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*   THE BODY OF A 72 YEAR OLD ROSSVILLE WOMAN WHO WAS REPORTED MISSING LAST SUNDAY, WAS FOUND WEDNESDAY MORNING BY WALKER COUNTY DETECTIVES IN A WOODED AREA NEAR HER HOME.  DORA LEE STRATTON’S CAR WAS FOUND AT THE BOTTOM OF A GULLY ON A DEAD-END STREET… AND HER BODY WAS JUST OUTSIDE THE VEHICLE.
    DETECTIVES THEORIZE THAT SHE MISSED HER DRIVEWAY WHILE RETURNING HOME FROM A SHOPPING TRIP SUNDAY… AND TRIED TO GET OUT OF THE GULLY AFTER HER CAR BECAME STUCK.   IT’S BELIEVED SHE DIED OF NATURAL CAUSES.

*   A MAN'S EX-GIRLFRIEND WAS ARRESTED BY LAFAYETTE POLICE AFTER SHE ALLEGEDLY BROKE THE WINDOW ON HIS CAR, PARKED ON MAGNOLIA STREET.
    THE COMPLAINANT TOLD POLICE SHE PULLED UP IN FRONT OF HIS PLACE… SHOUTING “YOU’LL PAY FOR NOT WRITING BACK”… BEFORE HITTING HIS CAR WINDOW WITH A HEAVY OBJECT.   HE SAID THE REPAIR WOULD COST AROUND $500.
    23 YEAR OLD DESIRE HARLEY PAIGE HINES OF A HIGHWAY 151 ADDRESS, WAS STOPPED WITH A LARGE SOCKET WRENCH IN THE FLOORBOARD OF HER JEEP.   SHE WAS CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL TRESPASS.

*   A LAFAYETTE RESIDENT WAS CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE FORGERY AFTER PASSING A FAKE 50-DOLLAR BILL AT THE TACO BELL ON NORTH MAIN.
    THREE PEOPLE ORDERED FOOD AT THE DRIVE-THROUGH AND A MAN IN THE CAR GAVE THE 50 IN PAYMENT.   THE EMPLOYEE RECOGNIZED THE BILL AS A FAKE AND POLICE WERE CALLED.
    THEY TRACKED THE SUSPECT TO A SMALLWOOD STREET ADDRESS, WHERE 41 YEAR OLD RICKY WAYNE SIMS WAS ARRESTED.   HE TOLD POLICE HE GOT THE BILL IN PAYMENT FOR “TREE WORK”.   HE ALSO TRIED TO SPEND IT AT THE ALPINE PACKAGE STORE, BUT WOULD NOT ACCEPT IT.

*   WALKER COUNTY SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED ALL NEXT WEEK FOR THE THANKSGIVING BREAK.  NO SCHOOL FROM MONDAY, NOV. 19th THROUGH FRIDAY, NOV. 23rd.
    ‘SAFE TRAVELS’ OVER THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY.

*   LISTENERS WERE SHOCKED WHEN WQCH BROKE THE NEWS OF A MAJOR CRACKDOWN ON THE “GHOST FACE GANGSTERS” IN WALKER AND CATOOSA COUNTIES… AND NOW MORE SUSPECTS ARE UNDER ARREST.    DRUG TASK FORCE COMMANDER PAT DOYLE SAID THE TOTAL HAS MOVED UP TO 18, WITH MORE ARRESTS ON THE WAY.   THE LAST TWO ARRESTS ON “GANG ASSOCIATION” CHARGES WERE 20 YEAR OLD RYVER KANE MITCHELL AND 35 YEAR OLD JUSTIN DANIEL TOCKNELL.
    DOYLE SAID THE LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN CIRCUIT HAS MORE MEMBERS OF THE GHOST FACE GANGSTERS THAN ANY OTHER IN THE STATE… PROBABLY BECAUSE THE AREA HAS SUCH A LARGE NUMBER OF PAROLEES AND PROBATIONERS.   HE EXPLAINED THAT THE GHOST FACE GANG STARTED IN PRISON IN THE ATLANTA AREA… AND MOST OF THE GANG’S MEMBERS WERE RECRUITED WHILE INCARCERATED.
    HE ADDED THAT THE INVESTIGATION IS “SNOWBALLING”… AND GANG MEMBERS ARE EVEN CONTACTING LAW ENFORCEMENT WITH TIPS AND INFORMATION.   THE GANG SPECIALIZES IN METHAMPHETAMINE DISTRIBUTION AND OTHER FORMS OF CRIME.  “VERY FEW OF THESE GANG MEMBERS HAVE JOBS”, DOYLE SAID.

