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TOP LOCAL NEWS STORIES:

*   A ROSSVILLE MAN HAS BEEN CHARGED BY THE TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION WITH “HUMAN TRAFFICKING” A 17 YEAR OLD GIRL FOR PROSTITUTION AT A  CHATTANOOGA HOTEL.  THE TEEN WAS PLACED IN PROTECTIVE CUSTODY.
    41 YEAR OLD HECTOR VELASQUEZ CONTROLLED THE GIRL DURING TRANSACTIONS, ACCORDING TO THE TBI INVESTIGATION… WHICH ALSO INVOLVED COOPERATION FROM THE GEORGIA BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION.
    VELASQUEZ WAS ALSO CHARGED WITH PROMOTING PROSTITUTION AND CRIMINAL IMPERSONATION.   HE IS WANTED ON AN ACTIVE WARRANT IN FLORIDA, AS A SEX OFFENDER.

*   AFTER MAKING EIGHT METHAMPHETAMINE ARRESTS IN WALKER COUNTY… THE DRUG TASK FORCE MOVED TO DADE COUNTY… WHERE 16 “ONE POT” METH LABS WERE SEIZED THIS WEEK.
    THE BUST IN TRENTON RESULTED IN THREE ARRESTS.  METH WAS FOUND ALREADY PACKED FOR RESALE AT THE HOME ON SOUTH MAIN STREET.
    FOR ONE OF THOSE ARRESTED… CHRISTOPHER TYLER WRIGHT… THIS DRUG ARREST WAS HIS “THIRD STRIKE”, ACCORDING TO THE DADE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT.

*   DON'T FORGET... SUNDAY IS FEBRUARY 14th… VALENTINE’S DAY.

*   MONDAY IS PRESIDENT’S DAY.  GOVERNMENT OFFICES, BANKS, SCHOOLS AND THE POST OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED.

*   THE LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN DRUG TASK FORCE ARRESTED EIGHT PEOPLE AT THREE DIFFERENT WALKER COUNTY RESIDENCES ON WEDNESDAY.
    COMMANDER PAT DOYLE SAID FOUR WERE ARRESTED 862 NICKAJACK ROAD, FLINTSTONE.  THEY INCLUDE MARSHALL RALPH PAYNE, 42… AND JOHNNY LAMAR TEAGUE, 56… BOTH CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF METH AND MARIJUANA… AND CHARLES ALLEN WOMBLE, 63… AND LINDA GAIL HARDEN, 51 - BOTH CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF METH.  INVESTIGATORS ALSO FOUND SCALES AND PACKAGING MATERIAL AT THE NICKAJACK ROAD HOUSE.   THAT INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING, ACCORDING TO DOYLE.
    ON HIGHWAY 136 NEAR NAOMI, EAST OF LAFAYETTE… THERE WERE TWO ARRESTS:   LESLIE GAIL HILL, 37… AND JEREMY SHANE EDWARDS, 34… WERE CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF METH.  EDWARDS ALSO HAD AN OUTSTANDING WARRANT ON THEFT BY TAKING CHARGES.
    AND ON STILES ROAD, NEAR THE WALKER-CHATTOOGA COUNTY LINE… THERE WERE TWO MORE ARRESTS:  EARL CLIFFORD CHERRY, 37… AND JOHN MYRON BROWN, 41… WERE BOTH CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF METH.

*   LAFAYETTE POLICE MADE AN ARREST AT THE SCENE OF A HOUSE FIRE ON DAUGHERTY STREET, TUESDAY NIGHT.   RESPONDING TO THE STRUCTURE FIRE CALL AT 8 PM, POLICE SPOTTED MICHAEL CHANCE ELLISON EXITING THE RESIDENCE... AND REMEMBERED THERE WERE WARRANTS FOR HIS ARREST.   AFTER CONFIRMING THROUGH THE DISPATCH CENTER... ELLISON WAS PICKED UP ON TWO OUTSTANDING WARRANTS FROM THE WALKER COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT.  NO ONE WAS HURT IN THE HOUSE FIRE.

*   ONE MAN WAS ARRESTED… AND HE AND HIS BUDDY WERE BANNED FROM WALMART… AFTER AN INCIDENT THERE, EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.
    JUST PAST 5 AM, POLICE GOT A REPORT THAT TWO MEN WERE PARKED AT THE STORE LOT… AND ONE WAS SEEN “LOOKING UNDER EMPLOYEE VEHICLES” ON THE LOT.
    THE DRIVER TOLD OFFICERS HE WAS “WAITING FOR HIS GIRLFRIEND TO GET OFF WORK”.   NO ONE WITH THE NAME HE GAVE, WORKS THERE.
    THE PASSENGER, WHO WAS HOLDING A FLASHLIGHT, GAVE POLICE A FALSE NAME.  HE WAS LATER IDENTIFIED AS 26 YEAR OLD NICHOLAS ALAN CURTIS OF LAFAYETTE… WHO WAS WANTED ON A FELONY PROBATION VIOLATION.   CURTIS WAS ALSO CHARGED WITH LOITERING AND GIVING A FALSE NAME TO LAW OFFICERS.
    THE STORE MANAGER INFORMED POLICE THAT BOTH MEN WERE BANNED FROM THE PREMISES.

