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THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE FREEDOM FESTIVAL is the WQCH feature of the week. 
    It's Monday, July 4th, with live entertainment, free swimming, old timers game, vendors and fireworks after dark!   It takes place at the municipal park off South Main on Independence Day, July 4th.  The new Freedom Fest 5-K run will be held that morning starting at 8 a.m. at Joe Stock Park!

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*   AFTER TAKING POLITICAL CRITICISM FOR LOSSES AT THE WALKER COUNTY LANDFILL… COMMISSIONER BEBE HEISKELL SAID THURSDAY, “IT’S TIME TO STOP THE BLEEDING”.   COUNTY GOVERNMENT IS ADVERTISING THAT BIDS ARE BEING SOLICITED FOR THE SALE OF THE CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION LANDFILL AND TRANSFER STATION, CO-LOCATED ON MARBLETOP ROAD.
    HEISKELL SAID THE COUNTY HAS NOT TRIED TO MAKE MONEY WITH THE LANDFILL… AND HAS, IN FACT, RUN IT LARGELY AS A SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY.
    BOTH CANDIDATES FOR HEISKELL’S JOB… PERRY LAMB AND SHANNON WHITFIELD… QUESTIONED HER ABOUT THE LANDFILL PROPOSAL AT THURSDAY’S BUSINESS MEETING.
    HEISKELL SAID THE BID SPECIFICATIONS ARE VERY STRICT… AND IF THE OFFERS RECEIVED ARE NOT GOOD… THEY CAN BE REFUSED AND THE COUNTY WILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE THE LANDFILL.  SHE IS CONFIDENT, SHE SAID, THAT THE LANDFILL WILL BE IN DEMAND AND THE COUNTY WILL RECEIVE SOME LUCRATIVE OFFERS.

*   THE CEO OF ERLANGER HEALTH SYSTEM SENT A LETTER THIS WEEK TO WALKER COUNTY COMMISSIONER BEBE HEISKELL, SAYING THEY WOULD “CONSIDER TAKING PAYMENTS” ON A HUTCHESON DEBT SETTLEMENT OF 8.7-MILLION DOLLARS.  WALKER COUNTY’S SPECIAL COUNSEL STUART JAMES, SAID THE LETTER WAS QUOTE, A “HEAVY HANDED TACTIC”.   “THE TONE, CONTENT AND TIMING OF THE LETTER IS DISTURBING AT BEST”, JAMES SAID.
    THE LETTER ARRIVED JUST HOURS BEFORE THE HOSPITAL AUTHORITY BOARD WAS TO MEET ON THE MATTER.   AT THAT MEETING THURSDAY NIGHT, THE BOARD VOTED TO SEND ERLANGER A NEW SETTLEMENT OFFER… TAKING AN EARLIER SETTLEMENT “OFF THE TABLE”.
    BOARD MEMBER STEVE ELLIS MADE THE MOTION FOR THE NEW PROPOSAL, WHICH WOULD NOT HOLD WALKER COUNTY LIABLE FOR PAYMENT TO ERLANGER.   THE FIRST AGREEMENT, SIGNED BY BOARD CHAIR DR. DARRELL WELDON, DEMANDED PAYMENT FROM WALKER COUNTY.   WALKER COUNTY CONTENDS THAT MEETING OF THE BOARD WAS NOT CALLED ACCORDING TO PROPER PROCEDURE… AND THEREFORE, THE SETTLEMENT APPROVED IS NOT VALID.
    AN ATTORNEY FOR ERLANGER TOLD HOSPITAL AUTHORITY BOARD MEMBERS THURSDAY NIGHT, THAT THE CHATTANOOGA HOSPITAL WILL NOT ENTERTAIN A NEW OFFER… BUT THE BOARD PASSED THE NEW PROPOSAL ANYWAY.  CATOOSA COUNTY RECENTLY SETTLED WITH ERLANGER ON AN AGREED PAYMENT OF 6.25-MILLION DOLLARS, ON DEBTS INCURRED BY THE FORMER HUTCHESON MEDICAL CENTER.

*   PERRY LAMB JR. STOPPED BY THE WALKER COUNTY ELECTIONS OFFICE THURSDAY… AND PAID THE QUALIFYING FEE TO RUN AS AN INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE FOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER.
    CHUCK FLETCHER WITH THE ELECTIONS OFFICE SAID LAMB HAS UNTIL JULY 12th AT NOON TO PRESENT THE REQUIRED 1,650 VOTER SIGNATURES, IN ORDER TO OFFICIALLY QUALIFY.
    AFTER THAT, FLETCHER SAID IT WOULD TAKE “AT LEAST A WEEK” FOR THE THREE MEMBERS OF THE ELECTIONS OFFICE STAFF TO VERIFY THAT THERE ARE 1,650 SIGNATURES… AND THAT AT LEAST THAT NUMBER ARE QUALIFIED WALKER COUNTY VOTERS IN GOOD STANDING.

*   A WALKER COUNTY TEEN… REPORTED MISSING IN THE AREA THIS WEEK… HAS BEEN LOCATED AND IS SAFE, ACCORDING TO WALKER COUNTY SHERIFF STEVE WILSON.
    AN APPEAL WAS MADE FOR INFORMATION ON THE WHEREABOUTS OF HALEY PICKETT… AND THE SHERIFF INDICATED THAT COMMUNITY INPUT AIDED IN LOCATING HER.

*   THE DRUG TASK FORCE ARRESTED A CHICKAMAUGA COUPLE ON METH POSSESSION CHARGES THIS WEEK.   THE TASK FORCE WAS CALLED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY SUPERVISION TO THE HOME ON WESLEY DRIVE, JUST NORTH OF THE CHICKAMAUGA CITY LIMITS.
    43 YEAR OLD JASON LEBRON WOLFE AND 33 YEAR OLD STEPHANIE JO WOLFE WERE CHARGED WITH METH POSSESSION… AND MRS. WOLFE GOT AN ADDITION CHARGE ON “USE OF A TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEVICE IN THE COMMISSION OF A CRIME”.   COMMANDER PAT DOYLE SAID THAT CASE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

*   BURGLARS HIT A SUMMERVILLE PHARMACY… BUT THE SAFE HOLDING THE DRUGS THEY WERE AFTER WAS NOT BREACHED.
     THE ALARM SOUNDED AT 3:30 AM WEDNESDAY AT THE FRED’S PHARMACY IN THE CHATTOOGA COUNTY TOWN.   POLICE ARRIVED TO FIND BROKEN GLASS AT THE REAR DOOR.   THE DRUG SAFE HAD BEEN FLIPPED OVER, BUT THE BURGLARS WERE UNABLE TO GET IT OPEN.  NOTHING WAS REPORTED MISSING… AND THERE WERE NO ARRESTS.

*   PARTS OF WALKER, DADE AND CATOOSA COUNTIES HAVE NOW MOVED FROM SEVERE TO EXTREME DROUGHT CONDITIONS, ACCORDING TO THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR.
    THE EXTREME DROUGHT AREA COVERS ALL OF NORTHERN WALKER COUNTY DOWN TO LAFAYETTE.
    EXTREME IS THE SECOND WORST LEVEL OF DROUGHT CONDITIONS… TOPPED ONLY BY “EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT”, ACCORDING TO THE MONITOR SERVICE.

*   DUE TO THE HOLIDAY... IN THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE, THE USUAL MONDAY GARBAGE PICKUP ROUTE WILL BE HANDLED ON TUESDAY NEXT WEEK.

