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Ways to lower your electricity bill

One of the biggest expenses for homeowners is the electricity bill. For some, it can be as much as a second mortgage payment.

March 14, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Enjoy some Irish eyes this St. Patrick's Day

Until I moved to Chicago, St. Patrick's Day wasn't a big event for me. But that first year, I was stunned by the sight of what locals took for granted - a boat slowly traveling the Chicago River depositing a rich green dye into the water. It was amazing to see the water turn emerald.

March 12, 2014 | By Elizabeth Karmel Associated Press | Life top stories


Hall County native still works at age 90

Pete Smith was born near the intersection of what are now Barrett and Dorsey Peek roads in 1924. On Friday, he celebrated his 90th birthday only 3 miles away at the same place he has worked for the past two decades, the Hall County compactor site on Poplar Springs Road.

March 11, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


High School shooting teams emphasize safety, teamwork and confidence

When most people hear the phrase "guns in school," they think of tragedies such as school shootings and gang violence. But for several local high schoolers, the phrase means competition, responsibility and camaraderie.

March 10, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Teacher turns boys into men with the 'Gents Club'

Nathaniel Shelton has a knack for helping young people find their talents.

March 09, 2014 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Christians practice Lenten traditions

Growing up in the United Methodist church, Nancy Page always knew about Lent but rarely observed the reflective Christian season. Her sister, on the other hand, always participated in a unique way.

March 08, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Mural on Main Street depicts Venetian setting

The artists stooped, stretched and sat along the wall as they carefully mixed paint colors and filled in details of a Venetian canal.

March 07, 2014 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Not eating meat during Lent can lead to fish on Fridays

Many faithful Catholics find eating fish is good for the soul as well as the body.

March 05, 2014 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Protect your financial information

Kathy and Hugh Bond got an unexpected call from their bank in November. It appears while the couple was spending time in Atlanta, Hugh Bond's debit card made a purchase in Fredericksburg, Va.

March 04, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Middle schoolers test their technological skills

The inaugural Hall County Regional Technology Fair was a success with 41 students from three schools competing in 10 select categories.

March 03, 2014 | From staff reports | Life top stories


Church members seek 'authentic' faith

It's been nearly a year since St. Francis of Assisi Anglican Catholic Church on Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville first opened its own doors after worshipping in borrowed locations for years.

March 02, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


Football coaches take on a Hail Mary mission to Portugal

Many a prayer has been offered up under the brilliance of stadium lights on Friday nights.

March 02, 2014 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Japanese paper plant unusual addition to North Georgia garden

Pearl Wilson of Alto said she gets excited this time of year because she knows Edgeworthia is blooming.

February 28, 2014 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Cosmetologists learn the art of healing beauty

Sometimes superficial things like having a good hair day or a great outfit can make people feel more hopeful.

February 25, 2014 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Officials make sure kids' car seats are safe and secure

Correctly installing a child car seat can be a confusing task. Complicated tether systems, adjustable parts and convertible booster seats are sometimes difficult to understand and often lead to misuse, which can put children in danger.

February 24, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Life top stories


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Award-winning Cleveland ranch offers lessons on farm life and horse riding

Every year, John Hulsey and his trainer, Walt Erwin, load up their quarter horses and head to the biggest horse show competitions in the Southeast ...

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


Pets of the Week

August 28, 2016 | | Life top stories


Catholic churches battle drop in attendance but Gainesville churches increase numbers

Being in the middle of the Bible belt means Christian churches of all denominations can be found on every corner of the city or on ...

August 26, 2016 | From Times staff and wire reports | Life top stories


Youth gardening conference set for Sept. 9-10 at Gardens on Green in Gainesville

Master Gardener Kathy Lovett feels it's "imperative to teach our children to love the natural world that we share."

August 25, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Gainesville woman starts gourmet cookie company in her kitchen

Kerri Prince, 35, has been cooking ever since she can remember. Her Italian family was "always in the kitchen," she said. So she naturally gravitated ...

August 23, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


West Hall grad's weight loss featured in national infomercial

Rachel Lauria was an aspiring dancer who moved to New York City to follow her dreams in 2012, but upon arrival in the big city ...

August 22, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Gainesville couple visits Rio de Janeiro 11 days before Olympics

"Rio (de Janeiro) is probably one of the most beautiful cities in the world," Rob Jaeger said.

August 21, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Pets of the Week

August 21, 2016 | | Life top stories


Meet the minister: The Rev. Mike Dorough looks to the future of Riverbend Baptist Church

Editor's note: This series introduces one minister from every church and faith-based organization in the community each month.

August 20, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Life top stories


Gainesville woman turns garden into personal sanctuary

Every morning around 7 o'clock, Mary Bogle makes her way down to her garden.

August 18, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Expert: Kids lunches should have 5 food groups

Sometimes it takes a village just to get the kids out the door in the morning, much less wrangle the time it takes to prepare ...

August 16, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Gainesville dog to compete in dock-diving championship

At 3 years old, Mattie can run, jump and compete with the best of them.

August 15, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


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