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*   A RAINY WEEKEND... WITH FLOODING PROBLEMS REPORTED IN DADE, NORTHERN WALKER AND CATOOSA COUNTIES.   OUR WEEKEND RAINFALL TOTAL AT WQCH WAS NEARLY 3 INCHES... 2.87 TO BE EXACT.

*   A FELONY “HOMICIDE BY VEHICLE” WARRANT HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR A DRIVER INVOLVED IN THE CHATTOOGA COUNTY WRECK THAT KILLED PASTOR LAVONNE HUMPHREY, EARLIER THIS MONTH.
    40 YEAR OLD BRANDON HEATH DRENNAN OF SUMMERVILLE IS ALSO ACCUSED OF DRIVING INTO ONCOMING TRAFFIC, DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE AND OTHER TRAFFIC CHARGES IN CONNECTION WITH THE FATAL CRASH.

*   A 48 YEAR OLD MAN WAS ARRESTED ON MAIN STREET IN LAFAYETTE, AFTER HARASSING HIS NEW BRIDE, THURSDAY EVENING.
    THE COUPLE HAD GOTTEN MARRIED IN RINGGOLD THIS WEEK AND WERE HONEYMOONING AT THE MORGAN MOTEL. 
    A MOTORIST CALLED 9-1-1 AFTER THE MAN WAS SEEN PUSHING THE WOMAN, IN FRONT OF THE MARSH HOUSE.  THE MAN TOLD POLICE THAT HIS NEW WIFE HAD THREATENED TO LEAVE HIM… AND HE WAS TRYING TO KEEP THAT FROM HAPPENING.  THE REPORT STATES THAT THE MAN STOOD IN FRONT OF THE WOMAN WITH HIS HANDS OUT, TO KEEP HER FROM WALKING AWAY.  NEITHER HAD AN I.D.
    MICHAEL SCOTT MANNING WAS CHARGED WITH DISORDERLY CONDUCT… AND THE WOMAN WAS GIVEN A COURTESY RIDE TO WALMART TO MEET HER MOTHER.

BREAKING: 
  HUNTERS FOUND A DECOMPOSED BODY ON LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN SATURDAY, ACCORDING TO THE WALKER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE.
    THE FEMALE HAS NOT BEEN IDENTIFIED… AND WALKER COUNTY HAD NO MATCHING MISSING PERSON REPORTS.  CAUSE OF DEATH HAS NOT BEEN DETERMINED.
    SHERIFF STEVE WILSON SAID THE GBI HAS BEEN CALLED INTO THE INVESTIGATION.   LAST MONTH, A VEHICLE WAS FOUND ABANDONED ON PRIVATE PROPERTY CLOSE TO THE BODY’S LOCATION… AND THE PROPERTY OWNER HAD IT TOWED.
    A PRESS RELEASE SAYS THE BODY HAD BEEN THERE FOR AN ESTIMATED FOUR WEEKS.   THE REMOTE LOCATION IS NEAR HIGH ROAD IN THE CLOUDLAND AREA.

*   LAFAYETTE HIGH HAS ANNOUNCED THIS YEAR’S CANDIDATES FOR MISTER AND MISS LHS
    FOR MISS LHS, THE NOMINEES ARE:
TIMERRA BELL
JULIA YEAROUT
KACIE JOHNSON-COOK
MONTANA ALDRIDGE
MCKINLEY LANGFORD
AND ANNIE CARTER
    FOR MISTER LHS, NOMINEES ARE:
MATTHEW INGRAM
JOHNNY JOHNSON
COLE INGRAM
LATAVIOUS MCLINIC
CALEB TRAMMELL
AND LATRAIL MCCLINIC
    JUNIOR MARSHALLS FOR THE 2017 HONORS DAY PROGRAM ARE:
BRYCE MARTIN-WHITE
JOSEPH CUROLE
LAUREN PIKE
AND RYLEE HENDERSON

*   SECOND BAPTIST CHURCH OF LAFAYETTE WILL OFFER FREE DENTAL SCREENINGS TO THE COMMUNITY ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26th.
    WALKER COUNTY RESIDENTS OVER AGE 10 ARE WELCOME TO COME FOR SCREENING FROM 2 UNTIL 5 PM.   APPOINTMENTS WILL THEN BE SCHEDULED FOR DENTAL HELP ON APRIL 27th THROUGH 29th.
    BE IN LINE ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26th FROM 2 - 5… AT SECOND BAPTIST CHURCH, 500 WEST MAIN IN LAFAYETTE.

