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LAFAYETTE FRUIT MARKET is the WQCH featured advertiser of the week.  They have everything from local produce to vidalia onions!   Amish products and locally-grown beef, too!   Now in their 20th year... they're open 7 days a week on North Main in LaFayette.

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Our 60th year of service... 1954 - 2014.

TOP LOCAL NEWS STORIES:

*   THE DRUG TASK FORCE CHARGED A LAFAYETTE COUPLE WITH POSSESSION OF METH, FOLLOWING A RAID LAST WEEK.
    25 YEAR OLD DAVID RAY BIRD AND 24 YEAR OLD MARY DEANNA KEITH WERE CHARGED, AFTER THEIR HOME AT 303 DOC LOVE AVENUE WAS SEARCHED.  THE COUPLE’S TWO CHILDREN WERE RELEASED TO THE CUSTODY OF RELATIVES, ACCORDING TO TASK FORCE COMMANDER, PATRICK DOYLE.
    SUSPECTED OPIATES WERE ALSO LOCATED AT THE RESIDENCE… AND WERE SENT TO THE STATE CRIME LAB FOR ANALYSIS.

*   THE WALKER COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM’S FACILITIES DEPARTMENT WORKS RIGHT THROUGH THE SUMMER MONTHS.   DIRECTOR CHRIS JONES GAVE WQCH NEWS AN UPDATE ON PROJECTS FOR LAFAYETTE-AREA SCHOOLS.
    THE STATE D.O.T. IS WORKING THIS WEEK ON NEW CAUTION LIGHTS TO BE INSTALLED ON U.S. 27 AT THE ENTRANCE TO SADDLE RIDGE ELEMENTARY.  JONES SAID THE FLASHING LIGHTS ARE BEING INSTALLED OVER THE 5-LANE HIGHWAY… BUT IT IS HIS UNDERSTANDING THAT THE SPEED LIMIT WILL REMAIN AT 55 MILES PER HOUR THROUGH THE SCHOOL ZONE.
    SADDLE RIDGE IS ALSO SET FOR FOOTBALL SEASON.  THEIR FOOTBALL FIELD IS COMPLETE WITH A PRESS BOX AND BLEACHERS.   THE BOARD HAS APPROVED A NEW CONCESSION STAND WITH RESTROOMS, FOR THE FOOTBALL FIELD… AND THAT SHOULD BE READY BY OCTOBER.
    AT LAFAYETTE MIDDLE SCHOOL, WORKING CONTINUES ON NEW CLASSROOMS AND AN AGRICULTURE LAB.  JONES SAID THAT PROJECT WILL PROBABLY BE COMPLETED IN JANUARY.   THE NEW CLASSROOM SPACE WILL ELIMINATE THE NEED FOR MOBILE UNITS, EXCEPT FOR STORAGE.  LAFAYETTE MIDDLE SCHOOL’S AGRICULTURE PROGRAM WILL ALSO BE GETTING A NEW GREENHOUSE, IN THE NEAR FUTURE.
    AND LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL’S AG DEPARTMENT IS GETTING A NEW POLE BARN… FUNDED BY A GRANT.   JONES SAID THE BARN WILL BE PERFECT FOR LIVESTOCK SHOWS AND EXHIBITS.  

*   THE LAFAYETTE RECREATION DEPARTMENT WILL OFFER FREE SATURDAY FOOTBALL CAMPS TO KIDS AGES 6 TO 12.   THE CAMPS WILL BE HELD ON AUGUST 2nd AND AUGUST 9th AT THE LAFAYETTE REC… FROM 9 AM - 2 PM.  
    THE FOOTBALL CAMP WILL FEATURE SKILLS TRAINING, SWIMMING AND SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS.
    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE FREE FOOTBALL CAMPS BY CALLING THE RECREATION PROGRAM AT 706 639 1590.

*   A GEORGIA NORTHWESTERN STUDENT FROM LAFAYETTE HAS WON A THOUSAND-DOLLAR SCHOLARSHIP WITH HIS PERFORMANCE IN WELDING CLASS.
    JAMES DEES WON THE SCHOLARSHIP IN THE GRAINGER “TOOLS FOR TOMORROW” PROGRAM.  HE WILL ALSO RECEIVE A TOOL KIT PRIZE WHEN HE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES THE WELDING PROGRAM AT GEORGIA NORTHWESTERN TECHNICAL COLLEGE. 

*   THE WALKER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT IS ASKING THE PUBLIC’S HELP IN LOCATING THE PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR STEALING GOLF CARTS FROM THE HIGH POINT GOLF COURSE NEAR CHICKAMAUGA.
    FOUR CARTS WERE TAKEN ON JULY 12th… AND WERE FOUND ABANDONED ON NEARBY PROPERTY.   SEVERAL GOLF CARTS WERE TAKEN FROM THE COURSE LAST YEAR - AND WERE NEVER RECOVERED.
    HIGH POINT IS ON GARRETT’S CHAPEL ROAD.   A CASH REWARD IS OFFERED FOR INFORMATION THAT LEADS TO AN ARREST… CALL DETECTIVE LLEWELLYN AT 706 638 1909, EXTENSION 298… OR YOU CAN LEAVE AN ANONYMOUS TIP AT “WALKERSO.COM”.

