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This Week's Gordon Environmental Health Scores:

DAIRY QUEEN (Hwy 53) Score: 94; GORDON HOSPITAL (RED BUD RD) Score: 91; GUACAMOLES BAR & GRILL (OUTLET CENTER DR) Score: 70; MCDONALD'S (Hwy 53) Score: 90; SOHO HIBACHI (W BELMONT DR) Score: 92

A Gordon County man was killed Friday night in an accident on Hwy 411 at Covington Bridge Rd. near Fairmount. The Georgia State Patrol said that Stanley Priest, 59, was at a stop sign when a Freightliner transfer truck driven by Leo Avila, 53, Chattanooga, broad sided the Priest vehicle. Both vehicles caught fire. Priest was pronounced dead at the scene. Avila was transported to an area hospital where he is listed in critical condition with third degree burns.
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Early Sunday morning, at about 4:20, Gordon County Deputies arrested 27 year-old Jade Nicole Rowe on charges of Manufacturing or distributing a synthetic narcotic, distibuting methamphetamie, possession of drug related objects, shoplifting and a probation violation. She remains in jail without bond. Details surrounding her arrest have not been released.
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According to Gordon County Jail records, on Saturday evening around 5:30 pm, Gordon County Sheriff's Deputies arrested 43 year-old Sheila Ann Hartley of Resaca on charges of manufacturing or distribution of dangerous drugs and transactions in drug related objects; in an unrelated incident, at around 5:15 Saturday morning, Gordon County Deputies arrested Shawn Michael Stilphen, age 39 of Streamwood, IL. He is charged with distributing methamphetamine. Both remain in jail pending bond.
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Calhoun Police continue to investigate a Friday morning shooting that left one injured. Around 12:30 a.m. on Friday, May 18, two officers responded to the Sugar Valley area of Camelot Circle in reference to a 911 hang-up call. The officers were then notified that a gunshot victim was at Gordon Hospital. The unidentified girlfriend of the victim, James Crocker, told officers that they were walking and had called a friend to pick them up. When the friend arrived, the pair got into the friend's Black Infinity, and the friend told them not to move, pulling a gun on them. The girlfriend told authorities the friend fired two shots, striking Cocker in the arm and the leg. The pair jumped out of the vehicle and was rushed to Gordon Hospital. Crocker's injuries do not appear to be life-threatening, however police said that he was unable to give his account due being in shock.
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A Resaca man is behind bars after investigators said that he violated the terms of the sex offender registry. 29 year-old Shawn Allen Duckett of Resaca is facing three counts of the sex offender registry violation and was booked into the Gordon County Jail on Friday afternoon to await bond and judicial proceedings.
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Former City of Cartersville employee, Kanneya Delon Brown-Cooley, faces additional charges. She was booked into the Bartow Co.Jail, Saturday and charged with six additional counts of theft by deception-felony. In March, she was charged with four counts of theft by deception-felony. Cartersville Police said in March that a customer service supervisor for the city reported some customers said their accounts had not been properly credited after payments were made. Brown-Cooley who was a customer service employee was terminated and arrested. She was released from jail Sunday on a $30,000 property bond.
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Rep. Barry Loudermilk, Senator Johnny Isakson, Senator David Perdue, Rep. Karen Handel, Rep. David Scott and Rep. Rob Woodall are launching the first Ga. Congressional Career Expo for Veterans and Reservists. The event featuring over 100 exhibitors and about 75 hiring employers will be Friday, June 1st from 9-1 p.m. at the Kennesaw State University Convocation Center.

An arrest has been made in connection with a double shooting that occurred on Franklin Dr. off Cassville Rd., Thursday afternoon. Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap said Justin Lee Wade, 27, Rome, was arrested just after 8 p.m. Thursday in Floyd Co. Wade is charged with murder and aggravated assault. Wade will be transferred to the Bartow Co. Jail. Deputies and first responders arrived on the scene and found a person shot dead outside the residence and another had been shot and ran from the scene. The injured man was transported to an area trauma center. Bartow Co. Coroner Joel Guyton identified the victim as Paul David Archer, 57, Cartersville. It is still unknown what led to the shooting and it is still considered an active investigation. Archer's body has been taken to the G.B.I. Crime Lab for an autopsy.

