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*   DESPITE A FUEL SHORTAGE ANNOUNCED TUESDAY… WALKER TRANSIT BUSES ARE RUNNING TODAY.
    COMMISSIONER BEBE HEISKELL SAID THE SYSTEM GOT A DELIVERY OF FUEL EARLY THIS MORNING AND DECIDED TO OPEN.
    “WE STARTED MAKING CALLS TO OUR RIDERS AT 6 AM… WITH MEDICAL CALLS GETTING THE PRIORITY OF COURSE.  THANKS FOR EVERYONE FOR YOUR PATIENCE…”  SHE SAID.
CALL IF YOU NEED A RIDE: 706 375 0803.

*   THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE WANTS TO GET A “GROUP PICTURE” BEFORE THE “HERITAGE DAY EVENT” THIS SATURDAY MORNING.
    EVERYONE IN THE QUEEN CITY IS INVITED TO BE ON THE SQUARE DOWNTOWN FOR THE PICTURE-TAKING AT 10 AM.   THE SQUARE AND NORTH MAIN UP TO JOE STOCK PARK WILL BE CLOSED TO THROUGH-TRAFFIC AT TIMES, SATURDAY MORNING.  TRAFFIC ON THE SQUARE WILL STOP AT 9:30 AM FOR THE PICTURE-TAKING EVENT. 
    FOLLOWING THE PICTURE… THERE WILL BE A “WALKING PARADE” FROM THE SQUARE UP TO JOE STOCK PARK, WHERE “HERITAGE DAY” BEGINS.  THE BLOCKS UP TO THE MARSH HOUSE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 10:30 AND 11 AM, FOR THE WALKING PARADE.
    HERITAGE DAY WILL FEATURE GOOD FOOD, ARTS AND CRAFTS, HISTORICAL TOURS, INFLATABLES AND LIVE MUSIC… AT THE MARSH HOUSE AND JOHN B. GORDON HALL.  HOURS ARE 9 - 5, THIS SATURDAY.
    THE CITY WILL ALSO PRESENT A “MOVIE IN THE PARK”, THIS SATURDAY EVENING.   THEY’LL BE SHOWING “GOOSEBUMPS”, STARTING AT SUNDOWN AT THE JOE STOCK PARK.

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LAFAYETTE’S GOLF COURSE TEACHING PRO HAS A NEW JOB… EDDIE JACKSON IS NOW HEAD COACH OF THE GEORGIA NORTHWESTERN GOLF PROGRAM.
    JACKSON REPLACES JARED WILLERSON, THE SCHOOL’S FIRST GOLF COACH, WHO STEPPED DOWN FOLLOWING THE NATIONAL TOURNAMENT IN JUNE.
    “I’M VERY EXCITED”, JACKSON SAID.  “THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I’VE EVER DONE ANYTHING OTHER THAN RUN GOLF COURSES AND GIVE LESSONS - BUT IT KIND OF TIES INTO MY PROFESSION”
    HE SPENT 21 YEARS AS A TEACHING PRO IN ALABAMA, BEFORE RETURNING TO LAFAYETTE 11 YEARS AGO.
    GEORGIA NORTHWESTERN ATHLETIC DIRECTOR DAVID STEPHENSON SAID “IT’S GREAT FOR US - NOT JUST TO GET SOMEONE OF EDDIE’S TEACHING BACKGROUND… BUT TO FIND SOMEONE WITH HIS CHARACTER”.

*   MEMBERS OF FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH ON NORTH CHATTANOOGA STREET CALLED POLICE LAST WEEK, WHEN SOME DAMAGE TO THE CHURCH BUILDING WAS NOTICED.
    A WINDOW SCREEN WAS BENT OUT OF PLACE AND A SMALL ROCK WAS LODGED NEXT TO THE WINDOW, HAVING TORN THROUGH A SCREEN.
    POLICE NOTED THAT IN THEIR INSPECTION, THAT THERE APPEARED TO BE NO REAL INTENT TO BREAK INTO THE BUILDING.  IF FOUND, THE PERSONS RESPONSIBLE WOULD BE CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL TRESPASS, ACCORDING TO THE REPORT.

