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Gordon County Sheriff's Detectives are conducting an investigation centered in the Plainville Community. Officials said it is in regards to drug trafficking and stolen items, possibly including vehicles. Details are being withheld at this time by the Sheriff's Office, however they said that when their investigation is completed, more information will be forthcoming.

According to Gordon County Jail records, 74 year-old Earnest Tean Choate of a Roland Hayes Pkwy address in Calhoun was arrested by Sheriff's Deputies Wednesday afternoon on felony charges of aggravated chld molestation and aggravated sodomy. He remains in jail without bond. In an unrelated case, 38 year-old David Schutz was taken to the Gordon County Jail to begin serving his sentence for 3 counts of child molestation. Schutz was sentenced to 20 years in prison, with at least 5 to serve in confinement.

On Thursday around 3:00 am, Gordon County Jail records show that Calhoun Police arrested 32 year-old Resaca resident Zachary Barton on charges of Cocaine Possession and Possession of a Firearm or Knife during Commission of a Crime. Several people were arrested on drug offenses Wednesday by the Gordon County Sheriff's Office. Christy Johnston Gilbert, age 38, faces a charge of drugs not in original container. Terry Alvin Gilbert, age 34, was also arrested. Both are from Chattanooga, and were charged with possession of schedule 2 drugs. Chip Delane Nix, age 45 of Ranger, was charged with meth possession; Tiffany Dawn Patterson, age 24 of Resaca faces sales and trafficking meth charges; 46 year-old Ider, AL resident Michael Shane Redmond was charged with meth possession, as was 23 year-old Joseph Trey Weldon from Trenton, GA. Phlillip Tomas Wood, age 57, and Timothy Odell Wood, age 24, both of Resaca, are each charged with Meth Possession. All suspects remain in the Gordon County Jail pending bond.

Two Dollar General stores in our area were reportedly burglarized sometime during the nighttime late Tuesday or early Wednesday morning. Gordon 911 received a call early Wednesday morning from the Dollar General store located on Pine Chapel Road near Nickelsville reporting the alleged incident. Another Dollar General, with an address of Maple Grove Church Road, Resaca, but inside Murray County, was also reportedly the victim of an overnight burglary. Gordon and Murray County Sheriff's Detectives are investigating. This comes on the heels of robberies from last weekend, when two pharmacies and a convenience store in Calhoun were robbed. Reports stated that three black males wearing masks and hoods entered the Circle K convenience store on Hwy 53 @ Curtis Parkway Sunday morning around 1:30 am and demanded money. In apparently unrelated incidents, Scotts Pharmacy on Curtis Parkway was reportedly robbed early Saturday morning, and Calhoun Prescriptions on Red Bud Road was the victim of another robbery on Sunday morning. Calhoun Police detectives are leading investigations into those incidents.

On Monday, the Bartow County Board of Education voted to hire King, Cooper and Associates to find their new Superintendent. Applications will be accepted until January 29, 2018. Board members anticipate conducting first and second round interviews during February and March. By mid-March, board members plan to announce up to three finalists. King, Cooper and Associates will be in charge of all communication with applicants, and will present the candidates information to the Board for consideration. A new superintendent, Board members said, should be selected by late March 2018.

In a letter received by the Georgia High School Association, a request for a meeting with the GHSA Board of Trustees has been filed by Peach County High School, who asked that they name both Calhoun and Peach County State AAA Co-Champions after last Friday's game, which Calhoun won 10-6. The request asks the Board to review a call that happened with 3:41 remaining in the game. GHSA Director Robin Hines told reporters in Atlanta that is not something that is possible and reiterated judgment calls cannot be reviewed or overturned. However, Hines confirmed he received the letter from Peach Co., and he believes a meeting will be set up sometime after this week.

Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to dismantle net neutrality regulations: “I commend Chairman Pai and the FCC for approving this plan to restore internet freedom. It’s the result of an open and transparent process that provided all relevant documents and information to the public ahead of the vote. The plan will repeal Obama-era net neutrality regulations, which stifled innovation and competition on the internet and did nothing to protect consumers. Returning to a free and open internet will ensure the online marketplace continues to flourish while increasing broadband access for rural and low-income Americans.” In a 3-2 vote Thursday, the FCC ended sweeping net-neutrality rules that roll back restrictions which keep broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from blocking or collecting tolls from services they don't like, but bars states from imposing their own rules.

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and local police departments this holiday season to remind all motorists that drinking and driving will not only get you on Santa’s naughty list, but it will also send you straight to jail. That means that from NOW* to Jan. 2 in Georgia, law enforcement all over the state will be looking to prevent tragedy before it strikes during the holiday enforcement campaign of Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over.

During the month of December, any animal adopted from Gordon County Animal Control will have an adoption reduced fee of $25.00. This includes the Spay/Neuter, rabies shot, vaccination, dewormer, and microchip. For more information, please contact Gordon County Animal Control at 706-629-3327.

The Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle Campaign is well underway with a goal of raising $110,000. Monies raised through the program provides Christmas assistance for families, transitional housing and sends children to summer camp. Shoppers in Whitfield, Murray and Gordon counties will see the familiar red kettles acco mpanied by bell-ringers outside of retail and grocery stores in the three-county area each day except Sundays until Saturday, Dec. 23.

During this busy holiday shopping season, Calhoun Police would also like to ask you to be very conscious of your surroundings when out and about on the streets of Calhoun. They have offered a few safety tips for you to implement on your shopping trips this year, including things like not shoppping at night alone; avoiding leaving valuables in your vehicle while you are inside a store; and remembering to always lock your vehicle. You can read more holiday shopping safety tips offered by Calhoun Police and the BBB on our Facebook Page, however, they remind you that comon sense might be the best protection.

More than 60 schools, businesses and organizations participated and what seemed to be the entire community came out to get in the holiday spirit during Thursday night's "Old Fashioned Calhoun Christmas" Parade. The 2017 Christmas Parade Float Winners, are:
Most Musical Red Bud Elementary
Best Use of LightsPlainville Masonic Lodge #364 F&AM
Best ReligiousHeritage Baptist Church
Best Use of Parade ThemeGordon County 911
Most SpiritedDancer’s Workshop
Best OverallResaca Church of God

Congratulations to the winners and all who participated, and thanks to everyone who came out to make the event a huge success.

The FDA warns that store bought bone treats. The FDA says they've received 68 reports of illnesses related to bone treats described as "Ham Bones, Pork Femur Bones, Rib Bones and Smokey Knuckle." The bone treats may be dried through a smoking process or by baking and may contain preservatives, seasonings and smoke flavorings. Illnesses related to the bone treats that the FDA is looking into include: gastrointestinal obstruction (blockage in the digestive tract), choking, cuts and wounds in the mouth or on the tonsils, vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding from the rectum and or death. Approximately fifteen dogs reportedly died after eating a bone treat.

Gordon County Sheriff Mitch Ralston said his Office has received reports of an individual posing as a deputy sheriff telling citizens that they have missed jury duty, and must send money for a fine via wire/internet services. Sheriff Ralston says this is absolutely bogus, and that his staff - or any local, state or federal law enforcement agency. NEVER collects fines, and certainly never solicits any type of funds by telephone. This fictitious caller may even use a familiar sounding name, Ralston said. DO NOT SEND MONEY to such callers by any means or under any circumstances. Anyone who misses jury duty would be visited by a uniformed deputy sheriff in a clearly marked vehicle, and no fines are collected by deputies. The criminals orchestrating these scams use untraceable cellphones, and are often located outside the United States. If you receive any such suspicious call, contact the Sheriff’s Office to verify the identity of the caller. BEWARE of all internet and telephone scams and do NOT release any personal or financial account information to anyone.

Caroline Stephens from Tolbert Elementary School was named Gordon County Schools’ District Teacher of the Year during the Teacher of the Year Banquet held recently. Other finalists included Christy Smith from Fairmount Elementary and Julie Thomas from Sonoraville Elementary School. n addition to the gifts presented to the other finalists, Caroline received an Apple Watch, as well as the opportunity to attend any conference of her choice during the 2017-18 school year, with all fees and expenses paid by the school district. Caroline will go on the represent Gordon County Schools in Georgia Teacher of the Year competition.

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.

