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Brown receives landscaping certification

Todd Brown, general manager of The Fockele Garden Co., has earned recertification as a certified landscape professional from the Professional Landcare Network.

The certification process is an international program designed to raise standards, encourage self-assessment, recognize performance and encourage professional development within the landscape profession.

The certification examination covers a wide range of topics with 300 questions regarding related issues from corporate financial management to legal and production operations.

The Fockele Garden Co. is a Gainesville landscaping company.

Head earns certification in sleep medicine

The American Board of Internal Medicine awarded its board certification in sleep medicine to Wesley D. Head, a physician with the Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic.

Head is the medical director of Northeast Georgia Sleep Medicine in Gainesville and Cumming.

The Gainesville native joined the Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic in 1995 after earning his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and completing an internship and residency at the University of Tennessee. He also practices pulmonary and critical care medicine. He and his family live in Gainesville.

Local attorney selected for leadership academy

Bethany Ann Sauls of Whelchel, Dunlap, Jarrard & Walker has been selected to participate in the 2008 Young Lawyers Division Leadership Academy of the State Bar of Georgia.

The leadership academy is a program that meets once a month for six months with 59 young lawyers. Each month’s program will cover a different topic, and participants will receive continuing legal education credits for the sessions they attend.

"The Young Lawyer Division Leadership Academy was founded when it was determined there was a need for a leadership development program in the division that would bring together young lawyers from across the state with leaders in various areas of legal practice," said Sharri Edenfield of Statesboro, co-chairwoman of the Leadership Academy Committee. "This program is unique because it focuses on training members to serve as leaders within the legal profession as well as within their local communities."

King named to state arts council

Gov. Sonny Perdue has named Warren J. King of Dawsonville as the 9th District representative on the Georgia Council for the Arts.

King, 62, is a retired executive with Amoco Corp. and British Petroleum. Most recently, he was the chief executive officer of ARCO Polypropylene Co.

King is the president and chairman of the Dawson County Arts Council and the Bowen Center for the Arts in Dawsonville. He is also the president of the Rotary Club and the chairman of the Dawson County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to the Dawson County Board of Commissioners. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree from Northwestern University. He and his wife, Nancy, have three grown children and one grandson.

Marine Corps honors Adams Transfer & Storage

Adams Transfer & Storage Co. received the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Commander’s Award during the United Way of Hall County luncheon.

The company has participated annually for five years in the campaign by picking up and delivering toys from collection spots each December. Toys for Tots, a nationwide program of the U.S. Marine Corps, is coordinated locally by United Way of Hall County. In 2007, more than 2,000 children benefited from the program.

"Adams Transfer & Storage plays such an important role in this program," said Dawn Koponen, director of 2-1-1 and Hands on Hall with United Way of Hall County. "Their supply of movers, equipment and transportation to pick up and deliver toys keeps the program successful."