Photography Courses in Macro Photography

Getting up close and personal with your subjects through macro photography provides fresh new views and enhances your photo collections. Here´s a brief look at the ins and outs of macro photography along with considerations and tips.

Want a little extra oomph out of your photos? Start using the macro setting on your digital camera or invest in a macro lens for your SLR. By getting up close and personal, you’ll see the world in a whole new way and so will anyone viewing your images especially in areas such as Perth Australia.

What is Macro Photography?

Macro photography is more than zooming in for a close up. With macro photography, the photographer actually gets as physically close to the subject as possible with a goal of reproducing an image at a one to one (or closer) ratio. Because the focal length is quite short, it’s important to have a lens capable of achieving this type of magnification. Many of these techniques you can learn in online photography courses in Australia.

While purists apply the term macro to images that have a vi or closer ratio, you don’t necessarily need to get out your measuring tape and calculator to enjoy experimenting with your macro settings. It doesn’t matter what you call it if the image is stunning and one of the best ways to get incredible images is to get up close and personal.

What You Should Know about Shooting Macro Photos The depth of field at these ranges is far shallower than you may be used to. Because of this, it’s important to use the smallest F-stop possible for optimal crispness. Since you’ll be using a small aperture setting, lighting your subject becomes critical. However, a catch-n occurs. Your camera’s lens is often right up against the subject making adding light nearly impossible. You may need to compromise by settling for a wider aperture setting or getting creative with your light source.

Focusing is also critical because at this magnification, the slightest blur becomes a major distraction. The shallow depth of field can be your best friend or your worst enemy when it comes to shooting macro images. Use it to draw attention to your subject just as you would when shooting other images with shallow depths of field. Understand that you can minimize this effect by closing the aperture but doing so requires compensation in the form of more light or longer exposure times.

Since longer exposure times require complete stillness during exposure, use a tripod and a shutter cable (or timer) to ensure that the camera doesn’t move while taking the picture. If you’re using a digital camera, you will be able to see the results immediately and make adjustments as needed.

Uses for Macro Photography

Besides being fun, macro photography has a variety of uses. Imagine jazzing up your travel photos by including macro shots of the local currency or seashells on the beaches of Perth. Artists often use macro shots of flowers, fruits, and other subjects that they plan to paint. Macro photography also has its practical uses. For example, when taking a home inventory, take macro shots of serial and model numbers to further document your possessions. Selling products on eBay? Include macro images of details that either will entice buyers or inform them of the item’s condition.

The more you use macro photography, the more you’ll start seeing the world a little bit differently. Get up close and personal with your subjects and create stunning, intimate images.

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Breast Augmentation Tucson Guide

Having breast augmentation comes with a lot of questions. Should I go the route of getting implants or a more natural method? Many women are now choosing to have a breast augmentation without surgery. This is because it can get rid of their problem areas as well as let them have the breasts they have always desired. Here are the benefits of getting breast augmentation by natural means.

One natural method of augmentation uses your body’s own fat. This is taken from areas where there is unwanted fat on your body. This can be your thighs, stomach, and many others areas. They suck out the fat with liposuction and then it is placed into the breast area for fuller, great looking breasts. You can find many of offices offering natural breast implants in Tucson Arizona.

One benefit of a naturally augmentation your breasts is they will feel natural. With breast implants sometimes they will not look as natural. This is because they often look stiff. Using fat from your own body helps the breasts look like you were born with them.

Another benefit is that transferring fat for a enhancing your bust nauturally does not interfere with a mammogram. Traditional implants do interfere. Mammograms are routinely required after a woman reaches the age of 40 so it’s great that they do not interfere with detecting medical conditions, such as breast cancer.

When you get regular breast implants they often leave scars. That is because they have to make open incisions in order to place them inside you. However, with a natural method large incisions are not involved so there are virtually no scars.

Not having to put foreign items into your body is another advantage to breast implants naturally. Unlike implants that were never part of your body, a natural breast augmentation uses fat that was already in your body. This eliminates the risks associated with foreign materials in your body.

