Pinwheels represent 610 reported cases of child abuse in Murray County

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The 610 pinwheels placed on the lawn of the Murray County courthouse represent 610 cases of reported child abuse in Murray County in 2014. The pinwheels were placed by the Family Support Council (FSC). The agency held ceremonies in Murray and Whitfield County to bring awareness to child abuse.

The number of cases increased in Murray County from 367 last year according to Mary Smith with the FSC. Ceremonies were held Tuesday at the courthouse. The message this year was to highlight the Darkness to Light program.

 

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Regents approve 2.5% tuition increase for Dalton State

A full-time Georgia student attending Dalton State next fall will pay $2,028 in tuition and fees, an increase of $37 a semester over this year. The amount reflects a 2.5 percent tuition increase passed Tuesday by the Georgia Board of Regents.

“At $2,028 a semester, Dalton State remains an extraordinary educational value,” said Dr. Margaret Venable, interim president. “We know that affordability is essential to our access mission, and we are committed to keeping costs as low as we can while still delivering an outstanding education and rich campus experience.”

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Pittman named to lead ACCG Revenue & Finance Policy Committee

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Murray County Sole Commissioner Brittany Pittman was recently named as the 2015-2016 Chairman of the Revenue and Finance Policy Committee for ACCG, Georgia’s county association. The appointment was made by ACCG President and Gwinnett County Chairman Charlotte Nash during the 2015 ACCG Annual Conference held at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center.

Legislative advocacy and public policy development are two of the primary services that ACCG provides to Georgia counties. The association uses a consensus-based policy committee process to bring together county commissioners and county staff to discuss issues of concern to county government that require changes to state and federal laws and agency policies. Policy committees develop positions on key issues, which become part of the County Platform.

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Pinwheels for Prevention creates awareness

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Pinwheels for Prevention is an annual event held by the Family Support Council to draw awareness to child abuse and neglect in Murray and Whitfield Counties. Pinwheels are generally placed on the lawn of the courthouse in Murray County.

“The pinwheels represent a reported case of abuse or neglect in Murray County from last year,” said Mary Smith, Child Abuse Prevention Educator with the Council. There will be a program on Tuesday at the Murray County Courthouse at noon. “The program on Tuesday will feature the Darkness to Light, Stewards of Children training that will be available to any adult in Murray County at no cost,” Smith said. “Our goal is to reach five percent of the population in Murray County or over 1400 adults to help us make better choices about protecting children from sexual abuse in our churches, our schools, our day care centers, youth serving organizations, in our neighborhoods and in our families.

 

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Rabies clinic and Clean Sweep scheduled for weekend

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Two big events for Murray County residents are scheduled for this weekend. The annual Rabies Clinic offers rabies vaccines for $10

each as well as other reduced price vaccines for dogs and cats. The annual Clean Sweep provides Murray County residents with the ability to avoid tippings fees at the landfill.

Murray County 4-H officials say they feel that it is critical to make the community aware of the rabies problem in our area. Erin Johns, Murray County 4-H Associate, spoke with Jason Osgatharp with the Murray County Environmental Health Department regarding the rise of rabies cases in North Georgia. According to Osgatharp, “One of the reasons rabies cases are on the rise is that the Department of Agriculture is in the midst of a baiting program where baits are dropped from planes and also hand delivered by the thousands. These baits contain the rabies vaccine and any raccoon that eats the bait will be inoculated against rabies for a year. This is slowly but surely pushing the boundary of rabies east over top of Whitfield and Murray counties. Rabies virus in our area may become more common instead of less until the baiting program is older, but this has yet to be seen.”

 

 

 

Two big events for Murray County residents are scheduled for this weekend. The annual Rabies Clinic offers rabies vaccines for $10 each as well as other reduced price vaccines for dogs and cats. The annual Clean Sweep provides Murray County residents with the ability to avoid tippings fees at the landfill.

Murray County 4-H officials say they feel that it is critical to make the community aware of the rabies problem in our area. Erin Johns, Murray County 4-H Associate, spoke with Jason Osgatharp with the Murray County Environmental Health Department regarding the rise of rabies cases in North Georgia. According to Osgatharp, “One of the reasons rabies cases are on the rise is that the Department of Agriculture is in the midst of a baiting program where baits are dropped from planes and also hand delivered by the thousands. These baits contain the rabies vaccine and any raccoon that eats the bait will be inoculated against rabies for a year. This is slowly but surely pushing the boundary of rabies east over top of Whitfield and Murray counties. Rabies virus in our area may become more common instead of less until the baiting program is older, but this has yet to be seen.”

