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TOP LOCAL NEWS STORIES:

*   RAMBLER HEAD FOOTBALL COACH CHAD FISHER HAS RESIGNED, AFTER FIVE SEASONS AT THE HELM OF THE LAFAYETTE HIGH PROGRAM.
    FISHER WILL BE STAYING IN THE REGION, TAKING THE JOB OF OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR AT NORTHWEST WHITFIELD.
    HE INFORMED HIS PLAYERS THAT HE WAS LEAVING ON FRIDAY MORNING.   FISHER’S RECORD WITH THE RAMBLERS WAS 10 WINS AGAINST 40 LOSSES.   THE TEAM WENT 3 AND 7 THE PAST TWO YEARS.
    AGAIN, CHAD FISHER IS OUT AS HEAD COACH OF THE LAFAYETTE HIGH RAMBLERS.

*   A WALKER COUNTY ATTORNEY HAS ANNOUNCED A RUN FOR SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE OF THE LOOKOUT CIRCUIT.
     MELISSA GIFFORD HISE WILL SEEK THE POSITION IN THE NON-PARTISAN ELECTION ON MAY 22nd… RUNNING AGAINST INCUMBENT JUDGE RALPH VAN PELT JR.   THE LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN CIRCUIT COVERS WALKER, DADE, CATOOSA AND CHATTOOGA COUNTIES.
     SHE FOUNDED THE FOUR POINTS PROGRAM HERE IN 1996.  THE NON-PROFIT PROVIDES A SUPERVISED VISITATION PROGRAM FOR THE JUVENILE COURT SYSTEM.
     SHE IS MARRIED TO MARK HISE, HAS TWO CHILDREN… AND THE FAMILY ATTENDS ROCK SPRING UNITED METHODIST CHURCH.  SHE GRADUATED FROM CUMBERLAND SCHOOL OF LAW AT SAMFORD UNIVERSITY AND BEGAN PRACTICING IN 1993.
     HISE SAID SHE PLANS TO APPLY HER UNIQUE BACKGROUND AND BUSINESS ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT SKILLS TO ASSIST IN MAKING THE LOCAL COURT SYSTEM OPERATE MORE EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY.

*   A 70 YEAR OLD SUMMERVILLE RESIDENT WAS ARRESTED THIS WEEK AFTER CONFESSING THAT HE STABBED HIS SON.
    SUMMERVILLE POLICE WERE CALLED TO THE RESIDENCE ON THE REPORT OF “AN ACCIDENT WITH A KNIFE” AND FOUND A 25 YEAR OLD MAN BLEEDING FROM A NECK WOUND.
    THE MAN’S FATHER, WILLIAM GARY MULL, TOLD POLICE HE HAD STABBED HIS SON… SAYING HE “COULDN’T TAKE ANYMORE FROM HIM”.
    THE ELDER MULL WAS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT.

*   LAFAYETTE’S RECREATION PROGRAM HAS SCHEDULED A NUMBER OF EVENTS OVER THE NEXT TWO MONTHS.  THEY INCLUDE:
    LINE DANCING CLASSES ON MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS.
    BALLET, TAP, JAZZ DANCE AND TUMBLING, 3 DAYS EACH WEEK.
    KIDS NATURE WALKS ON JANUARY 19th AND 27th.
    A LOCAL “CAVE TOUR” ON FEBRUARY 3rd.
    AND A “SUPERHERO MOTHER-SON DANCE AND GAME NIGHT” ON FEB. 10th.
    CONTACT THE RECREATION PROGRAM FOR DETAILS, AT 639-1590.

*   THE WALKER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HAS LOST A 42-YEAR VETERAN EMPLOYEE.   RETIRED CAPTAIN JACKIE BARKSDALE PASSED AWAY ON WEDNESDAY, ACCORDING TO SHERIFF STEVE WILSON.
    HE HAD LEFT FULL TIME SERVICE IN 2011, BUT SOON RETURNED AS A DEPUTY ON COURTHOUSE DUTY THROUGH LAST DECEMBER.  STARTING IN 1975, HE HELD POSITIONS IN THE JAIL DIVISION, PATROL DIVISION AND COURT SERVICES.
    CAPTAIN BARKSDALE WAS NAMED “OFFICER OF THE YEAR” BY THE ROSSVILLE EXCHANGE CLUB IN 1997.

