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Students awarded with scholarships at recent Gordon County BOE meeting

The Floyd-Gordon Employers Committee on Monday night awarded two scholarships in the amount of $750 each to two recent graduates of Gordon County Schools' Ombudsman program.

Chailyn Johnston and Martha Leatherwood Mantooth were both awarded the scholarships and congratulated by the members of the Gordon County Board of Education.

In other Gordon County Board of Education news:

-The 2018-2019 Fiscal Year budget was approved, up about $3 million dollars over the 2017-18 budget at $63,215,529 in the General Fund, $9,382,425 in Special Revenues Funds, $13,930,810 in Capital Projects Funds and $5,027,400 in Debt Service Funds. The 2018-2019 budget can be found on the Gordon County Schools website.

-Sewer Pump Repair was approved for Ashworth Middle/Gordon Central High School.

-A recommendation for the Approval of Sonoraville High School Waiver-Employment of Relatives was tabled until the next work session.

A public work session will be held at 6:00 p.m. this Monday, June 18 at the Gordon County Board of Education Central Office on Warrior Path in Calhoun.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Gordon County Board of Education will be held at 6:30 p.m. on July 16 at the Gordon County College and Career Academy of Highway 53 Spur in Calhoun.

CPD makes arrest in connection with May shooting

Calhoun police have made an arrest from a shooting in May.

As previously reported, the CPD received a 911 hang-up call around 12:30 a.m. on Friday, May 18. Two officers responded to the Sugar Valley area of Camelot Circle, where the call originated from. The officers were then notified that a gunshot victim was at Gordon Hospital and stated that the shooting incident took place on Camelot Circle. The officers arrived at the hospital and spoke with Alanna Talley, the girlfriend of the victim, James Crocker. She told officers that she and Crocker were walking in the Camelot area and had called an unidentified friend to pick them up. When the friend arrived, the pair got into the friend's Black Infinity, and the friend told them not to move, pulling a gun on them. Talley told authorities the friend fired two shots, striking Cocker in the arm and the leg. The pair jumped out of the vehicle and was rushed to Gordon Hospital. Crocker's injuries were not life-threatening.

After a thorough investigation, charges were filed against 30-yearold Jeffrey Allan Costillo, of Blaine, Minn. On Monday, June 11, Costillo was taken into custody by U.S. Marshall's in Minnesota for the offenses of Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Battery.

Resaca mulls fine collection options

The Town of Resaca is considering contracting with a fine recovery service in order to recoup $97,000 in unpaid fines. The amount stems from 2014 until present.

"Gordon County uses GMA," said Kelly Shaw, the town clerk explained. "GMA adds their fee to the top of the fine, so it won't cost us anything."

She added that many fines are from out of state travelers and while they notify the Department of Driver Services and take out warrants, it hasn't helped.

Brandon L. Bowen, town attorney, said he would do more research in using a fine collection agency and report back to the council at the next meeting.

"Even if we only get some back, it's more than we've been getting," Mayor Sam Allen said.

In other Resaca news:

The next city council will be July 10, with a work session at 5 p.m. and the regular meeting at 7 p.m.

Bids for the purchase of the Ingle House will be opened at the regular meeting in July. Bowen added that if the bids did not meet what the city was looking for, they were under no obligation to accept a bid. He also said that laws changed slightly during the process, allowing cities to use a realtor to handle the bid process, which could be an option if none of the bids are accepted.

The next meeting of the Town of Resaca will be held on Tuesday, July 10 at 6 p.m. at Resaca Town Hall.

CFD investigating Spring Valley fire

Calhoun Fire Department continues to investigate a fully-involved structure fire from Wednesday night.

According to fire officials, a call came in Wednesday night of a fire at a home located at 111 Brian Drive in Calhoun. The home suffered heavy fire, water and smoke damage, gutting the home. The fire started in the kitchen area of the home and appears to have been accidental. Total damages are estimated at $55,000 but the investigation is not complete at press time.

Gordon County sees unemployment rate, claims drop in April

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that Gordon County posted a lower unemployment rate and lower claims in April.

Those strong numbers, though, were somewhat offset by monthly declines in the labor force and the number of employed residents. Still, most indicators remain positive for the year.

"Even though we did see some fluctuations in the employment and workforce numbers across the state, job growth continues to be very strong," Butler said.

In April, the number of employed residents in Gordon County settled at 25,864, representing a loss of 160 on the month but an increase of 464 over the last year.

Gordon County ended April with a labor force of 26,823. That number is down 295 over the month but up 266 over the past 12 months.

At the same time, the jobless rate fell to 3.6 percent, a drop of .4 percent over the previous month. A year ago, the jobless rate was 4.4 percent.

In Gordon County, initial claims for unemployment were down about 9 percent for the month but up about 2 percent for the year. Most of the drops in claims were seen in the manufacturing and construction industry.

Employ Georgia, the GDOL's online job listing service at showed 268 active job postings in metro Gordon County for April.

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