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41 year-old Jaime Nicole Miller of Crandall was arrested around 12:20 pm on Thursday afternoon. According to Gordon County Jail reports, she was arrested by Sheriff's Deputies in Gordon County on a felony charge of burglary. She remains in jail pending bond.

28 year-old Grady Harper of Rome was arrested in Savannah on Thursday and is now back in Floyd County, being held in jail without bond on felony charges of Aggravated Assault and Murder. Harper is accused in the shooting death of 36 year-old John Alton Allen, Jr. on he afternoon of Saturday, June 16th at a home on Wright Street. The Wright Street shooting was the second in less than 24 hours, as Rome police investigators continue to probe another shooting from last Friday night. For that incident, Rome police have issued a murder warrant for Nakotah Smith, 33, of 18 Homestead St., who is accused of fatally shooting Crystal Dawn Vega. Both incidents are still under investigation.

A man who was wanted for a domestic incident in Cherokee Co., GA is dead after a SWAT situation early Thursday at a Marietta home.
Marshall McCall, 47, Acworth, was wanted on charges of aggravated assault in Cherokee Co. on Wednesday. After hearing a gun shot,
officers then entered the home and found McCall dead from a self inflicted gunshot wound.

The G.B.I. is assisting the Bartow County Sheriff's Office and Emerson Police in the disappearance of Freddy Seth Morgan, 30 of Cartersville, who has been missing since May 24th, when he left home around 5:30 am and clocked into his job at ZEP products in Emerson, around 6:00 a.m. He was picked up by a local taxi company around 1:00 p.m. and taken to McDonald's in Cartersville. From there, he took the same taxi to his cousin's house in Cartersville and that is where he was last seen. Morgan is a black male, 5'11" tall, 190 lbs., and has black hair and brown eyes. He had a short jawline beard and a buzz style haircut. He was wearing a bright blue hoodie, dark blue work pants and brown leather work boots. Anyone with information should call Emerson Police 911 or the Bartow Co. Sheriff's Office.

Area residents are stunned after the murder of attorney Antonio B. Mari, 41, around 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. According to Bartow Co. Court records, Walter "Walt" Samuel Radford's wife was represented by Mari in a complaint for divorce hearing Wednesday. Wednesday afternoon Radford went to the attorney's office at 605 N. Tennessee St. and shot Mari. After authorities were able to "ping" Radford's cell phone, they found Radford dead from a self inflicted gunshot wound. Mari was a former history teacher at Cass High. Cartersville Police and Bartow Co. Sheriff's Office are investigating.

A 16-year-old girl from Gordon County is fighting for her life in a Chattanooga hospital. According to the Whitfield County sheriff's office, the girl sustained injuries after her 18 year old boyfriend allegedly assaulted her. Whitfield County Sheriff's deputies found Cheyenne Baldridge on Sunday, unconscious, at a home on Old Grade Road, where deputies said she was inside with 18-year-old Michael Ricketts and his grandmother. Cheyenne and Ricketts had allegedly been dating for 5 months. Deputies say Cheyenne was bruised all over and had bite marks on her body. The report also says deputies found methamphetamine in the home, and that Cheyenne and Ricketts were both showing signs they were possibly under the influence of a narcotic. Cheyenne is in a Chattanooga hospital recovering. Authorities were looking for Michael Ricketts and later took him into custody in Tennessee. He is charged with aggravated battery and cruelty to children. He appeared Tuesday afternoon in Chattanooga for an extradition hearing. He will be returned to Whitfield County to face the charges against him.

A woman shopping at Phipps Plaza near Atlanta drove more than 80 miles back to her home in Dalton before allegedly being robbed in her driveway, and police believe the robbers may have followed her from the shopping center. According to the woman, two men robbed her, as well as the woman's mother, husband and three children at gunpoint three weeks ago. A report said the two men ran up the driveway and took her two Louis Vuitton diaper bags and demanded all of her jewelry, including her late father’s ring. She said the entire robbery took less than a minute. Police believe the suspects followed the family from Buckhead for about two hours in an unidentified white car, and they are unsure why she was targeted because she did not take home many bags from the store. Police believe the men will try to follow and rob more people.

