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Dalton Teacher Among Those Arrested in Prostitution Sting...The Dalton Police Department says Girls Preparatory School (GPS) Athletic Director Stacey Hill was arrested with seven other "Johns" during a prostitution sting Wednesday night. Each arrestee was charged with one count of misdemeanor pandering against a person 18 years of age or older. In a statement, GPS Administration said that "Per school policy in matters such as this, Mr. Hill has been temporarily relieved of his duties, both on campus and off." Arrested in the operation were: 59 year old Stacey Gene Hill; 27 year old Banner Anibal Tomas-Bail; 28 year old Oscar Holliday; 33 year old Joseph Brandt; 63 year old Muhammed Rasheed; 28 year old Kyle Michael Chadwick; 41 year old Mark John Gibson; 39 year old Miguel Jarquin-Ordaz

Vehicle Crashes Through Store Window...Bartow Co. Fire, E.M.S. and Adairsville Police responded to an accident with possible injuries Thursday afternoon at the Quick Trip, Adairsville. A vehicle accidentally ran through the glass window in the front of the store. No one was seriously injured.

Settlement Reached in Post-Prom Party Lawsuit...A settlement has been reached in the Calhoun High School post prom assault lawsuit. The alleged sexual battery happened at a gated community in Ellijay in 2014. That community's insurance company and the cabin's owners have both reached a settlement with the female former student, which is all part of a larger lawsuit. Court documents did not give an amount. The lawsuit names Avery Johnson, Fields Chapman and Andrew Haynes as the men who date assaulted the unnamed girl and left her with severe injuries.Chapman and his parents filed a countersuit claiming the victim is lying. The criminal case against the three men has stalled in court.

Two Men Charged with Rape...On February 10, Gordon County deputie received a report of an alleged sexual assault involving two assailants against a female under the age of eighteen. Sheriff’s detectives conducted a number of interviews with witnesses as well as obtaining certain physical evidence. The alleged assault is believed to have taken place on February 4th & 5th at a third party residence near Calhoun. On February 15, Jacob Silvers, age 20, of Fairmount, turned himself in to authorities. He was charged with one count of Rape. On Friday, February 17th, detectives arrested a second man, Justice Darden, age 19, of Calhoun without incident. He was charged with one count of Rape as well. Both men were denied bond. No further arrests are expected.

Stolen Items & Vehicle Recovered, Suspects Still At Large...Around 7:30 a.m.Monday (Feb 20), a deputy sheriff on I-75 (South) began to pursue a Mercedes Benz that was travelling in excess of 125 miles per hour, and was joined by other deputies. The suspect crashed near mile post 302 at Adairsville. Three (3) men fled the crash on foot. Deputies, state troopers, and Adairsville police searched the area but did not locate any of the occupants. The car had been reported stolen in Doraville in 2015. A search of the automobile revealed stolen electronics valued at several thousands of dollars, as well as gloves, masks, and burglary tools. Investigating detectives believe that the stolen electronics were taken in a commercial burglary in Chattanooga Sunday night, and will be returned to the rightful owners. Detectives are continuing to follow leads in connection with this case.

School Bus & Ambulance Involved in Accident...Reports into our newsroom say that an accident between a Gordon County School bus and an ambulance happened around 7:00 am Wednesday at Hwy 53 & Gillespie Road in Fairmount. 19 students on board at the time of the accident were checked out by EMS at the scene. They are all okay. A medic in the ambulance was taken to Gordon Hospital with only minor injuries. Officials said an alternate bus came for the kids to take them on to school.

Burglary Investigation...Calhoun Police are investigating a possible burglary that happened early Wednesday morning at the Chevron Food Mart on Hwy 53 near Richardson Road. Police said that a door had been busted in order for the suspects to gain entry. Detectives added that once they complete their investigaiton, more will be available.

Woman Charged in Connection with Fatal Accident...Lafayette Police said a fatal two vehicle crash that happened last Friday night on the US 27 Bypass close to the Lafayette Post Office has resulted in a charge of Vehicular Homicide. Lafayette resident Derek Hancock died from injuries sustained in the crash. The driver of the other vehicle, Marsha Renee Harris, was charged with 2nd Degree Vehicular Homicide and Failure to Yield.