One of the disadvantages of breast implants is they are often recommended to be replaced after ten years or so. With a natural breast enhancements such as found in Breast Augmentation In Tucson this is not required . This is because you are using your own fat that was already in your body before the augmentation. Changes in shape may occur due to pregnancy or gaining weight but otherwise another procedure is not needed.

Lastly, a great benefit is that you don’t have to worry about it deflating like implants. There is also no chance that it will leak since it’s not an implant but fat from your body. This is a much safer option because the material in implants can cause health issues if it leaks into your body.

There are so many benefits to enhancing your breasts naturally. These include having breasts that feel and look natural, they do not leave scars like normal implants, they don’t interfere with mammograms, you do not have to put anything foreign into your body, and they do not leak or deflate. Naturally augmenting the size of your breasts is a big decision. By looking at all the advantages you will be able to figure out if this procedure is right for you.

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Rising Careers : Medical Billing and Coding

As a medical biller you will be given an important office position, where you will be actively contributing to the health care industry. Your job will entail a number of responsibilities and you will often be the liaison between patients, medical institutions and various insurance companies.

The job description for medical biller is best suited for an individual who can pay close attention to minute details. It will be your responsibility to complete insurance invoices, review the information and then submit these forms to the appropriate agency. In today’s medical world there are HIPPA rules about obtaining, releasing and transmitting personal information. These submissions must be done electronically and you will need to make certain that all of the data and signatures are in the correct places.

A medical billing specialist will often be found working in a physician’s office or at a large hospital. However these jobs are also available in numerous health care related facilities such as a free-standing medical clinic, a nursing home, rehab center or physical therapy office. There is an increasing need for individuals with the necessary skills to handle the billing between health care providers and health insurance agencies. Sometimes the job requirements of a medical biller and coder will be combined together.

The duties for medical billers could include the following tasks

  • Reviewing patient bills for accuracy
  • Reviewing claims that are sent directly to Medicare/Medicaid
  • Checking to make sure that proper payments have been received
  • Resolving any billing discrepancies
  • Checking insurance policies for any secondary/tertiary benefits
  • Helping patients understand their insurance benefits plan
  • Calculating the amount that the patient might be charged for health care services
  • Tracking and resolving any unpaid insurance claims

Skills needed to become a medical biller

  • Broad, detailed knowledge of insurance payment guidelines
  • Ability to do research online (regarding payment benefits)
  • Interpersonal skills to deal with the public
  • Multi-tasking capability
  • Computer skills
  • Knowledge of medical coding
  • Familiarity with various medical billing software programs

You should be comfortable working with computers and interacting with others. This job will require you to think on your feet. You should be organized and efficient. Much of the day you will be sitting at a desk, but you may need to file papers, retrieve necessary documents and have an eye for details.

Depending upon your employer the job assignments could even require you to occasionally function as a receptionist or help with other office tasks. The majority of the time your duties will be completely focused on making sure that the billing invoices are being completed properly and submitted in a timely manner.

Education

  • You should have a HS diploma or GED
  • Completion of a Medical Billing Training Course
  • An Associate’s Degree in Business Administration (ora comparable field)

Experience

It is helpful to have at least 6 months-1 year of office experience that involved working in a health care setting such as a doctor’s office or hospital.

Medical Billing as a Life Career

This field is growing at a rapid pace and offers many opportunities for individuals who want to choose medical billing as their career. In most situations this is a job with standard Monday-Friday (9-5 or 8-4) scheduling requirements.

The average salary for medical billing associates is $14/hr. Average yearly salary is $30,000-$45,000. Some jobs will include profit sharing, stock options, retirement programs and other perks.

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Norman Arey Column: Different scenarios in Nashville, Greensboro

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Norman Arey writes about the upcoming SEC basketball tournament in his column in today’s print edition of the Rome News-Tribune.

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Youth Basketball: Rome Stars win district championship

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The Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority Rome Stars, an 8-and-younger All-Star team, defeated Dalton, Bartow and Whitfield for the District 5 championship.

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Tennis: Shorter women sweep Lee

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The Shorter women’s tennis team shut out Lee Wednesday afternoon, 9-0, to begin conference play.

Shorter (4-1, 1-0 GSC) took a 3-0 lead sweeping doubles play as each pair recorded the win.

