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*   HELEN GAMBLE WAS NAMED THE WALKER COUNTY CHAMBER’S “CITIZEN OF THE YEAR” AT SATURDAY’S ANNUAL GALA.
    HELEN WORKED AS A HOME ECONOMIST FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE FROM 1975 THROUGH 1999.  IN ADDITION TO VOLUNTEERING AT HER CHURCH, SHE HAS HELD LEADERSHIP ROLES IN THE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION, BETA SIGMA PHI, THE LAFAYETTE WOMAN’S CLUB, THE ROTARY CLUB OF LAFAYETTE AND EPSILON SIGMA PI.  SHE ALSO MANAGES A FAMILY FARM AND HAS RECEIVED PRIZES FOR HAY PRODUCTION.
    HELEN GAMBLE… THE 2017 WALKER COUNTY CITIZEN OF THE YEAR.

*    IT’S LOOKING MORE CERTAIN THAT LAFAYETTE’S UNIQUE FABRICATING WILL EXPAND INTO A NEW INDUSTRIAL BUILDING UNDER CONSTRUCTION ON MCCARTER ROAD.
    WALKER DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY DIRECTOR LARRY BROOKS SAID THEY HAVE EXTENDED OFFERS OF TAX ABATEMENTS TO BOTH THE BUILDING’S OWNER, TIM TOOLE… AND TO UNIQUE, IF THEY AGREE TO LEASE THE BUILDING FOR A 10 YEAR TERM.  UNIQUE MAKES PARTS FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY.
    THE 114-THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT BUILDING IS BEING CONSTRUCTED ON THE “FOOTPRINT” OF THE FORMER QUALITY CARPET CUSHION PLANT, WHICH WAS DESTROYED BY FIRE.
    IN ANOTHER NOTE ON LOCAL DEVELOPMENT… BROOKS SAID THAT AUDIA PLASTICS IN NOW HIRING TO START A NEW PRODUCTION LINE IN THEIR PLANT, LOCATED AT THE NOBLE INDUSTRIAL PARK.

*   THE FOUNDATION CREATED BY A FORMER CHICKAMAUGA MAYOR AND BUSINESSMAN HAS DONATED A MILLION DOLLARS TO THE NEW CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL.  THE FRANK P. PIERCE FOUNDATION IS HELPING BUILD PHASE-ONE OF THE NEW CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AT ERLANGER.
    REPRESENTATIVE STEVE TARVIN, WHO DIRECTS THE PIERCE FOUNDATION, SAID “BEING WITH MR. PIERCE DAILY OVER A 20 YEAR PERIOD, I MANY TIMES WITNESSED HIS COMPASSION FOR THOSE WHO COULD NOT HELP THEMSELVES”.

*   ADVANCE VOTING IS OPEN AT THE COURTHOUSE IN LAFAYETTE… ROOM 110.  
    WALKER COUNTY AND CITY OF LAFAYETTE VOTERS MAY CAST AN EARLY BALLOT THERE FROM MONDAY, OCTOBER 16th THROUGH FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd.   THE OFFICE IS OPEN WEEKDAYS FROM 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
    WALKER COUNTY VOTERS HAVE ONLY THE “T-SPLOST” QUESTION… WHICH REQUIRES A YES OR NO VOTE.
    FOR CITY OF LAFAYETTE VOTERS, THERE IS ONE CONTESTED CITY COUNCIL RACE BETWEEN INCUMBENT BEACHER GARMANY AND CHALLENGER VIC BURGESS.
    STARTING THE FINAL WEEK OF THE ADVANCE VOTING PERIOD, THE SATELLITE VOTING LOCATIONS WILL OPEN FOR THE COUNTY REFERENDUM… GEORGIA NORTHWESTERN AT ROCK SPRING, THE CHICKAMAUGA CIVIC CENTER, THE ROSSVILLE CIVIC CENTER AND LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN CITY HALL.   THE SATELLITE LOCATIONS WILL BE OPEN OCTOBER 30th THROUGH NOVEMBER 3rd… 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
    ELECTION DAY IS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7th.  ON THAT DAY IN LAFAYETTE… BOTH CITY AND COUNTY VOTERS WILL CAST THEIR BALLOT AT THE SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER ON SOUTH MAIN STREET.

*   WALKER COUNTY VOTERS WILL HAVE ONE ITEM… THE T-SPLOST… ON THE BALLOT THIS NOVEMBER 7th.... AND IN THE ADVANCE VOTING THAT IS NOW UNDERWAY.
    HERE’S THE WORDING YOU’LL SEE:  “SHALL A SPECIAL ONE PERCENT SALES AND USE TAX BE IMPOSED IN THE SPECIAL DISTRICT CONSISTING OF WALKER COUNTY FOR A PERIOD OF TIME NOT TO EXCEED FIVE YEARS AND FOR THE RAISING OF NOT MORE THAN AN ESTIMATED AMOUNT OF 25-MILLION DOLLARS FOR TRANSPORTATION PURPOSES?”
    AND THAT’S FOLLOWED ON THE BALLOT, BY A YES OR NO VOTE.
    ACCORDING TO COMMISSIONER SHANNON WHITFIELD… DUE TO A POOR FINANCIAL STATE THIS YEAR, WALKER COUNTY HAS NO FUNDS FOR ROAD PAVING AND OTHER TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS UNLESS VOTERS APPROVE THE T-SPLOST. 

