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Wednesday 07/30/2014
Calhoun to get new new RaceTrac, Dunkin Donuts, industrial building
Updated: July 30, 2014 - 10:05 am

The Ga. 53 corridor in Calhoun is experiencing a building boom. A new Popeye’s has just opened. A new freestanding Subway is nearing completion and ground has been broken for a new RaceTrac fuel station and Dunkin’ Donuts.

New courthouse parking deck to be 3 stories
Updated: July 30, 2014 - 10:06 am

Gordon County is one step closer to rebuilding the Courthouse Annex parking deck demolished due to damage.

Tuesday 07/29/2014
Gordon sheriff investigates shooting death in Red Bud community
Posted: July 29, 2014

Gordon County authorities are investigating the shooting death of a man found inside a vehicle, Sheriff Mitch Ralston said in a press release.

What's happening in Calhoun, Gordon County
Posted: July 29, 2014

The following information on what's happening in Calhoun this weekend was provided by the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce.

Georgia pushes adults to finish college programs
Posted: July 29, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia education officials launched a new campaign Tuesday encouraging adults who started but never earned a college degree to finish. Those people are essential to meeting the state's ambitious goals for more residents with post-high school education and to the state's economy long term.

According to a projection by national nonprofit Complete College America, 61 percent of jobs in Georgia will require education past high school by 2020. But about 1.1 million Georgians between 25 and 64 have some college credit but no degree or certificate in the latest U.S. Census results.

The challenge for Georgia's technical colleges and state universities is first reaching those students and then providing the support they need to earn a certificate or a diploma.

The "Go Back Move Ahead" campaign announced Tuesday creates a call center potential students can contact for a referral to a specific campus. From there, campus staff have to form a support system for returning students, said Houston Davis, vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University System of Georgia.

Each campus in the state university system and technical college system has assigned a point person for returning students. They plan to emphasize flexible class schedules or help students find campus satellite locations and online options.

"A marketing campaign is a shiny object to catch attention," Davis said. "What's really important is that we are able to serve that student."

At a news conference Tuesday announcing the program, two students who returned to higher education as adults in Georgia encouraged others to try it. Mark Smith began classes at Valdosta State University "as a 45-year-old freshman" after a career in the Air Force. He wasn't certain he had the technical or academic skills to complete a degree program.

Smith, who now works for the university as an adult admissions counselor, said the student success center provided tutors and other services that helped him finish.

"Life has come full circle," he said.

Officials with both Georgia higher education systems say they're competing with aggressive marketing by for-profit programs as students look for affordable and quick options. Pamela Tate, president and CEO of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, said financial or family issues often are the cause of students dropping out of college and the idea of returning can be overwhelming without strong guidance from a school's staff.

"It seems as if governors, legislative bodies, industry leaders — all of them are recognizing you need to have a population in the country with post-secondary credentials or we're not going to meet employers' needs," Tate said.

Women spend 11 fake $100 bills in Calhoun
Updated: July 29, 2014 - 5:02 pm

Three women used counterfeit $100 bills Friday to buy $1,100 in prepaid Visa and T-Mobile cards at a Calhoun store, a man told Calhoun police, according to the Calhoun Police Department incident report.

Arrest in 9 Fairmount storage units burglaries
Posted: July 29, 2014

An Atlanta area man has been charged in connection with nine burglaries near Fairmount.

Monday 07/28/2014
Teen arrested, charged with 20 counts of burglary
Updated: July 28, 2014 - 3:27 pm

Gordon county authorities about 6 a.m. Saturday were dispatched to a number of closely grouped private residences in the Dews Pond community in response to reports of thefts from a number of automobiles, Sheriff Mitch Ralston said in a press release.

Store: Woman in wheelchair tries to steal beer
Updated: July 28, 2014 - 12:30 pm

A woman in a wheelchair tried to steal cans of beer by concealing them in her purse, a Kroger employee told Calhoun Police Department officers.

AAA: Gas prices fall to lowest level in four months
Posted: July 28, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. (July 27, 2014) — Gasoline is selling at the lowest price since March amid rising gasoline supplies and falling oil prices. The national and Florida average prices for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline are on a 30-day streak of declines. Prices in Georgia and Tennessee have fallen 34 and 32 consecutive days respectively.

Former attorney convicted of fraud seeks to keep almost $20,000, says government shouldn’t get money for restitution
Updated: July 28, 2014 - 12:59 pm

Former Cedartown attorney Miles Gammage, currently serving an almost six-year sentence for mail fraud, has asked a federal judge to reconsider the decision to garnish some $20,000 belonging to him.

Sunday 07/27/2014
Lisa Smith nominated for service award
Posted: July 27, 2014

Lisa Smith, Sonoraville High School business teacher, was nominated as the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education (GACTE) Carl Perkins Outstanding Service Award at the 67th summer conference help in Atlanta, Georgia during the month of July. The purpose of this award is to recognize educators with significant accomplishments and outstanding leadership in programs and activities that promote community involvement. Recipients of this award must have made significant contributions toward training, motivating, and inspiring their peers and students to become involved in programs and projects that benefit their communities. This award was established in 1985 in honor of the late Representative Perkins and is designed to recognize individuals who have demonstrated the same humanitarian concerns exemplified by Representative Perkins. Mrs. Smith works hard to raise awareness and money for March of Dimes (Future Business Leaders of America’s local, state and national project), serves as coordinator to Big Phoenix Little Phoenix (replaced Big Brothers Big Sister), and gives countless hours to many other community activities in Gordon County. Smith also serves on the Executive Board and the Board of Directors as Secretary for GACTE.

GDOT to repair, patch asphalt at Gordon County rest area
Posted: July 27, 2014

The Georgia Department of Transportation’s maintenance crews will begin repairing and deep patching the deteriorating asphalt spots on the ramps and parking lot of the Resaca Rest Area on Interstate 75 in Gordon County.

Saturday 07/26/2014
GDOT set to mow Gordon County highway
Posted: July 26, 2014

The Georgia Department of Transportation’s maintenance crews are set to continue working on mowing the roadsides of U.S. HIghway 41 and Ga. Highway 156 in Gordon County. Work will proceed  Monday, July 28, through Thursday, July 31, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., weather permitting.

Friday 07/25/2014
The Fork to change hands after ‘Restaurant Impossible’
Posted: July 25, 2014

When The Fork Casual Fine Dining was featured on Restaurant Impossible with viewing available at the eatery, it was less than crowded, with only 30 people in attendance and owners expecting less.

Drug store armed robbery case heads to grand jury
Posted: July 25, 2014

A grand jury is set to soon hear evidence against a former Gordon County deputy coroner accused of armed robbery.

What's going on in Calhoun, Gordon County
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 10:31 am

Tuesday, July 29

Dunkin Donuts, RaceTrac coming to Calhoun
Posted: July 25, 2014

Calhoun is set for a new donut shop and convenience store.

Calhoun teens seek to quash indictments, say there are mistakes
Posted: July 25, 2014

Prosecutors in the sexual assault case of three former Calhoun High students made several errors in their indictments, including charging the wrong teen with sodomy, defense attorneys claim in court filings.

Thursday 07/24/2014
Coca-Cola visiting LakePoint for personalized Coke can opportunity, according to website
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 10:58 am

Coca-Cola's Share a Coke Summer Tour is stopping by LakePoint in Emerson today where Northwest Georgian's can personalize their own Coke cans, according to the soft drink's website.

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