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Holiday season kicks off during annual Christmas Open House festivities

On Sunday, Nov. 19, the community came out in droves for the annual Christmas Open House festivities in downtown Calhoun and throughout the community.

Local merchants offered huge savings throughout the day, holding giveaways and drawings for prizes and offering refreshment to the hundreds of people looking for a bargain as the holiday season officially kicked off in Gordon County.

The GEM Theatre showed Christmas classics on the big screen throughout the day and a live nativity was held in the evening hours.

The day culminated in the arrival of Santa Claus and the annual lighting of the Christmas tree in front of the Gordon County Courthouse.

Upcoming events are: Beginning Thursday, Dec. 14, and running through Saturday, Dec. 16, downtown Calhoun can enjoy Winter Wonderland, the community's very own ice skating rink. Hours on Thursday, Dec. 14 will be from 4 - 9 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 15 hours are 4 - 10 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 16, the rink will be open all day from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. The event is very affordable at $6 per person, which includes ice skate rental and 30 minutes of ice time, and the annual Christmas Parade of Lights will be held Thursday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.

Georgia DOT unveils plans for detour to rehabilitate bridge over I-75 along Dews Pond Road

CALHOUN, Ga. A detour open house to discuss the Georgia DOT's proposed project to rehabilitate the bridge over I-75 along Dews Pond Road in Gordon County is scheduled for Tuesday, November 28 from 5 until 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at Calhoun-Gordon County Library, located at 100 N Park Avenue in the city of Calhoun.

Gordon County's residents interested in learning more about the proposed project and detour are encouraged to attend the meeting and express their thoughts and preferences.

"We would like to hear the viewpoints and concerns of all area residents," says DeWayne Comer, district engineer at the Georgia DOT office in Cartersville.

The proposed plans call for rehabilitating the bridge over I-75 along Dews Pond Road. The work will include raising the bridge structure to a minimum vertical clearance of 17'0" feet; adjusting the roadway items to match the new bridge elevation, strengthening or replacing the caps, joint replacement, asphalt removal and new overlay on the decks; painting the steel superstructure; repair of cracks and spalls in the substructures and removal of vegetation from bridges 10-15' on either side.

The detour open house will provide the public with an opportunity to view the proposed detour for construction, ask questions, and comment on it.

"The Georgia DOT strongly believes that since this project is intended to serve the people of Gordon County, the ideas and preferences of these people are important," Comer explains. "This meeting will provide the public with an opportunity to review both the proposed project and detour, ask questions, and express their preferences."

The Open House will be informal and the public is invited to attend anytime between 5 and 7 p.m. The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Accommodations for people with disabilities can be arranged with advance notice by calling Joseph Ciavarro District Planning & Programming Engineer at 678-721-5164 phone number.

Written statements will be accepted concerning this project until Thursday, December 14, 2017. Written statements may be submitted to:

Mr. Eric Duff.

State Environmental Administrator

Georgia Department of Transportation

Office of Environmental Services

600 West Peachtree Street, NW – 16th Floor

Atlanta, Georgia 30308

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Proclamation signed by City, County declaring Farm-City Week

Early voting for local municipal runoff races begins, runs through Dec. 1

Early voting for local municipal runoff races began this Monday, Nov. 20 and includes specific days to early vote. Early voting will be held from 8:30 a.m. 5 p.m. at the Gordon County Elections and Voter Registration Office, located in the old BB&T Building at 215 North Wall Street in downtown Calhoun.

Early voting will be held through today, Wednesday, Nov. 22 and due to offices being closed for Thanksgiving, picks back up on Monday, Nov. 27, and will run through Friday, Dec. 1.

Races facing runoff include Calhoun City Council Post 4, where former City Council member Ray Denmon faces former Gordon County Commissioner Alvin Long and Resaca Town Council Post 3 is in a runoff between Michael Austin and Randy Barron.

The runoff election will be held Tuesday, Dec. 5. For more information, call the Elections and Registration Office at 706-629-7781.