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City of Calhoun named one of Top 50 Safest Cities in Georgia

According to a report from the National Council for Home Safety and Security, Calhoun has been identified as one of the Top 50 Safest Cities in Georgia for 2018. Calhoun came in at number 35 on the list.

The way safest cities are determined is by review of the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics from 2016, along with population data, according to the Council. Cities under 10,000 in population were not considered in the report. The cities who submitted a complete crime report to the FBI were then ranked based on the number of violent crimes, such as aggravated assault, murder and rape, that were reported and number of property crimes, such as burglary and arson, per 1,000 people in the city. Violent crimes were assigned a value 1.5 times property crimes.

According to the report, the City of Calhoun, with a population of 16,439, had 43 violent crimes and 639 property crimes, which equaled out to 2.62 per 1,000 people and 38.87 per people respectively.

"I'm very pleased with this recognition," said Calhoun Mayor Jimmy Palmer, giving accolades to the Calhoun Police Department for keeping the City safe. "The Calhoun Police Department was recognized recently with the Governor's Cup by the Office of Highway Safety and was also the Mountain Area Agency of the Year."

Gordon Central's Hendrix chosen as representative for Georgia Girls State

Haven Hendrix has been chosen as the 2018 Georgia Girls State Representative from Gordon Central High School.

Hendrix, the daughter of Jason and Celeste Hendrix, is a junior at Gordon Central, where she participates in many activities, including Extemporaneous Speech for the Literary Team, Chick-fil-A Leader Academy, Theater and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

As the Girls State Representative, Hendrix will spend a week at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, where she and young ladies from around the state will participate in a course of instruction in, as well as a practical application of, the fundamental principles and procedures of the city, county and state government under the American system.

Georgia Girls State is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, as it has been since the program first began in 1940. Hendrix is pictured with Linda Whittenburg, president of the Unit 47 Paul Gwin American Legion Auxiliary; Dr. Joann Meadows, chairman for the Girls State program at the local unit and for the Seventh District American Legion Auxiliary; her mother, Celeste Hendrix, and nominating teacher, Renee Hughes.

Potts resigns as principal of Sonoraville High School

After more than thirteen years of service as the lead administrator and thirty-one years in education, Bruce Potts has resigned his position as principal of Sonoraville High School.

"I am proud of the work we have accomplished in my tenure and will watch with great interest as Sonoraville High School continues to be a learning community actively pursuing a higher standard of excellence," said Potts in his letter to Superintendent, Dr. Susan Remillard, and other district officials.

"We appreciate all of the wonderful things Mr. Potts has done for the students of Sonoraville High School and our district, and we wish him all the best as he pursues the next phases of his career," said Dr. Remillard in response to the resignation.

Mr. Potts plans to relinquish his active role as principal beginning Feb. 21, 2018.

What's Going on in Gordon

Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.

Harriet Tubman & the Underground Railroad - Free Family Event at GEM Theatre. Presented by the Calhoun-Gordon County Library and GEM Theatre. Info: or (706) 624-1456

Friday, Feb. 9 at 10:30 a.m.

Toddler Friday at Harris Arts Center. Info: or (706) 629-2599

Saturday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

"An Evening of Love & Laughter" benefit for The Family Resource Center, Fox Ford Building at 209 on Wall Street. Info: or (706) 625-3311

Fairmount officer fired after being charged with DUI

According to an official release from the City of Fairmount, on Wednesday, Jan. 31, Fairmount Police Officer Stanley Craig Tabor, who was off duty at the time, was taken into custody by the Georgia State Patrol for D.U.I. offenses that occurred in the City of Fairmount.

The vehicle Tabor was driving was observed failing to maintain lane on US Highway 411. Fairmount Police Chief Lane Bennett and another Fairmount officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. A short time later, the Georgia State Patrol arrived at the location and took over the investigation at the request of Chief Bennett.

According to Bennett, Tabor was taken into custody and transported to the Gordon County Jail and charged with DUI (refusal) and failure to maintain lane.

"It is so sad when we have to arrest a law enforcement officer who has violated the law," said Chief Bennett. "But when the safety and well being of the public and our children are at risk, it will always be addressed and handled regardless of who they are."

Tabor's employment with the City of Fairmount was terminated effective Jan. 31, 2018.