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Orange smog alert means it's best for some to stay indoors

Warm, sunny weather usually beckons people outside, whether it be to the lake, the park or just hanging out in the backyard.

May 07, 2010 | Shannon Casas | Local


Survivor stories: Previewing Relay for Life

In just more than a month, thousands will gather at Road Atlanta in Braselton for a tribute to all those who have been affected by cancer and to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

The event goes all night, with at least one member from each team walking around the track at all times.

May 02, 2010 | Shannon Casas | Viewpoint


Panelists discuss link between environment, spirituality

The tenets of science, economy and religion often seem at odds, but scholars in all three fields gathered Thursday night for a discussion on the relationship between each study and the environment.

April 23, 2010 | Shannon Casas | Local


Changing perspectives: A trip to Pakistan

Cheryl Burke has been working in Pakistan for about six years, now serving as a professor and dean of students at Forman Christian College in Lahore, Pakistan. For parents Charles and Sharon Burke of Gainesville, the benefits far outweigh the concerns of having their daughter serve in a volatile and far away country.

She's making a difference there, fostering tolerance between students of different backgrounds and helping to provide an education to Pakistani young people.

April 11, 2010 | Shannon Casas | Viewpoint


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


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