Calhoun Kiwanis was looking to raise funds over the recent holidays to pay for scholarships for area high school seniors that have demonstrated high performance, exemplary community service and have a need for financial support to go to college.
Rome, Ga. — Shorter University held its fall commencement exercises on Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Forum in downtown Rome. Degrees were presented to students who completed their degree requirements in both the summer and fall terms. Those receiving degrees include:
Boasting live worship, camaraderie and community, The Basement, a non-denominational community worship experience, will open its doors this Saturday, Jan. 21, beginning with refreshments and a meet and greet at 5:30 p.m., with worship service beginning at 6:30 p.m.
A diverse crowd gathered Sunday evening at Friendship Baptist Church, where, for more than two hours, Martin Luther King, Jr. was remembered for the contributions he made in advancing the civil rights movement using non-violent means based on his Christian beliefs.
The Gordon County Young Farmers held their annual Christmas Classic Livestock Show on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 at the Gordon County Livestock pavilion. Approximately 70 animals were shown by 30 local youth.
Several members of Gordon County Young Farmers received area awards for their contribution to the Young Farmer Organization. Keith Holmes received first place for his leadership as the Chapter’s 2016 President. Gibson Priest won first as Young Agriculture Producer. Both Holmes and Priest will represent the north region at the annual convention in January where their applications will compete with both the central and south regions. In addition, Kevin Walraven was elected as the North Region Jr. Director. Walraven will represent North Georgia at state Young Farmer meetings and functions. Anneke Carr was awarded second place as a Young Agriculture professional and the Gordon County Young Farmers organization was awarded third place for their program.
During its regularly-schedule meeting on Jan. 9, the Gordon County Board of Education unanimously elected Board member Chris Johnson as Chairman of the Board. Bobby Hall was chosen to serve as Vice-Chair, following a non-contested nomination.
Eric Taylor, Contract Specialist for Shaw Industries, got involved with Junior Achievement at Sonoraville High School and ended up teaching a course. The course, JA Titan, was a computer-based business simulation. He met with the students once a week for seven weeks teaching them about various business concepts and then applying those concepts in the business simulation. There were 21 students in the class.
James “Ott” Oliver was the winner of the “Guess the Year-End Dow Jones Average” at the Open House of Dewayne Bowen, Edward Jones financial advisor, back in May of 2016. The DOW, which is the most common stock market index, finished at 19,762 on Dec. 31, 2016. Ott predicted it would finish the year at 19,655 and was closest out of 70 guesses from the 100 or so who attended the open house of Bowen’s new office on the corner of Dews Pond and Curtis Parkway. At the time of the prediction, the DOW was 17,828.
Generosity poured out in abundance across Dalton and Calhoun as Kroger customers and associates contributed more than $17,470 in just six weeks to Kroger’s 2016 Can Hunger campaign – and an additional $3000 to a second initiative benefitting the Chattanooga Food Bank.
The National Park Service has been celebrating its Centennial throughout 2016. Amateur Radio operators, also called Hams, have been involved with this celebration throughout the year. Two local hams are among the leaders of this event.
On Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, Calhoun City Administrator Eddie Peterson addressed the Calhoun Rotary. Peterson recapped the state of the City in the past year and spoke of growth in the industrial, housing and commercial sectors, as well as in healthcare. He is optimistic about 2017 and expects we will continue to see lower unemployment due to the improving economy. Peterson was introduced by Program Chair Jim Mathews. Also attending the meeting was Kristen King, college student and daughter of Club President John King.
Gordon County residents finally got a taste of winter over the weekend as the area was hit with 1 - 3 inches of snow beginning late Friday, Dec. 6. While not considered a major event, schools released early on Friday in preparation for the weather system moving into the area.
The Oostanaula School Community Club will open the New Year with a benefit this Saturday, January 14 to benefit the building they are housed in. The old Oostanaula School is in need of serious repairs. The benefit will begin at 5 p.m.
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) announced today that he was selected to chair the House Committee on Appropriations’ Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee for the 115th Congress. The influential subcommittee has jurisdiction over the Department of the Treasury, District of Columbia, the Judiciary, the Executive Office of the President and more than 20 Independent Agencies, such as the Federal Communications Commission, Internal Revenue Service and Securities and Exchange Commission.
