Operation Caught by a Cop
The Canton Police Department has begun a new community outreach initiative by issuing tickets to local kids. It’s not the type of ticket where you must pay a fine; children will receive an award through positive contact with officers. Officers will be looking for young people who make good decisions and reward them with a certificate (ticket) and coupon for a treat donated from a local restaurant. Children may be given tickets for such things as wearing a seat belt or bike helmet, looking both ways before crossing the street, or just good manners.
Each officer will search the city to issue a child at least one “ticket” per shift. Chief Mark J. Mitchell jokingly stated, “Our officers don’t have a quota on how many tickets they issue per month, but they will be enforcing good behavior. It all starts with the children in our community. We want kids to … not be scared, and run to our officers in times of need or engagement.”
A Makeover for a Canton Fixture
According to a report by Canton City Manager Billy Peppers, available at www.canton-georgia.com, there’s a bit of excitement surrounding Canton’s historic Jones Building. The focal point of the central business district opened in 1879 as Jones Mercantile. It has served Cherokee residents with everything from hardware to haberdasheries, food, furniture, children’s toys and caskets.
The building is about to receive new life, under the watch of city officials.
The first phase of work will begin with roof replacement and exterior renovation, including repair and replacement of masonry, windows and adding historically accurate commercial storefront designs. Interior walls will be removed in addition to nonoriginal flooring systems used to subdivide the building. The work should begin this fall.
Details of the second phase (operational renovation) haven’t been determined. Peppers anticipates that will be addressed sometime this fall.