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New Echota Heritage Day set for Nov. 11

A large part of this area’s history will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 11 when New Echota State Historic Site, located at 1211 Highway 225 North in Calhoun, holds New Echota Heritage Day from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The event is hosted by Friends of New Echota, a non-profit organization operating as a chapter of Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites.

The event is held for the community to learn the history of New Echota Cherokee Capital during November, which is Native American Indian Heritage Month.

Organizers invite the community to visit and experience the sights, sounds and smells of 19th century New Echota by touring the grounds of the site where the Cherokee Nation capital was located from 1825 until their forced removal in the late 1830s.

During the event, many different familyfriendly activities will take place throughout the site. Sonny Ledford, a teacher and historian who is of the Cherokee-Eastern Band of Cherokee, will tell stories of the Cherokee in the Council House. Alva Crowe, a flutist and artist who is a member of Eastern Band of Cherokee, along with his wife, Nancy, will dance and perform songs in the Court House. The Cherokee Phoenix newspaper, the first Native American newspaper, will be printed in the Print Shop. In the Cherokee Homestead, volunteers will make pucker toe moccasins, bows and pine straw baskets, will hold blow gun demonstrations and cook in the way of the Cherokee during the early 1800s. Bill Radford, a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) and the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc., will carve pipes, bowls and figures in the Rogers Cabin. Cindi Quay, a traditional herbalist and descendant of the Memoninee Nation, will make herbal teas and tinctures, along with soaps, in the Vann Tavern, where a warm cider tasting will also take place. In the Worcester house, Cindy Tucker, whose maternal Cherokee ancestors were from the Deer Clan, will demonstrate spinning, weaving, knitting and dyeing fiber with natural materials.

Admission fee for the event is $5.50 - $7 and includes a tour of the museum and theater. For more information, call 706-624-1321 or email

Online fundraiser set for local family that lost home to fire

Gordon County Fire and Rescue responded to a fire at 355 Sunrise Circle on the evening Friday, Oct. 27, which resulted in a total loss of the home.

According to the official fire report, Stations 1,5,6 and BC1 were dispatched to the residence in response to calls about a structure fire. Once on scene, fire officials established a defensive fire attack and spent just over four hours at the residence, using between 35,000 and 40,000 gallons of water on the operation. Fire engulfed all areas of the home, including the basement. No one was at the home during the time of the fire.

The homeowners, Davison and Ashley Sheriff, bought the home in February of this year and knew of no problems, according to the report. No cause of fire has been established at press time.

The Sheriff’s, who are the parents of three young children, are devastated by the loss, and friends have stepped in during this time and started a You Caring online fundraiser in hopes of raising $2,500 for the family to purchase everyday items needed at this time. As of press time, more than $1400 has been raised.

To donate, visit their You Caring page at

As a reminder, home fires occur more in winter than in any other season, with heating equipment being involved in one of every six home fires and one of every five home fire deaths. With the holiday’s approaching, the National Fire Protection Association offers the following tips to help prevent home fires:

Keep anything that can burn at least three feet from any heat source like fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators or space heaters.

Have a qualified professional clean and inspect your chimney and vents every year. Store cooled ashes in a tightly covered metal container and keep it outside at least 10 feet from your home or any nearby buildings.

Plug only one heat-producing appliance (such as a space heater) into an electrical outlet at a time.

What's Going on in Gordon

Now - Nov. 30

Cookies for a Cause at Chick-fil-A Calhoun: For each Chocolate Chunk Cookies 6-count purchased, Chick-fil-A will donate $5 to the local Boys & Girls Club.

Now - Dec. 10

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

Sunday, Nov. 5

Gordon County Hunger Walk: 3 p.m. at the Calhoun Rec Center (Black & Gold Pavilion) / Registration opens at 2:30 p.m. The Gordon County Ministerial Association is again sponsoring the Gordon County Hunger Walk to raise money for four food banks in the area: Voluntary Action Center, Blewer Food Bank, God's Pantry at Calhoun 7th Day Adventist, and St. Vincent de Paul's Food Pantry at St. Clements. More Info: Father Louis Tonsmeire (706-629-1056) or Rosellen Burns (706-629-2445)

Wednesday, Nov. 8

Feral Swine Workshop + Trapping Demonstration: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Gordon County Agricultural Center. *REGISTER BY November 6* Space is limited! For more info & to register: - click on "Events"

Friday, Nov. 10

Free Lunch for Veterans (Dine- In Only): 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Calhoun Chick-fil-A

Friday, Nov. 10

"Ray Charles On My Mind" Concert: 7:30 p.m. at GEM Theatre. More Info:

Nov. 10 - 12 & 17-18

Calhoun Little Theater presents "Christmas Belles": Fridays & Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at Harris Arts Center. More Info:

Saturday, Nov. 11

New Echota Heritage Day: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at New Echota. More Info:

Saturday, Nov. 11

Calhoun Elkettes present Bingo: Doors open at 5 p.m./Bingo starts at 7 p.m. at Calhoun Elks Lodge. More Info: 706-280-5158.

Tuesday, Nov. 14

Oh Deer, It's Christmas Ladies Luncheon: 12 p.m. at Harris Arts Center. More Info: or 706-629-2599.

Sunday, Nov. 19

Christmas Open House: Along with Downtown Calhoun Tree Lighting with Visit from Santa.

Thursday, Dec. 14

Down town Calhoun Christmas Parade ~