*   IF YOU’VE GOT THE “WINTER BLUES”… THIS SHOULD CHEER YOU UP:  BASEBALL SEASON IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!
    THE LAFAYETTE RECREATION PROGRAM IS TAKING REGISTRATIONS FOR YOUTH BASEBALL, SOFTBALL AND SOCCER… NOW THROUGH FEBRUARY 20th.
    BASEBALL IS FOR AGES 3 - 12… SOFTBALL FOR AGES 5 TO 14… AND SOCCER IS FOR AGES 2 - 13.
    REGISTER ONLINE OR IN PERSON AT THE PARK CENTER.   CALL 706 639 1590 FOR MORE INFORMATION.

*   AN 18 YEAR OLD CHICKAMAUGA MAN WAS ARRESTED BY LAFAYETTE POLICE FOLLOWING A TRAFFIC STOP ON PROBASCO STREET, TUESDAY.
    MATTHEW WESLEY PARKER WAS CHARGED WITH DUI WITH DRUGS PRESENT, POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AND FAILURE TO YIELD RIGHT OF WAY, ACCORDING THE POLICE REPORT. 

*   THE CENTER POST COMMUNITY CENTER WILL HOST A NIGHT OF MUSIC THIS SATURDAY, WITH SOUTH WIND AND STREAMLINE EXPRESS PLAYING.  THE MUSIC STARTS AT 6:30 PM, WITH FREE ADMISSION AND CONCESSIONS AVAILABLE.   THE CENTER IS ON HIGHWAY 337 AT CENTER POST.

*   THE CEDAR GROVE COMMUNITY CENTER WILL HAVE THE JANUARY “POT LUCK SUPPER” THIS SATURDAY AT 6 PM.  BRING A FAVORITE DISH TO SHARE.  THERE WILL ALSO BE A DISCUSSION ON THE UPCOMING “WILD GAME SUPPER” PLANNED FOR FEBRUARY 2nd.  THE COMMUNITY CLUB IS ON WEST COVE ROAD.

*   A 41 YEAR OLD LAFAYETTE MAN RECEIVED SEVERAL FAMILY VIOLENCE CHARGES EARLY MONDAY MORNING, IN THE POLICE CALL TO A HILLSDALE ROAD RESIDENCE.
    THE FEMALE VICTIM SAID IT STARTED WHEN SHE DENIED THE MAN SEX AND HE STARTED “PUSHING HER AROUND”.   HE TOOK HER PHONE… BUT SHE GRABBED HIS AND RAN ACROSS THE STREET WHILE CALLING 9-1-1.   HE ALLEGEDLY PUSHED HER DOWN ON CONCRETE STEPS THERE, THEN LED HER BY THE ARM BACK TO THE RESIDENCE.  AFTER THAT, SHE SAID THE AGGRESSOR WOULD NOT LET HER LEAVE UNTIL POLICE ARRIVED.
    POLICE CHARGED JONATHAN PHILLIP WALKER WITH SIMPLE BATTERY, FALSE IMPRISONMENT AND OBSTRUCTING AN EMERGENCY CALL.
    THE VICTIM HAD SEVERAL ABRASIONS AND WAS GIVEN FAMILY VIOLENCE INFORMATION, INCLUDING HOW TO OBTAIN A TEMPORARY PROTECTIVE ORDER.

*   A LAFAYETTE MAN WAS ARRESTED FOLLOWING A DOMESTIC CALL TO LAFAYETTE GARDEN APARTMENTS ON PATTERSON ROAD, EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.
    AFTER TALKING TO THE VICTIM AND WITNESSES, POLICE WENT TO THE HOME OF 33 YEAR OLD JOSHUA RAY WALLIN AND ARRESTED HIM ON A CHARGE OF SIMPLE ASSAULT, FAMILY VIOLENCE.
    WALLIN ADMITTED THERE HAD BEEN A LOUD ARGUMENT AFTER A DOMESTIC BREAK-UP… BUT DENIED LAYING HANDS ON THE WOMAN.

