The University of North Georgia awarded degrees to more than 1,000 graduates participating in commencement ceremonies held May 9-10, including a special ceremony held between playoff softball games in Dahlonega.<br />
Due to a regional softball tournament, the university held a short ceremony for three senior softball players Saturday at UNG's Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium. UNG's softball team earned the top seed and hosted the 2014 NCAA Division II regional tournament during the weekend. The NCAA appearance is the seventh in a row for the Nighthawks and marks the fifth time in six seasons the team has hosted an NCAA regional tournament. The players receiving degrees were: Karlie Hope Gillam of Dahlonega, Georgia, Bachelor of Science in physical education; Sarah Elizabeth Johnson of Powder Springs, Georgia, Bachelor of Science in psychology; and Mary Kay "Katie" Garrett of Statham, Georgia, Bachelor of Business Administration in management.<br />
This semester, UNG conferred a total of 1,445 degrees, including 603 associate, 718 bachelor's degrees, and 124 graduate degrees. UNG also awarded 10 one-year certificates for work in specialty areas. Additionally, 33 graduating members of the Corps of Cadets took oaths as second lieutenants in the National Guard or U.S. Army; commissioning ceremonies also were held separately on May 9.<br />
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About three dozen businesses from White County and the surrounding area showcased their services and the products they provide during the 2016 White County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo held Thursday.
The Flowery Branch City Council gave first reading approval to a rezoning request for a 7.1-acre tract on East Main Street that could lead to the construction of a 60-unit multi-family senior housing affordable-living complex.