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Loving homes for 'gentle giants'

They save them after car accidents, from abandonment, illness and certain death.

November 28, 2010 | By Emily Perry For The Times | Life

Churches begin countdown to Christmas

This weekend marks the first Sunday of Advent at many area churches.

November 27, 2010 | By Ashley Bates For The Times | Life

Master, Junior Gardeners spread beauty 1 bulb at a time

Bringing a bright spot to the entrance of Lanier Village Estates was Jan Tuttle's goal when she began her campaign to raise the funds to plant some daffodils.

November 25, 2010 | By Ashley Bates For The Times | Life

It takes just a little spice to make festive beverages

It's the day before Thanksgiving - the turkey is thawing, the sides have been prepped and the dessert is baking. Seems like you've covered all of your Thanksgiving dinner bases. But wait. What about the drinks?

November 24, 2010 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life

Forsyth farm spreads the bounty in suburbia

Among the subdivisions with tiny yards, sits about 17 acres of something unexpected in suburban southwest Forsyth.

November 22, 2010 | By Crystal Ledford Times regional staff | Life

Inspired by a book, Centennial students make meals for homeless

What began with a class book about a young girl finding something beautiful, even in the most unlikely places, has evolved into a full-scale community service effort at Centennial Arts Academy.

November 22, 2010 | Elizabeth Burlingame | Life

Gripping innovation

Antonio Rueda may not be "The Six Million Dollar Man," but his new bionic hand is pretty intriguing.

November 21, 2010 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life

‘Fireworks’ a lovely, dazzling display of writing

I have, unfortunately, missed a valuable opportunity in this past year - twice. Earlier this summer, a local Atlanta author was doing a book signing for his new novel at the store where I work, and because I hadn't read the book yet, I passed up the chance to meet and talk to this author. This past weekend, I missed it yet again because I was unable to attend the Dahlonega Book Festival where this same author was present. So even though I can't tell the author himself, now at least I have the opportunity to encourage a few ...

November 21, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Life

Retired pastor hands down his vast collection of theology books to college

At age 20, the Rev. Charles Stillwell was given a small collection of books by his mentor, the Rev. Jack Inman, to begin his own theological library.

November 20, 2010 | BY ASHLEY BATES For The Times | Life

Residents share their ideas for spicing up those tired Thanksgiving staples

The art of cooking has been around since people discovered they needed - and wanted - to eat.

November 16, 2010 | By Jennifer Jackson Whitley For The Times | Life

Gainesville author’s latest work is the next chapter in his creative evolution

Gerald Griffin knew he wanted to be a writer in the ninth grade.

November 15, 2010 | By Jennifer Jackson Whitley For The Times | Life

We want your holiday ideas!

If nothing else, the state of the economy has taught us all to do more with less. With that in mind, we here at The Times are gearing up for a semi-home made holiday season. Know any yummy (nonalcoholic) drink recipes that'll please a crowd? What about holiday appetizers that pack a punch, but don't require spending all day in the kitchen? And how about easy holiday decorating and gift ideas? E-mail Brandee Thomas at and tell her all about it.

November 15, 2010 | | Life

McEver Arts Academy students get fit with African dance steps

About 400 children tested their African dance moves Friday during a presentation by professional African dancer Mo Diakite of French Guynee.

November 15, 2010 | Elizabeth Burlingame | Life

Alpaca royalty: Area breeders attend national championship

Last weekend, 80 breeders and exhibitors of the country's rarest livestock descended upon the International Horse Park in Conyers for the Royal Alpaca Challenge.

November 14, 2010 | By Emily Perry For The Times | Life

Central Baptist holds more than a century’s worth of Gainesville’s past

The red-brick facade of Central Baptist Church rises majestically from the corner of Main and High streets in Gainesville.

November 12, 2010 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life

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