Things to do in Cherokee County for the weekend of Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31,

Saturday, July 30

The Fourth Annual Trooper Run will be held at the Richard Russell Regional Airport in Rome, Ga.

A gathering of arrowhead and spear point making artisans will occur at the Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 29 to 31, 2016 from 10 AM to 4 PM. This knap-in will be a wonderful opportunity for the public to learn how early people made their stone tools and weapons by watching experts work, hearing about their crafts, and looking at their art. Arrowheads and spear points made by these modern-day artisans will be available for purchase. Only modern artist’s work, tools, and raw materials may be sold or exhibited. No artifacts or fossils will be bought, sold, or exhibited. Collecting anything in the park is illegal. People wishing to participate as flintknappers and vendors must register. Register with Larry Beane at 256-845-9605, or larry_beane@nps.gov. Lodging and food are available at DeSoto State Park, Fort Payne, Centre, and Cedar Bluff. Park Superintendent Steve Black and Canyon Center Director Pete Conroy invite the public to come out and enjoy the free event. For more information, or to register call (256)845-9605 or e-mail larry_beane@nps.gov. You can follow our updates and find park pictures on Facebook at “lirinps”.

Mars Shaved Ice, 1100 West Main St. in Centre, is having a grand opening Saturday, July 30, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. CDT. The event will feature some of your favorite snacks at bargain prices, including iceys, chips, popcorn, hotdogs and cotton candy, a face painting game, duck pond game, corn hole game and pictures with The Alien.

Visit the beautiful Rock Village, home of some of the best hiking and rock climbing throughout the world. Enjoy fresh air and beautiful scenery. Go to the intersection of U.S. Highway, to the intersection of County Road 36 and County Road 70, turn left and follow 411 and Highway 68 in Leesburg, turn right, turn left on Cherokee County 36 the signs.

Visit the historical Cornwall Furnace on Cherokee County Road 92 in Cedar Bluff.

Sunday, July 31

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Sand Rock is having a Revival July 31(10 a.m. and 6 p.m.) and Aug. 1-3 (7 p.m.) with evangelist Dewayne Boyd. Youth services will be held Sunday morning and Sunday night.

SALEM BAPTIST CHURCH on Cherokee County Road 8 in the Bluffton Community, Piedmont, is having a Fifth Sunday Night Singing Sunday, July 31. Featured singers will be The Sharps from Fort Payne. The fellowship meal begins at 5 p.m. and singing begins at 6 p.m. Pastor Brother Michael Anderson and church family invites everyone to come join them in a wonderful night of fellowship and singing praises to our Lord.

A gathering of arrowhead and spear point making artisans will occur at the Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 29 to 31, 2016 from 10 AM to 4 PM. This knap-in will be a wonderful opportunity for the public to learn how early people made their stone tools and weapons by watching experts work, hearing about their crafts, and looking at their art. Arrowheads and spear points made by these modern-day artisans will be available for purchase. Only modern artist’s work, tools, and raw materials may be sold or exhibited. No artifacts or fossils will be bought, sold, or exhibited. Collecting anything in the park is illegal. People wishing to participate as flintknappers and vendors must register. Register with Larry Beane at 256-845-9605, or larry_beane@nps.gov. Lodging and food are available at DeSoto State Park, Fort Payne, Centre, and Cedar Bluff. Park Superintendent Steve Black and Canyon Center Director Pete Conroy invite the public to come out and enjoy the free event. For more information, or to register call (256)845-9605 or e-mail larry_beane@nps.gov. You can follow our updates and find park pictures on Facebook at “lirinps”.

Visit the beautiful Rock Village, home of some of the best hiking and rock climbing throughout the world. Enjoy fresh air and beautiful scenery. Go to the intersection of U.S. Highway, to the intersection of County Road 36 and County Road 70, turn left and follow 411 and Highway 68 in Leesburg, turn right, turn left on Cherokee County 36 the signs.

Visit the historical Cornwall Furnace on Cherokee County Road 92 in Cedar Bluff.

RCAC lists new events for kids

A full calendar of events for the kids is scheduled at Rockmart Cultural Arts Center during the next several weeks. These include:

Saturday Sew – Along will be held from 10 to 11 :30 a.m. Aug. 13, 2016. Kids can learn how to sew a minion from felt for a fee of $15 per person. Materials are included.

