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The Local Agenda: Local attorneys will read the Declaration of Independence
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Declaration of Independence reading

When: 11:30 a.m. today

Where: Kenyon Plaza (the public space outside the Hall County Courthouse), 225 Green St. SE, Gainesville

It’s a statement of fundamental American values.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

That excerpt, along with the rest of the Declaration of Independence, will be read outside the Hall County Courthouse today in recognition of Independence Day on Wednesday.

Attorneys with the Gainesville-Northeastern Circuit Bar Association will join replica uniformed members of the state and local chapters of the Sons of the American Revolution for the event at Kenyon Plaza.

The public is invited to attend.

The event will be the first of its kind for the local bar association, although there have been grassroots efforts nationwide to turn public readings of the Declaration of Independence into a tradition.

Nicki Noel Vaughan, president of the Gainesville-Northeastern Circuit Bar Association, said the point of today’s event is to reflect on the words and background to the document that’s still essential to America’s foundation.

Vaughan noted that many of the Declaration’s signers faced direct persecution from British forces during the Revolutionary War.

“It is significant to our country to think about how people put their lives on the line for this,” she said of the Declaration’s signers.

Ed Rigel Sr., president of the local and Georgia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, said there aren’t likely many Americans who have actually read the entire document, which lists the colonies’ grievances against the king.

“The freedoms requested still apply to us today,” he said.

Ga. Municipal Hall of Fame inducts Figueras as member

Gainesville City Councilwoman Myrtle Figueras was inducted into the Georgia Municipal Association Hall of Fame last week.

Figueras, who has been on the council for 16 years, was honored for her service to the city and her participation with GMA, where she has served on the board of directors and other committees.

Figueras was first elected to City Council in 1996.

She has twice served as mayor, from 2001 to 2002 and from 2008 to 2009.

Keep Hall Beautiful leader resigns, cites family reasons

Cindy Reed will resign her post as Keep Hall Beautiful’s executive director.

Reed has led the local environmental stewardship nonprofit for
four years.

This year, Keep Hall Beautiful set a record for the amount of litter it collected with 80,000 pounds.

Reed is leaving Hall County for family reasons, according to her resignation letter.

She will remain at the organization through August as Keep Hall Beautiful seeks a replacement.

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