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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


Missing Gainesville woman found at mental health facility

After she was missing for three days, authorities found Gainesville woman Adela Arroyo at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where she had checked herself into Laurelwood, a division of the medical center that treats those with mental health problems.

September 08, 2010 | Shannon Casas | Local


Percussionist offers a chance to make your own drum

Once again, artists will gather on the square in Gainesville to sell their wares at Art in the Square.

August 31, 2010 | Shannon Casas | Life


Art in the Square builds on its successes, readies for 7th year

On Monday afternoon, Art in the Square officials were busy painting a banner to advertise the upcoming seventh annual festival.

August 30, 2010 | Shannon Casas | Local


Monument tells local WWII history, in stone

For some, history is something learned from textbooks or college lectures. But then there's the history learned from those who lived it.

May 30, 2010 | Shannon Casas | Local


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


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