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2014 FCA East/West High School Football Classic
The X’s and O’s
When: Friday, December 19, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m.
Where: Bobby Gruhn Field at Gainesville City Park

The Teams:
EAST SQUAD – Flowery Branch, Johnson, East Hall, Banks County,
Riverside Military Academy, Jefferson, East Jackson
WEST SQUAD – West Hall, Chestatee, Gainesville, North Hall, Lakeview Academy, Jackson County, Commerce High

The Coaches:
EAST SQUAD – Chris Griffin
WEST SQUAD – Tony Lotti

The Players:
– 40 roster spots per squad:                                                                                          2 QB, 3 RB, 4 WR, 2 TE, 8 OL, 7 DL, 5 LB, 7 DB, 1 K, 1 P

– 4 seniors will be selected from each school with the remaining spots to be filled by the best players available
– Team members were selected by head coaches on November 3, 2014

The Band:
An All-Star senior band selected from all 14 school bands will perform during the game and at half-time.
The Cheerleaders:
East-West cheerleading squads will be selected from seniors at the 14 area schools
Event Contact:
Clint Fair, GHCFCA Area Representative
CFair@fca.org FCA Team East


National Study of Post-Heart Attack Therapies is a Family Affair for Brenau Professor

GAINESVILLE – At the 2014 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions annual meeting in Chicago Nov. 15-19, Brenau University’s Augusta, Georgia-based economics professor Rama Mandawat presented a study that indicated procedures to open arteries with stents were more effective than blood clot-busting drugs in prolonging the lives of elderly patients who suffered the worst kinds of heart attack.

She represented a research team that included internists Aditya Mandawat from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Anant Mandawat Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and a cardiologist Mahindra K. Mandawat from Charlie Norwood Veterans Administration Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia.

If you wonder whether it is just a coincidence that the four researchers have the same last name, it is not. The cardiologist on the team is Rama Mandawat’s husband and the internists are their two sons. But, since Rama is the public health research specialist in the crowd, this study was really her baby.

“It worked very well that we all are involved in health care and that we all have the same interests in research,” she said – although she did add that each of the four have different perspectives based on their own backgrounds.

Rama Mandawat said that the study examined the outcomes of 178,976 patients age 75 and older who suffered a heart attack called a ST-elevation myocardial infarction, or STEMI.

“This heart attack occurs when blood vessels delivering blood to the heart become suddenly blocked,” she said. “The heart attack can be fatal, but if someone can make it to the hospital, it can be treated with a procedure called percutaneous coronary intervention, PCI, or the more conservative management with medications.”

The non-surgical PCI is often referred to as angioplasty, which involves opening blocked arteries with a catheter and installing a permanent stent to increase blood flow and prevent clotting. Angioplasty, developed in Switzerland, rapidly increased in its acceptance as an outpatient therapy after its developer, Andreas Gruentzig, relocated to Emory University in Atlanta.

The objective of the study was to determine which of the two treatments leads to lower mortality in elderly patients.

“The study found that PCI was associated with a large reduction in mortality in patients 75 and older compared with conservative medical management,” Mandawat said. “Importantly, patients receiving PCI were much more likely to be discharged home than patients receiving conservative medical management.”

Mandawat, who specializes in health care research, has been teaching microeconomics, macroeconomics and global economics at Brenau for four years. She received a Master of Public Health (Informatics) at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, and a PhD in economics at Mohan Lal Sukhadia University in India. She also received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration at Jai Narain Vyas University, India.

Operation Zero Tolerance Begins Dec. 12

(ATLANTA) – Operation Zero Tolerance begins on Dec. 12 and that means increased patrols and high visibility enforcement in Georgia. During this DUI enforcement campaign and every day, if you’re over the limit, you’ll be under arrest. No warnings. No excuses.

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is launching its annual zero tolerance campaign in conjunction with the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” initiative to remind all motorists that no matter where they go, impaired driving will not be tolerated. The legal blood alcohol limit is .08 in all 50 states so even if holiday travels take motorists over the state line, drunk drivers will spend the end of 2014 behind bars.

