The Gainesville Navy JROTC Precision Rifle Team recently traveled to Augusta for a competition. The team finished fourth overall with a score of 1,109. Sporter team member Alex Uscanga was the top shooter with a score of 254 and Max Alanis was second with a 242. Noe Galvan was third with a 222.
The seventh annual Bruce Burch & Friends benefit concert honoring the late Gainesville songwriter John Jarrard recently announced the disbursement of funds to area charities. The concert grossed approximately $97,000 through sponsorships, an auction and ticket sales, according to Allen Nivens, chairman of the committee organizing the annual event.
Rebecca Hartfield, a science teacher at North Hall High School, has been named a 2008 Class Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars. Hartfield was nominated by Brittany Dial, a senior at North Hall. Hartfield teaches International Baccalaureate biology, advanced placement biology and honors chemistry at the school.
West Hall High School students recently participated in the Partnership in Action Walk at Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park. The event aimed to build awareness of the global issues of poverty and hunger. While there, the students participated in the Global Village in Action event, which featured interactive exhibits and exercises that promote a deeper appreciation for what it means to be a "global citizen." The walk also addressed one of the key objectives of the ...
Students at Sardis Elementary School recently hosted Sen. Lee Hawkins, who spoke to students about his role and responsibilities in the Georgia Senate. The visit was also in conjunction with a lesson on branches and levels of government as part of the Georgia Performance Standards for third-graders.
Three art students of Cathy Little have been awarded honors in the Georgia Junior Duck Stamp competition. There were 591 entries from students at public and private schools, students who are home schooled and students who attend art schools and after-school programs. There were 25 winners in each of the four age groups. In Group 1 ( grades kindergarten-third), Cali Marshbank took third place. Her parents are Kevin and Tami Marshbank. In Group 2 ( ...
Marine Corp Pfc. Michael Ellis Tocci recently graduated from boot camp in Parris Island, S.C. Tocci is the son of Glenn and Diana Tocci and brother of Katie and Rachael Tocci, all of Flowery Branch.
The Col. William Candler chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently held a luncheon at the Chattahoochee Country Club in honor of state regent Barbara Blakely Chastain, who was also the guest speaker. Guests included a vice president general from the national DAR, two state DAR officers and five chapter regents from Young Harris, Watkinsville, Toccoa, Clarkesville and Dahlonega. Also, three past chapter regents were recognized for their years of service to DAR: ...
As part of Friendship Elementary School's English Speakers of Other Languages program, firefighter and emergency medical technician Brian Stacy, along with Lt. Burt Sanders and Lt. Beverly Walke, talked about safety precautions and evacuation procedures to follow at home during a fire.
Lynda Holmes, literacy chairwoman for the Col. William Candler chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, recently won the Reading Marathon held at Hall Book Exchange. The event raised money for the Gainesville/Hall County Alliance for Literacy. The grand prize was an open water scuba certification class donated by Joe Kellogg, owner of Underwater Adventure Inc.
Scott Crain, parent mentor for Hall County schools, was recently awarded the Phil Pickens Parent Mentor Leadership Award at the Parent Mentor Partnership fall conference in Cordele. Presented each year, the Phil Pickens Award acknowledges the hard work and dedication of a special education administrator or parent mentor. The award is named for the late Phil Pickens, former special education director for Georgia and founder of the Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership.
Seventh-graders at Chestatee Middle School were able to hear about careers of some local professionals during the school's recent Careers in the Classroom day. Volunteers who spoke to students about their professions included state Sen. Lee Hawkins, nurse practitioner Maggie Payne, Beth Baldwin, a financial adviser and Jean Werner, a flight attendant. Other careers represented included a crime scene specialist for the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, a travel agent and a firefighter. The ...
Amy Brown, a student at North Georgia College & State University in Dahlonega, was recently crowned Miss Hall County at the Miss Hall County/Miss Flowery Branch pageant sponsored by Fifth Row Center.
Barbara Dooley, author, philanthropist and wife of former University of Georgia football coach Vince Dooley, recently read from her husband's newest book to a third-grade class at New Holland Core Knowledge Academy in Gainesville. Vince Dooley's book, "Hairy Dawg Journeys through the Peach State," uses Georgia's tourist attractions and geography as a teaching tool.
When Richard Cassity Stargel Jr. graduated from boot camp this summer at Parris Island, S.C., he made the Stargels a three-generation Marine Corps family. His father, Gainesville High School graduate Rick Stargel, served as a captain in the Marines and his grandfather, Joe H. Stargel, former mayor of Gainesville, is a retired lieutenant colonel of the Marines. Richard's grandmother is Gainesville author Gloria Cassity Stargel, whose writings often include stories from experiences as a Marine ...
Students from Chestatee, East Hall, Flowery Branch and the Lanier Charter Career Academy recently attended the International DECA Conference in Anaheim, Calif. More than 16,000 students from around the world competes in marketing-based events.
Hanh Nguyen, a 2013 graduate of West Hall High School in Oakwood, has been awarded a scholarship from the Baldor Electric Company Foundation for the 2013-14 school year.
North Georgia resident Luke Pilgrim has been awarded The McClure-Scanlin Award at The University of North Georgia in Dahlonega.
This past week Jeff Gulle, photography instructor at North Georgia Technical College, competed in the annual print competition with the Georgia Professional Photographers Association. For the second year in a row, he won "Photographer of the Year."
Elachee Nature Science Center has been selected to receive a $4,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Foundation, the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants Inc.
P.E.O. Chapter AB of Cumming member, Carolyn Swistek, right, presents Susan Iles of Gainesville with a $1,200 check as a part of P.E.O.s Program for Continuing Education Grant.
A crowd attended this year's Chamber Chase 5-kilometer and 2-mile Wellness Walk. The Hall County Sheriff's Office received the "Most Creative Over" for its T-shirt design thanks to Baxter's Shirt Factory. The Chamber Chase was a warm-up for the inaugural Sheriff's Summer Sprint 5K.
The following local students completed courses with exemplary marks and made the President's and Dean's List for 2012 fall semester at Gainesville State College in Oakwood.
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