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Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal issued a special holiday greeting for Georgia residents on Friday.

As Christmas nears, I wanted to wish every Georgian a merry Christmas and a happy holiday season.

Christmas has a special way of reminding us what is really important: our faith in God, family and the well-being of our fellow man.

But Christmas is not limited to a single season or date on a calendar. These feelings of peace and love are always with us throughout our lives. For many, Christmas serves as a rejuvenation of these values and ideals.

After the gifts are all unwrapped and the candles begin to dim, our spirits will once again be enriched and fully restored.

As we reflect on all we have been able to accomplish this past year, we will cary this rejuvenated spirit to achieve all the goals that we have set for the coming years.

Ga. Tech PhD student wins $25K lottery scholarship

Ga. Tech PhD student wins $25K lottery scholarship

ATLANTA -- A PhD candidate at Georgia Tech has been named the recipient of this year's $25,000 Blanchard Scholarship.

Luyi Gui, 26, was recognized Monday during a ceremony held by the Rotary Club of Atlanta.

"It's an extreme honor for me to be selected for this award," said Gui, who is studying industrial engineering with a concentration in optimization.

The Blanchard Scholarship is awarded annually to exceptional Georgia graduate students. Gui was selected in honor of Interface Inc. founder and former chairman Ray C. Anderson, someone Gui said she admired. Anderson was posthumously awarded this year's Blanchard Award, which recognizes outstanding stewards of business and corporate responsibility.

A native of Nanjing, China, Gui has studied in the U.S. for more than four years. She plans to become a teacher.

The Blanchard Scholarship is sponsored by the Georgia Lottery.

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

ATLANTA -- Jud Turner has been appointed director of the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR board made the appointment official this week after Gov. Nathan Deal nominated Turner for the post.

Turner replaces F. Allen Barnes, who is leaving to work in the private sector.

Turner is a founding partner in the law firm Turner, Bachman & Garrett LLC and public affairs firm Georgia360 LLC. He was former Gov. Sonny Perdue's lead attorney and represented the governor during negotiations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service during the state's severe drought.

Turner has also served as general counsel to the Georgia Department of Education.

Toys for Tots location!

The Toys for Tots box is filling up! We've got to turn it in on the 15th, so if you haven't brought a toy yet you've got 9 days left! We know you're out shopping, so why not bring a little holiday cheer to a child in need. It doesn't take much! So, stop in during business hours and make your donation. We thank you!

Bauder College instructor to hold book signing

Bauder College instructor to hold book signing

ATLANTA -- Alana Sanders, a business instructor at Bauder College, will hold a signing event to celebrate the release of her new textbook.

The book, entitled How to Market Your Business Through Social Media, features a step-by-step guide on how to use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other such resources in the modern business world. It is published by Pearson Learning Solutions.

The signing will begin at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at Bauder College.

Sanders is currently working on her second textbook, Business and Marketing Scenarios for Corporations and College Students.

Bauder College is located at 384 Northyards Boulevard NW on Atlanta's west side. For more information, visit atlanta.bauder.edu.

Clayton State professor to perform at WordFeast

Clayton State professor to perform at WordFeast

ATLANTA -- One of Clayton State University's most notable professors will use his gift of words to enhance WordFeast, a production benefiting Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Phillip DePoy, a Decatur-based novelist and playwright, as well as director of Clayton State Theatre, will perform at WordFeast at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5 at Fabrefaction Theatre Company.

MORE: DePoy to hold book signing at Peachtree City Library on Dec. 4

Hosted by Rob Cleveland, WordFeast will include works and performances by a variety of talented local writers. Admission is $15 or 15 cans of food for the shelves of Atlanta Community Food Bank.

"This is a worthwhile event that benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank at Christmas, and I'm very glad to be donating my time to the cause," DePoy said.

Atlanta Based Wedding Planner Helps Couples 'Do Over' Their Wedding on WeTV Nov. 13

Atlanta Based Wedding Planner Helps Couples 'Do Over' Their Wedding on WeTV Nov. 13

 

It’s your wedding day and you spend thousands of dollars to experience what promises to be one of the most memorable days of your life, but it turns out to be the worst!