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Westminster members break bread together

Getting to know other church members during a Sunday service can be difficult because of the number of people and small amount of time one has for conversation.

February 28, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Area children sprouting knowledge about gardening

During a day when ice covered most of Forsyth County, 10 out of 12 enrolled children showed up at the Forsyth County Library for the fourth session of Master Gardener Sprouts to learn about planting vegetables.

February 27, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Restaurants compete in cookie-inspired contest

The sweetest season is upon Northeast Georgia as Girl Scout cookie sales are in full swing, and the girls are preparing to celebrate the iconic Samoa's 40th birthday.

February 25, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Cooking with Crevolyn: Secret to good food is the spices

I'm sure you've heard the expression "variety is the spice of life."

February 25, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Life top stories


Gainesville man returns to the shoe repair business after 16-year absence

Other shoe repair shops in Gainesville include Country Cobbler II, which offers repairs on shoes, handbags and jackets.

February 24, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Red Shoe House repairs old soles

Providing North Georgia with an old-fangled service for more than 40 years, Eddie Tatum works long hours to repair shoes, purses, gloves and other leather products at the Red Shoe House.

February 24, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Laboring to adopt her first daughter

Sometimes things just fall right into place. And no one knows that statement rings more true than Lauren Youngblood.

February 22, 2015 | Caroline Watts The Times | Life top stories


Local man finds faith at Honduran orphanage

Chris Thomas knew Honduras was an impoverished, crime-stricken country when he first ventured there nine years ago.

February 22, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


German influence in Northeast Georgia

On a walk down Edelweiss or Munich Strassen, you'll find cobblestone alleys lined with brightly painted Bavarian shops. Only, this charming German town is not actually in Germany. It's Helen, nestled away in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northeast Georgia.

February 22, 2015 | BY AUDREY WILLIAMS For The Times | Life top stories


Gardeners learn to grow plants from seeds

Within every seed is life, but to get that life to sprout has some garden hobbyists on edge.

February 20, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Create 10 Crockpot dishes with two meats

Lots of people love their slow cookers. Just as many folks don't. We tend to be in the latter group. Not because we don't appreciate the dump-and-go convenience. And we certainly enjoy being greeted at the end of the day by delicious smells before we've even taken off our coats.

February 18, 2015 | BY ALISON LADMAN Associated Press | Life top stories


Whelchel Barbershop still practices business basics

For Jimmy Kemp, Whelchel Barbershop is more than a place for a haircut.

February 17, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Life top stories


Health care experts: Bad balance in seniors leads to falls

No one wants to think about the day his or her mobility will no longer be what it once was.

February 16, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Life top stories


Lorena Collins is a 52-year volunteer veteran

When Lorena Collins accepted a friend's invitation five decades ago, she had no idea what she was getting into.

February 15, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Life top stories


Christians observe Lent by praying and meditating

When more than 2 billion Christians around the world begin observing Lent next week, they will do so in a variety of ways.

February 14, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Life top stories


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Easter traditions bring new outfits and old memories

Easter is a time for new beginnings and new life full of color. For some locals, it means new clothes.

March 30, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Gainesville woman recounts Selma march for civil rights

In 1965, Northwestern University senior Ferris Hardin felt a calling to be a small cog in a big social machine and change America in the small town of Selma, Ala.

March 29, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


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


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