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*   THE OWNER OF A LAFAYETTE BUSINESS WAS ARRESTED WEDNESDAY BY THE DRUG TASK FORCE, FOR GROWING MARIJUANA INSIDE THE BUILDING.
    JUAN LUIS ARELLANO… AGE 30… WAS CHARGED WITH FELONY POSSESSION AND MANUFACTURE OF MARIJUANA.   HIS FAMILY OWNS BOTH THE NORTH GEORGIA LIQUIDATORS STORE AND RAFAEL’S RESTAURANT… LOCATED SIDE-BY-SIDE IN THE SHOPS AT PEARL DRIVE, NEAR WALMART.  
    GROW ROOMS WERE LOCATED WITHIN THE “LIQUIDATORS” BUSINESS, ACCORDING TO DRUG TASK FORCE COMMANDER PAT DOYLE.  THEY CONTAINED A TOTAL OF 15 MARIJUANA PLANTS, GROW LIGHTS AND OTHER HARDWARE.  

*   THE MEMORIAL WEEKEND IS THE TRADITIONAL START OF SUMMER… AND LAFAYETTE’S MUNICIPAL SWIMMING POOL WILL BE OPENING FOR THE SEASON THIS COMING MONDAY, MAY 25th.  
    HOURS WILL BE MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY FROM NOON - 6 PM… AND SUNDAY FROM 1 - 6 PM.
    “LATE DIPPERS” CAN SWIM TUESDAY AND THURSDAY EVENINGS
FROM 7 - 8:30 PM.   ADMISSION IS $4… WITH AGES 3 AND UNDER ARE FREE. 
    SEASON PASSES ARE AVAILABLE FOR $40… OR FOR A FAMILY OF UP TO 5 MEMBERS, $100.   THE POOL WILL CLOSE FOR THE SEASON ON AUGUST 2nd.
    THE POOL IS ALSO AVAILABLE TO RENT FOR PARTIES… AT A RATE OF $75.   THEIR DIRECT NUMBER IS 706 639 1587.

*   CENTER GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH WILL HAVE A CAR, TRUCK AND MOTORCYCLE SHOW AND SILENT AUCTION, THIS SATURDAY.   OPENS AT 10 AM, WITH JUDGING AT NOON... ENTRY IS $15 PER VEHICLE... AND TROPHIES WILL BE AWARDED.    CENTER GROVE BAPTIST IS ON HIGHWAY 95 NEAR ROCK SPRING.

*   LAFAYETTE POLICE ARRESTED A 23 YEAR OLD MAN ON MOLESTATION CHARGES, TUESDAY NIGHT.  THE PARENTS WERE AWAY FROM HOME - AND APPARENTLY SUSPECTED THE TEEN WAS NOT “HOME ALONE”, AS THEY ASKED POLICE TO CHECK.  
    RESPONDING OFFICERS FOUND JAMES ADAM STIER HIDING IN THE RESIDENCE… AND DETECTIVE WESLEY STEELE WAS CALLED-IN AT AROUND 7:30 TUESDAY NIGHT.   STIER HAS A HENDERSON STREET ADDRESS.
    HE WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF CHILD MOLESTATION, ENTICING A CHILD FOR INDECENT PURPOSES AND INTERFERENCE WITH CUSTODY.   POLICE SAY THE GIRL IS UNDER THE AGE OF CONSENT.  THE TWO MET THROUGH A MUTUAL FRIEND, ACCORDING TO THE REPORT.

*   WITHIN THE NEXT MONTH, IT APPEARS THAT “BOJANGLES” WILL BE BREAKING GROUND FOR A NEW RESTAURANT IN LAFAYETTE.
    THOSE “IN THE KNOW” SAY THE COMPANY HAS BEEN NEGOTIATING FOR PROPERTY OVER THE PAST YEAR… AND PLANS TO MAKE THEIR MOVE IN JUNE.  THE BOJANGLES MENU FEATURES THEIR SIGNATURE CHICKEN AND BISCUITS.
    THE NEW LAFAYETTE BOJANGLES WILL BE ON HIGHWAY 27 IN FRONT OF THE WALMART SHOPPING CENTER… JUST SOUTH OF THE FORMER STANSELL FURNITURE BUSINESS.

*   THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS HAS APPROVED A GRANT TO HELP AUDIA INTERNATIONAL EQUIP THEIR NEW WALKER COUNTY PLANT AT NOBLE.
    THE INCENTIVE IS A 200-THOUSAND DOLLAR “REBA” GRANT…. THAT STANDS FOR “REGIONAL ECONOMIC BUSINESS ASSISTANCE”.  THE MONEY WILL COME TO THE WALKER COUNTY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY AND THAT BODY WILL PASS THE FUNDING ON TO AUDIA.   DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY DIRECTOR LARRY BROOKS SAID “IT’S A NICE GESTURE FOR THE STATE TO HELP AUDIA WITH EQUIPMENT COSTS”.
    THE NEW PLASTICS MANUFACTURER WILL HAVE OVER 35-MILLION DOLLARS IN PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT IN-PLACE, WHEN THEY OPEN LATE THIS SUMMER.   TOTAL VALUE OF THE PLANT WILL BE OVER 70-MILLION.