*   THE CEDAR GROVE SCHOOL REUNION WILL BE HELD THIS SATURDAY AT 3 PM, IN THE OLD SCHOOL CAFETERIA.   THE SCHOOL BUILDING NOW SERVES AS THE ANTIOCH BAPTIST ANNEX.
    THE ADDRESS IS 236 CROW GAP ROAD IN CEDAR GROVE.  ANYONE WHO ATTENDED THE OLD SCHOOL IS WELCOME… BRING A DISH TO SHARE AND PHOTOS.

*   THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR WILL HELP AN EMPLOYMENT AGENCY FIND 50 EMPLOYEES FOR THREE WALKER COUNTY BUSINESSES, ON OCTOBER 12th.
    IT WILL BE HELD AT THE LAFAYETTE HOUSING AUTHORITY BUILDING AT 300 OAK STREET, FROM 9 AM UNTIL NOON THAT DAY.
    THE COMPANY IS RECRUITING ASSEMBLERS, OPERATORS, PACKERS AND PRODUCTION WORKERS FOR TWO BUSINESSES IN ROCK SPRING AND ONE IN LAFAYETTE.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE LAFAYETTE CAREER CENTER AT 706 638 5527.   
    AGAIN, THE RECRUITING WILL BE AT THE HOUSING AUTHORITY ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12th FROM 9 ’TIL NOON.

*   A CAMPBELL AVENUE RESIDENT WOKE LAST THURSDAY MORNING, TO FIND HER BOYFRIEND GONE… ALONG WITH HER CAR AND ITEMS TAKEN FROM HER POCKETBOOK.
    A “BE ON THE LOOKOUT” NOTICE HAS BEEN ISSUED ON THE STOLEN CAR… A GOLD 1997 MAZDA 626.   ALSO MISSING ARE THE VICTIM’S CASH, CREDIT CARDS, A PRESCRIPTION DRUG AND HOUSE KEYS.
    WARRANTS HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR 53 YEAR OLD DANNY RAY EDGEMAN, ON CHARGES OF THEFT BY TAKING AND FRAUDULENTLY OBTAINING A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE.

*   THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE HAD SOME COST OVER-RUNS IN THE PROJECT TO UPGRADE THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT.
    AT THE LAST COUNCIL MEETING, THEY VOTED TO INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF A LOAN FROM “GEFA”… THE GEORGIA ENVIRONMENTAL FINANCE AUTHORITY… BY 10 PERCENT.
    THE ORIGINAL LOAN AMOUNT WAS 750-THOUSAND DOLLARS.  THE LOAN INCREASE REQUEST WILL “UP” THAT AMOUNT BY UP TO 75-THOUSAND.  CITY MANAGER DAVID HAMILTON TOLD THE COUNCIL THAT THE PROJECT IS “CLOSE TO COMPLETION”.

*   GEORGIA HAS A SALES TAX-FREE HOLIDAY ON ENERGY EFFICIENT APPLIANCES THIS WEEKEND.
    SEPT. 30th THROUGH OCT. 2nd… YOU CAN BUY A NUMBER OF ITEMS SALES TAX-FREE IN THE STATE… INCLUDING:
    ENERGY STAR QUALIFIED PRODUCTS WITH A PRICE OF $1,500 OR LESS… AND WATER-SENSE PRODUCTS OF $1,500 OR LESS.
    THESE MAY INCLUDE AIR CONDITIONERS, CEILING FANS, CLOTHES WASHERS, DISHWASHERS, REFRIGERATORS, WINDOWS AND DOORS AND HIGH EFFICIENCY TOILETS, FAUCETS AND SHOWERHEADS.
    THAT’S THIS FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY, FOR THE GEORGIA SALES TAX-FREE DAYS ON ENERGY EFFICIENT APPLIANCES.

