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Cannon: It’s cherry blossom time so pick your favorite

The first day of spring was ushered in this week and the cherry trees are blooming. When you see pink blooms on the trees around town, it seems to whisper that warm weather is on its way.

March 22, 2013 | Wanda Cannon | Life top stories


An Easter lamb that cuts the fat, but stays savory

I love lamb, in every way and every cut. But I don't eat it very often because of the same thing that tends to make it so very delicious - its fattiness.

March 20, 2013 | By Sara Moulton Associated Press | Life top stories


Local author’s new book tells of immigrant parents seeking a better life in the states

As a child, Bill Rezak often was questioned about the origin of his last name.

March 18, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Special-needs students gain experience outside of the classroom through school program

Every Wednesday morning, five students with special needs board the school bus and prepare to go to work at various local businesses.

March 18, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Gainesville native competes in desert races, inspired by nephew who has epilepsy

Most people wouldn't consider running across the world's driest desert a vacation.

March 17, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Local churches return to Christianity’s roots by reaching out via social media

As more new forms of communication emerge, such technology is giving local churches an opportunity to reconnect to the early days of Christianity.

March 16, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Heirloom seed project grows with community input

A University of North Georgia research project that started with just a simple idea of collecting heirloom seeds from the surrounding communities, has grown far beyond the scope originally intended.

March 15, 2013 | For The Times | Life top stories


Guinness, it's not just for drinking

On a normal day, thirsty revelers easily drain two kegs of Guinness at Boston's Black Rose tavern. Come St. Patrick's Day - an official holiday in Bean Town - and they'll plow thorough 55 kegs.

March 13, 2013 | Associated Press | Life top stories


Gainesville artist teaches Haitians to ‘paint’ mural using recycled trash

When Cathy Little heard there was plenty of garbage lining the streets of the rural Haitian town she was preparing to visit, she didn't think of it as offensive or unsanitary.

March 12, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Regional forestry supervisor taught, and lived, fire safety

For more than 20 years, Robert McDonald brought his "good friend" Smokey the Bear and their shared message of forest fire safety and prevention to fourth-grade students in Banks and Hall counties.

March 10, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Carrying love on their backs

If you saw a student carrying a backpack home on a Friday afternoon, you probably wouldn't give it a second thought.

March 09, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Master Gardeners show how air layer process generates new camellias

When Melanie Clark, a Hall County Master Gardener, moved from her home in Gainesville to North Hall, she packed her belongings but had to leave her 15 beautiful camellias behind.

March 08, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Gainesville resident gets movie deal, walks the red carpet all in same ‘surreal’ weekend

When Gainesville resident Steve Siebold was invited to go to the Oscars with an Academy Award-winning director, he just thought it was a unique opportunity to see some of the Hollywood elite up close.

March 05, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


GHS robotics team heads to California for competition

Three Gainesville High School students sit around a table discussing yet another way to build the robot they hope will make them world champs.

March 04, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Georgia Mountain Players reflect on fond memories

After 21 years in the footlights, the Georgia Mountain Players are winding down their final season with three last plays.

March 03, 2013 | By D. Kelley Hudgins For The Times | Life top stories


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Author pens historical fiction on ‘Doc’ Holliday

While many people expect a cross-country move to change the course of their lives, literally and figuratively, Victoria Wilcox never thought it would lead her to change one man's history.

March 03, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Life top stories


Echo Wellness Center offers traditional Chinese medicine

At first blush, it may sound a little nuts to willingly ask someone to place multiple needles in your skin, but proponents say the practice is useful for alleviating a variety of ailments, from chronic pain to depression.

March 02, 2015 | Carly Sharec | Life top stories


Hilda Bell sings with her golden-aged voice

At 91 years old, Hilda Bell knows how to do a little bit of everything.

March 01, 2015 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Westminster members break bread together

Getting to know other church members during a Sunday service can be difficult because of the number of people and small amount of time one has for conversation.

February 28, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Area children sprouting knowledge about gardening

During a day when ice covered most of Forsyth County, 10 out of 12 enrolled children showed up at the Forsyth County Library for the fourth session of Master Gardener Sprouts to learn about planting vegetables.

February 27, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Cooking with Crevolyn: Secret to good food is the spices

I'm sure you've heard the expression "variety is the spice of life."

February 25, 2015 | Crevolyn Wiley | Life top stories


Restaurants compete in cookie-inspired contest

The sweetest season is upon Northeast Georgia as Girl Scout cookie sales are in full swing, and the girls are preparing to celebrate the iconic Samoa's 40th birthday.

February 25, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Red Shoe House repairs old soles

Providing North Georgia with an old-fangled service for more than 40 years, Eddie Tatum works long hours to repair shoes, purses, gloves and other leather products at the Red Shoe House.

February 24, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Gainesville man returns to the shoe repair business after 16-year absence

Other shoe repair shops in Gainesville include Country Cobbler II, which offers repairs on shoes, handbags and jackets.

February 24, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


German influence in Northeast Georgia

On a walk down Edelweiss or Munich Strassen, you'll find cobblestone alleys lined with brightly painted Bavarian shops. Only, this charming German town is not actually in Germany. It's Helen, nestled away in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northeast Georgia.

February 22, 2015 | BY AUDREY WILLIAMS For The Times | Life top stories


Gardeners learn to grow plants from seeds

Within every seed is life, but to get that life to sprout has some garden hobbyists on edge.

February 20, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Create 10 Crockpot dishes with two meats

Lots of people love their slow cookers. Just as many folks don't. We tend to be in the latter group. Not because we don't appreciate the dump-and-go convenience. And we certainly enjoy being greeted at the end of the day by delicious smells before we've even taken off our coats.

February 18, 2015 | BY ALISON LADMAN Associated Press | Life top stories


Whelchel Barbershop still practices business basics

For Jimmy Kemp, Whelchel Barbershop is more than a place for a haircut.

February 17, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Life top stories


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