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Easter brings a sweet flowering symbol of hope and rebirth

For more than a century, the lilium longiflorum, or Easter lily, has been associated with the most holy of Christian holidays in North America.

March 29, 2013 | From staff reports | Life top stories


Fill your own Easter basket with homemade treats

For many children, Easter is all about the hunt. They love searching for hidden eggs and snooping for the ultimate Easter jackpot: a basket filled with jelly beans, marshmallow Peeps and chocolate rabbits so large that they make a child's eyes go wide.

March 27, 2013 | By Andrea Weigl The News & Observer (Raleigh) | Life top stories


Gainesville First United Methodist opens prayer labyrinth

This Easter, not all worshipers may be able to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem during Holy Week but that doesn't mean they can't make a prayerful journey closer to home.

March 26, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Krav Maga classes teach techniques in case of attack

Karen Mewborn jogged along the road alone early one morning and began to wonder: What would she do if someone tried to attack her?

March 23, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Appalachian Hope Center helps people overcome hard times

Through their involvement with Caring Hands Ministries, Ann and Charles Fleming have met a lot of people with an aversion to religion over the years.

March 23, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Cresswind unveils community garden space

Above the entryway to the garden hangs a painted sign that reads "Common Ground."

March 22, 2013 | Savannah King | Life top stories


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


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Sweet and savory service on Mother's Day

For working moms, stay-at-home mothers and every mother in between, Mother's Day is a time to relax and be pampered.

May 06, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Experts offer advice to college graduates

Graduation is a milestone for students of all types. Traditional and nontraditional college students celebrate the event as a gateway into the next phase of life. However, while most students are ready to take the leap into a career, some tasks could better prepare them for their next endeavors.

May 05, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Dahlonega offers visitors wealth of opportunities

Walking down streets paved with gold might be a dream to some, but in Dahlonega it's a reality.

May 03, 2015 | Audrey Williams | Life top stories


Guest House clients relax with one stroke of the brush

Senior citizen JoAnn Phillips has a hard time remembering. But when the North Georgia woman picks up a brush, dips it into paint and swoops it across paper, she doesn't have to remember. She can just paint.

May 03, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Retired businesswomen pens first book at 99

May 03, 2015 | | Life top stories


Gardens on Green to focus on homegrown greenery

When the phrase "Go native" is used, some people think of adapting to the atmosphere surrounding them. But for a gardener, "going native" means cultivating the plants that naturally grow in a specific area.

May 01, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit grows

April 30, 2015 | | Life top stories


Gainesville Coffee Shop keeps service, food simple

Tony and Heather Jonovitch feel fate brought them to the Gainesville Coffee Shop inside Lawrence Pharmacy on Broad Street. And it all started with lunch service at another Gainesville restaurant.

April 29, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Gainesville toddler is a real bookworm

Clementine Connolly spends most of her days reading. At the breakfast table, she reaches for her book for much like an adult would reach for the morning newspaper. At night before going to sleep, she curls up in bed with another book. Yet, she's not even 2 years old.

April 28, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Doctors encourage patients to get tested for STDs

Talking about sexual health and sexually transmitted diseases is never an easy task, even with a medical professional. However, the need for the conversation is crucial, especially in Georgia.

April 27, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Area women sewing up a problem

One day in the 1990s, a nurse at a Georgia hospital saw a mother leaving with her baby. Instead of the newborn wearing a hat and onesie and wrapped in a blanket for the journey home, the child was covered with a towel.

April 27, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Chicopee UMC constructs prayer garden

Prayer is the act of Christians talking or petitioning God regarding their hopes, dreams, struggles and frustrations.

April 25, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Natural Juice Cafe serves up 'superfood'

Two years ago, Jeannie Copeland needed a change of pace from her job as a massage therapist. Since she had an interest in health food, and her husband, Brett, had a background in cooking, the pair decided to combine their skills into one pursuit.

April 22, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


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