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*   THE BARWICK FIRE CLEAN-UP HAS MISSED ANOTHER DEADLINE… BUT IS STILL ON-TRACK.  THE EPA CONTACT, DAVID ANDREWS, HAD TOLD WQCH THAT WORK ON THE PROJECT WOULD BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER…
    BUT THIS WEEK, HE SAID SOME WORK WILL PROBABLY BEGIN NEXT WEEK… THE FIRST WEEK OF OCTOBER.  SPECIFICALLY, ANDREWS SAID THAT IF ALL THE PAPERWORK IS COMPLETED ON TIME, REMOVAL OF THE WATER USED IN FIRE-FIGHTING WILL BE TRUCKED-AWAY FROM THE SITE IN LAFAYETTE… AND FROM STORAGE AT THE OLD ARCHER PLANT IN KENSINGTON.  THE CONTAMINATED WATER WILL BE SHIPPED TO THE ATLANTA AREA FOR TREATMENT.
    “THAT’S THE EASY PART”, ANDREWS SAID.   “THE DEMOLITION WILL COME LATER… AFTER THE WATER HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THE SITE”.
    ABOUT A QUARTER OF THE FORMER CARPET PLANT WENT UP IN FLAMES LAST NOVEMBER.  EPA HAS FULLY APPROVED THE OWNER’S PLANS FOR THE CLEAN-UP AND DEMOLITION.

*   WALKER AND CATOOSA COUNTIES HAVE SLIPPED INTO THE VERY HIGHEST CATEGORY OF DROUGHT, ACCORDING TO THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR.
    THIS WEEK, WALKER AND CATOOSA COUNTIES MOVED FROM EXTREME TO EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT CONDITIONS.   CHATTOOGA COUNTY REMAINS IN THE EXTREME DROUGHT AREA.

*   WHILE THE CHATTANOOGA AIRPORT'S OFFICIAL RAINFALL TOTALS 14-INCHES BELOW NORMAL... HERE AT WQCH, WE'RE OVER 16-INCHES BEHIND NORMAL RAINFALL, YEAR TO DATE.
    SEPTEMBER WAS ANOTHER DRY MONTH AT 3 1/4 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.
    NOW AT THE END OF THE MONTH, WE'RE 16.16 INCHES BELOW NORMAL FOR THE DATE.  AND WE'RE MOVING INTO OCTOBER, WHICH IS TRADITIONALLY OUR DRIEST MONTH OF THE YEAR.

*   THE GOVERNOR’S TASK FORCE HELICOPTER HELPED THE LOCAL DRUG TASK FORCE FIND A MARIJUANA PATCH NEAR NAOMI, THURSDAY.
    A SEARCH WARRANT REVEALED THREE POT PLANTS GROWING OUTSIDE AND MORE MARIJUANA INSIDE THE HOME OF 62 YEAR OLD MICHAEL WAYNE DALLAS… ON DUNWOODY ROAD.
    TASK FORCE COMMANDER PAT DOYLE SAID THE LOCAL DROUGHT HAS BEEN AS TOUGH ON MARIJUANA GROWERS AS ON LEGITIMATE FARMERS, THIS YEAR.

*   WALKER FIRE AND RESCUE PUT OUT A HOUSE FIRE JUST SOUTH OF CHICKAMAUGA, EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING.   THE CALL TO ORCHARD GRASS LANE CAME JUST AFTER 5 PM.  
    NO ONE WAS AT HOME AND THERE WERE NO INJURIES REPORTED.  CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDETERMINED.

*   THE ANNUAL SUMMER “BURN BAN” WILL END THIS SATURDAY, OCT. 1st IN WALKER COUNTY.
    OUTDOOR BURNING OF LEAVES AND YARD DEBRIS WILL BE PERMITTED… BUT BE SURE TO GET A BURN PERMIT FROM THE FORESTRY SERVICE, DUE TO THE EXTREME DROUGHT CONDITIONS IN THE AREA.
    BURNING OF HOUSEHOLD GARBAGE IS PROHIBITED, YEAR-ROUND.
    THE SUMMER BURN-BAN IMPROVES AIR QUALITY IN THE CHATTANOOGA REGION, DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS.

