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Cliff Cole tells PBA Paulding now 13th Largest School System in Georgia

15 Aug 2014

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While enrollment is just slightly above last year - more students are expected to arrive in the coming weeks - the boost was enough for Paulding to be ranked the 13the largest system in the state.

Cole congratulated his staff and system and noted that this year will be the first in the last five in which there are no furlough days scheduled. He said teachers could look forward to a small cost of living wage increase as well.

Other news includes the dumping by the system of the CRCT testing regime and its replacement with a new one. Cole said the schools had improved their ranking in something like 26 of 28 measured areas.

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County rolls back millage to avoid tax increase

13 Aug 2014

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The Paulding Board of commissioners voted unanimously to lower the millage rate on the taxable property in the county rolling back the tax rate to compensate for increased values.

The commission also did some other business including approving plans for the expansion of video surveillance on the Silver Comet Trail. Public support for that project in the wake of the savage and senseless beating of a resident on the trail in late July.

Early in the meeting the commission was given a report by the county's new Ambulance Service which took over EMS activities in January.

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Waddell Reward tops $20,000 as more cameras planned for Silver Comet Trail

07 Aug 2014

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Sheriff Gary Gulledge (center), Parks Director Michael Justus (right) and Government Services Director Chuck Rann (left) survey one of the locations where cameras will provide enhanced security on the most used portion of the Silver Comet Trail in Paulding.

With the reward for the arrest and apprehension of the man who assaulted Tina Waddell on the Silver Comet Trail now topping $20,000, Paulding's government looks to expand remote camera surveillance on the trail from the county line on the east to Mt. Olivet Road on the west.

The case of Ms. Waddell has apparently baffled local authorities who are grasping for a motive for the near fatal beating the woman, who was jogging along on the Silver Comet Trail in Dallas.  Beat mightily, the woman was discovered by a passerby who called authorities and initiated  metro-wide interest in the story.

The tragic beating also spurred expansion of the county's fiber-optic network along the trail which was made in an announcement today. Sheriff Gary Gulledge and Commission Chairman David Austin jointly announced the security upgrade on the Silver Comet Trail which will proceed in two phases.

The first phase will use the existing fiber-optic network on the trail and enhance that camera system which currently serves three areas along the 18-mile trail. The immediate effort, which could be completed by early October, will expand the existing security camera coverage to include approximately 19 new locations with approximately 47 high resolution digital cameras. Also, two additional Silver Comet Trail patrol cars (smart cars) will be purchased to increase the mobile law enforcement presence on the trail for a total cost of about $275,000.

Phase II will extend the existing fiber optic network to the Cobb County Line (Isley Stamper Rd.) allowing for the addition of approximately 3 – 4 new camera locations. Fiber will also be extended to the west approximately three miles to Mount Olivet Road allowing seven new camera locations to be added. Because this project will include having to run electric service to the more remote western portion of the trail, the cost is projected to run closer to $400,000.

The security upgrade project will be paid from funds earmarked by the county SPLOST fund for parks and recreation.
 
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Reward Fund established for Silver Comet Trail beating victim Tina Waddell

05 Aug 2014

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Sheriff Gary Gulledge has created a reward fund for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person(s) responsible for the Silver Comet Trail attack on Tina Waddell. That attack which occurred on July 29, 2014 on the Silver Comet Trail left the woman severely beaten. There has been no credible motive determined for the senseless attack.

The fund will be open to anyone who feels compelled to donate to it and they can remain anonymous if they choose.

The fund will remain in place until August 5, 2016. If no one has been arrested by that time, providing that Detectives have no new leads in the case, the money will either be refunded back to the donor, used to buy more cameras and equipment for the Silver Comet Trail, or it will be given to our Cops for Kids Christmas shopping program for underprivileged children. When someone donates money, they will be given an opportunity to decide what they want done with their money at the expiration of the fund.

Sheriff Gulledge stated, “The creation of this fund will hopefully prompt someone to break their silence that may be holding that key piece of information that could help us break this case. It is our hope that this reward will be the catalyst that helps us find our suspect(s).” If you have any information that could help Detectives in this case please call the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at (770) 443-3015.

The account fund is at the Hiram Branch of the Bank of North Georgia at 75 Metromont Road in Hiram.

To contribute to the fund, download this form: Attached File  tinawadlx.pdf   577.12KB   35 downloads
 
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Unstoppable Women's Conference announced for Sept. 6 at Cobb Galleria

04 Aug 2014

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Alison Feliciano, a financial expert slated to speak at the Unstoppable Woman Conference slated for Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 expressed the excitement and energy that is expected at this event.

According to Ms. Feliciano, the conference has grown from last year when it was held at Chattahoochee Tech and they are looking forward to expanding their reach at this year's one-day conference.




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