*   APPLICATION IS BEING MADE TO ADD A SWITCHING TRACK TO THE RAILROAD MAINLINE AT THE WALKER COUNTY BUSINESS PARK AT NOBLE.  THE DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY HOPES TO GET STATE FUNDING FROM THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, SINCE THE RAIL LINE IS OWNED BY THE STATE.  THE NEW SWITCHING TRACK WILL START NEAR GLASS ROAD AND PARALLEL THE MAINLINE TRACK SOUTH, INTO THE BUSINESS PARK. 
    DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY DIRECTOR LARRY BROOKS SAID THE ADDITION IS BEING MADE BECAUSE OF THE VOLUME OF RAIL TRAFFIC BEING GENERATED BY THE AUDIA INTERNATIONAL PLASTICS PLANT.
    AUDIA ALSO HAS A PLAN IN THE WORKS TO ADD TWO MORE SIDINGS TO HANDLE MORE FREIGHT CARS, AS THE PLANT INCREASES TO FULL PRODUCTION.    AUDIA TAKES-IN RAW MATERIALS BY RAIL… THEN FILLS THE CARS WITH FINISHED PRODUCT TO SHIP-OUT TO CUSTOMERS.
    ANOTHER RAIL SPUR IS ALSO BEING DISCUSSED FOR AN AUDIA SUPPLER, WHO HOPES TO BUILD A NEW WAREHOUSE FACILITY IN THE BUSINESS PARK.
    AUDIA HAS GREATLY INCREASED BUSINESS FOR THE CHATTOOGA AND CHICKAMAUGA RAILWAY, WHICH LEASES THE TRACKS THROUGH WALKER COUNTY, FROM THE STATE OF GEORGIA.

*   A LAFAYETTE MAN WAS CHARGED WITH DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE AND ENDANGERING CHILDREN… HIS THREE GRANDDAUGHTERS.
    POLICE PULLED MELVIN EUGENE FOWLKES OVER FOR A TAIL LIGHT VIOLATION, SATURDAY NIGHT ON THE BYPASS.  THE THREE CHILDREN WERE PROPERLY RESTRAINED INSIDE THE VEHICLE.
    FOWLKES TESTED POSITIVE FOR DUI-ALCOHOL… AND HIS WIFE WAS CALLED TO TAKE THE CHILDREN, ACCORDING TO THE POLICE REPORT.

*   FORT VILLANOW WILL HOLD AN INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION THIS SATURDAY AT 6 PM… WITH FIREWORKS AT 9 O’CLOCK.  THE BARBECUE AND ADMISSION ARE FREE.   IT’S ON HIGHWAY 136 AT THE INTERSECTION OF POCKET ROAD.

*   LOTS OF FACILITIES PROJECTS KEEP THE STAFF BUSY THROUGH THE SUMMER MONTHS, IN THE WALKER COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM.
    THE NEW AGRICULTURE BARN IS NEARING COMPLETION AT LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL… BUT PLANS HAVE BEEN DELAYED BY ADDITIONS TO THE CLASSROOM THERE.   THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION WILL HAVE TO APPROVE THE CHANGES.
    GILBERT ELEMENTARY IN LAFAYETTE IS GETTING A NEW CENTRAL HEAT AND AIR SYSTEM INSTALLED THIS SUMMER.  IT WILL BE READY BY THE START OF THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR ON AUGUST 3rd.
    ROCK SPRING ELEMENTARY IS GETTING AN UPGRADE ON THEIR HEAT AND AIR CONTROL SYSTEM, OVER THE SUMMER. 
    AND AT THE RECENT PLANNING SESSION, IT WAS ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT SOME LUCKY LAFAYETTE HIGH STUDENTS WILL GET TO TAKE A FIELD TRIP TO YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK IN THE SPRING OF 2017.   THE YELLOWSTONE TRIP WILL GIVE STUDENTS ACADEMIC CREDIT, AS THEY LEARN ABOUT SCIENCE, CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION.

*   THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE IS ACCEPTING BIDS TO CUT AND BALE SQUARE BALES OF HAY ON CITY PROPERTY... AND ALSO TO PURCHASE BAILED HAY.
    ON THE HAY CUTTING BID... THE CITY WILL PURCHASE THE HAY UP TO 1,500 SQUARE BALES.   PLACE BIDS AT THE UTILITIES BUILDING ON THE BYPASS, BY JULY 8th.
    ON THE SQUARE BALE HAY PURCHASE BID... REQUESTED NUMBER OF BALES IS 700 TO 1,200... DELIVERED AROUND 200 BALES AT A TIME.   MUST BE DELIVERED TO THE UTILITIES BUILDING.   PLACE BIDS THERE BY JULY 8th.
    CALL 706 639 1509 FOR MORE INFORMATION.