A 22-year-old man has been arrested and charged with one count of cruelty to children in the first degree for injuries sustained by his two-month-old son. The infant was transported to the children’s hospital unresponsive and with unexplained life threating injuries. Joel Maggi, of Chatsworth, was arrested by the Murray County Sheriff’s Office after the Murray County Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) office contacted MCSO after reports received by T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga, TN. Joel Maggi was booked into the Hamilton County Jail. The GBI and MCSO will continue its joint investigation. Once complete it will be turned over to the Murray County DA’s office for prosecution.

A 75 year-old man is in the Gordon County Jail being held in lieu of $50,000 bond on charges of Child Molestation under the Family Violence Act, 1st Degree Child Cruelty, Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes, and Sexual Battery - all felony charges. Details surrounding the Friday afternoon arrest of John Felton Jackson, of a LaVista Drive residence in Calhoun, has not been released by the Gordon County Sheriff's Office, who is leading the investigation.

On Thursday, June 14, Calhoun Police charged 27 year-old Austin Lee Nadolski and 26 year-old Lea Leonie Mabala, both of Calhoun, in connection with a child abuse case that was reported in May. Both are charged with nine counts of Aggravated Battery under the Family Violence Act and one count of First Degree Cruelty to Children, all felonies. Interim Chief Tony Pyle said that only limited details are being released in order to preserve the integrity of the detectives' ongoing investigation. Mabala's bond has been set at $5,000, while Nadolski's bond is at $20,000.

According to Gordon Couny Jail records, around 2:30 pm last Tuesday afternoon (06/12) Gordon County Sheriff's Deputies arrested 31 year-old Joseph Frank Williamson of a North King Street, Calhoun, address on multiple felony offenses, including Aggravated Child Molestation, four counts Child Molestation, two counts Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes, four counts Sexual Expolitaiton of Children, and two counts of Felony Statutory Rape. He remains in the Gordon County Jail pending bond proceedings.

24 year-old James Donnie Crocker, Jr., and 23 year-old Alanna Ryan Talley, both of Calhoun, were arrested at about 11:00 pm Monday (06/11) by Calhoun Police and charged with Possesison of Meth and Possession of Meth with Intent. Talley is additonally charged with no proof of insurance and a registration violation. If they sound familiar, it's because back on May 18th, as we reported, Calhoun Police said the couple showed up in the ER at Gordon Hospital after Crocker had been shot twice. While Crocker and Talley both remain in the Gordon County Jail pending bond on this past Monday's charges, the person who police accuse of shooting Crocker, identified as 30 year-old Jeffrey Allan Costillo of Blaine, MN, was arrested in Minnesota by the US Marshall's Service on charges of Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Battery.

Authorities are still looking for two men who are believed to have robbed convenience stores in Dalton, Calhoun and Bartow Co., Saturday (06/09). In Dalton, a man walked into a store and said he wanted to make a money transfer. When the employee turned to make the money transfer, the suspect walked behind the counter, grabbed her wrist, pulled it up behind her back and forced her to the cash register. When another employee saw what was happening, a second male entered the store and told him not to move or "I'll pop you." The men were driving a red car, possibly a Ford Taurus. Investigators determined the same men pulled an armed robbery at a Hispanic owned business in Calhoun later the same day, getting away with $2,500 cash. They are also suspected in another robbery Saturday in Bartow Co. The men are dark skinned, possibly Hispanic or black. One is thin and wore a blue t-shirt and blue jeans with black shoes and a black baseball cap. The other wore a white t-shirt with a black stripe and white pants with white flip flop shoes with red markings and a dark baseball cap.

