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Adirondack Adventure: Episode II

Editor's note: This is the second of a three-part series chronicling a trip Hall County resident Bill Rezak made across the eastern U.S. on a motorcycle.

September 23, 2012 | By Bill Rezak For The Times | Life top stories


PBS film plumbs Civil War’s staggering toll

RICHMOND, Va. - In the PBS American Experience documentary "Death and the Civil War" premiering tonight, bloated Union and Confederate bodies are shown scattered on battlefields and in trenches and bleached skulls and body parts are stacked like cordwood.As the title suggests, death is the central theme of this moving, extraordinarily graphic film based on Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust's acclaimed book "This Republic of Suffering."

September 18, 2012 | By Steve Szkotak Associated Press | Life top stories


Adirondack Adventure: Episode I

Editor's note: This is the first of a three-part series chronicling a trip Hall County resident Bill Rezak made across the eastern U.S. on a motorcycle.

September 16, 2012 | By Bill Rezak For The Times | Life top stories


Rare medieval book offers window to religious life during Middle Ages

University of South Carolina English professor Scott Gwara had sorted through 32 lots of medieval books and manuscripts in a London auction house when he pulled out box 33 and discovered a pristine prayer book that he hoped would round out USC's collection of 15th-century religious texts."I pulled this off the shelf and I thought, 'This is amazing,'" Gwara recalled Friday as he unveiled the volume that was hand-lettered and illuminated more than 500 years ago. "It is the original cover, it has never been rebound, and the paint is as fresh as it was in 1490."

September 15, 2012 | By Carolyn Click The State (Columbia, S.C.) | Life top stories


Reel in the benefits of smoked fish

Several thousand years ago, people discovered that exposing fish to intense amounts of salt and smoke was a great was of preserving the catch for later.

September 12, 2012 | By J.M. Hirsh Associated Press | Life top stories


A fresh take on comfort foods for Rosh Hashanah

Laura Frankel thinks about Rosh Hashanah in simple terms.

September 05, 2012 | By Jim Romanoff Associated Press | Life top stories


Gainesville man passes on love of flying to his sons, and now his grandson

While some men bond over Monday night football and muscle cars, the Manzo family has forged a unique kinship centered around flight plans and takeoffs.

September 02, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


The Good Book reborn

These days, when the pastor instructs the congregation to turn to a certain Scripture, more and more folks are reaching for their smartphones instead of turning to the actual Bible.

September 01, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Brenau’s new greenhouse harbors a future for horticulturists, endangered plants

A group of Brenau University students and staff have plant growing down to a science - literally.

August 31, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


End the summer with easy and tasty desserts

Although the first day of fall isn't until Sept. 22, most folks consider the upcoming Labor Day holiday as the unofficial end of summer.

August 29, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Trio of local artists featured in Gold Dome gallery

For the next six months, all eyes in the state Capitol will be on Northeast Georgia.

August 27, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


‘The life of a working artist’ coming to Brenau

Lenn Redman enjoyed a certain level of celebrity, but within the confines of his home, he was just "dad."

August 26, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


A bash for bulbs: It's GarlicFest time

If you eat enough garlic, you'll not only keep your doctor away, chances are pretty good that you'll keep a lot of other folks at bay, too.

August 22, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Local nonprofit will get spotlight on national TV for its work sending care packages to troops

From their Hall County roots, Amy Paden and Eddie Ray are branching out to change lives worldwide through Hearts of America Inc.

August 20, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Oakwood couple races into the bonds of holy matrimony

Some people spend their whole lives chasing after love, but not Mark and Nancy Kelley.

August 19, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


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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


Adams Barber Shop maintains old-time tradition

As a 3-year-old boy, Kevin McIntyre toddled into the Adams Barber Shop with his father for his very first haircut.

April 21, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Life top stories


Gainesville man takes nontraditional education path

At first glance, a man sitting at a round table by himself eating chips and salsa in the writing center appears to be your average college student. But on closer inspection, Woody Depew is anything but your average 20-something college kid. In fact, Depew has his own kid who is old enough to attend college as well.

April 19, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Band of believers to perform Civil War sounds

While the Civil War divided the United States into North and South, the music from the era seemed to bond the two sides.

April 18, 2015 | | Life top stories


Parks and Rec employee honored for saving a life

April 17, 2015 | | Life top stories


Tricks, tools to tame the crammed kitchen

Associated Press

April 17, 2015 | | Life top stories


Electronics recycling event set for April 18

April 16, 2015 | | Life top stories


Food bank launches ‘Stock the Shelves’ campaign

Food, to most people, is a nourishing meal, a way to celebrate with loved ones or a method of creativity.

April 15, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


2 couples fulfill crazy passion by opening store

Nestled just below the mountains in Habersham County, a store is filled literally from top to bottom with antiques and art from local artists.

April 14, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Alternative medicine grows in popularity

Many people believe natural and traditional medicine must be mutually exclusive forms of treatment for ailments and sicknesses. However, doctors in North Georgia and specialists in natural forms of medicine are looking to bridge the gap between the two distinct styles of healing.

April 13, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Retired nurse recounts her life of service

Born as one of 13 children, Joan Praet was no stranger to discipline growing up. Her experiences as a child fueled her dream of being a nurse, her desire to join the military and her ability to adapt to changing situations and raising four children of her own.

April 12, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


St. Paul UMC has strong foundations

For six generations, the Whitaker family has been members of St. Paul United Methodist Church in downtown Gainesville.

April 11, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Experts advise cleaning bathrooms from top down

Bathrooms have the reputation of being the toughest room to clean. But with spring cleaning season upon us, it's time to get to it.

April 10, 2015 | AUDREY WILLIAMS For The Times | Life top stories


Flowery Branch toddler suffers from rare condition

Hayden Coleman, who is almost 2 years old, is very smart for her age and understands what her parents tell her. But the toddler has a hard time communicating with them for one big reason - her overgrown tongue.

April 06, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


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