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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


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


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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


Gainesville man takes nontraditional education path

At first glance, a man sitting at a round table by himself eating chips and salsa in the writing center appears to be your average college student. But on closer inspection, Woody Depew is anything but your average 20-something college kid. In fact, Depew has his own kid who is old enough to attend college as well.

April 19, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Band of believers to perform Civil War sounds

While the Civil War divided the United States into North and South, the music from the era seemed to bond the two sides.

April 18, 2015 | | Life top stories


Parks and Rec employee honored for saving a life

April 17, 2015 | | Life top stories


Tricks, tools to tame the crammed kitchen

Associated Press

April 17, 2015 | | Life top stories


Electronics recycling event set for April 18

April 16, 2015 | | Life top stories


Food bank launches ‘Stock the Shelves’ campaign

Food, to most people, is a nourishing meal, a way to celebrate with loved ones or a method of creativity.

April 15, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


2 couples fulfill crazy passion by opening store

Nestled just below the mountains in Habersham County, a store is filled literally from top to bottom with antiques and art from local artists.

April 14, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Alternative medicine grows in popularity

Many people believe natural and traditional medicine must be mutually exclusive forms of treatment for ailments and sicknesses. However, doctors in North Georgia and specialists in natural forms of medicine are looking to bridge the gap between the two distinct styles of healing.

April 13, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Retired nurse recounts her life of service

Born as one of 13 children, Joan Praet was no stranger to discipline growing up. Her experiences as a child fueled her dream of being a nurse, her desire to join the military and her ability to adapt to changing situations and raising four children of her own.

April 12, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


St. Paul UMC has strong foundations

For six generations, the Whitaker family has been members of St. Paul United Methodist Church in downtown Gainesville.

April 11, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Experts advise cleaning bathrooms from top down

Bathrooms have the reputation of being the toughest room to clean. But with spring cleaning season upon us, it's time to get to it.

April 10, 2015 | AUDREY WILLIAMS For The Times | Life top stories


Flowery Branch toddler suffers from rare condition

Hayden Coleman, who is almost 2 years old, is very smart for her age and understands what her parents tell her. But the toddler has a hard time communicating with them for one big reason - her overgrown tongue.

April 06, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


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