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POSTED: October 12, 2008 5:01 a.m.
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Newly elected executive board members of the Gainesville Newcomers Club, are, from left, Barbara Alexander, corresponding secretary; Jenny Kitchens, parliamentarian/past president; Gretchan Pearce, recording secretary; Debbie Flanagan, resident; Nancy Logue, treasurer; and Rita Toomey, second vice president. Cheryl Tefft, first vice president, is not pictured.

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Gainesville Mayor Myrtle Figueras signed a proclamation presented by the Col. William Candler chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution designating Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week. The event is in observance of the 221st signing of the U.S. Constitution, which took place Sept. 17, 1787.

The Gainesville Newcomers’ Club has elected new officers for the 2008-2009 year. Membership in the group is up to 322 members, making it the largest women’s organization in the area. Recently, the group donated $10,000 to My Sister’s Place, a shelter for women and their children.

The staff of Village Nursing Care took part in a weeklong food drive to aid Good News at Noon. The center collected food during the week of Aug. 18-22 and presented them to Mike Robinson of Good News at Noon on Aug. 25. Good News at Noon is a nonprofit organization that provides food, health care and housing for people in need.

Kiara May of Gainesville has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship from Saia's annual scholarship program. The scholarship was one of 12 awarded to Saia employees and/or their children or dependents this year. May is a 2008 graduate of Gainesville High School and is attending Georgia State University this fall. Her mother, Janice Jackson, is employed at Saia's Atlanta corporate office as a customer service representative.

Austin Phillips, son of Randy and Suzanne Phillips, has obtained the rank of Eagle Scout. Phillips is from Troop 16 located in Gainesville with Robert Bruner as his Scoutmaster. For his eagle project, Phillips provided landscaping for the Piedmont Hotel for the Gainesville-Hall Trust Historic Preservation

Phillip Coker, son of Rick and Brenda Coker, has obtained the rank of Eagle Scout. Coker is from Troop 16 and Bruner is his Scoutmaster. For his eagle project, Phillip refurbished the Reading Arbor for Mount Vernon Elementary School in Gainesville.

James Westbrooks, son of Robbie and Stephanie Westbrooks, has obtained the rank of Eagle Scout. Westbrooks is from Troop 16 and Bruner is his Scoutmaster. For his eagle project, James did landscaping, built a small retaining wall, added fencing and improved existing fencing for Sonrise Camp in Gainesville.

Will Bennett, son of Butch and Debbie Bennett, has obtained the rank of Eagle Scout. Bennett is from Troop 16 and Bruner is his Scoutmaster. For his eagle project, Will made a new signage system for Chicopee Woods Mountain Bike Trails that included renaming old trails, creating names for new trails and making signs that are posted on the trails.



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