Whitfield County Firefighter Accused of Child Molestation...A Whitfield County firefighter charged with five counts of child molestation and four counts of sexual battery of a child under the age of 16 is out of jail on a $150,000 bond. The Whitfield County Sheriff's Office said they believe there are more victims in addition to the three identified as being 10, 11 and 12. Investigations of William Taylor White, 34, who was part of the Department's youth fire safety education "Clown Possee", are also ongoing in Catoosa County and North Carolina. The Whitfield County Fire Department placed White on leave without pay.

Murray County Probate Court Under Investigation...The GBI, along with the Murray County Sheriff’s Office and the Conasauga Circuit DA’s Office, executed a search warrant Thursday, February 2nd at the Murray County Probate Court’s office in Chatsworth, and looked for records related to missing funds. The GBI’s Calhoun office began their investigation a year ago at the request of District Attorney Bert Poston. While examining the court’s accounting system, police said they had found that records relating to fines and disbursements had been altered by an employee. The GBI's investigation is continuing.

Family Suing Bartow County Deputies...A family is asking for a jury trial in U.S. District Court in Rome for the death of their father, Darren Billy Wilson, who died from three gunshot wounds in July 2015. That's when the deputies were called to the scene of an argument between Wilson and himself. Wilson's family filed a civil action lawsuit against Bartow Co. Deputies Anthony Parker and Nick Thompson. Court documents claim the Fourth Amendment was violated arising from the Defendant's objectively unreasonable use of deadly force against Wilson as well as under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and further claims that deputies gave "multiple inconsistent accounts of what occurred, none of which justified the use of deadly force."

Rome City Names New Schools Superintendent...Rome City Schools named Lou Byars its new Superintendent this week. Byars has served as Interim Superintendent since Mike Buck left last September, citing family issues as his reason for resigning.

Gordon County Gets Text to 911 Service...Starting Wednesday, March 1st, Calhoun and Gordon County residents with a registered,text capable cell phone, or a phone on contract, will be able to send a text message to E-911 for emergency help when it's not possible to make a voice call. Gordon E-911 will receive the initial message texted by the complainant, along with coordinates from which the text was sent. Officials said that text to 911 will be treated as any other call to 911.Gordon County E-911 will hold the annual Open House in April, when the new technology will be demonstrated.

Commercial Poultry Operations Applications and Permits Moratorium...At their Regular Meeting on Tuesday, the Gordon County Board of Commissioners voted to enact a temporary emergency moratorium on the acceptance of applications for zoning approvals, building and land disturbance permits, and any approvals or permits regarding new commercial poultry operations or the expansion of existing operations. This is a 60-day moratorium to give the commissioners time to review the current ordinance. The Board will hold public hearings concerning this issue in the near future. The temporary moratorium will not affect anyone who has filed paperwork and applications for a permit to build chicken houses before February 21. The motion passed 3 to 1 with District 5 Commissioner Kevin Cunningham (R) voting against the moratorium.

Redbone Ridges Landfill to Impose Surcharge for Unsecured Loads...Customers arriving at Redbone Ridges Landfill in Gordon County with unsecured or untarped loads will be assessed a $10-per-load surcharge, effective April 1. The fee is designed to bring awareness to the amount of litter and debris being strewn along roads from vehicles that aren’t properly tarped. In addition to being a source of litter, unsecured loads can be dangerous to other motorists. Landfill personnel will warn residents now through March, but beginning April 1st, customers with unsecured loads will be assessed the surcharge.

Calhoun City Council Meets Monday Night...Calhoun City Council members held a work session Thursday night in order to discuss items on their agenda for an upcoming meeting that will be held on Monday night at 7:00 pm in the Community Room of the Depot on South King Street. The Public is invited to attend.

Gordon County BOE Approves Calendar...During its regular monthly meeting on Monday, February 13, the Gordon County Board of Education approved school calendars for the next three academic years, and approved a recommendation concerning make-up days for this year. Since January 6 and January 9 were listed under a State of Emergency declaration, the Board will not require make up of these two dates. However, January 23, missed due to flooding and power outages in Gordon County, will be made up on March 13.

