Cave Spring businesswoman Christa Grant was surprised by her fellow Cave Spring business owners last Thursday night with a big 30th anniversary celebration at the gazebo across from her shop.

The Cave Spring Downtown Development Authority managed to keep the celebration under wraps for close to two months.

Christa's etc., at 10 Alabama Street in Cave Spring offers a wide variety of antiques, home furnishings, vintage jewelry and more.   The shop is open seven days a week.

One of the reasons Grant is able to run her shop seven days a week is that she actually lives in an apartment at the rear of the store.

She never had a ribbon cutting when she opened three decades ago so members of the Downtown Development Authority in Cave Spring held a special 30th anniversary ribbon cutting for her.

“This shows that our businesses can survive in Cave Spring,” said Sandra Lindsey, executive director of the Cave Spring DDA.  Lindsey said there may be older businesses in Cave Spring but that Grant had the oldest continuously operated business on the square downtown.

Outdoor Adventure Day celebrates National Hunting and Fishing Day

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources will hold its annual Outdoor Adventure Day Saturday September 23 at the Sloppy Floyd State Park in Summerville.  The event coincides with National Hunting and Fishing Day.

 On this day, Georgia residents do not need a fishing license or a trout license. They can fish on any public waters in the state including lakes, streams, ponds and Public Fishing Areas.

The event at Sloppy Floyd State Park runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free, however there is a $5 parking fee, standard in Georgia state parks.

Kids will have an opportunity to participate in BB shooting, archery, canoeing, fishing, a rock climbing wall along with a live snake show.

Kids and their parents will be treated to a hot dog and soft drinks as long as the supply lasts.

National Hunting and Fishing Day was created by an act of Congress way back in 1972 to recognize generations of hunters and anglers and help promote the activity for future generations.

United Community Bank, FMC receive honors

 United Community Bank, the Blairsville based bank with several locations in Rome and Floyd County has been named one of the Best Banks to Work For in 2017.  The program was initiated by American Banker and Best Companies Group.

“We are very proud of our team and excited to receive recognition for the focus we have placed on developing our employees and our culture, said Lynn Harton, president and chief executive officer in a press release.

Meanwhile, Nurse.org, a career website for nurses, has recognized the Floyd Medical Center as one of the best hospitals in Georgia for a nurse to work for.

FMC got a 4.1 out of potential five stars rating with 92 percent of the nurses who participated in the survey recommending the hospital as an employer.