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.
Air Force Airman Brandon R. Roell has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Eric and Sandra Roell of Gainesville. Roell is a 2003 graduate of Norcross High School in Norcross.
The Gainesville Music Club recently held music scholarship auditions at Brenau University in Gainesville.
Jeff Whalen of Flowery Branch has been given an Appreciation Award by the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences. The award is presented annually to an individual who has contributed to the support of the college financially, through programs or the legislature.
Eighth-graders at West Hall Middle School participated in mock interviews with volunteers form the community. This career unit, which matches the Georgia Performance Standards, was the brainchild of eighth-grade reading teacher Marlene Galvin. The project helped students learn vocabulary related to the job search process, create resumes and learn interview etiquette. Then, each student was interviewed as though the interviewer was a representative of the field that matched the student's career interest.
The South Hall Rotary Club had its first 5-kilometer race in Flowery Branch, with proceeds benefitting the Adoptive and Foster Parent Association of Hall County, Boys and Girls Clubs of Hall County and the University of North Georgia Scholarship Fund.
Todd Modderman of Dahlonega received the appreciation award for his dedication to driving a big-rig to trainings in the Southeast region for the Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe organization.
Gainesville Fire Department recently received a donation of much-needed equipment from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.
The North Georgia Community Foundation awarded $16,500 in Community Impact Grants to nine nonprofits in Northeast Georgia to help fund programs designed to improve the quality of life in the North Georgia region.
Nestled on the Southern-most shoreline of Lake Lanier on 1,500 acres, the Lake Lanier Islands Resort received the distinction of becoming a member of the Southern Living Hotel Collection.
Art ranging from photography to pottery to pen and ink and fine crafts were eyed carefully as part of the 2014 Judged Art Competition.
Paramedic and firefighter David Kinnunen recently retired from Hall County Fire Department and Emergency Services.
The Tanger Outlets in Commerce delivered supplies to area animal shelters including Gainesville's Humane Society of Northeast Georgia.
The Georgia Junior Chamber (Jaycees) hosted its first Hall of Fame induction ceremony Sept. 26, to honor seven prominent Georgia Jaycee Alumni. Gainesville resident Abit Massey was one of the seven honorees.
On Sept. 6, more than 140 members and friends of North Georgia United Methodist churches reached out to serve residents in Banks, Athens-Clark, Jackson and Habersham counties during the third annual "Great Day of Service."
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