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Siblings in sync

The Cantrell siblings are a high-kicking, toe-standing, folk dancing conundrum.

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


A blast of pure faith

After traveling far and wide sharing the gospel, twins Sharon and Jonathan Arrowood realized that their mission field was right in their own backyard.

March 31, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


How to rub out those stubborn stains

When it comes to stubborn stains, even some veteran cleaning pro can meet their match.

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


Whether you celebrate Passover or Easter, some dishes never lose flavor with families

Depending on your family traditions, next week's holidays may bring a different variety of dishes to your dinner table. Easter and Passover are both around the corner and each have their own set of culinary delights.

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


Predawn workouts by light of a street lamp draw several dozen to daily ‘boot camp’

A new pair of cross trainer shoes will probably set you back $60 or more, but a new lease on life, via the Average Joe Boot Camp, is free.

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


Dabs of creativity: Students rewarded with artistic outing

Although learning is its own reward, groups of local students are getting an added incentive for showing up to school regularly.

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


Snapshot of Buford Dam is history, times 10

The oversized landscape hanging in the break room of Porter's Inc. is as much a part of June Porter's family history as any aunt or uncle.

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


Grayson Smith continues his world campaign for access to clean water

Grayson Smith may be young, but he's ready to make a difference in the world.

March 24, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Feeling drained by bathroom duty?

It may contain a porcelain "throne," but when it comes to tidying up the bathroom, the process can make you feel like anything but royal.

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


Recipes may differ for these delicious cakes, but they all share the same base

With warm weather here to stay, folks are turning their attention to beach vacations and the delightful meal options provided by the surf's bounty.

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


All hands on DECA at East Hall Middle

During the first year on many teams, members are focused more on building a firm foundation than they are on winning.

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


Filmmakers bring their lights, cameras and action to Georgia, boosting the economy

Maybe you've noticed it when stuck in traffic on Ga. Highway 211. Or when strolling through downtown Athens. And you may well notice it next week when driving down a certain stretch of Ga. 53.

March 18, 2012 | Jeff Marker | Life top stories


Performance will help St. John Baptist raise funds for church

This weekend's Cultural Celebration of Faith at St. John Baptist Church will feature an unusual joyful noise.

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


Don’t toss it, reuse it

Where most folks view a coffee filter as a one-trick pony, Deniece Schofield sees endless possibilities.

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


Go green with envy this St. Patty's Day

Although many St. Patrick's Day gatherings center around certain beverages made from hops and other ingredients, traditional celebrations were all about the food.

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


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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


Cleveland couple bonds with breed of Great Pyrenees

When Marla McSwiney first met Noah, her niece's Great Pyrenees dog, she saw a fluffy, white being that was loving and loyal. However, Noah had heartworms, and McSwiney had no idea how to help care for the animal. She called up John Heldrich, founder of Great Pyrenees Rescue of Atlanta, to ask for his advice.

March 17, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Doctors establishing pharmacies inside practices to make patients’ lives easier

As more consumers seem to favor one-stop shopping with their retail choices, some doctors' offices are starting to adopt the same trend by establishing pharmacies inside their own practices.

March 15, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Gainesville man recalls serving in army with real-life 'Forrest Gump'

Life may have been "like box of chocolates" for Forrest Gump, but for the 42 men who entered into Cai Lay, Vietnam, on a fateful November night in 1967, they pretty much knew what they were going to get.

March 15, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


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