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*   THE LAFAYETTE POLICE DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD A BLOOD DRIVE FOR LOCAL CANCER PATIENTS, TUESDAY AFTERNOON.   THE BLOOD ASSURANCE BLOODMOBILE WILL BE PARKED AT JOE STOCK PARK, NEXT TO THE PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING.

*    A “COMMUNITY HEALTH OUTREACH” WILL BE HELD WEDNESDAY MORNING AT 2nd BAPTIST CHURCH OF LAFAYETTE, 500 WEST MAIN STREET… WITH FREE SCREENINGS FROM 9 - 11:55 AM. 

*   FIRE MARSHAL’S INVESTIGATORS FINALLY GOT A LOOK INSIDE A SUSPECTED DRUG-PUSHER’S HOME IN LAFAYETTE LAST FRIDAY… AND CONFIRMED A FIRE THERE, WAS ARSON.   A 10-THOUSAND DOLLAR REWARD IS OFFERED IN THE CASE, ON THE STATE ARSON HOTLINE.
    MAC WATERS JUNIOR AND HIS WIFE LACEY, FACE NUMEROUS CHARGES IN CONNECTION WITH AN EXPOSED INTERNATIONAL DRUG RING, ALLEGEDLY SELLING TENS-OF-THOUSANDS OF ILLEGAL PRESCRIPTION PILLS.  UNTIL THEIR ARREST, THEY LIVED IN THE HOME AT 601 CULBERSON AVENUE.  WATERS WAS ALSO INVOLVED IN A WHITE SUPREMACIST RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION… “THE ARYAN KINDRED CHURCH OF YAHWEH”.
    INVESTIGATORS DON’T KNOW WHO TRIED TO BURN THE HOUSE… NOR HAVE THEY “NAILED DOWN” A MOTIVE.

*   TWO WALKER EMERGENCY SERVICES MEMBERS WON STATE-WIDE HONORS, SATURDAY NIGHT IN MACON.
    TRAVIS STRAWBRIDGE WAS NAMED THE GEORGIA STATE FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR… AND TRACI REECE WON THE HONOR OF GEORGIA STATE FIRE EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR.

*   THE WALKER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND A GEORGIA “MISSING CHILDREN” SITE - CFSI GEORGIA - ARE ASKING THE PUBLIC’S HELP IN LOCATING A LAFAYETTE TEEN.
    16 YEAR OLD BRITTANY CLIFT WAS LAST SEEN ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18th IN LAFAYETTE.   SHE IS 5 FEET 2 INCHES TALL… 110 POUNDS… WITH STRAWBERRY BLONDE HAIR AND HAZEL EYES.
    ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE WHEREABOUTS OF BRITTANY CLIFT SHOULD CONTACT THE WALKER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE AT 706 638 1909.
 
*   ROCK SPRING UNITED METHODIST CHURCH WILL HAVE THE 44th ANNUAL “SHOW AND SELL” THIS SATURDAY, SEPT. 27th.   ADMISSION IS FREE… ENJOY ARTS AND CRAFTS, FOOD VENDORS, INFLATABLES, HAYRIDES, ANTIQUE TRACTORS AND LIVE MUSIC.  HOURS ARE 9 AM - 4 PM, ON THE 27th.

*     MOSTLY GOOD NEWS ON THE NORTHWEST GEORGIA ECONOMY… FIRST TIME CLAIMS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT DROPPED SHARPLY IN MOST AREA COUNTIES - FROM JULY TO AUGUST.
    HERE IN WALKER COUNTY, NEW CLAIMS FELL FROM 536 TO 125… THAT’S 411 FEWER NEW CLAIMS.
    CATOOSA COUNTY’S CLAIMS DROPPED BY MORE THAN 200 OVER THE MONTH… AND CHATTOOGA COUNTY’S WERE DOWN BY 30 PEOPLE.
    THE EXCEPTION, HOWEVER… IS WHITFIELD COUNTY… WHERE NEW CLAIMS CLIMBED BY 34 WORKERS OVER THE MONTH, TO 1,271.
    NEW CLAIMS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT IS OFTEN USED AS AN INDICATOR OF JOB LAYOFFS… AND THE DECLINE MEANS MORE PEOPLE ARE GETTING THE WORK THEY NEED, IN THE NORTHWEST GEORGIA AREA.