Saturday Craft – Along is scheduled Aug. 20, 2016 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.. You can create a pouch or purse with duct tape. The fee is $15 per person. Please bring your own duct tape – 2-3 rolls).

Saturday Paint – Along will be held Aug. 27, 2016, 10 – 11:30 a.m.; create a pool, close-up canvas painting of a dragon’s eye; $15 per person, materials are included.

S.O.A.R. – Summer Of Art in Rockmart: Stop in the RCAC Art Gallery on Fridays or Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to view the exhibit now through August 13, 2016.

Calling Artists

“Spirituality” – Express your spirituality with your art. All medium accepted for consideration from artists 18 and older. Deadline for submissions is July 29, 2016.

If you have any questions, please email rcac@rockmart-ga.gov or call Visual Arts Chair Laura Robinson at 770-684-7578.

Elvis: Through the Years: A special presentation, starring Bill J. Brooks with guest performers David and Brantly Mixon, will be presented from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 in The Arts Center Theatre, 116 East Elm Street, Rockmart.

Included will be the following decades:

1950s – The world is introduced to Elvis Presley

1960s – The comeback of Elvis after the movies

1970s – The Vegas Concert Tour years

Tickets are available for purchase at

City of Rockmart, 316 N. Piedmont Ave., Rockmart,

Linda’s Place Restaurant, 480 Nathan Dean Bypass, Rockmart,

Martin’s Styling Center, 409 N. Main St., Cedartown,

Rockmart Art Restora-tion, 100 S. Marble St., Rockmart. For more information about the show, call Bill or Wanda at 662-871-9060 or 470-999-1544.

Obituaries from the Saturday, July 30, 2016 issue of the Calhoun Times

Annell Densmore

Annell Clark Densmore, age 86 of Calhoun, passed away on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at Golden Living Center.

Annell was born on Jan. 7, 1930 in Gordon County to the late L.M. Clark and Annie Harrelson Clark. She was a member of Echota Baptist Church, and retired from the textile industry. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, M.C. Densmore.

She is survived by her daughter, Diane Kelly of Sandy Springs; three sons, Don Howerton and his wife, Judy, of Rome; Lynn Howerton and his wife, Sandra, of Adairsville; and David Howerton and his wife, Judy, of Sugar Valley; ten grandchildren, Peter Howerton and his wife, Shawn, of Milton; Scott Howerton and his wife, Lindy, of Kennesaw; Jay Carroll of Sandy Springs; Todd Carroll and his wife, Lisa, of South Carolina; Jeremy Howerton and his wife, Lindsey, of Taylorsville; Brandon Howerton and his wife, Tiffany, of Adairsville; Aimee Nicholas and her husband, Dylan, of New Hampshire; Justin Howerton of Sugar Valley; Tessa Fowler and Tabb Fowler and his wife, Kristina, of Sugar Valley; and fifteen great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral Services will be conducted on Sunday, July 31 at 2:30 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home with Reverend Mitch Phillips officiating. Burial will follow in Chandler Cemetery with grandsons serving as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends on Sunday afternoon from 1 p.m. until the funeral hour at 2:30 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home.

You may leave the family online condolences at www.thomasfuneralhomecalhoun.com

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Annell Clark Densmore.

Johnny Carter

Mr. Johnny Fred Carter, age 69, of Rome, passed away on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at a local hospital.

Mr. Carter was born in Calhoun on June 5, 1947, son of the late Fred Carter and the late Jean Dyer Carter. He was a 1965 graduate of Calhoun High School and was a veteran of the U. S. Army, serving during the Vietnam War.

