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Calhoun City Schools recognized for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of Calhoun Board of Education by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

An Award of Financial Reporting Achievement has been awarded to Calhoun City Schools' Chief Financial Officer Dee Wrisley and the finance department responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR. The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

"We are fortunate to have a Board of Education who believe in the highest standards of financial reporting. Dee Wrisley and her team do an excellent job to not only meet the standards but exceed them. We will continue to strive for excellence in all that we do," stated Dr. Michele Taylor, superintendent.

Calhoun Police investigating arson attempts around South Wall Street

On Saturday, Aug. 26, officers with the Calhoun Police Department arrived at Immediate Care Clinic, located at 100 Peters Street, Suite 38 in Calhoun, in response to a damage to property call. Upon arrival around 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning, officers spoke with personnel of the Calhoun Fire Department who advised that someone had set a fire inside a plastic garbage can that was laying beside a glass door of the business. The door was damaged due to the fire.

According to the official incident report, there were two other locations in the same area where someone set a fire inside a green dumpster at around the same time: one location was in the parking lot of the coin laundry located at 711 South Wall Street; the other was located behind Calhoun Finance Company.

On Sunday, Aug. 27, police identified a possible suspect in the arson attempts. Around 7:15 a.m., an officer was traveling in the May Street area and noticed a man standing by the road at Dan Cheri Drive, acting in a suspicious manner. The officer stated on the report that "A male standing at the side of the road at Dan Cheri Dr. I was wondering why he did not go ahead and cross due to traffic being light as I was the only car in that area at that time." While attempting to turn around to question the man, the officer noticed smoke again coming from one of the dumpsters that had been set on fire the previous day. The officer requested fire department to the scene, then turned around to question the male subject. The male subject told the officer that he had walked his wife to work at Apache Mills, as he did daily. He told the officer that he was on his way to Burger King to buy pancakes for breakfast.

Another officer identified the male subject as the same person who was in the area the day before, shortly after the fires had been set.

The officer asked the man if he was familiar with the fires from Saturday; the man told the officer that he was told about the fires "by a drunk guy yesterday." The officer took the man's contact information and allowed him to leave.

Officers and Detectives then traveled to Apache Mills to speak with the man's wife to see if she knew where he was and discovered the man had walked there an hour before and his wife had left work with him due to a "family emergency."

Detectives continue to investigate the incidents.

Rep. Graves addresses Gordon County Republican Party

On Thursday, Aug. 31, U.S. Congressman Tom Graves (R-GA-14) paid a visit to the Gordon County Republican Party, updating the group on current legislation he is working on in Congress and taking questions from those in attendance concerning healthcare reform, the military and education.

For more on his visit, see the Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017 issue of the CalhounTimes.