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Students who are struggling to learn Spanish don't have to look further than their school's cafeteria for assistance.

May 09, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Brenau University putting the spotlight on area artists

Gainesville has a lot of talent to offer. And Brenau University is taking advantage of that fact.

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


WomenSource luncheon focuses on little changes in habits that lead to a healthier lifestyle

When it comes to leading a healthier life, making small changes can make a big difference.

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


Cancer survivor Cody Tatum is pushing to help other afflicted children

When he was 15, Cody Tatum was too young to legally drink or buy cigarettes, but the cells growing in his larynx weren't focused on his age.

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


Local group gives warmth, comfort to the sick

Being bitten by the quilting bug is both a gift and a curse.

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


Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Mexican cuisine

Cinco de Mayo is fast approaching and many will celebrate the history of Mexico, honor Mexican culture and of course indulge in Mexican cuisine.

May 02, 2012 | By Heather Hunsaker www.foodonthetable.com | Life top stories


A day in the muck at the Dirty Girl Fun Run

If my mommy could have added her own commandment to the list of 10 passed down through Moses, it probably would read: "Thou shall not get dirty."

April 30, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Kids learn to be 'Healthy as a Horse'

When some people decide to get serious about fitness, they head to the gym. Janice Gardner heads to the stables.

April 30, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Gainesville woman opens nonprofit tea room

It's like stepping inside Barbie's Dream House.

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


Shay Grant has gardening in her roots

When Shay Grant offers up a bit of gardening advice, you can take it to the bank. She knows what she's talking about.

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


Can you top this?

When is a pancake not just a pancake? When it's scattered, smothered and covered with fruit, fillings and love.

April 25, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


A rad root: Radishes are healthy, flavorful and cheap

Spring is here, and it is the perfect time to rediscover ruby-red radishes.

April 25, 2012 | By Heather Hunsaker www.foodonthetable.com | Life top stories


Nonprofit founded by TV’s Dr. Oz seeks to get city’s youths off couches, into fitness

Last year, Michelle Bouchard and Dr. Mehmet Oz, the TV talk show host, visited Sacramento, Calif. They noticed the problem of childhood obesity here was similar to what they had seen in many cities across the country.

April 24, 2012 | By Jennifer Garza The Sacramento Bee | Life top stories


Swinging for the fence

Ordinarily, batters are encouraged to keep their eyes on the ball. But as the players approached home plate Friday at the Field of Dreams, they found it more beneficial to rely on another sense - their hearing.

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


An ‘addictive’ pursuit of ancestral roots

They say dead men tell no tales, but George McMath has convinced quite a few to share their secrets.

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


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Easter traditions bring new outfits and old memories

Easter is a time for new beginnings and new life full of color. For some locals, it means new clothes.

March 30, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Gainesville woman recounts Selma march for civil rights

In 1965, Northwestern University senior Ferris Hardin felt a calling to be a small cog in a big social machine and change America in the small town of Selma, Ala.

March 29, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Blackshear Place Baptist Church growing after 60 years

What began as some 37 Christians trying to meet a need in the community of South Hall County has now turned into the 8,000-member Blackshear Place Baptist Church. And its small roots, originally planted on a 4-acre cornfield at the intersection of Atlanta and Winder highways, have grown to a 40-acre campus.

March 27, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Life top stories


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


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