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*   THE WALKER COUNTY TAX OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED ON THE LEGAL PAYMENT DEADLINE… WHICH IS SATURDAY THE 20th.   TAX COMMISSIONER CAROLYN WALKER SAID THE TAX OFFICE WILL ACCEPT PROPERTY TAX PAYMENTS WITHOUT PENALTY, UNTIL 5 PM ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 22nd.
    “WE HAVE TO KEEP THE 20th AS OUR OFFICIAL DEADLINE, BECAUSE OF THE WAY OUR COMPUTER SYSTEM CALCULATES INTEREST”, WALKER SAID.   “BUT WE’RE GIVING TAXPAYERS AN EXTENSION TO PAY WITHOUT PENALTY, UNTIL THE CLOSE OF BUSINESS ON MONDAY”.
    MAKE PAYMENTS AT THE TAX OFFICES IN LAFAYETTE OR ROSSVILLE.  AND AGAIN, YOU HAVE UNTIL 5 PM ON MONDAY, TO MAKE THE PAYMENT WITHOUT PENALTY.

*   MANY OF WALKER COUNTY’S ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS EXCEEDED THE STATE’S AVERAGE SCORE ON THE “COLLEGE AND CAREER-READY PERFORMANCE INDEX”, RELEASED THIS WEEK.
    THE CCRPI HAS REPLACED THE “ADEQUATE YEARLY PROGRESS” OR “AYP”, IN GRADING SCHOOLS’ PROGRESS IN GEORGIA.
    ALL OF THE LAFAYETTE-AREA ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BEAT THE STATE SCORE… INCLUDING GILBERT, NORTH LAFAYETTE, NAOMI, ROCK SPRING AND SADDLE RIDGE.
    LAFAYETTE MIDDLE SCHOOL AND SADDLE RIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL ALSO SCORED HIGHER THAN THE STATE AVERAGE.
    IN THE HIGH SCHOOL SCORES… LAFAYETTE HIGH EXCEEDED THE STATE AVERAGE BY 1 1/2 POINTS… WHILE RIDGELAND HIGH WAS SLIGHTLY BELOW THE STATE SCORE.

*   TWO TEENS HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH THE HOLDUP OF THE DOLLAR GENERAL STORE IN ROSSVILLE LAST FRIDAY.
    19 YEAR OLD WAYNE CAUDLE AND 18 YEAR OLD ARMOND DEWS ARE ALSO ACCUSED IN THE ATTEMPTED ROBBERY OF A SUBWAY SHOP JUST UP THE STREET ON ROSSVILLE BOULEVARD, THE NEXT DAY.   THEY’VE BEEN CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ROBBERY AND ATTEMPTED ROBBERY.
    BOTH WERE WEARING HOODIES AND SURGICAL MASKS, AS DESCRIBED BY WITNESSES.   WHEN SPOTTED BY POLICE, THEY RAN TOWARD A STOLEN CHEVY SUBURBAN… WHICH WAS SPOTTED IN THE ROSSVILLE ROBBERY.   A BLACK BB-GUN WAS ALSO RECOVERED.

*   WALKER COUNTY’S BOARD OF EDUCATION HAS ACHIEVED “QUALITY SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNITION” FOR 2014, FROM THE GEORGIA SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION.
    THE PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO SHOWCASE “BEST PRACTICES” IN SCHOOL GOVERNANCE AND LEADERSHIP… AND THE LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD MET OR EXCEEDED THE GSBA CRITERIA FOR THE CURRENT YEAR.   THE AWARD CRITERIA IS BASED ON THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION’S STANDARDS FOR EFFECTIVE GOVERNANCE. 
    SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS INCLUDE MIKE CARRUTH, PHYLLIS HUNTER, KAREN STOKER, SUSAN WELLS AND DALE WILSON.

*   HUTCHESON RECORDED THE FIRST BIRTH IN THE NEWLY-OPENED DELIVERY CENTER THIS WEEK… THEN THE SECOND ONE CAME… A LITTLE EARLY.
    ANDREA MERCER OF ROCK SPRING GAVE BIRTH TO HER NEW DAUGHTER IN THE HOSPITAL PARKING LOT.   A DELIVERY TEAM, LED BY NURSE ANGELA BLEVINS, DELIVERED THE BABY IN THE MERCER’S CAR NEAR THE HOSPITAL ENTRANCE.
    MRS. MERCER SAID HER WATER BROKE IN THE CAR ON THE WAY TO THE HOSPITAL… AND 8 MINUTES LATER, VIVIENNE ALICE MERCER WAS DELIVERED.
    THE MERCERS CALLED BLEVINS THEIR “ANGEL NURSE”, FOR THE CARE THEY RECEIVED.

