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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

Clean and oil garden tools before storing for winter

If you don't plan to grow a fall garden, fall is the perfect time to inspect, repair and clean your gardening tools. When spring fever arrives, nothing is more frustrating than pulling out your gardening tools only to find a shovel or rake that is rusty or broken, or a tiller that won't crank.

November 11, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Life

Bringing in the cool season landscape

You may not know plants like Tatsoi and Red Giant now but once you try these mustards in the cool season landscape you will forever be hooked. The cool season landscape can be both extraordinarily beautiful and edible if you plan your combinations carefully. Flowering kale and cabbage have long held the throne as pansy partners but now these new plants are causing quite a stir as their culinary purposes go far beyond the decorative garnish.

November 11, 2010 | By Norman Winter McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Life

Students at Lanier Career Academy swap their school books for cookbooks

Today's poor economy has closed countless businesses and left many with little change in their pockets after bills are paid and mouths are fed.

November 09, 2010 | By Jennifer Jackson Whitley For The Times | Life

North Hall kids live life in the fast lane

A local Junior Dragster put the pedal to the metal in her first complete year of racing around the Southeast to win in a close championship.

November 08, 2010 | BY BRANDEN LEFTY For The Times | Life

Getting 'geared up'

Hispanic students from East Hall Middle School were encouraged last month to set their sights on higher education.

November 08, 2010 | Elizabeth Burlingame | Life

History at your fingertips

In the early 1900s, when Ira Ethridge went to work on his family's farm, the tools of his trade were basic.

November 07, 2010 | Brandee A. Thomas | Life

Work of fiction becomes facts of life for Gainesville author

While writing his latest novel, Gainesville author Scott Lindquist, along with the characters in his new book "The Jesus Factory," went on a decidedly spiritual expedition.

November 06, 2010 | BY ASHLEY BATES For The Times | Life

USDA webinar will help hobbyists keep their flocks healthy

Being the chicken capital of the world, Gainesville has many chicken plants, but even more backyard poultry farms.

November 04, 2010 | By Jennifer Jackson Whitley For The Times | Life

This lasagna makes just enough for 2, minus the hassle

Downsizing recipes is not always an easy task, especially for classics like lasagna.

November 02, 2010 | By Susan M. Selasky Detroit Free Press | Life

A half century later, Gainesville doctor still practicing medicine

Allyn Cleon Johnson still uses the same doctor's bag that he took to house calls more than 50 years ago.

November 01, 2010 | Carolyn Crist | Life

Lumpkin student selected for US Army All-American Marching Band

Kenny Quigley of New Lumpkin County High School was recently given the chance to play on a national stage this January.

November 01, 2010 | Elizabeth Burlingame | Life

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