The Spirit of Joy Church in Flowery Branch has been awarded a $2,500 grant by the Jackson EMC Foundation for its food pantry. The food pantry served more than 1,400 people in 2006 and nearly 1,600 in 2007. Grant funds will be used to purchase food.
The following soldiers have graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning in Columbus:
Kyle Chewning has been named to the dean's list for the spring semester at Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn. Chewning is the son of Wayne and Kimberly Chewning of Gainesville.
The estate of the late Leta Green Braselton has donated $7,800 to the Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson Library. The money will fund an endowment, with the proceeds used to support the Braselton Library's summer reading program in memory of Braselton.
Midshipman Tyler Dunagan graduated cum laude from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., with a bachelor of science degree in logistics and intermodal transportation. He was also sworn in as a reserve officer in the U.S. Navy and received his U.S. Merchant Marine Officer License. Dunagan was selected by the academy to receive this year's Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges award. U.S. Navy Adm. James Stavridis, commander of the U.S. Southern Command, delivered the keynote address. Vice Adm. Joseph Stewart presented the class of 2008 ...
The Gainesville Newcomers' Club recently was host to members of Flotilla 2-9 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary to talk about the hazards of being on Lake Lanier. Flotilla members spoke to about 90 women about observing safety regulations for boating and swimming, especially now that the water level is about 15 feet below full pool. The Coast Guard Auxiliary offers free examinations of boats and personal watercrafts at various marinas throughout the summer months. For information about the Auxiliary, call 770-904-6340 or send an e-mail to email@example.com. For information about the Gainesville Newcomers' Club call 770-889-7902.
Flowery Branch High School raised $3,343.42 for Pennies for Patients, a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Ginger Jackson's class was the top winner overall, with $816.69 raised. The class won a lunch at Olive Garden.
Tyrone "Hollywood" Roberts visited students at Riverbend Elementary School earlier this year. He delivered a speech to encourage students to persevere and show determination in order to make their dreams come true. Roberts demonstrated several of the famous Harlem Globetrotters' basketball tricks with a little help from some of the Riverbend students.
Army National Guard Pvt. Jessica L. Lawrence has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. She is the daughter of David Lawrence of Dawsonville. Lawrence graduated in 2001 from Jesus' Name Academy in Dawsonville.
MOMS Club of Gainesville recently took a field trip to the Georgia State Patrol on Cleveland Highway. Cpl. Curtis Bradshaw arranged to have a helicopter flown in from Athens and a couple of motorcycles brought in from Atlanta. The kids were also able to see and sit in one of the new patrol cars. More than 75 attended the event.
Amy Wynkoop of Gainesville, daughter of Martin and Patricia Wynkoop, recently graduated from Ohio Northern's Pettit College of Law at Ohio Northern University.
Leland Taylor has been named the recipient of the 2008 Tommy Aaron/Charlie Aaron scholarship. Leland is a graduate of North Hall High School and plans to study medicine at Davidson College in Charlotte, N.C.
Staff Sgt. Jeremy Young, a 1996 graduate of White County High School in Cleveland, has been awarded a purple heart for his duties served during two tours in Iraq. The medal was awarded June 13. Young will soon be deploying to Afghanistan. He enlisted in the U.S. Army seven years after graduating from high school. He is the son of Dana and Patty Young of Cleveland. His wife, Mandi, and son Gunner, 2, live in Colorado.
Ricky Lee Whelchel, son of Patricia Sosebee Whelchel and Howard A. Whelchel of Gainesville, has graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelor's degree in materials science and engineering. He is the grandson of Donald and Ruth Sosebee of Gainesville and Ethel Whelchel of Buford. In April, Whelchel's paper, "Mechanical and electrical Characterization in Age Hardened Waspaloy Microstructures," won first prize in the Bodycote International Prize Paper Competition, and will be featured in an upcoming edition of the International Journal of Heat Treatments and Surface Engineering.
The Gen. James Longstreet Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy gave out awards April 27 at its annual Confederate Memorial Day commemoration service at Redwine United Methodist Church on Poplar Springs Road in Gainesville. Awards were given to David Mitchell Pruitt and Benny Russell Leach.
The University of Georgia's College of Public Health honored a preceptor and her agency at the annual Practice Advisory Group spring luncheon.
Joda Roshau, a rising sixth-grader at North Hall Middle School, dedicated his summer vacation to taking an educational trip across the United States.
Jessica Harston was crowned Miss Rodeo Georgia 2014 as a special part of the Miss Rodeo Texas Pageant on June 26 in San Antonio, Texas. The Winder native will spend the year promoting the rodeo throughout the state and across the country as Miss Rodeo Georgia.
Hall County 4-H Club members received recognition at the recent 4-H State Horse Show in Perry.
West Hall High School graduate Zach English received a $2,500 scholarship from the H.O.P.E. Foundation.
North Hall High School student April Barth of Clermont has been selected for membership into the National Society of High School Scholars.
U.S. Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Allan W. Elliott has been confirmed for promotion to the rank of major general and assignment as assistant deputy chief of staff, G-4, Mobilization and Training, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C.
2003 Gainesville High School graduate Korvin L. Mitchell and 2011 West Hall High School graduate Timothy Ansel finished their U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.
Haley E. Woody, a 2013 Chestatee High School graduate, completed basic training June 20 with the U.S. Navy at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Great Lakes, Ill.
More than 460 Hall County students received Microsoft Office Specialist and Adobe certifications this year.
Bell will be majoring in Elementary Education when classes begin Sept. 3.
Louisa Rhodes Jacobs was recently selected as the recipient of the 2014 George A. Carlisle Award at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. The Gainesville native was recognized May 6 during the college's Honors Day ceremonies.
Seventh-grade students from Gainesville Middle School were awarded state recognition in the Duke University Talent Identification Program.
Three dozen members of the University of North Georgia's Corps of Cadets were presented military awards and scholarships April 27 at the annual Boar's Head Brigade Military Awards Review in conjunction with the university's annual Alumni Weekend.
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