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Moonshiner makes his final batch

After spending nearly a century in the mountains near Canton, one moonshiner is preparing his last batch in Dawsonville.

June 12, 2013 | David Renner Times regional staff | Life top stories


U.S. flag is a symbol of a nation

Two hundred years ago this summer, Maj. George Armistead commissioned a flag maker by the name of Mary Young Pickersgill in Baltimore, Md., to sew two flags for Fort McHenry at Baltimore Harbor. One of them would be 30 feet by 42 feet, large enough the British could see it from a long distance across the water as it loomed over the star-shaped fort.

June 11, 2013 | Lynda A. Holmes For The Times | Life top stories


Artifacts found in North Georgia cornfield

On the surface, an old cornfield in North Hall County is just another place to grow feed for livestock. But 2 feet under ground, it's a 1,500-year-old time capsule.

June 09, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Mormon church sees boost in female students

Sister Tara Reese, 20, and her companion, Sister Britteny Breinholt, 19, ride their bicycles six miles each day around the neighborhoods in the Oakwood area attempting to share the gospel with people they meet.

June 08, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Staking tomatoes brings benefits, responsibilities

A month from now, don't say I didn't warn you.

June 07, 2013 | By Lee Reich Associated Press | Life top stories


Hall County woman wins recipe contest with last-minute egg dish

While cleaning out her files of old papers, Deborah Abercrombie noticed an envelope for an egg cooking contest she participated in almost 30 years earlier.

June 05, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Retired band conductor celebrates 90th birthday

The Sounds of Sawnee Concert Band recently surprised one of its longest standing members with a birthday celebration.

June 04, 2013 | By Crystal Ledford crystalledford@forsythnews.com | Life top stories


Marty Owens takes an unplanned journey

Editor's Note: This is the first in the "Georgia Original" series of stories spotlighting area residents who have contributed to the betterment of Hall County through their community works. In this series, The Times will highlight one person each month.

June 02, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Singing and songwriting

Most clergy describe their entry into the Christian ministry as a calling. For The Highlands United Methodist Church youth minister Kyle Jones, he got a call on two separate occasions to praise God through song.

June 01, 2013 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Creating a comfortable work zone

When you consider the fact that The Times newsroom was once a parking deck, it's really not so bad.

May 31, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Mac, cheese and pork combined in casserole compilation

Casseroles have never really had much of a place in my culinary repertoire. It's a time thing mostly. I'd rather sear something off in a few minutes than stand around while it slowly bakes.

May 29, 2013 | By J.M. Hirsch Associated Press | Life top stories


Rhythm not required: Times reporter tries out latest exercise craze

For the past few years, I've been listening to some of the more fit people I know rave about the Latin dance-inspired workout, Zumba.

May 28, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Elementary School collects pet products

After learning about the needs of the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia, fourth-graders at Myers Elementary School took it upon themselves to help out.

May 27, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Returning to base

Three former Marines stepped onto the yellow footprints they knew in their youth at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot on Parris Island in South Carolina.

May 26, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Gainesville minister pens book

When David Glover's grandson Zachariah Kyle Emerson was born in 1998, the Gainesville man felt blessed.

May 25, 2013 | J.K. Devine | 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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