Gainesville Masonic Lodge 219 in Gainesville presented T.J. Kemp with his 50-year Masonic pin and apron at a gathering of family, fellow Masons and longtime friends he had not seen in years.
Department of the Army civilian Jared I. Oren was promoted to the position of chief of the engineering resources branch at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center at Hanover, N.H.
Instructors at Lanier Technical College have nominated 26 students for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership competition, said Jennifer Pulliam, coordinator for the college's GOAL program.
In a Nov. 7 ceremony, the Hall County Sheriff's Citizens Academy selected its sixth annual Officer of the Year from among four outstanding choices.
OneMain Financial provided residents and its customers an opportunity to participate in the American Red Cross's annual Holiday Mail for Heroes program.
Forest Hilyer of Dahlonega is the recipient of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Conservation Medal for his distinguished conservation efforts.
Three Hall County residents won $500 for their creative entry to the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens.
The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded $81,941 in grants during its October meeting, including $33,500 to organizations serving Hall County.
Banks County High School student Calvin Boyer recently placed first in the Electric Membership Corp./National FFA Organization State Agricultural Education Career Development Event with a 95.773 score.
Four students from Johnson High School Bands were selected as members of the Georgia Music Educators Association's Ninth District Honor Band.
Gainesville High School won the 8 AAAAA Literary Championship recently at Apalachee High School.
The Black Mountain College Experience had its opening reception March 6 at the John S. Burd Center on the Brenau University campus in Gainesville. It featured dance, music, painting, drawing and other media by the artists who worked together in the Black Mountain College setting.
The East Hall High School student council recently hosted an after-school dinner for the custodial staff.
The Mu chapter of the Phi Mu fraternity at Brenau University sponsored two events this spring, raising $3,365 for its national philanthropy, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
Darden Restaurants Foundation Inc. has bestowed a $2,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program to the Gainesville-Hall County Community Council on Aging, which helps raise funds for Meals on Wheels.
The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded $86,738 in grants at its February meeting, including $33,900 to organizations serving Hall County.
Lanierland Civitan is meeting at the Gainesville Bowling Center to combine its dinner meetings with providing community service to a local organization.
Three Flowery Branch High School and one North Hall High School students are 2014 National Merit Scholarship finalists.
Christopher Lennox, a junior from Flowery Branch, was among 44 Reinhardt University students named to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges for 2014.
Three North Georgia high school students received awards for their artwork in the Young Women's State High School Art and Design Competition in February at Brenau University.
Two teams from C.W. Davis Middle School won their divisions at the State Odyssey of the Mind Tournament on March 29 at Columbus State University.