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Former Gainesville chef wins on ‘Cupcake Wars’

Victory is so sweet, especially when it involves cupcakes.

November 07, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Gainesville man discovers he’s the perfect match for stranger in need of an organ donation

Four years ago, Lisa Miller played a game on Facebook that started a life-changing chain of events.

November 06, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


The gentle hygienist

Amber Highfield isn't your average dental hygienist.

November 04, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Doomsday exhibit, planetarium event to demystify Maya calendar

Don't worry, Virginia. There will be a Christmas. At least, according to the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

November 03, 2012 | From staff and wire reports | Life top stories


Homes tour to feature impressive kitchen displays

Last summer, Vickie and Rich White decided it was time for a change. Their 20-year-old kitchen was in need of some updating.

November 01, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Don’t get flummoxed by Thanksgiving math

If you start roasting a 14-pound turkey at 375 F at 7 a.m. and need to feed 15 people - including three vegetarians, a vegan and two gluten intolerants - by 1 p.m., how many pounds of cranberries do you need if the stuffing is baked outside the bird and the pumpkin pie is cut into 11.75 equal wedges?

October 31, 2012 | By J.M. Hirsch AP Food Editor | Life top stories


Times reporter takes on a DIY robot outfit for Halloween

Earlier this month, I took my 2-year-old son shopping for a Halloween costume.

October 30, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Mount Vernon students try to help set a world record

Second-grader Sarah Morris was a little girl with a big idea for her school.

October 29, 2012 | Shannan Finke | Life top stories


At 92, author publishes her first children’s book

First thing every morning, Anne Abbott Gray opens the newspaper to check her horoscope.

October 28, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Spiders are active in the garden, but don’t let them scare you

I have noticed a lot of spider webs hanging from everything imaginable as of late.

October 26, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Life top stories


Variable, portable and simply adorable

Take everything you love about pie - that rich, flaky crust cradling your favorite filling - and downsize it into a compact package. Behold the little wonder that is the hand pie. Convenient, simple and, dare I say it - terribly cute - it's pie's answer to the cupcake, without the fussy decorations.

October 24, 2012 | By Noelle Carter Los Angeles Times | Life top stories


‘Laverne & Shirley’ star performs in Gainesville for Arts Council series

Indeed, Cindy Williams had to really think about whether or not she had ever "set foot" in the state of Georgia before this week.

October 23, 2012 | From staff reports | Life top stories


Ronda Rich’s new book offers inspiring stories from her years as an observer of life in the South

When you're walking in your purpose, things just have a way of falling into place effortlessly.

October 21, 2012 | BY BRANDEE A. THOMAS For The Times | Life top stories


Eagle Ranch houseparents offer love, stability to displaced youth

Angela and Jordan Crossland are full-time parents. In fact, it's basically their job description.

October 20, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


A look at the history behind 2 autumn decor staples — pumpkins and mums

This time of year, I would venture to say that most everyone has purchased a decorative pot of mums and a colorful pumpkin to adorn their front doorway stoops or other visible places.

October 19, 2012 | Wanda Cannon | 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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