North Hall County’s FFA program met for a staff breakfast Oct. 1 to discuss agricultural classes and upcoming events. Some of the future topics for discussion for FFA are: Turf management, landscape design and expansion in agriculture. State Agricultural Commissioner Tommy Irvin spoke to the group. The class presented him with the 50th century shirt and an agricultural FFA pen.
The Future Homebuilders Association pairs a volunteer contractor with a school building program. This allows the contractor to work alongside the instructor at the school. High school building classes can set up field trips to building sites and building material plants, the contractor can share their experiences and expertise with the students in the classroom and can assist the instructor in the classroom. The program has been implemented in the Hall County high schools and the Gainesville city school system. It was developed and spearheaded by Mike Hollimon, president of the Gainesville-Hall County Home Builders Association. Hollimon solicited the help of Phil Gruber, Gainesville inspection services assistant manager, to provide International Council Code books for the teachers of the area high schools’ construction programs. Gruber also obtained copies of the International Residential Code and the International Plumber’s Code, which were presented to each school at the Gainesville Building and Planning Department.
Wayne Farms LLC has partnered with four area schools for the 2007-08 school year. As part of this partnership, the company has donated a total of $2,500 per school to help purchase supplies, recognize outstanding students and teachers and fund student activities. The schools are North Jackson Elementary, Maysville Elementary, Myers Elementary and Lula Elementary.
Army Reserve Pvt. Joseph J. Albrecht has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Albrecht is the son of Fred Albrecht of Cleveland.
Army Reserve Pfc. Corrine M. Stuart has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. She is the daughter of Geery and Patricia Stuart of Sugar Hill. Stuart is a 2007 graduate of North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee.
Navy Reserve Seaman Recruit Charles J. Mills, son of Joanne E. Hall of Lula and Allen Mills of Decatur, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Mills is a 2007 graduate of Avondale High School in Decatur.
Navy Seaman Jordan F. Brewer, son of Jackie L. Wilhelm of Oakwood and Charles R. Brewer of Mesquite, Texas, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Brewer is a 2007 graduate of North Mesquite High School in Mesquite.
Navy Seaman Recruit Eric M. Seay, son of Tiffany S. King and Scotty G. Seay, both of Dawsonville, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Seay is a 2007 graduate of Dawson County High School in Dawsonville.