*   THE WALKER COUNTY CHAMBER WILL HOST A BUSINESS EXPO AT THE WALKER COUNTY CIVIC CENTER, THIS THURSDAY.
    VISIT BOOTHS STARTING AT 3 PM… THEN AN AFTER-HOURS EVENT WILL BE HELD UNTIL 7 PM.   ADMISSION IS FREE.

*   CORINTH BAPTIST CHURCH WILL HAVE THE ANNUAL CAR, TRUCK AND MOTORCYCLE SHOW THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 29th.  IT’S A CRUISE-IN WITH DOOR PRIZES AND FOOD CONCESSIONS.   AWARDS WILL BE GIVEN FOR PASTOR’S CHOICE AND KID’S CHOICE… AND PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE CHURCH.   HOURS 9 AM - 1 PM ON THE 29th… AT CORINTH BAPTIST, 2524 CORINTH ROAD.

*   THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE IS ORGANIZING A CRUISE-IN DURING THE UPCOMING HONEYBEE FESTIVAL… ON SATURDAY, JUNE 3rd.
    THOSE WITH A CAR, TRUCK, MOTORCYCLE OR ANTIQUE TRACTOR THAT WOULD LIKE TO HAVE IT IN THE SHOW MAY CALL THE LAFAYETTE RECREATION DEPARTMENT AT 706 639 1590.

*   CAMP NEW DAWN’S 5th ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT WILL BE HELD AT THE LAFAYETTE COURSE THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 29th.   LUNCH AT NOON WITH A SHOTGUN START AT 1 PM.   CASH PRIZES FOR TOP TEAMS.  CALL TO SIGN UP, 706 539 2235.

*   A FEDERAL JUDGE SIGNED-OFF ON THE VOLKWAGEN DIESEL EMISSIONS SCANDAL FRIDAY, ORDERING THE CAR MAKER TO PAY 2.8-BILLION IN A CRIMINAL PENALTY.   THAT BRINGS THE TOTAL RULING TO AROUND 30-BILLION THE COMPANY WILL INCUR, INCLUDING THE BUY-BACK OF ALMOST HALF-A-MILLION CARS.   
    THAT “BUY BACK” OF DIESEL CARS IS NOW IMPACTING WALKER COUNTY… WHERE VOLKSWAGEN IS “PARKING” HUNDREDS OF DIESEL VEHICLES UNTIL THEY CAN BE REFITTED FOR LEGAL EMISSIONS.   THE CARS ARE BEING STORED AT THE FORMER BLUEBIRD PLANT IN LAFAYETTE…. AND JUST ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK… HUNDREDS MORE WILL BE STORED AT THE FORMER BARWICK ARCHER PLANT IN KENSINGTON.

*   THIS IS NATIONAL INFANT IMMUNIZATION WEEK.  THE WALKER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAS ALL THE NEEDED VACCINES FOR CHILDREN AND THOSE WHO INTERACT WITH THEM.   CALL (706) 638 5577 FOR MORE INFORMATION.   THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT IN LAFAYETTE ACCEPTS CASH, CREDIT AND DEBIT CARDS, MEDICARE, MEDICAID, AETNA, BLUECROSS OF GEORGIA, CIGNA AND UNITED HEALTH.

*   LAFAYETTE POLICE ARRESTED A ROSSVILLE MAN AFTER HIS THREATS ESCALATED TOWARD A LOCAL MECHANIC.
    DISPATCH SENT AN OFFICER TO CVS PARKING LOT ON NORTH MAIN, WHERE AN INTOXICATED MAN TOLD THEM HE WAS IN TOWN TO COLLECT HIS TRUCK AND MOTORCYCLE FROM THE LOCAL RESIDENT WHO WAS FIXING THEM.  HE WAS TOLD THAT IT WAS A CIVIL MATTER… AND IT WOULD BE BEST NOT TO VISIT THE REPAIRMAN WHILE INTOXICATED.
    WHEN THE OFFICER LOOKED UP THE REPAIRMAN AT HIS RESIDENCE ON WEST THIRD AVENUE, THE MAN TOLD THEM HE HAD RECEIVED THREATENING TEXT MESSAGES WITH RACIAL SLURS.
    SHORTLY AFTER, THE MAN ENCOUNTERED EARLIER… ALONG WITH HIS FEMALE DRIVER, PULLED UP AT THE RESIDENCE AND MADE MORE THREATENING STATEMENTS AND GESTURES.
    60 YEAR OLD JAMES ROY WHITWORTH WAS TAKEN TO JAIL ON A CHARGE OF TERRORISTIC THREATS AND ACTS.

