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*   A LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WAS KILLED IN AN ATV ACCIDENT IN THE NAOMI COMMUNITY, THURSDAY NIGHT.
    THE STATE PATROL IDENTIFIED THE 15 YEAR OLD VICTIM AS DAMON LEE JONES.   HE DIED AFTER STRIKING A CABLE, WHICH WAS STRETCHED ACROSS A PARKING LOT WHERE HE WAS RIDING.  THE ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED JUST PAST 7:30 PM.  A 17 YEAR OLD PASSENGER ON THE 4-WHEELER, WAS NOT HURT.
    GRIEF COUNSELORS WERE MADE AVAILABLE FRIDAY, FOR STUDENTS AT LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL.  
    AN ACCOUNT HAS BEEN SET UP AT THE BANK OF LAFAYETTE FOR FUNERAL EXPENSES, UNDER THE NAME DAMON JONES.

*   ADVANCE-VOTE THIS SATURDAY AT SATELLITE LOCATIONS IN WALKER COUNTY.   THIS WILL BE THE ONLY SATURDAY FOR ADVANCE VOTING.
    SATELLITE LOCATIONS OPEN INCLUDE ROCK SPRING, CHICKAMAUGA, ROSSVILLE AND FAIRYLAND… IN ADDITION TO THE VOTER REGISTRATION OFFICE AT THE COURTHOUSE IN LAFAYETTE.  HOURS TO VOTE SATURDAY ARE 9 - 4.   REMEMBER TO TAKE A PHOTO I.D.
    NEXT WEEK, THE MENTIONED SATELLITE VOTING LOCATIONS WILL BE OPEN FOR THE LAST WEEK OF ADVANCE VOTING.  IT ENDS ON FRIDAY THE 31st.   ADVANCE VOTING HOURS AT ALL LOCATIONS NEXT WEEK, WILL BE 8:30 - 4:30.  
    THE GENERAL ELECTION… WITH ALL COUNTY PRECINCTS OPEN TO VOTERS… WILL BE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4th FROM 7 AM ’TIL 7 PM.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD:

GILMER CO. 62 - LAFAYETTE 27
NW WHITFIELD 41 - RIDGELAND 30
MT. PARAN 42 - TRION 0
MODEL 23 - CHATTOOGA 0
COOSA 21 - DADE 6
RINGGOLD 48 - COAHULLA CREEK 0
SONORAVILLE 54 - LFO 7
PICKENS 23 - HERITAGE 0
DALTON 42 - WOODLAND 0
CARTERSVILLE 48 - SE WHITFIELD 0
CALHOUN 56 - MURRAY CO. 3

*   LAFAYETTE POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A TEEN PARTY THAT RESULTED IN A COUPLE OF ACCIDENTAL DRUG OVERDOSES, THURSDAY NIGHT.  IT HAPPENED AT YESTER OAKS APARTMENTS IN LAFAYETTE.
    NO ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE IN THE CASE… BUT POLICE SAY TWO 18-YEAR OLDS WERE TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT OF AN OVERDOSE OF PRESCRIPTION PILLS.  BOTH WERE RELEASED AFTER TREATMENT.  
    SEVERAL JUVENILES WERE ALSO PRESENT AT THE PARTY… AND INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE ONE OF THEM SUPPLIED THE PILLS.  THEY WERE PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS, TAKEN FROM THE TEEN’S PARENT.
    THE INVESTIGATION AND INTERVIEWS WITH WITNESSES ARE CONTINUING.

*   GREAT NEWS ON THE LOCAL ECONOMY… WALKER COUNTY’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HAS DROPPED 2 FULL PERCENTAGE POINTS SINCE THE SUMMERTIME HIGH OF 7.9.
    THAT LATEST LOCAL RATE FOR SEPTEMBER HAS DROPPED TO 5.9 PERCENT.   IN HUMAN TERMS, THAT REPRESENTS 355 FEWER PEOPLE UNEMPLOYED, COMPARED TO THE PREVIOUS MONTH.
    ACCORDING TO THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, ALL AREA COUNTIES HAD LOWER UNEMPLOYMENT IN SEPTEMBER…
    CATOOSA, DOWN FROM 6.5 TO 5.6 PERCENT….
    DADE, DOWN FROM 7.3 TO 6.1 PERCENT…
    CHATTOOGA, DOWN FROM 9.2 TO 8.2 PERCENT…
    AND WHITFIELD COUNTY, DOWN FROM 10.3 TO 8.8 PERCENT.

