Julia Vera Ables Gandy, a Rome native and member of the Fielding Lewis Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Marietta, took first place in the national organization’s art, sculpture and china competition.
The following Northwest Georgia students earned places on the Jacksonville State University Fall 2013 Dean’s List:
Ada B. Towe celebrated her 100th birthday on March 28 at Chulio Hills Health and Rehab. Towe is the widow of the Rev. Ben J. Towe and the mother of Charlotte Stafford of Conyers and Bernice Riley of Rome.
Mary Sib Banks was recognized recently for her successful chairmanship of Mercy Senior Care’s Two Million Dollar Capital Campaign. The framed icon is only the second such piece presented to a Mercy Foundation leader.
Rome photographer Tracy Page was awarded the Photographer of the Year award from the Georgia Professional Photographers Association recently in Atlanta. She also received the Best in State award from the Southeastern Professional Photographers Association.
World War II veteran Emmett Cabe, a life-long resident of Lindale, was at the State Capitol in Atlanta on Thursday to receive the National Order of the Legion of Honor medal. Cabe, who joined the U.S. Navy in 1942 as a 16-year-old eager “for the uniform and adventure,” was honored along with other Georgians by the Consulate General of France for helping to liberate France from the Nazis during the D-Day invasion at Normandy. After being informed he would receive the award he said he is honored by the recognition, but he is most proud of serving his country in the Navy. “I have seen the face of terror,” he said. “I have felt the stinging cold of fear. I have lived the times most would say are best forgotten. But at least I can say I am proud of what I was, a sailor.”
Area members of Delta Kappa Gamma recently attended a workshop in Jasper.
Pfc. Anthony Dillard, son of Rodney and Mary Dillard of Silver Creek, has returned to the states after being deployed in Afghanistan.
ROME — Teams are registering now for the Walk MS: Georgia 2014 on April 5 at Berry College.
Virginia McChesney, a retired educator, has received the Golden Gift from Delta Kappa Gamma.
The following students were named to Oglethorpe University’s Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester.
Rome native Special Agent Michael Rowe of the U.S. Air Force returned home March 9 from Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan, where he served an eight-month tour.
Lt. Col. Ted “Vader” Dempsey, from Cave Spring, has been promoted to the rank of colonel in the United States Air Force.
Merrimac Locklear Forsyth of Rome has received a Lucile Cornetet Individual Award for professional development from The Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Foundation.
Pictured above are: Barry Jones, Juanita Gulley, Cindy Holcomb and Jerry Collins. Gulley’s brother Gene Nicholson recently passed away and left a 30 gallon drum of pull-tabs along with three 5-gallon containers which he asked to be used to benefit children. Gulley, who is a member of the AT&T Pioneers, and Holcomb, her daughter, thought of The Shriners. The AT&T Pioneers have been donating pull-tabs to The Shriners’ Hospitals for Children for years through The Rome Shrine Club. Hospital Chairman Collins said he would see that the tabs are delivered to the hospitals in Greenville and Cincinnati. He also explained that the tabs will be sorted and sold by Shriners Volunteers and the money will go into the Hospital Operating Budget to be used for the patients as discretionary funds by the staff.
Floyd County 4-Hers recently participated in the Northwest District Project Achievement at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton.
Darlington School will host a blood drive Thursday in honor of Sureyya Kosedag, the mother of Darlington junior Nadin Kosedag. The Blood Assurance Blood Vessel will be at the McCallie-Kennedy Library steps from 2 to 7 p.m. for anyone who would like to participate.
The Rome police department selected officer Joel Wooten as the 2013 Officer of the Year.
Laura Graben, a senior at Model High School, has earned a $1,000 2014 Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship. Graben can use the money next school year at a college or university.
Graben has a 4.0 GPA as a student in the Honors Preparatory program at Model High. She has earned many academic honors including course awards in Honors Biology, Spanish III, Honors American Literature, Honors World History, Honors Chemistry, AP Calculus and AP World History. She won the excellence in Anatomy and Physiology award and has been inducted into the National Honor Society. Graben was selected for the Governor's Honors program in math at the local and state level as a sophomore and junior. She is in the Model SAT/ACT 1700 Club, represents the school on the Student Advisory Board, served as Key Club vice-president as a junior and president as a senior, and was selected as the Optimist Student of the Month for September, 2013.
Graben is also active in the sports program at Model. She is on the girl's soccer team, cross country team, and the volleyball team.
Accomplishments inside the classroom and in extracurricular activities have earned Graben early admission status at the University of Georgia.
The following students from the area were named to the President’s List of their college or school at Mercer University for the fall 2013 semester.
Thirteen Shorter University biology students recently were inducted to the Kappa Alpha Chapter of TriBeta National Biological Honor Society.