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POSTED: December 15, 2008 1:00 a.m.
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Barbara Dooley reads to third-graders at New Holland Core Knowledge Academy in Gainesville.

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Barbara Dooley, author, philanthropist and wife of former University of Georgia football coach Vince Dooley, recently read from her husband's newest book to a third-grade class at New Holland Core Knowledge Academy in Gainesville. Vince Dooley's book, "Hairy Dawg Journeys through the Peach State," uses Georgia's tourist attractions and geography as a teaching tool.

Gainesville High School's Naval JROTC unit recently traveled to Pickett's Mill Park and participated in an area 12 orienteering meet. The team took 10 cadets and competed against schools from around the Southeast. Junior Martin Swell placed seventh overall from a field of more than 100 cadets. The unit came in fourth place overall.

Gainesville State College's Rho Mu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa celebrated the induction of 87 new members into the Rho Mu Chapter on Nov. 6. Phi Theta Kappa is an honors society recognizing excellence at two-year colleges, and members must have completed at least 25 hours of course work toward an associate degree program and have a grade point average of 3.6. New Phi Theta Kappa members are: Joshua McDonald, Baldwin; Cristian Caceres, Linda Hornick, Jolene Kanieski and Nicole Sensel, Braselton; Cody Prince, Buford; Kala Abernathy and Ashley Ingram, Cleveland; Briana Minish, Commerce; Mary Coffee, Cornelia; Matthew Rollman and Donna Samacicio, Cumming; Kevin Woody, Dawsonville; William Avery, Demorest; Jonathan Evans, Kady Farley, Rebecca Holcomb, Benji Hoover, Tia Pearson, Jessica Williams, Rebecca Wilson and Matthew Yeary, Flowery Branch; Zachariah Allman, Kay Everett, James Hinds, Melissa Johnson, Carolyn Jones, Michelle MacKenzie, Rebecca Rainey, Fredek Rauda, Alan Smith, Heather Smith, Daniel Tatum and Sarah Whitlock, Gainesville; Billy Humphries, Gillsville; Thomas Furlette, Abby Potts, Jessica Robinson and Carol Wytiaz, Jefferson; Luis Romero and Susan Vickers, Oakwood; Samuel Howard, Toccoa; and Daniel Helmick and Analicia Rhodes, Winder.

LaGrange College student Kristi Underwood of Gainesville received a $2,900 scholarship from the United Parcel Service and the Georgia Foundation of Independent Colleges. Underwood is a senior at LaGrange pursuing a degree in early childhood education.



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