*   LAFAYETTE POLICE REPORT A TRUCK WAS STOLEN FROM A RESIDENCE ON HENDERSON STREET EARLY TUESDAY MORNING.
    A NEIGHBOR SAID HE WAS WALKING HIS DOG AT 5 AM, AND TERRY SHROPSHIRE’S TRUCK WAS IN HIS DRIVEWAY.   30 MINUTES LATER, THE MAN NOTICED A BICYCLE LAYING NEAR HIS MAILBOX… AND SAW THAT THE TRUCK WAS GONE AT THAT TIME.
    SHROPSHIRE SAID HE HAD LEFT THE KEYS UNDER THE FLOOR MAT IN THE VEHICLE.   HIS GIRLFRIEND’S CAR IN THE DRIVEWAY HAD ALSO BEEN ENTERED.  THE BICYCLE WAS RETAINED AS EVIDENCE IN THE CASE.
    POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR THE STOLEN VEHICLE… A GRAY 2006 CHEVY AVALANCHE PICKUP… GEORGIA TAG PQK 6371.
    OTHER ENTERING AUTO CASES HAVE BEEN REPORTED IN LAFAYETTE THIS WEEK… ONE ON HALE STREET… TWO ON THIRD AVENUE AND ONE ON HENDERSON STREET.   IT WAS MOSTLY CASH AND PRESCRIPTION PILLS REPORTED MISSING.
    A RASH OF SIMILAR AUTO-ENTRY CASES WAS REPORTED LAST WEEK ON THREE DIFFERENT STREETS IN WEST LAFAYETTE, ACCORDING TO POLICE.  THEY ADVISE THE PUBLIC TO KEEP CAR DOORS LOCKED AT ALL TIMES.

*   RAMBLER NATION “HIT’S THE ROAD” TO NORTHWEST WHITFIELD FOR A REGION CONTEST FRIDAY NIGHT AT 7:30.
    IN OTHER GAMES THIS WEEK, GORDON LEE PLAYS HOST TO BOWDON…
    TRION HAS A HOME GAME AGAINST CHRISTIAN HERITAGE…
    AND RIDGELAND HAS THE NIGHT OFF.

*   LAFAYETTE’S ROPER PLANT WILL BE TAKING APPLICATIONS FRIDAY AFTERNOON AT THE BANK OF LAFAYETTE COMMUNITY ROOM.  HOURS ARE 2 - 4 PM.

*   AN EMPTY HOUSE ON PROBASCO STREET WAS DESTROYED BY FIRE EARLY TUESDAY MORNING… AND ARSON IS SUSPECTED.
    LAFAYETTE POLICE SAY A NEIGHBORHOOD WITNESS REPORTED SEEING A MALE SUBJECT START THE FIRE AND THEN RUN INTO THE WOODS.
    THE HOUSE AT 911 PROBASCO HAD BEEN EMPTY FOR SOME TIME AND HAD NO ELECTRICITY CONNECTED.  IT WAS A TOTAL LOSS.  NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.

*   TEAMS FROM THE LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL FUTURE FARMERS CHAPTER BOTH TOOK FIRST PLACE IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL NATURAL RESOURCES COMPETITION AT CASS HIGH SCHOOL, THIS WEEK.
    THE LAFAYETTE FFA JUNIOR TEAM BEAT 12 OTHER TEAMS… AND THE LOCAL SENIOR TEAM OUTSCORED 11 OTHERS FROM NORTHWEST GEORGIA.
    LAFAYETTE HIGH FFA HAS NOW EARNED A CHANCE TO COMPETE AT THE STATE LEVEL IN DECEMBER… AT ABRAHAM BALDWIN AG COLLEGE IN TIFTON…. CONGRATULATIONS.