*   THE WALKER COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD ADOPTED A NEW “PUBLIC COMMENT POLICY” AT THE LATEST PLANNING SESSION.  IT’S STRIKINGLY SIMILAR TO THE PREVIOUS POLICY, WHICH WAS RULED “UNCONSTITUTIONAL” IN A FEDERAL LAWSUIT.
    UNDER THE NEW PLAN, A SPEAKER WOULD MEET WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT, GIVING HIM A CHANCE TO RESEARCH CONCERNS… THEN THEY HAVE TO FILL OUT A WRITTEN REQUEST TO ADDRESS THE BOARD.  BOARD MEMBERS SAID THE NEW PLAN STILL HONORS THE “CHAIN OF COMMAND” WITHIN THE SYSTEM STRUCTURE, WHILE GIVING THE PUBLIC ACCESS TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD.
    IT ALSO RESTRICTS SYSTEM EMPLOYEES FROM SPEAKING TO THE BOARD ON ANYTHING EXCEPT “MATTERS OF PUBLIC CONCERN”.
    UNLIKE THE STRICKEN POLICY, OFFICIALS HAVE TO HOLD THE INITIAL MEETING WITH A POTENTIAL SPEAKER WITHIN FIVE BUSINESS DAYS… WITH FIVE MORE DAYS TO REPORT BACK ON FINDINGS.
    PARENTS FROM FAIRYLAND ELEMENTARY WANTED TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD RECENTLY… AND WERE DENIED ACCESS BECAUSE THE BOARD HAD NO POLICY IN PLACE.

*   THE ANNUAL CITY OF LAFAYETTE CHRISTMAS PARADE WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30th AT 6 PM.   THIS YEAR’S PARADE THEME IS “WHOVILLE”… FROM THE “GRINCH” SERIES OF CHARACTERS.    NO ATV’S WILL BE ALLOWED… AND LINEUP BEGINS ON SOUTH MAIN STREET AT 4:30 PM.
    ENTRY FORMS MUST BE TURNED IN AT THE LAFAYETTE RECREATION DEPARTMENT… OR COMPLETED ONLINE AT THE CITY’S WEBSITE.   FOR QUESTIONS, CALL THE REC DEPARTMENT AT (706) 639 1590.

*   THE LAFAYETTE-WALKER LIBRARY WILL HAVE A “PATRON POETRY PARTY” THIS THURSDAY AT 5:30 PM.  ALL AGES ARE WELCOME TO SHARE THEIR ORIGINAL POETRY.

*   LAFAYETTE-AREA CHURCHES WILL PROVIDE A COMMUNITY-WIDE THANKSGIVING MEAL AT SECOND BAPTIST, ON NOVEMBER 22nd.   MEALS WILL BE SERVED FROM 11 AM UNTIL 2 PM THAT DAY… THE CHURCH IS AT 500 WEST MAIN STREET.

*   “LET’S MAKE A DIFFERENCE” WILL HOLD A “FEAST OF THANKSGIVING” THIS SATURDAY, NOV. 17th AT 3 PM.   THE MEAL WILL BE SERVED AT THE LAFAYETTE HOUSING AUTHORITY, 300 OAK STREET.   DONATIONS OF $10 PER PERSON APPRECIATED.   FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL (706) 638 6183.

*   FRIENDS OF THE LAFAYETTE-WALKER LIBRARY WILL SPONSOR “COCOA WITH SANTA”… ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27th.
    KIDS CAN HAVE PICTURES MADE WITH SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS… AND ENJOY COOKIES, CANDY CANES AND COCOA FROM 4 - 6 PM.   BRING YOUR CAMERA.
    COST IS $5… AND PROCEEDS GO TO LIBRARY PROJECTS.

*   LEAF PICKUP IN THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE WILL BEGIN ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26th… AND TWO PICKUPS WILL BE SCHEDULED THIS SEASON IN EACH WARD OF THE CITY.   RAKE LEAVES NEAR THE ROAD SO THEY CAN BE REACHED BY THE LEAF VACUUM.  
    AFTER THE TWO RUNS BY THE LEAF PICKUP MACHINE, REMAINING LEAVES WILL HAVE TO BE BAGGED FOR PICKUP.
    AGAIN, LEAF PICKUP IN LAFAYETTE BEGINS ON MONDAY, NOV. 26th.

*   SIGN-UP FOR BASKETBALL AND CHEERLEADING AT THE ROCK SPRING ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION.   THEIR WEBSITE IS “RSAASPORTS.COM”.  LAST DAY IS NOVEMBER 18th.

*   WALKER COUNTY FAMILIES IN NEED MAY APPLY NOW FOR HOLIDAY GROCERIES FROM THE EMPTY STOCKING FUND.  FOOD WILL BE DISTRIBUTED THIS YEAR ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14th AT THE WALKER COUNTY AG CENTER AT ROCK SPRING.
    APPLICATIONS CAN BE PICKED UP AT THE DFCS OFFICE, LAFAYETTE HOUSING AUTHORITY AND PRIMARY HEALTH CARE CENTERS IN LAFAYETTE AND ROSSVILLE.   THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS NOVEMBER 30th.
    THE EMPTY STOCKING FUND IS SUPPORTED BY UNITED WAY… AND HAS BEEN PROVIDING FOOD TO FAMILIES FOR THE HOLIDAYS SINCE 1974.

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