*   HUTCHESON MEDICAL CENTER GOT ANOTHER TEMPORARY REPRIEVE FROM ERLANGER’S ATTEMPT TO FORECLOSE, ON FRIDAY.
    A FEDERAL JUDGE EXTENDED THE DEADLINE FOR THE SALE OF THE HUTCHESON CAMPUS FROM NOVEMBER 4th, TO JANUARY 6th.   JUDGE HAROLD MURPHY SAID THERE HAD NOT BEEN ENOUGH PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THE MATTER.   HUTCHESON IS PLANNING THREE PUBLIC HEARINGS… ONE EACH IN WALKER, DADE AND CATOOSA COUNTIES… NEXT MONTH.
    ERLANGER WANTS TO SELL THE HOSPITAL PROPERTY FOR REPAYMENT OF OVER 20-MILLION DOLLARS IT IS OWED BY THE FORT OGLETHORPE HOSPITAL.   WALKER AND CATOOSA COUNTIES EACH GUARANTEED 10-MILLION DOLLARS OF THAT DEBT… AND ERLANGER HAS SAID IF THE COUNTIES PAY-UP… THE HOSPITAL FORECLOSURE WILL NOT HAPPEN.

*   WQCH REPORTED THAT WALKER COUNTY IS UNDER A CONSENT ORDER FROM THE STATE REVENUE DEPARTMENT… AND MUST HIRE ADDITIONAL ASSESSORS - OR FACE A HUGE PENALTY.  AT THURSDAY’S COMMISSIONERS MEETING, BEBE HEISKELL REVEALED THAT THE COUNTY HAS NOW NEGOTIATED A SETTLEMENT IN THAT CASE… AND NO FINE WILL BE PAID IF TERMS OF THE AGREEMENT ARE MET.
    IN SHORT, THE STATE BELIEVES THAT THE COUNTY’S PROPERTIES ARE UNDER-ASSESSED.   UNDER THE AGREEMENT, THE COUNTY ASSESSORS OFFICE HAS UNTIL 2015 TO RE-ASSESS EVERY PROPERTY IN THE COUNTY.   INSTEAD OF THE ORIGINAL FOUR NEW ASSESSORS… THE NEGOTIATED AGREEMENT CUT THE NUMBER REQUIRED TO THREE.  A CONTRACTOR WILL ALSO BE HIRED AT A COST OF 50-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO ASSESS THE BASE VALUE OF LAND IN THE COUNTY.
    THE ORIGINAL PENALTY WAS REDUCED TO JUST OVER 165-THOUSAND DOLLARS… AND THAT PENALTY HAS BEEN DEFERRED.  IT WILL NOT BE PAYABLE IF THE COUNTY MEETS ALL OF THE REVENUE DEPARTMENT’S DEMANDS.
    AS NOTED IN AN EARLIER REPORT, THE COUNTY WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING OFFICE SPACE FOR THE NEW ASSESSORS… AND COMMISSIONER BEBE HEISKELL SAID SHE IS NEGOTIATING WITH STEARNS BANK TO BUY THEIR FORMER BANKING LOCATION AT ROCK SPRING.  IF THAT ACQUISITION IS MADE… ALL COUNTY EMPLOYEES NOW STATIONED WITHIN COURTHOUSE ANNEX NUMBER 3… THE OLD KITCHENS CLINIC ON SOUTH MAIN IN LAFAYETTE… WILL BE MOVED TO THAT 17,000 SQUARE FOOT BUILDING.  THAT’S AN ESTIMATED 35 WORKERS LEAVING LAFAYETTE FOR ROCK SPRING.
    THE MINNESOTA BANK IS CONSIDERING THE COUNTY’S LAST OFFER, WHICH WAS 500-THOUSAND DOLLARS… TO BE FINANCED WITH A LOAN FROM STEARNS.  THAT WOULD GIVE THE BANK ADDITIONAL INCOME FROM THE INTEREST TO BE PAID ON THE NOTE.