*   FIVE CANDIDATES FOR AN OPENING-SPOT AS JUDGE OF THE LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN SUPERIOR COURT WILL MEET FOR INTERVIEWS BEFORE THE JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION, IN ATLANTA.  THAT BODY WILL SEND A “SHORT LIST” OF CANDIDATES TO THE GOVERNOR, FOR HIS NOMINATION.
    THEY ARE REPLACING JUDGE JON “BO” WOOD, WHO IS STEPPING DOWN THIS WEEK AS THE CHIEF JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT…. WHICH INCLUDES WALKER, DADE, CATOOSA AND CHATTOOGA COUNTIES.
    THOSE SEEKING THE JOB INCLUDE DISTRICT ATTORNEY BUZ FRANKLIN… AND ATTORNEYS DAVID DUNN, KEITH EDWARDS, MICHAEL GIGLIO AND DON THOMPSON.

*   SATURDAY IS “HERITAGE DAY” AT THE MARSH HOUSE AND CHATTOOGA ACADEMY IN LAFAYETTE.   EVENTS INCLUDE TOURS OF THE HISTORIC BUILDINGS… LIVE MUSIC… FOODS AND CRAFT VENDORS… HISTORY DISPLAYS… INFLATABLES… A CORN HOLE TOURNAMENT AND MORE.  HOURS ARE 9-5.

*   THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE WANTS TO GET A “GROUP PICTURE” BEFORE THE “HERITAGE DAY EVENT” THIS SATURDAY MORNING.
    EVERYONE IN THE QUEEN CITY IS INVITED TO BE ON THE SQUARE DOWNTOWN FOR THE PICTURE-TAKING AT 10 AM.   THE SQUARE AND NORTH MAIN UP TO JOE STOCK PARK WILL BE CLOSED TO THROUGH-TRAFFIC AT TIMES, SATURDAY MORNING.  TRAFFIC ON THE SQUARE WILL STOP AT 9:30 AM FOR THE PICTURE-TAKING EVENT. 
    FOLLOWING THE PICTURE… THERE WILL BE A “WALKING PARADE” FROM THE SQUARE UP TO JOE STOCK PARK, WHERE “HERITAGE DAY” BEGINS.  THE BLOCKS UP TO THE MARSH HOUSE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 10:30 AND 11 AM, FOR THE WALKING PARADE.
    THE CITY WILL ALSO PRESENT A “MOVIE IN THE PARK”, THIS SATURDAY EVENING.   THEY’LL BE SHOWING “GOOSEBUMPS”, STARTING AT SUNDOWN AT THE JOE STOCK PARK.

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LAFAYETTE’S GOLF COURSE TEACHING PRO HAS A NEW JOB… EDDIE JACKSON IS NOW HEAD COACH OF THE GEORGIA NORTHWESTERN GOLF PROGRAM.
    JACKSON REPLACES JARED WILLERSON, THE SCHOOL’S FIRST GOLF COACH, WHO STEPPED DOWN FOLLOWING THE NATIONAL TOURNAMENT IN JUNE.
    “I’M VERY EXCITED”, JACKSON SAID.  “THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I’VE EVER DONE ANYTHING OTHER THAN RUN GOLF COURSES AND GIVE LESSONS - BUT IT KIND OF TIES INTO MY PROFESSION”
    HE SPENT 21 YEARS AS A TEACHING PRO IN ALABAMA, BEFORE RETURNING TO LAFAYETTE 11 YEARS AGO.
    GEORGIA NORTHWESTERN ATHLETIC DIRECTOR DAVID STEPHENSON SAID “IT’S GREAT FOR US - NOT JUST TO GET SOMEONE OF EDDIE’S TEACHING BACKGROUND… BUT TO FIND SOMEONE WITH HIS CHARACTER”.

