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*   LAFAYETTE POLICE MADE A DRUG ARREST AFTER LOCAL APARTMENT-DWELLERS REPORTED A SUSPICIOUS PERSON, EARLY SATURDAY MORNING.  IT HAPPENED IN THE PRE-DAWN HOURS, OUTSIDE HOUSING AUTHORITY APARTMENTS ON FOSTER CIRCLE.  
    POLICE CONFRONTED THE MAN, WHO WAS DRESSED IN DARK CLOTHING.   HE WAS BELIEVED TO BE UNDER THE INFLUENCE AND COULD NOT ARTICULATE WHY HE WAS STANDING OUTSIDE THE APARTMENT.  THE OCCUPANTS SAID THEY DID NOT RECOGNIZE THE MAN.
    WHEN SEARCHED, POLICE RECOVERED SCHEDULE-4 NARCOTIC PILLS, A SPOON, SYRINGE AND OTHER PARAFERNALIA.   32 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER THOMAS HENDERSON OF A LAFAYETTE ADDRESS, WAS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF SCHEDULE-4 DRUGS.

*   AS PROMISED, THE NEWLY REMODELED LAFAYETTE-WALKER LIBRARY IS ON SCHEDULE TO OPEN NEXT MONDAY, DECEMBER 1st… AT 305 SOUTH DUKE STREET.
    CHEROKEE REGIONAL LIBRARY DIRECTOR LECIA EUBANKS TOLD WQCH NEWS THAT THE FIRE MARSHAL’S “CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY” CAME MONDAY… AND FINISHING TOUCHES ARE UNDERWAY FOLLOWING THE MOVE FROM THE TEMPORARY LOCATION ON NORTH MAIN.  
    THE LIBRARY EXPANSION AND RENOVATION WAS A 4-MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT, COVERED BY STATE AND LOCAL FUNDING… PLUS GENEROUS DONATIONS MADE BY LOCAL INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES.
    EUBANKS SAID “I CAN’T WAIT FOR EVERYONE TO SEE IT”.

*   A TURKEY-FRYING DISASTER COST A CATOOSA COUNTY FAMILY THEIR HOME, ON TUESDAY.
    FIRE OFFICIALS SAY THE OWNER WAS DEEP-FRYING A TURKEY FOR THANKSGIVING, WHEN THE OIL SPILLED IN THE GARAGE AND CAUGHT FIRE.   THE HOUSE, ON KEITH ROAD NEAR THE TENNESSEE LINE, WAS DESTROYED.   THERE WERE NO INJURIES REPORTED.

*   THE GEORGIA D.O.T. IS SUSPENDING CONSTRUCTION-RELATED LANE CLOSURES ON HIGHWAYS… STARTING AT 5 PM WEDNESDAY.   THE CLOSURES WILL CONTINUE UNTIL 10 PM THIS SUNDAY… KEEPING HIGHWAYS WIDE-OPEN FOR THANKSGIVING TRAVEL.
    EMERGENCY LANE CLOSURES ARE STILL POSSIBLE FOR SAFETY REASONS, ACCORDING TO G-DOT.  
    THE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS WILL ALSO GET THE “NO LANE CLOSURE” TREATMENT, FOR TRAVELERS IN GEORGIA.

*   SEVERAL FORGED 100-DOLLAR BILLS WERE PASSED AT THE LAFAYETTE WALMART ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON, ACCORDING TO LAFAYETTE POLICE.
    A WHITE COUPLE, WITH A CHILD IN TOW… PASSED THE 100-DOLLAR FAKES AT FOUR DIFFERENT CHECK-OUT STATIONS IN THE LOCAL STORE -  GETTING LARGE AMOUNTS OF CHANGE BACK IN CASH.   IN ADDITION TO THE ITEMS FRAUDULENTLY PURCHASED… THEY GOT AWAY WITH $321 IN CHANGE IN THE THEFT.  
    THEY ESCAPED WITHOUT DETECTION IN A SILVER OR GREY NISSAN MAXIMA… AND LOSS PREVENTION CAUGHT-ON TO THE SCAM AFTER THE FACT.
    POLICE PLAN TO SHOW STORE VIDEO OF THE SUSPECTS IN THE NEXT DAY OR SO.  ANYONE WHO CAN IDENTIFY THE COUPLE, OR THEIR VEHICLE, SHOULD CONTACT LAFAYETTE POLICE.

