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Calhoun & Gordon County

Woman Found Dead on Roadside Identified...The Gordon County Sheriff's Office along with the Gordon County Coroner's Office is investigating the death of a woman who's body was found Monday morning around 11:00 am. Authorities said she was found lying on the side of Craigtown Road just north of it's intersection with Hwy 225. Investigators said they do not suspect foul play in connection with the woman's death. The Godon County Coroner's Office has identified the woman as Brenda Bagley of Calhoun.

Break-In Under Investigation...Calhoun Police are still investigating last week's burglary at Davis Chiropractic on West Line Street. An incident report states that entry was made through a window and an undisclosed amount of cash was taken in the alleged incident. No arrests have been made.

Streets Closing for BBQ, Boogie and Blues...The 6th annual BBQ Boogie and Blues is coming to Calhoun this weekend, and that means lots of street closures downtown. Most of downtown's street will be closed, or have only limited access to vendors and competitors. Streets closed, or with limited access will include: King Street between Court and Oothcalooga Streets; Park Avenue from Harlan to Oothcalooga Streets; Wall Street from East Line to Hicks Street. The parking lot behind the Depot will be closed after 6:00 pm Thursday and will not reopen until after the event ends on Saturday. Dr. Tilley's parking lot will be available for downtown merchants to park on Friday, as will the parking deck beside the courthouse.

Armed Robbery Reported at Resaca Rest Area... According to reports, authorities are searching for three suspects in a vehicle that fled on I-75 South after an armed robbery was reported at the Resaca Rest Area around 9:15 am Wednesday. All suspects are reported to be white males in a newer model gray or silver sedan. No other detials have been made available at this time. Gordon County Sheriff's Detectives are leading the investigation.

Jasper Man Wanted in Fairmount/Gordon County...Vincent Alexander Miller, from Jasper fled from Fairmount police Tuesday afternoon near the intersection of Hwy. 53 East and Carter Mtn. Rd. He is wanted in Polk County and now has several drug related and fleeing charges in Gordon County. Mr. Alexander is not considered dangerous, but may still be in the area. He is described as 5'10", 160 pounds, blue eyes, and brown hair, and was last seen wearing a gray baseball cap, gray short sleeve shirt, and gray pants. If seen do not attempt to make contact, but rather, call 911 immediately.

Gordon County Administrator Resigns...At the Gordon County Board of Commissioners regular meeting Tuesday night, Gordon County Administrator John King turned in his resignation to the Board. He told the commissioners he had enjoyed his time working for the County and stressed he was leaving on good terms, and adding that he made the decision to step down in order to spend more time with his family. County Attorney Jim Ledbetter will temproarily take over the duties of Administrator in wake of King's resignation.

GoFundMe Account Set Up for Family of Nathan Braddy....A Go Fund Me account has been established to assist the family of the little 8 year-old Fairmount Elementary student who was tragically killed after an ATV accident Easter Sunday near Sonoraville. The family is raising funds to supplement funeral costs and to give little Nathan Braddy a custom, "Lego" headstone. So far, almost $4000 of the $5000 goal had been reached. To donate, you can follow the link here.

County Animal Shelter Destroyed in Fire...The Gordon County Commissioners want to thank everyone that came out to help during the fire that destroyed the animal shelter last week. The county intends to set up a temporary location in the old EMA Building, located at 4543 Fairmount Hwy. S. E Calhoun, until a replacement shelter can be constructed. Portable kennels and facilities will be used to allow the county to continue Animal Control services. In 2011, county voters approved a $1.5M Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax to replace the aging shelter. Based on recent sales tax revenue, we expect approximately $1.3M to be available after the collections are complete in April 2018. The county will be able to use non-SPLOST funds to get the work underway. The SPLOST budget of 1.3 million dollars that has been set by the voting public will include the design, construction, furniture, fixtures, equipment and construction administration. For those wishing to help, Gordon County Animal Control is accepting donations. Checks should be made payable to the Gordon County Board of Commissioners with an indication for the funds to benefit the Gordon County Animal Control Facility. The State Fire Marshall's Office investigated and said they think the fire may have started in the building's attic.

Man Arrested and Charged with Firing Gun at Wal-Mart..51 year-old Douglas Calvin Hastings, who's address is listed as "homeless, Calhoun" in records, was arrested by Calhoun Police around 11:15 pm Sunday after a five hour standoff with Police in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Hastings fired a couple of rounds of ammunition near the wood lone behind the store in order to clear the chamber of a gun and then, according to reports, barricaded himself in the RV, owned by his girlfriend, identified as Patricia Frey, who called 911. Hastings was arrested peacefully and is in the Gordon County Jail charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and discharging a firearm within the city limits.

Man Indicted by Grand Jury...35-year old Stephen Shane Childers of Gordon County has been indicted in connection with the May 2016 death of 53-year old Rembert D. Greeson. Childers was charged with felony murder, aggravated assault and battery. However, the Grand Jury returned a no bill on those, instead indicting him on involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct. He remains in the Gordon County Jail pending bond. His trial is set to begin May 8th in Gordon County Superior Court.

Neighborhood Break-Ins While Residents Are Home...Calhoun Police are warning residents in the Spring Valley area to be on the lookout for anyone suspicious or unfamiliar to the neighborhood. On Thursday March 23, 2017, three separate residual burglaries incident reports were filed. Each victim stated, someone had entered their home by removing a window screen, and climbing through the window. The residents further stated, they were home asleep while the incidents took place. There is physical evidence to indicate other homes in the area were targeted, however, no entry was made due to windows in those homes being secured. Police added this is an unusual type of crime for our area, especially while homeowners are in at night. Policeencourage residents in the area to make sure your doors and windows are locked, until an arrest can be made. UPDATE:::Calhoun Police need the public's help identifying the owner of a vehicle they believe may be connected to recent home invasions in the Spring Valley neighborhood. Police obtained video surveillance images of the car from a location where one victim's credit card was apparently used. You can see the images provided by Calhoun Police on our Facebook page. Anyone with information is asked to call Calhoun Police 706-629-1234.

Gordon County School Board Member Indicted in Two Counties on Multiple Counts of Fraud... In a 19-count indictment handed down from Gordon County Superior Court Monday (3/20), current Gordon County School Board member Ricky Edward Smith was formally charged with seven counts of financial transaction card theft, nine counts of identity fraud, and one count each of Theft by Taking, Criminal Trespass, and Influencing a Witness. The charges stem from an August 2016 incident in which Smith is accused of taking a woman's credit cards and using them on multiple occasions, allegedly without her permission. Smith has already been indicted on similar charges related to this case in Whitfield County, where, according to reports he was arraigned on Tuesday (3/21) in Whitfield County Superior Court.

Walker vs Calhoun Headed Back to Court...The case of Maurice Walker vs. the City of Calhoun is going back to U.S. District Court. Walker was arrested in 2015 for pedestrian under the influence. He alleged he couldn't pay the $160 bond because he is indigent. He was kept incarcerated until his court appearance, which led him to file a class action lawsuit seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent the City from keeping him and others in jail because they couldn't afford a secured monetary bond. In January 2016, U.S. District Judge Harold Murphy ordered the City to implement post arrest procedures that comply with the Constitution. After the city appealed, it was determined the order violated Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 65, because it requires the city to fashion constitutionally compliant post arrest procedures. The three judge panel remanded the case to district court for further proceedings because they do not believe the injunction can stand as written.

Dalton & Whitfield County

Man Arrested After Undercover Operation... A Dalton man who was out on bond on a child molestation charge from September was arrested Monday here after officials said he arranged a meeting with what he thought was a 10-year-old girl. Instead, the meeting was with members of the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office working undercover online after getting a tip from the U.S. Secret Service of obscene contact between the suspect and a juvenile in Massachusetts. Dewayne Lee King, 20, was charged by the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office with child molestation, furnishing obscene material to a minor and enticing a child for indecent purposes.

