By REBECCA HAZEN
Alliance for Dade board member Jane Dixon and past chair Kathleen Reed announced the winner of Light Up Trenton during the Dade County weekly update on Thursday, Dec. 9.
The winner, picked as having the best light display in the city, is The Shop on Main, owned by Tasha Leake. Leake will receive a plaque that she will keep for the year, until next year’s winner is announced.
“We were looking for glow in the community,” Dixon said. “We are grateful for all of the people that did their part. We had over 50 merchants that did some form of decorating.”
“All you had to do was drive around and you would have seen lights galore. It was absolutely beautiful. I think this is Trenton’s Hallmark Christmas. I think it’s only going to get bigger and better every year,” Reed said.
Community members are encouraged to drive around Trenton and enjoy the decorations.
In addition, the Christmas Crossing coloring contest winner was Errie Hicks.
The “Best in Parade” winner for the Christmas parade was the Trenton City Street Department, for their Santa and sleigh float.
Also during the county update, Public Information Officer Carey Anderson warned community members about a scam. A community member received a 2022 annual registration form regarding taxes, but it was not mailed by Dade County or the state of Georgia. If you receive this form in the mail, please read it carefully.
Laura Cunningham, 4-H Extension Educator, spoke about ongoing and upcoming 4-H events.
The 4-H shotgun team is holding an information session and registration night tonight, Dec. 15, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Dade County UGA Extension and 4-H Ag Center. There will be another registration night on Jan. 6.
Dade County 4-H is looking for coaches for the 2022 BB and .22 rifle teams. All coaches will have to have a background check. Coaches are required to attend an overnight training at Rock Eagle 4-H Center to become a certified coach. Please contact the office at (706) 657-4116 if interested.
4-H Project Achievement information sessions will be Dec. 21 and Jan. 5 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the UGA Extension 4-H Ag Center.
“This is great because your kids research a project, organize, and they learn how to express themselves. They learn about public speaking, and it helps them gain self-confidence,” Cunningham said about Project Achievement.
Dade County Executive Ted Rumley noted that the county is waiting for the storm shelter building to be shipped, to be put on the Dade County Sports Complex site. The pouring of the concrete for the next location at South Dade Community Center is expected to be completed by Christmas.
Rumley thanked everyone that helped to put on the Christmas events on Saturday, Dec. 4, and thanked everyone in the community who attended.
“I can’t say enough positive things. It was a special weekend in Dade County. We couldn’t have asked for better weather,” Rumley said.
Dade County has seen 33 cases in the past two weeks, for a total of 1,878 COVID-19 cases.
The number of cases can be found at https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report.
“All of the counties are in the red. This is going up. It is quite a jump from where we were a few weeks ago,” Rumley said about the number of cases.
There is free COVID-19 testing every Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Colonnade in Ringgold.
To make an appointment for a vaccine or a booster at the Dade County Health Department, or for questions, call (706) 657-4213.
The weekly update is broadcast on Facebook and YouTube on Thursdays at 3 p.m.