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Tom Oliver, Carlene Dunn, president of HGREA, Mayor Bruner, Carlette Ansley, HGREA Secretary, Jan McCord, HGREA Treasurer, and Frank Lock, HGREA President-Elect.


Riverside Military Academy honored John R. Wood, Class of 1947, as the 2010 RMA Distinguished Alumnus at the alumni dinner Oct. 16.


Wood was introduced by the 2008 Distinguished Alumnus award winner, Jeffrey S. Weiner, Class of '66, a current member of the RMA Board of Trustees. RMA President Col. James H. Benson, and Bernard M. Freeman, Class of '58 and alumni council chairman, presented Wood with an inscribed sword.

An Arkansas native, Wood earned his bachelor's degree from Henderson State University and his law degree from the University of Arkansas. He practiced law in Arkansas and Florida before he and his wife, Wanda, opened a real estate business in 1958 that has won multiple awards for its website. He continues to serve as its chairman of the board.

RMA began presenting the Distinguished Alumnus award in 2002 to honor an alumnus who has distinguished himself in career, philanthropy, or civic life.



The Gainesville High School marching band, the Big Red Machine, competed in the Georgia Bandmasters Marching Championships on Oct. 23 at Forsyth Central High in Cumming. The invitation-only event matches the top five bands in each classification.

In its final competition of the year, the GHS band earned the highest scores possible in six areas: Superior Band, Superior Dance Team, Superior Majorette, Superior Guard, Superior Percussion and Superior Drum Major.

In addition, the Big Red Machine earned best in class for Dance Team, Majorette and Percussion, and was second place for Band.



Gainesville High School selected its Homecoming Queen and Court last weekend.

Leniqua Sims was chosen Homecoming Queen. The other candidates were Kate Callahan, LeeAnn Noble, Nancy Ruiz and Anna Katharine Yarger. The Junior Representative was Karina Garcia. The Sophomore Representative was Becky Vasquez and the Freshmen Representative was Sheeniqua Sims.


Governor Sonny Perdue declared Sunday as "Retired Educators Day" in Georgia. At the monthly meeting of Hall County/Gainesville Retired Educators Association, Mayor Ruth Bruner and Hall County Board of Commissioners Chairman Tom Oliver, presented HGREA members with a proclamation honoring retired educators.



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