As farm manager for Jaemor Farms, Drew Echols knows firsthand the challenges faced by small farmers. But the Hall County native sees good things ahead for the farm that has been part of his family for several generations - and for other small farms. Today, The Times asks Echols five questions about local agriculture.
For a dozen years, Heather Barrett has been a teacher at East Hall High School, her alma mater, where she relishes the opportunity to impact the lives of her students. As adviser for the school's Students Against Destructive Decisions group, she works with her students to help them learn to make smart decisions - both in the classroom and out - about the challenges they face. Today, The Times asks Heather Barrett five questions about teens at her school.
Glen Kyle is a native Northeast Georgian and an expert on the history of our region, knowledge that comes in handy in his job as director of the Northeast Georgia History Center. Today, The Times asks Kyle five questions about the region's past and about the History Center.
Lee and Kathy Lovett have spent successful careers as educators. But their newest passion is a little different. They've turned the green space next to the Hall County Schools central office on Green Street into an educational garden for the county's schoolchildren. Today, we ask the Lovetts five questions about the Gardens on Green.
Philip A. Wilheit Sr. is well known in Gainesville and Hall County as a successful businessman and community leader. His statewide profile was raised last year when Gov. Nathan Deal, whom Wilheit helped get elected, appointed him to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. The appointment came at a pivotal time for Northeast Georgia, as the system has undertaken four consolidation projects around the state, including the merger of North Georgia College & State University and Gainesville State College. Today, The Times asks Philip Wilheit five questions about the Board of Regents and the consolidation initiative.
Kathy Amos is well-known to the area's many retirees and others as director of Brenau University's BULLI program, which offers a wide range of noncredit courses from the academic to the technical, from the recreational to the arts. She is also an accomplished storyteller. Today, The Times asks Amos five questions.
Brian Daniel is a Gainesville native who runs his family's construction business. But he also stays actively involved in the community. This year, he serves as chairman of the United Way of Hall County's annual campaign committee, the group that oversees United Way's annual fundraising efforts. On Thursday, United Way will announce the results of the 2011-2012 campaign. Today, The Times asks Daniel five questions about his involvement with United Way.
Scott Cagle has spent his entire professional career with Hall County Fire Services. Starting as a firefighter, he has moved up the ranks and today serves as the county's fire marshal. Today, The Times asks Cagle five questions about why he's so passionate about his career.
Architect M. Garland Reynolds has designed countless building in Hall County and beyond. His zest to make the buildings he designs be compatible with the history of the area has led him to become something of an expert on regional history and a collector of great stories about this region.
Adrian Mixson was born in another Gainesville, the one in Florida, but he's been here for nearly 15 years and has built a strong library system. But budget cuts and the age of the Internet have changed the library system. Today, The Times asks Mixson five questions about libraries.
Kay Blackstock has taken her job as executive director of the Georgia Mountains Food Bank and turned it into a passion to fight hunger Today, The Times asks Blackstock five questions about the food bank.
Melvin Cooper has spent his entire professional career with the Gainesville Parks and Recreation Department. During his tenure, the department has provided services to thousands of children and adults, won numerous awards and been recognized as one of the best in the state.