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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


Do-it-yourself revolution gives sewing a boost

Maybe it's the slow economy. Maybe it's the green movement with its focus on locally grown and made items. Maybe it's the popularity of TV shows like "Project Runway."

November 01, 2009 | Shannon Casas | Life


Cool weather, upcoming leaf season mean it's time to camp

It's early in the season, but some leaves are already changing hues. For many local residents, that means it's time to make plans to head to the mountains.

September 27, 2009 | Shannon Casas | Life


Band’s positive message rocks

Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland may not exactly be known for rock 'n' roll, but that's exactly what it will get next week.

September 16, 2009 | Shannon Casas | Local


Landmarks, history tie family together on 200-year-old farm

The land sprawls across the hills off Ga. 365. Mountains peek above the horizon, ponds are settled in low-lying pastures and sunlight glints through the trees across dirt roads that cross the property.

August 25, 2009 | Shannon Casas | Life


A trip to the mountains yields fresh-picked summer fun

Summer fun is often found in simplicity - churning fresh ice cream, swimming in the lake or grilling hamburgers. Relaxation is key.

August 12, 2009 | Shannon Casas | Get Out


A tribute fit for a king

Elvis is serious business in Cornelia. Such serious business that the festival honoring The King is bursting at the seams in its current venue there.

July 29, 2009 | Shannon Casas | Get Out


More fat may mean more nutrition in milk

PELZER, S.C. - Driving up to a dairy like Happy Cow Creamery to get a gallon of milk isn't much like picking one up at your local grocery store.

July 15, 2009 | Shannon Casas | Life


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