New Years' Eve Dec. 31st. 2019- Cool, but clear weather made for a wonderful New Years’ evening in downtown Dallas. In addition to the clear weather, the excellent coordination of Dallas PD, PCFD, EMS, CERT, Dallas Parks, and Rec made a seamless event possible. The evening got started around 6:30 with Gypsy Outfit opening the concert. The sound and lighting were amazing as The Dallas Martin Band picked up the next leg of the live show.
Paulding County Farm Bureau (PCFB) was recognized as one of the top county Farm Bureau programs in the state during the organization’s 82nd annual convention held on Jekyll Island Dec. 8-10. The county chapter was named a finalist for the prestigious McKemie Award - the highest honor that a county Farm Bureau in the state can receive - in recognition of the activities it sponsored during the past year to promote agriculture.
Our annual Student Art Show is also coming up. We are proud to welcome LGE as a sponsor for our 2020 competition. Students may submit their work Thursday, January 30, Friday, January 31 or Saturday, February 1 between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm at the Historic Courthouse Gallery & Studios.
The Paulding County Economic Development Organization (EDO) Board of Directors has selected Michael Hughes to serve as its Executive Director. Mr. Hughes currently serves as the Economic Development Division Manager for Cobb County as part of the Community Development Agency. In this capacity with Cobb County for approximately 25 years, he has been responsible for developing and administering a variety of business initiatives, economic incentive programs, innovative economic development programs.
Detectives with the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Investigations Division arrested Richard Wayne Biester on one count of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Possession of Child Pornography). Detectives were following up on a CyberTip which was received from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) via the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).
Saturday, December 7, 2019, this past weekend marked the 27th Annual Invitational Dallas Christmas Parade. Presented by the Paulding County Rotary Club in cooperation with the City of Dallas, Dallas Police Dept. and the Paulding Sheriff’s Dept. This year our parade was blessed with a clear day, as opposed last year's rain. We estimated approximately 20,000 to 23,000 residents attended the parade this year, and we thank each of you for making this such a terrific event.
Paulding E-911 received a welfare check call from Morris Ezekiel Hix (W/M, 72 YOA). Hix advised that he and his longtime girlfriend, Janet Darlene Osmer (W/F, 52 YOA), had been arguing and that during the argument he may have accidentally run over her in the driveway of 283 Perkins Road in Dallas.
Seven GreyStone Power employees were honored by Georgia EMC with a statewide Lifesaving Awards at their Annual Meeting in Savannah on Nov. 11. The seven GreyStone Power linemen are among 14 employees from five EMCs in Georgia to be recognized with a Lifesaving Award, which recognizes EMC employees whose quick thinking and actions are instrumental in safeguarding others from dangerous or potentially deadly situations.
American Legion Post 111 and members of the Paulding County Veterans Memorial Committee held the very first Veterans Day Service at Veterans Memorial Park on Monday, November 11th at 11:00 AM. This service was significant as it was the first Veteran’s Day service held since the Veterans Monument was moved to the park in May of this year. This 2019 service was the 26th annual service held in the County in honor of all Veterans, living and deceased.
On November 14, 2019, a complainant contacted authorities at the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office with allegations that Sorrells had inappropriate sexual contact with a minor. Authorities immediately contacted the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and asked them to launch an investigation into the incident. At that point, Sorrells was placed on paid administrative leave and removed from all of his official duties as a Detective.
U.S. Representative Tom Graves (R-GA-14) joined presenters from Google and local school officials last week at McClure Middle School for an event aimed at raising awareness among students on how to stay safe on the internet.
Brian Travis Cowart (W/M, 34 YOA) of Cartersville, Georgia was arrested by Detectives from the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Investigations Division as a result of an elaborate attempt to have sex with an eight-year-old girl.
Dallas, GA3⁄4 Kennesaw State University’s TRIO Programs are hosting an ACT Test Prep Boot Camp that aims to not only prepare high school students for the big test that will determine their college entrance, but they are also working to prepare students for life in the community. The Boot Camp is a 10-week commitment that takes place every Saturday, and students that give up their weekends gain confidence for their ACT Test and learn soft skills that will benefit them in their future workplaces, such as timeliness, work ethic, and accountability.
As a result of an ongoing narcotics investigation, the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office and the Haralson-Paulding Drug Task Force would like to announce the arrest of two Paulding County residents for Heroin and Marijuana trafficking. The Haralson-Paulding Drug Task Force is comprised of Deputies and Officers from multiple agencies in Haralson and Paulding County which is overseen by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.