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Air Force Airman Nicholaus C. Parijs has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Sean Parijs and a 2011 graduate of Cross Creek High School.

• Fort Gordon recognized outstanding volunteers and civilians at its second quarter awards ceremony May 24.

Service Member of the Quarter: Spec. Daniel Robinson

Noncommissioned Officer of the Quarter: Staff Sgt. Phillip Ware

Enlisted Instructor of the Quarter: Staff Sgt. Kenneth Davis

Civilian Instructor of the Quarter: Richard Norris

Civilian of the Quarter: Debra Edwards

Volunteer of the Quarter: Belinda Oyer

Firefighter of the Quarter: Christopher Nobles

Military Police Officer of the Quarter: Staff Sgt. Chris Fiellin

DA Security of the Quarter: Kenneth Clark

Chef of the Quarter: Spec. Donna Smith

Places second

Zyion M. Smith, a first-grader at Roy E. Rollings Elementary School, took second place in the K-5 Division of the 2014 Manufacturing Appreciation Week design contest. The contest is co-sponsored by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Students from across the state submitted drawings featuring Georgia manufacturers and their products. Winners in grades 9-12, 6-8 and K-5 were announced during the Manufacturing Appreciation Week Luncheon April 17 in Atlanta.

Receives award

The following business students from Georgia Regents University’s James M. Hull College of Business received statewide recognition during the 2014 Phi Beta Lambda Georgia State Leadership Conference Awards: Erica Clemmons, Michael Fowler, Richard Gamble, Austin Hixenbaugh, Candida Moyer, Daniel Padilla, LeRoy Ramsey and Stan Swinford.

Science festival

Gisselle Cunningham, a native of Augusta and current masters student at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, participated in the third USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., April 26-27. The event is sponsored by Lockheed Martin and features displays from more than 100 top scientists and engineers who want to instill a passion for science and engineering in middle and high school students. Cunningham will focus on the importance of renewable wind energy and a wind turbine’s ability to harvest wind energy.

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County official quits

Barry Smith, Columbia County's longtime director of Community and Leisure Services, resigned suddenly Monday without explanation, county officials said.
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