On April 28th, Adairsville Police conducted a traffic stop. The officer talked to the driver, Wanda Cox, 56, Holcomb Rd., Adairsville, and saw 2 adults, Nicholas Craig, 37, 21 Holcomb Rd., Francis Payton, 41, White and a 10 year old male. As the officer went back to his vehicle he saw the driver's side door open and Craig take off running. The officer pursued Craig and apprehended him. After returning to the vehicle with Craig . Payton had left the vehicle and ran. After speaking with the occupants the officer started talking to the juvenile when a gum pack fell out of his pants leg which contained suspected methamphetamine. The juvenile said Cox told him to put it in his pants. Craig and Cox are charged with obstruction, tampering with evidence, giving false name, possession of marijuana less than 1 oz., possession of drug related objects. Cox was additionally charged with possession of methamphetamine and cruelty to children. Warrants have been issued for Payton for giving a false name to an officer and obstruction.

Gordon County Jail records show that 50 year-old Terri Ware was arrested Thursday and charged with misdemeanors battery and obstruction of an emergency call, as well as exploiting or intimidating an elderly or disabled person - a felony. Details surrounding her arrest have not been released. She remains in jail pending bond.

Authorities said they arrested Brittnie Moore, age 45, on multiple felonies Thursday after she was allegedly found with methamphetamine by law enforcement. Moore is in the Gordon County Jail awaiting bond and judicial proceedings on felony charges of meth possession, possession of arms by a convicted felon, and misdemeanor possession of drug related objects. She is also facing a felony probation violation.

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.

Catoosa County Sheriff's Office Detectives apprehended Kristy Lynn Davis in Ringgold after receiving information about her whereabouts. Around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Davis was found in the wood line beside apartments on Menton Lane in Ringgold. She is the third and final suspect wanted in connection with the shooting that happened Monday at the QT gas station, Highway 140, Adairsville. Davis was picked up at the Catoosa Co. Jail by Adairsville Police Wednesday evening. Davis, Michael Sean Conner and Destany Schubert are charged in connection with the robbery and shooting of Jonathan Michael Meyer, 30, Florida.

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.

Murray County Schools has agreed to a settlement with former superintendent Eric McFee, according to a school system spokesman. In a statement, Mike Tuck, Murray County Schools in-house legal counsel and director of human resources, wrote Tuesday: "On the evening of March 8, 2018, the district decided to terminate its relationship with Dr. McFee and he was immediately relieved of all duties. Dr. McFee, through his attorney, raised certain procedural issues as to the termination and requested a hearing. A hearing was scheduled, but prior to the hearing, in order to avoid the cost and uncertainty of any possible protracted litigation, the district agreed to settle with Dr. McFee. A settlement agreement is in the process of being finalized." Tuck said he could not comment further. McFee started as superintendent of Murray County Schools on Aug. 1, 2016, replacing Vickie Reed, who left earlier that year to become superintendent of Brooks County Schools after 10 years at the helm in Murray County. McFee had been principal of Gilmer High School in Ellijay for a year and a half. Before that, he spent 27 years in the Lee County, Fla., school system.

Gordon County Jail records show that on Wednesday afternoon at around 12:30 pm, Calhoun Police arrested four people on charges of possession of a controlled substance and drug related objects. 40 year-old Joshua Caleb Bailey, 36 year-old Webb Ray Bailey, 37 year-old Christina Dawn Dickerson and 26 year-old Jaclyn Marie Fann, all of Calhoun, were booked into and remain in the Gordon County Jail pending bond.

A Resaca man decided that the price of gas was too high, so he allegedly stole it. Gordon County Jail record state that just before 3:00 pm on Wednesday, Gordon County Sheriff's Deputies arrested 18 year-old Michael Ray Morgan Pressley for driving off without paying for gas at a local convenience store. That charge is a misdemeanor. He was also charged with four counts of Felony Obstruction and remains in the Gordon County Jail pending bond.

Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14), on Wednesday, voted for and the House passed the VA MISSION Act (S. 2372), bipartisan legislation to improve care at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Specifically, the legislation establishes the permanent Veterans Community Care Program (VCCP), which will eventually replace the temporary VA Choice Program and other community care options with one cohesive program. Additionally, the bill creates a non-partisan process for reviewing the VA’s assets to ensure veterans receive access to care and expands the VA’s Post-9/11 Caregiver Program for service-disabled veterans who require assistance with daily living. Graves (R-GA-14) also voted for and the House Appropriations Committee passed the fiscal year 2019 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill, which includes $49 million for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. The bill is now sent to the full House for consideration.