Man Charged with Kidnapping in Dalton...Dalton Police say a 48-year-old man faces kidnapping charges after officers say he grabbed and harassed two children on the playground of Al Rollins Park on Wednesday shortly after 6 p.m. at one of the park's playgrounds. Parents reported to police that a man later identified as 48-year-old Jeffrey Melvin Bishop was harassing children on the playground. Bishop was charged with battery, kidnapping, false imprisonment, cruelty to children in the first degree, and pedestrian under the influence. At the jail, Bishop was also served with a Whitfield County warrant for failure to appear.

Man Found Guilty of Murder in Whitfield County...After a weeklong murder trial in Whitfield County, Aaron Jerome Howell was found guilty of the December 2014 murder of Paul Guerrant. District Attorney Bert Poston said Guerrant had been struck 24 times with a ball-peen hammer by Howell and was left to die on the pavement of Dozier Street. The jury consisted of eight men and four women. Sentencing before Superior Court Judge Cindy Morris is set for June 13.

DCS Employee Arrested...The GBI arrested a Dept. of Community Supervision employee for an inappropriate relationship agents say he had with a parolee under his supervision. The Whitfield County Sheriff's Office requested the GBI's support after receiving reports of an inappropriate relationship between 35-year-old Aldo Avila and a parolee. After the investigation, a Whitfield County Grand Jury charged Avila with sexual assault of a parolee. Avila was arrested Friday and is currently out of the Whitfield county jail on bond.

Two Arrested in Connection with Whitfield County Murder...Two men have been arrested in connection with a burned body that was dumped in the woods in Whitfield County near Carbondale Road. Roberto "Chico" Viera Aybar, 23, Antioch, Tn. and Hector Ruiz, 29, Nashville, are now in custody. Investigators believe the pair murdered Luis Lopez, 26, in Tennessee and the suspects drove to Whitfield Co. to dispose of the body, that was found by a boy out walking near his home back on January 10th. The investigation is continuing, additional arrests are anticipated. UPDATE::: (04/12/17) A third man has been charged with murder in connection with the discovery of a burned body near Carbondale Road earlier this year. Kevin Isaza, 24, of Antioch, TN was arrested by U.S. marshals in Sacramento, Calif., over the weekend and brought to Whitfield County. He was booked into the county jail on Monday on a murder charge. The other two men charged with murder, Roberto Viera-Aybar and Hector Ruiz, both of Tennessee, remain in the county jail. All three are being held without bond.

Rabies Found in Whitfield County...A rabid cat bit two women last week in the Dawnville area of Whitfield County. One woman found the cat on her porch and the other was trying to feed it. The cat attacked a police officer who responded to the call. The officer beat it away with his baton and a nearby rake. The cat kept charging at the officer until he killed it. This is the fifth case of rabies in Whitfield County. Health officials said it started with four infected skunks, it was then found in raccoons and dogs that had been bitten. Health officials continue to advise residents to make sure all pets are kept current on rabies vaccinations. For more information about rabies and its prevention, contact your local county environmental health office or log on to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

Chatsworth & Murray County

Murray County Teacher Ousted from Classroom After Allegations...A Murray County teacher has resigned after a video posted to Snapchat appeared to show her using offensive language. Murray County schools is investigating teacher Jennifer Cooley after finding out about the video Thursday morning, and it has now been taken down. Cooley met with school officials Thursday morning and has been removed from the classroom. Cooley taught a law enforcement class and is a former deputy with the Murray County Sheriff’s Office.

Eton City Councilman Faces Drug Charges...The Eton City Council will be without one member until January, with the position vacated by Steve Shaw being filled in the general election in November. The remaining three council members and Mayor accepted Shaw’s resignation at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, over a week after being arrested by the Murray County Sheriff’s Office on two felony counts related to an arranged illegal prescription drug buy. Shaw, 56, had served since 2002. Chatsworth attorney Bill Keith, who is representing Shaw, said he didn't expect Shaw to be indicted until the June term of the Murray County grand jury. Shaw was released on a $2,000 bond two days after his arrest.

