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From ball gowns to car repair, these debutantes are learning more than just etiquette

PLANO, Texas - Sure, they still learn to take a graceful bow while wearing elegant white dresses and tiaras, but some debutantes are also taking in the finer points of car repair, nutrition and self-defense.

August 02, 2011 | | Life top stories


Bringing back Sunday dinner

When Sabrina Mitchell was growing up in North Carolina, there were two things that were guaranteed to happen on Sundays, no matter what.

July 31, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


40 acres of worship

In 1830, a group of 10 men donated $1 each for the purchase of 40 acres of land that would become Lumpkin Campground in Dawson County.

July 29, 2011 | Tom Reed | Life top stories


Despite the heat of summer, it will soon be time to plan the fall garden

If the thought of harvesting the last of your summer crops has you going through gardening withdrawal, there's no reason to fret.

July 29, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Easy steps take fresh fruit from the carton to the freezer

Just because summer is dwindling away, that doesn't mean your enjoyment of its produce has to fade during the rest of the year.

July 27, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Friendship Woman’s Club forms for the betterment of Hall County

A group of South Hall residents are women on a mission.

July 26, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Space camp rockets teacher's enthusiasm for science

Janelle Wilson developed a love for outer space at a young age, so it's no surprise she was thrilled to attend a space academy program last month at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.

July 25, 2011 | By KATIE DUNN Times regional staff | Life top stories


Their lucky number

At the Limestone Heritage Nursing Home in Gainesville, the number 103 has special significance.

July 24, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Old organ parts become an art installation at Cumming church

The heavens, earth and sea have come together in one large community art project at a local church.

July 23, 2011 | By Crystal Ledford Times regional staff | Life top stories


Seed spheres used to offset blight

Homemade "seed bombs" are a favorite tool of guerrilla gardeners.

July 22, 2011 | By Dean Fosdick Associated Press | Life top stories


Cumming pastry chef flexes culinary muscles in national competition

For chef Alex Hwang, competition is a piece of cake - literally.

July 20, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Zedonk still popular at wildlife preserve as its 1st birthday approaches

Pippi Z. Donk is a heartbreaker and showstopper all rolled up into one.

July 19, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Fashionable future

With local students heading back to class in less than a month, many families are officially in back-to-school shopping mode.

July 18, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Gainesville doctor’s iPhone apps making waves with expectant moms

Scheduling conflicts or distance keeping your loved ones from sharing in all of the exciting moments of your prenatal appointments? No worries, there's an app for that.

July 17, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Camp meetings a summertime tradition

In the early 1800s, the priorities of most settlers could be described with three F's: faith, farm and family.

July 16, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


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La Mejor de Michoacán scoops up bright ice cream flavors

Behind the counter of La Mejor de Michoacán, every possible color is represented in square containers of homemade ice cream visible just beneath frosted glass. The traditional pinks, whites and browns are joined by neon greens, blues and bright oranges that might be seen as less traditional in the world of ice cream flavors.

July 30, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Nonprofit helps families find a way home

Jessica Cornette returned to a nondescript-looking house off Thompson Bridge Road with some news. The 28-year-old pregnant woman learned she is having a girl, a welcome addition to her family of three.

July 27, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Hydrangeas full of Southern charm

For anyone looking to dive headfirst into gardening, Hall County Master Gardener Mary Richards says the hydrangea is an ideal introductory perennial plant that comes in a wide variety of colors and types.

July 25, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


From the farm to the freezer, Jaemor uses 3 ingredients to produce homemade ice cream

Fresh locally produced milk, handpicked fruits and a vanilla-flavored base are all it takes for Jaemor Farms to make its signature peach and strawberry soft serve ice cream year-round.

July 23, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Artist sculpts out his life's work

As a young artist in 1973, Gregory Johnson aspired to being a famous painter. However, the lack of profit plagued his wallet, compelling him to switch his specialty to sculpting.

July 22, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Y-O-G-A spells relief

What does human anatomy have to do with the Sanskrit language? They have two things in common. One, I know nothing about either of them. Two, they are very common in the practice of many forms of yoga.

July 21, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


What is it? Local extension agents answer questions about mystery plants

Kidney leaf rosin weed

July 18, 2014 | By Wanda Connon and Michael Wheeler | Life top stories


Pizza Tour gives kids a chance to learn about their food, one slice at a time

Pizza is a popular meal all year-round, and making the tasty pies can be a treat kids of all ages can enjoy.

July 16, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


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