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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


Festive treats let you savor fall's flavors

The leaves are starting to light up the sky with a rainbow of yellows and reds, so that means fall festival season is upon us.

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


Around the Home: Shop smart to eat smart

Becoming a savvy food shopper is a worthy goal for anyone who shops for nutritious food these days. Finding the best, most nutritious foods while faced with rising prices is a challenge for all of us.

October 12, 2011 | Ginger Bennett | Life top stories


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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


Cleveland couple bonds with breed of Great Pyrenees

When Marla McSwiney first met Noah, her niece's Great Pyrenees dog, she saw a fluffy, white being that was loving and loyal. However, Noah had heartworms, and McSwiney had no idea how to help care for the animal. She called up John Heldrich, founder of Great Pyrenees Rescue of Atlanta, to ask for his advice.

March 17, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Doctors establishing pharmacies inside practices to make patients’ lives easier

As more consumers seem to favor one-stop shopping with their retail choices, some doctors' offices are starting to adopt the same trend by establishing pharmacies inside their own practices.

March 15, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Gainesville man recalls serving in army with real-life 'Forrest Gump'

Life may have been "like box of chocolates" for Forrest Gump, but for the 42 men who entered into Cai Lay, Vietnam, on a fateful November night in 1967, they pretty much knew what they were going to get.

March 15, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


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