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*   SERIOUSLY SOGGY... LAFAYETTE PICKED UP NEARLY 5 INCHES OF RAIN IN 24 HOURS, MONDAY.   AT WQCH WE MEASURED 4.87 INCHES AS OF 6 O'CLOCK TUESDAY MORNING.

*   WALKER COUNTY HAS A NEW EXTENSION SERVICE AGENT ON THE JOB.  WADE HUTCHESON HAS 24 YEARS EXPERIENCE WITH UGA EXTENSION… AND COMES TO LAFAYETTE FROM GRIFFIN, GEORGIA… SPALDING COUNTY.    THOUGH HE LOOKS FORWARD TO WORKING HERE… HUTCHISON SAID HE REALLY MOVED HERE FOR LOVE.  HE IS ENGAGED TO A SUMMERVILLE LADY, WHOM HE MET AT BERRY COLLEGE YEARS AGO.   SHE HAD PLANNED TO LEAVE HER WORK IN ROME AND MOVE TO SPALDING COUNTY… THEN FORMER EXTENSION AGENT NORMAN EDWARDS RETIRED HERE… AND THE COUPLE CAME UP WITH THE NEW PLAN TO GET TOGETHER.
    HE SAID THE EXTENSION SERVICE IS A CHALLENGING JOB… BUT FUN WORK THAT HE LOVES.
    WADE HUTCHESON WILL BE ON THE AIR WITH AN EXTENSION SERVICE PROGRAM EVERY MORNING ON WQCH, STARTING NEXT WEEK… JUST AFTER THE NEWS IN THE 6 O’CLOCK HOUR.

*   LAFAYETTE POLICE MADE A DRUG ARREST FRIDAY NIGHT ON BRADLEY AVENUE, WHERE TWO MEN WERE ATTEMPTING TO LOAD A VEHICLE ON  A TRAILER.   A NEIGHBOR CALLED, BECAUSE IT WAS KNOWN THAT THE RESIDENT HAD BEEN AWAY FROM HOME FOR SOME TIME.
    ONE OF THE MEN TOLD POLICE HE HAD BOUGHT THE VEHICLE… BUT HE HAD NO PAPERWORK TO SHOW.
    BOTH MEN WERE SEARCHED… AND 41 YEAR OLD ROBBIE WILLIAM FRASHIER OF CHICKAMAUGA, WAS FOUND IN POSSESSION OF A SYRINGE WITH A LIQUID THAT TESTED POSITIVE FOR METH.   HE WAS TAKEN TO JAIL ON A POSSESSION CHARGE.  
    THE OTHER MAN WAS RELEASED, AS THE RESIDENT COULD NOT BE FOUND TO CONFIRM THE SALE OF THE VEHICLE.

*   A SUSPECTED DUI DRIVER WAS PULLED OVER IN LAFAYETTE LAST WEEK… AND THE VEHICLE HAD FRESH DAMAGE.
    POLICE SAW THE CAR OUT OF LANE AND PASSING WITHOUT STOPPING AT A STOP SIGN.   THE DRIVER HAD A STRONG ODOR OF ALCOHOL, ACCORDING TO THE REPORT.
    24 YEAR OLD CODY LANE WILSON OF LAFAYETTE TOLD ONE OFFICER HE HAD BEEN DRINKING AND SMOKING MARIJUANA… AND HE FAILED A FIELD SOBRIETY TEST.   HIS GIRLFRIEND WALKED UP AND TOLD POLICE ABOUT THE FRESH DAMAGE TO THE CAR.
    WILSON WAS CHARGED WITH DUI ALCOHOL AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AND SEVERAL TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS.

*   LAFAYETTE POLICE ARE FAMILIAR WITH DOMESTIC TROUBLES AT A MAGNOLIA STREET ADDRESS.   THEY ARRESTED THE MAN AND THE WOMAN THERE, BACK IN JANUARY.
    ON SATURDAY, THE COUPLE’S SON CALLED 9-1-1 WHEN FIGHTING BROKE OUT.   THIS TIME, 32 YEAR OLD SUSAN MARIE HOGUE WAS ARRESTED ON A SIMPLE BATTERY CHARGE.   HER HUSBAND SHOWED OFFICERS A VIDEO IN WHICH IT APPEARED HIS WIFE WAS THE PRIMARY AGGRESSOR.

*   TWO EVENTS ARE SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEKEND IN THE ROCK SPRING AREA…    THE 49th ANNUAL ROCK SPRING “SHOW AND SELL” ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW WILL BE HELD THIS SATURDAY FROM 9 ’TIL 4… AT ROCK SPRING UNITED METHODIST CHURCH.    AND THE WALKER COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD SATURDAY AT THE WALKER COUNTY AG CENTER.   ADMISSION IS FREE… AND THE HOURS ARE 8 ’TIL 5 SATURDAY.   INCLUDED IN THE AG FESTIVAL IS THE 4-H CHICKEN SHOW AND SALE, WHICH STARTS AT 2 PM.   4-H-RAISED CHICKENS WILL BE SOLD AT AUCTION.

*   THE “FESTIVAL OF WREATHS”, SPONSORED BY FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY, RAISED $925.   CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS DONATED 20 WREATHS FOR AUCTION.  
    MONEY RAISED WILL BE USED BY THE LAFAYETTE-WALKER LIBRARY FOR PROGRAMS AND SERVICES.

*   RAMBLER SOFTBALL WON TWO GAMES OVER THE WEEKEND, DEFEATING NORTH MURRAY AND CALHOUN.
    THE “SENIOR NIGHT” GAME HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL WEDNESDAY, DUE TO WET FIELDS.

*   THIS WEDNESDAY IS THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT AN ENTRY IN LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL’S HOMECOMING PARADE.   FILL OUT THE FORM AT THE HIGH SCHOOL OFFICE.   THE PARADE IS SET FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4th.

*   A CATOOSA COUNTY BUSINESS WAS SELECTED AS THE WINNER OF THE “WALKER ROCKS” START-UP CHALLENGE CONTEST LAST WEEK, ACCORDING TO THE WALKER COUNTY CHAMBER.
    BATTLEFIELD OUTDOORS TOOK THE $5,000 PRIZE TO HELP THE BUSINESS BUY A VAN.   THE VEHICLE WILL TRANSPORT OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS TO HIKING, BIKING AND KAYAKING DESTINATIONS IN THE AREA… INCLUDING WALKER COUNTY LOCATIONS.
    THE COMPETITION WAS CREATED TO HELP A LOCAL RECREATION-RELATED BUSINESS, EXPAND.

*     A MURDER SUSPECT FROM MISSOURI WAS ARRESTED THURSDAY AT THE LANGLEY APARTMENTS ON SOUTH MAIN STREET IN LAFAYETTE.  DRUG TASK FORCE COMMANDER PAT DOYLE SAID HIS OFFICERS WERE ASSISTING U.S. MARSHALS IN THE CASE.    THEY FOUND 27 YEAR OLD ANTHONY WILLIAM NEILL INSIDE THE APARTMENT… AND ARRESTED HIM WITHOUT INCIDENT ON A FUGITIVE WARRANT.  DOYLE SAID OFFICERS FROM MISSOURI ARE HEADING TO WALKER COUNTY FOR AN EXTRADITION HEARING ON THE MURDER WARRANT.
    AT THE SAME LOCATION, 50 YEAR OLD ROGER GLENN EATON WAS FOUND IN POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE… AND WAS TAKEN TO JAIL ON A POSSESSION CHARGE.

*   WALKER COUNTY’S TWO HIGH SCHOOLS ARE BOTH ABOVE THE STATE AVERAGE GRADUATION RATES, ACCORDING TO A RELEASE FROM SUPERINTENDENT DAMON RAINES.
    THE 2018 GRAD RATE FOR RIDGELAND HIGH IS 90.8 PERCENT…
    AND AT LAFAYETTE HIGH, THE RATE IS 84.53 PERCENT.
    THE WALKER COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM A COMBINED RATE OF 87.99 PERCENT…. AND THAT’S OVER 6 PERCENTAGE POINTS ABOVE THIS YEAR’S STATEWIDE GRADUATION RATE IN GEORGIA.
    RAINES SAID “THE WALKER COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM CONTINUES TO SEE A POSITIVE INCREASE IN THE GRADUATION RATES AT LAFAYETTE AND RIDGELAND HIGH SCHOOLS.   THE INNOVATIVE EFFORTS AND TIRELESS DEDICATION OF EVERY EMPLOYEE HAS CREATED THE MOMENTUM DRIVING THIS POSITIVE TREND”, HE CONCLUDED.
    A TOTAL OF 522 SENIORS GRADUATED FROM WALKER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOLS IN 2018.

*   THE WALKER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT IN LAFAYETTE HAS FLU VACCINES… INCLUDING THE QUADRIVALENT, WHICH PROVIDES BROADER PROTECTION AND THE HIGH-DOSE VACCINE FOR SENIORS.  THEY RECOMMEND EVERYONE 6 MONTHS OF AGE AND UP SHOULD GET THE VACCINE BY THE END OF OCTOBER.    PAYMENTS ACCEPTED INCLUDE CASH, CREDIT OR DEBIT CARD, MEDICARE, MEDICAID, AETNA, BLUECROSS GEORGIA, CIGNA AND UHC.  CALL THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT AT (706) 638 5577.   THEY’RE ON EAST VILLANOW IN LAFAYETTE.

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