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*   GREAT NEWS ON UNEMPLOYMENT… IT’S DOWN IN EVERY AREA COUNTY IN THE LATEST FIGURES FOR AUGUST.
    WALKER COUNTY’S RATE FELL FROM 4.8 TO 4.6 PERCENT…
    CATOOSA DOWN FROM 4.5 TO 4.1…
    CHATTOOGA DOWN FROM 5.0 TO 4.9…
    DADE DOWN FROM 5.1 TO 4.3…
    AND WHITFIELD COUNTY, DOWN FROM 5.3 IN JULY, TO 5.1 PERCENT IN AUGUST.
    STATE LABOR COMMISSIONER MARK BUTLER SAID “GEORGIA CONTINUES TO BE ONE OF THE LEADERS IN JOB CREATION AND EMPLOYMENT… AND GEORGIANS ARE GOING BACK TO WORK”.

*   THE BARWICK-LAFAYETTE REGIONAL AIRPORT WILL HAVE THE ANNUAL FLY-IN THIS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd… FROM 10 AM UNTIL 3 PM.
    A FREE BREAKFAST FOR VETERANS, POLICE AND FIRE FIGHTERS WILL BE HELD FROM 7 - 10 AM.
    OPENING CEREMONY STARTS AT 10 AM WITH A SKYDIVING PERFORMANCE.  THERE WILL ALSO BE A CRUISE-IN ON THE AIRPORT GROUNDS.
    ADMISSION IS FREE… AND PLANE AND HELICOPTER RIDES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE.  ENJOY INFLATABLES FOR THE KIDS… AND THE ONE-THOUSAND DOLLAR GOLF BALL DROP.
    LUNCH CONCESSION SALES WILL BENEFIT THE STOCKING FULL OF LOVE.
    THE FREE FLY-IN IS AT THE AIRPORT ON GASQUE DRIVE OFF FOSTER MILL… THIS SATURDAY.

*   SADDLE RIDGE SCHOOL WILL HOST THEIR “HARVEST HOEDOWN” THIS SATURDAY… WITH LOTS OF FOOD AND FUN ACTIVITIES FROM 10 AM UNTIL 1 PM.

*   THE ANNUAL “BLUE AND GRAY BARBECUE CONTEST AND FESTIVAL” WILL BE HELD AT THE GORDON LEE MANSION IN CHICKAMAUGA, THIS SATURDAY FROM 9 ’TIL 5.  THE DAY WILL ALSO FEATURE CRAFTS AND A QUILT SHOW.    PARKING AND ADMISSION ARE FREE.   TOURS OF THE MANSION ARE $5 FOR ADULTS.

*   ANOTHER IRONMAN BIKE RACE… THE SECOND THIS MONTH… WILL SLOW TRAFFIC IN WALKER COUNTY, THIS SUNDAY.
    THE ROUTE HEADS SOUTH FROM ST. ELMO DOWN 193 AND WEST COVE ROAD… RETURNING ON HOG JOWL ROAD AND COVE ROAD TO CHICKAMAUGA… THEN RETURNING TO 193 NORTHBOUND TO CHATTANOOGA.
    EXPECT TRAFFIC DELAYS THIS SUNDAY FROM 8 UNTIL 2, FOR THE IRONMAN BIKE RACE.

*   THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE WILL PRESENT IT’S STRATEGIC PLAN FOR THE NEXT 20 YEARS… ON MONDAY NIGHT AT CITY HALL.   THE COMMUNITY IS INVITED.
    CITY MANAGER DAVID HAMILTON SAID THIS IS EXACTLY THE SAME PLAN THAT WAS PRESENTED BACK IN MARCH, AT A SIMILAR MEETING.   IT’S BEING REPEATED FOR HOPEFULLY A NEW AND LARGER CROWD OF INTERESTED CITIZENS.
    THE CITY’S PROGRESS TO DATE HAS OCCURRED WITHOUT A STRATEGIC PLAN AND WITHOUT BEING “THOUGHTFULLY DIRECTED”.  THIS PLAN IS A CONCENTRATED EFFORT TO ACHIEVE A “VISION” FOR THE FUTURE OF LAFAYETTE… FROM IMPROVING EDUCATION TO PROVIDING HIGH SPEED INTERNET SERVICE.
    THE MEETING STARTS AT 6 PM MONDAY, AT CITY HALL.

*   LAFAYETTE POLICE RECOVERED A TRUCK STOLEN FROM CHICKAMAUGA… AND CHARGED BOTH THE DRIVER AND PASSENGER, TUESDAY.
    THE TRAFFIC STOP HAPPENED ON NORTH MAIN AT WITHERS STREET AT AROUND 1 PM.   THE OFFICER HAD SPOTTED A TAIL LIGHT VIOLATION AND NOTICED THE PASSENGER WAS NOT WEARING A SEAT BELT.
    THE BLACK CHEVY TRUCK CAME BACK AS STOLEN WHEN THE VIN NUMBER WENT THROUGH RECORDS.
    K-9 CARLOS ALSO ALERTED TO THE PRESENCE OF DRUGS… AND A SEARCH WAS MADE.
    INSIDE A PURSE, POLICE FOUND A BAGGIE CONTAINING METH AND A GLASS PIPE.  THE DRIVER, 38 YEAR OLD BARBARA ANN BOLTON OF CHICKAMAUGA, CONFIRMED THEY WERE HERS.   SHE WAS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF METH AND DRUG RELATED OBJECTS, THEFT BY RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY AND TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS.
    THE PASSENGER, RICKEY VANN, WAS CHARGED WITH FELONY PROBATION VIOLATION.

