Gwinnett Farm Bureau presents scholarship

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County Farm Bureau awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Olivia Alligood, who will study early childhood education at North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega.

"I can impact the future of the agricultural industry by just educating the future generation about how important farming is to our community," Alligood wrote in her essay. "I can be a part of the Farm Bureau's goal to encourage students to appreciate the values and opportunities of rural life."

Hail Mary Pub named finalist in national contest

GRAYSON - The Hail Mary Sports Pub in downtown Grayson was recently named one of the top 25 finalists for the nation's top new restaurant franchises.

The contest, co-sponsored by The Franchise Edge and Sysco Foods, is a national contest in which new restaurants compete to have their concept franchised for free.

"We entered at the encouragement of Sysco Foods Atlanta and entered thinking that we did not stand a chance of competing nationally. The partners and I recall saying that if we made the top 25 we would consider that a great privilege and honor," Hail Mary General Manager Blake Hawkins said.

The contest winner will be announced Oct. 1.

Apalachee to play in Georgia band exhibition

ATHENS - Apalachee High School will participate Sept. 29 in the fourth annual Northeast Georgia Marching Exhibition at Cedar Shoals High School in Athens.

The exhibition, sponsored by the Kappa Mu Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, a national honorary fraternity for college band members, was created to provide feedback and critiques for area high school bands before the competition season begins. Feedback comes from directors and other respected individuals in the marching activity.

Other bands participating are West Hall High, Jefferson High, Madison High, Franklin County High, Elbert County High, Oglethorpe High, North Oconee High, Oconee County High, Cedar Shoals High and the University of Georgia Redcoat Band.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children, students and senior citizens. For more information, visit or e-mail Deanna Smith at

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