Johnson High School recently hosted veterans including World War II veteran Jack Blackwell, retired Vietnam veteran Mackie Etris and former U.S. Marine Rudy Gerraro.
The North Georgia Barbershop Singers recently visited the Forsyth County Senior Center in Cumming to present the organization with a donation for the Holiday Gift Certificate Program.
Jackson Electric Membership Corp. recently held its first Junior Solar Sprint competition at East Jackson Comprehensive High School, challenging students to build solar-powered model cars.
The John Jarrard Foundation recently presented checks to recipients of the eighth annual benefit concert held earlier this year.
East Hall Middle School Creative Learning students recently delivered 28 scarecrows to residents of the Smoky Springs Retirement Community in Gainesville. The students and their teachers, Lisa Martin and Scott Patrick, made the scarecrows as part of an intergenerational community service project with Kathryn Martin of CareSouth Home Health and the residents of Smoky Springs.
Lynda Holmes recently was named the grand-prize winner in Hall Book Exchange's recent reading marathon. Holmes, literacy promotion chairwoman for the Col. William Candler chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, brought in the most pledges and won an Atlanta Braves jacket, gift certificates and a golf umbrella, among other prizes.
Lt. Col. Scott C. Poole recently deployed to Afghanistan where his mission is working with the Afghan National Army.
Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy student Hannah Cadenhead recently was invited to attend the Rotary Club of Gainesville's meeting and luncheon. The Rotary's Students of the Month were chosen by the faculty and staff of their respective schools for outstanding citizenship and their contributions to their school and their fellow classmates. Hannah is the daughter of Trish McCoy and David Cadenhead. She was accompanied to the luncheon by her mother and her teacher, Beth Hester.
Seaman William Ryan Deaton recently graduated from Navy Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. He was named section leader, graduating in the top 5 percent of his class.
The Gainesville Newcomers Club recently named its board members for the 2009-2010 year.
Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy recently honored more than 50 prekindergarten through fifth-grade students who participated in the Hall County Summer Reading Program. They enjoyed doughnuts, milk and juice in the media center.
Army Spec. Todd W. Bentley has graduated from the Special Forces Candidate One-Station Unit Training at Fort Benning in Columbus.
Officers of the local chapter of the Georgia Retired Educators Association recently accepted a proclamation for Retired Educators Day from Gainesville Mayor Myrtle Figueras. Gov. Sonny Perdue recently proclaimed this past Sunday as Retired Educators Day.
Air Force Airman Codi L. Powers graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
On Oct. 24, The Lanier Partners of North Georgia Inc. sponsored the sixth annual Pirates of Lanier Poker Run and presented its charities with checks of up to $400,000.
Capt. Mike England was presented the National Safe Boating Council's 2014 Boating Safety Award at the 55th annual National Association of State Boating Law Administrators Conference in Bar Harbor, Maine.
Kim Martin, coalition coordinator for Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County, was selected as Coalition Coordinator of the Year at Safe Kids Georgia's sixth annual awards breakfast Oct. 10, at Fox Theatre in Atlanta.
The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $100,000 in grants during its September meeting, including $19,500 to agencies serving Hall and Lumpkin County residents.
Brenau University's fall production of "Evening of Dance: Unspoken Truths" showed student-choreographed pieces in which the dancers demonstrated each one's unique artistic prowess with performances Nov. 7-8 at Pearce Auditorium.
Four Gainesville natives, one Cleveland woman and one Flowery Branch woman were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, one of the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor societies.
Air Force Airman 1st Class Felix A. Paul and Air Force Airman 1st Class Davis Q. Moore graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
The Cresswind community in Gainesville received a flag flown above the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., from U.S. Rep. Doug Collins.
Army Pvt. James H. Burns has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.