Ornella Frere and Agnes Brun topped Tonya McGraner and Maclain Yowarsky (8-2).

Samya El Hssisen and Aurore Beltrando defeated Marta Garcia Nieto and Krista Good (8-2). Daniela Chipe and Siquena Sinclair earned the win 8-1 over Jodie Rice and Christy North.

The Lady Hawks sealed the victory by winning all six singles matchups.

Brun, playing at No. 1 for the first time this season, defeated McGraner (6-2, 6-1).

El Hsissen made her debut at No. 2 with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Garcia Nieto. Frere topped Yowarsky (6-4, 6-2), and Beltrando turned in the win over Good (6-1, 6-2). While Chipe (6-0, 6-3) and Sinclair (6-1, 6-0) earned wins over Rice and Morgan Friedlander, respectively.

Shorter plays this afternoon against West Florida at the Rome-Floyd Tennis Center at 2 p.m.

Source: Rome News

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Lacrosse: Berry drops first game to Augustana, 13-10

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Christian Akers and Cory Hall scored three goals apiece, but the Berry College men’s lacrosse team dropped its first game of the season Thursday to Augustana College, 13-10.

The loss dropped the Vikings to 3-1. The win improved Augustana to 2-2.

For Augustana, Jared Hawkins scored five goals and dished out three assists in the win.

Although Augustana held a 7-3 halftime lead, the Vikings outscored the visiting team, 7-6, in the second half.

Paolo Falzi, Grant Phillips, Patrick Towner and Matt Bentley each added a goal.

Duncan Tilka started the game in the goal and took the loss. He made a save and allowed six goals. Nick Voso then went in as goalkeeper and made three saves.

Augustana led in ground balls (45-29), but the Vikings had the edge in shots (29-28) and face-offs (18-7).

Berry will take on Colorado College in its next game in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Sunday.

Source: Rome News

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Floyd County Jail report, March 5, 8 pm

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The Floyd County Jail releases arrest reports twice a day, at 8 am and 8 pm.

Mobile users click here to see the 24 hour report.

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Alex Mitchell is named STAR Student at Coosa High

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Alex Mitchell, a senior, was honored recently as the 2015 STAR student for Coosa High School. Mitchell selected Adam Daniel, band director at Coosa High, as his STAR teacher.

To be named a STAR student, a senior must have the highest SAT score in the school on one test date through November prior to graduation. The student’s SAT scores must be equal to or higher than the national average, and the senior must be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students in the senior class based on grade point average.

The STAR teacher is selected by the STAR student for having made the most significant contribution to the student’s scholastic development.

Mitchell has a 4.0 GPA, is in the National Honor Society, an AP Scholar, and participated in Governor’s Honors as a state finalist in mathematics. He earned a Georgia Certificate of Merit, excellence in AP language, the President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence, and highest average in AP U.S. History.

A leader at Coosa, Mitchell participated in High School Leadership Rome, he was junior class treasurer, senior class treasurer and drama club treasurer.

Mitchell is also active in extra-curricular programs at Coosa. He is in the drama club, on the math team, Academic Decathlon team, basketball team and in the marching band. He was named most outstanding soloist at the 2014 Jacksonville State University Contest of Champions.

In the community, Mitchell is active in theater. He has appeared in Rome Little Theatre performances where his largest role was Injun Joe in “Tom Sawyer.” He has also performed in Upstagers Theatre Company. Mitchell was nominated for a Roman Award for Teen Lake Showstopper.

This has been a big year for the Mitchell family. In addition to Alex being named STAR student, his father, Roy, was named Floyd County Schools’ “Teacher of the Year” and his brother Zac won the Floyd County Schools’ Spelling Bee and has advanced to the state finals.

The STAR program has been in existence since 1958 and has recognized more than 24,000 students and teachers in Georgia. The program is sponsored locally by the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce.

Source: Rome News

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Update: Police warn Floyd County residents about escaped inmate

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Update: The Floyd County police urged the public to be on the watch for an escaped inmate, issuing the following press release:

Be on the look out for an escapee form a work detail on Sproull Rd near Trimble Way off Kingston Hwy. Garrett Terrell Shields black male 5’ 8” 198 pounds 44 years old wearing white shirt and pants with one blue stripe on pants and blue collar on shirt along with an orange sweatshirt and orange  toboggan. Last known address is in Fulton County. He is on year two of a 20 year sentence for several violent felonies. Shields was last seen about an hour ago near that intersection. If anyone is seen matching this description do not approach but contact 911.