*   A REQUEST TO REZONE PROPERTY… REPORTEDLY FOR CHICKEN HOUSES… WAS DENIED BY COMMISSIONER BEBE HEISKELL, ON THURSDAY.  THE 69 ACRE TRACT OF THE ROBERT L. WOODS ESTATE IS LOCATED OFF EAST BROOMTOWN ROAD, NEAR THE END OF FOSTER MILL DRIVE.  THE REQUEST FROM FAMILY MEMBERS WAS TO CHANGE THE PROPERTY FROM RESIDENTIAL TO AGRICULTURE.   BUT WHEN WORD GOT AROUND THAT THE BUYER MIGHT BE PLANNING TO RAISE CHICKENS ON THE PROPERTY, NEIGHBORS BEGAN CIRCULATING PETITIONS IN OPPOSITION.
    A ROOM FULL OF PEOPLE WHO WERE OPPOSED TO THE ZONING CHANGE, APPEARED PLEASED WITH THE DENIAL.  THE REQUEST HAD ALSO BEEN TURNED-DOWN BY THE COUNTY ZONING BOARD.

*   THE LAFAYETTE-WALKER LIBRARY IS REPORTING THAT THEIR HOPED-FOR “GRAND RE-OPENING DAY” MAY BE A WEEK LATER THAN EXPECTED.
    CHELSEA KOVALEVSKY SAID IN A RELEASE:  “WE GOT A BIT OF DISHEARTENING NEWS, THAT IT WILL PROBABLY TAKE US ABOUT THREE WEEKS TO MOVE, NOT JUST TWO”.   THAT PUSHES THE RE-OPENING DATE AT THE DUKE STREET LIBRARY IN LAFAYETTE, TO MONDAY, DECEMBER 1st.
    KOVALEVSKY SAID THE MOVE MAY TAKE LESS THAT THREE WEEKS… BUT THEY ARE NOW LOOKING TO DECEMBER 1st AS THE TARGETED “OPENING DAY” FOR THE EXPANDED LIBRARY.
    IN ANY CASE, THE MOVE FROM TEMPORARY HEADQUARTERS AT THE OLD FOOD LION BUILDING WILL BEGIN ON NOVEMBER 10th… AND LOCAL PATRONS WILL BE ASKED TO USE THE LIBRARIES IN CHICKAMAUGA AND ROSSVILLE DURING THE “BIG MOVE” IN LAFAYETTE.

*   THIS YEAR’S “REMEMBERING OUR HEROES” EVENT WILL BE HELD SATURDAY AT FORT OGLETHORPE’S BARNHARDT CIRCLE POLO FIELD.  SPONSORED BY THE 6th CAVALRY MUSEUM… IT OPENS AT 11 AM AND CONTINUES THROUGH 4 PM. 

*   THE WALKER COUNTY MESSENGER MAY SOON BE BOUGHT OUT OF BANKRUPTCY.  AN OFFER OF 1.1-MILLION DOLLARS HAS BEEN MADE BY THE MARIETTA-BASED “TIMES-JOURNAL, INC.”
    IF APPROVED, THE SALE WOULD INCLUDE ALL THE ASSETS OF THE “ROME NEW-TRIBUNE” AND “NEWS PUBLISHING COMPANY”… WHICH INCLUDES THE WALKER AND CATOOSA COUNTY PAPERS -  AND OTHERS IN THE REGION.
    THE OFFER MUST BE APPROVED BY THE BANKRUPTCY JUDGE… THEN THE PROPOSAL WILL GO THROUGH A BIDDING PROCESS TO SEE IF OTHER QUALIFIED BUYERS ARE INTERESTED. 

*   WALKER COUNTY TAX NOTICES ARE IN THE MAIL… AND YES, YOU WILL NOTICE THE INCREASE FROM LAST YEAR.
    ON A 3-BEDROOM HOME AT MID-COUNTY… THE NET TAX DUE WAS UP 12.3-PERCENT, COMPARED TO THE PREVIOUS YEAR’S TAX - AND JUST AS COMMISSIONER BEBE HEISKELL PREDICTED WHEN THE TAX INCREASE WAS ANNOUNCED… THAT AMOUNTS TO AN INCREASE OF JUST UNDER $10 PER MONTH.
    THIS YEAR’S PROPERTY TAXES ARE DUE BY DECEMBER 20th, WITHOUT PENALTY.

