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Holmes Bible College hold classes in Buford

Churchgoers line up Sunday after Sunday to get their weekly dose of the Word, but for some, Sundays aren't enough.

January 10, 2015 | Audrey Williams | Life top stories


Seeing potential in an older home

In the mornings, Winter Cox sits with a cup of tea and her two dogs, finding solace in her new cedar-planked sunroom that overlooks her spacious backyard.

January 09, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Piedmont Tractor customers feast at In and Out Deli

Fast, fresh and flavorful food is the goal of the In and Out Deli. And the deli - located inside Piedmont Tractor and Equipment on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Gainesville - seems to succeed by streamlining its lunch service with house-made sandwiches, chips and sodas in glass bottles.

January 07, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Historic cemeteries appear forgotten

The old Dover Cemetery is all but invisible from the road save for a few heavily worn headstones peeking out from a family plot overgrown with long, dry grass and pine saplings. Further back, some of the more recent headstones have been tended to, but a collapsed wire fence and thickets of brambles stand as evidence of years of neglect.

January 06, 2015 | BY MERIS LUTZ Times regional staff | Life top stories


Lift away your fitness phobias with a workout

Laurie Davidson has been going to the J.A. Walters Family YMCA in Gainesville for almost nine years. In those years, she has seen many new people come just after the beginning of the year only to disappear a couple of months later.

January 05, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Female veteran answers a call to prayer

When Wendy Paradis sees someone in need, she isn't shy about offering them a hand.

January 04, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Life top stories


Female priest brings 'wealth of wisdom' to Gainesville

With three professional degrees under her belt, the Rev. Cynthia Park has a lot to offer the congregation at Grace Episcopal Church.

January 03, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Life top stories


Guard your garden against winter weather

With colder months quickly approaching and forecasts of frigid winters on the horizon, home gardeners begin preparing their beds to brave the freezes to ensure the survival of greenery and flowers.

January 02, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Residents ready to sip down some cider

New Year's Eve parties have always existed as the final celebration of a year past. Fizzy champagne, sparkling clothes, silly glasses and savory treats are characteristic of the occasion, but in recent years, new trends have begun to flourish.

December 30, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Parents and teens take driving class to reduce crashes

Four teens were handed faux steering wheels and asked to pull their phones out. Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jonathan Fitzpatrick then asked them to remember a simple line they would text to a random friend, "The movie starts at 6."

December 30, 2014 | BY AMANDA HEAD ahead@gainesvilletimes.com | Life top stories


Lula folk potter fights to keep his family's land and legacy

When asked how it feels to be the last son of a centurylong legacy, David Meaders responds with the humor and humility typical of his easy-going, deeply Southern personality.

December 28, 2014 | C.L. Abercrombie | Life top stories


Christians practice tithing by donating 10 percent of income

With the new year on the way, many people are looking forward to change and some find their change within themselves by tithing.

December 27, 2014 | BY AMANDA HEAD ahead@gainesvilletimes.com | Life top stories


How to handle lots of leftovers

As Christmas draws near, many home cooks are stocking their pantries and refrigerators in preparation for Christmas dinner.

December 24, 2014 | Times staff reports | Life top stories


Programs, groups help to deal with loss during Christmas

It's hard to think about the holidays as anything other than the best time of the year, but for some, particularly those who have lost a loved one, it can cause dread instead of anticipation or depression instead of joy.

December 23, 2014 | C.L. Abercrombie | Life top stories


Lung cancer survivor radiates inspiration

Diagnosed with Stage 2 lung cancer in May 2013, Gallery on the Square artist Ruth Money decided to turn her battle into art.

December 22, 2014 | BY AMANDA HEAD ahead@gainesvilletimes.com | 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


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


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