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Spring break campers learn about animals and plants

Noah Lenkeit, 7, carefully counted the icing squiggles on his sugar cookie. One, two, three - that's how old his tree, represented by icing rings on a cookie, would be.

April 06, 2011 | Shannon Casas | Local


Storm was a twist of fate

Robert Garcia said it's just evil luck that brought a tornado crashing onto Gainesville the morning of April 6, 1936.

April 05, 2011 | Shannon Casas | Tornado


Mount Vernon Elementary teacher competes on 'Wipeout'

Crazy. That's what everyone calls Mary Beverly.

March 29, 2011 | Shannon Casas | Local


Martin elementary students show off science experiments

FLOWERY BRANCH - Science is a big deal at this elementary school.

March 24, 2011 | Shannon Casas | Local


East Hall High students fueling a new idea to increase gas mileage

Students at East Hall High School may not pay for their own gas yet, but they're not taking the recent high prices lightly.

March 23, 2011 | Shannon Casas | Local


Young Man and Woman named for their service

The Gainesville Jaycees honored Davis White and Hart Wilheit Payne on Thursday night as Young Man and Young Woman of the Year.

February 26, 2011 | Shannon Casas | Local


Kids share opinions on Cool Springs Park

The grown-ups who run Hall County decided the fate of Cool Springs Park on Thursday night. But local kids who will be most affected by that choice shared their thoughts earlier that morning.

February 25, 2011 | Shannon Casas | Local


Likely prank leaves Quinlan staff baffled

It was returned before it was even missed, but a sculpture owned by the Quinlan Visual Arts Center has caused a bit of a commotion at the nonprofit arts organization.

January 03, 2011 | Shannon Casas | Local


Co-founder of Betty's Country Store in Helen died Sunday

Betty Fain was known for her country store, now a downtown Helen institution, but she was remembered for being a caregiver.

January 03, 2011 | Shannon Casas | Local


Irish missionary finds peace on earth in North Ga.

Peace on earth - for most Americans, that's just a nice phrase.

December 19, 2010 | Shannon Casas | Local


Hall health department offering free HIV tests

More than 1 million people are living with HIV in the United States, and one in five of those are unaware of their infection, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates.

November 30, 2010 | Shannon Casas | Local


Group offers help with heating bills

A cold, nasty turn in the weather has many thinking of - and dreading - their upcoming heating bills. But for some, there is help.

November 30, 2010 | Shannon Casas | Local


North Georgia soldier guards Tomb of the Unknowns

When Sgt. 1st Class Devin McCann was young, his parents say they pulled him out of a military school because he was getting too wrapped up in the military and not focusing on his academics.

November 28, 2010 | Shannon Casas | Local


Annual Christmas concert highlights local diversity

Each year, the Christmas Is One Language concert draws quite a crowd, between 700 and 900 people, organizers say.

November 25, 2010 | Shannon Casas | Local


Beginning of fall predicted to be warmer than normal

The first day of fall doesn't feel much like it.

September 21, 2010 | Shannon Casas | Local


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Articles By Author - Shannon Casas


Man charged with stealing cash from sub shop, ID for shopping spree

An Ellijay man faces charges of robbery by intimidation, theft, fraud and forgery following multiple incidents in Gainesville, Oakwood and Gwinnett County.

February 26, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


Downed tree, explosions delayed firefighters’ efforts at large house fire

Firefighters had to clear a downed tree, shuttle water, work in frigid temperatures and beware of exploding ammunition as they battled a large house fire late Thursday night.

February 20, 2015 | Shannon Casas | Local


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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