*   A LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WILL REPRESENT THE STATE OF GEORGIA AS A DELEGATE… AT THE FFA NATIONAL CONVENTION IN OCTOBER.
    SARA PROKOSCH WILL BE VOTING ON THE FUTURE FARMERS’ NATIONAL BUSINESS, DURING THE MEETING IN LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY… AND SPONSORS SAY IT’S A GREAT HONOR TO BE CHOSEN AS A STATE DELEGATE.  SHE IS ONE OF 25 FROM THE STATE OF GEORGIA… WHICH HAS THE THIRD-LARGEST FFA MEMBERSHIP IN THE NATION. 

*   TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW FOR THE BATTLEFIELD FARMER’S MARKET’S SECOND ANNUAL “FARM TO TABLE” FUND-RAISING DINNER.  IT’S SET FOR SATURDAY AUGUST 9th AT THE WALKER COUNTY AGRICULTURE CENTER.
    THE FUND-RAISER HELPS TO MATCH “SNAP” DOLLARS AT PRODUCER FARM MARKETS, LIKE BATTLEFIELD.  THAT HELPS FAMILIES IN NEED TO PUT HEALTHIER FOODS ON THEIR TABLE.
    ENTERTAINMENT AND A SILENT AUCTION WILL ALSO BE A PART OF THE EVENING.  TICKETS ARE $25 EACH… AND CAN BE PURCHASED DURING REGULAR HOURS ON WEDNESDAYS AND SATURDAYS, AT BATTLEFIELD FARMERS MARKET.

*   TUESDAY’S PRIMARY RUNOFF COULD BE CHARACTERIZED BY:
LOW TURNOUT… AND CLOSE RACES.
    INCUMBENT JOHN DEFFENBAUGH WON HIS RUNOFF… AND IS THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT ONE.   DEFFENBAUGH TOOK 55-PERCENT OF THE VOTE OVER CHALLENGER ROBERT GOFF.   IN THE RUNOFF, GOFF WAS HEAVILY FAVORED IN DADE COUNTY… WHILE DEFFENBAUGH WON THE WALKER COUNTY VOTE BY A LARGE MARGIN.  DEFFENBAUGH FACES ANOTHER CHALLENGE IN NOVEMBER, FROM DEMOCRAT TOM MCMAHAN.
    IN THE RUNOFF FOR GEORGIA’S NEXT U.S. SENATOR… BUSINESSMAN DAVID PERDUE DEFEATED LONGTIME REPRESENTATIVE JACK KINGSTON.  IT WAS AN EXTREMELY CLOSE RACE… WITH PERDUE WINNING BY JUST 8,500 VOTES.   HE WILL FACE DEMOCRAT MICHELLE NUNN FOR THE SENATE SEAT, IN NOVEMBER.
    WALKER COUNTY VOTERS WENT AGAINST THE STATE TOTALS AND NARROWLY FAVORED KINGSTON, IN TUESDAY’S SENATE RUNOFF.

*   PARENTS OF RISING 7th GRADE STUDENTS ARE BEING REMINDED BY THE WALKER COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM, THAT A NEW IMMUNIZATION IS REQUIRED THIS YEAR.  THIS FALL, ALL 7th GRADERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO HAVE “TDAP” AND MENINGOCOCCAL VACCINES, PRIOR TO ENTERING SCHOOL.  MANY STUDENTS WILL HAVE ALREADY BEEN IMMUNIZED… AND SIMPLY NEED TO PROVIDE THE SCHOOL WITH DOCUMENTATION FROM THE FAMILY HEALTH PROVIDER.  THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT RECOMMENDS THAT PARENTS HAVE RISING 7th GRADERS IMMUNIZED NOW, TO AVOID A LAST-MINUTE RUSH.

*   THE LAFAYETTE RECREATION DEPARTMENT HAS OPENED REGISTRATION FOR FALL SPORTS… INCLUDING YOUTH FOOTBALL, SOCCER AND CHEERLEADING.
    REGISTRATION CONTINUES THROUGH AUGUST 3rd AT THE PARK REC CENTER.  CALL FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FALL SPORTS:  706 639 1590.

*   THE WALKER COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM WILL NOT BE RAISING PROPERTY TAX MILLAGE RATES THIS YEAR… THE NEWS FROM SUPERINTENDENT DAMON RAINES.   THIS IS THE FIFTH-STRAIGHT YEAR THAT THE SCHOOL SYSTEM HAS MAINTAINED THE SAME RATE OF TAXATION ON LOCAL PROPERTY OWNERS.
    RAINES SAID FRIDAY THAT STATE OFFICIALS… MANY FACING RE-ELECTION THIS FALL… HAVE COME-THROUGH WITH MORE THAN A MILLION DOLLARS IN ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR WALKER COUNTY’S LOCAL SCHOOLS.   “THAT’S GREAT FOR OUR TEACHERS”, RAINES SAID… ADDING THAT THE INJECTION OF STATE FUNDING WILL CUT THE NUMBER OF FURLOUGH DAYS.
    WQCH ALSO ASKED WALKER COMMISSIONER BEBE HEISKELL WHETHER PROPERTY TAXES WILL BE RAISED FOR THE OPERATION OF COUNTY GOVERNMENT… AND SHE SAID THURSDAY, THAT “IT’S TOO SOON TO TELL”.   THE BUDGET PROCESS HAS STARTED… BUT A NUMBER OF VARIABLES MUST BE TACKED-DOWN BEFORE THE REVENUE NEEDS OF THE COUNTY ARE KNOWN.
    EARLIER THIS YEAR, HEISKELL SAID IT APPEARED THAT A TAX INCREASE OF “AT LEAST ONE MILL - AND MAYBE MORE”, WILL BE NEEDED THIS YEAR.


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