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SHS giving students, parents chance to decide future graduation location

After many years of having to travel to the Dalton Trade Center for the annual graduation ceremony, Sonoraville High School is giving students and their parents the chance to decide on a change of venue that would see graduation being held at the Sonoraville High School campus, either on the football field or in the gymnasium.

Neighboring high schools Calhoun High and Gordon Central High already hold their graduation ceremonies in-county on their football fields. Concerns about the graduation location, which has been held for many years at the Dalton Trade Center, were voiced at the beginning of the school year, by many seniors who want their graduation held at The Furnace, Sonoraville's football field, which is sporting a new high tech, video score board, also known as a jumbotron.

A survey signed by students shortly after the school year began received 438 signatures from students throughout the high school. This got the process going for discussion on moving the venue from Dalton.

Parents and students alike have complained for years on the drive to Dalton for graduation, sometimes as many as two trips each way on graduation day for both graduation practice and the graduation ceremony. Parents have complained in recent years that, in addition to the drive, the Dalton venue is so large that most attendees view the event on a large screen projector, but say the screen quality is bad. Another complaint has been that Dalton and Whitfield County schools get first choice of graduation dates, so Sonoraville's graduation is always held on a week night, where it is hard for family and friends to leave work and arrive in time for graduation. There are also parking concerns in Dalton, where many attendees end up parking at Dalton College, then having to take a shuttle bus to the Dalton Trade Center.

A letter dated October 3, 2017 was mailed to parents and students last week. The letter includes a timeline of the graduation relocation discussion, as well as a list of pros and cons for both holding the graduation ceremony at the Dalton Trade Center and the campus of Sonoraville High School.

A survey for each parent/guardian and student to fill out, which was included in the mailout, has to be returned to Sonoraville High School by Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, either by mailing it in the self-addressed and postage paid envelope that was included, or by returning the survey in the envelope provided to the SHS Counseling Office. The survey includes the graduation location choices of "Dalton Trade Center," "Sonoraville Campus (stadium or gym)," and "I have no preference." Students and parents who have already filled out the survey stress to others to choose either Dalton Trade Center or the Campus so the most accurate information can be obtained.

According to the letter, the surveys will be reviewed by a committee that includes SHS administrators, faculty, Student Government representatives and staff from the Gordon County Central Office.

Students are hoping a decision will be made before the Christmas Holiday break.

CPD investigating possible unknown remains off Dan Cherry Drive

According to Calhoun Police Captain Tony Pyle, on Friday morning, Oct. 13, 2017, around 9:30 a.m., Calhoun Police received a tip for a resident stating she had observed two men dumping what appeared to be human remains in a creed behind Bristol Place Apartments, located off Dan Cherry Drive in Calhoun.

Detectives with CPD processed the area, discovering physical evidence that appears that some sort of remains had in fact been dumped into a creek on the property and around the surrounding embankment.

Alpha K-9 Unit, based in Atlanta, was requested to the scene to aid CPD in the search. The area was searched a second time using a cadaver dog. The K-9 failed to alert in the area and no other evidence was uncovered.

"It appears something was dumped in the area, however, at this time, all evidence indicates it most likely was not human remains," said Cpt. Pyle. "The evidence we've collected will be processed, which should give us a better indication of just what was left in the area."

PTS Financial Services' General Counsel promoted to VP

Calhoun, GA -- PTS Financial Services is proud to announce the promotion of their General Counsel, Charles Smitherman III, PhD to Vice President of Financial Services.

Smitherman received his Juris Doctor degree with a focus in corporate law, contract law and international law from the University of Georgia School of Law. He earned his Master of Legal Research with Distinction and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford in England. Smitherman has published numerous academic publications including the book, "Transatlantic Merger Cases: United States - European Community Merger Review Cooperation" (Cameron May Press – London, 2007).

"We are excited at PTS for the advancement of such a high quality attorney to lead the Financial Services Division," said Tony Farrell, CEO of PTS. I am very confident in Charles' abilities to direct and lead this team to greatness." To learn more about PTS Financial Services visit: