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The first group of Village at Deaton Creek residents has successfully completed the 20-hour Community Emergency Response Team course offered by Hall County Emergency Management.

Following the disaster seminar held July 27, there have been several more steps toward personal and community preparedness for disasters.

One of these is the first group of Village at Deaton Creek residents that has successfully completed the 20-hour free course offered by Hall County Emergency Management.

This group graduated Nov. 8, receiving certificates and kits from Capt. Scott Cagle, Hall County Fire Services. They also began their first organizational meeting by selecting their leadership.

Meetings will continue on a regular basis as Team One moves forward to continue their education for being prepared to assist our community in the event of a disaster. Another Community Emergency Response Team class will be offered in early spring.


The local General James Longstreet Chapter of The United Daughters of the Confederacy recently attended the 2011 Georgia Convention and received several awards.

Certificate of Achievement for Supporting the Division President’s goal of having a 10 percent or greater increase in Military Service awards presented;

Superior Chapter Award for completing No. 1-13 on the division rating sheet and per capita received by Jan. 1;

Six Certificates of Award for:

Chapter purchasing more than $500 but less than $1,000 in Insignia

Recorder’s Special Awards for most Vietnam Conflict crosses (Second place tie)

Special award for chapter sending in earliest, most correct and complete per capita report

First place award of most members touring the UDC museum at Atlanta History Center as a chapter

Alice Baxter Award for chapter registering largest number new members 16-25 North Georgia (Second place tie)

Thomas Henry Dunaway Award given by John Allen Dunaway in memory of her husband’s Confederate ancestor to the chapter ordering the greatest number of identification pins. (Winner tie)


Mercer University’s Board of Trustees elected the Rev. William (Bill) Coates Jr., of Gainesville as a trustee on Nov. 11 at its annual meeting at the University Center in Macon. He will serve a five-year term on the board.

Coates is currently the senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Gainesville. He pastored four churches in South Carolina before beginning his work at the First Baptist Church in 1998. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Coker College, a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of South Carolina.

The First Baptist Church is a life member of the Mercer University President’s Club.

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