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12 Days of Cookies

Snickerdoodles and chocolate-chip cookies may be delicious, but when you're trying to impress a holiday crowd, sometimes you have to pull out all of the stops.

December 21, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Girl Scouts create ornaments for national Christmas tree

Although crafts are a regular part of the Girl Scouts of the USA experience, members of the local branch of the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia have a reason to be especially proud of their latest art project.

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


A transplant patient's Christmas miracle

There's nothing like having your world turned upside down to give you a new perspective on life.

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


Lanier Hills Church growing by leaps and bounds

When many churches seek to add additional locations, they tend to look outside of their current city.

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


12 Days of Cookies

Athough some purists may dispute classifying bars as cookies, inch for inch, they carry just as much flavor as their rolled and cut-out peers.

December 14, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


AT&T community service group celebrates 100 years of volunteering

You may have never heard of the Northeast Georgia Mountaineers Council, but its presence is definitely felt around the community.

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


North Hall students hear apartheid accounts from former South African police officer

As a child, nothing about his neighborhood in South Africa surprised the Rev. Johan Joubert.

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


The holidays are all about being with the ones you love, but what if you just can’t get along?

In a perfect world, little Suzy's mommy and daddy never argue about how much money was spent on gifts and uncle Billy doesn't over indulge in eggnog and make off-color jokes at the family Christmas party.

December 11, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Mission builds new school, provides portraits

Although the separation of church and state is a clear cut issue for most people, Steve McDaniel is pleased that he was able to blur the lines a bit.

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


Warm blankets and self-blended herbal teas are great alternatives to store-bought gifts

Store-bought goods have their place, but nothing warms the heart quite like a handmade gift.

December 09, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


12 Days of Cookies

While the holiday season is full of many great traditions, cookie swap parties are probably the most delicious of them all.

December 06, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


The perfect gift may be a second-hand item

If nothing else, the Great Recession has taught most folks how to make the most out of their earnings.

December 06, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Alpha Chi Omega marks its 100th anniversary of supporting arts, women’s causes at Brenau

In 1885, Alpha Chi Omega was founded at DePauw University in Indiana. A few decades later, the sorority would catch on in Gainesville.

December 04, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


Showing the English a touch of the South

Our three-week stay in the storybook village of Edale, England, made a lasting impression upon my wife Jenny and I.

December 04, 2011 | | Life top stories


Religious debate starts a conversation between believers and nonbelievers

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 75 percent of American adults identify themselves as Christians.

December 03, 2011 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life top stories


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Experts offer advice to college graduates

Graduation is a milestone for students of all types. Traditional and nontraditional college students celebrate the event as a gateway into the next phase of life. However, while most students are ready to take the leap into a career, some tasks could better prepare them for their next endeavors.

May 05, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Dahlonega offers visitors wealth of opportunities

Walking down streets paved with gold might be a dream to some, but in Dahlonega it's a reality.

May 03, 2015 | Audrey Williams | Life top stories


Guest House clients relax with one stroke of the brush

Senior citizen JoAnn Phillips has a hard time remembering. But when the North Georgia woman picks up a brush, dips it into paint and swoops it across paper, she doesn't have to remember. She can just paint.

May 03, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Retired businesswomen pens first book at 99

May 03, 2015 | | Life top stories


Gardens on Green to focus on homegrown greenery

When the phrase "Go native" is used, some people think of adapting to the atmosphere surrounding them. But for a gardener, "going native" means cultivating the plants that naturally grow in a specific area.

May 01, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit grows

April 30, 2015 | | Life top stories


Gainesville Coffee Shop keeps service, food simple

Tony and Heather Jonovitch feel fate brought them to the Gainesville Coffee Shop inside Lawrence Pharmacy on Broad Street. And it all started with lunch service at another Gainesville restaurant.

April 29, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Gainesville toddler is a real bookworm

Clementine Connolly spends most of her days reading. At the breakfast table, she reaches for her book for much like an adult would reach for the morning newspaper. At night before going to sleep, she curls up in bed with another book. Yet, she's not even 2 years old.

April 28, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Doctors encourage patients to get tested for STDs

Talking about sexual health and sexually transmitted diseases is never an easy task, even with a medical professional. However, the need for the conversation is crucial, especially in Georgia.

April 27, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Area women sewing up a problem

One day in the 1990s, a nurse at a Georgia hospital saw a mother leaving with her baby. Instead of the newborn wearing a hat and onesie and wrapped in a blanket for the journey home, the child was covered with a towel.

April 27, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Chicopee UMC constructs prayer garden

Prayer is the act of Christians talking or petitioning God regarding their hopes, dreams, struggles and frustrations.

April 25, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Natural Juice Cafe serves up 'superfood'

Two years ago, Jeannie Copeland needed a change of pace from her job as a massage therapist. Since she had an interest in health food, and her husband, Brett, had a background in cooking, the pair decided to combine their skills into one pursuit.

April 22, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Adams Barber Shop maintains old-time tradition

As a 3-year-old boy, Kevin McIntyre toddled into the Adams Barber Shop with his father for his very first haircut.

April 21, 2015 | Elise Perkins | Life top stories


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