Previously posted: Floyd County police are looking for an escaped inmate near the Freeman Ferry Road area, according to Floyd County police spokesman Jerome Poole.

According to the Floyd County 911 Twitter feed the escaped inmate is a black male, 43, 5’8″ tall and 190 lbs. He was last seen on Trimble Way wearing prison clothing. There is a heavy law enforcement presence in the area.

Source: Rome News

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Rome Braves pick a seat promotion cancelled

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The Rome Braves and Jack Frost have been butting heads of late and it looks as though Mr. Frost will get the upper hand again as tonight’s Pick a Seat event has been cancelled. Ice is expected for the Northwest Georgia area this afternoon and evening making for hazardous travel conditions.

Fans are encouraged to come by the stadium until March 13 to pick out their ticket plan from a Braves ticket representative and select their seats prior to single game tickets going on sale March 14. All fans that purchase ticket plans will receive a special gift from Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville.

Warmer days are ahead as the Rome Braves open the season on April 9 against Asheville. For more information call 706-378-5100 or check www.romebraves.com.

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Update: Winter weather advisory shortened, black ice threat still possible for morning commute

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The National Weather Service is saying we may see some patchy black ice overnight and for the morning commute but most of Floyd County won’t see the sleet and freezing rain they earlier expected.

According to a 2 p.m. report by the NWS:

Areas of light rain mixed with light sleet, light snow or flurries and light freezing rain may occur in the higher elevations will continue into the afternoon across the advisory area, however the precipitation will end from the west through the afternoon. By 7 p.m. the precipitation should be over. Colder air, which has already moved into northwest Georgia, will continue to spread across north Georgia. By evening most areas should be seeing temperatures at or below freezing which will create patchy black ice.

That’s changed from the earlier predictions of freezing rain and black ice but the temperature didn’t drop to freezing this afternoon like it was expected to.

Previously posted:

Floyd County Schools and Rome City Schools announced they will begin closing schools at 12:30 p.m. according to Floyd County EMA and school officials.

All Rome City Schools elementary schools will dismiss at 12:30 p.m. Rome High School and Rome Middle School will dismiss at 1:00 p.m. Car riders should be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. All after school activities are canceled.

Floyd County Schools are dismissing elementary schools as 12:15 p.m. with middle and high schools being dismissed at 12:45 p.m.

Rome First preschool is closing at noon.

The Boys and Girls club of Rome is closing.

All campuses of Georgia Northwestern Technical College will close at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, March 5.

All Shorter University campuses are closing at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, due to inclement weather. All classes and activities are canceled, and offices will be closed for the day.

Due to the potential for hazardous driving conditions, Darlington School has canceled all after-school activities for all grades. The D’Oscars are canceled but the 5th Grade Lock-in will take place as planned. Extended Day will close at 5 p.m. and the late bus will not run today.

Previously posted:

According to a Floyd County Schools post on Facebook “Watching weather closely. There are vastly different forecasts out there right now. There will be a meeting with Emergency Management officials at 11 today to discuss the afternoon. No plans to close early right now but we are prepared, if the 11 meeting presents concerns for dismissal time.”

According to the Rome City Schools post on Facebook “We are watching a weather briefing at 11:00 a.m. to help us get a better understanding of the forecast. We will keep you updated as soon as we have made a determination. The safety and security of our students and staff is always our number one priority.”

Previously posted: Plunging temperatures could mean icy roads Friday

Mother Nature was apparently paying close attention when that Pennsylvania groundhog Punxsutawney Phil predicted a prolonged winter, since Floyd County is under a Winter Weather Advisory today from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. It comes after a Wednesday afternoon when the thermometer nudged past 75 degrees.

There is a small chance some drivers will wake up this morning to a thin layer of ice on roads or exposed surfaces in higher elevations but the real risk is for Friday morning. A cold weather front was forecast to slip across Northwest Georgia overnight, with rain on the leading edge and rapidly plummeting temperatures on the back side.

