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Aspen Dental set to open mid-month; Five Guys opening after first of the year

Aspen Dental, a popular chain of offices that provides dental treatments such as cleanaings, tooth extractions, root canals, fillings and dentures, should open their Calhoun location mid-December.

Located at 613 Highway 53 beside Starbucks, Aspen Dental has appointments available beginning Wednesday, Dec. 13, according to a company representative.

Aspen Dental belives everyone deserves dentral treatment and is always accepting new patients, working wtih all insurance companies or with patients that do not have insurance, to ensure dental treatment can be provided to all. They also offer late hours during the week and are open on Saturday's by appointment.

Hours at the Calhoun office are Monday - Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. and by appointment on Saturday.

For more information, or to set up an appointment, call 844-553-8091 or visit

Work began last week inside the suite beside Aspen Dental, which will house Five Guys Burgers & Fries. Five Guys first opened in Arlington, Va. in 1986 and now have 1500 locations worldwide with another 1500 in the planning phases. Five Guys only uses fresh ground beef for their burgers, only uses peanut oil and none of their restaurants have a freezer on site, just coolers.

Five Guys is expected to open shortly after the beginning of 2018. You can find out more about the restaurant at

GNTC announces winner of 2018 EAGLE Award

William Nichols, of Gordon County, was chosen to represent Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) at the statewide EAGLE Leadership Institute March 12-14, 2018, at the Atlanta Waverly Hotel.

The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs.

Nichols, a resident of Calhoun, was nominated for the EAGLE award by Melissa Blevins.

"William will go far in life because he knows what he wants and he will do what needs to be done to accomplish his goals," said Blevins.

Nichols, a member of the National Adult Education Honor Society, said that the Adult Education program at GNTC has given him the tools he needs to be successful.

"My career goal is computer repair or computer animation," said Nichols.

The other nominees were Monica Romero Rocio of the Whitfield Murray Campus and Norberto Castaneda of the Floyd County Campus. Rocio was nominated by Cindy Nelson and Castaneda was nominated by Karen Caven.

EAGLE (Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education) is the first statewide program in the nation that recognizes and rewards excellence among students enrolled in adult education programs. This student recognition program is designed to create greater awareness of educational opportunities that are available in local communities across the state and to foster greater involvement in lifelong learning pursuits.

The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) through its Office of Adult Education sponsors the annual Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Leadership Institute.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College provides quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate degree, diploma, or a certificate in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 14,151 people benefited from GNTC's credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,956 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,195 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start. For more information about GNTC, visit us at or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.

Gordon Hospital invites community to Christmas Open House

Gordon Hospital will host its annual community Christmas Open House on Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 5 – 7 p.m. at 1035 Red Bud Rd, Calhoun.

"Our Christmas Open House is for the whole family to enjoy," said Pete Weber, president and CEO of Gordon Hospital. "Christmas is a time for celebration, and we love celebrating with our community."

Festivities include: A special Santa Clause appearance; Soup bar and hot drinks; Christmas cookie decorating and Christmas music.

This event is free to the community, and no RSVP is required. Refreshments will be served. About Gordon Hospital Founded in 1935, Gordon Hospital is proud to be a member of Adventist Health System. With 45 hospital campuses and more than 8,300 licensed beds in nine states, Adventist Health System is a faith-based healthcare organization headquartered in Altamonte Springs, Florida. A national leader in quality, safety, and patient satisfaction, Adventist Health System's more than 80,000 employees maintain a tradition of whole-person health by caring for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of every patient. Each Adventist Health System facility operates independently in delivering care and services to best meet the needs of the local communities they serve. While each entity is unique, all remain united in one mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ.

What's Going On In Gordon

Now - Dec. 10

Festival of Trees at Harris Arts Center: Tour the beautifully decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, arrangements and specialty gift baskets - all offered for silent auction. More Info:

Happening Now

Holiday Decor & Fun at Payne Farm: Saturdays 9:30 a.m. - 9 p.m./Sundays 12 p.m. - 5 p.m./Monday - Thursday 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. A new event featuring Christmas trees, wreaths, holiday decorations, hot chocolate, popcorn, and hayrides on the weekends. More Info:

Friday - Saturday, Dec. 1-2

"Ah...Christmas" Community Chorus Concert: 7 p.m. at Harris Arts Center. Get into the spirit with favorite holiday hymns and carols. More Info:

Saturday, Dec. 2

Fairmount Christmas Parade: 6 p.m. in Downtown Fairmount

Saturday, Dec. 2

"Elf" Movie: 7:30 p.m. at GEM Theatre. More Info:

Saturday - Sunday, Dec. 2-3

Belmont Baptist Church invites the public to join them for an amazing Night in Bethlehem on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2-3, with tours from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. each night. "A Night in Bethlehem" is a live, walk-thru nativity where kids and their families will explore the city at the time of Jesus' birth. Through hands-on experiences, they'll find out about the most important baby ever and learn that Jesus came to save us. Belmont Baptist Church is located at 275 West Belmont Drive in Calhoun.

Monday, Dec. 4

Belmont Baptist Church Handbell Concert: 7 p.m. at GEM Theatre. They will be accepting donations for the Blewer Food Center.

Tuesday, Dec. 5

Special Olympics Bowling Event: 10 a.m. at Calhoun Bowling Center.

Saturday, Dec. 9

"Hometown Christmas:" 7 p.m. at the Harris Arts Center. Featuring The Hare Boys & Heart And Soul with special guest performers. More Info:

Saturday, Dec. 9

"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation:" 7:30 p.m. at GEM Theatre. More Info:

Thursday, Dec. 14

Downtown Calhoun Christmas Parade: Register Now:

Thursday - Saturday, Dec. 14-16

Downtown Calhoun Ice Skating Rink: Reserve Your Spot: