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Prince of Peace Catholic Church turns 40

Forty years ago, 16 families carried in lawn chairs from home and arranged them in rows on a cement floor facing a homemade altar inside a small building in Buford. Then without any heat to warm their bodies, 30 to 35 people worshipped together in a Christmas Eve Mass. And the day before the celebration of Christ's birth, the Prince of Peace Catholic Church was born in 1975.

December 26, 2015 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Bethel AME Church honors four senior citizens

Sharing your life story can be a daunting task, especially when you're sharing someone else's.

December 25, 2015 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Churches offer fitness classes to its congregation, community

Chances are, you know someone who always vows to get fit or be more healthy in the New Year.

December 25, 2015 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Lanier Village Estates kitchen staff creates gingerbread village

A group of mischievous and culinary creative elves, also known as the kitchen staff at Lanier Village Estates, is at it again.

December 24, 2015 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Sunday brunch options expanding in Gainesville

It's enjoyed by elderly couples after Sunday morning church services and by young socialites after a long night out. It comes in all shapes, sizes, tastes and smells, topped with gravy or whipped cream, often with a mimosa on the side.

December 22, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Life top stories


Jefferson girl reins in spot on UGA equestrian team

Kristy Barrett has received top billing on the Facebook welcome page for the University of Georgia equestrian team.

December 21, 2015 | LeAnne Akin | Life top stories


Teen uses party to help less fortunate families at Christmas

Bailee O'Brien always has trouble deciding what to do on her birthday.

December 20, 2015 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


C.W. Davis middle schoolers travel back to World War II

During World War II, American troops crossed oceans. But on Dec. 11, some Gainesville students crossed time to experience some of those darkest moments in modern history.

December 19, 2015 | Amy McDonald | Life top stories


List of Christmas Eve services around town

The following is a list of some of the Christmas Eve services in Hall County:

December 18, 2015 | Times staff reports | Life top stories


Area residents go all out with Christmas lights this season

Blue lights projected onto their decorated house makes the Whitey residence look like an underwater winter wonderland.

December 18, 2015 | Times staff reports | Life top stories


Try 5 cookie recipes this holiday season

Flour, butter, eggs, sugar. Put them all together and you get magic.

December 15, 2015 | By Daniel Neman St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Life top stories


What local kids want from Santa

During Christmas on Green Street, boys and girls of all ages were given the chance at The Times' building to write or drop off a letter to Santa Claus, letting the jolly ol' elf know if they have been naughty or nice this year along with their Christmas wish list.

December 14, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Life top stories


Gainesville native pens memoir about being a firefighter

Tony Baker stowed his firefighting gear safely in his locker, hoping to store away his day as a rookie with the DeKalb County Fire Rescue Department. When he couldn't quiet his thoughts, the then-28-year-old Gainesville native pulled out a simple black-and-white composition book and searched for a quiet place to be alone.

December 13, 2015 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


10 tips from local designer to spruce up your home for holidays

With Christmas fast approaching, decorating your home for the season might be the last thing on your mind.

December 10, 2015 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Homemade soups fill stomachs, souls at St. Paul UMC

Simple or complex. Short trips to the nearest grocery store or flights to Idaho for the finest elk.

December 08, 2015 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


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Harris Blackwood: And the band will play on

Mercer Crook is a rock 'n' roller.

February 07, 2016 | Harris Blackwood | Life top stories


Pets of the Week

February 07, 2016 | | Life top stories


Newtown Florist Club leader ushers new era

Decades of dedication and hard work have prepared Rose Johnson for this one role. And she's had some big shoes to fill - Faye Bush ...

February 07, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


New Catholic radio station up and running in Gainesville

When Carol Bush first contacted Mark Peffer about starting a Catholic radio station in Gainesville, she was thinking about herself.

February 05, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Life top stories


Nonprofit rewards vet with new home

February 04, 2016 | Zac Taylor Times regional staff | Life top stories


Bats come home to roost at Elachee Nature Science Center

Shrouded in myth and legend as well as associated with vampires and dark superheroes, bats have come to symbolize all that humans fear. But their ...

February 04, 2016 | Amy McDonald | Life top stories


Forsyth County girl diagnosed with rare heart condition at birth

February 01, 2016 | BY KELLY WHITMIRE Times regional staff | Life top stories


Pets of the Week

January 31, 2016 | | Life top stories


Jefferson native rides mountain bike from Canada to Mexico

While setting out to see a lengthy stretch of American soil was Cam Thurmond's ultimate goal, the 25-year-old got so much more than that ...

January 31, 2016 | Frank Reddy | Life top stories


Women explore "IF" they could live like Jesus

For two days women around the world from all walks of life and all Christian denominations will ponder the same single question: What IF we ...

January 30, 2016 | Kayla Canada | Life top stories


5 savvy ways to keep warm in winter (while saving energy)

As winter wears on, a few cheap and easy fixes can help keep homes warm while saving energy and money.

January 28, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


High school students get hands-on experience in the kitchen

Since he was 15 years old, Chris Mitas has worked in the food industry.

January 26, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Wedding videographer brings traditional, original elements to screen

Will Watkins describes himself as more of a storyteller than a wedding videographer.

January 25, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


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