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Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal issued a special holiday greeting for Georgia residents on Friday.

As Christmas nears, I wanted to wish every Georgian a merry Christmas and a happy holiday season.

Christmas has a special way of reminding us what is really important: our faith in God, family and the well-being of our fellow man.

But Christmas is not limited to a single season or date on a calendar. These feelings of peace and love are always with us throughout our lives. For many, Christmas serves as a rejuvenation of these values and ideals.

After the gifts are all unwrapped and the candles begin to dim, our spirits will once again be enriched and fully restored.

As we reflect on all we have been able to accomplish this past year, we will cary this rejuvenated spirit to achieve all the goals that we have set for the coming years.

GAINESVILLE: Radio station founder dies

GAINESVILLE: Radio station founder dies

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- The man who helped create the radio station WDUN in northern Georgia has died after suffering a stroke.

John W. Jacobs Jr. was 88 when he died Wednesday at a hospital. He founded the Jacobs Media Corp. and helped put women behind the microphone at the radio station, which broadcasts in AM and FM.

Jacobs Media Corp. also acquired WGGA and grew its holdings to include a travel agency, real estate and a shopping center.

Jacobs was able to see the firm grow in the Internet age and the company created AccessNorthGa.com in 1999.

WDUN station manager Joel Williams confirmed Jacobs' death and said he will be remembered as an entrepreneur, community leader, war hero and family member.

Jacobs was a World War II veteran.

Juvenile Court judge receives statewide award

Juvenile Court judge receives statewide award

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- Hall County Judge Cliff Jolliff has been named the 2011 recipient of the Judge Aaron Cohn Award.

This distinction is given annually to a juvenile court judge who makes significant contributions to the fields of juvenile justice and child welfare.

"I am very honored to receive this meaningful award named after such a remarkable man," Jolliff said, referring to Judge Aaron Cohn, a World War II veteran who recently retired as a juvenile court judge in Columbus, Ga. at age 95. 

Jolliff was chosen for the award in part because of his tireless fight against structural and budget cuts to the Council of Juvenile Court Judges of Georgia, of which he has served as president. He also serves on several committees, namely Georgia CASA, the Family Violence Commission and AOC Workload Assessment for Juvenile Courts.

Search continues for missing man

Search continues for missing man

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Hall County Sheriff's officials are still looking for a man who was last seen nearly two months ago.

Investigators first learned that 47-year-old Thomas E. Funk Jr. was missing on Oct. 3, when they stopped by his house on Oconee Circle in Gainesville to check on him at the request of a family member.

Funk's roommate told police that he last saw the missing man on Oct. 1. Funk left his car and cell phone at his house and had not told anybody that he planned to leave, according to Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks with the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

A K9 search of the area around Funk's house did not uncover any sign of him, nor did a follow-up investigation. Police do not suspect foul play in his disappearance.

Funk is described as a white man, about six feet tall and 155 pounds, with light brown hair and hazel eyes. His family is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to his return.

Nominate A Child For Bert’s Big Adventure!

Nominate A Child For Bert’s Big Adventure!

Do you know any children ages 5-12 that have a chronic or terminal illness and live in the Atlanta-area? If so, they probably qualify for Bert's Big Adventure! Download the application or nominate a child.

To qualify, children must be between the ages of 5 and 12 years old, live in “The Bert Show” radio listening area (All the Hits Q100, 99.7 FM) in metro Atlanta, prove financial need and have never been to Walt Disney World®.

ASO to honor Metro Atlanta music teachers

ASO to honor Metro Atlanta music teachers

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will hold an appreciation ceremony for more than 180 Atlanta-area music teachers Friday evening.

The teachers will be recognized at 7 p.m. by ASO president Stanley Romanstein. Afterward, the instructors will attend the evening's concert featuring the music of Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov and Mussorgsky.

ASO cellist Joel Dallow will also receive a special award from Romanstein for his arts education advocacy work throughout Georgia.

Both the 8 p.m. concert and the preceding reception will take place at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Midtown.

 

Hall County welcomes new finance director

Hall County welcomes new finance director

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Vickie Neikirk was hired Monday as Hall County's new director of financial services.

Neikirk comes to Hall from the city of Toccoa, where she began serving as finance director in May 2010. She has also worked as the CFO of White County.

"Vickie's experience and guidance will enhance the capabilities of the strong finance team currently in place, and she will be a tremendous asset to the entire organization," Hall County administrator Randy Knighton said. "Creating a secure budget and sound financial future is a primary concern for the county, and we are in a better position to do that with Vickie on board."

Neikirk lives in Gainesville. She will begin working for the county in mid-November.