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Rabies Warning in Paulding County: Get Your Shot!

Rabies Warning in Paulding County: Get Your Shot!

DALLAS, GA -- Environmental health and animal control officials in Paulding County have a warning for residents of the western portion of the county.

A rabies-positive raccoon was found near Tanner Farm Road in Rockmart. Officials have confirmed that the raccoon had contact with a pet dog, which may have to be put to sleep.

Dog and cat owners are advised to ensure their pets' rabies vaccinations are up-to-date and to avoid raccoons and other wild animals that are acting strange.

Paulding County Animal Control will hold a rabies clinic on Saturday, Mar. 5 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Paulding Senior Center (54 Industrial Way North, Dallas, 30132). Rabies shots will be offered for $8 (cash only). Dogs must be on a leash; cats should be in a carrier.

For more information, call Paulding County Animal Control at 770-445-1511 or Paulding County Public Health's environmental health office at 770-443-7877.

Dallas Farmers Market Returns

Dallas Farmers Market Returns

DALLAS, GA -- The Dallas Farmers Market will return on Saturday, Mar. 5.

The market is located in downtown Dallas in the parking lot of Georgia Highlands College (25 Courthouse Square, 30132) and is open on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.

Fresh local produce is available for purchase, straight from the farm to the consumer. There is something to please every palate: meat, eggs, fresh artisan bread, honey and jam, pesto, salsa, cheese, herbs, flavored popcorn, baked goods and, of course, fruits and vegetables.

The farmers are also on-hand on market days to talk about their wares and offer gardening advice. Many vendors do not use artificial fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides.

The market is always looking for new sellers. A vendor meeting will take place on Saturday, Feb.

Americans for Prosperity Launch School Choice Advocacy Tour

Americans for Prosperity Launch School Choice Advocacy Tour

ROME, GA -- Americans for Prosperity is launching a school choice advocacy effort with a statewide tour to educate parents about the benefits of educational choice in Georgia.

The group's first stop will be Tuesday, Mar. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Berry United Methodist Church (4900 Martha Berry Highway, Rome, 30165).

The tour will feature a series of screenings of a documentary, The Cartel, followed by town hall-style panel discussions about the issue. Panelists invited to the Rome event include Georgia Senator Barry Loudermilk, Floyd County Board of Education district chair Terry Williamson and Dr.

Sex Offender Arrest Stresses Need for Community Education

Sex Offender Arrest Stresses Need for Community Education

DALLAS, GA -- A Dallas man has been convicted on one count of Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes and two counts of Child Molestation in an Apr. 23, 2009 incident.

Anthony Francis Paleveda, 21, was sentenced on Tuesday, Feb. 15 to 15 years for each count -- 10 years in prison and the remainder on probation.

According to detectives with the Paulding County Sheriff's Office Crimes Against Children unit, Paleveda met the victim on an online social network site called VampireFreaks.com. Before Apr. 23, they communicated through emails and instant messages.

On the day of the incident, Paleveda picked up the then-12-year-old victim from her middle school and drove her back to his home, where a sex act occurred.

Paleveda then drove the girl to an area near her home and dropped her off.

Villa Rica High to Hold Black History Program

Villa Rica High to Hold Black History Program

VILLA RICA, GA -- The Villa Rica High School community would like to invite all of Metro Atlanta to participate in the first annual Black History Celebration.

The event will be at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 24 at First Baptist Church of Villa Rica (1483 West Highway 78, 30180).

The new Villa Rica High School Gospel Choir, the Thomas Dorsey Singers of Villa Rica, High Praise of Flat Rock Baptist Church and gospel recording artist Earnest Pugh are all scheduled to perform.

Guest speakers include Sylvia C. Hooker, deputy superintendent of the Georgia Department of Education, and The Honorable Former Georgia Supreme Court Justice Leah Ward Sears.

Daddy-Daughter Date Night at Chick-fil-A

Daddy-Daughter Date Night at Chick-fil-A

ATLANTA -- The 119 Atlanta-area Chick-fil-A restaurants will host a special Daddy-Daughter Date Night on Saturday, Feb. 5.

Fathers and daughters will be encouraged to spend the evening together, enjoying time in the restaurant and participating in activities.

"One of Chick-fil-A's goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we come in contact with," said Robin Lomax, Chick-fil-A area marketing director. "We understand the importance of father-daughter relationships and want to encourage Atlanta community members to take a break from busy schedules, enjoy their loved ones' company over a meal and celebrate the significant relationship in their lives."

Each Chick-fil-A will celebrate in its own way.

Newt Gingrich to Speak at Paulding Chamber 50th Anniversary Event

Newt Gingrich to Speak at Paulding Chamber 50th Anniversary Event

ATLANTA -- The Paulding Chamber of Commerce will kick off its 50th anniversary with the Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, The Honorable Newt Gingrich.

Mr. Gingrich will be the keynote speaker at the Chamber's Vision Forward 2011 dinner and program on Thursday, Jan. 20 at the Thomas Murphy Ballroom of the Georgia World Congress Center (285 International Boulevard NW, Atlanta, 30313). He will discuss his outlook on education, healthcare and economic opportunities for Metro Atlanta and the nation.

Additional attendees include David Ralson, Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Congressman Phil Gingrey.

For more information, contact the Paulding Chamber of Commerce at 770-445-6016.