The start date for this year’s Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which is administered by the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, will be delayed by one month, according to their press release, which was issued on September 22, 2015. The program will begin December 1, 2015 for senior households 65 and older and homebound households. The program will open for the general public on January 1, 2016.
upport the Calhoun-Gordon County Library at Calhoun-Gordon County Library, located at 100 N. Park Ave. in Calhoun. In an effort to raise funds for their free programming and purchase of new books, Calhoun-Gordon County Library is working together with Barnes & Noble Booksellers by hosting a Bookfair at the library in the Community Room.
Gordon Hospital, Gordon EMS, and Chick-fil-A will honor the region’s veterans by hosting Patriots’ Fire: Veterans Dinner. All veterans are invited to enjoy a free dine-in dinner at Chick-fil-A, located at 495 Highway 53 East in Calhoun, on Wednesday, Nov. 11, between 5 – 8 p.m.
In recognition of National American Indian Heritage Month, New Echota-Cherokee Capital State Historic Site in Calhoun and the Friends of New Echota Historic Site will present Native American Heritage Day on Saturday, Nov.14, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
With Christmas and the holiday season just around the corner, the Gordon County Division of Family and Children Services is preparing to fulfill the Christmas wishes of children in the county who are in foster care.
Carlos Romos, one of several individuals arrested in 2012 in connection with allegations of the distribution of illicit drugs at a local convenience store in Calhoun, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Oct. 22 for Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO). Romos appeared in Gordon County Superior Court with his lawyer and a translator.
Calhoun’s annual Harvestfest was held on Saturday, Oct. 24 in downtown Calhoun from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Though the morning started out cool and cloudy, the community did not let that deter them from visiting; many from the community enjoyed walking the closed streets of downtown Calhoun during the fall festival. Suzanne Roberts, Downtown Development Director for the City of Calhoun estimates that there were between 2500 and 3000 in attendance.
Every October, Red Ribbon week is organized across the nation to heighten drug awareness in schools. Typically, Red Ribbon theme days allow students and staff to dress in cute costumes that symbolize different ways to be drug free. Students in Sonoraville High’s HOSA Club decided that they wanted the week to be fun, but also relevant and impactful to high school aged students.
The Calhoun Police Department would like to remind everyone that Saturday, Oct. 31 will be observed for Halloween in the City of Calhoun and Gordon County. It is the responsibility of adults in the community to be extra careful and help protect the children that will be trick-or-treating on this evening.
Calhoun Mayor Jimmy Palmer, City Councilman George Crowley and County Commissioner Kevin Cunningham met with Calhoun Gordon County Retired Educators Association President Karen Mason and chairpersons Rosellen Burns and Netha Dunlap on Monday, Oct. 19, to sign a proclamation declaring Sunday, Nov. 1, as National Retired Educators Day. This day is designated for citizens to express their honor and appreciation for the contributions of retired educators.
Gordon County’s Second place State winning Livestock Judging team recently traveled to Harrisburg, PA to compete in the 54th annual Keystone International Livestock Judging Contest. There were 17 other teams from across the nation competing in the contest.
Goodwill of North Georgia, which is set to open on December 3, will host a hiring event on November 4 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event is being held to recruit 50 team members to fill open positions in its new location at 253 Highway 53 East, in the Midtown Square shopping center. The 29,850 square foot building was formerly Badcock Home Furnishings.
In an effort to prevent drug use and educate youth, The National Family Partnership invites families and schools across America to participate in its fifth annual National Red Ribbon Week photo contest.
Greg Bowman, Gordon County Extension Coordinator, is hoping there is a full house on Monday night for the Poultry Flock Biosecurity Class: The Key to Avian Influenza Prevention, held at the Gordon County Agricultural Service Center from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Calhoun-Gordon County Library will host the Bandy Heritage Center’s exhibit Thread by Thread: Northwest Georgia’s Tufted Textile Heritage this week, through the end of November. This will be the library’s first exhibit. The Bandy Heritage Center for Northwest Georgia is a history center/museum dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the history and culture of Georgia’s “Historic High Country.”
The ninth annual tractor show, hosted by the Gordon County Antique Engine and Tractor Club, was held at the Northwest Georgia Regional Fairgrounds on Oct. 17 and 18. The event offered games for children and adults, raffles, auctions, food, vendors and many tractors for its spectators.
During a recent meeting of the Calhoun City Council, Mayor Jimmy Palmer read and presented a Red Ribbon Week proclamation submitted by the Greater Rome Young Marines for the City of Calhoun and the Georgia House Representative John Meadows. Red Ribbon Week has been designated October 23 through 31 both nationally and in the city of Calhoun.
With the Municipal General Elections just around the corner, George Crowley, who is up for reelection for Calhoun City Council Post 1, is reminiscing on the accomplishments of the city over the years, and what he feels is on the horizon. Planning for the future of Calhoun does not stop because of an election.
Gordon County 4-H’ers, Calhoun Interact Club, and New Echota River Alliance and parent volunteers worked together during the school systems’ fall break to clean the river and boat ramps of the Oostanaula River. 29 students donated their time to gather trash, plastic bottles and aluminum cans. The Oostanaula River, and any other local public waterways, are used by residents each year for fishing, boating and other recreational activities. They also supply drinking water for the community.
The Gordon County Ministerial Association will once again sponsor the 6th annual Gordon County Hunger Walk on Sunday, Nov. 1. The goal of this event is to raise money for the four food banks in the Calhoun area, to raise awareness of the local hunger and to help alleviate hunger for families in need. All businesses, civic organizations and individuals are invited to participate.
Business leaders, civic leaders and politicians, including Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14), among many others throughout the Gordon County community, joined the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce’s Business Before Hours, hosted by Gordon Hospital, on Friday, Oct. 2.
Morning Pointe Assisted Senior Living Center was proud to host Mayor Jimmy Palmer and City Councilman George Crowley on Tuesday, Oct. 6. Prior to joining the group for lunch, Palmer presented the senior living center with a key to the city from the city’s administration.
Shorter University will honor Dr. Michele Taylor with its 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award. The award will be presented during halftime of Shorter’s homecoming football game on Saturday, Oct. 10, at Barron Stadium.
Friday, Sept. 25 Gordon Central High School Agriculture students, with the help of their instructor and coordinator, Trish Williams, welcomed fourth grade students from W.L. Swain, Tolbert and Belwood and helped to teach them the importance of Agriculture. The high school students and other businesses and individuals from the community had stations set up for the elementary students, enabling them to rotate and learn something new at each station.