I love to read church marquis signs. We have a lady at Antioch who changes ours. I’m very observant about what she puts on the sign, but she doesn’t know that unless she’s reading this article, lol. The message she leaves is always encouraging for the most part. Some of the messages are short, and others not so much. Some of them are simple, while others require a little more thought. This week’s message hit the nail on the head, as it read “The new year brings new challenges. Jesus brings new life.”
Christmas has past. New Year’s celebrations are passed. School has started back and work has started up again. It happens like this every year. It is like a breath of fresh air. We will all make mistakes writing down the year for a week or so. Most folks will breathe a sigh of relief that it is all over.
Dogwood trees are one of the more popular ornamental trees in Georgia, but can be one of the most mismanaged landscape items. I remember as a younger agent going on a home visit to look at a dogwood for a client. When I arrived, the problem was very clear to see. The dogwood was planted, first, in the wrong spot and second, the mulch material was adding to the failure of the tree.
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.
“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” Luke 1:31-33
Introduction: The subject of the column today is already stated. It seems expedient that a comment or so is made before we delve into that topic. Those who are abreast to the recent happenings involving the movement to restructure the Calhoun City government know the issue has been at the forefront of discussions in the City Council meetings and on the pages of the Calhoun Times. This writer has contributed to the discussion with commentary and opinion. The issue will not disappear with the Council’s overriding of Mayor Jimmy Palmer’s veto of the act to make pronounced changes in the structure of various aspects of the governance of the City of Calhoun.
Christmas certainly is a season of giving. We see this more clearly as we come into adulthood. From an early age, we have all been given the expectation of receiving gifts. There’s certainly nothing wrong with receiving gifts. The first gift that I remember receiving as a child was a stuffed skunk. If you wound it up, it would play music. To this day I don’t know why my parents decided on a skunk, but it was the perfect gift. I played and slept with that thing up until time to move into the dorms at college. Just kidding about that part, however, it was a gift that I was very fond of. Over the years, our interest, and expectations, grew just like we did. We moved up to Big Wheels, bicycles, video games and whatever else we could pick out from the Sears Catalog.
Thanksgiving. A national holiday celebrated the fourth Thursday in November each year that commemorates the meal and celebration in the Plymouth colony by the Pilgrims in the year 1621. The celebration feast was held to observe the blessings of a good harvest and offer thanks to God for His provisions.
Introduction: The last meeting of the Calhoun City Council had to do with an effort on the part of some officials to restructure the city government. Items discussed, articles written and comments made are the central consideration of today’s column.
The Gordon County Young Farmers is currently holding the annual Smoked Boston Butts fundraiser, with orders being taken through Friday, Nov. 18. The Boston Butt, which runs between 7 and 9 pounds and is prepared by the Gordon County Young Farmers, can be purchased whole or pulled.
The staff of Van Horn Dental, located at 530 Red Bud Road NE in Calhoun, is holding a food drive for the Thanksgiving holiday that will benefit students of Calhoun Primary and Sonoraville Elementary schools.
The Gordon County Child Advocacy Center, a crucial program at the Gordon County Family Resource Center, aims to improve the lives and begin the healing process of children that have been a victim of or witness to violent or sexual abuse and crimes.
The following arrests information was taken directly from Gordon County Jail records. Arrests were made by the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office except where otherwise indicated. Law enforcement officials are in compliance with Ga. Code 50-18-72 of the Open Records Act in releasing reports of arrests. People with similar names may not be the same as those listed in reports. All people are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.
In honor of Red Ribbon Week, Gordon Hospital employees wore red on Wednesday, Oct. 26, which was designated as the “Wear Red Day” during the health observance. Red Ribbon Week is a nine-day drug awareness campaign that provides an opportunity to bring parents, schools, businesses, and community members together to help create a drug-free community.
Ok. So I am writing this on Halloween. Visions come to our minds easily when we hear the word. One vision that comes to mind is a witch boiling something in a pot. There is a saying, a metaphor if you will, about a “Proverbial Frog”. It really doesn’t have anything to do with the witch’s boiling pot, as far as I know.
What I wanted to write today and what I am sending your way are worlds apart. Let me explain. Way back in 1978, in a college Bible class I was taking during the summer at Harding University in Arkansas, the professor made a statement that constantly resounds in my mind. All these years it has been my intention to discuss that statement. Today was to be the day. The subject has hibernated in my mind and heart all these 35 years to a degree that I am prepared to sit and write on the subject.
A recent Pew poll found that Americans are more afraid of a cyber attack than they are of Iranian nuclear weapons, the rise of China or climate change. Such fears are not only out of proportion to risk; if they take hold, they could threaten the positive gains of the digital age.
