By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Newsmakers in business, Oct. 11
Dr. Ellen Perkins Sanders

Sanders joins Longstreet Clinic’s Oakwood office

Dr. Ellen Perkins Sanders has joined Gainesville-based The Longstreet Clinic’s Family Medicine-Oakwood office at 4222 Fairbanks Drive, and will begin seeing patients Monday.

Sanders is a graduate of North Hall High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., and her medical degree at Duke University School of Medicine.

She completed her residency at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

Sanders is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. She previously practiced as a family physician in Summerville, S.C.

Rao joins Northeast Ga. Physicians Group Radiation Oncology

Dr. Malay Rao is the newest doctor to join Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Radiation Oncology.

Rao originally received his doctor of pharmacy, with high honors, from Rutgers University. He completed an internship with the Food and Drug Administration and advanced as a clinical director in the long-term care industry. He completed his residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

As a resident, Rao contributed to scientific research that culminated in several peer-reviewed journal publications.

NGPG Radiation Oncology is an affiliate of Northeast Georgia Health System and offers advanced radiation therapy at three locations: Braselton, Gainesville and Toccoa. For more information, visit

Uncle Shuck’s earns vote as favorite corn maze

Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, a family-operated, 12-acre complex in Dawson County, was voted as the “Favorite Corn Maze” in the 2015 Georgia Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards. Ballots were tabulated in 20 categories from across the state for a seventh year.

“We are so pleased to be recognized by people across Georgia as their favorite corn maze,” said Mike Pinzl, owner and operator of Uncle Shuck’s, now in its 14th year. “The feature story on the Readers’ Choice Awards says that ‘so much about Georgia is great’, and we totally agree.”

Last season, Uncle Shuck’s was named one of the nation’s “Top 10 Corn Mazes for Families” by, an award-winning, national family travel blog. In 2013, it was named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Uncle Shuck’s trails and pumpkin patch will be open every day and special events will be held every weekend through October.

For more information, visit

The Times publishes news on management or professional-level hires and promotions, major awards and other newsworthy accomplishments involving local businesses each Sunday on the Business page and Send information, including photos and contact information, to The deadline is 4 p.m. Thursdays for Sunday publication.

Regional events