*   AFTER SERVING HIS 12-YEAR TERM IN PRISON, RAY BRENT MARSH HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM CENTRAL STATE IN MACON.   HE REMAINS ON PROBATION. 
    MARSH WAS OPERATING THE TRI-STATE CREMATORY IN NOBLE, WHEN MORE THAN 300 BODIES WERE FOUND IMPROPERLY DISPOSED ON THE PROPERTY.  SOME FAMILIES RECEIVED CONCRETE DUST INSTEAD OF CREMAINS, IT WAS FOUND. 
    THROUGH THE TRIAL AND SUBSEQUENT LAWSUITS, MARSH NEVER OFFERED AN EXPLANATION FOR HIS ACTIONS.  HE WAS CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE COUNTS OF THEFT BY DECEPTION, ABUSING A CORPSE, BURIAL SERVICE FRAUD AND GIVING FALSE STATEMENTS… AND HE PLEADED GUILTY.
    A MEMORIAL TO THOSE FOUND… MANY OF WHOM WERE NEVER IDENTIFIED… HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED AT TENNESSEE-GEORGIA MEMORIAL PARK IN ROSSVILLE.
    THE “NIGHTMARE AT NOBLE” STARTED WHEN HUMAN REMAINS WERE DISCOVERED ON THE PROPERTY IN 2002.

*   LAFAYETTE POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING THE THEFT OF A PISTOL FROM A HOME ON BRADLEY AVENUE… REPORTED MONDAY.
    THE OWNER, BOBBY CAMPBELL, SAID THAT HIS 9 MM GLOCK WAS TAKEN FROM THE HOME.   NOTHING ELSE WAS DISTURBED… AND THERE WAS NO SIGN OF FORCED ENTRY.  
    POLICE HAVE A PERSON OF INTEREST IN THE CASE.  IT WILL CARRY CHARGES OF BURGLARY AND FELONY THEFT BY TAKING.

*   GEORGIANS WHO HAVE A VALID CLAIM IN THE VOLKSWAGEN EMISSION SCANDAL WILL GET AT LEAST $5,100 AND EITHER A “BUY BACK OFFER” OR A FIX OF THE VEHICLE’S EMISSIONS SYSTEM.   17-THOUSAND VEHICLES ARE INVOLVED IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA.   THE STATE IS ALSO GETTING A 570-MILLION DOLLAR SETTLEMENT IN THE CASE.  GET INFO AT “VWCOURTSETTLEMENT.COM

*   PERRY LAMB HAS UNTIL JULY 12th AT NOON, TO OBTAIN THE SIGNATURES NECESSARY TO QUALIFY AS AN INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE FOR WALKER COUNTY COMMISSIONER.
    HE NEEDS APPROXIMATELY 1,650 SIGNATURES FROM CURRENTLY-REGISTERED VOTERS IN THE COUNTY, IN ORDER TO APPEAR ON THE BALLOT IN NOVEMBER.   ALSO RUNNING ARE THE INCUMBENT, BEBE HEISKELL… AND THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE, SHANNON WHITFIELD.
    PERRY D. LAMB JR. HAS SETTLED IN WALKER COUNTY AS HIS “FOREVER HOME”… ACCORDING TO A RECENT PRESS RELEASE.  HE WORKED FOR THE LAST 20 YEARS AS A CERTIFIED SURGICAL FIRST ASSISTANT AT ERLANGER IN CHATTANOOGA.

*   HEADSTART IS TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR.  IT'S AN INCOME-BASED PROGRAM SERVING 3 AND 4 YEAR OLD CHILDREN.   EARLY HEADSTART SERVES PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN 6 WEEKS TO 3 YEARS OF AGE.   THE SERVICES MAY INCLUDE A CHILD DEVELOPMENT SCHOLARSHIP FOR THOSE QUALIFYING.   SPECIAL CONSIDERATION IS GIVEN TO CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES AND WHO ARE HOMELESS.
    TO APPLY, YOU'LL NEED THE CHILD'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE, PROOF OF INCOME, TANF RECORDS, SHOT RECORD AND THE SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER OF THE CHILD.
    CALL FOR MORE INFORMATION AT WALKER COUNTY HEADSTART... 706 638 0576.

