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.
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.
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."
Cornerstone Schools of Cumming has been named the statewide winner in the middle school category for the 2014 Georgia STEM Education Awards, according to the Technology Association of Georgia and the TAG Education Collaborative.
Pinecrest Academy in Cumming has been selected as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, announced the U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Law Enforcement Division announced Ranger First Class David Webb has won the Officer of the Year Award from the North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association. Webb was presented the award recently at the Association's annual conference in Reno, Nevada.
Technical Sgt. Marla Camille Rubin of the 94th Communications Squadron retired June 12, with more than 20 years of military service. She was born in Gainesville and was a 1993 Gainesville High School graduate.