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Leaving a legacy

Emerald City residents may have been disappointed to discover their wizard was just a man behind a curtain, but local folks are happy to know the man controlling the happenings at the Good Samaritan Food and Furniture Ministry.

July 28, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Planting the right crawler will minimize problems

In a quest for getting more value from their homes, many folks are no longer content with having a plain backyard. Instead they're looking for outdoor living spaces with a cohesive theme and look.

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


Lunch gear goes stainless, makes food safety easy

It's entirely likely I spend too much time thinking about the lunches I pack for my 7-year-old son. After all, he probably spends all of 5 minutes inhaling my hard work.

July 25, 2012 | By J.m. Hirsch AP Food Editor | Life top stories


Ballet students work to stay sharp over summer

If you've ever taken time off from exercising, you know how tough things are once you finally make it back into the gym.

July 23, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Just regular folk: R.A. Miller at 100

Reuben Aaron Miller, better known as R.A., was a simple man.

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


Buford church gets new name, fresh mission

On Aug. 5, attendees will worship for the last time at New Bethany Baptist Church.

July 21, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


DIY treats that are cool, yet still playful

Hot, hotter, hottest are the best ways to sum up the weather in recent weeks.

July 18, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Times reporter proves you really can dress for less at local thrift shops

With school about to start in a few weeks, many parents and educators alike are out shopping for back-to-school wardrobes.

July 17, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Gainesville Jaycees put teens to the test with leadership program

"Over the wall. Over the wall. You can do it!"

July 16, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Gainesville man’s love for aviation culminates in model plane trove

All it took was a zip and a bang to captivate Paul Gaertner for life.

July 15, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Church aims to reach more kids with Bible school held at YMCA

Although they regularly welcome the community into their place of worship, this time, The Highlands Church members are taking worship to the community.

July 14, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Extension sounds alert for impatiens, tomato disease

Two plant pathogens have been confirmed in Forsyth County this month, according to officials with the Forsyth County Extension Office.

July 13, 2012 | Times staff reports | Life top stories


Swap out the usual lettuce for crisp greens, herbs and melon

Sad to say, but salads have gotten a bad rap. Many folks look down upon them as "rabbit food" or bland bowls of iceberg nothingness.

July 11, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


WomenSource: Members want to talk about health

For the last four years, WomenSource organizers have been working to help area women live their best lives.

July 10, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Local group aims to keep visual arts growing in North Georgia

In a world filled with left-brained, rational thinkers, the more creative, right-brainers often struggle for a space where they can fully relate to others and be completely understood.

July 08, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


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Self-proclaimed 'gypsy' Lois Reed has lifelong music affair

On Jan. 17, Gainesville resident Lois Reed turned 79. Some may call that particular age old. Lois Reed disputes that characterization.

January 25, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Caring Hands Ministries has been helping for 20 years

Two things motivate Ann Fleming to keep doing what she does.

January 24, 2015 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Bargain hunters can discover deals at estate sales

Normally, going to a stranger's home and rifling through their worldly possessions is a bit taboo - unless it's at an estate sale, in which case it's just called shopping.

January 23, 2015 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Dawson County women bake up favorite pies for contest

It's a tale as old as time, as far as baking is concerned: whether classic sweet concoctions such as apple pie or traditional savory offerings such as quiches are truly superior as far as taste buds are concerned.

January 21, 2015 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Flowery Branch woman turns childhood dream into fish business

When Tara Massarelli got her first fish tank at 12 years old, she didn't know how quickly it would turn into a lifetime devotion.

January 20, 2015 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Students finding less time for sleep as extracurricular activities add up

As more students do their best to overachieve and prepare for a competitive future, many find it difficult to accomplish their many tasks in a regular day and stay up late into the night. The result is students forgo getting enough sleep.

January 19, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Female epilepsy patient uses art class to battle disease

Sixteen years ago, Angie Bryant's life changed.

January 18, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Clarkesville man copies the King James Version of the Bible by hand

Freddie North was sitting in his apartment in Demorest when he claims he heard "a voice."

January 17, 2015 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Gardening experts share tips on composting in the cold

Creating compost in the cold poses many challenges for some gardeners. Luckily some gardening experts know of a wide variety of materials to make high-quality soil during the winter months.

January 16, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Cooking with cast-iron skillet or pan creates unique flavor in food

Known to cook meals for hundreds of years, a cast-iron skillet is the perfect tool to fry, bake, saute, braze and broil.

January 14, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Animal Shelter raises funds by painting pooches

Most people hear the word "mural" and probably think about Greek gods and goddesses or scenes from the Bible. But at the Hall County Animal Shelter, the newest murals adorning the concrete walls are all about mammals of the four-legged variety.

January 13, 2015 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Assistant principal resolves to lose weight

Many people set New Year's Resolutions. Few keep them.

January 12, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Life top stories


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