Charles E. Whalen Jr. - known to everyone as "Gus" - had a long, successful career with the Warren Featherbone Co., maker of baby clothes. Since the company sold out in 2005, Whalen has tried to make his mark improving the community.
Connie Stephens has spent more than two decades advocating for needy and neglected children as executive director of the Hall-Dawson Court Appointed Special Advocates program. The program she heads fights solely on what is in the best interest of children who are being abused, mistreated or neglected.
As the man in charge of school bus routes for Hall County Schools, Jewel Armour has one of the county's most challenging jobs. He oversees 223 bus routes that deliver thousands of students to schools across Hall County. But it's a job he loves. Today, The Times asks Jewel Armour five questions about getting to school on the bus.
Carol Cox has spent 17 years at North Georgia Christian School, moving from substitute teacher to full-time teacher to administrator and, now, head of school. Her tenure at the school has allowed her to mix her strong Christian beliefs with her dedication to children. Today, The Times asks Cox five questions about the work of small Christian schools and the challenges they face.
What started 10 years ago as a group of friends meeting for Bible study has turned into Sheri Hooper's great passion. As the executive director of the Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, Hooper oversees a growing, hands-on museum that will touch the lives of nearly 75,000 visitors this year, a record number.
Fernando A. Sanchez brought his family to the United States with a dream of making a better life. They conquered the sometimes-grueling process of becoming American citizens, and they have chosen to settle in Gainesville to start a new business. Today, The Times asks Sanchez five questions about coming to America.
Melissa Wendt Tymchuk has seen Northeast Georgia Medical Center grow tremendously during her 15 years in the public relations office. Now, as the hospital gets ready to build a new hospital in South Hall and deal with the new health care law, Tymchuk is taking on a new challenge, as well - as director of public relations and marketing. Today, The Times asks Tymchuk five questions about her new role at the hospital.
Today, Lt. Col. Kevin Jarrard is the commandant of cadets at Riverside Military Academy, a position he assumed in 2009 after eight years as a classroom teacher at the school. But he is perhaps better known as a United States Marine.
Following in the footsteps of his father, Jim Mathis Jr. has spent his lifetime serving the community. And he's passed the legacy on to his own daughters, both of whom are involved in civic causes.
Counte Cooley is a successful businessman who is active in a number of community organizations. But he recently made news for winning a national championship in competitive racquetball. Today, The Times asks Cooley five questions about his sport and his championship.
Dana Chapman is the new executive director of The Guest House, but she's hardly new to nonprofit work. She's spent three decades working with organizations that help people. Today, The Times asks Chapman
Three years ago, hoping to put her training as a Stephen minister - a program of lay pastoral counseling to work - Anne Dittman had the idea of helping people learn the skills they need to find a job. At about the same time, Carl Liggett had the same idea. The two teamed up to create Career Connection at Gainesville First United Methodist Church.
Twenty-eight years ago, Ron Evans and his wife got the idea of starting a community band. Today, the Northwinds Symphonic Band has played concerts all over North Georgia and has taken two tours around the state. But perhaps the band's most meaningful performance is the annual Memorial Day concert. Today The Times asks Evans five questions about the patriotic performance.
By day, Jim Barco is the chief fundraiser for Brenau University. But lately, he's as well known for his love of barbecue. A few years ago, he got the idea of bringing a high-profile barbecue cook-off to Brenau as a way to raise money for scholarships for local students.
Shelley Davis spends her days working with the myriad industries that make up Hall County's industrial base. As vice president of existing industries for the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, Davis sees first-hand how the economy is affecting local businesses and what they need to thrive. Today The Times asks Davis five questions about economic development.