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Gainesville teen earns highest honor from Girl Scouts thanks to her Sow More, Grow More program

Before she read her poetry to former poet laureates at the Library of Congress, before she received fan mail from President Barack Obama, before she fed more than 2,000 hungry kids and before the Georgia General Assembly issued a proclamation saying it was "confident that vast success is surely in this young woman's future," Katie Rose Dionne was a typical girl who sold cookies for her Girl Scout troop and liked to sing Taylor Swift songs.

December 19, 2016 | BY BEKAH PORTER For The Times | Life top stories


Pets of the Week

December 18, 2016 | | Life top stories


Design a festive ornament wreath

If you don't have a green thumb or don't want to mess with natural elements, "Southern Hospitality" blogger Rhoda Vickers has the answer for you.

December 15, 2016 | Times staff reports For Times | Life top stories


Surprise your guests with a handmade wreath this Christmas

December 15, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Planting trees in the dead of winter is all right

There is no reason to wait until spring to plant a special landscape tree.

December 15, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Life top stories


Retirement Community, Lanier Village Estates, crafts holiday gingerbread display

A snowman strumming a guitar around a campfire. Children playing in the snow and bundled-up couples walking mitten in mitten.

December 13, 2016 | Emily Williams | Life top stories


Drop off Christmas wish list to Santa at The Times

Inside the warm ornament- and light-adorned building of The Times, boys and girls of all ages could pick up a pen, pencil or crayon and scrawl out their wish list for Santa and drop it into a box for delivery during the annual Christmas on Green Street event Sunday.

December 12, 2016 | Times staff reports | Life top stories


Straight Street helps feed hungry children and struggling families through two programs

In addition to Beautiful Feet, Straight Street Revolution runs two other ministries in the Hall County area.

December 11, 2016 | Emily Williams | Life top stories


Retired nurse Veola Thomas lives to serve others in church

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

December 09, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Flowery Branch shop features variety of antique ornaments

Ornaments of all shapes, sizes and time periods hang from branches of a white plastic Christmas tree in the window at Sample Pleasures antique shop in downtown Flowery Branch.

December 09, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories




Wine pioneers from around the world share stories with Randall Murray

The world of wine is crammed with stories. Stories of great creativity, strong personalities and the collision of consumer tastes and marketing - all those aspects and more.

December 07, 2016 | Randall Murray | Life top stories


Live Nativity scenes at Corinth Baptist Church, Hope Crossings Church and Lanier Islands

Among the donkeys, sheep, goats and other animals, a Christmas tradition is born.

December 05, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Special-needs children can play with toys designed for them at Murrayville library

New toys for Christmas can be a financial burden for any family. But for parents of special-needs children, finding toys to fit their child's condition can be difficult and often unaffordable.

December 04, 2016 | Emily Williams | Life top stories


Gainesville mother pens second collegiate children's book titled "Roll Tide Roll!"

Becoming a pack of elephants in a family friend's book is something the Ligons will likely never forget.

December 04, 2016 | Nick Watson | Life top stories


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Antebellum named one of top 100 restaurants in country by Opentable.com

When Larry Lokey goes to Antebellum, he knows he will receive a meal he loves.

January 17, 2017 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


14 ways to work out at your desk at work

It seems like there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done, and time to exercise often gets put on the chopping ...

January 16, 2017 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Gainesville man takes solo motorcycle trip to Alaska

While filling up his motorcycle at a gas station in Canada, Gainesville resident David Waldrip became aware of the sound of thunder filling the sunny ...

January 15, 2017 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Pets of the Week

January 15, 2017 | | Life top stories


Cross Plain Missionary Baptist Church to build new sanctuary

When Harvey Young first came to Cross Plain Missionary Baptist Church as a child, he arrived by mule and wagon.

January 14, 2017 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


The history behind Mellow Mushroom's Green Street home

Driving down Green Street is a trip through the history of Gainesville.

January 13, 2017 | By Emily Williams For The Times | Life top stories


Randall Murray: The world of wine

As I prowl the swamp that is the internet, I stumble on the occasional odd but interesting fact about the world of wine.

January 11, 2017 | Randall Murray | Life top stories


Art Colony Georgia owner, four-time breast cancer survivor doesn’t let challenges slow her down

Sara Oakley finds beauty around her. Whether it's a scenic landscape or a captivating person, Oakley's art sets her free.

January 08, 2017 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Pets of the Week

January 08, 2017 | | Life top stories


St. Paul UMC associate minister builds strength in gym and the community

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

January 07, 2017 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Northeast Georgia Locally Grown offers healthy options during winter season

Eating farm-fresh foods is easy during warmer months, but it's not impossible when temperatures drop thanks to one local agency.

January 05, 2017 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Straight Street Revolution Ministries helps rescue women working in the sex trade industry

A woman from a good home with a supportive family had one bad relationship with a man and found herself working in the sex trade ...

December 11, 2016 | Emily Williams | Life top stories


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