*   LAFAYETTE POLICE GOT MORE METH OFF THE STREETS OVER THE WEEKEND, WITH TWO UNRELATED ARRESTS:
    54 YEAR OLD KERRY ALAN CREASMAN WAS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF METH WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE… FOLLOWING A “NO SEAT BELT” TRAFFIC STOP ON LAKESIDE DRIVE.  CREASMAN, WHO WAS ON ACTIVE PROBATION, WAS FOUND WITH A PRESCRIPTION PILL BOTTLE ON HIS PERSON.  INSIDE, OFFICERS FOUND INDIVIDUAL BAGGIES OF METH… AND THE REPORT STATES “THEY APPEARED TO BE PACKAGED IN A WAY THAT IS COMMON FOR RESALE”.
    ON FRIDAY NIGHT FOLLOWING A TRAFFIC STOP ON SMALLWOOD STREET, POLICE ARRESTED 21 YEAR OLD HUNTER ALLEN RIDLEY.   A BROKEN GLASS PIPE WITH METH RESIDUE WAS FOUND IN THE CAR.   RIDLEY TOLD OFFICERS THAT A CUT ON HIS HAND HAPPENED WHEN HE BROKE THE PIPE WHILE BEING PULLED-OVER.   AT THE WALKER COUNTY JAIL, A BAGGIE OF POT OF FOUND INSIDE HIS PERSON.   RIDLEY WAS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF METH AND MARIJUANA, OPEN CONTAINER, CROSSING THE GUARD LINE WITH DRUGS AND TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE.

*   A GILBERT LANE RESIDENT CONFRONTED THREE MALES IN A CAR, WHICH HAD PARKED NEAR HIS HOME ON A DEAD-END LAST THURSDAY.  HE NOTICED INDIVIDUALS GETTING OUT OF THE CAR, WALKING BETWEEN HOUSES IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND RETURNING.  HE CONFRONTED THEM - AND HIS WIFE CALLED POLICE.
    TWO OF THE THREE WERE ARRESTED BY POLICE FOR POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA… 21 YEAR OLD BRENNON TATE CAUSEY AND 20 YEAR OLD GAVIN SEAN BARFIELD… BOTH FROM THE LAFAYETTE AREA.
    DIGITAL SCALES, A GRINDER AND A SANDWICH BAG CONTAINING SUSPECTED POT, WERE RECOVERED FROM THE CAR AS EVIDENCE.

*    10.8-MILLION DOLLARS IN NEW RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION IS COMING TO THE FORMER LINWOOD COMMUNITY IN WEST LAFAYETTE.
    THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE AND REA VENTURES GROUP, LLC OF ATLANTA, MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT TUESDAY.   REA HAS RECEIVED INCENTIVES FOR THE PROJECT THROUGH THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS... PROVIDING FEDERAL TAX CREDITS TO REA’S INVESTORS.
    OVER A YEAR OF PLANNING HAS RESULTED IN “THE WEST LAFAYETTE TRANSFORMATION PLAN”, WHICH BECAME THE GUIDING DOCUMENT FOR THE HOUSING INVESTMENT NOW PLANNED.  IT ALSO PROVIDES GUIDANCE FOR FUTURE NEIGHBORHOOD AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT.
    REA IS PURCHASING SEVERAL TRACTS WHERE THEY WILL BUILD A “MANOR HOME” STYLE OF MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING UNITS FOR RENT… ALONG WITH A COMMUNITY CENTER BUILDING.
    CITY MANAGER DAVID HAMILTON SAID “WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THIS NEW INVESTMENT IN OUR CITY AND THE REALIZATION OF OUR STRATEGIC GOALS”.   THIS NEXT PHASE OF NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION WILL PROVIDE HOUSING TO ATTRACT WORKERS FROM THE GROWING LOCAL INDUSTRY BASE… ENABLING THEM TO LIVE AND WORK IN LAFAYETTE. 
    REA VENTURES ALSO PLANS TO STIMULATE THE LOCAL ECONOMY BY PROVIDING BUSINESSES THE OPPORTUNITY TO SUPPLY GOODS AND SERVICES FOR THE PROJECT.  “IT’S HOPED THAT THE NEW HOUSING DEVELOPMENT WILL SPARK CONTINUED TRANSFORMATION OF SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOODS AS WELL”, HAMILTON SAID.

*   WALKER COUNTY GOVERNMENT PLANS TO UPDATE ORDINANCES DEALING WITH DOMESTIC ANIMALS IN THE NEW YEAR… AND A PUBLIC INPUT MEETING WILL BE HELD ON THE ISSUE ON JANUARY 30th.
    COMMISSIONER SHANNON WHITFIELD IS ASKING THE PUBLIC TO COMMENT ON WHETHER EXISTING ORDINANCES ADEQUATELY ADDRESS THE WELFARE OF DOGS AND CATS… AND IS ASKING FOR SUGGESTIONS ON NEW REGULATIONS TO BE CONSIDERED.
    THE PUBLIC SESSION ON PET ORDINANCES WILL BE HELD AT THE LAFAYETTE-WALKER LIBRARY ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 30th AT 6 PM.

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