Hall County 4-H Horse Club members recently participated in the state 4-H Horse Judging contest. The contest, held May 3, was at the University of Georgia Animal Science Instruction Arena. Participants included Bethany Cantrell, Courtney Woodard, Alyssa Ransom, Haley Woodard and coach Tanya Woodard.The Gainesville Lions Club has given high honors to some of its members at recent noon meetings at the Gainesville Civic Center. Lorin Smith was named a Melvin Jones Fellow, the highest award given by a Lions Club. Members Jim Schwartz, this year's club president, Charlie Farr and Herman Jones were named Progressive Melvin Jones Fellows. A Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow award will be presented at a later date to Steve Leslie. Melvin Jones Fellows and Progressive Melvin Jones Fellows are presented to individuals in order to recognize their community and humanitarian service to support the Lions Club International Foundation. The foundation helps with a variety of humanitarian projects around the world, including caring for the elderly, eye care, health care and disaster relief programs. The Lion of the year for 2007-2008 was presented to Charley Preim for his efforts to encourage membership growth through Operation Club Membership. The Gainesville Lions Club meets at noon each Tuesday at the Gainesville Civic Center. For more information, contact Schwartz at 404-310-0905.
White County and the Sautee Nacoochee Community Association have been jointly awarded a $5,435 Tourism Product Development Grant from the Georgia Department of Economic Development. The grant, which requires a portion of matching funds from SNCA, will support the development of a new SNCA Heritage Center. The intent of the Tourism Product Development Grant program is to create additional partnerships and broaden support and ownership within the tourism industry. In addition the intent is to facilitate the development of a statewide tourism product portfolio.
Four charitable organizations in Hall County have been awarded $33,200 by the Jackson EMC Foundation.
- Teen Pregnancy Prevention in Gainesville has been awarded a $15,000 Jackson EMC Foundation grant for the "Smart Girls" program presented in Hall County schools. Grant funds will be used to provide licensed clinical social workers and cover program supplies and administrative costs required to provide the small group sessions in Hall County middle and high schools.
- Gateway House, a Gainesville domestic violence center, has been awarded a $8,200 grant to conduct domestic violence outreach and education programs in elementary and middle schools.
- A $7,500 grant will help fund the Junior Achievement – Gainesville District’s "Bridging Businesses and Education Communities"The grant fund will be used to recruit, train and place volunteers in local schools.
- The Parachute Packers Mentor Program, a group of Flowery Branch High School sophomores who mentor Davis Middle School eighth-graders, has been awarded a $2,500 grant by the Jackson EMC Foundation. Grant funds will be used for team-building and problem-solving activities at the Lapdog Development Center, supplies and materials for meetings.