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THE DADE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT HAS CONFIRMED THAT THE BODY FOUND IN A VAN SUBMERGED IN A CLOUDLAND SWIMMING POOL - IS THAT OF THE OWNER, 73 YEAR OLD FREDDIE WOOTEN.
    THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND, POLICE IN LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, DADE, WALKER AND CHATTOOGA COUNTIES SEARCHED FOR THE MISSING RESIDENT... WHO DROVE AWAY FROM FROM HIS LULA LAKE ROAD HOME FRIDAY NIGHT - AND DIDN’T RETURN.
    ON SUNDAY NIGHT, CHATTOOGA COUNTY AUTHORITIES FOUND WOOTEN’S VAN SUBMERGED IN THE IN-GROUND POOL AT A HOME ON BROW ROAD IN CLOUDLAND… WHICH IS LOCATED SOUTH OF HIS HOME ON LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, ALONG HIGHWAY 157. 
    THE GBI ASSISTED CHATTOOGA AND DADE COUNTIES IN THE INVESTIGATION... AND WOOTEN'S BODY WAS TAKEN TO THE CRIME LAB FOR AUTOPSY.  FOUL PLAY IS NOT INDICATED ACCORDING TO INVESTIGATORS... AND FAMILY MEMBERS SAY MR. WOOTEN HAD BEEN ILL AND DISORIENTED OVER THE PAST WEEK.

*   WHEN YOU NEED THE RED CROSS IN NORTHWEST GEORGIA… CALL THIS NEW TOLL-FREE NUMBER:   844 536 6226.   JOT IT DOWN FOR FUTURE REFERENCE IN EMERGENCIES.  AGAIN, THE NORTHWEST GEORGIA CHAPTER OF THE RED CROSS HAS A NEW TOLL FREE NUMBER:  844 536 6226.
   
*   THE LAFAYETTE FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO A KITCHEN FIRE LATE SATURDAY NIGHT ON FORTUNE STREET IN LINWOOD.  NO ONE WAS HURT IN THE RENTAL HOME… AND THERE WAS NO IMMEDIATE ESTIMATE OF DAMAGE.  

*    WHAT HAD BEEN HELD AS A RATHER “CLOSELY GUARDED SECRET”… WAS REVEALED AT AN AWARDS CEREMONY MONDAY:   AUDIA INTERNATIONAL WILL EMPLOY AROUND 150 WORKERS WHEN PRODUCTION BEGINS NEXT YEAR.  THOSE EMPLOYEES WILL EARN A HIGHER-THAN-AVERAGE WAGE FOR THIS AREA, ACCORDING TO STATE OFFICIALS.
    THE NEWS CAME OUT AS WALKER COUNTY WAS AWARDED “DEAL OF THE YEAR” BY THE GEORGIA ECONOMIC DEVELOPERS ASSOCIATION, FOR LANDING THE AUDIA PLANT.
        THE NEW AUDIA PLANT SIZE HAS ALREADY BEEN DOUBLED SINCE THE PROJECT BEGAN… IT WILL COVER OVER 280-THOUSAND SQUARE FEET… WITH 54-MILLION DOLLARS INVESTED IN THE PROJECT.  AUDIA IS AN INTERNATIONAL SUPPLIER TO THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY.  THE WALKER COUNTY PLANT IS SLATED TO OPEN IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 2015.

*   THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR REPORTS THAT THE STATE’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPPED TO 7.7 PERCENT IN OCTOBER… DOWN FROM 7.9 THE MONTH BEFORE.
    LABOR COMMISSIONER MARK BUTLER SAID THE RATE DECLINED AS THE STATE SAW “EXTREMELY STRONG JOB GROWTH” IN OCTOBER.
    AT THE SAME TIME, THE DEPARTMENT RELEASED FIGURES ON NEW CLAIMS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS IN AREA COUNTIES.
    HERE IN WALKER… FIRST TIME CLAIMS DROPPED FROM 286 IN SEPTEMBER, TO 239 IN OCTOBER.  THAT’S DOWN BY 47.
    CATOOSA AND CHATTOOGA COUNTIES HAD SLIGHTLY HIGHER NEW CLAIMS FIGURES… AND IN WHITFIELD COUNTY, THEY WERE UP BY 181 OVER THE MONTH.  

