Gordon Life

Noccolula Falls, over in Alabama, is a beautiful place. I was visiting there once when a fellow who claimed Cherokee decent came up and asked me if I knew the story of the falls. I replied that I knew a few stories and asked him to tell me his. This fellow proceeded to tell me a story of a “…

I don’t remember not knowing how to read. My sister taught me how to spell words like “hibernation,” “electricity” and “kangaroo” when I was 4. She also taught me words in books. My mom and dad did, too.

If you want to help pay for your children’s college educations, you might want to consider contributing to a 529 plan. With this plan, your earnings grow federally tax-free, as long as the withdrawals are used for qualified higher education expenses such as tuition and room and board. Yet, y…

Last weekend was the marathon in Fargo, North Dakota. The night before there were strong storms. As the morning began there was still light showers, that ended during the first part of the course. The temperature was in the mid forties to start, and did reach the fifty degree mark near the e…

Call to artists! The Visual Arts Guild at the Harris Arts Center hosts an annual Regional Art Show to showcase the talent of our local artists. Artists 18 years or older are eligible to enter up to three pieces of 2-D or 3-D original art work in any medium.

After months of preparation, planning, fundraising, recruiting, training, choreographing, rehearsing and dancing, Mohawk Presents Calhoun’s Dancing with the Stars will hit the stage for two back-to-back shows on May 30 and May 31 at the Calhoun Performing Arts Center.

As I’ve talked about in previous columns, I’ve always been a writer. But this week, I want to talk about someone who encouraged me to keep writing, when I had just about given up. There have been some influential mentors who have helped me develop my writing skills, and Amy Leigh Wicks is ve…

Gordon County 4-H placed second in the senior team competition at the Georgia 4-H Hippology and Horse Judging Contest, held in Athens earlier this month, earning the right to compete at the Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championship contest in August.

“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise,” Deuteronomy 6:6-7.

“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. Ten dance teams will vie for troph…

In 1971, Don McLean sang about the “day the music died” referring to the death of Buddy Holly. There has been even greater concern since then. Holly was but one great trailblazer in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. What about country music?

On May 9, the Teen Health Task Force, comprised of the Family Connection Collaborative, gathered to listen to a presentation from officer Mark Waycaster and Assistant Principal Brock Holley on e-cigarettes and vaping.

On May 7, Gary Matteson visited the Calhoun College and Career Academy to tour the agriculture program lab and greenhouse. The tour was led by agriculture teacher, Lacy Powell, and FFA members Brady Carney, Tripp Hoblitzell, Walt McKenzie, Bryson Smith and Colton Williams.

Crystal Purser was recently named Gordon County Schools’ Second Mile Award winner recognizing school volunteers. Purser is no stranger to any of the schools in the Gordon County community. As owner of the local Chick-fil-A, along with her husband, Jonathan, she is active throughout the commu…

Sometimes I like to make lists. It isn’t always easy to come up with something of interest to folks in a weekly column, so on this day, I’ve decided to share some of my favorite things with you like Julie Andrews sang about in “The Sound of Music.”

On May 8, Cracker Barrel staff provided Calhoun Middle School teachers with breakfast to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week and honor teachers at Calhoun City Schools.

This week was the marathon in Eagle River, a small town in Wisconsin. A handful of dedicated runners, along with some of their dear friends, that were coerced into helping, held a marathon.

If you’ve noticed an increase in bicycle-related events lately, it may be because May is recognized as “Bike Month” – and some cities even observe a specific Bike Week. Of course, bicycling is good exercise and an environmentally friendly method of transportation, but it can also teach us so…

Real estate investors are known for being risk takers. As a matter of fact, most of the time the reason an investor gets into trouble is because they estimated too high on what a property would sale for once they fixed it up.

When I was young and growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, I lived across the street from my older cousin Sam. And since my little sister was too young to be hanging out with us (and too young to be cool), it was often just me and him finding ways to stay busy over the summer or enjoying free …

Fifty-four youth, including Gordon County 4-H’ers, participated at the 2019 Georgia 4-H State Poultry Judging Contest hosted by Georgia 4-H and University of Georgia Poultry Science Department on May 3 at the University of Georgia Poultry Science Research Center in Athens.

Producing fresh garden vegetables in a home garden can be a rewarding activity. Being outdoors enjoying the sunshine, doing physical activity and being able to provide fresh and nutritious food for your family and friends are all positives of vegetable gardening.

For a lot of people, if you mention meditation, they picture a bunch of people in robes, sitting around with their legs crossed tailor-fashion, eyes closed and humming to themselves. And for some people, sitting in certain poses and repeating sounds or phrases, IS part of meditation. But med…

“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.

Northwest Georgia Community Foundation President David Aft was introduced by Calhoun Rotary Program Chair Jim Mathews, who serves on the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors, at the club’s recent meeting. Serving alongside Jim on the board are these other Rotarians: Russell Dudley, Will…

It is not unusual when a society is under stress or facing a time of change for there to arise preachers and prophets of various stripes preaching some easy road to salvation. During the period around the turn of the 18th century into the 19th century there arose a few prophets among the Nat…

My mama was a Yankee and proud of it. I’m proud I’m half Yankee because my mother was one of the strongest women I’ve ever known. She was Irish Catholic with flaming red hair and green eyes that sometimes looked blue with what she was wearing and sometimes spit fire when she got mad.

Recently the National Football League had its draft for each team to pick the college player it wanted for their team. They picked from worst team to the team with the best record.

People tend to naturally say “no” to things they aren’t familiar with. This is a reality real estate investors must overcome in order to get a “yes” on creative deal structures when talking to sellers. You do that by making sure they understand what you’re proposing.

I often get asked the questions, “What made you want to be a writer?” or, “How did you decide to go into journalism?” I’ve even heard, “If you have a degree in religion and environmental science and you’re a writer, are you even using your degree?”

“An RC Cola and a Moon Pie” is a phrase I’ve been familiar with all my life. It wasn’t until I became a working man myself, however, that I grew an appreciation for the South’s famous “working man’s lunch.”

Before I get started this week with our topic, I would like to give a plug for our May 2019 Gordon Extension Lunch and Learn schedule of educational opportunities.

On April 20, amidst cold and rainy conditions, Gordon County 4-H had 14 youth compete at an area shotgun qualifier match hosted at the Griffin Gun Club by Fayette County 4-H. And seven of the 14 earned the right to shoot at the state competition.

The Gordon County Extension office is free educational events this month as part of its Lunch & Learn Series, with the second event set for this Monday.

Warriors tennis will be hosting the Tennis ’til Midnight fundraiser at Gordon Central High School on Friday, May 10. The fundraiser will feature a children’s K-5 clinic from 4-5:30 p.m. with a cost of $10 per child. After the kids clinic, Gordon Central’s tennis team will play various matche…

“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.