Ambassador Claudia Fritsche recently presented the 2009 Abit Massey Lecture at a recent meeting of the Georgia Poultry Federation and received the lecture medal and an honorarium, which she donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Fritsche is from Liechtenstein and is the country's first resident ambassador in Washington, D.C.
Students at North Georgia Christian School recently particpated in a reading challenge. Students read an average of 15 minutes a day for five days a week for the months of May, June, July and August.
The Georgia Mountains YMCA received a $2,500 award from PepsiCo.
Georgia Southern University in Statesboro recently presented the first Brittany "Ally" Harbuck Scholarship Award to junior Patrick Shuler of Gainesville.
Gainesville Mayor Myrtle Figueras recently signed a proclamation presented by the Col. William Candler Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution designating the week of Sept. 17-23, as Constitution Week in observance of the 222nd anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, which occurred on Sept. 17, 1787.
Jefferson Elementary School and the musical group Beatin' Path recently kicked off the school year with a community drum circle. The hands-on music making and interactive performance aimed to foster cultural appreciation, teamwork and community spirit.
Fifteen members of the Col. William Candler Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently attended the district two workshop at Johns Creek Baptist Church in Alpharetta. State Regent Barbara Chastain congratulated the chapter for winning second place in the national DAR literacy promotion. Lynda Holmes is the chapter chairwoman for literacy promotion. The Philadelphia Winn chapter of Lawrenceville hosted the workshop.
Michael Ball was named to the dean's list at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta for the spring 2009 semester. Ball is a graduate of West Hall High School in Gainesville.
Doug Grammer of Walker county, the newly elected Ninth District GOP chairman, recently announced several appointments and new committees.
Houston Leach of Flowery Branch was named to the president's list for the spring quarter at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville. To be named to the president's list, students must earn a 3.7 grade-point average. Leach is the son of James and Lisa Leach of Gainesville.
Kristopher Witt of Gainesville recently graduated from Radford University in Radford, Va., with a master's degree.
Amy N. Brown, the reigning Miss Hall County, recently donated the proceeds from the 2009 Miss Right to Life of Georgia pageant to officials from Georgia Right to Life.
The Buford Lanier Women's Club recently awarded two $1,500 scholarships.
Three Hall County students recently placed first in the state with their demonstration projects at the recent Stage 4-H Congress in Atlanta.
Air Force Airman Devanta C. Studivant recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
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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