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.

Cartersville & Bartow County

Possible Hit & Run Under Investigation...Bartow Co. E.M.S. responded to Highway 293 near Allatoona Shores around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, to a male lying on the side of the road who may have been struck by a vehicle. A male was found conscious and confused. He appeared to be in shock due to a fracture of the lower leg and a possible spinal injury. He was transported to Kennestone Hospital for treatment.

Gun Incident at Cartersville Wal-mart Reported, One Arrested... A Rydal man is accused of pointing a gun at another man who was inside his vehicle at Wal-Mart, around 3:00 p.m. Sunday. The victim said he was waiting for a car to back out when he was
approached by a man with a silver gun who allegedly stated: "I'm about to flatten your tires," and "I'm going to flatten you next." Two .25 caliber pistols were found inside the suspect's van. Eugene West, is
charged with aggravated assault-felony. He was later released on a $5,000 property bond.

Wanted Adairsville Man Arrested...The Bartow County Sheriff's Office has arrested Adam Calvin Mulkey, East Pleasant Valley Rd., Adairsville. On April 5th, a 45 year old woman told officers Mulkey forced her from her residence to his back around February 12th. He allegedly kept her in a room at his home with the door tied and items against it where she couldn't get out. Mulkey was booked into the Bartow County Jail Tuesday night and charged with false imprisonment, aggravated assault, kidnapping, and battery. He is being held without bond.

Plane Crashes in Euharlee...Emergency crews were dispatched to Milam Bridge Rd. in a Euharlee subdivision around 2:00 p.m. last Tuesday. The F.A.A. said a Cessna 172 aircraft, with two people on board crashed. Bartow E.M.S. said a male had numerous traumatic injuries and was flown to Grady Hospital. Another male was conscious with numerous traumatic injuries. He was transported to Floyd Hospital by Bartow E.M.S. The N.T.S.B. will determine the cause of the accident.

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."

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.

Rome & Floyd County

Rome PD Searching for Robbery Suspects...Rome Police are looking for two suspects who they say robbed a convenience store on Calhoun Avenue Tuesday around 4:15 pm. They are described as being short in height, wearing black toboggans over their faces. Police said that one of the suspects had a small handgun. They got away with cash, jewelry and a cell phone. Anyone with information is asked to call Rome Police.

FCSO Searching for Wanted Suspect... Floyd County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public's help in locating Dennis Lewis Turner, Jr., who is wanted for obstruction, two counts of meth possession, three counts of selling meth, third degree cruelty to children and other charges. Anyone with information is asked to call the Floyd County Sheriff's Warrants Division. Callers may remain anonymous.

Man Charged with Kidnapping and Theft...Demarcus Terrell Alexander, 27 of Rome, is in the Floyd County Jail charged with theft by taking, kidnapping, criminal trespass and DUI. He was arrested Sunday after police said he stole a car from the Tamassee Lane apartments that had a child inside. He drove away with the child still in the vehicle. He is being held on $22,400 bond.

Rome High Principal Resigns...Rome High School principal Dr. Phillip Brown has announced that he is resigning at the end of the school year. The move comes close to a month after the city school system named Louis Byars as Superintendent. Brown has served as the principal of Rome High since 2015.

Roman to Head Georgia Real Estate Commission...Gov. Nathan Deal nominated Lynn Dempsey as Commissioner of the Georgia Real Estate Commission Friday following the retirement of William L. Rogers Jr. The nomination was approved by the Georgia Real Estate Commission and is effective immediately. Dempsey is a second-generation auctioneer and the former president and managing broker of Dempsey Auction Company. He and his family live in Rome.

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.

From Other Places Around Our Area

GA Power Says Beware of Scam Artists...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.

North Georgia Cities Ranked "Must-See"...Cartersville has been named the 4th must-see stop in Georgia according to travel website The Crazy Tourist.com. The site said there are hundreds of noteworthy small towns in Georgia., there are some that stand out above the rest. Cartersville made the list along with 14 other towns in Georgia. Tunnel Hill ranked number 12 on the list, and Dahlonega was at number 13.

