At the Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 meeting of the Calhoun City Council, Mr. Donald Columbus Holsomback, 96, was presented with a proclamation and Key to the City of Calhoun, honoring him for his service to the United States of America during World War II.
Holsomback's friend, Don Bible, petitioned the Council to honor Holsomback. In a letter, he said, "I believe he should be recognized more for the service he has given to our country... he is now 96 years old, not sure but he just might be the oldest living invader of D-day on Utah beach."
Private First Class Holsomback was drafted on Dec. 13, 1942. The son of Robert and Hattie Mae Holsomback, he served until he was awarded an honorable discharge on Dec. 28, 1945.
He served in Battery C 242 Field Artillery Battalion and was instrumental saw action in the Allied Invasion of France on June 6, 1944 at Utah beach as a gun crewman light artillery. He was awarded the American Theater Service Ribbon, EAMET Central Service Medal, World War 2 Victory Medal and Purple Heart.
Mr. Holsomback now resides at Gordon Health and Rehabilitation Nursing Home. He is a member of the American Legion, and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).
Pictured with Mr. Holsomback are his family, Calhoun Mayor Jimmy Palmer and council members Matt Barton, Al Edwards, Jackie Palazzolo and David Hammond.
During the holiday season, the Calhoun Police Department will be participating with the Governor's Office of Highway Safety in the Click it or Ticket Campaign, designated for Nov. 17 -Nov. 26, 2017. The CPD will also be checking speed very closely.
As the Christmas holiday shopping season quickly approaches, the CPD would like to ask citizens to be very conscious of their surroundings when out and about on the streets of Calhoun. Here are some of the things they would ask you to do for your security and the protection of your purchases:
-If you shop at night, don't go alone. Have someone with you and be very observant of your surroundings. If you leave valuables in your vehicle while out shopping, place them in the trunk of your vehicle, don't leave them in the car where they are visible. If you purchase items and are going to leave your vehicle again, place the items in the trunk out of sight. Always lock your car.
-When shopping, don't flash large amounts of cash; be very discreet when getting your money out of your purse or wallet. If you use a credit card or debit card, look for anyone watching to obtain your card numbers and be sure your card is returned to you. When writing checks, be very careful that no one can read your account number and again, be very careful to keep your checkbook in your possession.
-Ladies, while shopping, keep your purse within arm's length; don't leave them unattended in your shopping cart. Keep your purse closed, don't open where the contents are visible and accessible.
-Be especially careful of phone calls this time of year asking for any personal information. Don't give out personal information, unless you made the call and know who you are speaking with.
-When you take your gifts home, keep your doors locked when not home. If you are out of the house, close the curtains or blinds. Good common sense is the best protection.
The Calhoun Police Department will be conducting numerous Road Safety Checks in conjunction with the Governor's Office of Highway Safety during the holiday season. At these road checks, the CPD will be placing emphasis on seat belts, unsafe drivers and unsafe vehicleswe want everyone to have a safe and happy holiday season.
American Legion Post #47 invites everyone to Veteran's Day Supper on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 at The National Guard Armory at 6 p.m. Please call to confirm your seat at the Veterans tables. American Legion 706-629-6975 Joe Raburn/Commander.
Calhoun Elkettes presents BINGO on Saturday, Nov. 11 beginning at 7 p.m.; doors open at 5 p.m. at the Calhoun Elks Lodge, located at 143 Craigtown Road NE in Calhoun. Food, game prizes, door prizes and split the pot. Call Pam at 706-280-5168 for more information.
Gordon County Veterans to hold Veteran's Day Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 11 beginning at 11 a.m. $1 drinks for veterans. Free lunch for veterans. $1 membership fee for the first year on Veterans Day only. Marine veteran Ben Harbor and his band will perform live at 1 p.m.; Cornhole Tournament at 1 p.m.; 3-ball Pool Tournament at 3 p.m. and Army veteran Jerry Gayton live acoustic performance at 8 p.m. Gordon County Veterans is located at 1219 US 41 North in Calhoun.
Applebee's Neighborhood Grill restaurants will celebrate the 10th anniversary of honoring America's veterans and active-duty military by offering them a free meal on Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. For more information, visit www.applebees.com/veterans
Now - Nov. 30
Cookies for a Cause at Chick-fil-A Calhoun: For each Chocolate Chunk Cookies 6-count purchased, Chickfil-A will donate $5 to the local Boys & Girls Club.
Now - Dec. 10
Festival of Trees at Harris Arts Center: Beautifully decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, arrangements and specialty gift baskets - all offered for silent auction. Free admission. More Info: www.harrisartscenter.com
Saturday, Nov. 11
New Echota Heritage Day: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at New Echota. In celebration of Native American Month, guided tours and living history demonstrations will bring the old Cherokee Capital back to life. More Info: www.facebook.com/newechota
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. Enjoy a delicious lunch at festive holiday tables, then tour the Festival of Trees and shop the Art Market. Tickets are $20. More Info: www.harrisartscenter.com or (706) 629-2599
Thursday, Nov. 16 - Wednesday, Nov. 22
Farm City Week: The main goal of Farm-City is to deepen understanding of the relationship. between rural farmers and urban workers. Distinct differences exist between farm and city life, but rural and urban communities rely heavily upon each other to move products from farms to homes.
Thursday, Nov. 16 - 6:00 p.m. Proclamation Signing at Farm Bureau
Friday, Nov. 17 - Community Tour at Georgia Aquaponic Produce
Sunday, Nov. 19- Downtown Calhoun Celebration
Tuesday, Nov. 21- Tours of Evco & Halstead with UGA Extension
More Info: www.facebook.com/pages/Gordon- County-Young-Farmers/679719928780973