*   THE CEDAR GROVE SCHOOL REUNION WILL BE HELD THIS SATURDAY AT 3 PM, IN THE OLD SCHOOL CAFETERIA.   THE SCHOOL BUILDING NOW SERVES AS THE ANTIOCH BAPTIST ANNEX.
    THE ADDRESS IS 236 CROW GAP ROAD IN CEDAR GROVE.  ANYONE WHO ATTENDED THE OLD SCHOOL IS WELCOME… BRING A DISH TO SHARE AND PHOTOS.

*   THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR WILL HELP AN EMPLOYMENT AGENCY FIND 50 EMPLOYEES FOR THREE WALKER COUNTY BUSINESSES, ON OCTOBER 12th.
    IT WILL BE HELD AT THE LAFAYETTE HOUSING AUTHORITY BUILDING AT 300 OAK STREET, FROM 9 AM UNTIL NOON THAT DAY.
    THE COMPANY IS RECRUITING ASSEMBLERS, OPERATORS, PACKERS AND PRODUCTION WORKERS FOR TWO BUSINESSES IN ROCK SPRING AND ONE IN LAFAYETTE.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE LAFAYETTE CAREER CENTER AT 706 638 5527.   
    AGAIN, THE RECRUITING WILL BE AT THE HOUSING AUTHORITY ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12th FROM 9 ’TIL NOON.

*   A CAMPBELL AVENUE RESIDENT WOKE LAST THURSDAY MORNING, TO FIND HER BOYFRIEND GONE… ALONG WITH HER CAR AND ITEMS TAKEN FROM HER POCKETBOOK.
    A “BE ON THE LOOKOUT” NOTICE HAS BEEN ISSUED ON THE STOLEN CAR… A GOLD 1997 MAZDA 626.   ALSO MISSING ARE THE VICTIM’S CASH, CREDIT CARDS, A PRESCRIPTION DRUG AND HOUSE KEYS.
    WARRANTS HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR 53 YEAR OLD DANNY RAY EDGEMAN, ON CHARGES OF THEFT BY TAKING AND FRAUDULENTLY OBTAINING A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE.

*   GEORGIA HAS A SALES TAX-FREE HOLIDAY ON ENERGY EFFICIENT APPLIANCES THIS WEEKEND.
    SEPT. 30th THROUGH OCT. 2nd… YOU CAN BUY A NUMBER OF ITEMS SALES TAX-FREE IN THE STATE… INCLUDING:
    ENERGY STAR QUALIFIED PRODUCTS WITH A PRICE OF $1,500 OR LESS… AND WATER-SENSE PRODUCTS OF $1,500 OR LESS.
    THESE MAY INCLUDE AIR CONDITIONERS, CEILING FANS, CLOTHES WASHERS, DISHWASHERS, REFRIGERATORS, WINDOWS AND DOORS AND HIGH EFFICIENCY TOILETS, FAUCETS AND SHOWERHEADS.
    THAT’S THIS FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY, FOR THE GEORGIA SALES TAX-FREE DAYS ON ENERGY EFFICIENT APPLIANCES.

