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Gordon County ready to celebrate 4th of July

The Fourth of July holiday is setting up to be a great one in Gordon County this year with activities for everyone at the 4th of July Celebration at Tate Park in Fairmount and the Star Spangled Celebration, presented by Mohawk, at the Northwest Georgia Regional Fairgrounds in Calhoun.

Fairmount will hold their annual Independence Day celebration on Saturday, June 30, beginning at 10 a.m. in Tate Park, located off Highway 411. Expect a variety of food vendors; live bands; water slides, games and other activities for the kids and a raffle for three firearms throughout the day. The event is sponsored by Morning Star Lodge #349 F&AM in Fairmount. For booth or vendor information, call Jeff Lacey at 770-548-0947.

On Wednesday, July 4, the 2018 Star Spangled Celebration will take place at the Northwest Georgia Regional Fairgrounds, located at 1060 Liberty Road off Highway 53 West in Calhoun. The annual event, sponsored by Mohawk, will include several concerts and performances by Babes Bayou, Tommy Ray Gurley, magic and illusions with Mike Frisbee and dancing by Expressions Performing Arts. Stiltwalker Carrie McQueen will also be on hand to entertain the crowd. There will be inflatables and games for the kids.

Gates will open at 5 p.m.; the event runs through 10 p.m., finishing with the best firework display in Northwest Georgia. Admission is free; the public is invited to bring their law chairs.

Knight recognized with DAISY Award

(Calhoun, Ga.) — Savanah Knight, RN, has been named Gordon Hospital's latest DAISY Award recipient. This award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human tasks nurses perform every day.

Knight, who is a nurse in Gordon Hospital's emergency department, received a nomination with the following statement from a family member of a patient: "Last year, my grandfather suffered a stroke that affected his health to the point that living independently in Tennessee was no longer possible. He had a very difficult time transitioning into an assisted living facility in Calhoun and was despondent. He quickly began to feel that he no longer served a purpose and made an attempt to end his life, which resulted in a stay in the Gordon Hospital ER under the care of Savanah. I cannot overstate how Savanah's care made the difference in my grandfather's life and wellbeing at that exact time. She saw him for who he truly was: an elderly gentleman struggling to know how to cope with massive changes in his life. She listened to him and cared for him with respect and empathy. This gave him back some dignity and made him see that he was still valued as a person. He spent five days in the hospital, and each day I went to see him, he told me about the angel nurse, Savanah, who was the first person he felt had shown him any kindness since he moved to Georgia.

"After that hospital stay, there was another evening when he was in the ER for a quick check up of his vitals, and when she saw his name on the patient list, she immediately went to check in on him even though he wasn't assigned to her. He could not have felt more special to have his angel nurse come and tell him she had been thinking about him and praying for him. He was so grateful to her, and I know he would want her to be recognized for what a caring and compassionate individual she is. He passed away very recently and in thinking over all the difficult times in the last year, I will always remember and be thankful for Savanah and how she was a bright spot in all of it. If anyone deserves this award, it is her."

If you or a loved one have been a patient at Gordon Hospital and would like to nominate an extraordinary nurse for the DAISY Award, visit to download a nomination form, or call 706.602.7800 ext. 2258.

To find out more about the program, including the growing list of partners, please go to

About the DAISY Foundation

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, California, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system.)

The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

Founded in 1935, Gordon Hospital is proud to be a member of Adventist Health System. With a sacred mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ, Adventist Health System (AHS) is a connected system of care for every stage of life and health.

What's Going on in Gordon

Thursdays, Now - July 19

6 Weeks of Free Summer Movies: 10 a.m. at GEM Theatre

June 21 - Pete's Dragon

June 28 - Brave

July 12 - Coco

July 19 - A Bug's Life

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Friday, June 22 & Saturday, June 23

Copper Creek Farm Sunflower Festival: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. at Copper Creek Farm. Cut a bucket of sunflowers, snap photos, enjoy the hayride, cow train, gem mining, pig races, animated chicken show, barn loft slide, corn box, sunflower box, pony rides, bunnyville, giant jumping pillow, kid's zip line, mechanical bull, monster watermelon cannon, and much more! Open Fridays & Saturdays now - June 30, as well as, July 4-7. More Info:

Saturday, June 23

Oostanaula School Community Club will be holding an event to benefit the club this Saturday, June 23 beginning at 5 p.m. The club is located at 1595 Oostanaula Bend Road SW in Calhoun. Entertainment provided by Jerusalem Ridge, one of the best bluegrass groups in the area. Home cooked meals served at 5 p.m. for $7 per plate, includes drink and dessert. Cakewalks, auction, door prizes and raffle. Come out and enjoy the fun. For more information, call 770-608-2050.

Saturday, June 23

Sail On ~ The Beach Boys Tribute: 7:30 p.m. at GEM Theatre. Head back to the beach with the hits you know and love. Sail On is as authentic as they come. Tickets are $30, $25 and $20. More Info:

Mondays, June - September

Farmers Market: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Calhoun Depot. Shop locally grown fresh produce. The market will continue each Monday through September. More Info: