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Prep academy is voluntarily leaving
Hearing for director nears
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An official with Southern Catholic College said Monday that a sports academy leasing its campus would be gone by Nov. 10.


Financial troubles with North Georgia College Prep Academy led to the situation, said Nick Bain, vice chairman with Southern Catholic College’s board of trustees.


“The whole thing collapsed from lack of funding,” Bain said. “[North Georgia College Prep Academy] is voluntarily leaving.”


The college filed paperwork Oct. 18 to evict the sports academy. If the academy leaves voluntarily, the dispossessory hearing scheduled for Nov. 10 will not be necessary, Bain said.


He added that the college is currently “working with a major Catholic university in the Northeast to possibly come to [the local campus].”


Further details were not available.


The director of North Georgia College Prep Academy is facing felony charges for reportedly writing nearly $20,000 in bad checks to his employees and area businesses.


Bond has been denied for Darren Wesley, 39, who remains in local custody after a judge deemed him a high flight risk.


An Oct. 25 preliminary hearing was rescheduled for Nov. 8 after a Dawson County Magistrate Court judge granted a continuance.


According to Magistrate Court Judge Tony Tarnacki, the district attorney and public defender offices “wanted to see the outcome of a pre-warrant case” before moving forward with the preliminary hearing.


The pre-warrant case was scheduled Oct. 25 for Bojangles’ restaurant, which had filed complaints with the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office in regards to alleged bad checks from Wesley.


When Bojangles’ representatives did not show up for the hearing, Tarnacki dismissed the case.


U.S. Marshals arrested Wesley on Sept. 21 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He was extradited to Georgia on Oct. 5.


Charges against Wesley include felony theft by deception and felony deposit account fraud.


Wesley and his attorney, Sara Sibley, have declined to comment on the matter.