GBI called in to in­ves­ti­gate miss­ing funds in Sum­merville po­lice Christ­mas fundraiser

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SUM­MERVILLE — The GBI is in­ves­ti­gat­ing miss­ing funds in Sum­merville’s Santa in Uni­form bank ac­count, ac­cord­ing to Sum­merville Po­lice Chief Stan Mosley.

Fri­day the chief was alerted that an undis­closed amount of money was un­ac­counted for in the depart­ment’s book­keep­ing records. He im­me­di­ately called for the GBI’s help in track­ing down those miss­ing funds.

As the in­ves­ti­ga­tion starts, long­time city em­ployee and Mu­nic­i­pal Court Clerk, Stacy Foun­tain, has re­signed, Chief Mosley said. The po­lice chief sus­pended her with­out pay on Sun­day, pend­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the book­keep­ing records she con­trols for the Santa in Uni­form and other ac­counts.

“I want to apol­o­gize to ev­ery­one who has helped or do­nated to the Santa in Uni­form pro­gram be­cause money is miss­ing and I don’t have an an­swer for it yet,” Chief Mosley said. Santa In Uni­form pro­vides Christ­mas shop­ping trips to eco­nom­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren in Chat­tooga County.

The Sum­merville News

Aragon Pump­kin Festival com­ing this week­end

ARAGON — De­spite be­ing the small­est town in Polk, Aragon doesn’t pull any stops when it comes to fes­ti­vals or cel­e­bra­tions.

Along­side an an­nual Bar­be­cue and Chil­dren’s Day, the city is now look­ing to cel­e­brate the first ever Pump­kin Fest this week­end on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tom Pittman Field, at 105 New Prospect Road.

Scare­crows, corn­stalks, and pump­kins are be­ing gath­ered for dec­o­ra­tions, and ac­tiv­i­ties such as pump­kin paint­ing con­test, the find the pump­kin con­test, and a cake­walk are planned for fall lovers.

De­pend­ing on the num­ber of teams who sign up, Pump­kin Fest will be home to a soft­ball tour­na­ment as well.

The event is free, but there will be plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties for festival-go­ers to do some shop­ping.

A to­tal of 24 ven­dors have al­ready signed up to sell al­most ev­ery­thing cit­i­zens could want in­clud­ing snow cones, cotton candy, fun­nel cakes, pa­parazzi jew­elry, hand­made bracelets, bar­be­cue, LuLa Roe fash­ion, boiled corn, soaps, can­dles, pump­kins, fall and Christ­mas decor, Hal­loween crafts, peanuts and peanut brit­tle.

The ven­dors are only in­creas­ing, and there are still spots for those who want to set up shop.

“We are still tak­ing ven­dors,” Pump­kin festival or­ga­nizer Jess Oz­ment said.

“Ven­dors will have to go to Aragon City Hall dur­ing busi­ness hours to fill out the form and pay the $10 booth fee to re­serve a spot.

“Let the city know if you will need elec­tric­ity.”

The date of Pump­kin Fest is fast ap­proach­ing, but the festival is still col­lect­ing ven­dors, play­ers and items. “We are still on the hunt for men’s soft­ball teams,” Oz­ment said. “Please con­tact Marcy Gar­ri­son Pope for more info at 678-901-7923.”

Sean Wil­liams, The Polk County Stan­dard Journal

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