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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


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


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Marching across county to check out master gardens

Since its beginnings in 2011, the Redbud Project has been coming together as a model for conservation in Hall County that also offers education and resources to the public. And next week, it will be one of the seven featured gardens on the Hall County Master Gardeners' biannual Garden Walk.

May 29, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Vintage Affair to pour money into regional charities

The passing of cheese, the flowing of wine and the bidding on auction items are all parts of one event with a single goal in mind: raising funds for charity.

May 28, 2015 | Times staff reports | Life top stories


Local woman’s artwork at home in the Capitol building

With paintings in every single room of her Gainesville home, local artist Susan White is missing one painting. It is a painting of her husband and granddaughter kayaking on Lake Lanier. Currently the painting is hanging on the state Capitol's wall.

May 26, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Slather on sunscreen, shower before swimming, experts say

With Memorial Day sparking summer fun and the Georgia heat on the rise, many will search for fun ways to cool off including pools, lakes, rivers and splash pads.

May 25, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Place of Forsyth director takes on 420-mile bike ride for charity

May 24, 2015 | By Kayla Robins Times regional staff | Life top stories


Veteran aims to provide dental care to elderly, community

Lacey Allen is a different kind of tooth fairy.

May 23, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Vacation Bible school programs to transport children to other lands

May 23, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Sardis second-graders taste nature's fresh bounty

Kids from Neysa Ladd and Lauren Smiley's second-grade classes at Sardis Elementary enjoyed tasting new foods and spending time outdoors.

May 22, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Baiting hungry customers with barbecue

When Terry Richards decided to retire from corporate life, he and wife Sherry knew they wanted to begin their new chapter on Lake Lanier. However, instead of simply moving from Vinings to Gainesville, the couple decided to take the two things they love - fishing and food - and start a business near the water.

May 20, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Career services guides offer high school graduates advice

Graduation is a milestone for high school students as they pass from their teenage years into young adulthood.

May 19, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Hair care has a precise process

As a master cosmetologist, Nicole Dohm has seen it all - split ends, frizz, oily hair and overly dry hair. With one or more of these problems occurring on one head of hair, it makes one's mane hard to manage and style.

May 18, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Cancer survivors 'don't ever give up'

Every year, Stanley Stephens looks forward to Relay For Life for two reasons.

May 17, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Grace Episcopal priest plans to dance his socks off

While the Rev. Stuart Higginbotham regularly dons his priest's collar on a daily basis to conduct his calling for God, the Grace Episcopal Church rector plans to hip-hop his wild socks off for the Gainesville community.

May 16, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Auburn honors lifelong resident Miriam Wood

May 15, 2015 | | Life top stories


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