As families prepare to enjoy a day in the sun and at pools Saturday to kick off the three-day weekend, adults and children alike need to protect their skin from the dangerous UV rays and the damaging effects on the body.
After a year of uncertainty, local high school seniors are seeing their futures a bit more clearly.
Jane Hemmer carries several different business cards in her purse.
Each paving stone that seasoned stonemason Allen Cerinetti placed on the ground marked a prayer by a college community and a pledge by a Catholic church congregation to build a memorial grotto in Dawsonville.
"Healthy eating for children with diabetes is the same as healthy eating for all children," said Mary Ann Clever, a registered and licensed dietitian and a certified diabetes educator with The Longstreet Clinic in Gainesville.
While most college students soak up the sun on beaches for spring break, nine University of North Georgia graduate students immersed themselves in another culture for hands-on training in La Romana, Dominican Republic.
A mother's job is never really finished.
Dozens of residents bowed their heads to pray on the downtown square in Gainesville nine days ago. The solemn activity was part of the National Day of Prayer, which was established by Congress as an annual event in 1952 and designated as the first Thursday of May each year in 1988.
CUMMING - Cumming Garden Club members have helped create a new place for little ones to play and learn.
I work full time in the food business. For more than three decades, my days have centered on food - from wrangling recipes and groceries, to ingredient research, to tastings in a test kitchen. So when the kids ask what I want for Mother's Day, the answer is simple: Cook for me.
"Be careful. Don't poke your eye out," the deep fatherly voice said from across the small living room. "And don't poke your sister's eye out, either!"
When most people think of study abroad programs, they think of spending a few months studying a second language in a foreign country in college. Few consider committing to live with a host family for 10 months. Fewer still consider doing it while in high school.
As Gabrielle Cubera prepared for her pilgrimage to Rome, she asked everyone she met if they had any prayer requests.
When one church closes, its doors open to another.
As the work day begins, cooks crowd into the small kitchen in the back of the historic building on the downtown square in Gainesville.
Sometimes you feel the need for something sweet, and sometimes you find it.
Jason Smith's mind struggles.
Some workouts are measured in miles run, others in yards swum. For barre fitness, a lot can be accomplished in an inch.
Carol Jewell, the volunteer coordinator at Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, could talk for days about her 20-plus years in hospice care. When she discusses what her volunteers really do, one particular anecdote comes to mind.
As we were getting ready for church one morning, Chloe dropped a bombshell. She said she didn't want to go to church.
Around the same time that America was breaking into a Civil War, a Persian nobleman named Mirza Husayn Ali Nuri announced he was a "Manifestation of God."
Joanne Roth said she has been growing plants "forever and ever," or at least since she lived in England in the early 1980s.
Mike Nepereny is already planting seeds for his retirement.
Tichelle Florence is tough.
Ruth Nore got into the business when she was 12.
When Sue Sigmon-Nosach celebrated her 60th birthday, the milestone might not have seemed like much for those who don't know the Murrayville resident.
University of North Georgia student April Bradley expected a heated debate when she heard a Christian minister and observant Muslim were going to talk about their opposing faiths Thursday night. But she was pleasantly surprised to observe a different scene at The Monkey Barrel in downtown Gainesville.
"Loving, gracious, faithful and generous," is the reputation Antioch United Methodist Church in Gainesville has created during the past 200 years, according to its members, pastor and former pastors.
Taylor Parker held up a small speck of black and squealed.
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