Boys become Eagle Scouts
Tricia Dial and Lauren Carey, fifth-graders at Mount Vernon Elementary, recently participated in the Georgia State Social Studies Fair at Clayton State University in Morrow. They won the Best in Class I Economics Award with their project, "Man vs. Mussels: Who Needs Lake Lanier's Water More?" They were honored at the Luncheon Meeting of the Georgia Council On Economic Education in May. They interviewed Kelley Randall, director of Gainesville's Public Utilities, as well as Kit Dunlap, CEO of the Greater Hall County Chamber of Commerce. They also toured the Gainesville Water Works as part of their research.
Hunter Martin, an eighth-grader at Davis Middle School, spent three weeks of this summer vacation studying robotics at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. The program, offered through Duke University's Talent Identification Program, is open to students in grades seventh through 10th. Once accepted, students must further qualify with high scores on the SAT or ACT. Martin took the ACT in the seventh grade and scored an 18 out of a possible 36 on the ACT. "Hall County is wonderful to have the teachers who distribute information about this," said Martin's mother, Rene Owens. "We moved ...
Second-grade teacher Jacquie Parker was awarded the second annual Clarity Award in honor of her outstanding achievements in the classroom. This award is voted on by the staff at Jones Elementary and is sponsored by Jones' Partner in Education, Clarity. Parker received a certificate of recognition and check for $500 from Clarity.
Second Lt. Troy Loewen, who graduated from North Georgia College & State University in May 2007 with a degree in criminal justice, was deployed in April to Iraq with the 4th Battalion 27th Field Artillery Regiment Iron Thunder supporting the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division. Loewen worked one summer as an intern with the Hall County Sheriff's Office and was assigned to Baumholder, Germany, in December 2007. Loewen and his family moved to Gainesville in 2003 after living for 18 years in Bolivia, where they served as missionaries in aviation.
The Spirit of Joy Church in Flowery Branch has been awarded a $2,500 grant by the Jackson EMC Foundation for its food pantry. The food pantry served more than 1,400 people in 2006 and nearly 1,600 in 2007. Grant funds will be used to purchase food.
The following soldiers have graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning in Columbus:
Kyle Chewning has been named to the dean's list for the spring semester at Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn. Chewning is the son of Wayne and Kimberly Chewning of Gainesville.
The estate of the late Leta Green Braselton has donated $7,800 to the Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson Library. The money will fund an endowment, with the proceeds used to support the Braselton Library's summer reading program in memory of Braselton.
Midshipman Tyler Dunagan graduated cum laude from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., with a bachelor of science degree in logistics and intermodal transportation. He was also sworn in as a reserve officer in the U.S. Navy and received his U.S. Merchant Marine Officer License. Dunagan was selected by the academy to receive this year's Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges award. U.S. Navy Adm. James Stavridis, commander of the U.S. Southern Command, delivered the keynote address. Vice Adm. Joseph Stewart presented the class of 2008 ...
The Gainesville Newcomers' Club recently was host to members of Flotilla 2-9 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary to talk about the hazards of being on Lake Lanier. Flotilla members spoke to about 90 women about observing safety regulations for boating and swimming, especially now that the water level is about 15 feet below full pool. The Coast Guard Auxiliary offers free examinations of boats and personal watercrafts at various marinas throughout the summer months. For information about the Auxiliary, call 770-904-6340 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about the Gainesville Newcomers' Club call 770-889-7902.
Flowery Branch High School raised $3,343.42 for Pennies for Patients, a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Ginger Jackson's class was the top winner overall, with $816.69 raised. The class won a lunch at Olive Garden.
Tyrone "Hollywood" Roberts visited students at Riverbend Elementary School earlier this year. He delivered a speech to encourage students to persevere and show determination in order to make their dreams come true. Roberts demonstrated several of the famous Harlem Globetrotters' basketball tricks with a little help from some of the Riverbend students.
Army National Guard Pvt. Jessica L. Lawrence has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. She is the daughter of David Lawrence of Dawsonville. Lawrence graduated in 2001 from Jesus' Name Academy in Dawsonville.
MOMS Club of Gainesville recently took a field trip to the Georgia State Patrol on Cleveland Highway. Cpl. Curtis Bradshaw arranged to have a helicopter flown in from Athens and a couple of motorcycles brought in from Atlanta. The kids were also able to see and sit in one of the new patrol cars. More than 75 attended the event.
Hall County 4-H is proud to announce the Senior Horse Judging team placed third in the 4-H State Horse Judging Contest and recently competed at the Southern Regional 4-H Horse Show in Raleigh, N.C.
Christopher Ball, left, and Knox Martin received their Eagle Scout badges from Troop 26 at First Baptist Church in Gainesville. Ball, a senior at Lakeview Academy, is the son of David and Shannon Ball; Knox, a senior at Greater Atlanta Christian, is the son of Eddie and Becky Martin, all of Gainesville.
The Dawson County school system was honored by the state for its financial reporting.
Nineteen community and professional leaders graduated the Leadership Jackson program recently.
The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $81,955 in grants during its June meeting, including $41,200 to organizations serving Hall County.
Employees with the Hall County Sheriff's Office competed in the Peachtree Road Race on July 4 in Atlanta.
Cadet Master Sgt. James A. Graham II won a second consecutive national art award from the American Society of Marine Artists.
Sara Hayes of Gainesville received a merit scholarship to attend Wofford College for the 2014-15 academic year.
The North Georgia Community Foundation recently awarded $180,950 in scholarships to North Georgia high school students who will begin college this fall, including 37 students from Hall County.
In honor of Memorial Day, Gainesville Newcomers club had Donna C. Rowe speak at its May luncheon.
New York Times best-selling author Haywood Smith was the guest speaker at the Northeast Georgia Writers Club's annual awards banquet May 7.
Lilian Roberts of Gainesville was recognized by Rep. Carl Rogers for being named a MARSocial Author of the Year runner-up.
Nine nonprofit agencies in Gateway House in Gainesville have been awarded grants totaling more than $2 million to provide civil legal services for the victims of domestic violence.
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