Oil Companies Eye North Georgia...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.

Calhoun City & Gordon County Government News

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.

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.

Gordon Environmental Health Restaurant Scores...Papa Lou's BBQ - N Wall St - 87; Sonic Driv-In - S Wall St - 89; Hardee's - Hwy 53 - 93; Sub Delights - S Wall St - 94; Bowman's Restaurant - County Line Rd - 100; Calhoun Complex - Raymond King Dr - 100; Fairmount Elementary - Peachtree St - 100.

State & National News

Hunting & Fishing License Fees Increase...Governor Nathan Deal held a signing ceremony for House Bill 208 at the Ga. D.N.R. Coastal Regional Headquarters in Brunswick, Tuesday. H.B. 208 makes changes in Ga. law to simplify the hunting and fishing license structure while also adjusting fees for resident hunting and fishing licenses for the first time since 1992. The legislation becomes effective July 1, 2017. Hunting licenses will increase from $10 to $15 and fishing licenses increase from $9 to $15. The additional revenue will improve wildlife and fish habitat and management on public and private lands and waters; create more shooting ranges, improve boating access, add youth education, increase fish stocking and add about 40 conservation rangers.

Former Governor Added to Trump's Cabinet...The Senate confirmed former Ga. Gov. Sonny Perdue to be agriculture secretary in President Donald Trump's administration. After the confirmation on Monday, Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) said "...Governor Perdue will be a strong voice for our nation’s farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses, and an effective leader for this important department..." Perdue, the son of a farmer from Bonaire will be the first southerner in the post in more than two decades.

Avian Flu in Neighboring States Shuts Down Exhibitions in GA... After avian flu outbreaks among chicken flocks in Tennessee and Alabama, the Georgia Department of Agriculture has ordered an immediate suspension of various methods of poultry sale. A release from the Department of Agriculture states that the suspension applies to all poultry exhibitions, shows, sales, swaps and meets in Georgia. Robert Cobb, the Georgia State Veterinarian who wrote the release, said chicken farmers can still sell chickens on eggs on private property. The suspension is on events where chicken of different flocks would interact, possibly spreading the disease. Those who experience sudden death of poultry or fowl should contact the Department of Agriculture at (855) 491-1432.

FCC Warns of "Can You Hear Me" Phone Scams...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.

State Attorney General Warns of E-Mail Scam...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.

Target Recalls Easter-Themed Toys...Target has recalled several small toys that absorb water because they can be potentially life-threatening if eaten. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Hatch & Grow Easter Eggs, Easter Grow Toys and Hatch Your Own Dino were sold nationwide between February and March. According to the CPSC, surgery is necessary to remove the toy. They say medical professionals and parents should be aware that of the possibility that the toy might not be visible on an X-ray. As of April 13, Target has not received any reports of injury from these toys. These toys should be taken from children immediately and returned to Target for a full refund.

Nissan Recalls Muranos...Nissan North America is recalling more than 56,000 cars because of power steering hoses that may leak fluid and potentially cause fires. Affected are the 2013-2014 Murano vehicles. The problem is with the power steering hose clamp which may not secure the hose. It could detach and leak power steering fluid which could lead to a fire if it leaks onto a hot engine or exhaust pipe. Nissan is also recalling over 54,000 cars because of curtain and seat mounted air bags that may unexpectantly deploy when the door is slammed. Car owners can contact Nissan customer service 1-800-647-7261 or visit https://www.safercar.gov/

Ford Issues Recalls...Ford is recalling over 570,000 vehicle in North America and Europe to fix problems that can cause engine fires and doors to fly open unexpectedly. The engine fire recall includes 2014 Escape SUV's, 2014 and 2015 Fiesta ST, 2014 Fusion and the 2013-2015 Transit Connect. The company is also adding 211,000 vehicle to a 2015 recall to replace faulty door latches. Included in that recall is the 2014 Fiesta and the 2013 and 2014 Fusion and Lincoln MKZ. Ford is also recalling over 52,000 F-250 pickup trucks because the vehicles could roll after the driver moves the automatic transmission lever into park. To find out if there are recall notices or Field Service Actions on your vehicle, please enter a VIN or sign in here. For more information about this recall, please visit Ford Motor Company's Official Website.

