehives last March in preparation for spring, he found a big surprise. About 80 percent of his hives were empty.

November 22, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Buying a budget-friendly feast for Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving approaches, many consumers are awaiting the Black Friday deals. But for those living on a tight budget, finding bargains on food for the feast is more important. Therefore, The Times asked a couple of North Georgia experts, consulted online websites and went shopping to compile a Thanksgiving meal for four people for $60 or less.

November 20, 2013 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Help provide Thanksgiving food for others

If you are spending Thanksgiving at a friend or family member's home this year or have a little extra time and money, then a couple of North Georgia charities have an idea for you.

November 20, 2013 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


New sport of Pickleball appeals to North Georgians

A new sport is sweeping across senior communities and public gyms in North Georgia. The game pickleball, akin to tennis and badminton, frequently attracts seniors because of its smaller courts and greater accessibility.

November 19, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


North Georgia teenager compete in world karate competition

Upon first impression, Brianna Ray is a typical American teenager.

November 18, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Operation collects and delivers gifts to foreign children

Supplying needy children across the globe with Christmas gifts is an admirable goal, but Gainesville resident Jim Lee wants to offer foreign kids more than tangible items. He wants to offer them the gift of Christian faith.

November 18, 2013 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Landscaper loves the view from outside

Whenever Mark Fockele visits a new building his eyes are immediately drawn to the nearest window. It's a subconscious habit he's developed over the past 20 years.

November 17, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Celebrity stylist recounts his life lessons

There are hair stylists, and there are artists.

November 17, 2013 | Carly Sharec | Life top stories


Church takes a journey to Bethlehem, figuratively

For 30 years, Dee Snow taught her elementary school students the basic skills of reading, writing and arithmetic. Now retired, she has returned to learning the basics - the Bible basics that is.

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


Garden offers respite from sounds in the hospital

Inside the waiting room is a cacophony of beeping alarms, hissing elevator doors, rushing feet and chatter punctuated by cough. But in the garden, all is quiet.

November 15, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Celebrity chef cooks up a buzz about diabetes

Celebrity Chef Charles Mattocks thought he was healthy until he was diagnosed with diabetes three years ago.

November 13, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Red Rabbit driver shares wisdom of the road

On most weekdays, Johnny Wilson arrives at Hall County Transit at 5:45 a.m., before the sun has even risen, to check the fluid levels, tire pressure and light functions of his bus in preparation for his 8-hour shift.

November 12, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


World War II veteran shares some perspective

More than seven decades ago, Cecil Boswell joined the U.S. Army.

November 11, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


UNG military program sees rise in cadet enrollment

North Georgia is home to another esteemed military school, only it's for college-age men and women.

November 10, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Riverside Military Academy molds future troops

Veterans Day is a day of celebration and remembrance for those who have fought for our country. But the young men and women of our local military schools, many of whom aspire to continue the tradition of this holiday by formally serving in uniform, are often overlooked.

November 10, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


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Buford man powers through water in superboat

A maiden voyage on Lake Lanier followed by a breakdown usually would equal a bad day for most boaters. But for North Carolina native Dee Early, it led to a life-changing opportunity.

July 07, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Little Black Dress party symbolizes truimph for women in past, present

Considered a timeless piece full of power, the "little black dress" is a fashion statement. That statement is usually one of confidence and ease for any woman who dons one.

July 06, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Gainesville preteen fighting against all odds

All Callie Truelove wanted for her 12th birthday were chickens. All her parents wanted was to celebrate another year with their youngest daughter.

July 05, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Jehovah's Witness Convention focuses on imitating Jesus

"Imitating Jesus" in everyday life is an important concept to Jehovah's Witnesses' beliefs. And it's such a priority the religious group convenes nationwide at separate times during the summer to talk about it.

July 04, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Experts give tips on living sustainably

When buying groceries, county extension program assistant Robin Friedman always reads her food labels. If it contains palm oil, an oil made from the African oil palm tree, she puts it back.

July 03, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Moonie's Texas barbecue cooks signature brisket in South Hall

When Moonie's Texas Barbecue first opened in 2011, customers were frequently met with a customary Texas barbecue greeting: "Sorry, we're out."

July 01, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Sunday dinner is more than a meal

Sunday dinner is a long-standing part of many families' weekend plans. Members gather around a table to talk about their weeks, reminisce and enjoy time with loved ones.

June 30, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Helen poet reveres written word

It was Mildred White's first trip to the principal's office. Mrs. McDonald had called the fourth-grader's mother to tell her that Mildred had turned in a poetry assignment that she simply could not have written. The poem about tulips, her first-ever poem, was too good, too rhythmic and structured.

June 28, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Pleasant Grove Baptist Church extends youth ministry into summer

With the start of summer, Pleasant Grove Baptist Church is starting something new for its youths. A new program is underway at 7 p.m. on Wednesday nights.

June 27, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Life top stories


Cumming volunteer aims to raise vaccine awareness

June 26, 2015 | | Life top stories


Animal consultant pens his second book

June 26, 2015 | | Life top stories


Fourth annual festival inspired by lavender

June 24, 2015 | Times staff reports | Life top stories


Summer art heats up in Helen center

June 24, 2015 | Times staff reports | Life top stories


Skogie’s serves up signature sauce

A signature sauce, hand-battered seafood and a stellar view makes Skogie's at Gainesville Marina a special summer dining spot, but it didn't start out that way.

June 24, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


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