A Ridgeland High School teacher has been arrested for sexual assault by an authority figure by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Walker County Sheriff's Office. According to the GBI, the Walker County Sheriff's Office asked the GBI to investigate an allegation that Rodney Dewayne Mann, 43, sexually assaulted a 16-year-old female student. The GBI Said that "...information obtained during the execution of a search warrant at Mann’s home led to his eventual arrest. He was booked into the Walker County Jail without incident." Mann, who had worked at Ridgeland for eight years, resigned on June 1.He faces an additional charge of misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug-related items. The investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the GBI’s Calhoun Office at 706-624-1424.

Police believe a stolen van used in a failed robbery at an East Ridge gas station also carried masked suspects away from another attempted ATM hit at a Calhoun bank early Sunday morning. Calhoun officers responded to an ATM alarm at the North Georgia National Bank around 4:25 a.m. Sunday. As police arrived, they saw a van sitting at the ATM. Its lights came on, and the vehicle took off, almost hitting a police car. While one officer secured the damaged ATM, others chased after the van, which has a Tennessee license plate with tag 347 H104. Officers lost sight of the van on Curtis Parkway near the Rite Aid. A car matching the van's description passed a traffic stop on I-75 southbound. Later Sunday evening, Calhoun police found a black mask behind the bank building, along with a red and black mask behind the Red Bud Road Rite Aid. The bank's key holder told police the suspects did an estimated $10,000 in damage to the ATM, but it appears they weren't able to get away with any money. Gordon County 911 says the van's description matches other ATM incidents in Hamilton County, Whitfield County, and Ringgold. The East Ridge Police Department (ERPD) say the van was stolen from a Kleen-A-Matic lot on Brainerd Road Saturday. Eight to nine suspects may be involved, according to the ERPD. If you have any information on this incident or other those behind it, please call Calhoun police at 706-629-1234.

Four years after the arrest of three then-Calhoun High School students for allegedly attacking a female classmate at a post-prom party, the case's prosecutor said he needs more time. About 12 months, to be exact. Appalachian Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Steve Spencer explained during a status hearing in Gilmer County Superior Court on Tuesday that the ages of the accuser and witnesses complicates the case. They were all high school seniors at the time of the party, in May 2014. Several moved out of town to go to college. Spencer said he needs to wrangle them up at a time when they will all be in the area. He suggested next summer, when they might be on break from college. Defense attorney George Weaver, who represents Fields Benjamin Chapman, argued that Spencer has already had enough time, while Steve Williams, who represents Andrew Isaac Haynes, and Jesse Vaughn, who represents Damon Avery Johnson, have said the state hasn't provided them with any evidence. During the hearing, he told Judge Worcester that the lawyers need to hold pretrial hearings as soon as they can. Spencer then said he and the defense attorneys could create a schedule by the end of next week. Superior Court Judge John Worcester agreed that the case has sat idle for too long. In July 2014, a grand jury indicted the three men on charges of aggravated sexual battery and sexual battery, and also indicted Chapman and Haynes on a sodomy charge. The attorneys held hearings in October 2014 and January 2015. Since then, the criminal case has mostly been quiet. In May 2016, the accuser filed a lawsuit against several parties, including the three men, the owners of the home where the party took place and the Coosawattee River Resort Association. The insurance company for the home's owners settled with the accuser in November 2016, as did the insurance company for the neighborhood association in February 2017. Court filings do not show the sum of those settlements. In May 2017, court filings show, State Farm paid the accuser $100,000 on behalf of the Chapman family, as well as Haynes, Johnson and Andrew Harper, an alleged witness to the sexual battery. During Tuesday's hearing, Weaver said he filed the motion to quash the indictment because the prosecution made severalprocedural errors. He said the state spelled the defendant's name several different ways and mixed up Chapman and Haynes in the accusations. Weaver said the grand jury also did not return the indictment in open court. After the hearing, Williams said he believes the case could end before the lawyers agree on a scheduling order. If and when the case goes to trial, if convicted, combined, the men face up to 10 life sentences.

