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POSTED: June 7, 2013 5:59 p.m.

Local Elks recognize public safety officers

Gainesville Elks Lodge No. 1126 recently recognized the nominees for its Public Safety Officer Recognition Program.

Local public safety offices were asked to submit an officer for the local lodge’s Officer of the Year Competition. Each nominee received a cash award and a U.S. flag flown over the U.S. Capitol along with a congratulatory letter from Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

While recognizing and thanking all of the nominees, as well as all the men and women who serve in the various city and county public safety offices, the Lodge selected John Murray of the Hall County Fire Department as its Public Safety Officer of the Year. Murray will be entered into the Georgia Elks Association Public Safety Officer Competition, which will be announced in June.

Jackson EMC Foundation awards $36K to agencies serving area resident

During its March meeting, the Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded $70,879 in grants, including $66,000 to organizations and $4,879 to individuals. Among the grants awarded were $36,000 to five agencies that provide programs or services to Hall County residents:

$12,500 to My Sister’s Place to purchase appliances such as washers, dryers, refrigerator, freezer and oven, along with desktop computers for the shelter’s expansion at a new location enabling it to serve more people.

$8,000 to The Potter’s House to help feed, house, counsel and provide educational programs.

$7,500 to American Heart Association–Gainesville to purchase CPR Anytime for Family and Friends kits t.

$5,500 to the Guest House to help provide a hot, balanced and nutritious lunch and snack to elderly clients.

$2,500 to Childkind to purchase supplies for its Home Based Services program that prepares parents to adequately and successfully care for their child or foster child at home.

Any individual or charitable organization in the 10 counties served by Jackson EMC — Clarke, Banks, Barrow, Franklin, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison and Oglethorpe — may apply for a Foundation grant by completing an application at or at local Jackson EMC offices. Applicants do not need to be a member of Jackson EMC.

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