*   THE BANK OF LAFAYETTE IS PARTNERING WITH THE LAFAYETTE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND WALKER COUNTY DFCS… COLLECTING ITEMS FOR “JOURNEY BAGS” FOR FOSTER CHILDREN.
    CHILDREN ARE OFTEN PRESENTED TO DFCS WITH ONLY THE CLOTHING ON THEIR BACK.   “JOURNEY BAGS” HELP WITH BASIC NECESSITIES TO GET THEY THROUGH THEIR FIRST FEW NIGHTS.
    ITEMS NEEDED INCLUDE CHILDREN’S TOOTHBRUSHES AND TOOTHPASTE, SOCKS, GENTLY USED OR NEW CLOTHING, A BRUSH, STUFFED ANIMALS, BLANKETS… AND OF COURSE, A BACKPACK TO HOLD THE NEW POSSESSIONS.
    TAKE CONTRIBUTED ITEMS BY THE LAFAYETTE POLICE DEPARTMENT OR ANY BRANCH OF THE BANK OF LAFAYETTE.

*   IT WAS A BUSY DAY FOR THE DRUG TASK FORCE IN WALKER COUNTY, THURSDAY... ACCORDING TO COMMANDER PAT DOYLE, THEY MADE THREE ARRESTS IN THE VILLANOW AREA:
    65 MARIJUANA PLANTS WERE DESTROYED ON HAMMONDTREE DRIVE, CLOSE TO THE WHITFIELD COUNTY LINE.   THE POT WAS MIXED IN WITH A VEGETABLE GARDEN.   50 YEAR OLD RONALD VINCENT HANSON WAS CHARGED WITH MANUFACTURING MARIJUANA.
    AND A COUPLE WERE BOTH CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF METH WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE, AT A RESIDENCE ON SANDIE LANE IN VILLANOW…
    51 YEAR OLD RONNIE PERRY HUGHES AND 50 YEAR OLD CATHY ELIZABETH HUGHES WERE CHARGED IN A FOLLOWUP INVESTIGATION.  IN ADDITION TO METH PACKAGED FOR RESALE, INVESTIGATORS FOUND A COUPLE OF MOTORCYCLES AND OTHER ITEMS THAT HAD BEEN REPORTED STOLEN.

*   NEED SOME POWER POLES?   THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE WILL SOON BE TAKING SEALED BIDS ON TWO PILES OF USED UTILITY POLES.   ATTORNEY DAVID GOTTLIEB TOLD THE COUNCIL THAT THE POLES CANNOT BE “GIVEN AWAY”… AND SO THE SEALED BID ROUTE WAS PASSED BY THE COUNCIL.  CONTACT THE CITY MANAGER IF INTERESTED IN PLACING A BID.
    THE COUNCIL ALSO APPROVED THE PURCHASE OF A NEW SUBMERSIBLE PUMP… AS A BACK-UP FOR THE LEE SCHOOL ROAD WELL AND PUMP STATION, SOUTH OF LAFAYETTE.   THE NEW 50 HORSE PUMP WILL COST $12,488… AND WILL BE KEPT IN RESERVE FOR QUICK INSTALLATION WHEN THE PRESENT PUMP FAILS.
    TWO APPOINTMENTS WERE MADE TO THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE ZONING BOARD.   BRECK PARKER AND DARRYL SHELL WERE APPROVED FOR THREE YEAR TERMS.

*   GDOT WILL BE SUSPENDING ALL CONSTRUCTION-RELATED LANE CLOSURES FOR QUICKER TRAVEL DURING THE INDEPENDENCE HOLIDAY.
    LANES WILL BE OPEN FROM MIDNIGHT THURSDAY, JUNE 30th THROUGH 12 AM ON TUESDAY, JULY 5th.
    D.O.T. URGES TRAVELERS TO BUCKLE-UP AND HAVE A SAFE 4th OF JULY HOLIDAY.

