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*   THE LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN DRUG TASK FORCE MADE SEVEN ARRESTS AT THE MORGAN MOTEL IN LAFAYETTE, THURSDAY… INCLUDING THE MOTEL MANAGER.
    TASK FORCE COMMANDER PAT DOYLE SAID THIS IS THE SECOND DRUG INVESTIGATION WITHIN A WEEK THAT INVOLVED A MANAGER ON THE MOTEL PROPERTY.
    IN ROOM TEN, AGENTS ARRESTED MANAGER SABRINA LYNN GRIFFIN, ALONG WITH DANIEL LAMAR CLEGHORN AND JERRY LYNN MCMILLIN… ALL CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF METH.  GRIFFIN WAS ALSO CHARGED AT THE COUNTY JAIL WITH CROSSING THE GUARD LINE WITH DRUGS HIDDEN IN HER BODY.
    IN THE PARKING LOT, TYLER JAMES GALL WAS CHARGED WITH METH POSSESSION.
    AND IN ROOM ONE, JOCELYN BREANNE ANDERSON AND KAYLA MICHELLE ANDERSON WERE CHARGED WITH METH DISTRIBUTION.  KATHEY FAYE NIX WAS FOUND IN POSSESSION OF A LARGE STASH… AROUND $1,500 IN METH.   ANOTHER MAN IN ROOM ONE WAS CHARGED WITH PROBATION VIOLATION.
    THE MORGAN MOTEL PROPERTY, LOCATED ON SOUTH MAIN JUST OFF THE SQUARE IN DOWNTOWN LAFAYETTE… HAS BEEN A TROUBLE SPOT FOR LOCAL POLICE AND THE DRUG TASK FORCE SINCE IT SOLD LAST YEAR.

*   A NEW “PURPLE HEART MEMORIAL” DEDICATION WILL BE HELD THIS THURSDAY AT JOE STOCK PARK.
    LAFAYETTE WAS DECLARED A “PURPLE HEART CITY” BY THE COUNCIL IN NOVEMBER… AND COLONEL DARYL T. BROOKS LED THE CHARGE TO RAISE MONEY FOR A MONUMENT.
    ALL AREA PURPLE HEART MILITARY RECIPIENTS WILL BE HONORED THROUGH THE MEMORIAL.  THE PURPLE HEART IS A DECORATION GIVEN TO MILITARY PERSONNEL WHO WERE WOUNDED OR KILLED IN ACTION.
    THE CEREMONY STARTS AT 3 PM THIS THURSDAY AT JOE STOCK PARK ON NORTH MAIN… AND THE PUBLIC IS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND.

*   SOME YOUNG CAMPERS FROM SOUTH GEORGIA NEVER MADE IT TO THEIR INTENDED DESTINATION… PIGEON MOUNTAIN.  LAFAYETTE POLICE STOPPED THE CAR FOR SPEEDING JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT FRIDAY… THEN FOUND A COUPLE OF MARIJUANA STASHES INSIDE.
    CHRISTIAN DARRIEN THOMAS AND GABIEL OMAR TEAL… BOTH AGE 22 AND FROM THE SAVANNAH AREA… WERE JAILED AFTER THE TRAFFIC STOP ON THE BYPASS IN LAFAYETTE.  A FEMALE PASSENGER WAS RELEASED.

*   THE DRUG TASK FORCE ARRESTED TWO PEOPLE DURING A PROBATION CHECK SUNDAY, ON MARY AGNES DRIVE IN ROSSVILLE.
    BRENTON LEE BARLEY, 34, WAS CHARGED WITH METH AND MARIJUANA POSSESSION AND A FELONY PROBATION VIOLATION.
    AND 27 YEAR OLD KAYLA T. BARLEY WAS CHARGED WITH MARIJUANA POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE… AND POSSESSION OF SCHEDULE-TWO PILLS.

*   THE WALKER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS NOW HIRING QUALIFIED PERSONNEL IN SEVERAL DEPARTMENTS… INCLUDING DETENTION, ROAD PATROL AND CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION.   VISIT THE WEBSITE AT “WALKERSO.COM” AND CLICK ON “CAREERS” TO COMPLETE AN APPLICATION.

*   WHEN A CHATTANOOGA STREET BARBER SHOP OWNER CALLED POLICE TO HIS BUSINESS THURSDAY EVENING… THEY FOUND A WOMAN THERE WHO WAS NOT FULLY DRESSED.
    41 YEAR OLD LAURA JO YEARICKS HAD KNOCKED ON THE SHOP WINDOW… THEN STARTED ACTING STRANGELY WHEN SHE ENTERED THE BUSINESS.   POLICE SAY SHE WAS TALKING INCOHERENTLY ABOUT ALARMS, SIRENS AND COLORS.
    OFFICERS WRAPPED A SHIRT AROUND HER AND TOOK YEARICKS TO JAIL ON A DISORDERLY CONDUCT CHARGE.

*   THE LAFAYETTE HIGH RAMBLERS BEAT LAGRANGE 75 TO 58 SATURDAY NIGHT... AND ADVANCE TO THE SWEET-16 IN THE CLASS QUAD-A STATE BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS.  RAMBLER FANS CAN WATCH THE GAME AGAINST JEFFERSON... AT LAFAYETTE HIGH, THIS THURSDAY NIGHT AT 6:30. 

*    THE RAMBLER’S JROTC PRECISION RIFLE TEAM IS NOW RANKED FIFTH IN THE NATION IN PERFORMANCE THIS SEASON.
    THE LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT-MARKSMEN HAVE QUALIFIED FOR THE 2018 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TO BE HELD AT CAMP PERRY, OHIO… STARTING MARCH 22nd.

*   THE MARSH HOUSE IS LAFAYETTE IS RECRUITING HISTORIC INTERPRETERS FOR TRAINING.   DOCENTS WILL VOLUNTEER AT LEAST TWO HOURS PER MONTH TO CONDUCT TOURS OF THE HISTORIC HOUSE… BUILT IN 1836.
    IF YOU LOVE HISTORY… CALL JAMIE TO VOLUNTEER, AT 423 503 9384.

*   A WALKER COUNTY 4-H TEAM HAS EARNED A BID TO THE LIFE-SMARTS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS.
    TEAM MEMBERS LAUREN PIKE, TORI LOWRANCE, RYLIE CHAMLEE AND ELIZABETH SUITS… ALL FROM LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL… WILL REPRESENT GEORGIA AT THE NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL CONSUMER LITERACY CHAMPIONSHIP.   IT WILL BE HELD IN SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA IN APRIL.
    WALKER COUNTY 4-H IS ONE OF FIVE TEAMS FROM ACROSS THE NATION, TO RECEIVE THE INVITATION.
    EXTENSION 4-H AGENT CASEY HOBBS SAID “THESE YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE WORKED VERY HARD AND WE ARE EXCITED TO HAVE THEM REPRESENT WALKER COUNTY - AS WELL AS GEORGIA - AT THIS NATIONAL COMPETITION”.
    LIFE-SMARTS, A CONSUMER EDUCATION COMPETITION… CHALLENGES TEENS IN KNOWLEDGE ABOUT PERSONAL FINANCE, HEALTH AND SAFETY, THE ENVIRONMENT, TECHNOLOGY AND CONSUMER RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES.

*   HEAVY RAINS THIS MONTH HAVE IMPROVED THE DROUGHT CONDITIONS IN THE WALKER COUNTY AREA.
    LAST WEEK, THE DROUGHT MONITOR HAD OUR AREA IN “D-2” OR “SEVERE” DROUGHT.
    THIS WEEK, THAT HAS DROPPED BACK A NOTCH, TO “D-1” OR “MODERATE” DROUGHT.
    OUR RAINFALL TOTAL SO FAR THIS MONTH IS 5.9 INCHES, AT WQCH… THAT’S ALREADY MORE THAN THE NORMAL FULL-MONTH TOTAL FOR FEBRUARY.

*   LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL TRACY HUBBERT HAS ANNOUNCED THE TOP HONOR GRADUATES IN THE CLASS OF 2018…
    THIS YEAR’S VALEDICTORIAN IS LAUREN PIKE.
    SALUTATORIAN IS RYLEE HENDERSON.
    AND THE THIRD HONOR GRAD IS MADELYN MATTHEWS…
    HONORS DAY AT LHS WILL BE FRIDAY, MAY 18th… AND GRADUATION IS SET FOR FRIDAY, MAY 25th.