*   RAIN HAS DELAYED COMPLETION OF GRADING WORK AT THE NEW AUDIA INTERNATIONAL PLANT AT NOBLE… BUT MORE EARTH-MOVING EQUIPMENT HAS BEEN BROUGHT IN TO SPEED THE PROCESS.
    DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY DIRECTOR LARRY BROOKS SAID THEY MISSED THE DECEMBER 1st DEADLINE TO BEGIN BUILDING CONSTRUCTION DUE TO THE WEATHER… AND NOW THEY’RE AIMING FOR THE SECOND WEEK OF JANUARY TO START POURING THE CONCRETE PADS FOR THE PLASTICS MAKER.
    ANOTHER PROJECT IS MAKING QUICK HEADWAY LOCALLY:   CONTRACTORS WERE INSTALLING THE ROOF LAST WEEK, AT THE EXPANSION OF UNIQUE FABRICATING IN NORTH LAFAYETTE.   BROOKS SAID UNIQUE HAS ALREADY ORDERED THE EQUIPMENT THAT WILL FILL THE NEW PRODUCTION SPACE, ACROSS MCCARTER ROAD FROM THE ORIGINAL PLANT.   UNIQUE MAKES PLASTIC PARTS FOR NEW CAR PRODUCTION… AND ALSO DIE-CUTS ACOUSTIC INSULATION FOR THE AUTO INDUSTRY.

*   THE LAFAYETTE WOMANS CLUB HAS CONTRIBUTED FUNDS TO EQUIP PRIMARY HEALTHCARE WITH HEAD LICE KITS, FOR LOCAL FAMILIES IN NEED.
    SANDY MATHESON WITH PRIMARY HEALTHCARE SAID “THIS TIME OF YEAR, HEAD LICE CAN BECOME A PROBLEM IN SCHOOLS - THEY SPREAD QUICKLY AND CAN BE VERY EXPENSIVE TO TREAT”.
    STEPHANIE WARDLAW, PRESIDENT OF THE WOMANS CLUB, SAID MEMBERS HAVE SHOWN A REAL INTEREST IN HELPING AREA CHILDREN.   THE CLUB PRESENTED A CHECK FOR $300 TO HELP WITH THE NEED.
    PRIMARY HEALTHCARE IS PLANNING TO OPEN A CLINIC NEXT YEAR, ON THE CAMPUS OF GILBERT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN LAFAYETTE.   THEY CURRENTLY OPERATE CLINICS IN SUMMERVILLE, TRENTON, ROSSVILLE AND CATOOSA COUNTY.   MS. MATHESON ADDED “HAVING LICE KITS ON-HAND WILL HELP FAMILIES… WE’RE DEDICATED TO HELPING AREA CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES GET GOOD QUALITY, AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE.”

*   IT WAS “ALL A’s AND B’s” LAST WEEK, IN LOCAL KITCHEN INSPECTION SCORES.
    WALKER ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH GAVE “A’s” TO EL TRIO, PIZZA HUT, THE SONIC AND THE NORTH MAIN SUBWAY IN LAFAYETTE.  THE WALKER COUNTY SENIOR CENTER ON SOUTH MAIN, RECEIVED A PERFECT “100”.
    THE FAIRYLAND CLUB PULLED IT’S “UNACCEPTABLE” SCORE ALL THE WAY UP TO AN “A”, UPON RE-INSPECTION LAST WEEK.
    AND GREG’S RESTAURANT IN CHICKAMAUGA PULLED A RECENT “C” UP TO A “B”, IN THEIR RE-INSPECTION.

