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Badge and Bar: City police receive $1K grant from railroad company
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The Gainesville Police Department may pass Go and collect $1,000 after landing at the railroad Wednesday morning with Norfolk Southern officials.

The grant from Norfolk Southern came out of appreciation of the partnership between the police department and the railroad.

“(There’s) a lot of traffic in Gainesville, so the police department is really good at helping us out,” said Norfolk Southern trainmaster Chad Clevinger.

Gainesville police spokesman Cpl. Joe Britte and interim Chief Carol Martin said the money will be used for educational purposes regarding railway safety.

Norfolk Southern employees praised Gainesville police for their quick responses in the area, particularly with people hanging around the railroad tracks.

Retiring judge to be honored

Juvenile Court Judge Cliff Jolliff, set to retire at the end of the year, will be honored this Saturday at the CASAblanca Gala Event.

A 24-year veteran on the bench, Jolliff will retire as two new judges have been selected to join Judge Lindsay Burton. Alison Toller and Bo Weber Jr. were appointed in early October after interviews by the Hall County Superior Court judges.

Hall-Dawson CASA, the Court Appointed Special Advocates for children in juvenile court, is hosting the annual event, with all proceeds going toward CASA children.

Jolliff will receive a proclamation from Judge Peggy Walker, president of the National Council of Family and Juvenile Court Judges, at the Chattahoochee Country Club in Gainesville.

The event begins at 7 p.m.

Sheriff’s office warns of holiday shopping scams

With Black Friday and the holiday season around the bend, the Hall County Sheriff’s Office is warning citizens of financial fraud.

Deputies are asking residents to not leave packages on doorsteps unattended, as it is “simply asking for the attention of a criminal opportunist,” according to a sheriff’s office news release.

Another scheme receiving a warning is scam artists who wait for gift cards to be activated. The thieves will write down serial numbers and security codes and spend the total of the gift card once activated.

The sheriff’s office asks residents to make sure security codes are not scratched off and to shop with a “reputable retailer.”


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