STATE & NATIONAL NEWS

July 24, 2018 General Primary Runoff Election for the Democratic Party and Republican Party Runoff - ​Early Voting will begin on July 2nd and will end on July 20th. To cast your ballot early you will go to the Gordon County Board of Elections and Voter Registration Office located in the Gordon County Government Plaza at 215 N. Wall Street, Calhoun.

Always remember to "Look before you Lock!" One of the biggest weather related risks during the summer months is the possibility of a child dying in a vehicle from heat stroke. The temperature inside a vehicle can rise 20 degrees in as little as 10 minutes, and 50 degrees in an hour. The inside of a car acts like an oven, where actual temperatures inside the vehicle can reach 120°F in minutes and approach 150°F in as little as an hour! This can cause heat stroke in only minutes, particularly in children. Studies have shown that "cracking the windows" provides little (if any) relief.

Calhoun Police and The Governor s Office of Highway Safety are encouraging all drivers to start complying with the state s Hands-Free Georgia Act before it takes effect on July 1, 2018. The new law prohibits drivers from having a phone or stand-alone electronic device in their hand or touching any part of their body while operating a motor vehicle on the road. As long as drivers do not have a phone in their hand or supported by any part of their body, they can make and receive phone calls through the speakerphone feature, earpiece, and wireless headset or if their phone is connected to an electronic watch or their vehicle's stereo. Drivers can also use GPS and navigational devices via hands-free methods. “It's become a habit we don't think twice about since we have been talking on our phones while driving for more than three decades and it is going to take time for all of us to sto au o atica y eaching fo the phone when t ings GO Communication Director Robert Hydrick said. “If you want to talk on your phone or use GPS while driving, now is lhe time to implement those measures so hands-free will become the instinctive thing to do." While it is not required to purchase a device or holder for your phone, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety is recommending drivers who want to talk on their phone to place it where they can easily access it so that it doesn't interfere with their ability to operate their vehicle and will still reasonably keep their attention on the road. Another option for drivers is to check their settings feature on their phone to learn if it has a "Do Not Disturb" feature. When activated, this feature detects when a phone is moving and notifies the sender of a message or a phone call that the person they are trying to reach is driving and will contact them once the driver has reached their destination. While the new law will allow drivers to use “hands-free" technology to make/receive phone calls and use GPS devices, drivers cannot at any time use their phones to write, read and send text messages, e-mails, social media and internet data. The use of voice-to-text technology is allowed. The hands-free law also prohibits drivers from watching videos as well as recording videos, though GPS navigational videos and continuously running dash cams are permitted. Drivers can listen to music through streaming apps on their phone, but they cannot acti'vate their apps or change music through their phone while driving. Music streaming apps programmed and controlled through the vehicle’s radio system are allowed. However, we do caution motorists that music streaming apps that also have video are not allowed since the law specifically prohibits drivers from watching videos. "We have received a lot of inquiries about the use of music streaming apps and we want everyone to know you can listen to your music through your phone provided you turn on that app before you get on the road,” Hydrick said. “Whether it is listening to music making a phone call or finding the best route on your GPS, we want to everyone'to remember keeping your focus on what is happening on the road is your top priority every time you are behind the wheel.’ The Governor's Office of Highway Safety, Georgia Department of Public Safety and local law entorcement officers also remind everyone the law does not contain a 90- day grace period for enforcement. Many officers will be issuing warnings for violations in the first months of the law as part of the education effort, but citations can and will be issued starting July 1 where officers believe they are warranted, especially those violations that involve traffic crashes. People can find more information on the Hands-Free Georgia Act at www.headsupqeorqia.com and specific questions can be sent via e-mail to our office at info@qohs.qa.qov. For information on other Governor’s Office of Highway Safety programs, visit www.gahiqhwaysafety.org and follow fus on Facebook at www.facebook.com/qahiqhwaysafety and Twitter and lnstagram at #gohsgeorgia.