*   TWO ALABAMA MURDER SUSPECTS WERE ARRESTED MONDAY, IN THE ROSSVILLE AREA.
    21 YEAR OLD JEREMIAH JACKSON AND 36 YEAR OLD DARRELL BURGESS - BOTH FROM WALKER COUNTY - ARE IN THE LOCAL JAIL, AWAITING EXTRADITION TO CHEROKEE COUNTY, ALABAMA.  EVIDENCE LED INVESTIGATORS TO THE FUGITIVES HERE.
    BOTH MEN ARE CHARGED WITH MURDER IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF 39 YEAR OLD BILLY INGRAM... WHOSE BODY WAS DISCOVERED NEAR CEDAR BLUFF, ALABAMA... EARLY MONDAY MORNING.
    NO FURTHER INFORMATION HAS BEEN RELEASED REGARDING THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING INGRAM'S MURDER.

*   THE ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM WILL BEGIN TAKING APPLICATIONS FROM HOMEBOUND AND ELDERLY HOUSEHOLDS ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd.
    THE NORTH GEORGIA COMMUNITY ACTION OFFICE WILL TAKE THE APPLICATIONS AT THEIR LAFAYETTE OFFICE.   HOUSEHOLDS MUST PROVIDE VERIFICATION AND MEET INCOME CRITERIA… AND BE RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYING THE COST OF ENERGY FOR HOME HEATING DIRECTLY TO THE SUPPLIER.   INDIVIDUALS MUST BE U.S. CITIZENS OR AN ALIEN ADMITTED TO THE U.S. FOR LAWFUL, PERMANENT RESIDENCE.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOME HEATING ASSISTANCE, CALL THE LAFAYETTE OFFICE AT 706 638 0818.

*   THE LAFAYETTE OPTIMIST CLUB IS AGAIN SPONSORING THE “REINDEER RUN” THROUGH DOWNTOWN LAFAYETTE.   THIS YEAR’S DATE IS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6th.
    THE EVENT INCLUDES A 5-K RACE AND A 1-MILE FUN RUN.  WARM-UP BEGINS AT 7:30 AM… AND RACE TIME IS 8 AM… STARTING FROM THE JOE STOCK PARK.
    PROCEEDS FROM THE RACE GO TO THE LOCAL “SHOP WITH A COP AND FIREMAN” PROGRAM… HELPING DESERVING KIDS ENJOY CHRISTMAS.
    EARLY-BIRDS GET A DISCOUNT AT $25 PER PERSON, IF REGISTERED BEFORE NOVEMBER 25th.  
    TO SIGN UP, SEE AN OPTIMIST MEMBER OR SEARCH “REINDEER RUN 2014” ON FACEBOOK.

*   THE GEORGIA SUPREME COURT HAS UPHELD DEATH SENTENCES FOR THE MAN CONVICTED IN BRUTAL WALKER COUNTY DOUBLE-MURDERS.
    DONNIE ALLEN HULETT IS SENTENCED TO DIE FOR THE 2002 MURDERS OF BROTHERS, LARRY AND ARVINE PHELPS… AS THEY PERFORMED VOLUNTEER WORK AT THE BLESSED HOPE BOYS HOME AT VILLANOW.  THE MEN WERE GUNNED DOWN AND BLUDGEONED FOR THEIR PICKUP TRUCK, WHICH WAS STOLEN. 
    ON OTHER CHARGES AGAINST HULETT, THE HIGH COURT SENT HIS CASE BACK FOR RE-SENTENCING… BUT THE TWO DEATH SENTENCES FOR THE MURDERS, WERE ALLOWED TO STAND.

*   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.   CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS… SEATING IS LIMITED.

*   THE LAFAYETTE RECREATION DEPARTMENT IS TAKING REGISTRATION FOR YOUTH BASKETBALL.   IT’S FOR BOYS AND GIRLS AGES 5 TO 12… THE COST IS $50 PER PLAYER.   TO SIGN UP FOR YOUTH BASKETBALL, CONTACT THE PARK REC CENTER AT 706 639 1590.   THE DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 25th.

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