Johnny was an American musician, songwriter, recording studio owner, and record and TV producer. In the late 1980’s, he created a syndicated radio program called “Yesterday in Gospel Music.” In 1988, Johnny formed The Classics Quartet, which traveled professionally for three years, and produced as well as hosted the syndicated TV program “Sing To The Lord” in 87 markets. He was inducted to the Tri State Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2014.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanette Shiflett Carter, to whom he was married on Aug. 4, 1975; four sons, Dustin Odom and his wife, Jennifer, Todd Odom, Jeff Carter and Kenny Carter; six grandchildren, Luke Odom, Joshua Carter, Anastasia Ramsey, Veronica Carter, Kaitlyn Eaton and Allison Carter; two great grandchildren; two sisters, Sandra Rollins and Lynn Greene; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2016, at 12 noon in the chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with Dr. Rodger Whorton, Rev. Mikel Garrett and Rev. Brandon Bruce officiating. Interment will follow in Floyd Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the service time. At other hours, they will be at their respective residences.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Aimee Lacey

Aimee Champion Lacey, founder of Lacey-Champion, Inc., one of the finest hand tufted rug manufacturers, passed away Monday July 25, 2016 at her residence in Fairmount. She was 94.

Mrs. Lacey was born near Fairmount in 1922, and was the daughter of the late Lela Pettit Champion and Nathanial Champion. She spent all of her life in the Fairmount area. A pioneer in the hand tufting industry, Mrs. Lacey founded Lacey-Champion Carpets in 1961 following employment with her brother-in-law, Edward Davis Lacey, Sr. of E.D. Lacey Mills. Mrs. Lacey’s strong creative talents and business acumen helped guide Lacey-Champion into one of the finest custom rug manufacturers in the world. The prestigious company’s rugs were installed in fine residences, hotels, state capitols, governor’s mansions and the White House.

Mrs. Lacey cared deeply for her community, including those employed at Lacey- Champion, Inc. She felt a strong commitment to build a trusting environment among her employees, and guided them with conviction. Bi-annually, she held a company-wide party, abundant with food and games, to celebrate the dedication of her employees. Lauded for her talent and vision, Mrs. Lacey was also committed to the community in which she was raised and loved so much.

Assisting in the improvement of Fairmount’s community areas was one of the many things Mrs. Lacey valued. As she has been quoted, “Fairmount has given me friendship, love, opportunity and security. I have everything I need right here in Fairmount.” Through the years, Aimee Lacey was involved in many civic organizations including the Fairmount City Council, Gordon County Chamber of Commerce, an allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers and an active member of the Fairmount First Baptist Church.

Aimee Lacey was married to the love of her life for 62 years, James Alfred Lacey, who preceded her in death. Together they had one son, James Allen Lacey, MD, who was married to Meredith David Lacey, both deceased. Also preceding her in death were her siblings Opal Champion Shirley and her husband, Bursey F. Shirley, Ruby Jo Champion Cooley and her husband, William Stacey Cooley, Nathanial R. Champion and Aaron Brady Champion and his wife, Christine Rogers Champion.

Survivors are two grandchildren, Marjette Lacey McDonnell and her husband, James P. McDonnell, of Atlanta, Georgia, and Mitchell Todd Lacey of Longwood, Fla.; along with five great-grandchildren Elizabeth Austin McDonnell of New York, N.Y., Reilly Ann McDonnell of Washington, D.C., James Patrick McDonnell, Jr., of Atlanta, James Allen Lacey II and William Brady Lacey both of Longwood, Fla. She will also be missed by many nieces and nephews.

The Lacey family will receive friends on Friday, July 29, 2016 from 5 until 8 p.m. at Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 11 a.m. from the Calhoun First Baptist Church. The Reverend Dr. Bert Vaughn will officiate. Burial will follow the service in the family plot at Fain Cemetery. Pallbearers are Bo Ackerman, Nat Ackerman, Patrick McDonnell, Allen Lacey, Patrick Richardson, and Tyler Richardson. Honorary pallbearers are Jeff Champion, Michael Gibson, Jimmy Clark, and Tyrone Wilson. Mrs. Lacey’s body will lie in state at the church on Saturday from 10 until 11 a.m.

For memorials, the family suggests The American Cancer Society, 3380 Chastain Meadows Parkway NW, Suite 200, Kennesaw, Georgia 30144, or online at www.cancer.org. Friends may sign the online guest register at www.maxbrannonandsons.com.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.

MR. DOYLE LEE WEEKS

Mr. Doyle Lee Weeks, Sr., 78 of Centre, passed away Wednesday July 27, 2016 in Floyd Medical Center in Rome. Mr. Weeks was a native of Cherokee County, was retired from Cherokee Electric Co-op and was a member of the Calcedonia Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 2 P.M. at the Perry Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ted Elrod and Tommy Hester officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Knoll Cemetery in Rome. Perry Funeral Home directing. www.perryfuneral.net.