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   THE CHATTOOGA COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT REVEALED WEDNESDAY THAT THE DEATH OF EDDIE LANHAM IS NOW BEING TREATED HAS A HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION, AND THE GBI IS ASSISTING.
    LANHAM’S BODY WAS DISCOVERED BY HIS WIFE WHEN SHE RETURNED TO THEIR BUTLER DAIRY ROAD HOME AT AROUND 10 PM MONDAY.
    MANY HAVE BEEN INTERVIEWED… AND IT APPEARS THAT THE VICTIM WAS THE INTENDED TARGET IN THE MURDER.  ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CONTACT CHATTOOGA INVESTIGATORS AT (706) 857 3411… AND TIPS WILL BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL.

*   THE LAFAYETTE CITY COUNCIL APPROVED A 25.6-MILLION DOLLAR BUDGET FOR THE COMING FISCAL YEAR… AND HELD THE LINE ON PROPERTY TAXES, WITH NO INCREASE.
    CITY MANAGER DAVID HAMILTON SAID THE NEW BUDGET IS ABOUT 300-THOUSAND DOLLARS HIGHER THAN THE CURRENT YEAR… WITH THE MAJORITY GOING TO UPDATE INFRASTRUCTURE… SUCH AS WATER LINES AND THE POWER SYSTEM.
    ALSO TUESDAY NIGHT, THE COUNCIL APPROVED A REQUEST FROM CHIEF BENJI CLIFT TO BUY BODY CAMERAS FOR THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE POLICE DEPARTMENT.  THE 15 CAMERAS AND SUPPORTING EQUIPMENT COST $20,590… AND WILL BE PURCHASED DIRECT FROM THE MANUFACTURER:  WATCH GUARD.   THE CITY MANAGER SAID “THE POLICE DEPARTMENT NEEDS THE BODY CAMERAS FROM A LIABILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY STANDPOINT.”
    OTHER PURCHASES APPROVED BY THE COUNCIL INCLUDE AN ELECTRIC MOTOR RE-BUILD FOR THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT… TWO NEW CHEVY EQUINOX VEHICLES FOR THE METER READERS… AND A USED GREENS MOWER FOR THE GOLF COURSE.

*   LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL’S HOMECOMING PARADE IS SET FOR THURSDAY, SEPT. 28th AT 5:30 PM… LEAVING THIS YEAR FROM THE OLD HIGH SCHOOL.
    IF YOU’D LIKE TO HAVE A FLOAT, VEHICLE OR WALKERS IN THE PARADE, BE SURE TO FILL OUT THE FORM AT THE HIGH SCHOOL OFFICE.   NO FOUR-WHEELERS, GO-CARTS OR HORSES WILL BE ALLOWED.   THROWING CANDY FROM FLOATS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED.
    FOLLOWING THE PARADE, THERE WILL BE A COMMUNITY PEP RALLY AT JOE STOCK PARK.

*   LAFAYETTE CITY MANAGER DAVID HAMILTON SAID WORKERS HAVE STARTED INSTALLING THE NEW 110-FOOT DOCK AT QUEEN CITY LAKE.
    LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HAVE COMPLETED THEIR WORK ON THE FLOATING DOCK SEGMENTS.   WHEN THOSE ARE IN THE WATER AND ATTACHED TO THE PILINGS, THE STRUCTURE WILL HAVE TO BE “DECKED”.
    THE NEW DOCK IS BEING INSTALLED NEXT TO THE BOAT LAUNCH RAMP NEAR THE DAM, ON LAKEVIEW DRIVE.

*   THE WALKER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY AND CHILDREN SERVICES IS LOOKING FOR “SECRET SANTAS” TO MAKE CHRISTMAS BETTER FOR FOSTER CHILDREN THEY SERVE.
    YOU’LL GET A “WISH LIST” TO SHOP BY… OR YOU CAN MAKE A CASH CONTRIBUTION AND DFCS VOLUNTEERS WILL DO THE SHOPPING.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT JENNIFER MCDONALD AT (423) 413 2360.

*   THE LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1997 AND 1998 WILL HAVE A 20-YEAR REUNION ON SATURDAY OCTOBER 14th.  IT WILL BE HELD AT THE LAFAYETTE GOLF COURSE CLUBHOUSE, STARTING AT 6 PM.   MEMBERS OF THE CLASSES OF ’97 AND ’98 CAN GET MORE INFORMATION BY EMAILING:
“LAFAYETTE20YEARREUNION@GMAIL.COM”.

*   THE EXTENSION SERVICE, COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE AND THE WALKER COUNTY CHAMBER WILL SPONSOR THE COUNTY’S FIRST “AG FESTIVAL” ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th.  THE EVENT WILL BE HELD AT THE WALKER COUNTY AG CENTER, BEHIND THE CIVIC CENTER AT ROCK SPRING.
    THE AG FESTIVAL WILL FEATURE LIVESTOCK SHOWINGS… LIVE BLUEGRASS MUSIC… INFLATABLES AND A PETTING ZOO… QUILTING, CANNING AND WILDFLOWER ARRANGING DEMONSTRATIONS… AND MORE.  VENDORS WILL ALSO BE WELCOME.
    MORE INFORMATION WILL BE RELEASED AS AVAILABLE… ABOUT THE FIRST “WALKER COUNTY AG FESTIVAL”, ON SEPTEMBER 30th.

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