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Local director gets a turn at conducting All-State Chorus

For 16 years Debbie Looney has been taking her students to All-State Chorus. This year, she has been selected to conduct one of those groups.

February 23, 2009 | Shannon Casas | Life


Dahlonega is no sleepy town at Christmastime

Christmas in Dahlonega is like a step back in time into a bustling, cheery Christmas village.

December 26, 2008 | Shannon Casas | Get Out


Planning an outdoor getaway? Keep in mind the rules before hitting the trail

As days cool off and leaves begin to change, North Georgia's campgrounds begin to fill.

November 13, 2008 | Shannon Casas | Get Out


Look what I grew!

Mele Miller rescued a rose from the yard of an old house next door to where she used to live. Now in Gainesville, she is often known as "the rose lady" because of the beautiful bushes in front of her porch and by her mailbox. She doesn't know what kind it is, but it blooms all summer long in beautiful tones of yellow, orange and pink. She admits she's not even an avid gardener. "I think it's just a really old heirloom rose that's disease resistant. You just really don't have to do anything with ...

September 14, 2008 | Shannon Casas | Life


This week’s lesson: Wood turning with Clint Daniel

Clint Daniel has been working with wood since high school. After a long career in construction, working as a contractor on many grading projects in the Atlanta area, he now spends much of his free time turning wood - a more specialized technique for shaping wood.

July 25, 2008 | Shannon Casas | Life


Dance the night away at Chateau Elan

Carolina beach music and shag dance lessons are highlights of the Chateau Elan Summer Concert Series, which kicks off this Sunday.

July 25, 2008 | Shannon Casas | Get Out


School Life: Summer session

As far as hobbies go, weaving is a complicated one. It involves mathematical calculations, a whole new language of terms and a lot of patience.

June 27, 2008 | Shannon Casas | Life


Guided by faith, music

Atlanta Fest, a three-day Christian music festival in its 22nd year, will bring more than 90 artists and speakers to five stages at Stone Mountain this weekend.

June 22, 2008 | Shannon Casas | Get Out


In ‘Lion King,’ magic is in its elaborate costumes

Broadway's "The Lion King" may have inspiring music, silly jokes and a great story, but the crowning achievement of the stage version of the classic Disney tale is the costumes.

May 05, 2008 | Shannon Casas | Get Out


Save green to eat green

People choose organic products for a variety of reasons. Some are interested in health benefits, others in saving the environment. And some just say it tastes better. But eating foods with the organic label can come at a pretty steep price.

April 06, 2008 | Shannon Casas | Life


School news

First- and second-graders at Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy recently published their own books. The students, part of Ms. Westbrook's IMPACT class, wrote about the jobs they would like to do when they grow up. Copies of the books, published by Nationwide Learning, are displayed in the school's media center.

April 04, 2008 | Shannon Casas | Life


A stitch of love

Frances Tatum's mother taught her how to quilt when she was 10 or 11, but then her mother, Liela Martin, was always quilting and keeping busy.

March 19, 2008 | Shannon Casas | Life


Alexandrea leaves "American Idol," despite Gainesville relative's good wishes

Of the top 24 contestants on American Idol, only one mattered for Frankie Dorsey of Gainesville. She's been listening to Alexandrea Lushington sing since she was 6 or 7 years old.

March 14, 2008 | Shannon Casas | Life


Worship, amplified

Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland is home to a little more than 400 students. Today, almost three times that number of people will converge on the campus for a sold-out Christian concert.

February 21, 2008 | Shannon Casas | Life


Lights delight

There's something magical about twinkling lights at Christmastime, and Lake Lanier Islands officials have been counting on that magic to draw visitors to their Magical Nights of Lights display for 15 years.

January 22, 2008 | Shannon Casas | Get Out


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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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