According to a new report from report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition, Georgia residents need to earn $17.53/hour to afford a modest 2-bedroom apartment. At the federal minimum wage of $7.25/hour, you'd have to work 97 hours per week to afford that apartment. The report, which ranks the Peach State as the state with the 27th highest housing wage, found minimum wage workers currently cannot afford a two-bed apartment anywhere in Georgia, or the entire United States. The report, released late last week, details how that in order to afford such an apartment, renters would have to earn a wage of $22.10 per hour. The report lists Hawaii as the most expensive state with $36.13/hour required to afford a 2-bedroom and Arkansas as the least expensive with $13.84/hour need for a 2-bedroom. Read the full report by following the link here.

The C.D.C. is investigating a salmonella outbreak. The C.D.C. confirmed 73 salmonella cases in 31 states including Georgia linked to 15.3 oz. and 23 oz. packages of Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal. The recalled cereal has a "best if used by" date from June 14, 2018 through June 14, 2019. Georgia is also on a list of states impacted by another recent salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melons. The outbreak in 8 states has been linked to pre-cut melons sold at Walmart, Costco, Whole Foods, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Walgreens and Kroger stores according to the C.D.C. An official with Kroger said the pre-cut melon and precut fruit salads sold at their Georgia stores are sourced from a different supplier.

The Alabama Department of Public Health recently issued its annual Fish Consumption Advisory report, which includes certain fish from Weiss Lake. The list includes consumption restrictions for black crappie, largemouth bass, blue catfish, channel catfish and striped bass. The Alabama Department of Public Health recommends eating only limited portions because of high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls. Those most at risk for experiencing health problems from eating contaminated fish are infants, children under 14, pregnant women or nursing or women who may become pregnant.

Hormel Foods is recalling canned pork and chicken products due to possible contamination. The recalled products were produced on
February 8-10, 2018. Included are 12 oz. metal cans containing "SPAM Classic" with a Best by February 2021 and production codes F020881, F020882, F020883, F020884, F020885, F020886, F020887, F020888, and F020889.

Federal health officials are warning parents about the dangers of teething remedies containing the drug benzocaine. The FDA is asking manufacturers to stop selling their products intended for babies and toddlers. Benzocaine is a topical anesthetic found in brands including Orajel and Anbesol. Health Officals said that the drug can cause rare but deadly side effects in children, especially those 2 years and younger. The pain-relieving ingredient can interfere with an oxygen-carrying protein in the blood. Officials reviewed 119 cases of the blood disorder linked to benzocaine between 2009 and 2017, including four deaths, according to the FDA. The government agency said it will take legal action against companies that don't voluntarily remove their products for young children. Manufacturers are expected to comply as soon as possible.

WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING?

This Week's Gordon Environmental Health Scores:

BASE OF OPERATION FOR COUNTRY CABIN SWEETS-N-TREATS, REEVES STATION RD CALHOUN Score: 100;
COPPER CREEK GRILL, MILLERS FERRY RD SW CALHOUN Score: 99;
COUNTRY INN & SUITES TOURIST ACCOMMODATION, FAIRMOUNT HWY CALHOUN Score: 96;
DUFFY'S MOTEL, HWY 41 N CALHOUN Score: 97;
ECONO LODGE TOURIST ACCOMMODATION, HWY 53 E CALHOUN Score: 99;
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS TOURIST ACCOMMODATION, HAMPTON DR CALHOUN Score: 98;
PLACERITOS MEXICAN RESTAURANT, HWY 41 N CALHOUN Score: 95;
SMITH MOTEL, US 41 HWY N CALHOUN Score: 88;
WAFFLE HOUSE (Red Bud) #88, RED BUD RD CALHOUN Score: 91.

