Loganville Chick-fil-A hosts kid photo contest

LOGANVILLE - Customers of a Loganville Chick-fil-A can soon vote for one of five finalists in the "Cutest Kid of the Year" photo contest.

For every $5 spent at the restaurant at 4321 Atlanta Highway, a customer will be able to cast one vote.

Children age 5 and younger were photographed at the restaurant last week, and the five finalists will be selected by Publix Store Manager Kelly Reppel, Loganville High School principal Nathan Franklin, Dr. Melva Lameda of Loganville Pediatrics, Shannon Lachapplle of Loganville Elementary School, and Nerissa Baker and Nanette Henson of Next Generation Child Care.

Photographs of the finalists will be displayed beginning Friday.

The grand prize winner will be announced April 30. The winner will receive a year of free Chick-fil-A Kid's Meals (52 coupons) and a complimentary professional in-studio photography session

Parkview grad honored

ATHENS - Ruth Taylor, sports nutritionist for the University of Georgia Athletic Association, was recently honored at the annual meeting of the Georgia Dietetic Association at Callaway Gardens.

Taylor, a native of Lilburn and graduate of Parkview High, was recognized for Distinguished Service to the Northeast Georgia District. There are eight districts statewide. The Northeast Georgia District covers Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Franklin, Greene, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison, Morgan, Oconee, Ogelthorpe, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, Walton and White counties.

"Ruth does an outstanding job working with all of our student-athletes at the University of Georgia," said Ron Courson, director of sports medicine for the UGA Athletic Association. "Sports nutrition is a vital part of our overall sports medicine program. Ruth is well known and respected in her field both regionally and nationally and is very deserving of this award."

Taylor was a member of the Georgia track and field team as a jumper while at Georgia. She is a double-degree holder from UGA, receiving her bachelor's in dietetics in 2003 and a master's in food and nutrition in 2005. Taylor was recognized as the Georgia Dietetic Association's outstanding dietetic intern in 2005.

McDonald's manager receives award

DACULA - Dacula is home to one of the nation's top McDonald's restaurant managers. Richard Leemook recently received the Ray Kroc Award, an annual performance-based award that recognizes the top performing McDonald's restaurant managers in the country.

Named after McDonald's corporate founder Ray Kroc, the award was established 10 years ago to honor hardworking restaurant managers - those who make Ray Kroc's vision of excellence come to life in restaurants and for customers each day. Each year, this prestigious award is given to the top 1 percent of McDonald's U.S. restaurant managers to recognize their superior performance and achievement.

A select 139 managers were chosen this year to receive the Ray Kroc Award, an honor that comes with a cash award, a Ray Kroc award trophy and a trip to Chicago for an awards gala hosted by McDonald's USA President Don Thompson and Chief Operating Officer Jan Fields. The banquet took place in Chicago at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers.

"I feel truly honored to receive this coveted award," Leemook said. "The Ray Kroc Award is something I always aspired to attain one day, and it's great to have that dream come to fruition."

Leemook has spent 16 years within the McDonald's network.

"Richard is truly an incredible asset to our team," local McDonald's owner Keith Muller said.

"He not only demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities but also is highly respected within our McDonald's family."

Kaiser gives GPC $130,000 health care grant

LAWRENCEVILLE - Georgia Perimeter College has received a $130,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente for the Department of Nursing. The funds will be used for faculty and student recruitment and retention programs.

Funds will be used to increase the number of nurse educators, address the salary disparity between nursing faculty and nurse clinicians, retain and support students with scholarships, recruit and retain faculty with student loan repayment in return for one year's service to Georgia Perimeter's Department of Nursing, and increase the availability of clinical sites for teaching.

Georgia Perimeter College, the third largest institution of the University System of Georgia, serves more than 23,000 students through four campuses and several sites in metro Atlanta.

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