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Steve Evans
Steve Evans

Cherry Blossom Festival announces promotions

The Cherry Blossom Festival promoted three of its staff members to expanded leadership roles.

Maria Garnto has been promoted to executive director of operations. In addition to her duties as executive director of finance and administration, Garnto will assume responsibility for many of the festival's operations.

Garnto is a lifelong resident of Middle Georgia and has over 15 years of accounting experience. She has been with the festival for eight years.

Catherine Harmon has been promoted to director of programming. Harmon joined the festival in February 2014 as an intern and became program coordinator in May of 2015.

Brandi Marks has been promoted to administrative assistant and program coordinator. She joined the festival in February 2014.

Perry chamber names January business

The Perry Area Chamber of Commerce business development committee selected Creative Signs and Designs Inc. at 106 Lake Joy Road in Perry for the January Business of the Month award.

Creative Signs has been making custom signs for more than 30 years.

Gautreaux named one of 10 Best in Georgia

Attorney Jarome Gautreaux has been recognized as one of the 10 best personal injury attorneys for client satisfaction in 2015 by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys.

The AIPIA is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the top 10 personal injury attorneys in each state.

Gautreaux is an attorney with Gautreaux and Sizemore in Macon.

MWA board honors Tapley and Hardy for service

The Macon Water Authority has recognized the retirement of two individuals who have a combined tenure of more than 100 years of work experience at the utility.

The board of directors honored James Tapley and Ralph Hardy during the January meeting with respective resolutions noting their long-standing dedication and service to the utility, fellow employees and authority customers.

Tapley began his career with the MWA at the Lower Poplar Water Reclamation Facility in 1962. He retired at the end of 2015 as a shift operations leader, but not before providing 53 years of service

Hardy started working for the MWA in 1966 as a plant operator at the Lower Poplar Water Reclamation Facility. In 1984, he was promoted to lab technician at the Rocky Creek Plant. He retired from the MWA as the building and grounds supervisor, a position he held for 25 years, overseeing the maintenance operations of all MWA facilities.

At the time of their retirement, Tapley and Hardy were among the longest tenured water professionals in Georgia.

RFCU announces manager, employees of quarter

Each quarter, Robins Financial Credit Union selects three employees that represent the best of the best in the categories of manager, support department staff and branch staff. The winners chosen for the fourth quarter of 2015 are Steve Evans, Christol Clymer and Carol Schnable.

Evans is the manager of Robins Financial's Indirect Lending department. He has been employed by Robins Financial Credit Union for 17 years.

Clymer is the marketing promotions coordinator for Robins in the marketing department. She has been employed with Robins Financial for 12 years.

Schnable is a teller supervisor with Robins Financial Credit Union at base branch. She has been employed with Robins Financial for three years and has previously worked as a teller.

Rebuilding Macon hires new director

Emma Borer has been hired at Rebuilding Macon as the new development director. She has a bachelor of arts in creative writing from the University of Iowa.

Rebuilding Macon is a nonprofit corporation that revitalizes the homes of low-income, elderly and disabled people in Macon-Bibb County.

-- Angela Woolen