Survivors include his wife, Janet Lambert Weeks; son, Lee (Debbie) Weeks of Leesburg; daughters, Tammy (GW) Baine of Fort Payne, Tina Lindsey and Micky Weeks of Centre; sister, Joyce Jacobson of Rome, five grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Weeks was the son of the late Clifford and Myrtle Reece Weeks.

Friday and weekend forecast: chances for showers, otherwise sunshine and highs near 90

Chances for rain showers and thunderstorms will stick around here at week’s end and through the weekend according to the National Weather Service forecast, with more of the same to begin August. 

Look for a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in today’s forecast, mainly after 1 p.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Saturday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1 p.m. Patchy fog before 9 a.m. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 90. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 71. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Sunday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph.

Sunday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72.

Monday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 92.

Monday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71.

Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93.

Tuesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 71.

Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94.

Wednesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71.

Thursday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 92.

Back-to-school tax-free holiday Saturday and Sunday

Parents can save some money on back to school gear during Georgia’s tax-free holiday Saturday and Sunday.

Families can save 7 percent on their purchases of items for school, including classroom supplies, clothing and computers. A complete list of exempt items is available on the Georgia Department of Revenue’s website.

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Supply lists for the 2016-2017 school year are now available at local stores and on the schools’ websites.

Rome City Schools start back today and Floyd County Schools start back Tuesday. Unity Christian School also starts back Tuesday. Georgia School for the Deaf begins class on Wednesday, and Berry College Elementary and Middle School begins Thursday.

Providence Preparatory Academy begins on Aug. 8. St. Mary’s Catholic School students start their year on Aug. 9, and Darlington students return to class on Aug. 15.

 

Local Highlights: Barracudas finish off successful summer at State Meet

The Calhoun Blue Barracudas swim team completed a stellar summer season recently with some great finishes at the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association State Meet in Tifton.

In all, the Barracudas won 16 state titles, had 15 runner-up finishes, 10 third-place finishes and 29 other top-eight finishes combined.

As a team, the Barracudas finished third in the total standings combined between the boys and girls teams. The boys finished first, and the girls took fourth. That followed a first-place finish at the GRPA District 5 Meet at the Calhoun Rec Dept., which included 43 first-place finishes out of 90 total events.

Along with their first-place event finishes at the State Meet, they also set three state recordsy, including the 11-12 mixed medley relay (2:24:54), the 15-18 boys freestyle relay (1:40.02) and the 15-18 boys medley relay (1:30.54).

First-place finishes at State included: Brandon Webb in the boys 9-10 100-yard IM (1:18.47) and boys 9-10 25 yard butterfly (15.12), Mason Hunter in the boys 15-18 100-yard freestyle (48.76) and boys 50-yard breaststroke, Jacob Tolson, Colin Wood, Ryan Hood and Matthew Petty in the boys 12-under 200-yard medley relay (2:17.34), Zoe Tibbs, Phoebe Reid, Reece Hood and Gannon Hood in the mixed 12-under 200-yard medley relay (2:24.54), Mason Hunter, Cal Parker, Caleb Black and Joe Kauffman in the boys 18-under 200 yard medley relay (1:40.02), Matthew Petty in the boys 11-12 50-yard freestyle (28.18), Alice Workman in the girls 13-14 50-yard freestyle (25.62) and girls 13-14 50-yard butterfly (27.95), Ryan Hood in the boys 11-12 100-yard IM (1:15.46), Cal Parker in the boys 15-18 100-yard IM (54.96), Caleb Black in the boys 15-18 50-yard backstroke (26.94), Matthew Petty, Jacob Tolson, Reece Hood and Ryan Hood in the boys 12-under 200-yard freestyle relay (2:01.31), Joshua Tolson, Brody Bushong, Bryce Bates and Jeremiah Petty in the boys 14-under 200-yard freestyle relay (1:40.87) and Cal Parker, Caleb Black, Joe Kauffman and Mason Hunter in the boys 18-under 200-yard freestyle relay (1:31.86).

