Students in Calhoun Primary School's first grade Language Academy were excited to pack shoeboxes full of toys for children who may otherwise not receive a Christmas gift. Their toy packages will be sent all over the world for children to enjoy.

The saying “as American as apple pie” is used to describe things that best represent American culture. People use the expression when talking about things like baseball, bald eagles, the Statue of Liberty, rock-n-roll music, and, of course, the dessert itself.

Tessa is a 10-pound, adult Tortoiseshell cat. The folks who work at the shelter say she is one of the sweetest cats they’ve had the pleasure to meet.

Christmas was in full swing at the Harris Arts Center on Monday afternoon as guests arrived for the center’s fourth annual Ladies Luncheon. Decorative trees, wreaths and baskets lined the halls and holiday treats were shared as attendees gathered to join in fellowship and fun.

Congratulations to Mrs. Kristi Payne’s sixth grade homeroom at Red Bud Middle School for collecting the most items for the annual Fired Up Food Drive sponsored by the Voluntary Action Center. The students in Mrs. Payne’s homeroom will enjoy a pizza party as recognition for reaching beyond. P…

Students in kindergarten and first grade at Calhoun Primary planted hundreds of tulip bulbs around the flagpole and the media center window of the Complex. As they planted the bulbs and “tucked them in for the winter” they said “good night, sleep tight, see you in the spring,” then patted th…

The Calhoun fifth grade Rota Kids collected over 500 pairs of socks during their October community service project. All the socks will be distributed to the family advocates’ closets across the school system. These socks will be available for students who need them throughout the year.

I have stated before that I enjoy all of the seasons. With the early fall being so hot and dry, it can be hard for a person to think about the holidays. The recent cooler temperatures and wet weather along with trees and plants transitioning to winter can help bring on the holiday spirit.

Calhoun-Gordon County preschoolers were visited by aliens on Wednesday morning at the Harris Arts Center. Local performer Laurel Alford wowed the children with her balloon show about two students, Bill and Ted, who were visited by Al the Alien in a dream when they should’ve been working on t…

There’s nothing better on a frosty Georgia evening than settling in for a big bowl of warm turtle soup. Now, I don’t mind eating turtle the way some people do. The meat has an incredible meaty, beefy flavor and an extremely unique texture, similar to alligator or squid meat. Even better, tur…

Oscar is a 45-pound, 8-month-old Catahoula-Shepherd mix. The folks who work at the shelter say he is the “most unique” of all their current litter and describe him as a “big ol’ puppy.”

I am really surprised that I have not received any calls recently on this invasive insect pest. At the Bowman home, we have seen a few inside the house plus several in our vehicles.

I remember the first time I carved a pumpkin. I was so little that I had to have help with just about everything aside from selecting which scary jack-o-lantern face would haunt our front porch for the next few weeks, but it was so much fun that I didn’t mind giving up a little independence.

The Calhoun Area Writers (CAW) and Rome Area Writers (RAW) are proud to present a special comedy event on Friday, Nov. 1, at Rock Bridge Community Church, 905 Curtis Parkway, in Calhoun.

The Tom B. David Field Airport in Calhoun hosted the Mark Fullerton Memorial Fly In earlier this month and raised $500 to donated to the EMS Christmas Toy Drive. Mark Fullerton, an area pilot, died last year due to a stroke. Mark’s brother, Marlin Fullerton, of Springfield, Missouri, present…

Beau is a 56-pound, 1-year-old Labrador and Pit Bull mix. He first came to the shelter in mid-September and has since become a favorite of the folks who work there.

It can be a very rewarding experience to grow your own vegetables. Some folks in a neighborhood may have a friendly competition on who can produce that first vine ripe tomato. At our church, a few will talk about growing or consuming the hottest peppers.

Country artist Phil Vassar, whose recordings include hits like “Carlene,” “Just Another Day in Paradise,” “Six Pack Summer” and “American Child,” will headline Calhoun’s Gem Theatre downtown Saturday, Oct. 26. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are available at www.calhoungemtheatre.o…

How many of you have a family member that keeps a pot of greens on the stove all the time, just in case somebody wants some? I think it’s a southern thing, like having biscuits and sweet tea at dinner. We all have that one person in the family, usually the one who keeps up with inherited rec…

Missy is a 52-pound, 6-year-old Boxer mix and is often fondly referred to as “Old Lady” by the folks at the shelter. She has been there since early September.

Pre-K teachers at Red Bud Elementary in Calhou were treated to a special lunch in honor of Pre-K Week. Also, school Resource Officer Mitchell Massingill read this year’s official Pre-K Week book, "Llama Llama Red Pajama" by Anna Dewdney, to each Pre-K class at Red Bud Elementary. 

I prefer my articles to not only be informative but at the same time entertaining. I will be the first to admit that an article on bed bugs may cover the first part of being educational but may not be the most entertaining topic to cover.

They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Now, I don’t know how true that is scientifically, but I do happen to know that my fiance never seems to appreciate me more than when I’m baking up a big, old fashioned chicken pot pie.

Bruno is a 1-year-old Hound/Mastiff mix who likes to play outside and hang out with other dogs. He has been at the shelter since Aug. 22.

The Harris Arts Center and Calhoun Little Theatre are excited to announce the production of “Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got the Will?” Audiences have four opportunities to see this production with dates set for Oct. 24-26 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 27 at 3 p.m.

JLC AIrShow Management received official notice recently of accreditation from the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to organize and host the recently developed AirShow Racing Series (ARS). The ARS is the newest and one of the most exciting additions to the air show industry.