*   SAMPLE BALLOTS HAVE BEEN RELEASED FOR THE UPCOMING NOVEMBER ELECTIONS IN WALKER COUNTY.
    MANY RACES HAVE NO OPPOSITION:  INCLUDING U.S. CONGRESSMAN TOM GRAVES, STATE SENATOR JEFF MULLIS, STATE REPRESENTATIVE STEVE TARVIN, STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOHN DEFFENBAUGH, DISTRICT ATTORNEY BUZZ FRANKLIN, PROBATE COURT JUDGE CHRISTY ANDERSON, CLERK OF COURT CARTER BROWN, SHERIFF STEVE WILSON, TAX COMMISSIONER CAROLYN WALKER, SURVEYOR CHARLES WARDLAW, CORONER DEWAYNE WILSON, CHIEF MAGISTRATE SHELIA THOMPSON, AND SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS KAREN STOKER AND PHYLLIS HUNTER.
    VOTES WILL START AT THE TOP… THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE… WITH CANDIDATES HILLARY CLINTON, DONALD TRUMP AND LIBERTARIAN GARY JOHNSON ON THE BALLOT.
    FOR U.S. SENATOR, JOHNNY ISAKSON THE INCUMBENT… ALONG WITH CHALLENGERS JIM BARKSDALE AND ALLEN BUCKLEY.
    PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSIONER, INCUMBENT TIM ECHOLS AND CHALLENGER ERIC HOEKING.
    FOR WALKER COUNTY COMMISSIONER, VOTERS WILL SELECT FROM THE INCUMBENT, BEBE HEISKELL… REPUBLICAN SHANNON WHITFIELD OR INDEPENDENT PERRY LAMB JR.
    AND FOR SCHOOL BOARD POST 4, THERE IS A RACE BETWEEN INCUMBENT REPUBLICAN DALE WILSON AND DEMOCRAT CHALLENGER VINCENT MURPHY.
    THERE ARE ALSO FOUR PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION FOR VOTERS TO DECIDE, ON THE NOVEMBER 8th GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT.

*   WALKER COUNTY’S INDUSTRIES ARE IN A “BOOM PHASE”, ACCORDING TO THE DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.
    LOCAL LEADERS TOURED THE AUDIA INTERNATIONAL PLANT AND UNIQUE FABRICATION IN LAFAYETTE LAST WEEK… AND BOTH HAD GOOD NEWS TO SHARE:
    UNIQUE IS EXPANDING, DUE TO NEW ORDERS FROM THE AUTOMOTIVE MANUFACTURING SECTOR.   THE DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY HAS SHOWED THEM FIVE AVAILABLE BUILDINGS IN THE COUNTY… AND THEY HAVE NARROWED THE LIST TO TWO, ACCORDING TO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LARRY BROOKS.  “UNIQUE HAS 200 EMPLOYEES NOW… AND WITH THE NEW PRODUCTION EXPANSION, THEY’RE LOOKING AT HIRING 100 MORE”, BROOKS SAID.
    AT THE AUDIA PLASTICS PLANT, AUTHORITY MEMBERS GOT TO SEE THREE PRODUCTION MACHINES NOW “UP AND RUNNING”… AND HEARD THE NEWS THAT THE PLANT HAS PLANS FOR UP TO ELEVEN PRODUCTION MACHINES TOTAL.   AUDIA HAS 60 EMPLOYEES… AND RECENTLY BROUGHT A LOCAL HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR ON-BOARD TO HIRE MORE.
    BROOKS SAID “ANOTHER LOCAL SUCCESS STORY IS UNITED SYNTHETICS, LOCATED JUST OUT OF LAFAYETTE ON HIGHWAY 193”.   THEIR PLANT IS NOW FILLED WITH PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT… AND THEY’VE RENTED THE FORMER CONSET BUILDING ON HILLSDALE ROAD AS A WAREHOUSE.   UNITED SYNTHETICS IS UP TO 65 EMPLOYEES, BROOKS SAID.  NISSIN BRAKE AT ROCK SPRING HAS ALSO BEEN HIRING RECENTLY. 
    BROOKS CONCLUDED, “EVERY LOCAL INDUSTRY WE’VE TALKED TO NOW HAS PLANS TO EXPAND AT SOME POINT IN THE NEAR FUTURE”.

*   EARLY VOTING STARTS ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 17th AT THE COURTHOUSE IN LAFAYETTE.
    ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29th, WALKER COUNTY’S SATELLITE LOCATIONS WILL OPEN FOR EARLY VOTING.
    AND ELECTION DAY THIS YEAR, IS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8th.  CONTACT THE ELECTIONS OFFICE IF YOU WANT A MAIL-IN BALLOT... 706 638 4349.


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