Leslie Hale Interview - Books For Keeps

October 17, 2018

“I am somebody. I can do something.”

Meet our director

Leslie Hale began work in June 2013 as the first-ever executive director of Books for Keeps, after completing a Master of Public Administration from The University of Georgia. While earning her master’s degree, Leslie focused on public policy and nonprofit management, while working with the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities and Watkinsville-based Extra Special People.

Leslie spent the first part of her working life as a newspaper reporter in Naples, Florida, covering K-12 and higher education as well as state political races. Watching the policy process first-hand, in the context of an early introduction to volunteerism in her hometown of Asheville, North Carolina, pointed her toward nonprofit work. A long-standing interest in working with under-served and at-risk populations were critical factors in her journey toward taking the reins at Books for Keeps.

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Steve Scruggs Interview

October 17, 2018

The David Henry Hardigree Wildlife Sanctuary, established in 1992, is located on Old Greensboro Road just .4 mile outside Watkinsville.  It is a private, non-profit organization with 501(c)3 charity status.  The Sanctuary was established by Ms. Vivian Ward and named in honor of her grandfather who was a life-long resident of Oconee County.    

The Sanctuary is 88 acres of natural habitat, a perfect setting for outdoor education programs and a wildlife sanctuary.  Amenities include restrooms, a picnic pavilion for members and guests, and a one-acre pond for fishing with a footbridge at one end.  

Although not fully functional at this time, programs are being conducted which include (but not limited to):  fishing, archery, nature hikes, bird watching, tree identification, firearm safety, reptiles, tree climbing, conservation, building bird houses, wildlife observation, and so much more.

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Cari Heinz Interview - Heyward Allen

October 17, 2018

Heyward Allen Sr. came to Athens by way of Alabama to play college football. Heyward Allen was a bulldog through and through and was the captain 1942 Orange Bowl Team. After his collegiate career had ended, Mr. Allen founded the original company in 1946; the Kaiser, Fraser and Willis vehicle dealership in Gainesville, Florida.

 
 A few years later, he moved back to Athens and opened a Lincoln-Mercury dealership, which he operated until 1960. In 1960, Mr. Allen purchased the Cadillac-Oldsmobile franchise in Athens from City Motors, Inc. and sold the Lincoln-Mercury dealership. In 1962, Mr. Allen opened a Volkswagen dealership.
 
In 1968, Mr. Allen's son, Buddy, joined the family business and became general manager of the Volkswagen dealership.  In 1969 Mr. Allen purchased the Nissan franchise, one of the first in the state of Georgia. In 1971, Mr. Allen and Buddy purchased the Mercedes Benz franchise and in 1980, purchased a GMC Truck franchise.
 
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Jonathan Laster Interview

October 17, 2018

Located in Watkinsville, Georgia, and serving clients in Athens and throughout Oconee County, The Laster Law Firm, LLC, is committed to simplifying your real estate transaction and bringing peace to your house. Our lead attorney, John Laster, has more than 20 years of experience representing Georgians in a broad range of complex real estate, elder law, estate management and probate cases. Mr. Laster is committed to working closely with each client to protect their rights and guard their interests throughout any and all complicated real property transactions.

Whether you are closing on a property, preparing end-of-life plans or administering probate, our firm can help ensure the process is fair, efficient and peaceful. Take out the stress with a trusted Georgia real estate attorney — contact The Laster Law Firm, LLC, at 706-510-2813.

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Corinne Bundy Interview - KRK

October 17, 2018

Corinne Bundy -  Owner

In January 2003, I took over ownership of Kids `R` Kids in Watkinsville from my parents, Tom and Carol Kilroy, who built and opened Kids `R` Kids in January 2000, after owning another Kids `R` Kids in Norcross, GA.  I earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University and have held financial positions at Georgia Pacific and Emory University School of Medicine before joining the Kids `R` Kids family.  I love to cook and my husband and I enjoy spending time with our boys, playing tennis and golf.  Please feel free to email me directly at corinne@krk23ga.com with any questions, concerns or comments you may have.

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Nikki Tobias Interview

October 16, 2018

Nikki Tobias, Ph.D., CLC 

 Speaker, Consultant, & Coach — I help people lead better lives at work and at home!

 
Dr. Nikki Tobias is a life and executive coach, and founder of Grounded Vision Coaching and Consulting.  She works with people who have a vision for something they want to improve in their lives but they aren’t sure how to get there.  With her background in teaching, counseling, administration, and nonprofit management, she is adept at helping clients clarify their vision and overcome the challenges that have been holding them back so they can live the lives they have only imagined.  Nikki is an engaging and motivational speaker and workshop facilitator.  She is a certified life and career coach and a licensed facilitator of the Desire Map process.  You can find Nikki on Facebook at Grounded Vision Coaching, via the web atwww.GroundedVisionCoaching.com, or by emailing Nikki@GroundedVisionCoaching.com.  
 
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Daniel Moore Interview

October 16, 2018

W. Daniel Moore
Market Executive
Senior Vice President

American Pride Bank

American Pride Bank provides a wide array of traditional consumer credit products, both secured and unsecured, including personal lines of credit, home equity lines and loans, auto loans, and other types of secured consumer credit.

Consumer Construction Loans

If you're interested in building a new home in a development or building a custom home from the ground up, talk with us to learn more about your construction financing options.         

  • Local decision making
  • Competitive terms 
  • Competitive pricing
  • Experienced Loan Officers to guide you through the loan process
  • Construction time to allow flexibility
  • Dependable local service with 24-hour draw turnaround time
  • Rate discounts when you set up automatic payments from an American Pride Bank account 

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