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*   A CHICKAMAUGA WOMAN WAS ARRESTED IN LAFAYETTE TUESDAY, AFTER BEING TOLD REPEATEDLY NOT TO COME TO HER ESTRANGED HUSBAND'S WORKPLACE.
    POLICE ARRESTED 28 YEAR OLD SAVANNAH EDWINS ON THE LOT AT FOUNTAIN PLAZA IN NORTH LAFAYETTE.   SHE TRIED TO RUN, BUT TWO OFFICERS CAUGHT HER AND TOOK HER TO THE COUNTY JAIL.
    DURING A SEARCH THERE, A PILL... THAT SHE CALLED METHADONE... WAS FOUND.  IT HAD BEEN CONCEALED IN HER BRA.   SHE TOLD OFFICERS THAT SHE HAD TRADED HER PRESCRIPTION XANAX FOR IT.
    EDWINS' HUSBAND TOLD POLICE HE HAS FILED FOR DIVORCE... AND HIS WIFE HAD BEEN TOLD A NUMBER OF TIMES NOT TO COME TO THE BUSINESS TO SEE HIM.  
    SHE WAS CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL TRESPASS, OBSTRUCTION, POSSESSION OF A SCHEDULE-2 DRUG, DRUG NOT KEPT IN ORIGINAL CONTAINER AND CROSSING A GUARD LINE WITH INTOXICANTS.

*   ON THE “FOOTBALL FRIDAY” SCHEDULE THIS WEEK, THE LHS RAMBLERS HOST THE GORDON LEE TROJANS IN A COUNTY RIVALRY GAME… AT JACK KING STADIUM.   KICKOFF IS 7:30 PM FRIDAY… AND IT’S “MIDDLE SCHOOL NIGHT”.
    FRIDAY MORNING, DON’T MISS THIS WEEK’S EDITION OF “LET’S TALK RAMBLER FOOTBALL” WITH COACH CHAD FISHER AND HOST ANDY ARNOLD.   THE PROGRAM AIRS AT 7:30 TOMORROW MORNING ON WQCH.
    BOTH RIDGELAND AND TRION HAVE AN OPEN DATE, THIS WEEK.

*  ONLY THE THREE INCUMBENTS QUALIFIED TO SEEK RE-ELECTION… SO LAFAYETTE WILL NOT HAVE TO HOLD A CITY ELECTION THIS NOVEMBER.
    WAYNE SWANSON, JUDY MEEKS AND CHRIS DAVIS WILL CONTINUE SERVING FOR ANOTHER TERM OF OFFICE ON THE LAFAYETTE CITY COUNCIL, ACCORDING TO CITY CLERK BRENDA SNYDER.
    QUALIFYING FOR THE THREE COUNCIL POSTS ENDED AT 4:30 PM WEDNESDAY.

*   HUTCHESON MEDICAL CENTER CEO FARRELL HAYES TOLD A BANKRUPTCY JUDGE WEDNESDAY, THAT AN OFFER TO BUY THE TROUBLED FACILITY COULD COME WITHIN THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS.
    THE HEARING WAS HELD ON A MOTION TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE FORT OGLETHORPE HOSPITAL SHOULD LOSE ITS BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION, DUE TO MOUNTING DEBT.   THE JUDGE DID NOT RULE ON THAT MOTION... AND THE HEARING WILL RESUME TOMORROW.
    A HUTCHESON ATTORNEY TOLD THE COURT THAT TEN COMPANIES ARE INTERESTED IN BUYING THE HOSPITAL... AND FOUR MORE ARE INTERESTED IN BUYING THE NURSING HOME.   THE OFFER EXPECTED NEXT WEEK, WOULD TOTAL 20-MILLION DOLLARS FOR BOTH THE HOSPITAL AND THE NURSING HOME.