On Monday, May 14th, Gordon County Sheriff Mitch Ralston appeared before the Georgia House of Representatives Study Committee on School Security. Sheriff Ralston was invited to address the legislative Committee by Speaker of the House David Ralston (R) Elijay) and Representative Rick Jasperse (R) Jasper). The Committee, composed of legislators from throughout the state, met at the Dawson County Board of Education. Speaker of the House Ralston emphasized the compelling issue of school safety across Georgia, and the need to explore all avenues to ensure the safety and protection of our schools. Sheriff Ralston has also served on the Governor’s Law Enforcement Task Force and currently serves on the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council.

The City of Rome Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has approved a new parking plan to present to the Rome City Commission. The expanded Free Parking Program Plan serves to enhance overall parking in Downtown Rome, increase the amount of free parking downtown and eliminate the 2-hour parking limit. The program restructures the current allocation of 412 free parking spaces to over 1,400 free parking spaces.

The Calhoun Police Department is participating in the Governor's Office of Highway Safety's Click it or Ticket Mobilization and is part of the “National Mobilization” and will be conducted the weeks of May 15 – June 4, 2018. Officers will be setting up safety check points looking for unrestrained drivers and passengers. Calhoun Police encourage all drivers and passengers to buckle up and be safe this summer. Also, law enforcement officials in Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Tennessee launched the 27th annual Hands Across the Border traffic enforcement campaign on Monday. Troopers, officers and deputies will be conducting road checks in their respective jurisdictions over a five-day period leading up to the Memorial Day weekend. Police in these states will work together to take down drivers under the influence as well as cite motorists for distracted driving, speeding, not wearing seatbelts and other violations.

Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) introduced the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act (H.R. 3) as an original cosponsor. The legislation is based on the Trump administration’s proposal to cut $15.35 billion of unused, unnecessary spending. The proposal utilizes a special legislative tool called “rescissions,” which the Senate is able to pass on a simple majority vote, that takes back or ‘rescinds’ funds Congress previously appropriated.

The Dalton Public Safety Commission named Cliff Cason the city's new police chief this morning. The commission held a meeting at 8:30 to choose between Cason and Chris Cooke. Cason has worked in the department since 1993. He was the assistant chief under Jason Parker, who left to become the Dalton city manager. Before his most recent post, Cason worked as a detective, including in the drug unit, and has been a commander over the department's support services division and patrol division. He was the department's acting chief after Parker left.

Georgia is now the 16th state in the country to enact a bill that would ban drivers from having a cell phone in their hands while behind the wheel of a vehicle. The law goes into effect on July 1. It prohibits drivers from having a phone in their hands or supported by any part of their body.

The Gordon County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing on Tuesday, May 1 for the presentation of the first draft of the 2018-2028 Comprehensive Plan. You may review a draft copy of the 2018-2028 Comprehensive Plan at http://www.gordoncounty.org. To post a public comment concerning the 2018-2028 Comprehensive Plan, you can follow the link on our Facebook page, @Kickin1035FM. Online comments will be taken until midnight on Thursday, May 31.

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and Americans will kick off the season by traveling in near-record numbers. According to AAA, more than 41.5 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend, nearly 5 percent more than last year and the most in more than a dozen years (2005). Even as gas prices rise like outside temperatures, AAA still expects an additional 2 million people will take to planes, trains, automobiles and other modes of transportation, with the busiest days being Thursday and Friday (May 24-25), as commuters mix with holiday travelers. The 88 percent of travelers choosing to drive will pay the most expensive Memorial Day gas prices since 2014. Gas prices averaged $2.72 in April, an increase of 33 cents from last year, due to expensive crude oil, record gasoline demand and shrinking global supply. Last year, gas prices on Memorial Day averaged $2.37 nationwide ($2.23 in Georgia).

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.

A retired law enforcement officer has filed a civil lawsuit against Murray County Sheriff Gary Langford and Deputy Justin McEntire, accusing Langford of obstruction of justice and McEntire of seven crimes, including simple assault, and of violating his civil rights. In the lawsuit filed in Superior Court, former Murray County deputy and Chatsworth Police Department officer Jerry R. Long calls for Langford to be removed from office and a monetary judgment “determined by the court.” According to Clerk of Courts Donna Flood, the lawsuit has been assigned to Judge Jim Wilbanks. She said her office is waiting for a response to the lawsuit from the county’s liability insurance holder, Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG), at which time an initial hearing date will be set.

The Bartow Co. Board of Education named Dr. Phillip Page as the new Superintendent to replace Dr. John Harper who is retiring. Since 2015, Page has served as Assistant Superintendent of Cobb Co. Schools.

