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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.

Successful Book Signing at Barnes & Noble for Local 10-Year-Old Author

Successful Book Signing at Barnes & Noble for Local 10-Year-Old Author

Fans of ten-year-old Cumming author, Sarah Voskamp, had a chance to meet the young author at Barnes & Noble at The Avenue on Tuesday, July 26th. Along with signing copies of her book, the author talked with hopeful young writers, giving them insight into what it takes to write and publish a book. "Never give up on your own ideas and dreams," she advised.

Even the Chick-Fil-A Cow took time from her busy schedule to support Sarah, and sit down for a brief chat.

Local 10-year-old author to make appearance at Barnes & Noble

Local 10-year-old author to make appearance at Barnes & Noble

During the school year, young author Sarah Voskamp who believes that “You don’t have to be big to do big things,” is a sought-after speaker in elementary schools throughout North Georgia and Ontario, Canada. Since her book, Filly Girls, was first published in December of 2010, Voskamp’s popularity among seven to twelve year olds has steadily grown. Now Voskamp will be making an appearance and signing and selling her book at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore at The Avenue in Cumming on Tuesday, July 26th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The book is about three horseback-riding best friends who learn what it takes to go after their dreams and then live with the outcome, even though it might not be what they expected. According to Publisher Terri Leidich, of Boutique of Quality Books Publishing Company, “Sarah’s main character, Ellie Kerhage, is a precocious, rather spoiled twelve-year-old girl who is used to getting her way.

Hall County Commission appoints Randy Knighton as County Administrator

Hall County Commission appoints Randy Knighton as County Administrator

Hall County --  (from Nikki Young, PIO)

The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday to appoint Hall County Planning Director Randy Knighton to the position of County Administrator, effective immediately. Mr. Knighton has been a Hall County employee since 2002.

“Randy has been a valuable asset to Hall County as Planning Director. With his planning experience and educational background in public administration, he promises to be a strong administrator who will lead this county in a positive direction,” Chairman Tom Oliver said.

Mr. Knighton served as Hall County Senior Planner for four years before accepting the position of Planning Director in 2006. Mr. Knighton earned his Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degrees from the University of Central Florida, and a Master of Divinity from Emory University. He has 18 years of experience in planning.

New Book by Author Barbara J. Peters Highlights 7 Keys to Relationship Success

New Book by Author Barbara J. Peters Highlights 7 Keys to Relationship Success

In her newly released book, “He Said, She Said, I Said,” author and couples therapist Barbara J. Peters highlights seven keys to building and maintaining a successful relationship. In this easy-to-read book, Peters uses actual comments that she hears from the couples she counsels and then offers a perspective that can open up the possibility for a different approach to common ground in the areas of communication, trust, forgiveness, intimacy, acceptance, friendship, and love.

 

People urged not to shop, work to protest Ga. law

People urged not to shop, work to protest Ga. law

ATLANTA (AP) -- As many parts of Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration take effect, a Latino community group is organizing "a day without immigrants" to protest the measure.

The Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights is calling for a day of non-compliance, asking businesses to close and community members to stay home and not work or shop Friday.

Alan Conner, owner of Dakota Blue restaurant in Grant Park, said he thinks the law is unjust and planned to close for lunch Friday in solidarity.

But some urge caution. Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, says skipping work without authorization could cost people jobs in a tough economic climate.

Groups are also organizing a "march for justice" on Saturday at the state Capitol to protest the law.

(The Associated Press)

LOCAL PROFILE: R&B Scene in Atlanta

LOCAL PROFILE: R&B Scene in Atlanta

ATLANTA – Derived from popular genres of music like jazz, blues and gospel, rhythm and blues was born. Rhythm and Blues music, which is widely referred to as R&B, is unique in that it has the ability to take on many musical identities, at once. Some say the genre was first identified in Harlem, during the Harlem Renaissance, which is known as one of the most prominent cultural movements for African Americans during the 1930’s. However, others think the genre originated in the 1940’s when African Americans began moving to northern cities, creating cultural fusion.  

The music evolved from “race music”, which was an offensive term that referred to the music of African Americans, into jump blues which was known for having a swing boogie, big band sound.