This Week's Gordon Environmental Health Scores:
Shoneys - Red Bud Rd - 92 Firehouse Subs - S Wall St - 91 Checkers - Hwy 53 - 91

Georgia Power issued a warning for customers of criminal "scam artists" trying to defraud both business and residential customers over the phone. The scam artists are known to pose as Ga.Power employees asking customers to provide credit card information or purchase a pre-paid debit card and provide the card's account number to avoid disconnection. Customers should be reminded to be cautious and never provide personal information such as a credit card or social security number to an unverified person.

Shale gas drilling is slowing across the country, but a few companies are poking around the state looking for the next natural gas "play." An Oklahoma-based company that leased 7,500 acres of land in Whitfield County has two test wellsalready in place and they say they plan another. In Floyd County, near Cave Spring, a Texas oil conglomerate plans a well. At least three other companies have recently researched the Conasauga shale field, a swath of land that runs from Alabama across Georgia and into Tennessee. Georgia joins Tennessee and North Carolina as Southern states newly popular with wildcatters and major gas and oil companies.

The Federal Communications Commission is alerting consumers to be on the lookout for scam callers seeking to get victims to say the word “yes” during a call and later use a recording of the response to authorize unwanted charges on the victim's utility or credit card account. According to complaints the FCC has received and public news reports, the fraudulent callers impersonate representatives from organizations that provide a service and may be familiar to the person receiving the call, such as a mortgage lender or utility, to establish a legitimate reason for trying to reach the consumer. The scam begins when a consumer answers a call and the person at the end of the line asks, “Can you hear me?” The caller then records the consumer's "Yes" response and thus obtains a voice signature. This signature can later be used by the scammers to pretend to be the consumer and authorize fraudulent charges via telephone. If you receive this type of call, immediately hang up. If you have already responded to this type of call, review all of your statements such as those from your bank, credit card lender, or telephone company for
unauthorized charges. If you notice unauthorized charges on these and other types of statements, you have likely been a victim of “cramming”. Anyone who believes they have been targeted by this scam should immediately report the incident to the Better Business Bureau’s Scam Tracker and to the FCC Consumer Help Center. Consumers should always be on alert for telephone scams. The following tips can help ward off unwanted calls and scams:
Don’t answer calls from unknown numbers. Let them go to voicemail.
If you answer and the caller (often a recording) asks you to hit a button to stop receiving calls,
just hang up. Scammers often use these tricks to identify, and then target, live respondents. If you receive a scam call, write down the number and file a complaint with the FCC so we can help identify and take appropriate action to help consumers targeted by illegal callers.Ask your phone service provider if it offers a robocall blocking service. If not, encourage your provider to offer one. You can also visit the FCC’s website for information and resources on available robocall blocking tools to help reduce unwanted calls.Consider registering all of your telephone numbers in the National Do Not Call Registry. As the Agency that implements and enforces the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the FCC reviews all consumer complaints. The Agency will continue, when appropriate, to issue consumer alerts based on
those complaints and other public information related to possible scams and frauds in hopes of informing
and empowering consumers.

GA Attorney General Chris Carr is warning the public about a phony email circulating that purports to be from the “Department of Consumer Affairs.” The email, which allegedly targets attorneys, says that a complaint has been filed against the recipient’s company and urges recipients to click on a link to view the complaint. This email is NOT from the Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit or any other legitimate government entity. It is a fake email. Clicking on the link or attachment provided may allow the scammer to install malware on your computer. The scam has been reported in Georgia and South Carolina.

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Sponsored by Family Connection Gordon County Contact Roberta Charbonneau at 706-602-5139 or email roberta@gordonconnection.org

LIHEAP HEATING/ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM 2017 Schedule your appointment online at www.tallatooncap.org then click BOOK NOW. Appointment line is 770-817-4666 or toll free for 706 area code at 770-773-7730. November 1st, Tallatoona began accepting appointment for Senior Households 65 and Older and Homebound Households. The general public can begin to set appointment on December 1. NOTE: Tallatoona is waiting for more funds to continue setting more appointments. Please continue to try the online to make appointments.

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 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.

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.

+ Save A Life: Give Blood +
Find out how you can save a life. Go to www.bloodassurance.org or www.redcrossblood.org

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