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Times co-founder Lessie Smithgall still sparkles at 105

Lessie Smithgall thinks for a long moment, searching her brain for the right memory - not unlike carefully hunting through a jewelry box for just the right gold chain.

April 01, 2016 | Shannon Casas | Local


Your one-stop shop for info on today’s presidential primary

The presidential primary is Tuesday, but we bet you knew that already.

March 01, 2016 | Shannon Casas | Local


Finding the Force: The basics on that ‘Star Wars’ premiere

OK, it seems like just about everybody has been drooling over this "Star Wars" premiere since 2012. Countdown clocks were set in October of that year when the Walt Disney Co. purchased Lucasfilm.

December 17, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Get Out top stories


Farm-City breakfast highlights connections among people

Connections between city and county, farmer and consumer and simply people with one another was the focus of Tuesday morning's Farm-City breakfast.

November 10, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


6 reasons you might not vote in today's elections

1. Presidential politics get all the limelight

November 02, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


Hear stories from a scout sniper, others at Voices: Veterans tonight

It takes a special kind of person to be a scout sniper in the U.S. Marines. Andrew Pedry is that special.

October 28, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


Dawsonville Highway bridge resurfacing starts next week

Dawsonville Highway drivers, rejoice.

October 15, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


Fair Street students parade, dance, wave for peace

As Katy Perry's "Roar" blared from the back of a pickup truck, Fair Street School students and teachers waved, danced and walked their way through their neighborhood Friday during the elementary school's annual peace parade.

September 18, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


Ex-school board chairman running for Hall commission chairman

Richard Higgins, who served 11 years as chairman of the Hall County Board of Education, has announced he will seek the chairman post on the Hall County Board of Commissioners in next year's election.

September 02, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


Local children receive needed haircuts just in time for school

It was a very happy day at Family Promise, according to Amanda Ayers.

August 03, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


Walters re-elected chairman of ports authority board

Gainesville businessman Jim Walters was re-elected Monday as chairman of the board of directors for the Georgia Ports Authority.

June 29, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


Water access for agriculture is a balancing act

A cow walks slowly through a grassy pasture toward a cool creek that meanders through green hills.

June 02, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


Lake Lanier beaches are mostly safe for swimming

Jessica Braswell sat on the beach at Van Pugh Park on Lake Lanier with a friend earlier this month as her three children played in the water where it hits the sandy shore.

May 31, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


Man dies in fiery crash involving Gainesville pickup truck

A driver was killed in a fiery crash in Atlanta early Friday morning after authorities say he led Georgia Capitol Police on a chase.

May 01, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


Alkermes selling Gainesville pharmaceutical plant

A manufacturing facility in Gainesville for pharmaceutical company Alkermes is being sold by the Ireland-based company.

March 10, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


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