*   THE LAFAYETTE CITY COUNCIL HAS APPROVED A NEW “TRUCK ROUTE” THROUGH TOWN… WHICH THEY HOPE WILL ELIMINATE THE REPEATED DAMAGE TO PEDESTRIAN SIGNALS ON THE SQUARE.  TIGHT-TURNING 18-WHEELERS HAVE KNOCKED OVER PEDESTRIAN CROSSING SIGNALS MORE THAN ONCE AT THE CORNER OF NORTH MAIN AND WEST VILLANOW STREET.
    THE NEW TRUCK ROUTE WILL ADVISE DRIVERS OF TRUCKS WITH MORE THAN THREE AXLES… HEADING SOUTHBOUND INTO TOWN ON U.S. 27… TO TAKE THE BYPASS INSTEAD OF NORTH MAIN STREET.   FOR TRUCKS TRAVELING TO SYNTEC… THEY WILL TURN OFF THE BYPASS ONTO VILLANOW STREET, FOR A STRAIGHT-SHOT TO CHATTANOOGA STREET, AND A RIGHT TURN TO THEIR DESTINATION.  THAT AVOIDS THE TIGHT TURN THEY WOULD HAVE TO NEGOTIATE ON THE SQUARE.
    TRUCKS TRAVELING TO ROPER AND SHAW WILL BE DIRECTED DOWN THE 27 BYPASS TO SHATTUCK INDUSTRIAL BOULEVARD… AVOIDING MAIN STREET ALTOGETHER.  BIG TRUCKS CAN ALSO FOLLOW GEORGIA 193… WEST MAIN STREET… TO CHATTANOOGA STREET, FOR DESTINATIONS ON THE WEST SIDE OF TOWN.  
    CITY MANAGER DAVID HAMILTON SAID “THE ROUTE IS NOT RESTRICTED… AND WE DON’T PLAN TO HAND OUT TICKETS”… HE SAID THE PLAN IS SIMPLY “A PREFERRED ROUTE FOR BIG TRUCKS TO GET THROUGH TOWN”.
    IT WAS ACKNOWLEDGED THAT 18 WHEELERS WILL, AT TIMES, HAVE TO “VEER OFF” THE TRUCK ROUTE TO MAKE LOCAL DELIVERIES.  “IN THAT CASE”, HAMILTON SAID, “WE WANT THEM TO USE THE TRUCK ROUTE UNTIL THEY HAVE TO TURN… AND GET BACK ON THE TRUCK ROUTE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE”.
    DRIVERS FOLLOWING GPS MAPS ACCOUNT FOR MOST OF THE PROBLEMS.   GPS TENDS TO GIVE THEM THE SHORTEST ROUTE TO ANY GIVEN DESTINATION… REGARDLESS OF THE NARROW STREETS AND DIFFICULT INTERSECTIONS THEY MIGHT HAVE TO NEGOTIATE.  
    IN THE PROCESS OF PLANNING THE NEW TRUCK ROUTE, HAMILTON SAID IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT THE CITY MADE SEVERAL STREETS “OFF LIMITS” TO BIG TRUCKS, BETWEEN 1988 AND 1993.  “WE’LL HAVE TO RESEARCH THOSE OLD ORDINANCES AND BRING THEM UP TO DATE WITH THE NEW TRUCK ROUTE PLAN”, HE SAID.

*   A LARGE-SCALE CHRISTMAS TRAIN DISPLAY IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, FREE OF CHARGE… EACH EVENING FROM 6 - 9 PM, AT GORDON HALL IN LAFAYETTE.  IT’S NEXT DOOR TO JOE STOCK PARK, WHERE THE “AMAZING CHRISTMAS” SHOWS HAPPEN 7 NIGHTS PER WEEK, FROM 6 - 10 O’CLOCK. 

*   WALKER COUNTY COMMISSIONER BEBE HEISKELL SAID HER OFFICE HAD “CALLS ALL WEEK” APPLAUDING THE GUY PENROD CONCERT… HELD AT MOUNTAIN COVE FARMS LAST THURSDAY.
    WITH OVER 500 PAYING FANS IN ATTENDANCE… THE CONCERT WAS ALSO A FINANCIAL SUCCESS WITH TICKET SALES COVERING ALL EXPENSES.
    THE CHRISTMAS CONCERT WAS SUCH A HIT THAT THE GOSPEL SINGER HAS ALREADY BEEN TENTATIVELY BOOKED FOR THE MOUNTAIN COVE SHOWBARN AGAIN NEXT YEAR, ON DECEMBER 3rd.   THAT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A WEEKEND “CHRISTMAS IN THE COVE” VENDOR SALES EVENT.
    THERE WAS NOT MUCH ON THE AGENDA AT THE BUSINESS MEETING.  COMMISSIONER HEISKELL HAD TO RE-APPOINT THE CURRENT MEMBERS OF THE ALCOHOL CONTROL BOARD, SINCE THE ORDINANCE WAS CHANGED TO INCLUDE LIQUOR BY THE DRINK IN RESTAURANTS IN THE UNINCORPORATED COUNTY.
    AND PAUL ARNOLD OF THE LOCAL AMBULANCE SERVICE WAS RE-APPOINTED BY THE COMMISSIONER TO SERVE ON THE NORTHWEST GEORGIA REGION ONE EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES COUNCIL.

