Navy Seaman recruits John B. Carr, a 2009 graduate of East Jackson High School in Commerce, and Jordan L. Linder, a 2008 graduate of Mill Creek High School in Hoschton, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.
The Lyman Hall chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution recently honored America's first president, George Washington, and his birthday during an event at the president's monument in Gainesville.
Forty people attended the ceremony, including Gainesville Mayor Ruth Bruner, city council members Myrtle Figueras and George Wangeman, Rep. Tommy Benton, who is also a member of Sons of the American Revolution, and Hall County Sheriff Steve Cronic. Other deputies, Gainesville police officers, Sons of the American Revolution and Daughters of the American Revolution also attended the event.
The following students have been named to the dean's list at North Georgia College & State University in Dahlonega for the fall 2009 semester. To qualify for this honor, students must achieve a 3.5 GPA, with no grade below a B, while taking at least 12 credit hours.
Abbey Victoria Williams, a student at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, was recently inducted as president of the Kappa Delta Pi honor society. Williams is the daughter of Philip and Ann Williams of Gainesville.
Michelle L. Salmon, Heather R. Denny, Jessica M. Denny and Donna R. Rich, all of Gainesville, have recently been named to the academic achievement list at Georgia Southwestern State University for the fall 2009 semester. To be eligible for this honor, students must earn a grade-point average of at least 3.5.
Taylor Pinion, 7, of Gainesville created her own fundraiser to help the people of Haiti, selling handmade construction-paper crowns for $1. Within a few days, she had raised $25. All money raised will be donated to the American Red Cross.
The following students recently placed in the Region 2 competition for Skills USA. The event judged students' abilities to tackle professional skills such as masonry, computer-based graphic design and automotive service, among other subjects.
The Tanger Outlet Center in Commerce recently awarded $28,834.35 to the Northeast Georgia branch of the American Cancer Society. The donation is part of Tanger's Annual Breast Cancer Awareness campaign, and the check presentation took place at Tanger's annual merchant luncheon and awards program at the Commerce Civic Center.