Gordon County Students to Receive iPads...Gordon County Schools announced its district-wide 1:1 technology initiative, which will put an iPad into the hands of each K-12 student in the school district. This announcement comes on the heels of three years of in-depth research into how other systems across the country have implemented this type of initiative. Teachers can expect to receive their new devices in mid-March 2017 for the purposes of professional learning and training that will take place over the next serval months. Students will begin receiving devices in the fall, following the Labor Day holiday.

Mile Markers Installed on Etowah River...The next time you are on the Etowah River, you will know where you are in case of emergency. Bartow County Fire Department personnel are installing mile marker signs along the banks of the river. Stations with response boats near the river will now have maps identifying the location of the markers to speed up response time to victims who are trapped, lost or injured on the river. The mile marker signs are also expected to be installed along the Etowah in Floyd County.

Gordon County Renews Storm Ready Certification...Gordon County was first certified as a Storm Ready community in 2005. Gordon County has continued to improve capabilities each year with each renewal of the Storm Ready designation. This 2017 renewal marks the 5th renewal of Storm Ready in Gordon County.
Storm Ready is a nationwide program that helps communities better protect their citizens during severe weather from tornadoes to tropical storms. The program encourages communities to take a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations. Storm Ready provides emergency managers with clear-cut guidelines on how to improve their hazardous weather operations.
For more information, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gordoncountyema and follow us on Twitter @gordoncountyema. Sign up for Code Red Emergency Weather Warnings here.

New Filing Format for Plats...Gordon County Clerk of Superior Court Grant Walraven wants to let you know that as of January 1st, all plats in Georgia must be filed electronically. Effective immediately, plats will no longer be accepted for filing in paper format. The move to require the eFiling of plats was mandated with the passage of HB 1004 (15-6-67) during the 2016 Georgia General Assembly legislative session. In order to eFile plat documents in Georgia, please go to https://efile.gsccca.org/.If you have any questions or concerns regarding the eFile process, please contact the Georgia Superior Court Clerks' Cooperative Authority Customer Support line at 1-800-304-5714 or help@gsccca.org.

Beware of "Herbal Relaxation" Supplements...Floyd County Police have issued a statement regarding “herbal relaxation” supplements, saying that the products have addictive properties with severe side effects. The small shot-type bottles are legal right now in Georgia to be sold, but the DEA, according to Floyd County Police, plans to upgrade their classification from supplement to a Schedule 1 narcotic.

Phone Scam Affecting Northwest Georgia Residents...Floyd County Police said they have been receiving complaints about people getting phone calls telling them that they have missed jury duty, and that they are about to be fined or arrested. This is just the latest in scams hitting the Northwest Georgia area. In recent weeks, Dalton Police said con artists have been calling people and posing as Dalton Utilities representatives, and in Gordon County scammers went so far as to claim they were a high ranking Sheriff's Official. Citizens are urged to disregard any such calls and especially to never reveal any personal information. Remember, Law Enforcement and the Government doesn't do business on the phone.

The Web Can be a Dangerous Place...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. “We have seen a rise in cybercrimes over the past year or two, and we believe this can be attributed to new social media sites popping up frequently on the internet.” Said Chief Moss. There are numerous sites parents can view that offer advice and tips pertaining to internetsafety for kids and teens. Here are just a few that may prove helpful: safekids.com, webmd.com, kids.usa.gov and kidshealth.org. “We have investigated incidents where teens believed they were interacting with other teens that turned out to be adults trying to lure them into meeting in person (often in another state) or sending risqué photos of themselves.” Said Lt. Tony Pyle. “Some parents express concern about viewing their teen’s cyber activity, worrying it may convey a lack of trust. In my professional opinion, a child who is suppled any device by their parent(s) and/or lives under their parents roof has little to no expectation of privacy. It is our responsibility as parents to do everything in our power to keep our kids safe.” Said Lt. Tony Pyle.

Fictitious Document Purportedly from Sheriff’s Office on Social Media...Gordon County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of a fictitious list of names on an obviously computer generated, forged document, circulating on social media. The document purports to be from the Sheriff’s Office but is not a real document. Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the matter to determine the actual source of the document. Investigating detectives remind the public that forged, computer generated documents are widespread on social media. Any document purporting to be from a local, state, or federal government agency can be verified with the respective authority.

