Connectability hosts Race For A Reason

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DAHLONEGA, GA

Runners of all ages and abilities, along with a multitude of volunteers came together for Connectability’s Race For A Reason 5/10K in at Handock Park in Lumpkin County, GA on September 8.

Jon Crais and teammates cross the finish line

Jacquline Daniel founded the Dahlonega charity in 2001, with one goal: to serve adults and children with special needs and also provide support to their friends and families. According to Connectability’s website, Daniel had asked a simple question,”Were there any groups in the Dahlonega area for children and adults with disabilities.” The response she received? “No, but why don’t you get that started?”

Daniel also explained that,”Race for a Reason was inspired by James and I running a 5k in 2015. The teams ran nearly 500 miles this season!

Daniel has recruited the help of many people who share in her vision to “Support for families affected by disability by providing programs to all family members: parents, siblings and extended family as well as the individuals with disabilities.”

Race For A Reason is a fundraiser that, “Builds partnerships of athletes of all abilities with the goal of training and racing together.” Daniel explains on the organization’s website that, “Our teams participate in regular training runs, compete in local 5K & 10K races and build lasting friendships in the process. ConnectAbility provides all racing equipment and race entry fees at no cost to members.”

Male winners of the 5k include: Will Edwards- first place in the 0-14 age category, as well as first place overall in the male-runners category. Jeffery Pruitt-first place in the 15-19 age category. Ben Hall-first place in the 20-29 age category. Scott Beardsley- first place in the 30-39 age category. James Hearn- first place in the 40-49 age category. Mark Morawski-first place in the 50-59 age category, and Gerald Lord, who placed first in the 60- age category.

Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacey Jarrard poses with his children after crossing the Fun Run finish line. Jarrard also ran with Russell’s team.

Male winners of the 10k include: Matt Stephenson-first place in the 0-14 age category. Shawn McNerney-first place in the 15-19 age category. Zach Schofill-first place in the 20-29 age category, as well as first place overall in the male-runners category. Stephen Carter-first place in the 30-39 age category. J. Todd Spradlin-first place in the 40-49 age category, and Kevin Redd, who placed first in the 50-59 age category.

Female winners of the 5k race include: Mna Sorensen-first place in the 0-14 age category. Madison Crews-first place in the 15-19 age category. Annie Pruitt-first place in the 20-29 age category. Elizabeth Conto-first place in the 30-39 age category. Betsy York- first place in the 40-49 age category, as well as first place overall in the female-runners category. Pamela Jones-first place in the 50-59 age category, and Patricia Decraene, who placed first in the 60- age category.

Female winners of the 10k race include: Jessie Massey-first place in the 20-29 age category, as well as first place overall in the female-runners category. Amanda Ostrosky-first place in the 30-39 age category. Tammy DAniel- first place in the 40-49 age category, as well as first place overall in the female-runners category, and Terry Carnes, who placed first in the 60- age category. Race placement and times can be found here.

 

A children’s Fun Run was held after the 5k/10k races as well.

Winners presented with handmade vases donated by famous Dahlonega potter, Brad Walker, of Brad Walker Pottery, and more information on Connectability’s Race For A Reason can be found here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hunter Hill visits Ellijay

Election 2018

ELLIJAY, Ga. – Continuing his campaign for Governor, Hunter Hill made a stop in Ellijay on May 2 to speak with local citizens about his plans for the office if elected.

Hill spoke to local citizens over breakfast at Mike’s Ellijay Restaurant on Highway 282.

Arriving at 8 a.m., Governor Candidate Hunter Hill steps off his bus to meet citizens at Mike's Ellijay Restaurant.

Arriving at 8 a.m., Governor Candidate Hunter Hill steps off his bus to meet citizens at Mike’s Ellijay Restaurant.

Hill is a former Army Ranger who has been in the State Senate for five years now. After resigning his seat in August to run for Governor, Hill has been focusing on his vision for Georgia and spreading that message to rally voters. Today, he spoke with citizens in Ellijay about the ideals for “less government, less taxes, and more freedom.”

With “career politicians,” as Hill noted, in office, it is an undermining of our values as a nation. He called out those politicians saying they were not even willing to risk their next election to uphold their oath.

Focusing more specifically on the recent issue of sanctuary cities. Adamantly against the topic, Hill said, “If a city or county in this state were to claim itself a sanctuary city, they would not receive a nickel of state funding.”

After his speech, Hunter Hill paused to answer questions from citizens attending his breakfast meet and greet.

After his speech, Hunter Hill paused to answer questions from citizens attending his breakfast meet and greet.

His second point on his vision for the office reiterated his opinions and intention to eliminate the state income tax. With bordering states already without an income tax, the competitive disadvantage is hurting our state, according to Hill. He went on to say replacing the income tax with a consumption tax setup would alleviate the tax burden from honest Georgians and redistribute that to everyone including visitors to the state and even those making money in illegal ways. Hill stated, “A broad-based consumption tax allows us to have more people that we’re bringing money in from, which allows us to do so at lower rates.”

On a personal note, Hill mentioned his faith pushed him to focus not only on the points of pro-life, pro-second amendment, and also religious liberty. FYN asked Hill if he would be seeking a “Faith Restoration Act” in his first year to which he replied, “Very good chance of that, yeah.”

Hill did confirm that he wanted to pursue faith-based adoption as a part of it saying, “We’ve got to protect our faith-based adoption agencies. We’ve just got to do it. A lot of the reasons that faith-based adoption agencies get involved is to be helpful in congruence with their faith. If you don’t protect their ability to do it in congruence with their faith, then they will just stop doing it altogether.”

 

Meeting with Gilmer residents for breakfast allowed Hunter Hill a chance to meet and speak with local citizens about issues and his vision for the Governor's Office.

Meeting with Gilmer residents for breakfast allowed Hunter Hill a chance to meet and speak with local citizens about issues and his vision for the Governor’s Office.

Protecting people of faith and their ability to live and work based on that faith was a focus of Hill’s speech about the governor’s office, but also on his words about his future view of the state. He noted after winning on key policy issues aligned with our values and principals, he wanted to remind senators and house members of the values and principals that they were elected for, providing a singular vision to move forward under.

 

“Fighting for the people of Georgia” is what he says his focus is as Hill says he sees polls with him ahead of Kemp and closing in on Cagle. Separating himself, Hill says he’s not the career politician like Cagle and is very different than Kemp on issues like the income tax and limited government. But when comparing, Hill said he wanted to focus on his campaign and his vision to protect liberties and endorsements like the Georgia Right to Life to be a different candidate.

While most of those present were already Hill supporters like retired Gilmer county citizen, George Winn, who said he’s been a Hill supporter “all the way.” Based upon his stances as a military, Christian conservative who is a believable and trustworthy conservative.

Others like Ken Bailey find themselves supporting Hill as the best candidate. Following the campaign because “Hunter is not a politician. He is a fresh, young face and not a part of the established system, which needs to be broken up I think. I think he’s got good ideas. We don’t need to have a state income tax, that puts a handicap on us.” Bailey went on to say that he liked some of the other candidates and even knew some personally, but felt Hill was the best choice.

He also commented his appreciation of the choice in the election. With fine candidates available, Bailey said its great to not have to pick the best of a bad selection.

Hill continues his bus tour across Georgia with his final stop at the Cobb GOP Headquarters in Marietta on Saturday afternoon, May 2.

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