published Friday, December 9th, 2011

Region Rail: No child missing in schools search

DALTON, Ga.

No child missing in schools search

After Dalton and state police spent all day Thursday investigating reports that a boy may have been abducted at his school bus stop, police turned up nothing.

A girl reported seeing a boy between ages and 5 and 7 taken by a man or men in a gold or brown car around 7:30 a.m., officials said.

The report was on Matilda Street, Dalton Police Department spokesman Bruce Frazier said.

But after multiple agencies spent the day canvassing the neighborhood and accounting for every Dalton Public Schools student, they found no child was reported missing, Frazier said.

Investigators were trying to follow up with students to see if anyone knew anything.

They are asking anyone who may have picked up a friend or family member Thursday morning near Matilda Street in a gold or brown car to call 706-370-4900 or 911.

CLEVELAND, Tenn.

Sheriff asks help for Relay for Life

Members of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office participating in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life will raise money by wrapping Christmas presents for the cause.

In an news release, Sheriff Jim Ruth said the Ruthless Relayers team needs donations such as gift wrap, ribbon and bows, tape, holiday gift labels, shirt boxes and tissue paper.

Team members will wrap shoppers’ presents from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 17-18 at T.J. Maxx on Paul Huff Parkway for a donation to the American Cancer Society. The relay is set for May 2012.

Donations can be made to the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, 2290 Blythe Ave., from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

COLUMBUS, Ga.

City forms panel for train service

The mayor of Columbus has announced the formation of a passenger rail commission to push for regional train service to the West Georgia city.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that Mayor Teresa Tomlinson’s Passenger Rail Commission will include several top community and business leaders.

She said she hopes the panel will help efforts to get passenger service between Atlanta and Columbus.

Gordon Kenna, CEO of Georgians for Passenger Rail, has said that Georgia’s first passenger rail line likely would be from Atlanta to Macon, running through Griffin.

City leaders in Columbus have said having high-speed rail service to their city is a top priority.

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