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- Walter C. Sprouse, executive director of the Development Authority of Richmond County, has received the International Economic Development Council's Fellow Membership designation for outstanding stature in economic development and related disciplines during the past 25 years.

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- Tim Dalton and Sonny Lee, of business brokerage firm Sunbelt of Augusta, were honored with $1 Million Sales Achievement awards at the Sunbelt annual meeting in Las Vegas.

- Sean Collett was the top loan producer at Rhodes Financial Mortgage in units and volume in August.

- The following individuals were named United Way of the CSRA Loaned Professionals for its 12-week 2007 campaign: Billy Chambers, U.S. Department of Energy; Larry Laughlin, sponsored by Georgia Bank & Trust and University Health Care System; Collins Lee, Publix SuperMarkets; Mac Thomas, Washington Savannah River Co.; Elmer Pickett, Georgia Power Co.; Nancy Szocinski, volunteer; and Jenna Faircloth, sponsored by Quebecor.

- Harbor House Books announced its title 100 of the World's Greatest Mysteries will be translated and published in Russian by Russian publisher Premiere Publishing. The book, written by Harbor House founder and publisher E. Randall Floyd, will be the second Harbor House book to be translated into a foreign language.

- Khalid Franklin, owner of American Home Inspections, has received the Preferred Provider designation from the Executive Review Committee of Century 21 Larry Miller Realty's CSRA Home Connections Local Alliance Co-op Marketing program for achievements and performance in residential real estate inspections.

- Marion Hester, of Thomson, received the companywide Agent of the Month Award from Century 21 Larry Miller Realty for achievements in listing, sales and customer satisfaction during August.

- The following area businesspeople were named 2007 Ambassadors for Economic Development by the South Carolina Department of Commerce as part of its annual Industry Appreciation Week: Carson Sublett, Aiken County, GlaxoSmithKline; Toby Williams, Allendale County, International Apparel Group; Nancy Ray Foster, Bamberg County, Foster and Company Real Estate; Dave and Steve Johnson, Barnwell County, Mid-Am Metal Forming Inc.; and Bryan Whitney, Edgefield County, Urban Outfitters Inc.

- Robert Whaley, of Aiken County, is one of three youths in South Carolina selected as a 2007 Merrill Lynch Young Entrepreneurs recipient. The home-schooled 10th-grader is the founder of RW Woodworks, a maker of handcrafted pens, bowls, cups, bookmarks and other items.

- Dr. Janie Heath, associate dean for academic affairs in the Medical College of Georgia School of Nursing, has been named a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing for contributions to nursing and health care. Nursing executives, policymakers, scholars, researchers and practitioners make up the academy

- Bradford "Woody" Merry, a financial professional for AXA Advisors LLC, has earned a certificate in retirement planning from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is one of only 550 financial professionals nationwide to complete this retirement planning education program.

- Ronald Bartholomew and Jeffrey Allison, of the Department of Energy at Savannah River Site, have received the Patriot Award from the Department of Defense's Employer Support of Guard and Reserve for achievements in exemplary support of men and women in the National Guard and Military Reserve.

- Wackenhut Services Inc. has received the 5-Star Certificate of Support from the Department of Defense's Employer Support of Guard and Reserve organization for achievements in supporting men and women in the National Guard and Reserve for working to recruit and retain military veterans and reservists.

- Bo Slendak and Kent Gilbreath announce the relocation of S & G Engineering LLC to 1915 Walton Way in Augusta.

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