*   THE LAFAYETTE DDA’S ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT HAS OUTGROWN THE JOE STOCK PARK… AND WILL BE HELD THIS YEAR AT THE ROSS ABNEY COMPLEX… BEST KNOWN AS “THE OLD HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL FIELD”.
    12,000 EGGS WILL BE HIDDEN FOR CHILDREN, BY AGE GROUP… AND THE FREE EVENT HAS BEEN SCHEDULED THIS YEAR FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 19th.
    CITY OFFICIALS SAID THIS WEEK THAT A GREAT DEAL OF WORK HAS BEEN DONE TO IMPROVE THE FACILITIES AT THE ROSS ABNEY COMPLEX… WHICH IS OPERATED BY THE LAFAYETTE RECREATION DEPARTMENT.
    IN OTHER BUSINESS AT THIS WEEK’S COUNCIL MEETING, THERE WAS A DISCUSSION ON REMOVING THE DAMAGED PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE AT THE DEPOT PARK.   CITY MANAGER DAVID HAMILTON SAID THERE ARE PLANS TO REMOVE THE WOODEN STRUCTURE, WHICH WAS DAMAGED IN A FLOOD OF TOWN CREEK.   HE SAID THEY ARE LOOKING AT OPTIONS TO REPLACE THE BRIDGE WITH FUNDS RECEIVED IN A GRANT TO IMPROVE THE WALKING TRAIL, WHICH FOLLOWS THE CREEK FROM THE OLD LAFAYETTE HIGH FOOTBALL FIELD TO THE HOUSING AUTHORITY BUILDING ON OAK STREET.   THE 100-THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT WILL BE SUPPLEMENTED WITH SPLOST FUNDING ON THE TRAIL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT.

*   WALKER COUNTY SCHOOLS WILL TAKE A “WINTER BREAK”... SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED THROUGH MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15th.   “BACK TO SCHOOL DAY” WILL BE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16th.

*   COUNCILMAN BED BRADFORD MADE A PRESENTATION TO THE CITY COUNCIL MONDAY, ON PROGRESS MADE IN BRINGING LOCAL PROPERTIES “UP TO CODE” IN A NEW PUSH FOR NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION.
    THE CITY CODES DEPARTMENT HAS IDENTIFIED AROUND 100 STRUCTURES AND PROPERTIES THAT NEED ATTENTION.   BRADFORD SAID OF THE FIRST 20 PROPERTY OWNERS CONTACTED, 16 HAVE SAID THEY PLAN TO COOPERATE AND BRING THE PROPERTY UP TO CODE.
    THE CITY HAS NOW COMPLETED FIVE “NUISANCE ABATEMENT” CASES IN COURT… AND FOUR MORE ARE SCHEDULED FOR HEARINGS THIS MONTH.  BRADFORD CONGRATULATED THE CITY CODES DEPARTMENT FOR TAKING “A GREAT LEAP OF PROGRESS” IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION EFFORT.

*   ON A CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECT HELD-OVER FROM LAST MONTH’S MEETING, THE LAFAYETTE CITY COUNCIL VOTED 3 TO 1 IN FAVOR OF A 4-YEAR LEASE-PURCHASE OF NEW CARTS FOR THE LAFAYETTE GOLF COURSE.
    AT MONDAY’S MEETING, CITY MANAGER DAVID HAMILTON EXPLAINED THAT THE PLAN WOULD BE LESS COSTLY THAN REBUILDING THE PRESENT FLEET OF CARTS… WHICH WILL BE TRADED-IN ON THE NEW LEASE-PURCHASE PLAN.   TOTAL COST FOR 60 CARTS OVER A 4-YEAR PERIOD, WILL BE $140,630.
    UNDER THE PRESENT CART LEASE, THE CITY IS PAYING ABOUT 59-THOUSAND PER YEAR.   THE NEW LEASE WILL BE SUBSTANTIALLY LESS, AT 36-THOUSAND PER YEAR… AND AT THE END OF FOUR YEARS, THE CITY WILL OWN THE CARTS.
    COUNCIL MEMBERS BEN BRADFORD, WAYNE SWANSON AND JUDY MEEKS VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE LEASE-PURCHASE PLAN.   COUNCILMAN CHRIS DAVIS VOTED AGAINST… AND COUNCILMAN BEACHER GARMANY ABSTAINED.
    AFTER THE PLAN WAS APPROVED, MAYOR ANDY ARNOLD SAID LAFAYETTE HAS BEEN INVITED TO A MEETING OF “GOLF COURSE TOWNS” BEING HELD IN DUBLIN, GEORGIA.  HE SEES THAT AS A GOOD WAY FOR MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE CITIES TO "BRAINSTORM" WAYS TO RUN THEM MORE EFFICIENTLY.   THE LAFAYETTE COURSE IS A PERPETUAL MONEY-LOSER.  
    IT WAS ALSO REPORTED THAT PHASE 1 OF THE CHATTANOOGA STREET WATER LINE PROJECT IS NEARLY COMPLETE… FROM HENDERSON TO WEST MAIN.   COUNCIL APPROVED PURCHASE OF PIPE AND MATERIALS FOR PHASE 2, WHICH WILL REPLACE WATER LINES FROM WEST MAIN TO MCLEMORE.  COST OF MATERIALS APPROVED WAS JUST UNDER 73-THOUSAND DOLLARS. 
    IT WAS POINTED OUT THAT BY DOING THE WATER LINE REPLACEMENT WITH THE CITY’S OWN WATER DEPARTMENT CREWS… A HUGE SAVING IS BEING REALIZED.   THE LOW BID TO REPLACE ALL OF THE CHATTANOOGA STREET WATER LINES BY A CONTRACTOR, WAS 1.2 MILLION.   TOTAL BUDGET WITH THE CITY DOING THE WORK, IS $204,576.