The Georgia Department of Education has released the names of the recipients of the newest federal literacy grant, Literacy for Learning, Living and Leading in Georgia (L4GA). Gordon County Schools was notified in a letter from State School Superintendent, Richard Woods that the school system’s application was among those chosen and the district will receive $1.8 million in grant funds. In 2015, the district was awarded $2.2 million in Striving Readers grant funds from the Georgia Department of Education. The focus of the previously-awarded grant funds was K-8 education. These additional funds will allow the district to provide support for infants and pre-school students, as well as high school students preparing for post-secondary endeavors.

Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods recognized 685 Georgia high schools as 2018 Advanced Placement Honor Schools. The schools are in six categories based on 2017 AP courses and exams. Several of those were local schools and included: AP Challenge Schools: GORDON CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL; MODEL HIGH SCHOOL; PEPPERELL HIGH SCHOOL; ROCKMART HIGH SCHOOL; AP Access and Support: DALTON HIGH SCHOOL; MURRAY COUNTY HIGH; SOUTHEAST WHITFIELD HIGH SCHOOL; AP Merit Schools: CALHOUN HIGH SCHOOL; AP STEM Schools: ADAIRSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL; ARMUCHEE HIGH SCHOOL; CALHOUN HIGH SCHOOL; CARTERSVILLE HIGH; CASS HIGH SCHOOL; CHEROKEE HIGH SCHOOL; COAHULLA CREEK HIGH SCHOOL; COOSA HIGH SCHOOL; DALTON HIGH SCHOOL; MODEL HIGH SCHOOL; NORTHWEST WHITFIELD HIGH SCHOOL; PEPPERELL HIGH SCHOOL; RIDGELAND HIGH SCHOOL; RIVER RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL; ROME HIGH SCHOOL; SEQUOYAH HIGH SCHOOL; SOUTHEAST WHITFIELD COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL; WOODLAND HIGH SCHOOL; and WOODSTOCK HIGH SCHOOL. AP STEM Achievement Schools which are schools testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses with at least 40% of the exam scores on AP math and science exams earning scores of 3 or higher.

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 Tony Pyle also talked with Kickin 103.5's Judy Peterson and Dwayne Jackson about his new appointment, which takes effect July 1st. You can hear part of the conversation Friday and Saturday morning at 7am on the news, and Sunday morning after the 7am news catch the complete interview on Kickin 103.5's Topix! 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 following candidates have qualified to run for the 2018 General Primary/Nonpartisan Election in Gordon County: Chad Steward, Incumbent Republican will have to defend his seat on the board against Arthene Bressler, Democrat, for County Commission District 2; Becky Hood, Incumbent Republican, qualified for County Commission District 4; Charlie Walraven, Incumbent Republican, runs unopposed for County Board of Education Post 1; Dana Stewart, Incumbent Republican, and challenger Allen Dutch, Democrat, will face off for County Board of Education Post 3; For County Board of Education Post 5, Incumbent Republican Nan Barnette is challenged by Republican Kacee Smith; and Republican Eddie T. Hall is taking on Incumbent Republican Larry Massey, Jr. for County Board of Education Post 7 at large. The General Primary will be held May 22; Runoff Elections on July 24 and the General Election, which will include the race for Georgia Governor, on November 6th. For sample ballots and more information, please visit http://www.gordoncounty.org

What Else Is Happening?

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

The annual Dixie Highway 90 Mile Yard Sale is coming up June 1-3. There are currently 14 mega sale locations between Acworth and Ringgold. These locations are where up to 50 individual yard sales take place within one stop. This year, vendors and shoppers should look for a new TV series that will be filming. Vintage Tech Hunters will air on Discovery Channel Canada in November. The sale is on the Old Dixie Highway through Adairsville, Cassville, Cartersville, Emerson, Acworth, Calhoun, Dalton, Resaca, Ringgold, Rocky Face and Tunnel Hill.

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.

Among the hundreds of tons of trash removed annually from state, county, and city roadways within Gordon County by inmate work crews are hundreds of unlawfully dumped automobile tires. These crews work daily cleaning trash from along the roadways and other public property. In the last 12 months alone, inmate crews picked up over 74,000 lbs of trash from over 340 miles on over 435 roadways. This trash included over 400 automobile tires. “Dumping automobile tires in any unauthorized location is illegal. One of the most common complaints I hear from citizens is about littering. We will aggressively investigate and prosecute anyone illegally littering, particularly dumping tires, and I would ask that anyone who sees or suspects any such activity to call 911 or the Sheriff’s Office. Help me keep our community safe and clean.", said Sheriff Ralston.

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.

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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Find out how you can save a life. Go to www.bloodassurance.org or www.redcrossblood.org

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