*   THE ANNUAL "LABOR DAY CAR SHOW"... BENEFITING THE AL MILLARD MEMORIAL STOCKING FULL OF LOVE IN WALKER COUNTY... WILL BE HELD AT THE WALKER COUNTY CIVIC CENTER THIS COMING LABOR DAY MONDAY.   REGISTRATION IS 8 AM THROUGH 11:30 AM.   THERE WILL BE GREAT FOOD AND PRIZES IN MORE THAN 20 CATEGORIES.
    THE ANNUAL SOCK HOP WILL ALSO BE HELD AT THE CIVIC CENTER THIS SUNDAY NIGHT AT 7 PM… WITH LIVE MUSIC AND FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE WALKER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AT 706 638 1909 EXTENSION 1276

*   DOVE SEASON OPENS THIS SATURDAY AT NOON, IN GEORGIA.  THE LIMIT IS 15 PER HUNTER.  THOSE AGE 16 AND OLDER NEED A LICENSE TO HUNT.

*   THE REMODELING HAS BEGUN AT LAFAYETTE GARDEN APARTMENTS, ON PATTERSON ROAD.   THE PLAN WAS APPROVED RECENTLY BY THE LAFAYETTE CITY COUNCIL... AND IS PART OF A FEDERAL HOUSING REHAB PROGRAM.
    ACCORDING TO THE AUGUST REPORT OF BUILDING PERMITS IN THE CITY... THE REMODEL AT LAFAYETTE GARDEN APARTMENTS WILL COST NEARLY 620-THOUSAND DOLLARS.
    THE NEW BOJANGLES RESTAURANT IS TAKING SHAPE IN NORTH LAFAYETTE... AND THE AIR CONDITIONING WORK THERE WAS PERMITTED BY THE CITY AT OVER 61-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

*   A LOCAL FAMILY IS WELCOMING-HOME A FOURTH GENERATION DENTIST, TO SERVE LAFAYETTE:
    DR. TY LEVIE WILL BE JOINING HIS DAD, DR. CHIP LEVIE… AT LEVIE FAMLY DENTISTRY.   TY RECENTLY COMPLETED HIS FOUR YEARS AT THE INDIANA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY, IN INDIANAPOLIS. 

*   WITH THE START OF A NEW SCHOOL YEAR, THE WALKER ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH OFFICE HAS BEEN CONCENTRATING ON SCHOOLS… AND SCORES HAVE BEEN EXCELLENT.
    SCORING A PERFECT “100” WERE NAOMI ELEMENTARY, LAFAYETTE MIDDLE SCHOOL, GORDON LEE MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL, CHICKAMAUGA ELEMENTARY, CHEROKEE RIDGE, CHATTANOOGA VALLEY MIDDLE AND RIDGELAND HIGH SCHOOL.
    LOS GUERRERO’S IN LAFAYETTE SCORED AN “A” LAST WEEK… AND PENFIELD CHRISTIAN HOME IN LAFAYETTE SCORED A “B”.
    IN A LOCAL MOTEL INSPECTION, KEY WEST INN OF LAFAYETTE SCORED A PERFECT “100”.

*   SOME VERY EXPENSIVE PHONES WERE STOLEN FROM THE VERIZON STORE IN LAFAYETTE SATURDAY MORNING… IN A “SMASH AND GRAB” BURGLARY.
    EMPLOYEES OF THE NEARBY HIBBETT SPORTS STORE NOTICED AN ALARM SOUNDING AND BROKEN GLASS IN FRONT OF THE VERIZON STORE ON PEARL DRIVE AT AROUND 9:30 AM… AND CALLED POLICE.
    WHEN A VERIZON EMPLOYEE ARRIVED, SHE FOUND THREE PHONES WERE TAKEN… INCLUDING GALAXY AND I-PHONE MODELS… VALUED AT $2,073.  IN THE “SMASH AND GRAB” BURGLARY… GLASS WAS BROKEN FROM THE STORE’S FRONT DOOR TO GAIN ENTRY - AND THE THREE PHONES WERE RIPPED FROM THEIR CONNECTION TO A DISPLAY.  NO CASH OR OTHER MERCHANDISE WAS MISSING.
    WITNESSES SAY THEY SAW A GOLD CHEVY TAHOE EXIT FROM BEHIND THE BUILDING JUST AFTER THE BURGLARY WAS DISCOVERED.   POLICE FOUND THE VEHICLE NEARBY AND SPOKE TO THE OWNER… BUT NO ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE.