*   NEW CLAIMS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS SHOT UP BY OVER 450-PERCENT IN WALKER COUNTY, FROM FEBRUARY TO MARCH.  AT 790 NEW CLAIMS, THE MARCH FIGURE WAS 648 MORE THAN CLAIMS MADE THE PREVIOUS MONTH.
    WHITFIELD COUNTY’S NEW CLAIMS ROSE BY 257… CATOOSA, UP BY 70… AND CHATTOOGA COUNTY, UP BY 35 OVER THE MONTH.
    NO DETAILS WERE RELEASED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ON WHY NEW CLAIMS WERE UP SO DRAMATICALLY IN WALKER COUNTY.  SEVERAL AREA INDUSTRIES WERE HIRING CONTINUOUSLY THROUGH THE PERIOD.
    MEANWHILE, THE STATEWIDE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR GEORGIA FELL TO THE LOWEST LEVEL SINCE THE RECESSION BEGAN IN 2007… NOW AT 5.1 PERCENT.   THE MARCH RATE WAS DOWN 2-10ths OF A POINT FROM FEBRUARY.

*   THE LAFAYETTE-WALKER LIBRARY ANNOUNCED PLANS FOR THE SUMMER, AT A RECENT CITY COUNCIL MEETING.
    ASSISTANT MANAGER KAREN THOMPSON TOLD THE COUNCIL THAT WALKER COUNTY SCHOOLS WILL HAVE A SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAM AT THE LIBRARY FOR ANY CHILD UNDER 18 YEARS.   MEALS WILL BE SERVED AT THE LIBRARY ON MONDAYS, TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND FRIDAYS THROUGH THE SUMMER… FROM 11 AM UNTIL NOON DAILY.
    SUMMER READING PROGRAMS WILL BE HELD AT THE LIBRARY EACH TUESDAY AT 11 AM.
    ON WEDNESDAY’S IN JUNE, THE LIBRARY WILL SPONSOR “READING AT THE REC”… WITH SPECIAL PROGRAMS EACH WEEK AT THE LAFAYETTE RECREATION CENTER.   PROGRAMS INCLUDE FEATURES FROM ROCK CITY, THE CHATTANOOGA ZOO AND THE TENNESSEE AQUARIUM.
    COMMUNITY SCAVENGER HUNTS WILL RETURN THIS SUMMER… ALONG WITH SPECIAL PROJECTS FOR TEEN PATRONS.
    STOP BY THE LIBRARY ON DUKE STREET FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SPECIAL SUMMER READING PROGRAMS.

*   THE 29th ANNUAL WQCH RADIOTHON AND GOSPEL SING FOR ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL IS TWO WEEKS AWAY… ON SATURDAY, APRIL 29th.
    WE’LL BE ON THE AIR LIVE WITH HOST TIMMY BARRETT AND LOCAL CHURCH GROUPS… ASKING LISTENERS TO CALL WITH A PLEDGE TO SUPPORT THE KIDS OF ST. JUDE.
    BE LISTENING ON SATURDAY THE 29th FROM 8 AM UNTIL NOON… ON WQCH, AM-1590.

*   UNIQUE FABRICATING IS PLANNING AN EXPANSION OF THEIR MANUFACTURING FOOTPRINT IN LAFAYETTE… AND THEY’RE CONSIDERING A LOCATION “NEXT DOOR”.
    WALKER COUNTY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY DIRECTOR LARRY BROOKS SAID A DEAL IS IN THE WORKS TO BUILD UNIQUE’S NEW EXPANSION ON THE PROPERTY OF THE FORMER QUALITY CARPET CUSHION PLANT… WHICH IS CLOSE TO THE CURRENT LOCATION ON MCCARTER ROAD.
    BROOKS SAID THAT QUALITY CARPET OWNER TIM TOOLE HAS BEEN OFFERED A TAX ABATEMENT BY THE AUTHORITY, TO BUILD A 120-THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT PLANT OF THE SITE OF HIS FORMER BUSINESS.   THE OLD QUALITY CARPET BUILDING WAS RECENTLY DEMOLISHED FOLLOWING EXTENSIVE DAMAGE FROM A FIRE SOME YEARS AGO.
    TOOLE PLANS TO LEASE THE NEW MANUFACTURING SPACE TO UNIQUE.   BROOKS SAID UNIQUE WILL BE ADDING MORE PRESSES TO MEET DEMAND FOR THEIR MAJOR PRODUCT:   MOLDED PLASTIC PARTS FOR THE AUTO INDUSTRY.