Coincidental to the rain, National Weather Service forecaster Mike Leary in Peachtree City said the Northwest Georgia region is expected to experience some early-morning fog, which could also freeze, particularly at higher elevations.

Leary said late Wednesday that the cold front stretches from New York to Texas.

“It’s huge,” he said. “You’re certainly going to see some precipitation, there’s no doubt about that.”

The forecaster said that lows Thursday morning would be in the range of 32 to 38 degrees.

“The higher elevations, they could see some ice accumulation,” Leary said.

And the thermometer is not going to rise during the day.

“Through the day Thursday, temperatures are going to get quite a bit cooler and be around 30 Friday morning,” Leary said.

Black ice could be a concern across the advisory area tonight and into Friday morning.

Highs are expected to climb back into the 50s this weekend, with the next significant chance for precipitation — rain — on Monday.

For the latest local forecast:

  • Click here for the National Weather Service.
  • Click here for The Weather Channel’s interactive weather map.

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Rome man accused of stealing over $21,000 from game machine at gas station

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A Rome man remained in jail without bond after being accused of stealing money from a game machine at Hi-Tech Fuel, according to Floyd County Jail records.

According to reports:

Nathaniel M. Harper Jr., 47, of 827 South Broad St., was arrested Wednesday at 11:06 p.m. at Hi-Tech Fuel at 1324 Martha Berry Boulevard.

Harper is accused of stealing $21,975 over a period of five days from a locked game machine. Harper was seen on store video opening the machine and removing the money.

Harper was charged with one felony count of theft.

Source: Rome News

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What's happening in Calhoun, Gordon County

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BBQ Boogie & Blues is now only seven weeks away!  Register early, with payment, for the Amazing Race and receive up to three additional clues to help your team prepare for the race!

Register by March 13th, receive 3 clues

Register by March 20th, receive 2 clues

Register by March 27th, receive 1 clue

For more event information and registration forms, visit www.bbqboogieblues.com.

Starting Now!

New Echota Open Wednesday – Saturday (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Starting this month, New Echota is open four days, adding Wednesdays, for residents and visitors to tour.  Stop by to see the renovated and expanded visitors center which boasts an expanded gift shop and more merchandise.

More Info:  706-624-1321 or  www.gastateparks.org/newechota

Now – March 31

Spring Fling Basket Fundraiser

Harris Arts Center

Specialty baskets generously donated by businesses and individuals are offered for silent auction during the month of March. A variety of themes to delight the ladies, children, chefs, hobbiests – something for everyone. Free admission. 

More Info:  (706) 629-2599 or www.harrisartscenter.com

Friday, March 6

Field Turf Job Fair

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Gordon County Agricultural Service Center, 1282 Ga. Highway 53 Spur SW

The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) will help artificial-turf manufacturer Field Turf hire approximately 90 workers for its facility in Gordon County.  The company manufactures synthetic turf for athletic fields, such as football, baseball and soccer fields. Staff of the GDOL’s Rome Career Center will be on hand to screen the applicants prior to interviews with the company.

Friday, March 6 – Saturday, March 7

GRPA State Basketball Tournament – 7 & 8 Year-Old Boys & Girls

Calhoun Recreation Department

More Info:  706-629-0177

Saturday, March 7

Gordon County Saddle Club Horse Care Day Clinic

9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Northwest Georgia Livestock Pavilion 1282 Ga. Highway 53 Spur SW)

Annual vaccinations are one of the best things you can do to protect your horse.  It’s all about disease prevention and the GCSC wants to help the community keep their horses healthy and free from illness and disease. The format requires owners to trailer their horses to the livestock pavilion where onsite services will be administered by Countryside Equine Veterinary Services Inc. Options offered at the clinic will be a Coggins test as well as vaccine shots for Rabies, Strangles and a West Nile-5 Way combination package.  Digital Coggins fee is $30 with vaccination fees ranging from $20 to $70. There will also be a Tack Swap set-up by several saddle club members so feel free to stop-n-shop for bargains while your horse is there for vet services.

