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Fockele to speak at plant symposium

Mark Fockele, president of The Fockele Garden Co., will be a featured speaker at the 2008 Spring Symposium of the Georgia Perennial Plant Association.

Fockele’s topic is "Thoughtful Water Use: Create a Beautiful, Healthy Garden." The symposium will take place Feb. 9 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Propes and Bohm begin internship at local firm

Two college accounting students have been selected and are currently participating in an internship with the Gainesville accounting firm of Bates, Carter & Co.

Zach Propes is a North Hall High School graduate and current student at the Mike Cottrell School of Business at North Georgia College & State University. Propes is majoring in accounting and will be pursuing a master’s degree following graduation in May 2009.

Jessica Bohm is a graduate of Sequoyah High School in Canton. She is a senior at Brenau University and is majoring in accounting. She will graduate in May 2008.

PureLine Genetics moves to Gainesville, names new executive

PureLine Genetics has announced the relocation of its headquarters from Preston, Conn., to Gainesville. The company has also appointed Steven D. Collier as its chief executive officer.

Founded in 2000, PureLine Genetics is a poultry genetics company producing breeding stock for the world’s broiler market.

Collier, a 31-year veteran of the industry, worked for two of the world’s major integrated poultry companies prior to joining PureLine Genetics. A chemical engineer and poultry nutritionist, he earned degrees from the University of North Alabama and the University of Missouri. Collier and his wife have two sons. They reside in Cornelia.

The company’s headquarters is located at 311 Green St.

Hospital names new director of critical care

Gary Pollock, R.N., has been named director of critical care for Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

In this new position, Pollock is responsible for administrative management of critical care areas including the intensive care units at both the main campus and Lanier Park campus, Intermediate Care Unit, Ronnie Green Heart Center, Chest Pain Observation Unit, Progressive Cardiac Care Unit and Telemetry.

"I really feel welcome here," Pollock said. "I have been getting an overview of where we are, and I’m really excited about being here. I want to make the intensive care areas the best they can be."

Pollock comes to the hospital from Munroe Medical Center in Ocala, Fla., where he worked for 20 years. Most recently, he served as director of patient flow.

He received his nursing degree from Orange County Community College in Middletown, N.Y., and a bachelor’s degree in health arts from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill. He is currently working on a master’s degree in health care administration from Webster University in St. Louis, Mo.

Pollock and his wife, Sherylann, have two adult children. They are relocating to Cumming from Ocala.