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Hall County woman carves out career as zombie on 'The Walking Dead'

Sonya Thompson makes her living playing dead.

May 30, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Pets of the Week

May 29, 2016 | | Life top stories


How to move from large house to smaller home after 25 years

It took Strother Randolph more than a year to convince his wife, Cindy, to consider leaving their home of 25 years and move into a smaller home. Finally last summer, the Gainesville woman agreed.

May 26, 2016 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Hot Dog Ninja serves all-beef franks, Polish sausages from cart

Step aside, Oscar Mayer. There's a new mayor of wieners in town - it's Landon Brockmeyer.

May 24, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Learn to skim the surface in a kayak or canoe

Last week, the Pan American Championships brought the excitement of canoe and kayak racing to Gainesville. Several athletes who train with the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club competed, but the club - and other groups in the area - offer more recreational activities throughout the year.

May 23, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Buford man raises awareness about rare disorder

The first time Alexis Rodriguez walked into a support meeting for individuals with myasthenia gravis, all he could see was white hair.

May 22, 2016 | BY FRANK REDDY For The Times | Life top stories


Pets of the Week

May 22, 2016 | | Life top stories


Area churches offer a variety of VBS programs for the summer

Summer activities are gearing up as schools close for their break, but that does not mean learning is over. Many vacation Bible schools set to begin next month will teach children about God and Jesus in unique and fun-filled ways.

May 21, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


5 tips to turn your cluttered closet into an organized space

Whether you are a fashionista with a perfectly color-coded closet or a man who wears five of the same type of shirt every day, chances are your bedroom and closet could benefit from a good cleaning and reorganization.

May 19, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Reid's Cafe in Murrayville offers family-friendly fare

Harold Kanady of Murrayville eats at Reid's Cafe almost every day. Some days he even eats there twice a day.

May 17, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Gainesville woman crafts soft, beastly and cuddly critters

In Megan Noble's line of work, the more misshapen, wacky and strange, the better.

May 16, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Challenged Child and Friends teaches students, siblings about sports

A little boy in a blue shirt holds a baseball bat uncertainly in his hand.

May 15, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Life top stories


Two ministers at Gainesville First United Methodist Church leaving for new positions

Gainesville First United Methodist Church is losing two of its longtime clergy in the coming weeks to promotions within the church conference. And while there are sure to be a few tears shed, it's the start of a new journey.

May 14, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce accepts nominations for beautification awards

For the past 25 years, the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce has been commending private homeowners and businesses with an award for their efforts of maintaining their properties and making them looking beautiful.

May 12, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Neat Eats offers oven-ready dishes with drive-through convenience

Making a family dinner has never been as easy as pulling up to Neat Eats' purple and light blue drive-through shop off Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville.

May 10, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


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Catholic churches battle drop in attendance but Gainesville churches increase numbers

Being in the middle of the Bible belt means Christian churches of all denominations can be found on every corner of the city or on ...

August 26, 2016 | From Times staff and wire reports | Life top stories


Youth gardening conference set for Sept. 9-10 at Gardens on Green in Gainesville

Master Gardener Kathy Lovett feels it's "imperative to teach our children to love the natural world that we share."

August 25, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Gainesville woman starts gourmet cookie company in her kitchen

Kerri Prince, 35, has been cooking ever since she can remember. Her Italian family was "always in the kitchen," she said. So she naturally gravitated ...

August 23, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


West Hall grad's weight loss featured in national infomercial

Rachel Lauria was an aspiring dancer who moved to New York City to follow her dreams in 2012, but upon arrival in the big city ...

August 22, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Gainesville couple visits Rio de Janeiro 11 days before Olympics

"Rio (de Janeiro) is probably one of the most beautiful cities in the world," Rob Jaeger said.

August 21, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Pets of the Week

August 21, 2016 | | Life top stories


Meet the minister: The Rev. Mike Dorough looks to the future of Riverbend Baptist Church

Editor's note: This series introduces one minister from every church and faith-based organization in the community each month.

August 20, 2016 | Kristen Oliver | Life top stories


Gainesville woman turns garden into personal sanctuary

Every morning around 7 o'clock, Mary Bogle makes her way down to her garden.

August 18, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Expert: Kids lunches should have 5 food groups

Sometimes it takes a village just to get the kids out the door in the morning, much less wrangle the time it takes to prepare ...

August 16, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Gainesville dog to compete in dock-diving championship

At 3 years old, Mattie can run, jump and compete with the best of them.

August 15, 2016 | Jennifer Linn | Life top stories


Flowery Branch woman motivates husband to live longer life

EDITOR'S NOTE: National Geographic fellow Dan Buettner visited Gainesville in April to share his nine "Blue Zone Power Approaches" to living a longer life ...

August 14, 2016 | Hailey Van Parys | Life top stories


Pets of the Week

August 14, 2016 | | Life top stories


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