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Congregation at Nacoochee Presbyterian still growing

Nacoochee Presbyterian Church, just off Ga. 255 in the center of the White County community of Sautee, was originally founded in 1870 by Capt. James Nichols. Nichols moved his from family Milledgeville to the Sautee area after the Civil War.

June 25, 2011 | Tom Reed | Life top stories


The bamboo bamboozle

These days, bamboo is more than just a food source for pandas.

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


Pick a healthier picnic

Summertime is officially here and that's the prime season for backyard barbecues.

June 22, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Young Jefferson pianist recently toured Italy

If you closed your eyes and listened to Sean VanMeter tickle the ivories, you'd notice he plays with the confidence and skill of the great maestros.

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


Cooking like Dad

Daunte Gibbs can really burn in the kitchen.

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


Increase in female church leaders a ‘natural progression’

Although it may not seem like it now, there was a time when women weren't accepted in leadership positions within the church.

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


The war on privet

When a landscaper arranges a garden, they typically put specific plants in certain areas - confident they will stay in that one place.

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


Heritage center picks 3 winning recipes in cookie contest

Typically, art filling the gallery at the Georgia Heritage Center for the Arts is meant to be admired indefinitely.

June 15, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Gainesville's John Hopkins takes his mom as date to CMT Awards

It was a great night for Georgia-based bands last Wednesday at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, as several groups with Georgia ties took the stage for the CMT Awards, and a few took home the show's coveted buckles.

June 14, 2011 | Tasha Biggers | Life top stories


Gardening course for educators utilizes multiple subjects to engage students

While their students are settling into the lazy days of summer vacation, a group of area teachers have taken on new roles as pupils in the Summer Master Gardener Program for Educators.

June 13, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


‘Days of Our Lives’ actor with Gainesville ties now ventures into movies

Although "Days of our Lives" has drawn in millions of viewers over its 46-year television history, the character of Will Horton has given local audiences a new reason to watch for the past year.

June 12, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Capitol chaplain says he’ll rely on prayer, avoid politics

WASHINGTON - The Rev. Patrick Conroy says he won't be trying to convert anyone as he gets rolling as chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives, which includes 39 Jews, three Buddhists and two Muslims.

June 11, 2011 | By Rob Hotakainen McClatchy Newspapers | Life top stories


Cures from the garden

Hundreds of years ago, it was common for folks to search their gardens or neighboring woods to find treatments for their ailments.

June 10, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Cure your Father’s Day gift anxiety

Home-cured bacon? Sounds like one of those things the average person wouldn't in a million years attempt.

June 08, 2011 | By Alison Ladman Associated Press | Life top stories


Local Red Hatters celebrate 9 years of 'enjoying life'

In 1998, Sue Ellen Cooper presented her friend with a red fedora and poem for her 55th birthday.

June 07, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


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Articles by Section - Life top stories


Dixie Divas: Loss of parents and wisdom

There are few who cannot say truthfully they miss their parents after death has laid claim to those loved ones. The parents who taught us, scolded us and, at times, annoyed us are never forgotten, never put away on a shelf to be remembered no more.

July 29, 2014 | Ronda Rich | 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


Grounds crew gets down and dirty

Imagine having 300 acres of grass to cut. Add 14 miles of edging around sidewalks, fertilizing, aerating and weed eating to the list and it describes the job of a landscape services worker for the city of Gainesville.

July 15, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


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