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Founding pastor hands church over to new leadership

After enjoying 50 years in the ministry, the Rev. Gerald Jordan decided in September to hand over the church he founded to a new pastor.

February 06, 2008 | Ashley Bates | Life


Gospel riders

GAINESVILLE - At a cowboy church, wearing belt buckles with boots and preaching in a barn with horses is not uncommon.

February 06, 2008 | Ashley Bates | Life


A renovation with style

GAINESVILLE - TeQuilla Williams-Yarbrough has a passion for hair, which she turned into a mission for her community.

February 05, 2008 | Ashley Bates | Life


Casual elegance

GAINESVILLE - Three years ago, Scott Dixon moved his family to Gainesville from Alpharetta, where he worked as a marketing director. But he wasn't doing what he loved: working in the food service business.

February 03, 2008 | Ashley Bates | Life


Sounds like an angel

Many children envision heaven to be filled with winged angels who pass eternity playing their harps of gold amidst an endless sea of fluffy white clouds.

That vision struck Chloe Holden, 10, when she was just a toddler. She became enchanted with the harp before she even learned to read.

February 02, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Life


The kid in the kitchen

While most kids dream of getting a PlayStation 3 for Christmas, 15-year-old cook Ben Hicks is asking for a fish fryer.

January 13, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Life


The gifts are opened and the stockings unstuffed. Now what?

That pile of beautifully wrapped Christmas presents under your tree has quickly turned into a pile of boxes and ripped paper.

January 04, 2008 | Ashley Bates | Life


What makes a good Christmas carol?

Christmas carols like "Joy to the World" and "Silent Night" are part of everyone's holiday experience.

December 19, 2007 | Ashley Bates | Life


Georgia Baptist Convention picks ex-Riverbend pastor

When the Rev. Bucky Kennedy started in the Baptist ministry, he never expected to become president of the Georgia Baptist Convention.

But on Nov. 13, the former pastor of Riverbend Baptist Church in Gainesville and current pastor of First Baptist Church of Vidalia was elected as the GBC president during its 186th annual meeting in Augusta.

November 28, 2007 | Ashley Bates | Life


The taste of a fall festival

Emily Bryant has an annual tradition involving powdered sugar and batter.

October 21, 2007 | Kristen Morales | Life


Try this church’s recipes

The Ridge church in Buford has collected the best recipes from church members, family and friends and compiled a cookbook that is available to the community.

October 21, 2007 | | Life


A classic love affair

Ladies, if you've ever dreamed of being the alluring woman behind the wheel of that white Ford Thunderbird in the movie "American Graffiti," there's hope. Simply restore a T-Bird yourself.

October 20, 2007 | By Robert J. Sutherland For The Times | Life


Building his career

BUFORD - A "toothpick bridge" Casey Ginn designed in the third-grade ignited the youngster's interests in architecture and drafting.

October 19, 2007 | Jeff Gill | Life


Mother Nature's jewels

From shades of red, to golds, to purples and oranges the leaves are starting create their annual jewel-tone extravaganza in the North Georgia mountains.

From the nip in the air to the slight breeze and longer nights - all signs show that fall is here. So to enjoy this wonderful time of year, why not take a trek to the North Georgia mountains to enjoy what the scenic drives and beautiful parks have to offer.

October 18, 2007 | Ashley Bates | Life


How well do you know your Ten Commandments?

More Americans can name the ingredients in a Big Mac than list the Ten Commandments.

October 17, 2007 | McClatchy Newspapers | Life


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