Gordon Life

I’m writing this column a bit early this week. It’s Friday, Mar. 15 and I just heard about the shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, that happened last night.

Last week in this column we briefly mentioned the fact that the Old Chisolm Trail was blazed by a Cherokee. This week we are going to talk a little bit about that trail and the man whose name it bears, a man of character and courage, fortitude and determination, a Cherokee named Jesse Chisolm.

My grandfather’s name on my mother’s side was John Peter Joseph Colligan. Is that Irish enough for you? March is the month for the Irish, well the Irish Catholics at least and my grandfather was Irish Catholic.

“Mohawk Presents Calhoun’s Dancing with the Stars Gets Schooled!” will put 20 local high school students onstage at the Calhoun Performing Arts Center for a student show on May 30 and a grand finale on May 31, with the curtain dropping at 7 p.m. both nights.

When you have a problem, who do you talk to for help? Sometimes you can ask mom or dad. Or sometimes you can ask a friend or your brother or sister.

If you were to receive a sizable inheritance, what should you do with it? This money could help you achieve some of your important financial goals – so you’ll want to think carefully about your choices.

I know I write about my time in New Zealand a lot, but I lived there for a year and a half, and my experience there was hugely influential to me. Spending time there, both as a student and a worker, changed my life and world perspective. Living out in the country, riding bikes to the beach, …

“This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work,” 1 Timothy 3:1.

I met her as my husband and I headed down to Destin, Florida, for our honeymoon. She and her husband lived in Macon, and had recently sold their business, Anderson’s Equipment Company. With plans to retire in Florida, their home was full of boxes and was in disarray.

From the creation of the Lighthorse Companies by the National Council at Broomtown until Oklahoma statehood almost a hundred years later, the stage was set for a number of Cherokee lawmen to walk across the pages of history.

When your sister tells you that mom wants you, do you believe her?Sometimes you do, but sometimes you are not sure. How do you know what to do? Who decides?

We have three properties on market right now for rent, and the quality and amount of applications coming in is great. This is a stark difference from the craziness we experienced in late fall of last year. Then, we had 200 applications submitted for just one property. and of those, only 20 p…

As a UGA county agent, I am an educational resource for many situations in and around the home. I mainly deal with agricultural-based issues that can involve insects, diseases and weeds for example that can be problematic for the homeowner as well as the farmer.

“Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall,” 1 Corinthians 10:12.

Yonaguska, the longtime Chief of Qualla Town, was by all accounts both a gifted politician and a visionary leader. He is mostly remembered today for being able to negotiate to keep his people in their homeland while most of the rest of the Cherokee were walking that infamous trail. Yonaguska…

Ten student dance teams will vie for trophies, bragging rights and college scholarships as they compete to raise funds for United Way of Gordon County at the Calhoun’s Dancing with the Stars Gets Schooled event in May.

Last week we went to an expo. This was for a marathon. You may have been to a similar event. You might have been to a camping show, a car show, or a boat show. There are many like this.

To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available for school breakfast, Gordon County schools is celebrating National School Breakfast Week through Friday.

Rota Kids from Calhoun Elementary give the thumbs-up while helping distribute trees as part an Arbor Day event last week. / Contributed 

Volunteers at the Arbor Day tree distribution held last week at the UGA Extension Service's livestock pavilion. / Contributed 

Rota Kids get to working at the Arbor Day tree distribution event at the UGA Extension Service's livestock pavilion last week. / Contributed 

Fifth-graders from Calhoun Elementary School and members of the Rota Kids help out with Arbor Day tree distribution last week. / Contributed

The City of Calhoun along with The Woman’s Club, Keep Calhoun/Gordon Beautiful, Calhoun Elementary School ROTA Kids above and left , Wild South, and many other volunteers, worked on Friday and Saturday to package and distribute over 4,000 trees for Arbor Day tree distribution as a way to pro…

FFA visits Pre-K for butter making As part of FFA Week, Calhoun High School FFA members visit the Calhoun Pre-k Lime Lizards class. Students collaborated with FFA members and learned how to make homemade butter. After making the butter, students had the opportunity to taste their creation. S…

With first-place finishes in six categories, coupled with second-place finishes in five categories and one third-place result, the Calhoun High School literary team took the region title.

When it’s time to do your estate planning – and it’s actually never too soon to begin – you may find the process, at first, to be somewhat bewildering. You’ll have many questions: What sort of arrangements should I make? Who should get what? and when? How can you address these and other issues?

Ashworth Middle School students in seventh-grade agriculture classes conduct a strawberry DNA extraction lab. This student-based, problem-solving activity helped students understand that agriculture is a science and also reinforced science standards. / Ashworth Middle School

“For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man,” Matthew 24:37.

I have stated many times that I would like to be a bird watcher as part of retirement. I think it would be fun to get in the outdoors and photograph as many different bird species as possible.

A couple weekends ago, I was able to visit a good friend in Jackson, Mississippi, where she currently lives and goes to school. and as much as I’d prepared to visit her, the events of the weekend didn’t happen like I thought they would.

The Calhoun Little Theatre will present “Belles,” a play about six Southern sisters written by Mark Dunn and directed by Jim Kirk, will open on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Ratner Theater at the Harris Art Center.

“All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players; They have their entrances and their exits,” William Shakespeare.