The 2018 Assessment Notices were mailed June 1, 2018. The last day to appeal is July 16, 2018. If you have any questions please contact the Assessor’s Office at 706-629-6812. Remember the Assessor’s office is now located at 215 N Wall Street. Get more information at: http://gordoncounty.org/departments/tax-assessors-office/

Work is expected to begin soon on resurfacing I-75 between Calhoun and Dalton. Georgia DOT has just awarded a contract to C.W. Matthews, Contracting Company, Inc. of Marietta, Georgia, valued at close to $38 million for a construction project to resurface a 19-mile portion of the freeway beginning at Redbud Road in Gordon County and extending to just north of Tibbs Road in Whitfield County. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of March 2019, at a construction cost of $37.6 million.

History was made in Georgia with the Democratic nomination for its first female nominee by a major party. Stacey Abrams defeated Stacey Evans to become the Democratic nominee for governor. GOP candidates Casey Cagle and Brian Kemp will face a runoff in July for the Republican nominee. Locally, Kacee Smith defeated Incumbent Nan Barnette for County Board of Education Post 5; Eddie Hall won the nomination for Board of Education Post 7 over Incumbent Larry Massey, Jr.; and while Scott Tidwell won locally in Gordon County, Republican State Senator Chuck Payne will be on the ballot in November, having captured 53% of the entire district's vote. Complete election resutlts from Gordon County can be seen here.

For information about Family Connection Gordon County Contact Roberta Charbonneau at 706-602-5139 or email roberta@gordonconnection.org

Sales tax free Back to School weekends are set for next month in nearby states. Georgia killed House Bill 796 which would bring
back tax free shopping for Back to School. Nearby states participating this year are: Alabama-July 20-22 and Tennessee-July 27-29.

Georgia Power is offering tips, tools and resources to help save money and energy during the heat of summer. Hundreds of easy energy tips are available at www.GeorgiaPower.com/Save. The website also includes access to a free online energy checkup or a free in home energy audit and a variety of rebates and incentives.

The Gordon County Board of Education has approved school calendars for the next three academic years, and approved a recommendation concerning make-up days for this year. You can view the system's approved calendars here.

The Calhoun Police Department was recently awarded the 2018 Car Seat Mini-Grant by the Georgia Department of Public Health, Injury Prevention Program. Through the mini-grant, Calhoun Police Department, Gordon County Fire Department, Georgia State Patrol, Safe Kids Dalton, Calhoun Fire Department and Gordon EMS provide car seats and education to financially eligible families in Calhoun and Gordon County. This program is funded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. For more information about the Calhoun Gordon County car seat program, contact Calhoun Police at 706-629-1234, County Fire at 706-629-8851, GSP at 706-624-1477 or Calhoun Fire Department at 706-629-2244. If you would like information regarding other counties involved in the program, please contact the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Child Occupant Safety Project via email at injury@dph.ga.gov or by calling 404-679-0500.

Chief Garry Moss states, Calhoun Police have recently received numerous complaints pertaining to internet and phone scams. While there are different variations of the scams most revolve around money orders, checks or prepaid cards being sent to the perpetrator(s) of said scam.In the latest’s versions of these scams, con artist state, they are calling on behalf of the Calhoun Police Department and have several major issues with the person receiving the call. The caller further states, the issues in question can be rectified by payment over the phone or by other forms of payment sent to the caller. The victim of this scam is then threaten with arrest if payment is not received. “There are so many variances of these scams, it is imperative that everyone remain diligent in their efforts to protect their personal and financial information,” said Chief Moss. The City of Calhoun Police Department or The City of Calhoun Court Services never contact individuals by phone requesting payment of fines. Anyone with questions or concerns about online or phone scams are urged to contact their local jurisdictional law enforcement agency.

The Gordon County Sheriff’s Office has received several complaints from citizens who’ve received calls from a male posing as a Gordon County deputy sheriff attempting to collect bogus “fees’ The caller has threatened the person answering the phone with an arrest and/or a warrant. The scam caller has used names such as “Deputy Marshall” and “Deputy Davis”, and has targeted both individuals and businesses. These calls are BOGUS. The Sheriff’s Office does NOT solicit or collect fines or fees by telephone. Our investigations into these complaints have revealed that the calls originate in foreign countries, or from (untraceable) ‘ghost’ phones. If you receive such a call, do not engage in conversation, just HANG UP.

