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BREAKING NEWS:  THE SALE OF MOUNTAIN COVE FARMS FELL-THROUGH... AND WALKER COUNTY COMMISSIONER BEBE HEISKELL HAS ANNOUNCED A 3-MILL RISE IN PROPERTY TAXES... A 60-PERCENT INCREASE. 
    WITH THE SCHOOL BOARD "HOLDING THE LINE" ON THEIR TAX RATE, THE NET INCREASE TO TAXPAYERS SHOULD BE AROUND 15-PERCENT, HEISKELL SAID.  SHE GIVES DETAILS ON LOCAL NEWS TODAY AT NOON AND 5 PM, ON AM-1590 WQCH.

*   ROPER AND THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR WILL HOLD A JOB RECRUITMENT IN FORT OGLETHORPE, THURSDAY.
    ROPER IN LAFAYETTE NEEDS TO HIRE ABOUT 150 FULL-TIME ASSEMBLY WORKERS FOR THE RANGE PLANT.
    APPLICANTS MUST BE 18 OR OVER, HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR GED… ALONG WITH A VALID DRIVERS LICENSE, SOCIAL SECURITY CARD OR BIRTH CERTIFICATE.  A BACKGROUND CHECK AND DRUG SCREEN WILL BE PERFORMED.
    AT LEAST ONE YEAR OF MANUFACTURING EXPERIENCE OR MILITARY SERVICE IS PREFERRED.   SALARIES START AT $12.30 PER HOUR.
    APPLY AT THE FORT OGLETHORPE MUNICIPAL COMPLEX, 500 CITY HALL DRIVE… THURSDAY FROM 10 AM UNTIL 2 PM… OR CALL THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR CAREER CENTER IN LAFAYETTE FOR MORE INFORMATION
AT 706 638 5525.

*   LOCAL POLICE HAVE CHARGED A LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WITH SEXUAL BATTERY FOR AN INCIDENT AT THE LOCAL WALMART.
    THE JUVENILE MALE REPORTEDLY FOLLOWED THE 25 YEAR OLD FEMALE VICTIM INSIDE THE STORE LAST THURSDAY… TOUCHING HER SEXUALLY A COUPLE OF TIMES.   HE FOLLOWED HER TO THE STORE PARKING LOT, WHERE HE ALLEGEDLY GRABBED HER BUTTOCKS… AN ACT THAT POLICE SAY WAS CAPTURED ON STORE VIDEO.   HE WAS CHARGED WITH THREE COUNTS OF SEXUAL BATTERY IN THE CASE… WHICH WILL APPEAR IN JUVENILE COURT.

*   THE SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER AT LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL ARRESTED THREE STUDENTS ON MISDEMEANOR MARIJUANA CHARGES, LAST FRIDAY.
    ONE OF THE STUDENTS CHECKED-IN LATE… AND A TEACHER REPORTED THAT SHE APPEARED TO BE INTOXICATED AND SMELLED OF MARIJUANA.  AN INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THREE STUDENTS HAD RIDDEN TO SCHOOL TOGETHER, CHECKING-IN LATE… AND ALL SHOWED SIGNS OF MARIJUANA USE.
    A CONSENT SEARCH LOCATED A SMALL AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA IN THE STUDENT-DRIVER’S CAR IN THE SCHOOL PARKING LOT.
   
*   AFTER YEARS OF RECESSION IN THE LOCAL CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE BEGAN “BOUNCING BACK” DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 2014.   BUILDING PERMITS FOR THE PERIOD TOTALED OVER 2.4-MILLION DOLLARS.
    OVER HALF OF THAT AMOUNT WAS A BIG CLASSROOM ADDITION PROJECT AT LAFAYETTE MIDDLE SCHOOL.   THE PROJECT IS CURRENTLY UNDERWAY AT A PROJECTED COST OF 1.6-MILLION… AND IT SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY YEARS-END.
    IN JANUARY, B & B AUTO ERECTED THEIR NEW BUILDING ON NORTH MAIN AT A VALUE OF 146-THOUSAND DOLLARS.
    IN JUNE, THE FIRST “NEW HOUSING PROJECTS” IN MONTHS, GOT THEIR START.   THE THREE NEW HOUSES ON QUAIL RUN IN JULIAN’S PLACE WERE PERMITTED BY DANIEL SILVERS AT A COMBINED VALUE OF 284-THOUSAND DOLLARS.
    AND IN JULY, REMODELING PERMITS OBTAINED BY TWO LOCAL HOME-OWNERS TOTALED OVER 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS. 

*   A ROSSVILLE WOMAN WAS CHARGED WITH MURDER IN THE STABBING DEATH OF HER BOYFRIEND, SATURDAY AFTERNOON.   THE WALKER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT IDENTIFIED THE SUSPECT AS 50 YEAR OLD PATRICIA ANN HARRISON.  
    RESPONDING TO THE CALL ON SATURDAY, DEPUTIES FOUND 63 YEAR OLD WILLIAM DRYMON OUTSIDE THE COUPLE’S ADDRESS… 1610-B WILSON ROAD… BLEEDING FROM A STAB WOUND.   DRYMON DIED OF HIS INJURY AT ERLANGER.  HE WAS REPORTEDLY STABBED IN THE CHEST WITH A STEAK KNIFE. 
    DEPUTIES STATED THAT THE FEMALE SUSPECT WAS HEAVILY INTOXICATED… AND SHERIFF STEVE WILSON ADDED THAT ALCOHOL APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR IN THE FATAL STABBING.  SHE WAS ARRESTED WITHOUT INCIDENT AT THE CRIME SCENE.