The team is coached by Mike Beeler, Christy Garcia and Cody Workman and competes out of the Calhoun Recreation Department.

Johnny Fred Carter

Mr. Johnny Fred Carter, age 69, of Rome, passed away on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at a local hospital.

Mr. Carter was born in Calhoun, Georgia on June 5, 1947, son of the late Fred Carter and the late Jean Dyer Carter. He was a 1965 graduate of Calhoun High School and was a veteran of the U. S. Army serving during the Vietnam War.

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Johnny was an American musician, songwriter, recording studio owner, and record and TV producer. In the late 1980s he created a syndicated radio program called Yesterday in Gospel Music. In 1988, Johnny formed The Classics Quartet, which traveled professionally for three years, and produced as well as hosted the syndicated TV program Sing To The Lord in 87 markets. He was inducted to the Tri State Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2014.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanette Shiflett Carter, to whom he was married on August 4, 1975; four sons, Dustin Odom and his wife, Jennifer, Todd Odom, Jeff Carter and Kenny Carter; six grandchildren, Luke Odom, Joshua Carter, Anastasia Ramsey, Veronica Carter, Kaitlyn Eaton and Allison Carter; two great grandchildren; two sisters, Sandra Rollins and Lynn Greene; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2016, at noon in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, with Dr. Rodger Whorton, Rev. Mikel Garrett and Rev. Brandon Bruce officiating. Interment will follow in Floyd Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the service time. At other hours, they will be at their respective residences.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and include: Active: Dave Patterson, Charlie Tinsley, Lamar Greene, Randy Mincey, Lee Burke, Cell Ramey and Hector Navarrete. Honorary: Johnny’s many friends and gospel singers.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Professional Baseball: Culberson, Smoker back in Triple-A after brief call-ups

Three former local baseball standouts are climbing the ladder in Minor League Baseball, trying to reach the Big Leagues for their respective organizations. Here is an update on how each are doing:

Charlie Culberson, IF/OF, Oklahoma City Dodgers, AAA affiliate of LA Dodgers

Culberson was called up from Triple-A to the Majors last Wednesday by the Dodgers and went 1-for-3 with an RBI in his start at shortstop. Following the game he was designated for assignment to make room on the Dodgers’ roster for another player to be called up. He was then optioned back to Triple-A Oklahoma City. In 46 games there this season, he is hitting .289 with 13 doubles, a triple, two homers and 19 RBIs.

Josh Smoker, P, Las Vegas 51s, AAA affiliate of New York Mets

Smoker earned his long-awaited call-up to the New York Mets on Tuesday as their extra man for a doubleheader. He was optioned back to Triple-A Las Vegas following the game. He’s spent the entire season to before the call-up with the 51s, pitching in 43 games, totaling 45 2-3 innings with a 3-1 record, 4.73 ERA and one save with 67 strikeouts. He’s 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 19 strikeouts in his last 10 appearances.

Mott Hyde, IF, Corpus Christi Hooks, AA affiliate of Houston Astros

Hyde missed almost a month earlier in the season after a collision in left field left him with a concussion and broken nose. In total, before and after the missed time on the disabled list, Hyde is hitting .219 this season with seven doubles, two triples, two homers, 18 RBIs and 16 run scored in 55 games. The infielder is hitting .206 seven hits, three runs scored and three RBIs with 10 strikeouts in his last 10 games.

Police seek help finding missing Floyd County man last seen at DeSoto Falls

Police are asking for help locating a Floyd County man who has been missing since July 25 from Desoto Falls Park in Alabama.

According to a release from Floyd County Polige Dgt. Chris Fincher:

Zach Bishop was last heard from when he messaged his family a picture of himself at the waterfalls of the natural park. His vehicle was found at the park but he was nowhere to be found.

Rangers conducted a 130-acre search of the area with no sign of theman.

Family and friends are concerned for his safety and say that he has previously threatened harm to himself.

Bishop is described as 5-foot, 6-inches tall and weighing 140 pounds. He has short blonde hair and red facial hair. His right eye is blue and his left eye is brown.

Bishop has tattoos on his forearms: on the left he has red letters “SiR” and on the right arm a tattoo that reads “pain” from one angle and “love” from another.

Anyone with information is asked to call investigator Byron McCarley at 706-235- 7766.