*   SAMPLE BALLOTS HAVE BEEN RELEASED FOR THE UPCOMING NOVEMBER ELECTIONS IN WALKER COUNTY.
    MANY RACES HAVE NO OPPOSITION:  INCLUDING U.S. CONGRESSMAN TOM GRAVES, STATE SENATOR JEFF MULLIS, STATE REPRESENTATIVE STEVE TARVIN, STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOHN DEFFENBAUGH, DISTRICT ATTORNEY BUZZ FRANKLIN, PROBATE COURT JUDGE CHRISTY ANDERSON, CLERK OF COURT CARTER BROWN, SHERIFF STEVE WILSON, TAX COMMISSIONER CAROLYN WALKER, SURVEYOR CHARLES WARDLAW, CORONER DEWAYNE WILSON, CHIEF MAGISTRATE SHELIA THOMPSON, AND SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS KAREN STOKER AND PHYLLIS HUNTER.
    VOTES WILL START AT THE TOP… THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE… WITH CANDIDATES HILLARY CLINTON, DONALD TRUMP AND LIBERTARIAN GARY JOHNSON ON THE BALLOT.
    FOR U.S. SENATOR, JOHNNY ISAKSON THE INCUMBENT… ALONG WITH CHALLENGERS JIM BARKSDALE AND ALLEN BUCKLEY.
    PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSIONER, INCUMBENT TIM ECHOLS AND CHALLENGER ERIC HOEKING.
    FOR WALKER COUNTY COMMISSIONER, VOTERS WILL SELECT FROM THE INCUMBENT, BEBE HEISKELL… REPUBLICAN SHANNON WHITFIELD OR INDEPENDENT PERRY LAMB JR.
    AND FOR SCHOOL BOARD POST 4, THERE IS A RACE BETWEEN INCUMBENT REPUBLICAN DALE WILSON AND DEMOCRAT CHALLENGER VINCENT MURPHY.
    THERE ARE ALSO FOUR PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION FOR VOTERS TO DECIDE, ON THE NOVEMBER 8th GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT.

*   ALL GOOD SCORES LAST WEEK, IN WALKER COUNTY RESTAURANT AND KITCHEN INSPECTIONS.   CHEROKEE RIDGE AND ROSSVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOLS BOTH SCORED A PERFECT “100”.
    ALSO SCORING AN “A” WERE SONIC AND SUBWAY IN CHICKAMAUGA, ALONG WITH TACO BELL AND THE SUBWAY IN WALMART - LAFAYETTE.
    SCORING A “B” WAS CHOO CHOO BBQ IN CHICKAMAUGA.

*   ALL AREA COUNTIES ENJOYED LOWER UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS IN AUGUST.
    HERE IN WALKER COUNTY, THE RATE FELL FROM 5.6 IN JULY TO 5.3 PERCENT.
    CHATTOOGA COUNTY HAD THE LARGEST DROP… FROM 7.2 TO 6 PERCENT… A DROP OF 1.2 PERCENT.
    THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR REPORTS NORTHWEST GEORGIA’S UNEMPLOYMENT FELL TO 5.2 PERCENT IN AUGUST… THANKS MOSTLY TO FEWER LAYOFFS ACROSS THE REGION.

*   THIS SUMMER’S EXTREME DROUGHT HAS EXPANDED TO IT’S WIDEST COVERAGE YET, IN NORTHWEST GEORGIA.
    THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR HAS PRACTICALLY ALL OF WALKER, DADE, CATOOSA AND CHATTOOGA COUNTIES NOW INCLUDED IN THE NEXT-HIGHEST CATEGORY… “EXTREME DROUGHT”.  MOST OF WHITFIELD AND FLOYD COUNTIES ARE ALSO NOW COVERED.

