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A-2-Z WHOLESALE in Rock Spring, is the featured Business of the week:
     Lots of closeouts and clearance merchandise with new items every week!  They have appliances and furniture.  Check the big selection of baby items including diapers and wipes.  Christmas items too!   Highway 27 in the former hardware store at Rock Spring.

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*   RESIDENTS OF THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE SHOULD FEEL SAFER… NOW THAT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS DOUBLE THE RESPONDERS ON DUTY, 24-7.
    FIRE CHIEF STACEY MEEKS SAID THE CITY HAS RECEIVED A 300-THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT FROM FEMA, IN ORDER TO ADD TWO NEW FULL-TIME FIRE FIGHTERS.   THAT MEANS THAT INSTEAD OF ONE PERSON ON DUTY… THERE ARE NOW TWO RESPONDERS ON DUTY EVERY HOUR OF EVERY DAY.   AND SINCE 80-PERCENT OF THE DEPARTMENT’S CALLS ARE OF A “MEDICAL ASSISTANCE” NATURE… ALL PERSONNEL ARE EMT CERTIFIED.
    MEEKS SAID THE GRANT PROCESS WAS VERY COMPETITIVE… BUT LAFAYETTE’S FIRE DEPARTMENT MANAGED TO LAND IT.   THE CITY HAS FOUND WAYS TO ADD THE LOCAL MATCHING SHARE… WHICH IS 25-PERCENT FOR THE FIRST TWO YEARS.
    THE LAFAYETTE FIRE DEPARTMENT ALSO CONTINUES TO OFFER FREE SMOKE DETECTOR INSTALLATION FOR HOUSEHOLDS THAT DO NOT HAVE THAT ESSENTIAL SAFETY PROTECTION.   JUST CALL THE DEPARTMENT TO SCHEDULE A HOME INSPECTION AND SMOKE ALARM INSTALLATION.   THE DETECTORS ARE PROVIDED THROUGH THE AMERICAN RED CROSS.

*   A FORT OGLETHORPE POLICE OFFICER WAS SUSPENDED TUESDAY, FOLLOWING A SEARCH OF HIS HOME BY THE GBI’S “INTERNET CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN TASK FORCE”.
    THE OFFICER’S NAME WAS NOT RELEASED… AND HE IS NOT THE ONLY RESIDENT IN THE HOME ON SAGE BRUSH LANE IN ROSSVILLE.
    NO WORD YET ON WHAT THE SEARCH TURNED UP.

*   THE SOFTBALL SEASON CONTINUES… AS THE RAMBLER GIRLS ADVANCE TO THE “ELITE EIGHT”.
    THE GIRLS BEAT CHAPEL HILL TUESDAY IN DOUGLASVILLE, TO ADVANCE IN THE CLASS 4-A PLAYOFFS.
    THE “ELITE EIGHT” GAMES WILL BE PLAYED IN COLUMBUS.

*   SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THE 2018 RAMBLERS SOFTBALL TEAM HAVE BEEN NAMED ALL-REGION PLAYERS:
     FIRST TEAM ALL REGION:
ASHTON STALLING - PITCHER
SHELBY ADKINS - INFIELD
MADI PETTIGREW - INFIELD
MARQUILA HOWELL - OUTFIELD
     SECOND TEAM ALL REGION:
MEGAN WILSON - INFIELD
NICKY YANCY - OUTFIELD
     ALL REGION HONORABLE MENTION:
SAM ADKINS
MADI ASHLEY
CARLEE CORBIN

*   NORTH LAFAYETTE ELEMENTARY WILL HAVE FALL FESTIVAL THIS FRIDAY, OCT. 19th IN THE PLAYGROUND BEHIND THE SCHOOL.
    CHILD ADMISSION IS $8 IN ADVANCE, OR $10 AT THE GATE.   PARENTS GET IN FREE WITH CHILD TICKET.
    IT’S 4:30 ’TIL 6:30 PM FRIDAY, AT NORTH LAFAYETTE ELEMENTARY.

*   THE WALKER COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM’S LACK OF A POLICY FOR THE PUBLIC TO ADDRESS THE BOARD HAS RE-SURFACED… AS PARENTS OF FAIRYLAND SCHOOL TRIED TO ADDRESS PROBLEMS WITH THE CAFETERIA, MONDAY NIGHT.    THE BOARD REFUSED TO HEAR FROM THE CROWD… BUT SUPERINTENDENT DAMON RAINES ADDRESSED THEM AFTER THE MEETING.  THE BOARD STILL HAS NO PUBLIC ADDRESS POLICY IN PLACE AFTER COURT RULINGS THAT THE OLD PROCEDURE WAS UNCONSTITUTIONAL.  RAINES SAID A NEW POLICY IS “IN THE WORKS”.
    FAIRYLAND STUDENTS HAVE HAD MEALS SHIPPED-IN EACH DAY FROM RIDGELAND HIGH SCHOOL, SINCE THE CAFETERIA MANAGER RETIRED.  PROBLEMS WITH THE FREEZER… AND STAFFING… HAVE MADE IT NECESSARY TO BRING IN MEALS FROM RIDGELAND’S FULLY-FUNCTIONAL KITCHEN.   SOME COMPLAINED THE MEALS ARE COLD OR LATE… AND THAT AT TIMES THERE HAVE NOT BEEN ENOUGH TO SERVE ALL THE STUDENTS.  NOW THEY’VE ADDED THE FACT THAT SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS WON’T LISTEN… TO THEIR LIST OF COMPLAINTS.
    RAINES SAID THE FREEZER HAS BEEN REPAIRED AND NEW STAFF MEMBERS FOR FAIRYLAND ARE IN THE PROCESS OF BEING TRAINED.  HE ASKED THE PARENT GROUP FOR PATIENCE.

