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Hall County High School 4-H club members, front row from left, Kia Shields, Grace Coley, Courtney Woodard and Devin Dimizio; middle row, Savannah Ledford, Melinda Smith and Jenna VanNostrand; and back row, Anna Minor, Josh Butler, Selena Ledford, David French, Curtis Collins, Jared Lee and John Washington.

Hall County High School 4-H’ers started their new year with a learning program about mutual funds. Curtis Collins from Collins and Associates Securities and Advisory Services in Oakwood was guest speaker.

The club’s new officers are Jared Lee, president; John Washington, vice president; Devin Dimizio, recording secretary; Jenna VanNostrand, refreshment chairperson; and Selena Ledford and Melinda Smith, photographers and event reporters.

The 4-H Club is preparing for upcoming community projects and its annual speech and performance contest. To learn more, call 770-535-8291 or visit

BJ’s Charitable Foundation has donated $17,500 to three Georgia nonprofit organizations that focus on hunger prevention, self-sufficiency, health care and education for the disadvantaged.

Among the local agencies involved was Good News Clinics in Gainesville, which received $5,000 to purchase hypertension, diabetes and seizure medications.

The grants are part of a larger donation that provides donations to charitable organizations in 15 states. In all, BJ’s Charitable Foundation donated to 102 charitable organizations with $673,650.