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A river, a past and a people

Being submerged in water symbolically represents purification.

January 07, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Pastors extending a hand

Instead of focusing strictly on Sunday morning sermons, more worship leaders are reaching out to the community to help those around them improve their overall lives.

January 07, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Hall Library Systems offers a free way to test energy efficiency

These days, most everyone is interested in making sure they're running an energy-efficient home.

January 06, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


With hectic holidays over, simple sounds good.

Although you can find slow cookers on store shelves and kitchen cabinets all year long, many cooks don't give them a second thought until the mercury begins to drop in the thermometer.

January 04, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Gainesville artist puts life on canvas, despite worsening blindness

The average person may look at the sky and see a solid field of blue. But for an artist, it's a blanket of interwoven shades of aquamarine and cerulean.

January 03, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Make 2012 the year your family comes together

Although many people think of the beginning of the year as a time to implement resolutions geared toward self-improvement, it never hurts to look at the bigger picture.

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


Losing income to illness, Gainesville resident gets resourceful

The last few holidays have brought interesting changes to Kelsey's Trusty's life.

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


Party panache: Be the life of the 2012 bash

As the world prepares to bid farewell to 2011, many folks are busy planning how they're going to usher in 2012.

December 30, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Host a D-I-Y sushi party for New Year’s Eve

Not a New Year's Eve partier? Me either.

December 28, 2011 | By J.m. Hirsch Associated Press | Life top stories


Zipping her fears away

You may find this hard to believe, but I've never been much of a wild child.

December 27, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


‘I want to be that inspirational kind of guy’

When singer Trevor Jones is struggling with a performance, he knows exactly how to get things back on track.

December 26, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


The house that love built

Gumdrops on shingles and icing on chimneys ... these are a few of Roberta Schuetze's favorite things.

December 25, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Local artist seeks to ‘Reach’ wider audience

Like Rodney Dangerfield, Christian rappers get no respect.

December 24, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


It’s a wrap!

Gifts themselves are nice, but presentation is everything.

December 23, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


12 Days of Cookies

Snickerdoodles and chocolate-chip cookies may be delicious, but when you're trying to impress a holiday crowd, sometimes you have to pull out all of the stops.

December 21, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


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Couple carves out haunted homestead on lawn

From the view from their kitchen looking out on the front yard, Charles and Sharon Holcomb watched as a Hall County Sheriff's patrol car cruised slowly past their house last fall. The married couple nervously wondered if the deputy's next move would be to knock on their front door, telling them to move the tractor from their front yard.

October 31, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Coupling cold ones with fall appetizers, entrees and desserts

While pumpkin spice lattes and apple cider snagged the title of most ubiquitous autumn drinks long ago, new players have entered the game, and they are playing for keeps.

October 29, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


History Center recounts tales about ghosts of Gainesville

For years, many groups have been investigating the historical haunts of Gainesville and trying to find explanations for the ghost stories passed down through the generations.

October 28, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Gainesville native finally takes on running challenge

October 27, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Know the risk factors, warning signs of a stroke

October 27, 2014 | BY Denise Boldea and Sonia Hunter For The Times | Life top stories


Gainesville graduate connects with Chinese culture while in Asian country

When Gainesville High School graduate William Morris began his college career at Harvard University, he expected to simply be a student.

October 26, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Georgia group aids Kenyan kids

CUMMING - Parsons Gifts may be the perfect place to find holiday presents and collectibles, but many customers may not know just how far some of their money reaches.

October 26, 2014 | BY KAYLA ROBINS Times regional staff | Life top stories


Clermont woman spends 60 years playing for the Lord

Barbara Glover lifts the hymnal and runs her finger down the index.

October 25, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Wileys continue a family farming tradition dating to the Civil War

Yvonne Wiley recalls the dramatic moment with a sharpness that shows she's told the tale a time or two.

October 24, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Tourists hunt the ghostly haunts of Dahlonega

Dahlonega is known for many things - gold, history and wine among them - but the historic city hasn't gone almost 200 years without gathering a spooky legend or two.

October 21, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Homeless man turns life around, runs Good News at Noon shelter

October 19, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


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