*   OUR RECENT STREAK OF LOW UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS CONTINUED INTO THE MONTH OF MAY, ACCORDING TO THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR.
    WALKER COUNTY’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPPED FROM 5 TO 4.6 PERCENT OVER THE MONTH… THE LOWEST LEVEL SINCE SEPTEMBER, 2007.
    ALL AREA COUNTIES HAD LOWER UNEMPLOYMENT IN MAY… CATOOSA AT 4.1 PERCENT… CHATTOOGA AT 4.9 PERCENT… AND METRO DALTON DROPPED TO 5.3 PERCENT IN MAY.

*   THE CITY OF SUMMERVILLE WILL HAVE A “CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE FESTIVAL” AND FIREWORKS SHOW, ON SATURDAY, JULY 2nd.  IT WILL BE HELD AT THE CHATTOOGA COUNTY AG CENTER FROM 6 - 11 THAT EVENING.
    FREE WATERMELON, WATER SLIDES AND GAMES WILL BE FEATURED… ALONG WITH MUSIC FROM SMALL TOWN RUMOR AND “THE APB”.   FIREWORKS START AT 10 PM.   THAT’S SATURDAY, JULY 2nd… AT THE AG CENTER IN SUMMERVILLE.

*   A COUPLE OF WALKER COUNTY INDUSTRIES HAVE RUN OUT OF WAREHOUSE SPACE… SO NORTHERN GEORGIA LOGISTICS IS PLANNING A NEW EXPANSION TO HELP FILL THE NEED.
    LAST WEEK, RAW MATERIAL SUPPLIERS TO AUDIA INTERNATIONAL, FROM ISRAEL, VISITED THE COUNTY.   THEY WANT TO WORK WITH THE LOGISTICS FIRM SO THEY CAN SUPPLY AUDIA WITH “JUST IN TIME” DELIVERY.
    LOGISTICS’ PROPOSED EXPANSION INCLUDES A FIRST PHASE 120-THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT WAREHOUSE… WHICH WAS DISCUSSED THIS WEEK BY THE WALKER COUNTY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.
    DIRECTOR LARRY BROOKS SAID LOGISTICS CURRENTLY HAS THREE SITES IN WALKER… IN THE ROCK SPRING INDUSTRIAL PARK, NEAR THE COUNTY BARN AT CHICKAMAUGA… AND RENTED SQUARE FOOTAGE IN THE EUCLID CHEMICAL PLANT AT LAFAYETTE.
    ANOTHER LAFAYETTE PLANT, UNIQUE FABRICATION, HAS ALREADY RUN OUT OF SPACE IN THEIR WAREHOUSE ON MCCARTER ROAD… WHICH WAS JUST FINISHED LAST YEAR.   THEY ARE ALSO WORKING WITH LOGISTICS FOR MORE WAREHOUSE CAPACITY.
    AND BROOKS SAID NISSIN BRAKE IN ROCK SPRING IS GETTING READY FOR ANOTHER EXPANSION THIS FALL.   THEY’RE EXTENDING THEIR FOUNDRY OPERATION BECAUSE OF A NEW CONTRACT TO SUPPLY BRAKES TO AUTO MAKER SUBARU.   THAT’S EXPECTED TO BE A 20 TO 30-THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT EXPANSION… WITH NEW JOBS TO BOOT.

