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Geocaching fuses hiking with history — and gadgets — at Ga. state parks

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has taken a firm grasp on modern technology to help visitors get a new perspective of state parks and historic sites.

June 28, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Hall County students earn the chance to see the nation’s Capitol up close and personal

They may only be high school students, but Alexandra Smith and Patrick Kelley recently had the opportunity to rub elbows with the upper echelons of government.

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


Many old cemeteries fall into disrepair after descendants move on

If you want to get an idea of how times have changed, take a trip to your local cemetery.

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


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


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Downtown store owner crafts confections creations

Sometimes you feel the need for something sweet, and sometimes you find it.

October 01, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Former soldier transforms into a crafty cowboy

Jason Smith's mind struggles.

September 30, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Working out inch by inch at the barre

Some workouts are measured in miles run, others in yards swum. For barre fitness, a lot can be accomplished in an inch.

September 29, 2014 | Shannon Casas | Life top stories


Hospice offers simple comforts

Carol Jewell, the volunteer coordinator at Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, could talk for days about her 20-plus years in hospice care. When she discusses what her volunteers really do, one particular anecdote comes to mind.

September 28, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Eyes of the Father: Worshipping God in church renews spirit

As we were getting ready for church one morning, Chloe dropped a bombshell. She said she didn't want to go to church.

September 28, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Life top stories


Bahai'a faith growing in Georgia

Around the same time that America was breaking into a Civil War, a Persian nobleman named Mirza Husayn Ali Nuri announced he was a "Manifestation of God."

September 27, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Seed company flourishes

Joanne Roth said she has been growing plants "forever and ever," or at least since she lived in England in the early 1980s.

September 26, 2014 | Bonny Harper Times regional staff | Life top stories


Murrayville man grows hundreds of pounds of pumpkins

Mike Nepereny is already planting seeds for his retirement.

September 24, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Covington woman takes life one step at a time

Tichelle Florence is tough.

September 23, 2014 | BY ROB DEWIG Times regional staff | Life top stories


Area woman creates fanciful fashions

Ruth Nore got into the business when she was 12.

September 22, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Murrayville woman uses art to help beat ovarian cancer

When Sue Sigmon-Nosach celebrated her 60th birthday, the milestone might not have seemed like much for those who don't know the Murrayville resident.

September 21, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Christian, Muslim discover common ground at forum

University of North Georgia student April Bradley expected a heated debate when she heard a Christian minister and observant Muslim were going to talk about their opposing faiths Thursday night. But she was pleasantly surprised to observe a different scene at The Monkey Barrel in downtown Gainesville.

September 20, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Antioch UMC reminisces over its history

"Loving, gracious, faithful and generous," is the reputation Antioch United Methodist Church in Gainesville has created during the past 200 years, according to its members, pastor and former pastors.

September 20, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Life top stories


Gardens on Green teaches 'miracles'

Taylor Parker held up a small speck of black and squealed.

September 19, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


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