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Girl Scouts create ornaments for national Christmas tree

Although crafts are a regular part of the Girl Scouts of the USA experience, members of the local branch of the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia have a reason to be especially proud of their latest art project.

December 19, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


A transplant patient's Christmas miracle

There's nothing like having your world turned upside down to give you a new perspective on life.

December 18, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Lanier Hills Church growing by leaps and bounds

When many churches seek to add additional locations, they tend to look outside of their current city.

December 17, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


12 Days of Cookies

Athough some purists may dispute classifying bars as cookies, inch for inch, they carry just as much flavor as their rolled and cut-out peers.

December 14, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


AT&T community service group celebrates 100 years of volunteering

You may have never heard of the Northeast Georgia Mountaineers Council, but its presence is definitely felt around the community.

December 13, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


North Hall students hear apartheid accounts from former South African police officer

As a child, nothing about his neighborhood in South Africa surprised the Rev. Johan Joubert.

December 12, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


The holidays are all about being with the ones you love, but what if you just can’t get along?

In a perfect world, little Suzy's mommy and daddy never argue about how much money was spent on gifts and uncle Billy doesn't over indulge in eggnog and make off-color jokes at the family Christmas party.

December 11, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Mission builds new school, provides portraits

Although the separation of church and state is a clear cut issue for most people, Steve McDaniel is pleased that he was able to blur the lines a bit.

December 10, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Warm blankets and self-blended herbal teas are great alternatives to store-bought gifts

Store-bought goods have their place, but nothing warms the heart quite like a handmade gift.

December 09, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


12 Days of Cookies

While the holiday season is full of many great traditions, cookie swap parties are probably the most delicious of them all.

December 06, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


The perfect gift may be a second-hand item

If nothing else, the Great Recession has taught most folks how to make the most out of their earnings.

December 06, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Alpha Chi Omega marks its 100th anniversary of supporting arts, women’s causes at Brenau

In 1885, Alpha Chi Omega was founded at DePauw University in Indiana. A few decades later, the sorority would catch on in Gainesville.

December 04, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Showing the English a touch of the South

Our three-week stay in the storybook village of Edale, England, made a lasting impression upon my wife Jenny and I.

December 04, 2011 | | Life top stories


Religious debate starts a conversation between believers and nonbelievers

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 75 percent of American adults identify themselves as Christians.

December 03, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Local residents help decorate state mansion for Christmas

If you've always wanted to take a tour of the Georgia Governor's Mansion when it was all dolled up for the holidays, this year you may have even more of an incentive to do so.

December 02, 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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