Air Force Airman William C. Reed and Airman Stephen M. Mayo graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
Local Chrysler Group dealership, Hayes Chrysler-Plymouth-Dodge Inc. helped raise $1,110 in funding for Mount Vernon Exploratory with Chrysler brand's Drive for the Kids program. The fundraising event was Oct. 18 in conjunction with the Fall Festival.
Lakeview Academy's play, "The Wedding Singer," won first place out of the nine schools competing for the region one-act title recently at Piedmont College.
Gainesville High School Theatre's performance of "The Great American Trailer Park" musical earned the school a Region 8 AAAAA One-Act Play runner-up award in the region.
West Hall High School student Anthony Arbise has been named a commended student in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Financial adviser Brian Byars, Founder of Advanced Retirement Planning, recently received an honorable mention in Financial Planning Magazine's Pro Bono Awards. The annual awards program, conducted in partnership with the Foundation for Financial Planning, recognizes the community service of advisers across the country.
Maisie McSwain of Gainesville earned a blue ribbon in Class 123 at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration recently.
PetSmart Promise, a collaboration between PetSmart and Family Promise, placed 50 fish tanks in Day Centers across the country recently.
The Holbrook of Lake Lanier Independent Living community hosted Paws for a Cause in partnership with Humane Society recently with a fashion show featuring animals from the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia, a silent auction, followed by a luncheon.
The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded $87,998 in grants during the August meeting, including $76,800 to organizations and $11,198 to individuals. Two agencies serving Hall County residents received $21,800. They were:
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.
Gillsville teen Brenden Ayestaran, a Flowery Branch High School student, has been selected to become a member of the National Society of High School Scholars.
Five Hall County students recently placed at the Future Business Leaders of America State Conference in Perry.
Georgia Boys State Program finds new home at Riverside
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