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Juan Taborda, of Flowery Branch, on the morning of Feb. 2, went to Atlanta to take the test to become a United States citizen. It was his second and last try under his current application. He passed the test and took the oath of allegiance that afternoon. Taborda was a native of Colombia, South America, and started studying for U.S. Citizenship in April of 2009 at First Baptist Church of Gainesville on Green Street along with his wife, Consuelo and daughter, Erika.
An applicant for citizenship must file an Application for Naturalization and pay a fee that will allow him to take the test only two times. He must show that he can read, write and speak English and then pass a U.S. history test. When citizenship class met Wednesday night, Taborda came to celebrate his success with teachers and students.
Hall County Soil and water Conservation District was the recipient of the Tennessee Valley Authority District of the Year award. The award was presented at the Georgia Association of Conservation District Supervisors annual meeting by TVA representative Linda Harris. The award was created in 2001 to recognize the district that best plans, implements and reports a conservation program in a given year.