*   TREE-LINED STREETS, SIDEWALKS AND BIKE PATHS, NEW PARKS AND VARIOUS NEW HOUSING CHOICES FOR RENT… THAT SUMS SUGGESTIONS MADE FOR TRANSFORMING WEST LAFAYETTE.  AT THE FINAL MEETING AT GILBERT ELEMENTARY TUESDAY NIGHT, PARTICIPANTS WENT TO THREE STATIONS WITH MAPS AND PLANS SHOWING THE PROPOSALS AS FORMULATED BY THE NON-PROFIT COMPANY “SOUTHFACE” OF ATLANTA, FOLLOWING THEIR SURVEYS OF LOCAL RESIDENTS.
    AS GATEWAYS TO WEST LAFAYETTE, THE PLAN INCLUDES LINING VILLANOW AND WEST MAIN STREETS WITH TREES AND NEW SIDEWALKS.  A MULTI-PURPOSE BIKE TRAIL IS INCLUDED ON WEST MAIN.  IT ALSO INCLUDES A BIKE TRAIL TO GILBERT ELEMENTARY THAT GOES THROUGH THE WOODED AREA BEHIND THE SCHOOL, INSTEAD OF ON THE POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS HIGHWAY 193.
    SEVERAL TRACTS IN THE FORMER CITY OF LINWOOD WERE NOTED AS GOOD SPOTS FOR NEW HOUSING… AS WELL AS THE ANN STREET AREA BEHIND THE MARS THEATER DISTRICT.
    REA VENTURES GROUP LLC, AN ATLANTA PROPERTY DEVELOPER, REVEALED PLANS FOR HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS THAT INCLUDE A COMMUNITY CENTER, SINGLE FAMILY HOUSES, TOWNHOMES, COTTAGES AND DUPLEX APARTMENTS.   THEY HOPE TO RECEIVE FINANCING HELP IN THEIR DEVELOPMENTS FROM THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS.  ALL OF THE ARCHITECTURE FOR HOUSING TAKES CUES FROM LOCAL PREFERENCES IN THE SURVEYS CONDUCTED HERE.  SOUTHFACE HAS ALSO MADE A LIST OF PROPOSED UPDATES TO LAFAYETTE ZONING ORDINANCES, TO FOSTER POSITIVE GROWTH.
    CITY COUNCILMAN CHRIS DAVIS, A REALTOR BY PROFESSION, SAID THAT A LOCAL DEVELOPER HAS EXPRESSED INTEREST IN BUILDING THE ANN STREET HOUSING… SO ONE AIM OF THE PLAN ALREADY SEEMS TO BE MATERIALIZING:   THAT INITIAL CHANGE WOULD SPUR FURTHER BUILDING BY LOCAL DEVELOPERS IN THE WEST LAFAYETTE AREA.
    THE PLAN ALSO EXTENDS BEYOND WEST LAFAYETTE… AND ENVISIONS THE AREA AS A GATEWAY FOR VISITORS TRAVELING TO PIGEON AND LOOKOUT MOUNTAINS, TO THE WEST.
    AT THIS POINT, IT’S ALL “DRAWINGS AND MAPS”… BUT WITH THE COMMUNITY’S INPUT, THE CITY NOW HAS A MORE DEFINED PLAN FOR POSITIVE TRANSFORMATION ON THE WEST SIDE OF TOWN.

*   LAFAYETTE’S DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY IS BRINGING BACK THE POPULAR “MOVIES IN THE PARK” AT JOE STOCK PARK, STARTING NEXT MONTH.
    ON MAY 13th, “FINDING DORY” WILL BE SHOWN IN THE OUTDOOR VENUE…
    ON JUNE 10th, IT’S “THE JUNGLE BOOK”…
    ON AUGUST 12th, THE MOVIE IS “SECRET LIFE OF PETS”…
    ON SEPTEMBER 9th, “SING” IS THE MOVIE…
    AND ON OCTOBER 14th, THE SEASON WITH WRAP UP WITH “CASPER”.
    MOVIES ARE PRESENTED FREE BY THE DDA… AND CONCESSIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE.   THE MAY FEATURE WILL START AT 8:30 PM ON THE 13th.