Gordon Environmental Health Restaurant Scores...Subway - Red Bud Rd - 90; Healthy Stop Salad Shop - Red Bud Rd - 97; Pre-K Eastside - Barrett Rd - 100

State & National News

Georgia Coyote Challenge...The Ga. Department of Natural Resources is rolling out the Georgia Coyote Challenge. Each Coyote killed up to five a month per hunter/trapper will earn an entry into a monthly drawing for a lifetime license or equal credit for purchase of hunting or fishing licenses. Trapping and hunting are legal and recommended methods for managing coyotes. Since they did not historically live in Georgia, there is no closed season for their harvest. To take part in the challenge participants may bring a coyote carcass to any Game Management Region Office between 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. excluding holidays.

Study Finds Calhoun Ranks Among 100 Safest Cities in Georgia...Several cities in our area again ranked among Georgia's 100 Safest Cities, according to a study conducted by the national home security analysis company Safewise. To conduct the study, Safewise analyzed the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data from 2015 and calculated each city’s rate of violent crimes and property crimes per 1,000 residents. In our area, Summerville ranked the safest at #4, while Adairsville was #37, Dalton #44, Calhuon #57, Rome #77 and Lafayette #78.

Georgia House Republicans Publish Op-Ed on US Healthcare System...Georgia House Republicans, including Rep. Graves, wrote an op-ed published this week by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and emailed to news outlets - including this one - across the State, about the "urgent need to repeal Obamacare and enact policies that ensure all Georgians have access to affordable, patient-centered health insurance choices."

Below is the statement in it's entirety.

Giving CPR to U.S. Health Insurance System
By Reps. Buddy Carter (R-GA-01), Drew Ferguson (R-GA-03), Rob Woodall (R-GA-07), Doug Collins (R-GA-09), Jody Hice (R-GA-10), Barry Loudermilk (R-GA-11), Rick Allen (R-GA-12) and Tom Graves (R-GA-14).
2/20/2017

As members of Congress, we work every day to be the voice of Georgians in our nation’s capital. While we represent different areas, one message we hear as we listen to constituents is resounding: Obamacare has hurt their loved ones and livelihoods and it must go.

In 2007, President Obama said, “I will sign a universal health care bill into law by the end of my first term as president that will cover every American and cut the cost of a typical family’s premium by up to $2,500 a year.” As many predicted at the time, this has turned out to be an empty campaign promise for Georgia families.

Consider the case of Bob Joiner, an independent advisor in South Georgia. His wife, Kim, is an audiologist who works in a small practice that does not provide health care benefits. Bob and Kim exercise regularly, watch their nutrition, and are fortunate to have no health problems. They also have a 28-year-old son, Wesley.

In 2016, Bob’s monthly health care premium increased 134 percent and his son’s climbed an astonishing 190 percent. In total, their 2016 annual premiums were $4,285.56 for their son Wesley and $19,026.12 for Bob and Kim. The Joiners should have been hopeful that in 2017 they could change their plan for something more affordable, but thanks to Obamacare, that wasn’t the case.

This year, only one Obamacare-compliant plan was accessible to them on the healthcare.gov website. An additional policy featuring a high deductible with lower premiums was available, however, the plan was not Obamacare-compliant, leaving the Joiners subjected to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) penalty.

Before Obamacare, the Joiner family’s annual premium for the whole family was $7,428.00. At the time, they had access to multiple providers and dozens of plan designs. Unfortunately, Obamacare has brought chaos into this health care system.

The Joiners are not alone when they explain they are unable to save for retirement or pay down their mortgage because of oppressive increases in health care costs. Patients across the country now face this grim reality because Obamacare has failed.

Just as the Joiners saw, patient costs are skyrocketing. Last year, the Obama administration even admitted that premium hikes were coming for this year’s health care plans. It turns out the national average premium increase is an astounding 25 percent.

Out-of-pocket costs are out of control. Deductibles are climbing for families with exchange plans and for those with employer coverage.

Consumers have less choice than before. The Collingsworth family in Statesboro was informed they could no longer purchase health insurance from their current provider and they were left with only one option. As Mr. Collingsworth said, “This is not competitive in the sense that we have viable choices in an open marketplace.”

