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Area runners, teams prepare for Saturday's state cross country championships

For teams like the Flowery Branch boys and individual runners like White County's Jenna Gearing, the state cross country meet is a chance to repeat past success. Other area programs like Chestatee see this weekend's races in Carrollton as a chance to make some noise and perhaps even take home a trophy for the first time.

November 05, 2013 | Kelsey Williamson | Community sports


Athlete of the Week: Buford's Morgan Walters

When Morgan Walters first stepped on the Buford softball field as a senior this year, she knew her stellar reputation preceded her.

October 29, 2013 | Kelsey Williamson | High schools


Athlete of the Week: East Hall's Natalie Winters

East Hall pitcher Natalie Winters has an uncanny ability to let mistakes and setbacks roll off her shoulders. That laid-back attitude combines with her skill on the mound to make her the Lady Vikings' ace.

October 15, 2013 | Kelsey Williamson | High schools


Athlete of the Week: Chestatee's Melanie Smith

When opposing players step on the volleyball court to face Chestatee, one of the first people they notice is middle hitter Melanie Smith, a 6-foot-2 senior with confidence and energy that can intimidate almost any opponent, according to coach Julie Rushing.

October 10, 2013 | Kelsey Williamson | High schools


Athlete of the Week: North Hall's Makenzie Bryant

North Hall libero Makenzie Bryant has no reservations about being in charge, even as one of the younger players on her volleyball team.

October 01, 2013 | Kelsey Williamson | High schools


Athlete of the Week: Buford's Drew Puckett

Buford sophomore infielder Drew Puckett struggled at the plate to start the year off. After an outstanding showing her freshman year, Puckett's 2013 outing was not what she envisioned when she started the season, but she is finally hitting her stride at just the right time.

September 24, 2013 | Kelsey Williamson | High schools


Football Player of the Week: Gainesville's Jay Gaudlock

According to head coach Bruce Miller, Gainesville wide receiver Jay Gaudlock is simply "a good football player."

September 18, 2013 | Kelsey Williamson | All prep football news


Athlete of the Week: West Hall's Kelsi Jones

One word isn't sufficient to sum up the role that Kelsi Jones plays on the West Hall volleyball team, but encouraging, experienced and overachieving are a few that coach Joe Nelson used to describe the versatile senior.

September 16, 2013 | Kelsey Williamson | High schools


Athlete of the Week: Lakeview Academy's Katie White

Lakeview Academy junior Katie White was blessed with natural athletic ability, and, in seventh grade, she decided to try her hand at volleyball.

September 05, 2013 | Kelsey Williamson | High schools


Athlete of the Week: Jefferson's Savannah Snapp

Jefferson infielder Savannah Snapp doesn't care what position she's playing, just as long as she's in the game.

August 28, 2013 | Kelsey Williamson | High schools


Football Player of the Week: West Hall's Antonio Pittman

Antonio Pittman's role as a West Hall Spartan has been increasing ever since he first stepped onto the field in Oakwood.

August 26, 2013 | Kelsey Williamson | All prep football news


Gale named new West Hall boys soccer coach

West Hall High may have searched the state for a new head boys' soccer coach, but in the end, the Spartans found their best match was already in the system. West Hall appointed long-time teacher and junior varsity soccer coach Tim Gale to the head boys position, athletic director Scott Justus announced Thursday.

July 25, 2013 | Kelsey Williamson | High schools


Gainesville's Reece wins Georgia Junior Amateur

Morgan Reece knew this summer would be the "make it or break it" season to determine her future in golf. So far, she's been able to make it through more than one tournament with a win.

July 10, 2013 | Kelsey Williamson | Community sports


High school wrestlers share techniques at Hall County wrestling clinic

Creating a free summer workshop for wrestlers in Hall County was a 'no-brainer', says Flowery Branch coach Shane Millwood.

June 19, 2013 | Kelsey Williamson | High schools


East Hall hires Wheeler as girls basketball coach

Just a season after the East Hall girls basketball team made yet another deep run in the GHSA state tournament, the Lady Vikings finished the 2012-2013 season 10-14, and head coach Joey Rider stepped down from his position.

May 21, 2013 | Kelsey Williamson | High schools


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Articles By Author - Kelsey Williamson


Doctors encourage patients to get tested for STDs

Talking about sexual health and sexually transmitted diseases is never an easy task, even with a medical professional. However, the need for the conversation is crucial, especially in Georgia.

April 27, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Area women sewing up a problem

One day in the 1990s, a nurse at a Georgia hospital saw a mother leaving with her baby. Instead of the newborn wearing a hat and onesie and wrapped in a blanket for the journey home, the child was covered with a towel.

April 27, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Natural Juice Cafe serves up 'superfood'

Two years ago, Jeannie Copeland needed a change of pace from her job as a massage therapist. Since she had an interest in health food, and her husband, Brett, had a background in cooking, the pair decided to combine their skills into one pursuit.

April 22, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Food bank launches ‘Stock the Shelves’ campaign

Food, to most people, is a nourishing meal, a way to celebrate with loved ones or a method of creativity.

April 15, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Alternative medicine grows in popularity

Many people believe natural and traditional medicine must be mutually exclusive forms of treatment for ailments and sicknesses. However, doctors in North Georgia and specialists in natural forms of medicine are looking to bridge the gap between the two distinct styles of healing.

April 13, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Retired nurse recounts her life of service

Born as one of 13 children, Joan Praet was no stranger to discipline growing up. Her experiences as a child fueled her dream of being a nurse, her desire to join the military and her ability to adapt to changing situations and raising four children of her own.

April 12, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Film festival brings slate of movies to University of North Georgia-Dahlonega

For the second year, the SouthEastern Film Festival is bringing 80 award-winning, independent and otherwise uncommon films to Northeast Georgia for the weekend.

April 10, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Local


Camping season underway at Lanier parks

With weather warming up, families are eager to begin spending weekends by the lake, and with six Lake Lanier campgrounds opening today, people can enjoy the season every day.

April 02, 2015 | Kelsey Williamson | Local


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