Two Roadrunners earn Silver Bell Sprint titles

Daily Citizen
Saturday, December 6, 2014

Dalton State College’s cross country program added a little blueto the palette at this year’s Silver Bell Sprint. Isaac Pacheco and Gloria Pascual, who recently completed their 2014 season with the Roadrunners — whose team colors are silver and blue — were the overall male and female winners in the 12th annual road race’s featured 5K (3.1-mile) race on Friday night.

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Tourney aids Buddy Program

Daily Citizen
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The 19th Annual Charlie Bowen Memorial Golf Tournament, which raises funds for Big
Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Georgia Mountains, was held Oct. 27 at Nob North
Golf Course in Varnell.

Lunch was provided by Chick-fil-A on Walnut Avenue in Dalton, hole-in-one contests
were sponsored by Pye Kia and each golfer received a goody bag.

Prizes were awarded to the top three teams in both gross and net division competition for the four-person select shot tournament. Continue reading

A call to action

Daily Citizen
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

United Way starts another fundraising campaign

During the last five years, the needs of the charities supported by the United Way of Northwest Georgia have become greater as the area’s citizens were impacted by the economic downturn. But while those needs grew, the ability of the people in the community to contribute to the United Way was also affected.
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Jose and Joey: A game-changer

Daily Citizen
Sunday, August 10, 2014

School can be hard. So can life. As an infant, Jose lost his father.

Luckily, Jose had a loving mother who was able to provide for their family, but Jose was reserved and needed a male role model.

The game was changed for Jose in middle school when he met Joey Stuart, a United Way volunteer mentor. Joey was matched to Jose through Big Brothers/Big Sisters, a United Way partner agency program. Jose and Joey hung out often — playing games and talking about school. Continue reading

Support the gospel expo

The Daily Citizen
Monday, June 2, 2014

Gospel music does the soul good.

Big Brothers Big Sisters does the community good.

Put the two together and you have an event for the entire family that can put a smile on your face and on the face of a young boy or young girl in the Dalton area.

The Eldora Davis Gospel Expo 2014 is Saturday at Dalton Green starting at 11 a.m. Admission will be free, but the event will be a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Georgia Mountains, which pairs up children in Whitfield and Murray counties with adult mentors, so organizers will be soliciting donations to that organization. Continue reading

Citizen of the Week – Madison Nelson

Daily Citizen News

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Sometimes big change can start with efforts of our community’s smaller members. Madison Nelson, a fourth-grader at Brookwood Elementary School, recently held a fundraiser at her school to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Georgia Mountains.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is an organization geared toward changing and improving the lives of children in the area by providing them with mentors to empower them to succeed. Whether the mentors are joining the kids to play sports or read with them, or to dole out advice and support, these “Bigs” set out to have a lifechanging impact of their “Littles.” Continue reading

Charbonneau picked as outstanding mentor

Daily Citizen

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Georgia Mountains has selected Roberta Charbonneau as “Big of the Year.”

Charbonneau has been matched to her Little Sister, Taylor, for five years. She knew Taylor and the family before becoming her Big Sister through her work with the family as a social worker. Charbonneau recalls one of their first visits after being matched and remembers asking Taylor about her hobbies and what she liked to do. She replied that she liked sports, her pets and being outdoors. When Charbonneau asked about reading, she quickly responded that her family was more of an outdoor family and that they did not like to read.

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Father Daughter Ball to include dinner, dancing

The Daily Citizen

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Big Brothers Big Sisters invites all dads and their daughters to the sixth annual Father Daughter Ball.

The event is Friday, June 13, at Rock Bridge’s Stage 123 in downtown Dalton. Event sponsors are Zaxby’s of Dalton, Engineered Floors, Bryan and Donna Hair, Northwest Carpets and more. The ball is intended to strengthen the most important relationship between a father and daughter while benefiting the programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Georgia Mountains. Fathers and daughters of all ages are welcome.Father Daughter Continue reading

For some, mentors ‘the only constant’

The Daily Citizen 03/30/2014

Local Big Brothers Big Sisters
celebrates 45 years of service


Cate Goins and Rashad Curtis

Cate Goins and Rashad Curtis

Cate Goins said that when she was 8, her mother who struggled with depression couldn’t get out of bed and cope with daily life. Then one day, Goins said, her mother tried to kill herself. “My parents had just gotten divorced,” she said. “My mom struggled greatly after it. Within a year of the divorce, she tried to kill herself many times. She never mentally recovered. Even to this day. She is still just broken from it.”

Goins, who now lives in Knoxville, Tenn., spoke early Thursday morning at the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 112 off Glenwood Avenue during an event highlighting 45 years of mentoring through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Georgia Mountains. Continue reading

With bells on: Pacheco, Jacobo win titles

December 7, 2013
(Originally published in the December 7th 2013 issue of The Daily Citizen)

By Doug Hawley

Calhoun’s Grady Silver, who at 83 was the oldest runner in the 11th annual Silver Bell Sprint foot race, seemed to express the spirit of some 400 rain-drenched participants Friday night in the downtown Dalton area.

“It really was a lot of fun,” Silver said. “I don’t mind running in the rain, though it gave me a slower time.g0a00000000000000006ec78d00bd76376140c13bcedd26e8291c4180e3

“I really enjoy this race. I’ve run it several times.”

In the feature 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) race, Silver clocked a time of 35 minutes and 45 seconds to win the 75-and-older division.

A pair of former area prep standouts who are now competing for Dalton State College’s cross country program — Isaac Pacheco and Nayeli Jacobo — were the overall male and female winners. Continue reading