Shriner’s Telethon Raises $50,000

Shriner’s Telethon Raises $50,000

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The Chattooga County Shrine Club’s annual telethon was once again a success.  This year was the 37th Annual Chattooga Shrine Telethon.  Shriners have reported that the telethon raised $50,000 for Shriner’s Hospitals.

The North American Shriners operate 22 hospitals nationwide that serve thousands of children each year.  There is never any charge to any patient at a Shrine Hospital.  The Shriners rely on donations that are raised by local Shrine Clubs for care and research at the hospitals.

The Chattooga County Shrine Telethon is the oldest, and most successful Shrine Telethon in the United States, thanks to the generous donations of Chattooga County residents, businesses and churches.

The local Shriner’s Telethon is aired over SKY 21, WKSY television in Summerville, GA.

Two Chattooga Teens Jailed on Drug Charges in Alabama

DeKalb County, Alabama Sheriff Nick Weldon says that two Chattooga County teenagers were arrested with drugs and a weapon near Mentone earlier this week.

DeKalb County Sheriff’s Deputies and Mentone Police attempted to stop the vehicle occupied by the two Chattooga County residents after observing several driving infractions.  The vehicle fled from law enforcement which resulted in a five-minute pursuit.

After detaining the two suspects, agents continued a search of the area, and found a large amount of methamphetamine that was thrown from the vehicle, as well as a Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun. A meth pipe was also found on the passenger.

The driver, Megan Palmer, age eighteen of Summerville, was charged with Attempting to Elude, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Reckless Endangerment. The passenger, Lanson Smith, age sixteen of Cloudland, was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of a Firearm without a Permit, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Both were transported to the DeKalb County Detention Center. Smith will be charged as an adult due to it being a Class A Felony.

In a press release, Sheriff Nick Weldon said, “Our Narcotics and Criminal Interdiction Unit did a great job in apprehending these criminals. Quick thinking on their part and on the part of the Mentone Police Department helped resolve this situation before any innocent people were hurt.”

“It’s unfortunate that young lives have to be wasted due to dangerous drugs, but trafficking in this poison will not be tolerated, no matter what the age of the offender. If you want to commit adult crimes, we will be glad to treat you like an adult,” said the Sheriff.

“I’d like to give thanks to the Mentone Police Department for closely working with our guys to apprehend the suspects,” he said.

New Driving Laws in Alabama Effective September 1

If you are a Georgia resident driving in Alabama, or if you live in Alabama you want to take note of a couple of new laws that went into place on September 1st.

As of Sept. 1, all passengers in a car, including those in the backseat, must be buckled up. Previously, only children riding in the backseat had to wear seatbelts. The law makes failure to wear a seatbelt a secondary violation, which means an officer may issue a ticket if they car has been stopped for another reason.

According to the Alabama Department of Transportation, 60 percent of the people who died in traffic accidents in 2017 weren’t wearing seatbelts.

Some drivers will also have to change where they drive on Alabama highways. The “anti-road rage act” creates a violation for driving in the left lane for more than one-and-a-half miles without passing. It’s intended to keep slow drivers out of the left lane and prevent slowdowns in highway traffic.

The bill makes exceptions for inclement weather, left exits, congestion and construction. There will be a 60-day grace period where officers will hand out warnings instead of tickets.

Optimist Club Kayak Race Winners

The Optimist Club had a fabulous kayak race and fun paddle down the Chattooga from Lyerly to Chattoogaville August 17th. The event raised over $1000 for the club’s scholarship program. They are planning a second annual event in September 2020.
Pictured above are winners (l-r) tied for third place: Kasey Wilson and Amanda Adams; in second: Mary Ann Maddux, and crossing the line first are Adrian Caciur with his children Ruby and Aiden.

Investigation Into Murders Continues

Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader says that his office continues to follow up on leads into the murder of two county residents and the shooting of a third that happened one week ago.  Steven James Mauldin is in custody and has been charged in connection with the shooting deaths of thirty-five-year-old Joe Edward Brown and sixty-one-year-old Linda Mae Everett.  Daryl Marsh remains in critical condition.

The sheriff says that his office continues to follow up on other leads and the investigation is ongoing.

The GBI is assisting in the murder investigation.

Chattooga County Fair Numbers Released

The Chattooga County Fair Council has released the numbers for this year’s event.  In all, 8,360 people came through the gates at the fair, with hundreds more in attendance each night.  The totals do not include those that come before the start of the fair to be on hand for the livestock events as well as volunteers and vendors.  This year there were more opportunities for free gate admission.  The only day students had to pay to get in was on Saturday.  Adults got in free on Friday and Sunday.  Last year, 9,757 people attended the fair.  Financial numbers for the fair will be released at a later date.

The Fair Council has already started planning for next year’s event.

Sheriff Schrader’s Statement Regarding Steven Mauldin’s Capture

“Wednesday August 28th at approximately 1:00 PM, deputies from the Coweta Co. GA Sheriffs Office spotted suspect Mauldin traveling on I85 in Coweta County. An attempted traffic stop turned into a vehicle chase when Mauldin failed to stop. The Georgia State Patrol entered the chase and shortly thereafter Mauldin was taken into custody. The GBI will begin processing the vehicle and gathering evidence. I would like to personally thank each officer and employee from my Office and others as well as the agencies that assisted or offered their assistance. I would also like to thank our local media and other media outlets for their quick response in the pushing out of information for us.”

The assisting agencies were: Summerville and Trion Police Depts, The Rome, Lafayette and Newnan Georgia State Patrol, The Georgia Dept. Of Corrections K9 units, The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Floyd County Police Department, Cherokee County Alabama Sheriffs Office, Walker and Gordon County Sheriffs Offices, Adairsville Police Department, Moody Alabama Police Department, Norcross and Clayton County Georgia Police Departments, Coweta County Sheriffs Office and the United States Marshals Service.

Murder Suspect Facing Multiple Charges

Murder suspect Steven James Mauldin will be facing double-homicide charges in Chattooga County, along with other charges that may include theft of a motor vehicle.  He was captured on Wednesday afternoon shortly after 1 PM in Coweta County.

Mauldin, who has a history of being arrested for violent crimes, is accused of killing two people and shooting a third at 13023 Highway 100, near the Floyd County line on Tuesday morning.  Thirty-five-year-old Joe Edward Brown and his mother, sixty-one-year-old Linda Mae Everett were shot dead at the home they shared with forty-six-year-old Daryl Lee Marsh. Marsh was shot and injured and transported to a hospital in Floyd County for treatment, where he remains in serious condition.

A manhunt for Mauldin involved several law enforcement agencies in both Georgia and Alabama.  Sheriff Shcrader expressed his appreciation to those agencies on Wednesday evening.

Mauldin is accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend in Norcross, Georgia and driving to Moody, Alabama where he abandoned the woman at a gas station.  He is facing kidnapping charges in Norcross, according to law enforcement officials there.  He is also facing charges in Moody, Alabama and in Coweta County, Georgia.