Calhoun County, Georgia

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Calhoun County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. It was created on February 20, 1854. As of 2000, the population was 6,320. The 2007 Census Estimate shows a population of 6,098.[1] The county seat is Morgan.[2]

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History

The County is named for John Caldwell Calhoun, the seventh Vice President of the United States.

The county hosts only one red light, located in the city of Arlington, which also showcases north-south and east-west railroad tracks. The city of Morgan boasts a historic Courthouse as the county seat for Calhoun.

The County and its Cities hold eight annual festivals. Still Pond Vineyard & Winery, a family-owned and operated Vineyard located outside of Leary, hosts 3 of the 8 festivals with a Bud Break Bash the first Saturday in April, a Grape Stomp the first Saturday in August, and a Holiday Fest the first Saturday in December. The city of Edison hosts 2 of the remaining 6 festivals including the Billie Lane King Cotton Charity Horse Show the second Saturday of May and the Antique Car Show the second Saturday in June. The city of Arlington hosts the oldest festival in Georgia, May Day, on the first Saturday of May and the city of Leary hosts the Leary Christmas Parade on the second Saturday in December. The city of Morgan holds the Harvest Festival the first Saturday in Morgan as the eighth festival. Calhoun County is also proud to participate in the SWGA High Cotton 65-mile Yard Sale which takes place the second Saturday in November along Georgia Highway 37.

The largest employer in Calhoun County is the Hospital Authority of Calhoun County which operates 5 health care facilities including Calhoun Memorial Hospital, Calhoun Nursing Home, R.E. Jennings Medical Clinic, Willowood Assisted Living Facility and Calhoun Rehabilitation Services. Calhoun Memorial Hospital is located alongside Jennings Medical Clinic and Calhoun Rehab Services on RE Jennings Ave. SE in Arlington. The hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital that was founded in 1951. Jennings Medical Clinic hosts 2 physicians and 2 mid-level providers, alongside qualified support staff, for routine primary care practice. Calhoun Nursing Home, a 60-bed long-term care facility, and Willowood Assisted Living, a 15-bed permanent home for seniors, are located in Edison.

Calhoun County Elementary School is located in Arlington and Calhoun County Middle & High School is located in Edison, as well as the Calhoun County Library. Calhoun State Prison is located in Morgan and the city of Leary has two peanut buying points and several large farms and plantations.

In 2008, Arlington was proud to become home to SGRITA, a wireless broadband service that is being developed through grant participation to serve the greater Southwest Georgia area.

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