*   THE WALKER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING FOR A COACHMAN CAMPER… STOLEN FROM A FOREST WAY DRIVE ADDRESS WHILE THE FAMILY WAS AT CHURCH, SUNDAY.
    THE CAMPER WAS PULLED AWAY FROM THE ASHER RESIDENCE AT AROUND 10:30 AM, BY A DARK KING-CAB TRUCK.   ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE STOLEN 2006 CAMPER, SHOULD CALL THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AT 706 638 1909, EXTENSION 1240.  ANONYMOUS TIPS ARE ALSO WELCOME AT "WALKERSO.COM"

*   THE THEFT OF EXPENSIVE WHEELS AND TIRES FROM A LAFAYETTE CAR DEALER HAS PROMPTED THE WALKER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT TO ASK THE PUBLIC FOR HELP.
    LAST FRIDAY NIGHT, SOMEONE TOOK THE WHEELS AND TIRES FROM A NEW CHALLENGER AT THE JENKINS DEALERSHIP IN NORTH LAFAYETTE.  ANYONE WITH INFORMATION MAY CALL DETECTIVE SERGEANT ANDY CASH AT 706 638 1909 EXTENSION 1298.

*   WALKER COUNTY VOTERS CAN ADVANCE-VOTE AT THE COURTHOUSE IN LAFAYETTE ON WEEKDAYS.   THE BALLOT HAS A WIDE RANGE OF CHOICES… FROM A HOTLY CONTESTED RACE FOR GOVERNOR, TO ALCOHOL SALES ON SUNDAY IN THE COUNTY AND THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE.
    THE MOST CLOSELY-WATCHED LOCAL QUESTION IS WHETHER VOTERS WILL CHANGE WALKER COUNTY FROM A SINGLE-COMMISSIONER TO A FIVE MEMBER BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS.   IF APPROVED ON NOVEMBER 6th OF THIS YEAR… THE NEW FORM OF GOVERNMENT WOULD BEGIN IN JANUARY OF 2021.
    WALKER COUNTY ALSO HAS SUNDAY SALES REFERENDA… THE QUESTIONS ARE “YES OR NO” TO PACKAGE SALES OF BEER AND WINE FROM 12:30 PM UNTIL 11:30 PM ON SUNDAYS… AND SALES OF ALCOHOL BY THE DRINK ON SUNDAYS.   THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE BALLOT ALSO INCLUDES, FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE QUESTION OF WHETHER DISTILLED SPIRIT DRINKS MAY BE SOLD BY RESTAURANTS FOR CONSUMPTION ON-SITE.
    MOST LOCAL INCUMBENTS ARE UNOPPOSED… BUT THERE IS ONE CONTESTED RACE FOR SCHOOL BOARD POST 3, BETWEEN INCUMBENT MIKE CARRUTH AND CHALLENGER JOEL HITCHCOX.
     VOTERS WILL ALSO DECIDE THE FATE OF FIVE PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS, STATE-WIDE.
    ADVANCE VOTE AT THE COURTHOUSE ROOM 110, WEEKDAYS FROM 8:30 AM UNTIL 4:30 PM.
    SATELLITE ADVANCE-VOTE LOCATIONS OPEN OCTOBER 27th AT GEORGIA NORTHWESTERN, THE CHICKAMAUGA AND ROSSVILLE CIVIC CENTERS AND LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN CITY HALL.

*   “TEA & TRENDS”, A FUNDRAISER FOR THE FAMILY CRISIS CENTER, WILL BE HELD THIS SATURDAY, OCT. 20th AT THE WALKER COUNTY CIVIC CENTER.   IT STARTS AT NOON, WITH A FASHION SHOW, MEAL, SILENT AUCTION AND SPECIAL SPEAKERS.   INDIVIDUAL SEATS ARE $30.  
    CALL 706 375 7180 FOR MORE INFORMATION ON “TEA & TRENDS”.

*   THE ANNUAL “DINO RICHARDSON TOY RUN” FOR THE “STOCKING FULL OF LOVE” IN WALKER COUNTY, IS SET FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4th.
    SPONSORED BY THE BLUE KNIGHTS… MOTORCYCLE RIDERS WILL START THE RIDE AT RIDGELAND HIGH SCHOOL… AND PROGRESS TO LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL… STARTING AT 2 PM.   BRING A NEW, UNWRAPPED TOY OR CASH DONATION FOR THE STOCKING FULL OF LOVE CHRISTMAS CHARITY.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE AT 706 638 1909.

*   YOUTH BASKETBALL AND “SPIRIT TEAM” REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW AT THE LAFAYETTE RECREATION PROGRAM.
    COST FOR BASKETBALL IS $40 PER PLAYER… “SPIRIT TEAM” COSTS $25.   BOTH ARE FOR AGES 5 TO 12.
    CONTACT THE PARK CENTER AT 706 639 1590, FOR SIGNUP INFORMATION.

*   THE ANNUAL “SCARE ON THE SQUARE” WILL BE BACK THIS HALLOWEEN, IN DOWNTOWN LAFAYETTE.   THE TRICK-OR-TREAT EVENT WILL BE HELD FROM 5:30 UNTIL 7 PM… AND TRAFFIC ON THE SQUARE WILL BE BLOCKED FOR THE SAFETY OF PEDESTRIANS.
    THE BANK OF LAFAYETTE PROVIDES THE CANDY TREATS THAT LOCAL BUSINESSES WILL DISTRIBUTE.   KIDS ARE INVITED IN THEIR HALLOWEEN COSTUME TO ENJOY A SAFE TRICK-OR-TREATING EXPERIENCE… ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31st. 

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