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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


State parks offering new campers lessons, equipment

Novice campers have a friend in the Georgia State Parks system.

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


You don’t need harsh chemicals for spring sprucing

With the first official day of spring less than two weeks away, many folks are getting the itch to give their home a good deep cleaning.

March 12, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


History center, local troops mark 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts

One-hundred years ago today, Juliette Gordon Low made a decision that would change the lives of girls for generations nationwide.

March 12, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Rucker’s efforts helped teach generations of local students

While some people become obsessed with their legacy later in life, Beulah Rucker Oliver knew early on how she would make her mark in the world.

March 11, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Gainesville woman heading to Costa Rica to battle rampant sex trafficking of youth

Sidney Eure is a woman on a mission. Make that several missions.

March 10, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


GHS academic team celebrates bittersweet victory after losing senior Patrick Kelley

The Gainesville High School Varsity Academic Team is the perfect example of what can happen when preparation meets dedication.

March 05, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Gainesville woman acquires exotic garments as a Pan Am employee

In between her summer dresses and winter coats, you're likely to find a sari from India or a wedding ensemble from Uzbekistan hanging in Joy Losee's closet.

March 04, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Eyes of the Father: Learn to give up past, embrace the future

Know what I love about Saturdays? Naptime.

March 04, 2012 | Parrish Myers | Life top stories


Oakwood woman’s book reveals secret Jewish sect

It isn't uncommon to hear children in Sunday school sing, "This little light of mine. I'm gonna let it shine. Everywhere I go, I'm gonna let it shine."

March 03, 2012 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Expo puts all housing needs under 1 roof

If you're thinking of doing any type of home-related construction, you should make plans to attend the 2012 Northeast Georgia Home Expo this weekend.

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


Local confectionery slugging it out in 2012 Flavor of Georgia contest

A local treat is in the running to become a signature Flavor of Georgia.

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


Mother, son celebrate Leap Year birthdays

Although she will be turning 28 on Wednesday, Jessica Jackson has only had six birthdays in her lifetime. She's a Leap Year baby.

February 28, 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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