*   IT’S OUR 60th BIRTHDAY!  LAFAYETTE’S RADIO STATION SIGNED-ON THE AIR FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DECEMBER, 1954.
    THEN KNOWN AS WLFA… THE STATION WAS A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN AUBREY AND VIRGINIA GALLIMORE AND CHARLES W. “CHARLIE” GWYN, WHO AT THE TIME WERE IN THE RADIO BUSINESS TOGETHER IN SENECA, SOUTH CAROLINA.
    CHARLIE MOVED HIS FAMILY TO LAFAYETTE IN 1955 - AND HE ASSUMED THE MANAGER’S ROLE… WHICH HE HELD UNTIL HIS DEATH IN 1982.  STATION OWNERSHIP WAS THEN HELD BY HIS WIFE, BROWNIE GWYN, UNTIL HER INTEREST WAS PURCHASED BY THEIR SON, RICH GWYN, IN 1988.
    THE CORPORATE NAME AT THAT TIME WAS CHANGED FROM RADIO DIXIE, INCORPORATED… TO RADIX BROADCASTING, INCORPORATED… AND THE CALL LETTERS WERE CHANGED TO WQCH… WHICH STANDS FOR “QUEEN CITY OF THE HIGHLANDS”.
    GWYN SAID “WE APPRECIATE OUR FAITHFUL LISTENERS AND ADVERTISERS FOR MAKING THIS BROADCAST SERVICE POSSIBLE FOR 60 YEARS… LAFAYETTE HAS BEEN GOOD TO US”. 

*   THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE IS GETTING HELP FROM THE GEORGIA D.O.T. ON THE MAJOR RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT OF SOUTH CHATTANOOGA STREET.
    STATE SENATOR JEFF MULLIS ARRANGED A MEETING LAST WEEK WITH D.O.T. COMMISSIONER KEITH GOLDEN… WHICH WAS ALSO ATTENDED BY LAFAYETTE MAYOR ANDY ARNOLD AND CITY MANAGER DAVID HAMILTON.  AT THAT MEETING, GOLDEN PLEDGED ANOTHER 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN “LMIG” FUNDING FOR THE LAFAYETTE STREET PROJECT.
    PLANS FOR CHATTANOOGA STREET INCLUDE REPLACING ALL WATER LINES… ALONG WITH REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT OF SEVERAL UNDER-STREET BRIDGES AND CULVERTS.   THEN THE STREET WILL BE REPAVED… AND THE TOTAL PROJECT COST IS ESTIMATED AT OVER 1.2-MILLION DOLLARS.   THE ADDITIONAL D.O.T. MONEY WILL BE USED TO REPAIR BRIDGES UNDERNEATH CHATTANOOGA STREET.
    CITY MANAGER HAMILTON SAID THE CITY’S YEARLY ALLOWANCE FROM THE D.O.T.’S  “LOCAL MAINTENANCE IMPROVEMENT GRANT”… IS JUST OVER 70-THOUSAND DOLLARS… AND THAT WILL ALSO BE USED ON THE CHATTANOOGA STREET PROJECT.  
    OTHER STREETS THAT WERE EARMARKED FOR LMIG RE-PAVING NEXT YEAR… THOMPSON, CHEROKEE AND CHESTNUT… ARE LIKELY TO BE PAVED WITH “SPLOST” MONEY INSTEAD, ACCORDING TO THE CITY MANAGER.  

*   THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE HAS SET UP AN ON-LINE CONTRIBUTION SITE FOR THOSE WHO’D LIKE TO HELP RESTORE THE RARE 1926 FIRE TRUCK.
    THE 88 YEAR OLD AMERICAN LAFRANCE WILL BE REMEMBERED BY MANY LOCALS WHO SAW IT IN LOCAL PARADES OVER THE YEARS.
    CURRENTLY, THE TRUCK IS NOT RUNNING… AND NEEDS RESTORATION, INCLUDING NEW TIRES, REBUILT WOODEN SPOKE WHEELS AND OTHER MECHANICAL WORK.  ONLY 120 OF HER TYPE WERE BUILT… AND EVEN MORE RARE IS THE FACT THAT THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE IS THE ORIGINAL AND STILL-CURRENT OWNER.
    FOR A LINK TO THE SITE FOR ON-LINE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FIRE ENGINE RESTORATION PROJECT, CLICK HERE.

*   THE FREE “AMAZING CHRISTMAS” LIGHT AND MUSIC SHOWS ARE UNDERWAY AT JOE STOCK PARK IN LAFAYETTE.  THE DISPLAY CONTINUES NIGHTLY FROM 6 - 10 PM THROUGH JANUARY 1st.

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