This is the case across the country. In 2017, patients in 1,022 counties in the United States had only one insurer from which to choose. This is up from 255 counties in 2016, an increase of more than 300 percent.

Patients across the country deserve better.

That is why we’re not just going to end the destructive mandates and penalties, we are going to replace Obamacare with a 21st century health care system that empowers patients. While applying a smooth and stable transition to ensure no one has the rug pulled out from under them, we have already started our replacement plan, which will be formed around “A Better Way.”

Our Better Way plan provides more choices and lower costs. Our plan includes reforms that give patients the freedom and flexibility to pick the plan that meets their needs, not what Washington thinks you need. This includes the ability to shop for plans across state lines to increase competition.

A Better Way includes commonsense protections for the Americans who need care the most. You should never have to worry about access to coverage regardless of your circumstances. Rest assured, we will work to protect patients with pre-existing conditions and coverage for young people.

Our plan will also support the accelerated discovery, development, and delivery of cutting-edge medical advances and lifesaving treatments. Finally, a Better Way offers a three-step approach to save and strengthen Medicare.

Our plan is in motion and we are on a rescue mission to resuscitate our health care system. We will fight to deliver a patient-centered health care system for the Joiners, the Collingsworths, Georgians, and the patients across the country that Obamacare has failed.

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Mulvaney Confirmed as Budget Sec'y...Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC-05) was confirmed by the Senate as director of the Office of Management and Budget. In a statement, Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) said, "...[Mulvaney] will help President Trump write conservative budgets that prioritize the essential functions of the federal government, cut waste and restore fiscal sanity..."

Water Dispute Between States...A judicial official is recommending that the U.S. Supreme Court refuse Florida's request to cap Georgia's water use. The court will consider Tuesday's recommendation. The dispute focuses on a watershed in western Georgia, eastern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. The Chattahoochee and Flint rivers flow through Georgia and meet at the Florida line to form the Apalachicola River. Florida is blaming Ga. farmers for low river flow that harm fisheries. Georgia says Florida failed to prove their claims.

Recess A Law?...Georgia lawmakers want to make sure grades K-5 have recess. A bill introduced by Demetrius Douglas (R-Stockbridge) proposes students in grades K-5 would have at least 30 minutes of daily recess. Currently Georgia law allows every board of education to make its own policies for unstructured activity times. The bill wouldn't allow recess to be taken away as punishment.

Rep. Tom Graves' 14th Congressional District’s County Connection Program...Rep. Tom Graves 2017 County Connection Program, which stations Graves' staff members across the District to provide a personal link to Congress for Georgians, is coming to Calhoun at the Georgia Northwestern Technical College – Gordon County Campus. The event will be February 28th from 1-3 pm in Building 400, and again on March 21 at Fairmount City Hall from 1-3 pm. A link to the 2017 schedule for the 14th Congressional District’s County Connection Program can be found here.

Loudermilk Wants to Close EPA...U.S. Representative Barry Loudermilk is supporting H.R. 861, a bill to close the Environment Protection Agency (EPA). Loudermilk said "The EPA has become an overgrown an unaccountable bureaucracy wrought with fraud and waste. I believe it is time to restructure government with smaller agencies who work with states to develop national environmental policy that is enforced by state governments."

Judge Stepping Down...U.S. District Judge Harold Murphy is retiring from active judgeship and will take senior status on March 31. Murphy first appointed to the bench by President Jimmy Carter in 1977 and presides over federal cases in Rome. President Donald Trump will make the appointment to fill Murphy's position.

Frozen Okra Could Contain Glass, Company Issues Recall...The Pictsweet Co. is voluntarily recalling select packages of their 12 oz. Crunchy Breaded Okra after the company learned some packages may contain glass fragments, which could cause injury if ingested. You should discard the product or return them to the store for a full refund. (*Affected is the breaded okra with UPC#0 70560 98377 8 with a best if used by date of Nov. 3, 2018 and a production code of 3086B C, 3086B D, 3086B E, 3086B F, or 3086B G. *)

HP Recall Issued for Notebook Batteries...Hewlett-Packard issued a recall on about 101,000 lithium-ion batteries containing Panasonic cells that are used on HP and Compaq notebook computers. The batteries have bar codes starting with 6BZLU, 6CGFK, 6CGFQ, 6CZMB, 6DEMA, 6DEMH, 6DGAL and 6EBVA. The expanded recall comes after one additional report of a battery overheating, melting and charring.

