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Terry Smith, left, an employee at United Community Bank, won AirTran tickets in the recent Junior Achievement raffle. Janet Kaup, chairwoman of the Gainesville district for Junior Achievement of Georgia presented Smith with the tickets.

Members of Trout Unlimited's Gold Rush chapter celebrated the 50th anniversary of the national organization of Trout Unlimited by coordinating a recent cleanup effort.

Sixteen members and volunteers worked on a section of the Amicalola River, a coldwater trout stream, within the Dawson Wildlife Management Area.

This tract was acquired several years ago by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and large items of trash and sections of automobiles were located on the property at the time of purchase.

Trout Unlimited members filled a donated 10-cubic-yard Dumpster with items varying from miscellaneous trash and garbage to large objects like a rusting and perforated automobile door and a wringer-type Kenmore washing machine. Items too large for removal will be covered with nearby tornado-damaged trees, which will create a wildlife habitat.

Larry J. Emmett of Gainesville has been named district leader of the Elks USA during a recent meeting in Portland, Ore.

Emmett, who is a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 1126, will help set the course for the Elks for the next year and continue to fulfill the local Elks lodge's commitment to charity and patriotism. Duties also include advising lodges on internal and business matters, reviewing how national policy is implemented and helping to coordinate Elks activities.

Deputy Jeffery Hooper of the Hall County Sheriff's Office recently completed a course in advanced traffic law conducted by the Georgia Police Academy Division of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth. This course is required by the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council for advanced certification.

The North Georgia Barbershop Singers is now a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Along with the ability to use specially arranged and copyrighted music, membership in the society allows the North Georgia Barbershop Singers entry to the annual international and midwinter conventions, help from the Nashville, Tenn.-based staff and competition at district and division conventions.

The Barbershop Harmony Society was founded in 1938 in Tulsa, Okla., to preserve this a cappella art form.

Longstreet Cancer Center recently awarded Mark Clark the 2009 Excellence in Oncology Nursing Award at Relay for Life's opening ceremony June 5. Clark is a nurse practitioner with Oncology Specialists of North Georgia.

The award is presented as part of Relay for Life to a local oncology nurse who has demonstrated excellence in his or her field.

Clark's peers noted that he is knowledgeable in his field, compassionate to patients and strives for excellence in his profession by attending educational seminars. As part of the honor, Clark has been awarded a scholarship to attend the 2010 Oncology Nursing Society National Conference.

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