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You Heard It Here: Clemsons Watson pays holiday visit to Hall fire station
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Ten days before a 37-17 thrashing of Oklahoma in the college football playoffs, Deshaun Watson spent some time in his hometown with members of Hall County Fire Services Station 5.

Through personal connections, Battalion Chief Rob Sanders said people from the station and family members met with one of Gainesville’s favorite sons Dec. 21.

Though some of the little ones are too young to recognize the 2015 Heisman candidate, Sanders said the experience was great to put a “humble, down-to-earth” guy in front of his kids.

“He puts his faith first, and that goes a long way,” Sanders said. “When you have an individual like that and like me, you have kids, you want somebody like that to be a role model for your kids.”

Watson’s Clemson Tigers will face Alabama Monday in the national championship game.

UNG celebrates three years as a united university

The University of North Georgia commemorated its consolidation Friday since the combination of North Georgia College & State University and Gainesville State College three years ago.

UNG President Bonita Jacobs reflected on the impact the institution has achieved since becoming one of the state’s largest public universities.

“We have shaped a new institution that has a bigger voice and presence in the state, and the value of a UNG degree continues to grow as we expand opportunities to make students regionally and globally competitive,” Jacobs said.

Shuffle at top of Gainesville leadership raises worry

Gainesville City Councilman Sam Couvillon, who was first elected in 2013, is quickly moving up the ranks of local government with the recent retirements of Myrtle Figueras and Bob Hamrick.

At a council meeting this past week, Couvillon joked that the mayor and mayor pro tem should never ride in the same car together lest something tragic happen and he has to take over the reins of city government.

Mayor Danny Dunagan laughingly agreed that Couvillon is too ripe for that role.

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