*   REGISTER FOR THIS YEAR’S “REINDEER RUN”… SPONSORED BY THE LAFAYETTE OPTIMIST CLUB.
    THE EVENT IS SET FOR 8 AM ON  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6… STARTING FROM JOE STOCK PARK.   THE MORNING RUNS WILL INCLUDE A 5-K AND A 1 MILE FUN RUN.   PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT OPTIMIST PROJECTS, INCLUDING THE LOCAL “SHOP WITH A COP” CHRISTMAS PROGRAM.
    FIND THEM ONLINE HERE... OR CALL RACE COORDINATOR AJAYE BROWN AT 706 996 8788.

*   THE LOCAL EMPTY STOCKING FUND IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR FOOD ASSISTANCE AT CHRISTMAS.  APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE WALKER COUNTY DFCS OFFICE IN ROCK SPRING… AT THE LAFAYETTE HOUSING AUTHORITY OFFICE IN LAFAYETTE… THE WALKER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT IN LAFAYETTE… AND SCHOOLS IN THE WALKER COUNTY SYSTEM.  THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5th.  ELIGIBILITY IS BASED ON INCOME GUIDELINES… AND ACCEPTANCE LETTERS WILL BE MAILED TO APPROVED APPLICANTS.
    EMPTY STOCKING HELPED OVER 670 FAMILIES FROM WALKER COUNTY LAST YEAR… AND THE NON-PROFIT CHARITY IS NOW IN IT’S 41st YEAR OF OPERATION.  DR. TODD GADDIS, PASTOR OF FIRST BAPTIST - LAFAYETTE, IS THIS YEAR’S CHAIRMAN.
    TAX-DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTION CHECKS MAY BE MADE TO “EMPTY STOCKING FUND” AND MAILED TO GEORGE GILBERT, TREASURER, AT P.O. BOX 1149, LAFAYETTE.

*   APPLICATIONS FOR CHRISTMAS HELP THROUGH THE WALKER COUNTY STOCKING FULL OF LOVE, WILL BE TAKEN DURING THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER.
    FAMILIES CAN SIGN UP AT THE WALKER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE IN LAFAYETTE… THE DFACS OFFICE AT ROCK SPRING… OR AT THE ROSSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT.  

*   ENTRY FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE FOR THIS YEAR’S CITY OF LAFAYETTE CHRISTMAS PARADE.
    THE PARADE WILL START AT 6 PM ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5th… AND THIS YEAR’S THEME IS “OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS”.
    CASH PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO THE FIRST AND SECOND PLACE “BEST DECORATED” FLOATS, IN THREE CATEGORIES:  CHURCH, INDIVIDUAL AND BUSINESS.  
    SANTA WILL BE ON THE CITY FIRE TRUCK - AND SHOULD NOT BE INCLUDED ON OTHER FLOATS.   NO ATV’S WILL BE ALLOWED… ALL MOTORCYCLE RIDERS MUST WEAR HELMETS AND ALL DRIVERS MUST HAVE A VALID DRIVERS LICENSE.
    THE CUTOFF DATE FOR ENTRIES IS DECEMBER 1st.   FIND THE ENTRY FORM ON THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE WEBSITE… OR CALL THE RECREATION DEPARTMENT FOR MORE INFORMATION AT 706 639 1590.

*   MOUNTAIN COVE FARMS WILL PRESENT:  CHRISTMAS IN THE COVE… WITH GAITHER VOCAL BAND FAVORITE, GUY PENROD.  THE EVENING OF CHRISTMAS MUSIC IS SET FOR THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4th AT 7 PM… IN THE SHOWBARN AT MOUNTAIN COVE.  TICKETS GO ON SALE TODAY, STARTING AT $20.   A LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE WALKER COUNTY COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE ON DUKE STREET IN LAFAYETTE.  TICKETS HERE:


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