Buzz: Etowah River Water Trail Rodeo is Sept. 22; includes paddle and dinner. Hicks joins Floyd Healthcare Foundation; Ross on Highland Rivers board. Legal help set for Sept. 14.

Buzz: Etowah River Water Trail Rodeo is Sept. 22; includes paddle and dinner. Hicks joins Floyd Healthcare Foundation; Ross on Highland Rivers board. Legal help set for Sept. 14.

On Sept. 22, dozens of paddlers from across North Georgia and beyond will launch on the Etowah River in Bartow County to celebrate the river and raise funds to create a 163-mile-long boating trail stretching from near Dahlonega to Rome. The Etowah River Water Trail Rodeo will feature a 6-mile paddle on the Etowah from Hardin Bridge Road near Euharlee to Neel’s Landing near Kingston. The paddle will be followed by a dinner catered by Johnny Mitchell’s Smokehouse with beer provided by the Anheuser-Busch Cartersville Brewery. The dinner program, to be held overlooking the river at Euharlee Creek Outfitters’ Floyd’s Landing, will also feature a raffle for a $300 gift certificate from Cedar Creek Park & Outdoor Center. Cost of the event is $75 per person (or $130 for two tickets) and includes complimentary canoe or kayak rentals courtesy of Euharlee Creek Outfitters and Coosa River Basin Initiative (CRBI), dinner and drinks, shuttle service, a complimentary copy of the Etowah River User’s Guide and raffle tickets to win the Cedar Creek Park gift certificate. Proceeds will be used to assist local communities in promoting and building the Etowah River Water Trail. The registration deadline is Sept. 20.  The event begins at 1 p.m. and continues until 8 p.m.. For more: Etowah.  Sponsors of the Etowah River Water Trail Rodeo include Euharlee Creek Outfitters, Anheuser-Busch, Cedar Creek Park & Outdoor Center and Coosa River Basin Initiative.

Mary Beth Hicks has been named donor relations coordinator with the Floyd Healthcare Foundation. The donor relations coordinator assists in all aspects of planning and implementing a comprehensive program to secure and maintain financial support and community involvement for Floyd Medical Center, working through Floyd Healthcare Foundation. Hicks earned a Master of Business Administration in project management from Columbia Southern University in Orange Beach, Ala., and a Bachelor of Science in exercise science and wellness from Kennesaw State University. Before coming to Floyd, she worked as a consumer loan underwriter with Wells Fargo. Floyd Healthcare Foundation raisea private funds for the hospital and to support health-related programs in the community.


Rockmart City Councilman and local business owner Sherman Ross was seated as a member of the Highland Rivers Health governing board at its most recent meeting in August. He will serve a three-year term representing Polk County. Said Chantel Adams, chair of Highland Rivers’ governing board: “As a well-respected local business owner and a representative of local government, Sherman Ross brings many important perspectives to our work, and we thank the Polk County Board of Commissioners for appointing him to our board.” Highland Rivers Health is governed by a 14-member board that includes a representative from every county in the agency’s service area (with two representatives from both Floyd and Polk counties) who are appointed by each county’s board of commissioners. Members serve three-year terms, and terms are staggered to ensure continuity of governance. For more: Highland Rivers


Georgia Legal Services Program assistance will be available in the Judicial Courthouse at 3 Government Plaza, Suite 114 on Friday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m. until noon to assist low-income clients in a range of civil matters, including TPOs, public benefits, housing, consumer issues, school suspensions and unemployment. This service is provided on the second Friday of each month by Superior Court Clerk Barbara H Penson and Georgia Legal Services Program.  For more information, call 706-291-5190.

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