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CASA of Hall County recently hosted its volunteer swearing-in and recognition banquet. Those who were honored includes, from left, Robby Setzer, Cheri Bates, Meredith Milby, Kalia Ladanyi, Dawn Ezell, Teresa Bratton, Jessica Buker, Angela Nelson, Allison Rounds Judge Mary Carden and Judge Cliff Jolliff. - photo by For The Times

Cpl. Moises Vargas and Cpl. Douglas Whiddon, officers with the Gainesville Police Department, recently were selected as this year’s Optimist Award recipients during the annual Optimist Awards ceremony hosted by the Gainesville Optimist’s Club.


The Medical Center Foundation at Northeast Georgia Medical Center recently welcomed Elpida, the Angel of Hope sculpture located in Anne’s Garden outside the North Patient Tower at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Commissioned by Georgia artist Jean Westmacott, Elpida is 6 feet tall atop a boulder at the base of the garden’s steps. Elpida is the Greek word for hope, a key component of healing.

Anne’s Garden was made possible through a signature gift to The Medical Center Foundation by longtime hospital supporters Anne and George Thomas.


The 2010 Hall County Heart Ball raised more than $75,000 to fund research and education for cardiovascular disease. The event, held in April at the Chattahoochee Country Club, honored Jim Walters for his philanthropic work. The money raised from this event represents an increase of more than $25,000 from the previous year.

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