Mercedes-Benz Issues Recall...Mercedes is recalling about 354,000 cars and SUV's because a starter part can overheat and cause a fire. Included are certain C-Class, E-Class, CLA cars, GLA and GLC SUV's from 2015 through 2017. Owners will be notified this month and again when replacement parts are available in July. Dealers will correct the problem by installing a fuse.

Ready-To-Eat Chicken Recall...Wayne Farms, LLC, based in Decatur, Alabama, is recalling approximately 12,610 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products due to a potential processing defect. The ready-to-eat breaded chicken bite items were packaged on Dec. 1, 13 and 30, 2016 and bear establishment number “P-20214” inside the USDA mark of inspection.These items were shipped to Food Lion stores across the South, including Georgia. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Ground Beef Recall...King’s Command Foods, LLC., a Kent, Wash. establishment, is recalling approximately 63,000 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. M1515A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Some items were shipped to Department of Defense facilities and institutions nationwide. The problem was discovered when company officials received several consumer complaints stating that metal objects were found in the beef products. There have been no confirmed reports of injuries or adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. You will find a full list of specific products being recalled by following the link HERE.

What Else Is Happening?

Gordon Hospital's Praise & Prayer 2017...Gordon Hospital proudly presents the Aaron Shust Band for Praise and Prayer 2017 on Tuesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. Singer/songwriter and GMA Dove Award winner Aaron Shust has earned a reputation as one of Christian music’s most compelling songwriters. Tickets are $10. The concert will be at the GEM Theatre in downtown Calhoun.

Gordon Hospital to Host Circle the Hospital in Prayer Event...Gordon Hospital, a member of Adventist Health System, invites the public to attend the annual Circle the Hospital in Prayer even held on Thursday, May 4 in observance of the National Day of Prayer. Circle the hospital in Prayer is organized by the Gordon Hospital Christian Service Committee. The event is meant to bring together those in the community who believe in prayer as well as to further Gordon Hospital’s mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ to all they serve. etween 12:15 and 12:25 p.m. participants will be asked to form a continuous circle along the chalk line around the hospital. Upon arrival, each person will be asked to pray from their hearts or pray from the card provided by the chaplain. Public service sirens will sound at 12:30 p.m. to begin prayer. Then at 12:33 p.m., public service sirens will sound again to signal the end of the prayer. In case of inclement weather, Circle the Hospital in Prayer will be moved inside the hospital.

Confederate Memorial Day Observance Sunday... On Sunday, April 30 at 2 p.m., an observance will be held of Confederate Memorial Day at the Resaca Confederate Cemetery. Ken Herron, local historian, will be the keynote speaker.Music will be provided by the Company G, 28th Georgia Fife & Drums Corps. The event was postponed from April 23rd. Everyone is welcome. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at Oakleigh, home of the Gordon County Historical Society, located on South Wall Street near historic downtown.

Newtown Baptist to Host Ladies' Retreat...New Town Baptist Church in Calhoun will host a Ladies Retreat on Saturday, May 6, from 9 to 5, featuring dynamic speaker Frances Worthington from Desert Flowers Ministries. Lunch will be catered and there will be breakout sessions on various topics. The cost is $15.00 day of the event. For more information, call the church at 706-629-4641.

GA Trust Seeking "Places in Peril"...The Georgia Trust's Places in Peril program is seeking nominations for the 2018 list of Places in Peril. The program wants to identify and preserve historic sites threatened by demolition, neglect, lack of maintenance, inappropriate development or insensitive public policy. The top ten designees are selected in the fall. Nomination forms are available at www.georgiatrust.org.

Gordon County BOE Approves Calendar...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.

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.

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. 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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