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AmeriCorps volunteers are digging Gainesville

If all goes as planned in the future, people will come from all over to take note of the conservation efforts of The Redbud Project in Gainesville.

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


Crawford Long Museum displays clothing, artifacts from Civil War era

It is likely Mary Jane Merk Patrick wiped away a few tears as she said goodbye to her husband.

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


Gainesville grads see ministry in their future

Many freshmen enter college unsure about what they want to do with their lives, but that's not the case for four local students.

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


Wallpaper can stretch beyond walls, but think about removal before committing

Wallpaper has been around for at least 2,000 years, dating back to when the Chinese started to hang decorated rice paper on their walls.

May 25, 2012 | From staff reports | Life top stories


A few changes can cut calories at your picnic

With Memorial Day weekend coming up in just a few short days, lots of folks have their minds set on hosting a barbecue.

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


Flowery Branch girl transforms herself to change the lives of elderly residents

Even though she sometimes dons a "Cinderella" costume, some nursing home residents see Anna Leigh Stewart as a fairy godmother.

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


Students use GPS to find buried treasure

Second-grade students at Spout Springs School of Enrichment got the chance on Tuesday to find buried treasure. But they got to do more than just follow a map.

May 21, 2012 | Megan Gill | Life top stories


Looking back on a Titanic decision

One hundred years ago, as passengers and crew members aboard the RMS Titanic counted down the minutes to certain death or despair, members of one well-known North Carolina family were out of harm's way, having made a decision that likely changed the course of their lives.

May 20, 2012 | Michael Beard | Life top stories


Latter-Day Saints church members work to

When it comes to disaster preparedness, most people turn to the American Red Cross, not their church.

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


Sprucing up the yard could nab a nod from the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

If you have ever driven by a home and thought their yard was especially beautiful, instead of keeping that gem to yourself, consider nominating the owners for public recognition.

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


Tips to get the most out of your trips to the farmers markets

It's farmers market time again, a time of rebirth and renewal for local agriculture.

May 16, 2012 | By staff, wire reports | Life top stories


NC woman treks through Gainesville to raise awareness of caregivers for elderly

In her neon reflective vest, it's hard to miss Teri Swezey walking along the shoulder of highways and state routes.

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


Wauka Mountain students get up close with agriculture

Recent Ag Day festivities at Wauka Mountain Multiple Intelligences School gave students the opportunity to get in touch with their inner farmer.

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


Mothers are so much more than meals and clean clothes

When we're young with our minds set on paving our own road in life, the last thing we as women want to hear is, "You're just like your mother."

May 13, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Growing herbs is easy, low maintenance gardening and adds fresh flavor to your dishes

If you've never had much of a green thumb but are interested in edible gardening, you'd probably want to start with herbs.

May 11, 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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