*   THE LAFAYETTE CITY COUNCIL LOOKED AT SEVERAL BUILDING ORDINANCES THIS MONTH… AND ADDED SOME LANGUAGE CONCERNING BOARDED-UP WINDOWS AND HOW LONG THEY WILL BE ALLOWED TO STAY IN PLACE.
    UNDER NORMAL CONDITIONS… SUCH AS AN ACCIDENT OR STORM THAT KNOCKS OUT PLATE GLASS…. YOU NOW HAVE 30 DAYS TO REPLACE THE GLASS AND TAKE DOWN THE PLYWOOD OR OTHER COVERING.  THAT CAN BE EXTENDED, IF NECESSARY, BY GETTING A PERMIT FROM THE CODES OFFICE.
    MAYOR ANDY ARNOLD NOTED SEVERAL LOCAL BUILDINGS THAT HAVE BEEN “BOARDED UP” FOR YEARS.  “WE STARTED WORK CLEANING UP RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES… NOW WE’RE MOVING TOWARD A CLEAN UP OF COMMERCIAL SITES AS WELL”, ARNOLD SAID.
    FOR A SO-CALLED “UNFIT STRUCTURE”… A BUILDING CONSIDERED TO BE UNUSABLE OR UNSAFE… THE CODES DEPARTMENT CAN NOW GIVE THE OWNER UP TO 270 DAYS TO BRING IT INTO COMPLIANCE, OR DEMOLISH IT.
    THE COUNCIL ALSO ADDRESSED TIMBER HARVESTING… AND THE HARMFUL EFFECT IT CAN HAVE ON CITY STREETS AND SIDEWALKS.  NEW TIMBER HARVEST REGULATIONS WILL NOW GIVE A MEASURE OF PROTECTION TO CITY OF LAFAYETTE INFRASTRUCTURE DURING TIMBER CUTTING OPERATIONS.

*    THE LAFAYETTE WALKER LIBRARY WILL HOST THE THIRD ANNUAL “PRESCHOOL AND PRE-K FAIR” ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd. 
    IT’S 5 - 7 PM AT THE LIBRARY ON SOUTH DUKE STREET IN LAFAYETTE.  PICK UP A GOODY BAG… AND TALK TO REPRESENTATIVES FROM WALKER COUNTY SCHOOLS, HEADSTART, THE WALKER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND SEVERAL LOCAL PRE-SCHOOLS.
    THAT’S THE PRESCHOOL AND PRE-K FAIR… THURSDAY THE 22nd FROM 5 - 7 PM AT THE LIBRARY IN LAFAYETTE.

*   THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE’S ANNUAL “EGG HUNT” WILL BE HELD THIS YEAR ON SATURDAY, MARCH 24th AT THE ROSS ABNEY COMPLEX, AT THE OLD HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL FIELD.
    EVERYTHING IS FREE, AND THE EVENT WELCOMES KIDS UP TO AGE 12.   BRING YOUR OWN BASKET OR BAG FOR THE EGG HUNT.
    TAKE A CAMERA AND MAKE YOUR PHOTO WITH THE EASTER BUNNY AT 10:30 AM.  THAT’S FOLLOWED BY THE “BUNNY HOP RACE” AT 11 AM… AND EGG HUNTS WILL START BY AGE GROUP AT 11:30 AM.
    THE EVENT FEATURES 12-THOUSAND EGGS PLUS PRIZE BASKETS.  ENTER AT 101 FIRST STREET.   THAT’S SATURDAY, MARCH 24th… FOR LAFAYETTE’S ANNUAL EGG HUNT.

*   A PRIMARY AND NON-PARTISAN ELECTION WILL BE HELD ON MAY 22nd… ACCORDING TO THE LOCAL ELECTIONS OFFICE.  SUPERVISOR DANIELLE MONTGOMERY SAID THAT THREE LOCAL POSTS WILL QUALIFY WITH HER OFFICE.  THEY INCLUDE STATE COURT SOLICITOR, CURRENTLY HELD BY PAT CLEMENTS… AND TWO SCHOOL BOARD SEATS COVERING ROSSVILLE, FAIRVIEW AND CHATTANOOGA VALLEY.   SCHOOL BOARD POSTS TWO AND THREE ARE CURRENTLY HELD BY MIKE CARRUTH AND BOBBY MCNABB.
    THOSE QUALIFYING WITH THE STATE ELECTIONS OFFICE INCLUDE CANDIDATES FOR SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE, STATE SENATE DISTRICT 53 AND STATE HOUSE DISTRICTS 1 AND 2.
    PRIMARY AND NON-PARTISAN QUALIFYING OPENS MARCH 5th AND CLOSES ON MARCH 9th.  THE QUALIFYING FEE TO RUN FOR SCHOOL BOARD IS $45… AND FOR STATE COURT SOLICITOR, THE FEE IS $1,965.
    THIS YEAR’S NOVEMBER GENERAL ELECTION WILL ALSO INCLUDE A QUESTION FOR WALKER COUNTY VOTERS… WHO WILL VOTE “YES OR NO” TO A CHANGE FROM A SOLE COMMISSIONER TO A MULTI-MEMBER BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS FORM OF GOVERNMENT.  THAT ELECTION IS SET FOR NOVEMBER 6th.


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