During the holiday period last year (Nov. 20 – Dec. 31), there were nearly 44,000 crashes that resulted in 13,142 injuries and 160 fatalities in Georgia. 18 people lost their lives to impaired drivers. While Georgia enforces its DUI laws year-round, law enforcement across the state will be stepping up enforcement during the holiday season, one of the most dangerous times to travel on Georgia roads.

“Impaired driving crashes and fatalities are completely avoidable,” said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood. “It’s that simple. Arrange for a designated driver before your festivities begin or offer to be the sober driver for your friends and family. I want everyone to be able to ring in 2015 with their loved ones.”

Drunk driving isn’t just a problem in Georgia. During the month of December in 2012, 830 people nationwide were killed in crashes involving at least one intoxicated driver. On average, 31 percent of all crash fatalities in America are alcohol-related, but on Christmas Day in 2012, that number increased to 36 percent.

“This is why you will see more troopers, police officers and deputies in highly visible patrols during the holidays,”Blackwood said. “It’s not just about getting drunk drivers off the road, but also deterring them from ever getting behind the wheel.”

To learn more about impaired driving safety and consequences as well as the Operation Zero Tolerance campaign, which will last through New Year’s Day, visit www.gahighwaysafety.org or call 404-656-6996.

2014 OZT Holiday News Release

HCPC Approves Brenau’s Softball Field

The Hall County Planning Commission ended up giving their unanimous approval to the rezoning

request from Brenau University for a new softball field in Gainesville.

The 16.77 acre tract of land for the proposed site is on the south side of Jesse Jewell Parkway,

near the intersection of Old Cornelia Highway.

The project is set to be completed in two phases.

Phase one is the construction of the softball complex, including the field, bleachers, dugouts,

lights, restrooms, and parking.

Phase one will start immediately as long as the Hall County Commissioners give their approval at

their meeting December 11

The second phase, which will include construction of a soccer field, track, pedestrian walking trail,

and drainage system, will begin within three to five years­­as early as 2017.



Two Vehicle Wreck at a Checkers Hurts Three

The Georgia State Patrol has released more details about that two­vehicle wreck at a Checkers in

Clayton yesterday afternoon that ended with three people being hurt.

Senior Trooper Jason Stephens said the wreck, which happened shortly before 1 p.m. at the

eatery on U.S. Highway 441, involved a 1991 Ford Crown Victoria driven by 79­year­old Blondine

Barron of Clayton and a 2011 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck driven by 64­year­old Rodger Bush of


According to Clayton police, a witness said the female driver of a Ford Crown Victoria got her food

at the drive­through and attempted to pull away but the car wouldn’t move.

The driver began to push the accelerator harder and apparently realized the shifter was in park,

said Clayton Assistant Police Chief Andy Strait. The driver then shifted while accelerating,

sending the car into a spin. The car traveled through the parking lot toward its edge, where it

collided with a parked Toyota pickup truck.

Stephens provided details of his investigation.

“Vehicle 1, Ms. Barron, was coming through the drive­through at the Checkers there in Clayton and she lost control of her vehicle and it struck V2, Mr. Bush’s truck, which was a parked vehicle,”

Stephens said. “Basically, as she struck it, it went over the curb and overturned down the

embankment and her vehicle came to rest on top of his vehicle.”

Emergency personnel extricated the truck’s occupants, said to be from Habersham County,

through its windshield, and the car’s driver through its back door, Strait said.

All three complained of injuries.

Stephens said Bush was taken by ambulance and his passenger, 48­year­old Bradley Shedd of

Lakemont, was taken by private vehicle for treatment. Barron was not transported.

Athens Street Fire causes $150,000 in Damage

An Athens Street business caused roughly $150,000 worth of damage yesterday afternoon after a

heavy equipment fire.

Fire Marshal Scott Cagle said that responders arrived at Smith & Turner Equipment Incorporated

just after 1:30 p.m. and discovered heavy black smoke at the metal structure. Cagle said there

was a CTR 950 Grapple Skidder on fire.

The skidder was in the process of being repaired inside the shop by an independent contractor.

The contractor had previously finished welding when the fire started in the area and extended to

the building.

The fire has been determined to be accidental in nature. The damage to the building was

approximately $75,000 to $100,000 and the skidder alone was valued at $50,000.

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