Cpl. Moises Vargas and Cpl. Douglas Whiddon, officers with the Gainesville Police Department, recently were selected as this year's Optimist Award recipients during the annual Optimist Awards ceremony hosted by the Gainesville Optimist's Club.
Gainesville State College held its summer/fall Commencement on Dec. 12 at the Gainesville Campus, awarding 470 two- and four-year degrees. Betty Siegel, president emeritus of Kennesaw State University, gave the Commencement Address.
The National Federation of Music Clubs has awarded gold cups to 35 area piano, voice and strings students who participated in the annual North Gainesville Music Festival held recently at Brenau University.
Disability Resource Center recently hosted a "beep ball" exhibition tournament for Hall County schools' Partnerships for Success clubs, an organization for students with or without disabilities that focuses on friendship, leadership and community service.
Gale Watkins, institutional effectiveness coordinator at North Georgia Technical College, recently received the Faithful Service Award for 30 years of service. The Faithful Service Award symbolizes the dedication and hard work that employees have performed for the institution.
Navy Seaman Recruit Ciaira J. Meyers, a 2009 graduate of Hidden Lake Academy in Dahlonega, and Navy Seaman Recruit Rily D. Passini, son of Gail Weaver of Clarkesville, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.
The Rotary Club of South Hall County was recently recognized as one of the leading clubs in the district, winning the Governor's Service and Leadership Award at the 2010 Rotary District 6910 Conference.
Air Force Airman Brett M. McElvery graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.
The Hall County Optimist Club recently sponsored a "Respect for Law" poster contest at Sugar Hill Elementary School. The contest was open to all fifth-grade students at the school, who were asked to interpret the topic of "Respect for Law."
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.