*   WALKER COUNTY’S “STAR STUDENTS” HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED FOR 2016.  “STAR” STANDS FOR “STUDENT-TEACHER ACHIEVEMENT RECOGNITION”… AND THE ANNUAL PROGRAM HONORS THE SENIOR MAKING THE HIGHEST SCORE ON COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMS.
    AT LAFAYETTE HIGH, THE STAR STUDENT IS LISA NICOLE LEE.  SHE NOMINATED AS HER “STAR TEACHER”… JOEL WARREN.
    AT RIDGELAND HIGH, THIS YEAR’S STAR STUDENT IS EMMA JONES.  SHE CHOSE ANTHONY GOSS AS HER STAR TEACHER.
    ALL WILL BE RECOGNIZED AT THE NEXT MEETING OF THE WALKER COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION.  THE “STAR” PROGRAM IS SPONSORED IN GEORGIA BY “PAGE”… THE PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GEORGIA EDUCATORS.

*   THE AREA'S "MOST WANTED" ARE UNDER ARREST:  SUMMERVILLE POLICE HAVE CAPTURED THE SUSPECT WHO THEY BELIEVE, SHOT A STORE CLERK IN A ROBBERY ON JANUARY 15th… ALONG WITH AN ACCUSED ACCOMPLICE.
     18 YEAR OLD DYLON DAVE ALLEN WAS IDENTIFIED BY POLICE AS THE SHOOTER… WHO CRITICALLY WOUNDED C. PATEL DURING THE ROBBERY OF THE MELANIE INN CONVENIENCE STORE.   PATEL IS STILL HOSPITALIZED.
     THE SECOND SUSPECT IS Z. BANARD MCCRAY, AGE 18.  BOTH MEN ARE CHARGED WITH ARMED ROBBERY, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT, AND POSSESSION OF A FIREARM DURING A CRIME WHILE WEARING A MASK.
     TWO OTHER ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECTS WERE ARRESTED LAST WEEK BY CHATTOOGA COUNTY AUTHORITIES.   JAMES TYRONE CARMICHAEL OF ROME… AND JAKE LEE SKUSE OF ALABAMA… HAVE ALSO BEEN CHARGED WITH A WALKER COUNTY ARMED ROBBERY AT A STORE JUST SOUTH OF LAFAYETTE ON BROOMTOWN ROAD.
     CHATTOOGA DETECTIVES SAY THE FOUR ARRESTS CLEAR ALL BUT ONE, IN A RECENT STRING OF ARMED ROBBERIES ACROSS NORTHWEST GEORGIA.

*   ADVANCE VOTING IS OPEN NOW IN THE GEORGIA PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE PRIMARY.   REGISTERED VOTERS CAN CAST A BALLOT DURING REGULAR HOURS, 8:30 - 4:30, AT THE VOTER REGISTRATION OFFICE… ROOM 110 IN THE WALKER COUNTY COURTHOUSE.
    SATELLITE VOTING LOCATIONS WILL OPEN ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20th… AT GEORGIA NORTHWESTERN TECHNICAL COLLEGE, BUILDING 500… THE CHICKAMAUGA CIVIC CENTER… THE ROSSVILLE CIVIC CENTER AND LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN CITY HALL.  ADVANCE VOTING ENDS FEB. 26th.
    THE PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY IS SET FOR MARCH 1st, IN GEORGIA.

*   SIGNUPS ARE OPEN FOR LAFAYETTE RECREATION SPRING SPORTS… YOUTH BASEBALL, SOFTBALL AND SOCCER.
    BASEBALL IS FOR PLAYERS AGES 3 TO 12…
    SOFTBALL IS FOR AGES 5 TO 12…
    AND SOCCER IS FOR AGES 4 TO 14…
    REGISTRATION WILL BE OPEN ONLINE THROUGH FEBRUARY 20th… CALL THE REC CENTER FOR MORE INFORMATION AT 706 639 1590.

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