Chellsy Vanessa Gomez, 15, represented Gainesville for the title of Miss Georgia Teen USA 2013 this week at the Woodland Performing Arts Theatre in Cartersville.Gomez is the daughter of Dr. Richard Gomez and Lori Lake. She is a sophomore at North Georgia Christian School and attends church at Good Shepherd Lutheran.
Army Pvt. Melody Peppers has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.
The Jackson EMC Foundation, funded by the donations of the cooperative's members through the Operation Round Up program, has awarded $32,500 to four agencies that provide services to Hall County residents.
Tadmore Elementary teacher Jon Kostulakos was surprised by visitors to his classroom from OfficeMax who had come to announce that he had been selected as one of 1,000 teachers across the nation to receive the annual "A Day Made Better" award.
Kelly Lee of Wells Fargo Advisors in Gainesville has been recognized by Wells Fargo for her contributions to her local community by volunteering with Challenged Child and Friends.Along with receiving a volunteer service award from the bank, Lee also won $1,000 for the nonprofit, which serves special needs children through a full-inclusion pre-school program.