Stephanie Skojac, Murray County 4-H Agent, said “our annual rabies clinic is our biggest fundraiser of the year thanks to the generosity of Murray County Veterinary Service and RTK Veterinary Clinic. This event not only benefits our community, it also benefits the youth who participate in our program.” Cats and dogs should be at least 3 months old. Cats must be in a carrier to ensure their safety. Dogs should be leashed.

The schedule and locations is as follows: Team #1 Murray County Vet Service, Duvall Road 8:30 am‑3:00 pm Team #2 RTK Veterinary Clinic (GA 225 & US 76, Central) 8:30 am‑3:00 pm Team #3 Northwest Elementary (GA 225 North) 9:00am-10:00 am Woodlawn Elementary School 10:15 am-10:45 am Old Eton Elementary School 11:00 am-12:00 pm St. Toribio Romo parking lot (Old Chevy Dealership- Hwy 76) 12:30 pm-2 pm Ramhurst (next to cemetery) 2:30 pm-3:00 pm.

The annual Murray Clean Sweep for the Murray County Landfill will be held on April 25th from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The program is located to Murray County homeowners. No commercial or agri-business waste accepted. Residents may also dispose of up to 10 regular car tires at no charge. “As the weather warms and the days get longer, Amnesty Day is a perfect opportunity to take spring cleaning to a new level,” Murray County Commissioner Brittany Pittman said. “As we spend more time outdoors, I encourage everyone to take a look around their neighborhoods, and see what they can do to clean up and make our community more environmentally friendly.” Last year, more than 930 residents disposed of 325 tons of waste including 2,574 scrap tires, 300 gallons of waste oil, two tons of metal, one ton of brush, as 12 lead-acid batteries. Based on the landfill’s standard gate rate, residents disposed of more than $11,375 of waste for free.

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MCSO investigates store burglary

The Murray County Sheriff Office is investigating a burglary that occurred at the Chevron convenience store in Spring Place, at the intersection of Highway 225 and Alt. 52. According to reports, the theft was discovered Monday morning after the owner arrived to open the store. Some cash and other items were taken from the business. Officers were on the scene for a few hours processing and gathering evidence. Investigators said the suspect(s) gained entry into the business through the back door.

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Advancing to national competition

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Trey Williams of North Murray High School  won the state championship for the second time in a row in the SkillsUSA Criminal Justice competition.  

This is the first time in 50 years that a student has won first place for state back to back.  He will advance to nationals this June in Kentucky. “Trey Williams is a repeat state champion; he finished 3rd in the nation last year and is possibly a strong candidate to win it this year,” said Steven Colley, Criminal Justice instructor.

 

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MCHS performs at the Walt Disney World Resort

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Members of Murray County High School Marching Band became stars of their own Disney show on April 9, 2015 when they entertained resort guests at the Magic Kingdom.

The group traveled from Chatsworth, Ga. to the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida to take part in the Disney Performing Arts Program. The marching band, under the direction of Mike Weaver, entertained hundreds of Magic Kingdom Park guests as they marched through Frontierland and around Cinderella Castle and onto Main Street, U.S.A before the “Festival of Fantasy Parade”.

 

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Keep Chatsworth-Murray Beautiful receives Keep America Beautiful Grant

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CLPP wall receptacleCLPP wall receptacleKeep America Beautiful’s Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP) today announced that Keep Chatsworth-Murray Beautiful is a recipient of a grant as one of 73 organizations receiving grants for the expanded 2015 CLPP Grants Program.

Keep America Beautiful (KAB) affiliates, local governments, business improvement districts, downtown associations, parks and recreation areas, and other organizations dedicated to eradicating litter and beautifying communities are receiving grants. Since the establishment of the CLPP, communities in 49 states and the District of Columbia have implemented the program to reduce cigarette litter.

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Pittman addresses problems with trash left at dump site gates and need for volunteer firefighters

 

 

Murray County Commissioner, Brittany Pittman, held a public meeting this Tuesday, April 7th, at the Murray County Annex. Pittman approved the re-appointment of Steve Spivey to the Georgia Department of Behavioral and Development Disabilities Planning Board.

“We are all so grateful of his continued commitment and willingness to serve on this board, and we are incredibly lucky for all that he has done and continues to do for this county,” Pittman said.

 

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