*   WALKER COUNTY PROPERTY TAX BILLS ARE IN THE MAIL.  MANY HAVE BEEN ANTICIPATING THE TAX INCREASE DUE TO THE COUNTY’S POOR FINANCIAL CONDITION.   THE COMMISSIONER RAISED RATES BY 2 MILLS… THEN ADDED A NEW TAX TO ATTACK DEBT… AND FOR SOME, RAISED THE FEE FOR FIRE PROTECTION AS WELL.
    ON A HOME WITH FAIR MARKET VALUE OF 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS AND AROUND 1,200 SQUARE FEET…
    THE TAX INCREASE FOR COUNTY GOVERNMENT IS $76.
    THE PUBLIC SAFETY - FIRE FEE IS $120.
    AND THE ERLANGER DEBT SERVICE IS $140.
    IN THIS EXAMPLE, THAT BRINGS THE INCREASE TO A TOTAL OF $206.
    AS ALWAYS, THE TAX PAYMENT IS DUE WITHOUT PENALTY, ON DECEMBER 20th.

*   THE LAFAYETTE AND CHICKAMAUGA SENIOR CITIZEN CENTERS WILL SPONSOR A PROM FOR SENIORS 60-PLUS… CALLED “A MAGICAL MASQUERADE BALL”.   THE EVENT WILL BE HELD AT THE WALKER COUNTY CIVIC CENTER ON NOVEMBER 3rd FROM 6 - 9 PM.
    TICKETS ARE $10 PER PERSON… AND MUST BE PURCHASED BY OCTOBER 27th.   DRESS IS SUNDAY BEST - FORMAL… OR WEAR YOUR MASQUERADE ATTIRE. 
    CALL THE SENIOR CENTER FOR TICKETS:   (706) 638 2163.

*     THE FEDERAL SENIOR EMPLOYMENT TRAINING PROGRAM WILL PAY SENIOR CITIZENS TO TRAIN FOR A NEW JOB.   APPLICANTS MUST BE 55 OR OLDER AND MEET MODERATE INCOME GUIDELINES.  POSITIONS ARE AVAILABLE IN WALKER COUNTY… CALL MERCY CARE OF ROME FOR MORE INFORMATION AT
1-888-328-0388.

*   WALKER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOLS FELL SHORT OF BOTH THE NATIONAL AND THE STATE OF GEORGIA AVERAGES ON THE ACT COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAM FOR 2017.
    BOTH LAFAYETTE AND RIDGELAND HIGH SCHOOLS AVERAGED AN ACT SCORE OF 19.7.
    THE NATIONAL AVERAGE WAS 21.0… AND THE STATE OF GEORGIA’S AVERAGE WAS A BIT HIGHER THIS YEAR, AT 21.4.
    TRION CITY SCHOOLS AND CHICKAMAUGA CITY SCHOOLS BOTH AVERAGED A SCORE OF 21.3.

*   A CATOOSA COUNTY BRIDGE WILL BE OUT DURING WORK TO REPLACE IT, ACCORDING TO GEORGIA D.O.T.  
    THE WORK IS CLOSING THREE NOTCH ROAD OVER PEAVINE CREEK, SOUTHWEST OF RINGGOLD.   THE ROAD WILL BE CLOSED STARTING TODAY AND TRAFFIC WILL BE RE-DIRECTED TO POST OAK AND POPLAR SPRINGS ROADS.
    THE BRIDGE PROJECT ON THREE NOTCH WILL BE FINISHED BY JULY OF 2019.

*   THE AREA FAMILY CRISIS CENTER WILL HOLD A FUNDRAISER CALLED “TEA AND TRENDS”, THIS SATURDAY AT THE WALKER COUNTY CIVIC CENTER.
    THE EVENT STARTS WITH A NOON LUNCH, FOLLOWED BY A FASHION SHOW AND SILENT AUCTION.
    INDIVIDUAL SEATS ARE $30… AND ARE AVAILABLE BY CALLING (706) 375 7180. 

*    CORINTH BAPTIST CHURCH WILL HAVE GROUNDBREAKING TO REPLACE THEIR WORSHIP CENTER, WHICH WAS DESTROYED BY FIRE.   IT’S THIS SUNDAY, OCT. 22nd AT 11 AM.   MEET AT THE PAVILION AND BRING A LAWN CHAIR FOR THE SPECIAL SERVICE.

*   THE ANNUAL MOTORCYCLE TOY RUN FOR THE STOCKING FULL OF LOVE IS SET FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5th.
    IT STARTS AT 2 PM AT RIDGELAND HIGH SCHOOL… AND TRAVELS TO LAFAYETTE HIGH.
    BRING A NEW, UNWRAPPED TOY OR CASH DONATION FOR THE WALKER COUNTY STOCKING FULL OF LOVE… MAKING CHRISTMAS BETTER FOR KIDS, COUNTY-WIDE.   FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 706 638 1909.

*   SIGNUPS ARE OPEN NOW FOR LAFAYETTE RECREATION DEPARTMENT WINTER SPORTS… BASKETBALL AND SPIRIT TEAM.
    BASKETBALL REGISTRATION IS $40… AND SPIRIT TEAM IS $20 PER STUDENT… BOTH ARE OPEN TO KIDS AGES 5 TO 12.
    REGISTRATION ENDS NOV. 6th… CONTACT THE PARK REC CENTER FOR MORE INFORMATION… 706 639 1590.

*   THE BLOOD ASSURANCE BLOODMOBILE WILL BE A LAFAYETTE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH ON WEDNESDAY, OCT. 18th.   EACH BLOOD DONOR CAN SAVE UP TO THREE LIVES.
    CALL THE CHURCH FOR A DONATION TIME, FROM 3:15 THROUGH 7:30 PM THAT DATE… 706 638 3727.

*   THE LAFAYETTE HIGH CLASS OF 1967 WILL HAVE A 50th REUNION ON SATURDAY, OCT. 21st.  CLASS MEMBERS NOT REACHED MAY CALL (423) 242 8741 FOR MORE INFORMATION.


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