*   LAFAYETTE IS A STEP CLOSER TO SEEING A NEW HEALTHCARE FACILITY IN THE MEDICAL PARK ON EAST VILLANOW STREET.   THE CITY COUNCIL APPROVED THE SALE OF THE FORMER HUTCHESON CLINIC TO THE LAFAYETTE DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THE DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY) AT MONDAY’S COUNCIL MEETING.   THE AUTHORITY, IN TURN, WILL BORROW MONEY TO PURCHASE THE BUILDINGS AND WILL LEASE THEM TO MEMORIAL FOR A SEVEN YEAR TERM. 
    CITY MANAGER DAVID HAMILTON SAID MEMORIAL PLANS TO OPEN THE OPERATION IN PHASES… AND WILL PROVIDE SOME WEEKEND HOURS OF OPERATION THAT ARE NOT CURRENTLY COVERED BY OTHER MEDICAL PROVIDERS HERE.
    CITY ATTORNEY RON WOMACK SAID THE DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY HAS THE ABILITY TO BORROW FROM LOCAL BANKS TO PAY FOR THE VENTURE… THEN REPAY THE LOAN WITH LEASE REVENUES FROM MEMORIAL.  AT THE END OF THE SEVEN YEAR TERM, THE PAID-FOR MEDICAL CENTER WILL REVERT TO CITY OF LAFAYETTE OWNERSHIP.
    LAFAYETTE HAS BEEN WITHOUT AFTER-HOURS HEALTH CARE SINCE HUTCHESON CLOSED THE FACILITY IN THE SUMMER OF 2015.
    IN OTHER BUSINESS, A REVIEW OF THE CITY AUDIT SHOWS LAFAYETTE IS IN GOOD FINANCIAL SHAPE.   THE CITY MANAGER REPORTED FISCAL 2016 ENDED WITH AN INCREASE IN ASSETS OF OVER 750-THOUSAND DOLLARS, COMPARED TO THE PREVIOUS YEAR.
    THERE WAS BIG GROWTH IN THE SALE OF ELECTRICITY… AND THE LAFAYETTE ELECTRIC DEPARTMENT NOW HAS TO BUY MORE CAPACITY ON THE OPEN MARKET TO MEET INCREASED DEMANDS.  THE WATER DEPARTMENT WAS ALSO PROFITABLE… EVEN THOUGH THE DROUGHT CAUSED THE CITY TO PURCHASE A GREAT DEAL MORE WATER FROM THE WALKER COUNTY SYSTEM, AT HIGHER COST.
    THEN, THERE WERE THE USUAL MONEY-LOSERS:  THE GOLF COURSE LOST 287-THOUSAND IN 2016… WHILE THE AIRPORT LOST 153-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

*   WALKER COUNTY WILL HOLD SPRING RABIES CLINICS FOR PETS AT SEVERAL LOCATIONS ON SATURDAYS… APRIL 29th AND MAY 6th.
    ON THE 29th… GET PETS VACCINATED AT ROCK SPRING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FROM 1 - 2 PM…
    EAST BROOMTOWN ROAD FIRE HALL FROM 3 - 4…
    AND AT GILBERT ELEMENTARY FROM 4:30 - 5:30 PM.
    ON MAY 6th… IT’S CHATTANOOGA VALLEY ELEMENTARY FROM 1 - 2 PM…
    OAKWOOD BAPTIST CHURCH FROM 3 - 4…
    AND NAOMI ELEMENTARY FROM 5 - 6 PM.
    COST IS $15, CASH ONLY.   IT’S SPONSORED BY THE EXTENSION SERVICE AND LOCAL VETERINARIANS.

*   BICYCLE RIDERS… PUT MAY 13th ON THE CALENDAR.  THAT’S THE DATE FOR THE INAUGURAL “HONEYBEE BICYCLE RIDE” IN LAFAYETTE AND WALKER COUNTY.
    SCENIC ROUTES OF 10 TO 63 MILES WILL BE AVAILABLE… ALL BEGINNING AND ENDING AT THE LAFAYETTE REC DEPARTMENT OFF SOUTH MAIN.
    THE LONGEST RIDE GOES FROM LAFAYETTE THROUGH CHICKAMAUGA AND ROCK CITY’S BLOWING SPRINGS FARM.
    PROCEEDS FROM THE BIKE RIDE WILL BE USED TO LOWER REGISTRATION FEES FOR YOUTH IN LOCAL REC PROGRAMS… ALLOWING MORE KIDS TO AFFORD PLAYING BASEBALL, SOCCER AND OTHER SPORTS.
    REGISTER ONLINE AT $40… THE WEB ADDRESS IS
WWW.BIKEREG.COM/HONEYBEEMETRIC  

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