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Both Rockmart and Sonoraville have region championship experience with the Lady Jackets winning the Region 7-AA crown last season and the Lady Phoenix earning the Region 6-AAA title. Judging by Tuesday night’s thrilling region matchup, the two talented teams, which now find themselves in the…

Georgia ForestWatch, a Dahlonega-based, non-profit organization whose mission it is to protect and enhance the health of Georgia’s 867,000 acres of National Forest, has announced the Clean Streams Campaign.

The Gordon County Board of Education unanimously voted Oct. 12, 2020, to name the historic Red Bud Dome the Freda Hunt Gymnasium. During its January 2021 meeting, the board held the official dedication ceremony.

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Jan. 13—Collegiate athletes returned to campus over the summer, banished for months at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, to no promises. The greater conversation was less about how a season would be played and more about if one would be played at all. Most would have been overjoyed just to play, having seen the spring athletes experience their seasons ripped away from them. Alabama ...

The No. 6-ranked Sonoraville Lady Phoenix stretched out a five-point, first-quarter advantage to 37-26 by halftime and pulled away even more in the second half to beat visiting Ringgold, 69-43, in a Region 6-AAA contest Friday night in Gordon County.

Tennessee-Chattanooga fired offensive line coach Chris Malone after learning of his tweet that attacked former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who played a prominent role in encouraging voting in both the presidential and U.S. Senate runoff elections in the state.

The Sonoraville boys’ basketball team remained undefeated on Monday night with a 56-42 region win over Rockmart (3-8, 1-5) at home. With the victory, the soaring Phoenix team moves to 10-0 on the season including winning all four games in Region 6-AAA so far.

Since the College Football Playoff slated Georgia to face Cincinnati in the Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl on Dec. 20, the Bulldogs have been under pressure. There was pressure to perform to its offenses’ new standard, pressure to prove the SEC’s prowess against a Group of Five team in No. 9 Cincinn…

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) urges residents to kick off the new year by using the 2021 Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations Guide.

The Gordon Central girls’ basketball team participated in the Adairsville Ace Home Center Tiger Christmas Clash at Adairsville High School last week. The Lady Warriors lost their final game last Thursday in the fifth-place game against Cartersville by a score of 59-39. Gordon Central coach M…

Two points — that was the difference between Calhoun taking home the first-place trophy in the Adairsville Ace Home Center Tiger Christmas Clash and the Jackets settling for second place behind Cartersville. The latter is what happened. While Calhoun Coach Vince Layson was disappointed not t…

Jonathan Edwards, a local football official and a board member of the Northwest Georgia Football Officials Association, presents Ronnie Reeves, left, with a plaque from the GHSA for his 40 years of football officiating. He has officiated 41 total years for the GHSA and 52 years of football a…

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CHICAGO — In a year in which the sports world shut down and we were forced to watch “Tiger King,” there still was plenty to talk about in 2020. In a lot of ways, it was business as usual. LeBron James eventually got another ring. Alabama and Clemson headed back to the College Football Playoff. Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred was booed at the World Series. And Cleveland Browns ...

The Calhoun girls’ basketball team took part in the Mistletoe Madness Christmas Tournament last week at North Murray High School. The Lady Jackets won their first game against Ringgold 61-53 and fell to Jefferson 84-62 before suffering a heartbreaking loss in their rematch versus Ringgold on…

The Calhoun girls’ basketball team found themselves down by 16 points to Etowah at halftime of their first game of the Hounds Holiday Hoops Classic at Pope High School in Marietta on Monday afternoon.

The University of Georgia Athletic Association announced Wednesday, Jan. 6, that Josh Brooks would be the school’s next athletic director, taking over after holding the interim athletic director position since Jan. 1.

The Alternative Baseball League is looking to start a new program to serve the Calhoun/Gordon County area and surrounding areas in 2021.

Current commissioner/director Taylor Duncan founded the Alternative Baseball Organization in 2016 for teens 15 plus and adults with autism and other disabilities to gain social and physical skills for success in life on and off the diamond. Duncan, who has autism himself, wants to help others like him through baseball.

“When I was much younger, I had speech issues, anxiety issues and more that came with having autism,” Duncan said. “I wasn't able to participate in competitive sports due to the developmental delays in addition to social stigma from those who think what one with autism can and cannot accomplish.

"With the help of my mom, teachers, mentors and coaches who believed in me, I've gotten to where I am today in my life - to live with the goal to inspire, raise awareness and acceptance for autism and special needs globally through the sport of baseball,” Duncan said.

The program follows Major League rules and is a true typical team experience for others on the autism spectrum and with special needs. Additionally, Alternative Baseball has clubs in 30 plus states who are also preparing for their late spring start dates. In 2019, the organization was commemorated as a Community Hero at an Atlanta Braves game and has been featured on ESPN's “Baseball Tonight” and NBC's weekday “Today” show.

Recruitment for the 2021 season has begun, and the organization is looking for a volunteer coach/manager, volunteers and players to help start a new program serving those in Calhoun, Gordon County and the surrounding area. The organization provides equipment and resources to help such a program become successful.

The Calhoun/Gordon County program will join other Georgia programs in East Cobb, Powder Springs, Paulding County, Gwinnett County/Loganville, Newnan, North Fulton, Columbus and Savannah tentatively set to start in late spring/summer 2021.

For more information, contact Duncan at 770-313-1762 or visit www.alternativebaseball.org.

Georgia was supposed to start its season at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, but COVID-19 forced Peach Bowl Inc. to cancel its three kickoff games scheduled for Sept. 5. Now, Georgia will end its season there. The Bulldogs play Cincinnati in the Peach Bowl on Jan. 1 at 12:30 p.m.

The latest edition of the Calhoun-Sonoraville sporting rivalry took place on the basketball court Saturday afternoon and evening at Sonoraville High School as the Phoenix hosted the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams from Calhoun High School in Senior Night games at The Furnace.

The wrestling teams of Sonoraville, Gordon Central and Calhoun faced off against each other in a match at Calhoun High School last Wednesday night. Sonoraville finished on top in th,e dual meet by defeating Calhoun 57-24 and Gordon Central 65-6.

Calhoun starting point guard Christopher Lewis took a deep breath as he stepped up to the free-throw line. Despite running the offense and distributing the ball well, he had failed to score a point so far in the game. Now, the pressure was on him to do just that, as his team’s first game aga…

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida Gators forward Keyontae Johnson has been transferred to UF Health in Gainesville and remains in critical condition but stable condition following his collapse during Saturday’s game at Florida State. UF released an update Monday on Johnson’s medical status, noting he is “following simple commands and undergoing further tests.” USA Today reported Johnson’s ...

Felipe Barrios, one of the most accomplished runners in Calhoun High School history, signed a scholarship with Emmanuel College last Tuesday. Calhoun cross country coach Dr. Justin Lindsey has coached Barrios for four years. Lindsey shared his thoughts on Barrios moving on to the next level …

The Ashworth Middle School Warrior Wrestling Team was in action Saturday at the Rising Eagle Invitational Tournament at Coosa High School. The team placed fifth overall, scoring a total of 159 points. The team was only 13 points out of third place. Johnathan Gonzalez was a tournament champio…

Sonoraville senior volleyball player Raleigh Hooper signed a volleyball scholarship with Chattanooga State on Thursday in a special ceremony at Sonoraville High School. Hooper was ecstatic after her signing.

The Calhoun Yellow Jackets’ playoff run came to an end on Friday night as they dropped a competitive, physical battle to Coffee 27-17 at Phil Reeve Stadium. Calhoun head coach Clay Stephenson was saddened with the ending of the season but happy with his team’s performance this season.