The Brenau Barbecue Competition with the Memphis Barbecue Network and Georgia Barbecue Association competitions drew 37 teams from five states in late May to the historic Brenau University campus in Gainesville.
Joda Lee Roshau, a fourth-grader at Lanier Elementary School, recently received awards for perfect attendance, all A's for the year and reading achievement. He is the son of Joseph and Rhonda Roshau of Murrayville.
Lauren Darnell of Gainesville was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Darnell was initiated recently at Georgia Health Sciences University.
Jackson EMC recently awarded Gainesville High School senior Feliciano Anthony Divinagracia the 2013 A.T. Sharpton scholarship. Divinagracia was one of six recipients selected from nearly 300 applications.