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Hall County appoints acting parks director

Hall County appoints acting parks director

Assistant County Administrator Marty Nix announces that Mike Little is now the acting director for Hall County Parks and Leisure Services. Little has managed Allen Creek Soccer Complex for 10 years.

“Mike is a well-known and well-respected member of the recreational community in Hall County. We will need his strong leadership and deep knowledge of the department as we move forward with the restructuring of Parks and Leisure,” Nix said.

On Aug. 11, the Board of Commissioners approved a new operational plan for Parks and Leisure Services that preserves the county’s current parks and programs in spite of a severe budget cut.

Volunteers Are Needed In Forsyth County To Help Cancer Patients On Their Road to Recovery

Volunteers Are Needed In Forsyth County To Help Cancer Patients On Their Road to Recovery

When Linda Conyers volunteered with the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program to drive cancer patients to their treatments, she already knew what an important service she could provide.  When Linda’s mother was living in Texas and undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer, it was generally very difficult to arrange for transportation to and from her treatments – her brother frequently had to miss work in order to drive her.

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Gainesville State president will retire next summer

Gainesville State president will retire next summer

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Gainesville State College President Dr. Martha T. Nesbitt announced Monday that she plans to retire at the end of this academic year.

Nesbitt is the college's third president. She was also the first female president and first president to serve under the school's "state college" status.

One of only nine female presidents in the 35 University System of Georgia (USG) institutions, Nesbitt took over leadership of then-Gainesville College in 1997. Under her guidance and leadership, GSC became one of the first tobacco-free colleges in the country.

"I have been fortunate to work with a wonderful faculty and staff as GSC has grown and added more opportunities for our students and Northeast Georgia," Nesbitt said. "These include new academic programs, another campus, support services and campus life activities.

Hall Book Exchange Hosts Local Authors Jeff Plucker and Lisa Kelley

Hall Book Exchange Hosts Local Authors Jeff Plucker and Lisa Kelley

This Saturday, August 13th, the Hall Book Exchange located at 1854 Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville will host local authors Jeff Plucker and Lisa Kelley for a book signing.

Jeff is the author of The Sport of Selling: Highlight Reel, an easy-to-read book that turns simple knowledge you may have gained while playing or watching sports into concrete steps you can take to improve your sales techniques. Whether you are an entrepreneur trying to grow and promote your own business, a sales rep who makes a living from commissioned sales, or the CEO of a large company, Jeff’s book has something for everyone.  From 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the 13th, Jeff will be signing copies of his book along with answering questions and discussing the many ways in which he has learned to use sports approaches to help him sell.

Cumming Resident Awarded 2011 S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award

Cumming Resident Awarded 2011 S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award
Cumming resident, one of only 25 winners nationwide, honored with award

CUMMING, Ga.  (Aug. 3, 2011) – Chick-fil-A® Founder and CEO S. Truett Cathy selects Cumming resident McKenzie Reeves from more than 1,500 candidates to receive the 2011 S. Truett Cathy Scholar Award which is given to only 25 restaurant team members each year.

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Newly Released Book Shows How Sports Can Improve Any Company's Bottom Line

Newly Released Book Shows How Sports Can Improve Any Company's Bottom Line

 From football, basketball, and hockey to bowling, fishing, and golf – sports of any kind have valuable lessons that can carry over into a person’s business life for positive results. Author Jeffrey Plucker, in his book The Sport of Selling: Highlight Reel uses facts, statistics, strategies, quotes, and information from the world of sports, and translates them into effective approaches any business can implement for improving their sales and bottom line.

In his book, Plucker offers advice like: “Play Your Position. Someone has to block, someone has to run, someone has to pass. You don’t want your quarterback playing middle linebacker. You don’t want your sales person editing contracts. Make sure you have all your employees doing what they are experts at and not other people’s jobs.” And… “Reel them in. Closing is like fishing. Once you have a client hooked, you still don’t have them in the boat.

Hall County hires new Assistant County Administrator

Hall County hires new Assistant County Administrator

Gainesville --  Hall County Administrator Randy Knighton announced Thursday that he has hired Public Safety Director Marty Nix to the position of Assistant County Administrator. Mr. Nix has been a Hall County employee since 1984.

“Marty is the epitome of an excellent public servant. His law enforcement background and diverse experience will serve the county well moving forward,” Knighton said. “He has tremendous respect from the staff and citizens. I look forward to serving with him in the coming years.”

Mr. Nix will continue his role as head of Public Safety, which includes E-911, County Marshals, Animal Control and the Animal Shelter. By promoting from within, the county saved the cost of adding another salary to the payroll during this difficult economic period.

“I am prepared to help move the county forward and support Randy as he implements policy set by the Commissioners,” Marty Nix said.