*   THE WALKER COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT IS ASKING THE PUBLIC'S HELP IN LOCATING TWO BURGLARY SUSPECTS FROM A SIGHTING ON LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN.  A WITNESS SAW TWO PEOPLE LEAVING THE AREA OF A BURGLARY IN THE 4000 BLOCK OF HIGHWAY 157... A RISING FAWN POSTAL ADDRESS IN WALKER COUNTY.
    A MAN AND WOMAN WERE INSIDE THE LATE MODEL DODGE PICKUP... WHICH HAD A FRONT LICENSE PLATE THAT READS "RED NECK".   INSIDE WERE A WHITE MALE AND FEMALE AROUND 40 YEARS OF AGE.
    A PURSE, CLOTHING, CASH AND JEWELRY WERE TAKEN FROM THE RESIDENCE, ACCORDING TO THE VICTIM.    ANYONE WITH INFORMATION MAY CONTACT THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AT 706 638 1909 EXTENSION 1240... OR SUBMIT AN ANONYMOUS TIP AT "WALKERSO.COM".

*   THREE FELONY COUNTS OF SHOPLIFTING WERE LODGED AGAINST A CHICKAMAUGA MAN AFTER HIS ARREST AT BI-LO IN LAFAYETTE, MONDAY.
    POLICE DETECTIVE WESLEY STEELE SAID THAT 53 YEAR OLD MICHAEL DEWAYNE LASTER HAD TAKEN CHICKEN FROM THE BI-LO DELI … ALONG WITH VARIOUS ITEMS FROM THE NEARBY DOLLAR GENERAL AND FROM FRED’S IN LAFAYETTE.   HE EXPLAINED THE REASON FOR FELONY CHARGES WAS LASTER’S HISTORY… WITH MORE THAN THREE SHOPLIFTING CHARGES IN THE PAST. 

*   WALKER COUNTY SCHOOLS WILL HAVE TO CHOOSE ONE OF THREE GOVERNANCE OPTIONS BY THE END OF JUNE… AND THIS WEEK, THE FIRST OF TWO PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THE MATTER WAS HELD AT LAFAYETTE HIGH.
    SUPERINTENDENT DAMON RAINES SAID THE CHOICE WAS MANDATED BY GEORGIA LAW IN 2008.  IT ALLOWS SCHOOLS TO CONTRACT WITH THE STATE FOR FLEXIBILITY IN MEETING STANDARDS, IN EXCHANGE FOR INCREASED ACCOUNTABILITY.
    IN RECENT YEARS, WALKER COUNTY HAS HAD TO USE “WAIVERS” ON BOTH CLASS SIZE AND REQUIRED CLASSROOM DAYS PER SCHOOL YEAR… AND SUPERINTENDENT RAINES BEGAN BY EXPLAINING WHY THE “WAIVERS” ARE NECESSARY:  HE SAID DURING HIS TENURE, AUSTERITY CUTS HAVE RESULTED IN A LOSS OF 18-MILLION DOLLARS IN FUNDING TO WALKER COUNTY SCHOOLS.
    RAINES MADE IT CLEAR THAT THE SO-CALLED “STATUS-QUO” OPTION WOULD NOT WORK FOR WALKER COUNTY, BECAUSE IT WOULD NOT ALLOW THE WAIVERS ON CLASSROOM SIZE AND DAYS IN CLASS.  
    THAT LEAVES TWO OPTIONS FOR THE BOARD… STRATEGIC WAIVERS OR A CHARTER SCHOOL SYSTEM.  BOTH WOULD ALLOW WALKER COUNTY TO CONTRACT WITH THE STATE FOR 7 YEARS… AND BOTH WOULD ALLOW THE SPECIFIC WAIVERS THAT THE LOCAL SCHOOL SYSTEM HAS BEEN USING TO “MAKE ENDS MEET” WITH THE AMOUNT OF STATE FUNDING RECEIVED.  THE BOARD’S DECISION MUST BE MADE BY JUNE 30th.

*   THERE’S BEEN ANOTHER DAYLIGHT VEHICLE BREAK-IN AT A LAFAYETTE BEAUTY SALON… SIMILAR TO THREE EARLIER INCIDENTS ALONG NORTH MAIN.
    A CUSTOMER AT “BEDAZZLED” SAW A MAN IN HER TRUCK IN THE PARKING LOT, AT AROUND 2 PM SATURDAY.   HE GRABBED HER PURSE AND SPED AWAY IN A SILVER CAR WITH A LICENSE TAG READING “26 76”.   SHE FOUND THE MAN HAD BROKEN THE WINDOW TO GAIN ENTRY TO HER VEHICLE.   THE VICTIM TOLD POLICE SHE TRIED TO BREAK THE WINDOW IN HIS GETWAY CAR, BUT FAILED.
    SIMILAR BREAK-INS WERE REPORTED RECENTLY AT BANGZ AND STRANDZ IN LAFAYETTE.   POLICE ARE ASKING CUSTOMERS PARKED AT PLACES OF BUSINESS TO HIDE ARTICLES OF VALUE INSIDE VEHICLES… AND LOCK THE DOORS.  
    THE SUSPECT IS DESCRIBED AS AROUND 30 YEARS OF AGE… A WHITE MALE WITH MEDIUM BUILD.   ANYONE WITH INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT THE LAFAYETTE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

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