UPDATED:
  THE GEORGIA SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE HAS OPENED AN INVESTIGATION OF AN ALLEGED ELECTION CODE VIOLATION ON THE PART OF SHANNON WHITFIELD’S CAMPAIGN FOR WALKER COUNTY COMMISSIONER, IN THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY.
    GLENN HOWARD OF THE SECRETARY’S OFFICE  WILL CONDUCT THE INVESTIGATION, BASED ON A LOCAL COMPLAINT… BUT HE REFUSED COMMENT WHEN CONTACTED BY WQCH NEWS WEDNESDAY. 
    WALKER COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS CHAIR JIM BUCKNER SAID HE WAS AWARE OF THE COMPLAINT.  HE SAID THAT UNCREDENTIALED POLL WATCHERS WERE OBSERVED IN AT LEAST TWO PRECINCT LOCATIONS ON PRIMARY ELECTION DAY.   ACCORDING TO BUCKNER… AT ONE LOCATION, THE POLL MANAGER CORRECTLY ASKED THE PERSON TO LEAVE AND THEY COMPLIED.  AT A SECOND PRECINCT, THE UNCREDENTIALED WATCHER WAS ALLOWED TO STAY THE ENTIRE DAY.
    BUCKNER SAID THE WALKER COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY HAD OTHER POLL WATCHERS THAT DID HAVE THE PROPER CREDENTIALS… WHICH, AS THE CODE STATES, WERE IDENTIFIED TO THE ELECTIONS BOARD SEVEN DAYS AHEAD OF THE PRIMARY.
    BUCKNER SAID SIMPLY… “WE’LL FIX IT”… ADDING THAT POLL WORKERS, OFFICE STAFF, CANDIDATES AND THEIR CAMPAIGNS WILL ALL RECEIVE ADDITIONAL EDUCATION AND INSTRUCTION IN THE FUTURE, TO PREVENT A REPEAT.
    SHANNON WHITFIELD TOLD WQCH NEWS THAT HE HAD NO KNOWLEDGE OF THE COMPLAINT… AND WONDERED WHY IT HAD NOT BEEN BROUGHT UP PREVIOUSLY.  “WE WILL FULLY COOPERATE WITH THE INVESTIGATION”, WHITFIELD SAID… AND HE DENIED HAVING ANY POLL WATCHERS INSIDE PRECINCTS ON PRIMARY ELECTION DAY.  “WE’LL WORK TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF WHAT THEY WANT TO KNOW”.  

*   WALKER COUNTY’S INDUSTRIES ARE IN A “BOOM PHASE”, ACCORDING TO THE DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.
    LOCAL LEADERS TOURED THE AUDIA INTERNATIONAL PLANT AND UNIQUE FABRICATION IN LAFAYETTE LAST WEEK… AND BOTH HAD GOOD NEWS TO SHARE:
    UNIQUE IS EXPANDING, DUE TO NEW ORDERS FROM THE AUTOMOTIVE MANUFACTURING SECTOR.   THE DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY HAS SHOWED THEM FIVE AVAILABLE BUILDINGS IN THE COUNTY… AND THEY HAVE NARROWED THE LIST TO TWO, ACCORDING TO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LARRY BROOKS.  “UNIQUE HAS 200 EMPLOYEES NOW… AND WITH THE NEW PRODUCTION EXPANSION, THEY’RE LOOKING AT HIRING 100 MORE”, BROOKS SAID.
    AT THE AUDIA PLASTICS PLANT, AUTHORITY MEMBERS GOT TO SEE THREE PRODUCTION MACHINES NOW “UP AND RUNNING”… AND HEARD THE NEWS THAT THE PLANT HAS PLANS FOR UP TO ELEVEN PRODUCTION MACHINES TOTAL.   AUDIA HAS 60 EMPLOYEES… AND RECENTLY BROUGHT A LOCAL HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR ON-BOARD TO HIRE MORE.
    BROOKS SAID “ANOTHER LOCAL SUCCESS STORY IS UNITED SYNTHETICS, LOCATED JUST OUT OF LAFAYETTE ON HIGHWAY 193”.   THEIR PLANT IS NOW FILLED WITH PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT… AND THEY’VE RENTED THE FORMER CONSET BUILDING ON HILLSDALE ROAD AS A WAREHOUSE.   UNITED SYNTHETICS IS UP TO 65 EMPLOYEES, BROOKS SAID.  NISSIN BRAKE AT ROCK SPRING HAS ALSO BEEN HIRING RECENTLY. 
    BROOKS CONCLUDED, “EVERY LOCAL INDUSTRY WE’VE TALKED TO NOW HAS PLANS TO EXPAND AT SOME POINT IN THE NEAR FUTURE”.

*   EARLY VOTING STARTS ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 17th AT THE COURTHOUSE IN LAFAYETTE.
    ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29th, WALKER COUNTY’S SATELLITE LOCATIONS WILL OPEN FOR EARLY VOTING.
    AND ELECTION DAY THIS YEAR, IS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8th.  CONTACT THE ELECTIONS OFFICE IF YOU WANT A MAIL-IN BALLOT... 706 638 4349.


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