*   “LAFAYETTE NEEDS A ‘CLAIM TO FAME TYPE FESTIVAL’”, SAID LAFAYETTE’S CITY MANAGER… AND THE COUNCIL AGREED TUESDAY NIGHT, PASSING ON A “HONEY BEE FESTIVAL” TO BE HELD NEXT MAY, AT THE ROSS ABNEY COMPLEX.
    DAVID HAMILTON TOLD THE COUNCIL THAT THE THEME HAS ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES AND SHOULD ATTRACT PEOPLE WITH A WIDE RANGE OF INTERESTS… FROM AGRICULTURE TO HEALTH FOODS… AND THOSE WHO HAVE BEE-KEEPING AS A HOBBY.
    THE FESTIVAL WILL INCLUDE INCLUDE THE USUAL… LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND VENDORS.   HAMILTON SAID ANYONE WHO HAS IDEAS TO CONTRIBUTE ON THE “HONEY BEE FESTIVAL” IS WELCOME TO CONTACT HIM AT CITY HALL.
    LAFAYETTE’S NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION EFFORT IS STILL GOING STRONG.   COUNCILMAN BEN BRADFORD REPORTED THAT THREE MORE BLIGHTED PROPERTIES HAVE BEEN DEMOLISHED AND CLEARED BY THE OWNERS… AND SIXTEEN ARE BEING CLEANED OR IMPROVED BY THE OWNERS CURRENTLY. 
    TWO HAVE RECENTLY BEEN TO CITY COURT… AND FIVE MORE ARE HEADING TO COURT FOR JUDGEMENTS.  
    ANOTHER STEP WAS MADE TOWARD COMPLETION OF THE CHATTANOOGA STREET IMPROVEMENT PROJECT.   BIDS WERE ACCEPTED TO REPAIR TWO LARGE CULVERTS UNDERNEATH THE STREET.  CARLOCK CONSTRUCTION OF CHICKAMAUGA GOT THE BIDS… $10,825 FOR ONE… AND $11,825 ON THE SECOND.   CITY MANAGER DAVID HAMILTON STILL HOPES TO FINISH WITH UTILITY WORK AND HAVE CHATTANOOGA STREET REPAVED BY THIS SEPTEMBER.

*   THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE REQUIRES THOSE SELLING LOCALLY-PRODUCED EGGS TO OBTAIN AN “EGG CANDLER PERMIT”… AND CLASSES FOR THE PERMITS WILL BE HELD IN WALKER COUNTY ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 27th.
    FOUR CLASSES WITH UP TO 16 PEOPLE EACH ARE BEING SCHEDULED NOW FOR THE EVENT… WHICH WILL BE HELD AT THE WALKER COUNTY AG CENTER AT ROCK SPRING.   TIMES ARE 8 AND 10 AM, NOON AND 2 PM.
    THE EGG-CANDLER CLASSES ARE FREE… AND THE CLASSES WILL BE FILLED ON A FIRST-COME BASIS.
    TO REGISTER, CALL THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AT 770-535-5955 AND ASK FOR BRADLEY OR TINA.  THE DATE AGAIN, IS JULY 27th.
    YOU CAN ALSO CONTACT THE WALKER COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

*   A NEW JULY 4th 5-K RACE THIS YEAR...   PROCEEDS FROM THE USATF CERTIFIED EVENT WILL BENEFIT LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL TRACK AND FIELD PROGRAMS.
    THEY’RE CALLING IT “THE FREEDOM FEST RUN”… AND IT WILL TRACK THE SAME ROUTE AS THE POPULAR DECEMBER “REINDEER RUN” IN LAFAYETTE… BEGINNING AND ENDING AT JOE STOCK PARK.
    THE 5-K AND A 1-MILE FUN RUN WILL BEGIN AT 8 AM ON MONDAY, JULY 4th.  ONLINE REGISTRATION INFORMATION IS HERE.

*   THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE HAS RELEASED PLANS FOR THIS YEAR’S “FREEDOM FESTIVAL” AND FIREWORKS SHOW AT THE MUNICIPAL PARK.
    IT’S STARTS WITH MUSIC AT 3 PM… ALONG WITH FREE SWIMMING AT THE CITY POOL.
    AT 5:30, THERE’S AN “ULTIMATE FRISBEE COMPETITION” ON FIELD NUMBER ONE… AND AN “OLD TIMERS” BASEBALL GAME AT 7 PM.
    ENTERTAINERS THIS YEAR INCLUDE LANEY MARKS, THE SPANKY’S BAND, CAMPBELL STATION AND 8-TRACK.
    AN “OFFICIAL WELCOME” AND POSTING OF THE COLORS WILL HAPPEN AT 7:30 PM… AND FIREWORKS ARE SCHEDULED FOR 9:45.  THERE WILL BE LOTS OF VENDORS FEATURING FOOD AND FUN ACTIVITIES.
    THE CITY PROHIBITS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, GLASS CONTAINERS AND ATV’S AT THE PARK.
    THE 2016 FREEDOM FESTIVAL IS SPONSORED BY THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE AND THE LAFAYETTE WOMAN’S CLUB.
    IT’S MONDAY, JULY 4th FROM 3 - 11 PM.


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