*   DAYTIME BURGLARIES HAVE BEEN REPORTED IN LAFAYETTE THIS WEEK… ACCORDING TO POLICE.
    ON WEDNESDAY, A RESIDENT OF BRADLEY AVENUE WAS DELIGHTED WHEN SHE CAME HOME TO FIND HER YARD MOWED… BUT IT SOON BECAME APPARENT THAT BURGLARS HAD MADE A STOP.
    A NEIGHBOR REPORTED SEEING TWO WHITE MALES AT HER HOME… ONE MOWED THE YARD, WHILE THE OTHER WENT AROUND BACK.  A PRY BAR WAS USED TO OPEN A REAR WINDOW… AND THE HOUSE WAS ENTERED.  THE RESIDENT TOLD POLICE SHE HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO IDENTIFY ANYTHING MISSING.
    DURING THE SAME TIME-FRAME ON WEDNESDAY… ANOTHER HOME WAS ENTERED ON CHESTNUT STREET.  THE HOME-OWNER ADMITTED THAT THE HOME WAS LEFT UNLOCKED.  
    BURGLARS TOOK A LAPTOP COMPUTER, A GAME DEVICE AND AN EXPENSIVE RADIO.

*   ONE OF WALKER COUNTY’S MIDDLE SCHOOLS MADE THE 2014 “REWARD SCHOOLS” LIST AS A “HIGHEST PERFORMING SCHOOL”.   THE DEPARTMENT NAMED CHATTANOOGA VALLEY MIDDLE FOR THE HONOR… WHICH MEANS THEY MADE THE TOP FIVE PERCENT OF THE STATE’S TITLE-ONE SCHOOLS IN “ABSOLUTE PERFORMANCE”, OVER THREE YEARS.
    STATE SUPERINTENDENT DR. JOHN BARGE SAID “THE SCHOOLS ON THIS LIST REPRESENT SOME OF THE FINEST EFFORTS BEING PUT FORTH IN GEORGIA EDUCATION.  THE EDUCATORS, PARENTS, STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY WHO CAME TOGETHER TO MOVE THESE SCHOOL FORWARD SHOULD TAKE GREAT PRIDE IN THE RESULTS”. 
    CHICKAMAUGA ELEMENTARY AND TRION ELEMENTARY ALSO MADE THE LIST OF “HIGHEST PERFORMING SCHOOLS”.

*   THE LAFAYETTE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS APPOINTED SKIPPER DUNN AS THE NEW RESOURCE OFFICER AT LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL.
    CAPTAIN STACEY MEEKS SAID DUNN HAS 33 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE… IS AN ADVANCE-CERTIFIED OFFICER AND A SENIOR POLICE INSTRUCTOR WITH A COLLEGE DEGREE.  DURING HIS YEARS WITH LAFAYETTE POLICE, DUNN HAS HANDLED MOST EVERY JOB BUT RESOURCE OFFICER… AND HE EXPRESSED AN INTEREST IN THE POSITION.  HE REPLACES BILLY MULLIS, WHO WAS PROMOTED TO THE POSITION OF DETECTIVE WITH LAFAYETTE P.D.
    DUNN STARTED IN THE NEW JOB AT LAFAYETTE HIGH ON MONDAY.  DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS, HE WILL WORK WITH THE DETECTIVE DIVISION OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

*   CITIZENS HAVE A SHORT TIME LEFT TO REGISTER - TO BE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE IN THIS YEAR’S NOVEMBER GENERAL ELECTION.
    THERE ARE A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT FEDERAL AND STATE RACES… PLUS A LOCAL SUNDAY ALCOHOL SALES REFERENDUM IN WALKER COUNTY.
    REGISTER AT THE ELECTIONS OFFICE, ROOM 110 AT THE WALKER COUNTY COURTHOUSE.   THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS MONDAY, OCTOBER 6th.
    ADVANCE VOTING WILL OPEN THE FOLLOWING MONDAY, OCTOBER 13th.

*   THE WALKER COUNTY CHAMBER IS ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS FOR THE 32nd ANNUAL “WALKER COUNTY GALA”… BEING HELD OCTOBER 25th AT THE FAIRYLAND CLUB.
    INDIVIDUAL TICKETS ARE $115 EACH… AND CORPORATE TABLES ARE AVAILABLE.   EARLY-BIRD DISCOUNTS APPLY THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30th.  CALL THE CHAMBER AT 706 375 7702.  

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