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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


Harmony Hall Baptist Church lays a new foundation

Over two years ago, much of the 136-year-old Harmony Hall Baptist Church went up in flames during an electrical fire. Afterward, the distraught congregation vowed to rebuild, and now they are fulfilling their promise.

November 09, 2013 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


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Seminole War vet receives military headstone

In 1836, many men marched away from their families and homesteads to fight in the Second Seminole War raging in Florida. One of those men ...

September 01, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Life top stories


Kickball league ‘a blast’ for adults players in Gainesville

Trey McPhaul and some friends played kickball at his daughter's first birthday party.

August 30, 2015 | Clark Leonard | Life top stories


First Presbyterian Church to host annual Mission Expo

First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville has dedicated thousands of hours in the past two years to celebrate area mission projects and help organizations reach their ...

August 29, 2015 | BY HAILEY VAN PARYS hvanparys@gainesvilletimes.com | Life top stories


10 area celebrities shake their groove thing for charity

After hours of rehearsals, adrenaline and excitement are building for the celebrity dancers involved in the Dancing for a Cause competition Saturday.

August 25, 2015 | BY HAILEY VAN PARYS hvanparys@gainesvilletimes.com | Life top stories


Two elderly sisters support each other in Chicopee

Many seniors ages 80 and older are relegated to living in assisted-living housing or nursing homes because they are unable to care for themselves any ...

August 23, 2015 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Prime time to use peaches for cooking and baking

An old wooden sign on the side of Cornelia Highway displays a message in red paint and all capitalized letters: "JAEMOR FARMS - PEACHES - 4 MILES".

August 19, 2015 | BY HAILEY VAN PARYS For The Times | Life top stories


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