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Deadline to run for this year's Junior Mayor Election is Friday, Sept. 21

Do you want to be a leader? Do you want to make a difference? The Family Resource Center of Gordon County (Prevent Child Abuse Gordon County, Inc.) is sponsoring the 6th annual Election for Junior Mayor of Calhoun-Gordon County. The election is open to all 8th -11th graders in Gordon County. Applications are available at Owen Security, the Gordon County Library, Family Resource Center and the schools. The application is to be turned in to April Chastain at Owen Security Solutions in person or by email to achastain@owensecurity.com by Sept. 21, 2018.

The candidate will gather votes by campaigning for $1 donations per vote. The election is open now and will run through Nov. 6, 2018. The winner will be the candidate that collects the most votes (dollars) for the organization.

The 2019 Junior Mayor will be recognized at an Inauguration Ceremony. In addition to winning the election, the Junior Mayor will be presented with $250 and have an opportunity to learn and participate in local political offices and their responsibilities from Mayor Jimmy Palmer and Gordon County Commission Chair Becky Hood. Also, the Junior Mayor will represent the Family Resource Center at various community agency events throughout the year. All funds raised with this election will go directly to sustain programs at the Family Resource Center of Gordon County.

The purpose of the Family Resource Center is to create awareness within the community by dispersing information and materials about child development, child abuse and neglect, parent educations and other relevant topics, and to be the driving force behind the prevention effort in our county. The Family Resource Center also provides programs that teach parents and caregivers more effective skills and supports families with programs that include everyone from infant to adult, and both married and single parents.


The Missing Piece: Family Day fundraiser to be held to help with local couple's adoption cost

A Family Day fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. to assist a local couple who are in the process of adopting a baby.

The event will be held at Crane Eater Community Church, located on Red Bud Road in Calhoun.

Brandon and Kienna Childers are in the process of adopting to make their family complete. The couple, who have been married for four years, have always dreamed of being called "Mommy and Daddy," but learned more than two years ago, in April 2016, they would not be able to have children. Kienna was born with a heart condition that does not allow her to carry a baby. Kienna said that upon being told they could not attempt to have a child, their "world was shattered."

The same week that the couple learned they couldn't have children, Brandon lost both of his parents. "We felt so much loss and confusion," said Kienna, "but we began to pray consistently for God to show us his plan. Patiently and faithfully we prayed day after day, month after month but seemed to have no answers."

In May 2017, thinking they had found an answer to becoming parents, the Cummings began the process of having a surrogate carry their child. "We just knew we would finally get to be parents," said Kienna. But after months of waiting and six failed attempts, the Cummings accepted that surrogacy wasn't the plan for them. "We continued to pray for God's will be done," said Kienna. "But as humans, we were completely destroyed. We just wanted to have a child of our own to love."

Kienna said that the topic of adoption had always been a part of their conversations but they never thought it would be an affordable option for the family. "We strongly felt God was leading us in this direction, so we began researching and praying to find the right avenues to begin the process," said Kienna. "We are blessed to say we found the answers we needed to start our journey."

Kienna admits that they understand the adoption process will be long and trying and financially straining, but said, "We are trusting in God's plan for our precious miracle."

A Facebook page was set up for the couple, "The Missing Piece: Journey to Baby Cummings," and various fundraisers have been announced on the page, along with news on the adoption process.

On Saturday, Sept. 22, the community is invited to the Family Day at Crane Eater Community Church, where there will be a Chili Cook Off. Cost to enter the Chili Cook Off is $10 and prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place. To enter chili, send an email to themissingpiececummings@gmail.com.

Others activities will be a silent auction which will include the following items to bid on: homemade farmhouse table, photography session, Luluroe, Rodan & Fields and more; a cake walks every 30 minutes; canvas painting; inflatables; live music; 50/50 Split the Pot drawing and more. There will also be t-shirts available for purchase.

For more information, visit the couple's Facebook page or email themissingpiececummings@gmail.com.


Local library to offer public opportunities to participate in Day of Service this Tuesday

In 2009, Congress designated September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. This Tuesday, Sept. 11, Calhoun-Gordon County Public Library is hosting a Day of Service from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

9/11 was a day when people came together during a horrible tragedy and put other's needs above their own. "We want to make this a yearly event where every age can be involved in doing something special for our community," said Nyala Edwards, library manager.

The library is offering all ages many opportunities of service to choose from. Opportunities include making tie-blankets for foster children, making treats for shelter animals, making cards for those in the military, veterans, first-responders and nursing home residents.

Join the Calhoun-Gordon County Library, located at 100 North Park Avenue in downtown Calhoun, this Tuesday, Sept. 11, and do a random act of kindness for someone and make them feel special and appreciated.

For more information, contact Nyala Edwards or Elizabeth Howard at 706-624-1456.