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Mother, son team among first to finish 3-Day for the Cure walk

Every year, thousands of participants converge on Atlanta for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure.

October 30, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Hickory Grove builds on a diverse past

The history of Hickory Grove Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, located along Ga. 115 between Murrayville and Dahlonega, dates back 138 years.

October 29, 2011 | Tom Reed | Life top stories


A Halloween hello

All around Hall County, ghosts and goblins will be ringing doorbells and offering open sacks in the hopes of scoring a few tasty treats come Monday night.

October 28, 2011 | From staff, wire reports | Life top stories


Pumpkins: More than just a scary face

This time of year, folks have one thing in mind when they look at pumpkins: decorations.

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


If you need a costume, who ya gonna call?

Around these parts in North Georgia, most hobbyists have fairly typical interests ... classic cars, wood turning, lure collections. But every once in a while, like the odd egg in a chicken nest, comes someone whose hobby can only be classified as "unique." Meet Gainesville resident Jeff McClure.

October 25, 2011 | Michelle Boaen Jameson | Life top stories


Students get a look at Holocaust memories

Telling students to be kind to one another is one thing, but the lesson is possibly more effective when they see what happens when hatred rules.

October 23, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


New blog puts focus on Appalachia

Without ever setting foot in one of the 13 Appalachian states, many people reach a conclusion about what the region's people are like.

October 23, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Group helps youth build relationships with Jesus

Instead of telling members there is one path to building a relationship with God, Young Life leaders and volunteers strive to walk beside teenagers on their individual journey.

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


Tour highlights chef-worthy kitchens

Lindsay Addison may be living in her childhood home, but her newly renovated kitchen is all grown up.

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


A flair for fare

When the culinary staff at Lanier Village Estates say they are the best, that's not just lip service. It's a verifiable fact.

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


Times reporter takes her first trip through a favorite North Georgia pastime

I'm from South Georgia where fall is far less exciting than it is here.

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


Family, fiesta and cultural fare

New Holland Core Knowledge Academy kindergarten students enjoyed a multi-sensory Hispanic Heritage celebration last week.

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


Two Up Across America: A motorcycle adventure part IV

Editor's note: This is the last of a four-part series chronicling a trip Bill Rezak made across the U.S. on a motorcycle.

October 16, 2011 | | Life top stories


Gainesville boy uses his entrepreneurial skills to provide wells for a foreign land

Like most boys his age, Grayson Smith loves playing video games, building things and catching insects.

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


‘A place for prayer, reflection’

Fred Hedges says he believes Carmel Retreat Center might be one of Jackson County's best kept secrets.

October 15, 2011 | By Katie Dunn Times regional staff | Life top stories


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Self-proclaimed 'gypsy' Lois Reed has lifelong music affair

On Jan. 17, Gainesville resident Lois Reed turned 79. Some may call that particular age old. Lois Reed disputes that characterization.

January 25, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Caring Hands Ministries has been helping for 20 years

Two things motivate Ann Fleming to keep doing what she does.

January 24, 2015 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Bargain hunters can discover deals at estate sales

Normally, going to a stranger's home and rifling through their worldly possessions is a bit taboo - unless it's at an estate sale, in which case it's just called shopping.

January 23, 2015 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Dawson County women bake up favorite pies for contest

It's a tale as old as time, as far as baking is concerned: whether classic sweet concoctions such as apple pie or traditional savory offerings such as quiches are truly superior as far as taste buds are concerned.

January 21, 2015 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Flowery Branch woman turns childhood dream into fish business

When Tara Massarelli got her first fish tank at 12 years old, she didn't know how quickly it would turn into a lifetime devotion.

January 20, 2015 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Students finding less time for sleep as extracurricular activities add up

As more students do their best to overachieve and prepare for a competitive future, many find it difficult to accomplish their many tasks in a regular day and stay up late into the night. The result is students forgo getting enough sleep.

January 19, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Female epilepsy patient uses art class to battle disease

Sixteen years ago, Angie Bryant's life changed.

January 18, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Clarkesville man copies the King James Version of the Bible by hand

Freddie North was sitting in his apartment in Demorest when he claims he heard "a voice."

January 17, 2015 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Gardening experts share tips on composting in the cold

Creating compost in the cold poses many challenges for some gardeners. Luckily some gardening experts know of a wide variety of materials to make high-quality soil during the winter months.

January 16, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Cooking with cast-iron skillet or pan creates unique flavor in food

Known to cook meals for hundreds of years, a cast-iron skillet is the perfect tool to fry, bake, saute, braze and broil.

January 14, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Animal Shelter raises funds by painting pooches

Most people hear the word "mural" and probably think about Greek gods and goddesses or scenes from the Bible. But at the Hall County Animal Shelter, the newest murals adorning the concrete walls are all about mammals of the four-legged variety.

January 13, 2015 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Assistant principal resolves to lose weight

Many people set New Year's Resolutions. Few keep them.

January 12, 2015 | Kristen Oliver | Life top stories


Retired math teacher takes time to paint

Some might think a former math teacher and current math tutor wouldn't have a creative streak, but Lilli Grenvicz would prove them wrong.

January 11, 2015 | BY Bonny Harper Times regional staff | Life top stories


GoFundMe website helps funding local worthy causes

Not every 11-year-old boy spends his time thinking about how to stop a dangerous oil spill.

January 11, 2015 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


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