Toyota Tundra Pickups Recalled...Toyota is recalling about 79,000 Tundra pickup trucks in the U.S., Canada and Central America because steps in the rear bumpers could break. The recall covers the 2016-2017 model years. Dealers will replace resin reinforcement brackets with new ones that are made of steel. Owners will be notified by a letter in mid February.

Beer Recall...Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. recalled 8 different types of its craft beers including their Pale Ale. Consumers should check the company's website for details.

Pimiento Spread Recall...Ruth's Salads has issued a recall on its Original Pimiento Spread in 7 oz. plastic containers. The company said it could be contaminated with Listeria. Consumers should check the label: Any spread from Lot #16, with a sell-by date of April 30, 2017, customers are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. So far, no illnesses have been reported. The recalled spread was distributed in grocery stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and parts of Virginia and Tennessee.

Flu Epidemic On Rise...Georgia is currently reporting some of the country’s highest flu activity, and the Georgia Department of Public Health recently confirmed the season’s first flu-related death. “Flu season is here,” says Gordon County Health Department Nurse Manager Lisa Crowder, “but it’s not too late to protect yourself and your family by getting a flu shot. After you get a flu shot, it takes about two weeks for protective antibodies to develop in your body. Since flu season can last well into the spring, sometimes as late as May, it’s not too late to get immunized right now and enjoy the protection afforded throughout the entire flu season.” Causing most flu infections so far this year is an “A” type strain called H3N2. That’s reason for concern Crowder says. “The dominant H3N2 A strain is the variety that causes more severe disease, especially among older persons. Crowder says that the health department is offering a special type of flu vaccine designed especially for the elderly. “Fluzone High-Dose vaccine is made for people 65 and older,” she says. “It helps promote a stronger immune response to the flu than the regular flu vaccine. Getting older means greater risk of complications from the flu,” explains Crowder. “Each year, approximately 90% of flu-related deaths and 60% of the flu-related hospitalizations in the US occur in people 65 years of age and older. That’s why it’s important to help protect yourself by getting immunized.” Of course flu shots are not just for the elderly. “Immunization against flu is recommended for everyone six months of age and older” Crowder explains, adding “and we want everyone to know we can arrange to visit and immunize shut-ins. Just call the health department, and we’ll take it from there.” In addition to getting vaccinated, Crowder reminds that people can take everyday preventive steps like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to stop the spread of germs. “If you're sick with the flu, you should also stay home from work or school so you don't spread it to others,” Crowder says. “Children younger than six months are at a higher risk for serious flu complications, but are too young for the flu vaccine, so taking these precautionary steps around infants is especially important.”

For more information, contact the Gordon County Health Department at 706-624-1444.
For more information about influenza immunizations, visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/index.htm

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What Else Is Happening?

Food Drive for Voluntary Action Center...To help re-stock the VAC’s shelves holidays, food donations are being accepted now through February 28.

Gordon County Baseball Registration...Gordon County Baseball, softball and T-ball registration is now open, and closes 2/28/2017. Please visit the link here to register or to find out more.

2017 Car Seat Mini-Grant...The Calhoun Police Department was recently awarded the 2017 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.

Driver's Ed Classes...Gordon County Schools 2016-2017 Driver’s Education Classes will be offered at Sonoraville HS on April 17-20 and 24-27. Registration for the course costs $250. The class limit is 25 students. To find out more, call 706-629-1804.

Warrior Dodgeball Tourney...The second annual Warrior Dodgeball Tournament will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25 at Gordon Central High School. Registration and waiver forms can be found on the Gordon Central High School website at gchs.gcbe.org.The event is sponsored by the Warrior Pride Association and all proceeds will benefit the extracurricular activities at the Gordon County Blue Schools - Tolbert, Swain, Belwood, Ashwoth and Gordon Central.

Gordon County Special Olympics Basketball...Gordon County Special Olympians are getting ready to compete and show off their basketball skills coming up Thursday, March 2nd at 9 am at the CHS basketball gym. Everyone is invited to come out and pack the bleachers to show these special athletes they have the community's support.

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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