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Badge & Bar: Hall County Fire Services raises most in statewide fundraiser
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Topping last year’s showing, Hall County Fire Services raised the most money for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation.

The fire department, which started raising money in October, pulled together $61,539.60.

The 25th annual “Give Burns the Boot” drive brings together more than 100 fire departments across Georgia to support the burn foundation. Funds collected go toward the Grady Memorial Hospital burn center in Atlanta and the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta.

Last year, Hall County Fire Services grabbed third place for departmental participation after raising more than $49,000, Fire Marshal Scott Cagle said.

Hall County received recognition on Feb. 3 for its accomplishments at the Firefighters’ Recognition Day in Atlanta.

“Hall County Fire Services has participated in this charitable event for 14 years, and we are proud to be recognized as the department that raised the most money for this worthy cause,” said Hall County Fire Chief Jeff Hood in a news release. “To date, we have raised nearly half of a million dollars for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation, and we hope to continue our efforts for many years to come.”

Inmates at Arrendale State Prison close in on diplomas

Ten offenders at Lee Arrendale State Prison are a handful of credits away from achieving their high school diplomas.

In January, Arrendale State Prison and Mountain Education Charter School began a partnership to help young inmates finish high school.

The program is online with a certified teacher in the room.

One offender has already graduated from the program, and 10 students have less than 5.5 credits to go, Georgia Department of Corrections public relations specialist Susan Megahee wrote in an email.

The program has 45 offenders enrolled, with nearly half of them considered “freshmen.” Since January, 57 high school credits have been earned by the program’s participants.

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