More Info:  770-548-5956 or email gordoncosaddleclub@yahoo.com

Saturday, March 7

Coulter Hampton Day

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Sonoraville Recreation Dept.

Celebrate being with your family while helping families in need! The Coulter Hampton Foundation is pleased to announce its annual Family Fun Day in celebration of Coulter’s life. This celebration of children and their families will raise funds to help families that are suffering with Aplastic Anemia/Cancer/or other childhood diseases.  The event includes the following. Armbands for all day play are $10 or you may purchase tickets for single rides. 

• Old Fashioned Train rides

• Inflatables: slide/bounce/tball

• Zip Line/Cotton Candy

• Dragonfly Ride

• Waffle House Chicken

• Sandwiches

• Hamburgers/Hotdogs

More Info:  Nikki Hampton – 706-271-6534 or www.coulterhamptonfoundation.org

Calhoun-Gordon County Library Events:

Every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. – Tiny Tots 0-2 years old 

Every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. – Noni’s Nook 3 years old – 5 years old

March 7th – Free Computer Basics Class (Computer Basics covers computer terms and basic computer use.) 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Proposals Due by March 12

Shaw Industries LIVE UNITED Week of Service: May 11-15, 2015

Shaw Industries LIVE UNITED Week of Service projects will take place May 11 – 15, 2015.  Projects can be from 1- 8 hours and be for 2 – 50 volunteers.  You can pick the date and time that your agency prefers.  You can ask for project over multiple days, if needed.  Shaw Industries usually completes projects that are both labor oriented (painting, beautification) and client interaction (teaching, reading to children, etc.). There is a $300 cap on the amount requested for supplies for each project. We are looking for projects from organizations that are Partner Agencies of United Way of Northwest Georgia, United Way of Gordon County, United Way of Bartow County, and United Way of Greater Chattanooga.  Complete this form, email to amy.martin@ourunitedway.org (make sure you receive confirmation from Amy that your email was received) no later than March 12, 2015.

For Local School Events:

Calhoun City Schools – www.calhounschools.org  

Gordon County Schools – www.gcbe.org  

Georgia Cumberland Academy – www.gcasda.org

*Calhoun’s Dancing With The Stars is March 13 & 14.  For the latest in event information and dancers’ fundraisers, visit https://www.facebook.com/DWTSCALHOUN

Next Weekend:

Saturday, March 14

Parent-Child Hoedown 

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Harris Arts Center

Parents, grandparents, and children aged 3 and up are invited to a luncheon served at farm themed tables while enjoying country music entertainment. Party-goers will be treated to tractor rides courtesy of Gordon County Antique Engine & Tractor Club, petting zoo with animals from Gordon County Young farmers, square dancing, face painting and games. Tickets are $20 each and may be reserved by calling 706-629-2599.

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Schools to close early due to expected icy weather

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Calhoun City and Gordon County schools are closing early Thursday, March 5, due to expected inclement weather.

Calhoun City Schools released the following statement:

“Due to the potential of freezing rain and unsafe driving conditions this afternoon, Calhoun City Schools will operate on an early release schedule today, Thursday, March 5, 2015. Calhoun Elementary and Primary school students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. Calhoun middle and high school students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m also with buses picking up from CMS/CHS at approximately noon. KEEP will remain open today until 2 p.m. Please use caution when driving and stay safe.”

Gordon County School released the following statement:

“Due to dropping temperatures forecasted for the early afternoon hours having the potential to cause hazardous driving conditions, Gordon County Schools will be closing early this afternoon.  Elementary schools will be dismissed at 11 a.m., and middle and high schools will dismiss at noon.  After school care will be in operation until 3 p.m.  All other after school activities have been cancelled.”

Gordon County Schools spokesman Amy Parker said if conditions worsen, the system will notify parents via social media and the school messaging system of earlier closing for aftercare.

Calhoun and Gordon County are expected to see rain and sleet Thursday as temperatures drop, according to the National Weather Service forecast, which in part reads:

Today Rain and sleet, mainly before 3 p.m. High near 44. North wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. Little or no sleet accumulation expected.

Tonight A chance of rain, freezing drizzle, and sleet before 7pm, then a chance of freezing drizzle between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. North wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.

