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Neil Gaines’ life was turned upside down by a small mole

Neil Gaines was a college graduate looking forward to beginning his career when an odd-shaped mole on his back changed everything.

October 16, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories

Should teens be allowed to trick-or-treat?

Patti Woods-LaVoie loves Halloween and all things candy, but she has a hard and fast rule when it comes to teens and trick-or-treating.

October 15, 2012 | By Leanne Italie Associated Press | Life top stories

Theater project will unite Buford, groups as a cultural destination

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to notice the abundance of stage talent and theater groups in Northeast Georgia. From award-winning high school programs to standout community theaters, Hall County and the surrounding area is chock full of good performers.

October 14, 2012 | From staff reports | Life top stories

More doctors honor religious objections to blood transfusions

CHICAGO - As a Jehovah's Witness, Tracy Pickett always has enjoyed knocking on doors and introducing strangers to the tenets of her faith. But by the time she reached her mid-40s, scoliosis made every step excruciating and her spiritual mission impossible.Walking again would require surgery that often involves tremendous blood loss and a transfusion - a medical procedure to replenish the blood supply forbidden by her church.

October 13, 2012 | By Manya A. Brachear Chicago Tribune | Life top stories

Through the grapevine

Grapes are a great backyard choice if you're seeking delicious juice, some wine to savor or snacks fresh from the vine. But look elsewhere if it's low maintenance or fast production that you want.

October 11, 2012 | By Dean Fosdick Associated Press | Life top stories

Turn your tailgate party into a feast

DETROIT - As fans rev up for football games, so does their tailgating repertoire. In parking lots on game day, tailgaters elevate their food to big and bold levels.

October 10, 2012 | By Susan M. Selasky Detroit Free Press | Life top stories

Longstreet Cancer Clinic’s All About You shop offers products and comfort

"Cancer itself is just a hard journey all the way around," Cathy Jarrells said.

October 09, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories

Parents opt out, tackle teaching on their own

MODESTO, Calif. - As neighborhood schools grapple with pared budgets and pressure-cooker tests, not every family shares the strain. For a hardy few, the living room doubles as classroom, and kids drive the curriculum.An estimated 2 million students, or 3.6 percent, are home-schooled nationwide, twice as many as in 1999.

October 08, 2012 | By Nan Austin The Modesto Bee | Life top stories

They turn bicycle trash into treasure — then give it away

SANTA ANA, Calif. - Bicycle parts crowd out all but the washer and dryer and Christmas ornaments packed on a few shelves in Randy Kiefer's garage.Overhead, dozens of tires and tire tubes - tied together in bunches by size, 26- and 27-inch - hang like long, skinny pieces of black rubbery fruit. Bicycle forks straddle a narrow beam. Frames are tucked up in the rafters; rims hooked to the walls. Smaller parts fill crates, bins and tackle boxes - drive chains, crank arms, derailleurs, hubs, spokes, lugs, clamps, bolts, spacers, washers…

October 07, 2012 | By Theresa Walker The Orange County Register | Life top stories

Mushrooms serve a greater purpose

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - There's always a fungus among us ... in lawns, gardens and woods"Fungi are part of our everyday lives," says Theresa Augustin, curator of natural areas at Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk, Va.

October 05, 2012 | By Kathy Van Mullekom Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) | Life top stories

Charleston’s shrimp and grits is a humble dish full of native history

Barbecue is nice, and fried green tomatoes have a catchy name. But if you want the dish that truly represents the South these days, skip them both and turn to another recipe entirely:

October 03, 2012 | By Kathleen Purvis The Charlotte Observer | Life top stories

Mural by NGCSU art students took more than a year to complete

DAHLONEGA - A woman with a weathered face, silver hair piled atop her head, sits on a rustic porch admiring a patchwork quilt.Behind her, hazy blue mountains and a stream that winds its way between Dahlonega landmarks form the backdrop of a mural depicting the history and culture of Appalachia.

October 02, 2012 | From staff reports | Life top stories

Adirondack Adventure: Episode III

I maxed out on family in the Syracuse area for a few days until Sunday, June 10, and then headed home for Gainesville via a slightly different route. I rode south out of 'Cuse (as the city is now affectionately known, thanks to the Syracuse University basketball team) and picked up N.Y. Highway 13 southeast in Cortland. Here's the old biker on Pompeii Hill just south of Syracuse - finally, some sun!

September 29, 2012 | By Bill Rezak For The Times | Life top stories

Master Gardeners strut their green stuff at Fall Expo

One of the largest garden shows in Georgia, the Hall County Master Gardeners' Fall Garden Expo begins today and runs through Saturday.

September 28, 2012 | From staff reports | Life top stories

Warm up with creamy casseroles and creamy vegetable soup sans butter

I've always loved broccoli, even if it does have an unfortunate aroma. It's an excellent source of protein, calcium, iron, dietary fiber and many vitamins and minerals.

September 26, 2012 | By Sara Moulton Associated Press | Life top stories

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Gillsville family wins spot on "Family Feud"

The Barrett family of Gillsville has no trouble being loud.

November 30, 2015 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories

Veterans receive thanks for service during Honor Flight

Ed Parks of Gainesville was reminded of a World War II veteran's words to him about the one-day trip to Washington, D.C., sponsored ...

November 29, 2015 | Jeff Gill | Life top stories

Gainesville church to display Nativity scenes from around the world

Christmas is celebrated worldwide with different traditions across the globe.

November 28, 2015 | Amy McDonald | Life top stories

Wondrous color beneath the surface at Jungle Paradise Daylilies

To say June is Suzanne Franklin's busiest month is an understatement.

November 27, 2015 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories

Forsyth County teen shares experiences from "The Voice"

November 23, 2015 | | Life top stories

Thanksgiving Day and its traditions evolve throughout years

When Dana Chapman thinks of Thanksgiving, one image comes to mind. It is a 1943 Norman Rockwell painting titled "Freedom From Want," which was part ...

November 22, 2015 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories

Experts: Black Friday shopping helps local economy

Many people focus on the edible fare, family time and football on Thanksgiving Day.

November 22, 2015 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories

African Children's Choir to sing, dance at Gainesville church

Some people catch themselves humming one tune or another throughout the day, whether it's happy or sad.

November 20, 2015 | BY REBECCA BRAUN | Life top stories

10 simple ways to repair holiday kitchen disasters

If you're planning to entertain at home this holiday season, you'd be wise to bear in mind the words of Julia Child: "Never ...

November 17, 2015 | By Sara Moulton Associated Press | Life top stories


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