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Female veteran answers a call to prayer

When Wendy Paradis sees someone in need, she isn't shy about offering them a hand.

January 04, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Life top stories


Female priest brings 'wealth of wisdom' to Gainesville

With three professional degrees under her belt, the Rev. Cynthia Park has a lot to offer the congregation at Grace Episcopal Church.

January 03, 2015 | C.L. Abercrombie | Life top stories


Guard your garden against winter weather

With colder months quickly approaching and forecasts of frigid winters on the horizon, home gardeners begin preparing their beds to brave the freezes to ensure the survival of greenery and flowers.

January 02, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Residents ready to sip down some cider

New Year's Eve parties have always existed as the final celebration of a year past. Fizzy champagne, sparkling clothes, silly glasses and savory treats are characteristic of the occasion, but in recent years, new trends have begun to flourish.

December 30, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Parents and teens take driving class to reduce crashes

Four teens were handed faux steering wheels and asked to pull their phones out. Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jonathan Fitzpatrick then asked them to remember a simple line they would text to a random friend, "The movie starts at 6."

December 30, 2014 | BY AMANDA HEAD ahead@gainesvilletimes.com | Life top stories


Lula folk potter fights to keep his family's land and legacy

When asked how it feels to be the last son of a centurylong legacy, David Meaders responds with the humor and humility typical of his easy-going, deeply Southern personality.

December 28, 2014 | C.L. Abercrombie | Life top stories


Christians practice tithing by donating 10 percent of income

With the new year on the way, many people are looking forward to change and some find their change within themselves by tithing.

December 27, 2014 | BY AMANDA HEAD ahead@gainesvilletimes.com | Life top stories


How to handle lots of leftovers

As Christmas draws near, many home cooks are stocking their pantries and refrigerators in preparation for Christmas dinner.

December 24, 2014 | Times staff reports | Life top stories


Programs, groups help to deal with loss during Christmas

It's hard to think about the holidays as anything other than the best time of the year, but for some, particularly those who have lost a loved one, it can cause dread instead of anticipation or depression instead of joy.

December 23, 2014 | C.L. Abercrombie | Life top stories


Lung cancer survivor radiates inspiration

Diagnosed with Stage 2 lung cancer in May 2013, Gallery on the Square artist Ruth Money decided to turn her battle into art.

December 22, 2014 | BY AMANDA HEAD ahead@gainesvilletimes.com | Life top stories


Hospital volunteers show generosity at Christmas

Dot Dusenberry is no stranger to bedside visits. The 12-year volunteer with the Northeast Georgia Health System easily recalls a moment from last year when she felt she truly made a difference in a patient's holiday enjoyment.

December 21, 2014 | C.L. Abercrombie | Life top stories


Churches mark Christmas Eve with candlelight services

As Christmas is five days away, Gainesville residents may seek to celebrate Jesus' birth at one of the many Christmas Eve services the city has to offer.

December 20, 2014 | Andi Eckardt | Life top stories


Hundreds of antique Christmas ornaments available at Sample Pleasures

Glittering beneath the winter daylight, dozens of vintage ornaments sway in the windows of Sample Pleasures, waiting patiently for a home between the green needles of a Christmas tree. And keeping the nearly 100 Christmas ornaments company is a light-up statue of Mrs. Claus.

December 18, 2014 | BY JESSIKA BOUVIER For The Times | Life top stories


Feast on baked brisket and tzimmes during Hanukkah

It's all a matter of cause and effect.

December 17, 2014 | By Daniel Neman St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Life top stories


Jewish residents celebrate Hanukkah at sundown

It's the time of year when evergreen trees are trimmed with twinkling lights, halls are decked with holly and stockings are hung with care. The glow of Christmas is easy to spot, but in some Northeast Georgia homes, that glow is coming not from a tree but from a menorah.

December 16, 2014 | Audrey Williams | Life top stories


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Sardis second-graders taste nature's fresh bounty

Kids from Neysa Ladd and Lauren Smiley's second-grade classes at Sardis Elementary enjoyed tasting new foods and spending time outdoors.

May 22, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Baiting hungry customers with barbecue

When Terry Richards decided to retire from corporate life, he and wife Sherry knew they wanted to begin their new chapter on Lake Lanier. However, instead of simply moving from Vinings to Gainesville, the couple decided to take the two things they love - fishing and food - and start a business near the water.

May 20, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Career services guides offer high school graduates advice

Graduation is a milestone for high school students as they pass from their teenage years into young adulthood.

May 19, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Hair care has a precise process

As a master cosmetologist, Nicole Dohm has seen it all - split ends, frizz, oily hair and overly dry hair. With one or more of these problems occurring on one head of hair, it makes one's mane hard to manage and style.

May 18, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Cancer survivors 'don't ever give up'

Every year, Stanley Stephens looks forward to Relay For Life for two reasons.

May 17, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Grace Episcopal priest plans to dance his socks off

While the Rev. Stuart Higginbotham regularly dons his priest's collar on a daily basis to conduct his calling for God, the Grace Episcopal Church rector plans to hip-hop his wild socks off for the Gainesville community.

May 16, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


Auburn honors lifelong resident Miriam Wood

May 15, 2015 | | Life top stories


Strawberry Festival finds best of the berry recipes

Strawberry season is in full swing, meaning plenty of fresh produce is to come for consumers.

May 13, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


90-year-old blogs about her passions

Waking up in the middle of the night, crawling out of bed, turning on the computer and typing away is the easiest way for Anne Cleveland to get all her thoughts out into the open.

May 12, 2015 | Amanda Head | Life top stories


It's a dog-save-dog world

When Star, a pit bull mix, arrived at the Hall County Animal Shelter a month ago, her prognosis was grim. She had just given birth to a litter of puppies and experienced severe bleeding afterward.

May 11, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Gainesville woman creates garden for community

When Betty Shott moved into the Candler Park neighborhood six years ago, the view from her window was of an old rickety white house with an overgrown yard. But instead of seeing a dilapidated property, she saw an opportunity.

May 08, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


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