Calhoun Police Captain Tony Pyle will take over as the new Chief of Police for the City of Calhoun effective July 1st. Current Chief Garry Moss announced his retirement earlier this year after 28 years in law enforcement and at the helm of the City's Police Department. Moss, who is also a veteran, sat down with Kickin 103.5 Topix host Judy Peterson, and told her how he plans to spend his well earned retirement - working around his property and a lot of bass fishing! Captain Pyle issued the following statement: “First and foremost I would like to thank God for this blessing. I know without Him, this could have never been possible. I would like to thank Mayor Palmer, the City Council and everyone involved for the opportunity to lead one of the finest police departments in the State of Georgia. I also have to thank the dedicated Chiefs for whom I have worked throughout my 27 years, from Willie Mitchel to Therrell Goswick, and our current Chief, Garry Moss. My appointment sends a powerful message, from to the newest rookie on up to our most experienced supervisors, that you can aspire to lead this organization. I started as a patrolman and came up through the ranks, and now every Calhoun Police Officer can see a path in their career that could lead to the Chief’s Office. I would like for the citizens of Calhoun to know that I am a big proponent of community policing, and it will be the mission of my officers and me to continue to work with and for the populace of Calhoun in an effort to keep our community a safe place to live and work”. -Captain Tony Pyle

In light of recent tragedies at schools around the nation, and even right here in Northwest Georgia, out of concern for residents, Gordon County Sheriff Mitch Ralston is taking positive, proactive measures to protect students and citizens in Calhoun and Gordon County. By submitting requests in an open letter for funding from the County Board of Eduacation, his office is calling for two dozen more officers for the express purpose of being on every school campus to make certain that our community doesn't have to endure a horrible event like so many other towns and cities have been facing recently. In the letter, Sheriff Ralston is estimating the cost to hire, equip and properly train those new deputies would be just over $2.3 million dollars, and he is proposing that video surveillance systems be added to or those alredy in existence to be upgraded in every classroom in every school to monitor critical locations in real time. Sheriff Ralston closed his letter by remaining open to any ideas or suggestions from others that could help keep our community and our kids safe.

#FakeNews is being spread by a Facebook page claiming to be the city of Calhoun, Gordon County. (In the fine print they say that the page is a "satire".) Here is a link to the REAL City of Calhoun's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cityofcalhounga/. We first reported this story to you back in late February, when the fake facebook page claimed that Calhoun's GEM Theatre was showing a "free Spansih language with English captions" version of the new movie "Black Panther". We hate to say we told you so, so rather we informed you thusly, because now the satirical page has claimed that venemous snakes are lurking beneath the Gordon County Courthouse sewer, and after that post was shared more than 170,000 times, it propmted area residents to call Mayor Jimmy Palmer's office. Here is a link to the REAL City of Calhoun's Facebook page: /https://www.facebook.com/cityofcalhounga/

The internet can be a highly dangerous place, especially for impressionable tweens and teens. The internet is crawling with predators, and if your child comes into contact with one, their life could be in danger. Parents are encouraged to monitor their child’s computer, cell phone and tablet. There are numerous sites parents can view that offer advice and tips pertaining to internet safety for kids and teens. Here are just a few that may prove helpful: safekids.com, webmd.com, kids.usa.gov and kidshealth.org.

For Local School Events
Calhoun City Schools - www.calhounschools.org
Gordon County Schools -
www.gcbe.org
Georgia Cumberland Academy -
www.gcasda.org

Help Build A Home for a Desrving Family
Habitat for Humanity of Gordon County is searching for talented volunteers to build a new home. Anyone interested is invited to call 706-625-9929 for more information.

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