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Blood drive to honor memory of local teacher
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LifeSouth Community Blood Centers will host a blood drive Saturday to honor the memory of former Dawson County teacher, Charles B. Finley.

The blood drive will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, 415 Hwy. 53 East, Dawsonville.

Finley taught school for 42 years and was a local historian that was well known and loved by the community.

He died July 4, 2012 due to injuries he sustained in a head-on collision. He was 64.

The accident happened on June 16, a day short of his 65th birthday and just a few weeks after he had finished his teaching career in Dawson County. Finley's wife Kathy was also injured in the wreck.

The couple was treated at Grady Memorial Hospital where they both received blood transfusions.

"You never know when you or someone you love will have this type of need. This is the fourth blood drive in memory of Charles. I know he would be so grateful, as I am, for people making the time and effort to do this," Kathy Finley said.

Charles and Kathy Finley were married for 31 years.

Charles Finley was a founding member and former president of the Dawson County Jaycees, the club instrumental in establishing the Mountain Moonshine Festival and the Empty Stocking Fund, now known as K.A.R.E. for Kids.

Donors will receive a t-shirt and free cholesterol screening from LifeSouth. They will also be entered into a drawing for door prizes.

To participate, donors must be 17 years old, or 16 years old with parental permission. They must also weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is also required.

To get additional information, contact LifeSouth in Gainesville at (770) 538-0500.