Library closes

The Gordon County Library also will be closed Thursday due to inclement weather and all activities cancelled.

Source: Calhoun Times

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Gordon County Saddle Club to host annual Horse Care Day Clinic

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The Gordon County Saddle Club is scheduled to host their annual Horse Care Day clinic on Saturday, March 7, at the Northwest Georgia Livestock Pavilion from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Annual vaccinations are one of the best things you can do to protect your horse.  It’s all about disease prevention and the GCSC wants to help the community keep their horses healthy and free from illness and disease.

The format requires owners to trailer their horses to the livestock pavilion where onsite services will be administered by Countryside Equine Veterinary Services Inc. Options offered at the clinic will be a Coggins test as well as vaccine shots for Rabies, Strangles and a West Nile-5 Way combination package.  Digital Coggins fee is $30 with vaccination fees ranging from $20 to $70  Some horse owners are able to achieve extra benefits from annual clinics by opting for combination packages for vaccinations which could reduce the overall expense for anyone owning more than one horse.

There will also be a Tack Swap set up by several saddle club members so feel free to stop-n-shop for bargains while your horse is there for vet services.

The Northwest Georgia Livestock Pavilion is located at 1282 Ga. Highway 53 Spur SW, Calhoun, GA 30701 (one mile south of downtown Calhoun, across from the Georgia Northwestern Technical College).

For more information call 770-548-5956 or email www.gordoncosaddleclub@yahoo.com.

Gordon County Saddle Club meets the fourth Thursday of each month at the Gordon County Agricultural Service Center in Calhoun.

Source: Calhoun Times

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Floyd County Jail reports March 3, 8 p.m.

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The Floyd County Jail releases arrest reports twice a day – 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Mobile users follow this link to view the 24-hour report on ISSUU.com.

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Brothers sentenced to prison for methamphetamine trafficking in Chattooga County

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ROME, Ga. – Felix Moreno-Garcia and Fabian Pineda-Garcia have been sentenced for possessing over four pounds of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

“These brothers were significant contributors to the Northwest Georgia methamphetamine market,” said Acting U.S. Attorney John Horn. “Thankfully, DEA agents and the Lookout Mountain Drug Task Force successfully put an end to this family drug dealing business.”

Daniel R. Salter, the Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division stated, “These methamphetamine distributors were driven by greed and power. Today they stand powerless and will spend well-deserved time in prison. This case would not have been possible without the high level of cooperation between our law enforcement counterparts.”

According to Acting United States Attorney Horn, the charges and other information presented in court: In July 2012, the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force (“Lookout Mountain Task Force”) initiated an investigation of a Mexican drug trafficking organization operating out of Chattooga County, Georgia. The Lookout Mountain Task Force developed an informant who provided information regarding Fabian Pineda-Garcia’s narcotics trafficking.

In August 2012, the DEA joined the investigation focusing on Fabian Pineda-Garcia’s brother, Felix Moreno-Garcia. Agents conducted a series of controlled purchases before successfully introducing an undercover officer to Moreno-Garcia in November 2013. Moreno-Garcia sold the undercover officer multi-ounce quantities of methamphetamine on several occasions. On March 19, 2014, Moreno-Garcia sold the undercover officer eight ounces of methamphetamine in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart in Trion, Georgia. Immediately after the sale, officers arrested Moreno-Garcia before he could leave the parking lot. Later that evening, agents executed search warrants at four locations, including a residence in Trion, Georgia. There, law enforcement officers discovered three and a half pounds of methamphetamine hidden under a mattress in a bedroom. Agents also located a 12-gauge shotgun in the corner of the bedroom. Agents arrested Fabian Pineda-Garcia and an unindicted coconspirator at the residence.

Both Moreno-Garcia and Pineda-Garcia were convicted of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine upon their pleas of guilty on November 19, 2014.

Felix Moreno-Garcia, 33, of Trion, Georgia, was sentenced to 15 years, four months in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release. Fabian Pineda-Garcia, 34, also of Trion, Georgia, was sentenced to ten years, one month in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release. Both were sentenced by United States District Judge Harold L. Murphy.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force.

Assistant United States Attorney C. Brock Brockington prosecuted the case.

Source: Rome News

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