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West Hall grad survived quake in Chile

West Hall High School graduate Adam Turner was fast asleep on Feb. 27 when a magnitude 8.8 earthquake hit Chile.

March 22, 2010 | Shannon Casas | Local


State parks look to corporations for funding help

In a hurting economy, the state Department of Natural Resources is turning to corporate sponsorships to help fund the state park system.

March 20, 2010 | Shannon Casas | Local


Tomato shortage puts pinch on local restaurants, grocers

Many local residents know tomatoes in March are nothing compared to fresh, local tomatoes in the summer. But that doesn't mean they don't still need the occasional tomato to top a sandwich or throw in a taco.

March 16, 2010 | Shannon Casas | Local


Former Hall County school superintendent H.F. Johnson dies

H.F. Johnson Jr., former superintendent of Hall County schools, died Thursday. He was 71.

March 12, 2010 | Shannon Casas | Local


Buffington named executive director for Rape Response

Jeanne Buffington seems a natural fit for new executive director at Rape Response Inc.

March 11, 2010 | Shannon Casas | Local


Census questions reflect history

Census officials say this year's survey is one of the shortest in history.

March 06, 2010 | Shannon Casas | Local


Postal Service considers dropping Saturday service to save money

Whether it's a birthday card, bills or junk mail, soon, you may have to wait until Monday to get it.

March 06, 2010 | Shannon Casas | Local


Safe Kids hosts helmet giveaway, offers safety tips

Every year in January and February, Hall County and Gainesville second-graders learn about helmet safety.

January 28, 2010 | Shannon Casas | Local


Humanitarians lend a hand in Haiti

James Jennings has responded to six of what he calls "complex emergencies." He calls the earthquake in Haiti a complex emergency times two.

January 23, 2010 | Shannon Casas | Local


Rethinking what is 'American' food

Sitting down to a dinner of fajitas and refried beans is nothing out of the ordinary for many Americans. It's tasty and easy to prepare, and thus makes a perfect American dinner.

January 19, 2010 | Shannon Casas | Life


New paint products let you paint without smelly side effects

Choosing a paint color for the dining room or that extra bedroom that will now be a nursery is always a daunting task.

January 08, 2010 | Shannon Casas | Life


Movie snacks offer more variety, but still include popcorn

For some people, a trip to the theater just isn't complete without a big tub of popcorn.

December 23, 2009 | Shannon Casas | Get Out


Retailers balance Christmas’ meaning with customers’ beliefs

Walk into many retail stores this time of year and you're likely to see signs of the season. Snowflakes, greenery, Christmas trees and sale signs abound, but the word Christmas itself may be hard to find.

December 19, 2009 | Shannon Casas | Life


When this church prepares its singing tree, it’s a big deal

It's a big undertaking for a small church.

December 12, 2009 | Shannon Casas | Life


Three Dimensional Life plans new program to help girls

John Barrett, 17, a former Flowery Branch High School student, has been in the Three Dimensional Life program for about three months. His addiction problems started when he was 14.

December 05, 2009 | Shannon Casas | Life


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Filling a need and a home: A foster parent's journey

We got the call at 3 p.m. on a Monday. Two little ones needed a home.

April 20, 2014 | Shannon Casas | More viewpoint stories


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