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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


Cleveland couple bonds with breed of Great Pyrenees

When Marla McSwiney first met Noah, her niece's Great Pyrenees dog, she saw a fluffy, white being that was loving and loyal. However, Noah had heartworms, and McSwiney had no idea how to help care for the animal. She called up John Heldrich, founder of Great Pyrenees Rescue of Atlanta, to ask for his advice.

March 17, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Doctors establishing pharmacies inside practices to make patients’ lives easier

As more consumers seem to favor one-stop shopping with their retail choices, some doctors' offices are starting to adopt the same trend by establishing pharmacies inside their own practices.

March 15, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Gainesville man recalls serving in army with real-life 'Forrest Gump'

Life may have been "like box of chocolates" for Forrest Gump, but for the 42 men who entered into Cai Lay, Vietnam, on a fateful November night in 1967, they pretty much knew what they were going to get.

March 15, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Buddhist monk focuses on peace, clarity of mind at Gainesville church

Tibetan Buddhist monk Tenzin Lama Sherpa is constantly aware of every moment in his life. He feels every breath he takes, notices the wind as it blows through his robes, and hears the faint sounds of nature all around him. Because of this awareness, he is at peace and has clarity of the mind.

March 14, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Builders change homes to accommodate walkers, wheelchairs

While Gainesville and the Northeast Georgia area is peppered with dozens of senior apartments, retirement communities and independent- and assisted-living facilities, some Southern natives still prefer to stay in their own home. However, the home is not equipped to handle their developing physical ailments.

March 13, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


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Vacation Bible school programs to transport children to other lands

May 23, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Sardis second-graders taste nature's fresh bounty

Kids from Neysa Ladd and Lauren Smiley's second-grade classes at Sardis Elementary enjoyed tasting new foods and spending time outdoors.

May 22, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Baiting hungry customers with barbecue

When Terry Richards decided to retire from corporate life, he and wife Sherry knew they wanted to begin their new chapter on Lake Lanier. However, instead of simply moving from Vinings to Gainesville, the couple decided to take the two things they love - fishing and food - and start a business near the water.

May 20, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Career services guides offer high school graduates advice

Graduation is a milestone for high school students as they pass from their teenage years into young adulthood.

May 19, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Hair care has a precise process

As a master cosmetologist, Nicole Dohm has seen it all - split ends, frizz, oily hair and overly dry hair. With one or more of these problems occurring on one head of hair, it makes one's mane hard to manage and style.

May 18, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Cancer survivors 'don't ever give up'

Every year, Stanley Stephens looks forward to Relay For Life for two reasons.

May 17, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Grace Episcopal priest plans to dance his socks off

While the Rev. Stuart Higginbotham regularly dons his priest's collar on a daily basis to conduct his calling for God, the Grace Episcopal Church rector plans to hip-hop his wild socks off for the Gainesville community.

May 16, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Auburn honors lifelong resident Miriam Wood

May 15, 2015 | | Life top stories


Strawberry Festival finds best of the berry recipes

Strawberry season is in full swing, meaning plenty of fresh produce is to come for consumers.

May 13, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


90-year-old blogs about her passions

Waking up in the middle of the night, crawling out of bed, turning on the computer and typing away is the easiest way for Anne Cleveland to get all her thoughts out into the open.

May 12, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


It's a dog-save-dog world

When Star, a pit bull mix, arrived at the Hall County Animal Shelter a month ago, her prognosis was grim. She had just given birth to a litter of puppies and experienced severe bleeding afterward.

May 11, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


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