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PBS film plumbs Civil War’s staggering toll

RICHMOND, Va. - In the PBS American Experience documentary "Death and the Civil War" premiering tonight, bloated Union and Confederate bodies are shown scattered on battlefields and in trenches and bleached skulls and body parts are stacked like cordwood.As the title suggests, death is the central theme of this moving, extraordinarily graphic film based on Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust's acclaimed book "This Republic of Suffering."

September 18, 2012 | By Steve Szkotak Associated Press | Life top stories

Adirondack Adventure: Episode I

Editor's note: This is the first of a three-part series chronicling a trip Hall County resident Bill Rezak made across the eastern U.S. on a motorcycle.

September 16, 2012 | By Bill Rezak For The Times | Life top stories

Rare medieval book offers window to religious life during Middle Ages

University of South Carolina English professor Scott Gwara had sorted through 32 lots of medieval books and manuscripts in a London auction house when he pulled out box 33 and discovered a pristine prayer book that he hoped would round out USC's collection of 15th-century religious texts."I pulled this off the shelf and I thought, 'This is amazing,'" Gwara recalled Friday as he unveiled the volume that was hand-lettered and illuminated more than 500 years ago. "It is the original cover, it has never been rebound, and the paint is as fresh as it was in 1490."

September 15, 2012 | By Carolyn Click The State (Columbia, S.C.) | Life top stories

Reel in the benefits of smoked fish

Several thousand years ago, people discovered that exposing fish to intense amounts of salt and smoke was a great was of preserving the catch for later.

September 12, 2012 | By J.M. Hirsh Associated Press | Life top stories

A fresh take on comfort foods for Rosh Hashanah

Laura Frankel thinks about Rosh Hashanah in simple terms.

September 05, 2012 | By Jim Romanoff Associated Press | Life top stories

Gainesville man passes on love of flying to his sons, and now his grandson

While some men bond over Monday night football and muscle cars, the Manzo family has forged a unique kinship centered around flight plans and takeoffs.

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

The Good Book reborn

These days, when the pastor instructs the congregation to turn to a certain Scripture, more and more folks are reaching for their smartphones instead of turning to the actual Bible.

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

Brenau’s new greenhouse harbors a future for horticulturists, endangered plants

A group of Brenau University students and staff have plant growing down to a science - literally.

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

End the summer with easy and tasty desserts

Although the first day of fall isn't until Sept. 22, most folks consider the upcoming Labor Day holiday as the unofficial end of summer.

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

Trio of local artists featured in Gold Dome gallery

For the next six months, all eyes in the state Capitol will be on Northeast Georgia.

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

‘The life of a working artist’ coming to Brenau

Lenn Redman enjoyed a certain level of celebrity, but within the confines of his home, he was just "dad."

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

A bash for bulbs: It's GarlicFest time

If you eat enough garlic, you'll not only keep your doctor away, chances are pretty good that you'll keep a lot of other folks at bay, too.

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

Local nonprofit will get spotlight on national TV for its work sending care packages to troops

From their Hall County roots, Amy Paden and Eddie Ray are branching out to change lives worldwide through Hearts of America Inc.

August 20, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories

Oakwood couple races into the bonds of holy matrimony

Some people spend their whole lives chasing after love, but not Mark and Nancy Kelley.

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

Late-summer veggies can fill garden's vacant spots

Mid- to late summer is prime time for gardeners - a last chance to grow a second batch of fresh vegetables before the plant-killing frosts arrive. Add a few protective enclosures, such as cold frames, overhead sheets and hoops, and the harvest can be extended until Thanksgiving and beyond.

August 17, 2012 | From staff and wire reports | Life top stories

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Hardman Farm full of history

Cindy Randolph leaned forward conspiratorially from her chair on her back porch with a twinkle in her eye and a quick smile.

October 04, 2015 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories

Egyptian fruit bats inhabit new home at zoo

Boy Scout Grant Randolph was nearing the cusp of earning his Eagle Scout ranking. All he needed was a worthwhile project to perform for a ...

September 29, 2015 | BY KAYLA CANADA | Life top stories

Two Gainesville women learn to row on Lake Lanier

Learning how to row is like riding a bicycle. It isn't always easy and you may fall over once or twice, but that's ...

September 27, 2015 | HAILEY VAN PARYS | Life top stories

DIVINE conference delivers message of empowering women

As women of all shapes, sizes and ages shuffled inside the sanctuary and waited for the program to begin at Free Chapel in Gainesville, two ...

September 26, 2015 | BY HAILEY VAN PARYS | Life top stories

Gainesville man eases school traffic for nearly 40 years

Jacob Wilmont is a jack-of-all-trades.

September 22, 2015 | | Life top stories

Gainesville woman’s art, nonprofit offer tangible support to cancer patients

A Hartwell woman driving to Gainesville four times a week for medical treatment scrapes up enough money for gas for the trips.

September 20, 2015 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


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