*   A 29 YEAR OLD LAFAYETTE RESIDENT IS ACCUSED OF BEING A DRUG DEALER, FOLLOWING HIS ARREST BY POLICE LAST THURSDAY.   COREY L. OSBURNE WAS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA, POSSESSION OF METH AND POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE.
    THE VEHICLE OSBURN WAS RIDING IN HAD BEEN OBSERVED BY POLICE IN FRONT OF AN ABANDONED HOUSE ON NORTH HIGH STREET.  WHEN ANOTHER OFFICER INITIATED A STOP ON THE VEHICLE DUE TO A TRAFFIC INFRACTION, EACH OCCUPANT WAS SEARCHED WITH CONSENT.
    THE POLICE REPORT STATES THAT OSBURN HAD MARIJUANA AND METH ON HIS PERSON… AND INSIDE THE CAR WHERE HE HAD BEEN SITTING, POLICE FOUND SYRINGES AND DIGITAL SCALES.

*   A WET AUGUST HELPED US "CATCH UP, A LITTLE"... ON OUR RAINFALL DEFICIT THIS YEAR.
    AT WQCH, WE RECORDED 5.7 INCHES OF RAIN DURING THE MONTH... THAT'S A LITTLE MORE THAN 2 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.
    THAT PUTS OUR "YEAR TO DATE" TOTAL AT 35.9 INCHES OF PRECIP HERE... AND THAT'S 3.9 INCHES BELOW NORMAL, FOR JANUARY THROUGH AUGUST.

*   VANGUARD NATIONAL TRAILER CORPORATION HAS ANNOUNCED PLANS TO OPEN A NEW MANUFACTURING PLANT NEAR TRENTON IN DADE COUNTY, GEORGIA - EMPLOYING 400 WHEN COMPLETED.  THE INDIANA BASED COMPANY MAKES DRY FREIGHT AND REFRIGERATED SEMI-TRAILERS.  THEY WILL DEVELOP NEARLY 100 ACRES OF LAND AND BUILD A 350-THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT FACILITY. 

*   THE LAFAYETTE FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE AMERICAN RED CROSS WILL BE INSTALLING SMOKE DETECTORS IN HOMES, FREE OF CHARGE, ON SATURDAY - SEPTEMBER 12th.  
    THE PROGRAM IS A RED CROSS EFFORT TO CUT FIRE-RELATED DEATHS OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.
    IF YOU LIVE IN THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE… AND YOUR HOME NEEDS A SMOKE DETECTOR… CALL TO GET ON THE LIST:   THE FIRE DEPARTMENT NUMBER IS 706 639 1555.

*   REMODELING WORK IS NEARING COMPLETION AT THE FORMER STEARNS BANK BUILDING AT ROCK SPRING… BUT TAX COMMISSIONER CAROLYN WALKER SAYS THE OFFICE IS STILL A MONTH AWAY FROM MOVING INTO THEIR NEW “WORK HOME”.
    WALKER COUNTY PURCHASED THE EMPTY BANK BUILDING TO HOUSE THE TAX COMMISSIONER AND TAX ASSESSORS OFFICES… CURRENTLY LOCATED IN THE FORMER CLINIC ON SOUTH MAIN STREET IN LAFAYETTE.
    “WE HATE TO LEAVE LAFAYETTE”, WALKER SAID… “BUT THE PARKING AND HANDICAP ACCESS WILL BE SO MUCH BETTER IN THE NEW BUILDING”.
    WALKER SAID WORKERS ARE HANGING DOORS AND FINISHING TRIM AND PAINT WORK AT THE NEW ROCK SPRING LOCATION.  BOTH OFFICES ARE STARTING TO MOVE SOME “STORAGE” ITEMS… LIKE OLD FILES… BUT IT WILL BE MID-SEPTEMBER BEFORE DAY-TO-DAY OPERATIONS ARE MOVED TO ROCK SPRING.
    ON AN INTERESTING NOTE, WALKER SAID THE STATE WILL COME UP TO MOVE THE “TAG” OFFICE RECORDS AND EQUIPMENT.   “WE’RE NOT ALLOWED TO TOUCH THOSE”, WALKER SAID.   “THEY PAY US A FEE TO HANDLE THE TAG OPERATION… BUT IT’S REALLY A STATE OPERATION AND THEY KEEP THEIR RECORDS HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL”, SHE SAID.   

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