Juan Taborda, of Flowery Branch, on the morning of Feb. 2, went to Atlanta to take the test to become a United States citizen. It was his second and last try under his current application. He passed the test and took the oath of allegiance that afternoon. Taborda was a native of Colombia, South America, and started studying for U.S. Citizenship in April of 2009 at First Baptist Church of Gainesville on Green Street along with his wife, Consuelo and daughter, Erika.
Spelling bee winners for Gainesville Middle School were Daniel Co and Bailey Armour (alternate); Georgia Tran, Centennial Elementary; Julia Ferguson (alternate), Enota Elementary. Daniel Co will go on to represent Gainesville schools in Suwanee at Collins Hill High School on Feb 26.
Chou Thaoof of Braselton was named to the fall 2010 dean's list at Oglethorpe University. Thaoof earned this distinction by reaching at least a 3.5 grade-point average while maintaining a full-time class schedule for the semester.
Nathanial S. Harris and Chelsea N. Sirard of Gainesville, was named to the dean's list at Darton College for the fall semester. To qualify for the dean's list, a student must be full time and have earned a 3.4 or more grade-point average.
Truett-McConnell College announces that Christina Davis, Kristofor Hellmeister, Cory Smith, and Heather Nelson of Hall County were named to the President's Club for fall semester 2010 with a perfect 4.0 academic average.
Cathy Cox, President of Young Harris College, is pleased to announce that Ryan Nicholas Bender has been named to the Young Harris College Dean's List for the Fall 2010 semester. Students who achieve a 3.5 grade point average or better are eligible to be named to the Dean's List.
On Dec. 18, Hall County Sheriff Steve Cronic and his son Cody Cronic made their annual trip to the Georgia Sheriff's Boys Ranch in Hahira to deliver a load of bicycles to the kids at the youth home. This marks the fourth year that the sheriff and his son have made this trip. The Georgia Sheriffs Youth Homes has provided quality care for hundreds of children. It is a commitment of the Sheriff's of Georgia to continue this history.
Pvt. Daniel Austin Dunn recently graduated from Marine Corp. boot camp in San Diego, Calif. Dunn trained as a marksman at Camp Pendleton and is currently stationed in Pensacola, Fla., for training in aviation ordnance.
Proceeds from the 'Good News for Gainesville' bike ride in October were recently distributed just in time for Christmas. The bike ride, sponsored as a cooperative event among local churches as a ministry to the community, raised a total of $4,500 that was given to three important Hall County ministries: Good News at Noon, Good News Medical and Adults Protecting Children.
The Gainesville Newcomers Club recently gave the Gainesville Police finger food and other varieties of homemade dishes to show appreciation for their dedication to the community. With the help of Cpl. Kevin Holbrook, who works in the Community Relations Department, Rae Aldridge, Beverly Collins and Linda Brady delivered an assortment of baked goods provided by numerous GNC volunteers.
Georgia Mountain Food Bank raised more than $53,164.50 and received more than 6,313 pounds of food in its Stock the Shelves Campaign, which will help build up nutritional food supplies for more than 58 distribution partners.
Cadet Technical Sergeant Gabriel Robertson of the Civil Air Patrol in Gainesville was recently awarded the Silver Cadet Medal by the Daughters of the American Revolution for his work with the Wreaths Across America service in April at the Alta Vista Cemetery.