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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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Randy and Friends helps individuals with disabilities succeed

No matter how her day is going, Connie Derham always leaves Randy and Friends with a smile.

February 19, 2017 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Flowery Branch minister incorporates his passion for music into fifth Sunday service

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

February 18, 2017 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Bird watchers join forces during annual Great Backyard Bird Count

Some people, like Mike Saunders and his wife, Rosalie Jensen, become birders while exploring the great outdoors and wanting the knowledge to identify the feathered ...

February 16, 2017 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Pan-seared salmon with pineapple salsa

Salmon

February 14, 2017 | | Life top stories


Northeast Georgia Health System classes teach residents better cooking habits

As each new year comes and goes, a host of resolutions are made, pursued and then eventually discarded under the weight of daily life. Yet ...

February 14, 2017 | Alexander Popp | Life top stories


Duluth man proposes to Dawsonville girlfriend in two newspapers

Kevin Wieting said he knew Jancie Hatcher was special early in the relationship.

February 14, 2017 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Good Samaritan provides food and aid to thousands in the area

Alvin Bagwell has wanted to help others since childhood.

February 12, 2017 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Pets of the Week

February 12, 2017 | | Life top stories


Javier Chavez answers call to serve God during college

Javier Chavez came to the United States for one purpose: to study social sciences and religion at Lee University in the mid-1990s and become a ...

February 11, 2017 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


New Hispanic ministry becomes full-fledged church in Gainesville

When Javier Chavez came to the United States to pursue a college education in 1995, the then-18-year-old never dreamed he'd become a pastor.

February 11, 2017 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Girl Scouts to host dessert contest for area eateries with their well-known cookies

What can make Girl Scout cookies even better? How about pairing them with your favorite desserts for a sweet treat that's the best of ...

February 07, 2017 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Setting realistic goals helps shed holiday weight

Remnants of holiday season-indulgences may have crept onto your waistline and stuck around long after the party was over. If you're looking to have ...

February 07, 2017 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


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