Bertrand Huber, MD, PTSD Brain Bank director and assistant professor of neurology at Boston University School of Medicine, recently spoke on Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) for a continuing medical education (CME) program at Hamilton Medical Center (HMC).
The Calhoun City Council was the talk of the community in the fourth quarter of 2016, with the vote on reorganizing the city’s administrative structure, eliminating the position of General Manager of Utilities, held by Larry Vickery. It’s a story that’s still a hot topic going into 2017, with Municipal General Elections being held later this year.
With frigid temperatures, sleet and snow moving into metro and northern counties of the state today, Georgia’sRed Cross continues to work closely with local EMAs and community organizations to monitor the threat and to support warming centers with cots, blankets and comfort kits. In addition, the Red Cross will open the following shelters tonight by 6:00 p.m.:
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor’s (GDOL) Central Office in Atlanta and career centers in the areas included in Gov. Nathan Deal’s State of Emergency for Disaster Preparedness declaration will close today, Friday, Jan. 6, at 1 p.m. The declaration is because of the possibility of extreme winter conditions in the affected 78-county area.
The Alzheimer’s Association will present two Advocacy Meet and Greet sessions in preparation for Alzheimer’s Awareness Day on Feb. 3, 2017. The first scheduled program will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, at the Area Agency on Aging (1Jackson Hill Drive, Rome).
Gordon County Division of Family and Children Services would like to thank all of the businesses, volunteer groups, families and individuals who stepped forward this Christmas season to make the holidays brighter for foster children across the county. The holidays are a difficult time for many children in care, as they are not able to spend it with their families. Our agency is very proud to be a part of a community that took it upon themselves to come forward and sponsor all 120 foster children in the county this year.
Grant Walraven, Clerk of Superior Court, would like to share this important announcement with the citizens of Gordon County. Effective January 1, 2017, all plats filed in Georgia must be filed electronically. Plats will no longer be accepted for filing in paper format.
Calhoun-Gordon County celebrated the Fourth of July in style, saw the arrest of a Gordon County BOE member, prayed for a little boy seriously injured in a wreck that took the life of his father and followed many other news stories during the third quarter of 2016.
The Calhoun-Gordon County Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission invites the community to the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Ecumenical Service and Celebration set for Sunday, Jan. 15 at 4 p.m. The event will be held at Friendship Baptist Church, located at 452 West Line Street in Calhoun. Walter Harris, chair of the local MLK, Jr. Commission, says that in light of recent racial tension around the country, this year’s theme is “Healing Race Relations Through Conversation.”
The grading system used by the Gordon County Health Department is: A: for food-safety excellence and applied to a 90 – 100 numerical score B: for satisfactory compliance and applied to a 80 – 89 numerical score C: for marginal compliance and applied to a 70 – 79 numerical score U: for unsatisfactory and applied to a 69-or-below numerical score If a food-service facility receives a C or U rating as a result of a routine inspection, environmental health staff will conduct a follow-up inspection to insure compliance. All routine inspections are unannounced and held twice a year. Consumers in Gordon County may contact the Environmental Health office of the Gordon County Health Department at 706-624-1444 for more information.
Little Country Giants, fronted by husband and wife songwriting duo, Cameron Federal and Russell Cook, will perform at the Harris Arts Center on Saturday, January 14, at 7 p.m. The concert is sponsored by First Bank of Calhoun. Tickets are $15 General Admission/$12 Seniors, Students/$10 HAC Members and may be purchased online at www.harrisartscenter.com, by calling 706 629-2599 with credit card information, or at the door on January 14.
Thank you to the many supporters of the Calhoun Gordon County Scholarship Second-Annual Auction. The Auction was held this year in the Media Center of Calhoun High School. As before, retired educators and other individuals, along with many businesses in Calhoun and Gordon County, donated items to be auctioned off.
The second-annual Antioch Baptist Youth Indoor Yard Sale will be held Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27-28, 2017. The tentative time is 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday at Antioch Baptist Church’s Christian Life Center, located at 2666 Dews Pond Road in Calhoun.
A couple of months ago, I went to my doctor due to some extreme pain issues in the chest area. Because of all the stress I incur with this job, I knew without a shadow of a doubt I was having a heart attack, or I had developed some kind of deadly illness where I would have to immediately update my will and tell my family how much I loved them.