Giving gifts is a big part of Christmas. This was central in the First Christmas. No one has ever expressed this idea more beautifully than the writer of John’s Gospel, when he wrote, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son..” God’s greatest gift to an undeserving humanity was the Christ who was born in Bethlehem.
Last week, my article was on general care of holiday plants. This week, I will be more specific and center on poinsettias. Many people will only think about poinsettias at this time of year, while others will keep their poinsettia plant and try to re-bloom the plant the following year.
Some of the biggest political contributors in recent elections don’t appear on any list of the usual suspects; they are neither corporations, unions nor extremely wealthy individuals. Instead, they are new nonprofit organizations that have been granted tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service because of the ostensible “social welfare” activities they engage in. In truth, however, these groups have morphed into some of the nation’s most powerful backstage political actors, shelling out millions of dollars to support candidates for office without ever having to disclose where their money is coming from or who is trying to influence the outcome on an election.
Christmastime is upon is, and it’s the time of year for spending time together, counting your blessings, celebrating the miracle of Christ’s birth and for starting new traditions (or for carrying on much-loved traditions)!
The holidays are a wonderful time of year with many folks decorating the inside and outside of their homes and property. The Bowman’s this year have broken our trend of using our artificial tree and actually purchased a real tree for our place this year.
He rose on Thanksgiving day a bit slower than in the years he fondly now remembered. It was time to get started with the day. But, first, time had to be made for exercise. He’d become convinced a decade and a half ago it was the only option for keeping mobile. Dressed, he paused at the bedroom door and whistled for his dog. The canine looked up from his bed and gave an audible grunt of protest as he rose. He too, was fighting the battle to remain ambulatory and though in human years he was by far the younger, in actual years they were neck-and-neck in the race of life.
Somewhere down life's dusty road we all have a date with destiny. That appointment with God is in everyone’s future. Here is a statement to which many are living testimonies to its truth. “The most miserable man in the world is the man who has lost God and doesn’t miss Him.” Often it isn’t until the storm breaks and the cold winds blow across the bare beaches of the soul and the night settles around you that you become aware of your need for God.
In just a few weeks, the latest UGA bull test evaluation will draw to a close in Calhoun for 2013. The annual sale will be the conclusion of the five month program that began back in July with bulls being delivered to the UGA farm by consigners. The sale will be a mid-day event at the NW Georgia Livestock Pavilion.
Hilton Head Island, located directly off the coast of South Carolina, is a great beach location fairly close to Calhoun. The short drive to Hilton Head Island takes approximately five hours when traffic is moving well. While Hilton Head is a busy, well-developed place, it holds a natural beauty and charm and shows great care for the preservation of its natural environment.
I have stated many times that I enjoy the change into all the four seasons. I like the changes from both an agricultural sense and also from a sports background. I like our farm calving season in the fall and seeing if the mating you choose will result in a great show calf. I also like it when fall comes on because we start traveling to Athens for football games plus the girls will be in softball season and then switch gears soon after into basketball.
She was an attractive lady, seemingly well cultured and certainly fashion aware. I was sitting in a booth at a restaurant in a neighborhood where I’d once been the pastor. Now, I should insert here that we Methodist pastors vow that when we are moved we move. That is, it’s just now proper for a pastor who once served Sleepy Valley Church to return to Sleepy Valley Church unless the pastor of Sleepy Valley Church specifically invites us to do so. But, seeing as how I’d been away from that particular church for more than two-and-a-half decades, and seeing as how there had been four pastors serving Sleepy Valley Church since they chased me off, I made an exception. Besides, I had never forgotten my obsession with the Red Flannel Hash dish ( a concoction of eggs, hashbrowns, peppers, onions, and goodness knows what else went with the hot sauce ) that was the trademark of the place.
People are more important than pride. I once knew a marl who put his pride first and lost his wife and family. He volunteered the story. “I kept my pride,” he said, “and that’s all I have left. I lost my wife and family. I know I was wrong. I would go back if it would do any good.” “Why don’t you go back?” I asked. “It’s too late,” he replied, “She has married again.”
Is real estate a good, safe, profitable investment? Consider this: More millionaires have made their fortunes using real estate as their investment vehicle of choice over all other investment vehicles – including stocks and bonds.
The current Calhoun Police Station has been found to have harmful mold, asbestos and lead paint within its walls. The City of Calhoun had many options to choose from: rehabbing the current police station to bring it up to health standards; renting a building for the police to use as a station or buying property and building a station. The City Calhoun has dwindled those choices down to: purchasing the Fred's building and property on Curtis Parkway near the Calhoun Primary / Elementary school OR building on land offered to the City of Calhoun free of charge on McDaniel Station Road, across from the future site of the GBI Regional Facility. What do you think the City should do??