*   NORTHWEST GEORGIA COUNTIES ARE LOOKING TO A HIGHER PROPERTY TAX RATE FOR THE COMING YEAR.
    WQCH REPORTED LAST WEEK THAT DADE COUNTY’S PROPOSED TAX RATE IS 25.5 PERCENT HIGHER.
    CATOOSA COUNTY HAS NOW RELEASED A SPENDING PLAN… AND IT CALLS FOR AN 11-PERCENT TAX INCREASE FOR THE OPERATION OF COUNTY SERVICES.  THAT WOULD PROVIDE CATOOSA COUNTY WITH 1.1-MILLION DOLLARS MORE THAN THE CURRENT YEAR’S BUDGET.

*   THE LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PROGRAM WILL HAVE A PARENT MEETING THIS THURSDAY NIGHT, 6:15, AT THE SCHOOL CAFETERIA.

*   WALKER EMERGENCY SERVICES WILL HAVE A FREE COMMUNITY CPR CLASS THIS THURSDAY AT 6 PM, AT FIRE STATION ONE IN FRONT OF GEORGIA NORTHWESTERN.  A CERTIFICATION CARD UPON COMPLETION WILL COST $5.  REGISTER BY CALLING 706 539 1255, EXTENSION 113.

*   GEORGIA’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE CONTINUED IT’S SUMMERTIME CLIMB… UP FROM 7.4 PERCENT IN JUNE TO 7.8 PERCENT IN JULY.
    MEANWHILE, NEW CLAIMS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT WERE ALSO UP ALL ACROSS OUR NORTHWEST GEORGIA COUNTIES.
    HERE IN WALKER, NEW CLAIMS CLIMBED FROM 155 IN JUNE TO 536 IN JULY… UP BY 381 JOBLESS WORKERS.
    CATOOSA, CHATTOOGA, DADE AND WHITFIELD COUNTIES ALSO REPORTED HIGHER FIRST-TIME CLAIMS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT… USED OFTEN AS AN INDICATOR OF JOB LAYOFFS.
    STATE LABOR COMMISSIONER MARK BUTLER CONTINUES TO CLAIM THAT GEORGIA’S INCREASES IN UNEMPLOYMENT ARE “SEASONAL” TO THE SUMMER MONTHS… AND MOSTLY TEMPORARY.  HE SAID THE STATE’S UNEMPLOYMENT PICTURE CONTINUES TO SHOW POSITIVE SIGNS… PRIVATE EMPLOYERS CREATED 8,200 NEW JOBS IN GEORGIA, DURING THE MONTH OF JULY.

*   GENERAL ELECTRIC HAS CONFIRMED THAT THE CONGLOMERATE IS CONSIDERING THE SALE OF IT’S APPLIANCE DIVISION… WHICH WOULD INCLUDE THE ROPER PLANT IN LAFAYETTE.  THE STORY BROKE WHEN SWEDISH APPLIANCE MAKER ELECTROLUX REVEALED THAT THEY WERE IN DISCUSSIONS WITH GE TO BUY THEIR APPLIANCE ARM.  ELECTROLUX OWNS BRANDS INCLUDING FRIGIDAIRE, WESTINGHOUSE AND EUREKA.
    GE HAS SAID THE COMPANY PLANS TO SELL BUSINESSES WORTH AROUND 4-BILLION DOLLARS THIS YEAR.    THE COMPANY WANTS TO CONCENTRATE ON IT’S MORE HIGH-TECH MANUFACTURING… SUCH AS AIRCRAFT ENGINES AND MEDICAL IMAGING EQUIPMENT.
    SPOKESMAN SETH MARTIN SAID THIS WEEK:  “GE IS EVALUATING A WIDE RANGE OF STRATEGIC OPTIONS FOR OUR APPLIANCE BUSINESS, INCLUDING DISCUSSIONS WITH ELECTROLUX AND OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES”.
    THE ROPER PLANT MAKES MOST OF THE APPLIANCE DIVISION’S STOVES AND RANGES… AND EMPLOYS AROUND 1,200 PEOPLE IN LAFAYETTE.

*   THE WALKER COUNTY FAIR WELCOMES VENDORS FOR THE BIG EVENT… COMING TO MOUNTAIN COVE FARMS, SEPTEMBER 12-14.
    FOR INFORMATION AND VENDOR PACKETS, CALL JOAN FOWLER AT
423 443 5465.  THE DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 1st.

*   THE ANNUAL “STOCKING FULL OF LOVE” LABOR DAY CAR SHOW WILL BE HELD MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1st AT THE WALKER COUNTY CIVIC CENTER.  ENTER YOUR CAR OR TRUCK… OR JUST STOP BY FOR GREAT FOOD AND FUN.  REGISTRATION STARTS AT 8 AM… AND THERE’S ALSO A “SOCK HOP” ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 31st AT 7 PM.   PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE STOCKING FULL OF LOVE IN WALKER COUNTY.

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