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*   SECOND BAPTIST CHURCH OF LAFAYETTE WILL OFFER FREE DENTAL SCREENINGS TO THE COMMUNITY THIS AFTERNOON.
    WALKER COUNTY RESIDENTS OVER AGE 10 ARE WELCOME TO COME FOR SCREENING FROM 2 UNTIL 5 PM.   APPOINTMENTS WILL THEN BE SCHEDULED FOR DENTAL HELP ON APRIL 27th THROUGH 29th.
    NO PHONE CALLS... BE IN LINE ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26th FROM 2 - 5… AT SECOND BAPTIST CHURCH, 500 WEST MAIN IN LAFAYETTE.

*   STUDENTS FROM GILBERT AND SADDLE RIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS COMPETED IN THE 2017 VEX WORLD ROBOTICS CHALLENGE IN LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY.
    THE “MECHA-MUSTANGS” FROM SADDLE RIDGE HAD THEIR BEST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR WITH THEIR FOUR HIGHEST SCORING RUNS TAKING PLACE AT THE VEX COMPETITION.
    THE GILBERT “GATOR-BYTES” MADE IT TO THE SEMI-FINALS BEFORE BEING ELIMINATED.
    BOTH LOCALS TEAMS WERE PAIRED WITH STUDENT TEAMS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE IN THE WORLD ROBOTICS COMPETITION.   A NUMBER OF LOCAL SPONSORS MADE THE TRIP POSSIBLE FOR BOTH TEAMS.

*   WALKER COUNTY HAS A NEW SMARTPHONE APP FOR SERVICE REQUESTS.  IT’S CALLED I-WORK, SPELLED I-W-O-R-Q… AVAILABLE ON ANDROID AND APPLE OPERATING SYSTEMS.  ONCE DOWNLOADED, ENTER THE CODE
W-A-L-ZERO-TWO, FOR WALKER COUNTY.
    ON THE APP, RESIDENTS CAN REPORT SAFETY ISSUES, CODE VIOLATIONS, POTENTIAL HAZARDS, POT HOLES, ANIMAL VIOLATIONS AND A HOST OF OTHER CONCERNS FOR COUNTY GOVERNMENT.
    IN ADDITION, THE APP GENERATES A WORK ORDER AND GIVES THE OPPORTUNITY TO WATCH THE PROGRESS AS IT GOES THROUGH THE SYSTEM TO RESOLUTION.  SEARCH FOR IT IN YOUR APP STORE.

*   WALKER COUNTY COMMISSIONER SHANNON WHITFIELD ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK THAT FIRE STATION-TWO AT FLINTSTONE WILL BE OPEN AND STAFFED AROUND THIS CLOCK, THIS JULY.
    90-PERCENT OF THE BUILDING RENOVATION WORK ON THE FIRE STATION HAS BEEN COMPLETED IN-HOUSE BY COUNTY EMPLOYEES.  EXISTING COUNTY FIRE STAFF WILL BE RE-POSITIONED TO SERVICE STATION TWO.
    THE COMMISSIONER MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT AT THIS WEEK’S WALKER COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LUNCHEON.

*   LIFEFORCE RESPONDED TO A TRACTOR ACCIDENT CALL IN THE HALLS VALLEY AREA OF CHATTOOGA COUNTY, TUESDAY EVENING.   THE INCIDENT REPORTEDLY INVOLVED A “TRACTOR ROLLOVER”… BUT THE CONDITION OF THE PERSON INVOLVED WAS NOT RELEASED.

*   NO INJURIES IN AN EARLY MORNING HOUSE FIRE IN LAFAYETTE.  THE LAFAYETTE FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THE BLAZE ON SHAW STREET JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT.  NO ONE WAS LIVING IN THE HOME AND NO POWER WAS CONNECTED.

*   LIFEFORCE WAS CALLED TO PICK UP A DRIVER INJURED IN A SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH ON HIGHWAY 151 AT CORINTH ROAD, MONDAY AFTERNOON.
    A SERVICE VAN LEFT THE ROAD AND HIT A TREE, CAUSING SERIOUS INJURIES TO THE DRIVER.  THE STATE PATROL IS INVESTIGATING.

*   LAFAYETTE’S ROPER PLANT WILL HAVE A JOB FAIR IN FORT OGLETHORPE, THIS FRIDAY APRIL 28th.  IT WILL BE HELD AT FORT OGLETHORPE CITY HALL
FROM 3 - 5 PM.   QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WILL BE SCHEDULED FOR INTERVIEWS AT A LATER DATE.

*   THE LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL KEY CLUB WILL PRESENT “NIGHT OF A THOUSAND STARS” ON SATURDAY, APRIL 29th IN THE SCHOOL AUDITORIUM.
    DOORS OPEN AT 7 PM, WITH BIDDING IN A SILENT AUCTION.  ENTERTAINMENT STARTS AT 7:30.   ADMISSION IS $5 FOR ADULTS AND $3 FOR 12 AND UNDER.
    PROCEEDS HELP KEY CLUB MEMBERS ATTEND THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION.

*   THE LAFAYETTE POST OFFICE WILL HOLD ANOTHER “PASSPORT FAIR” THIS SATURDAY AFTERNOON.
    PASSPORT PHOTOS WILL BE TAKEN AT THE EVENT FOR A $15 FEE.
    GET THE PASSPORT APPLICATION ONLINE, OR AT THE EVENT.
    YOU WILL ALSO NEED A CERTIFIED COPY OF YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE OR NATURALIZATION PAPERS… OR A PREVIOUS PASSPORT.
    HOURS ARE NOON UNTIL 2:30 PM THIS SATURDAY.   FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE PASSPORT FAIR AT THE LAFAYETTE POST OFFICE, CONTACT CINDY JACKSON AT 706 639 9072.

*   GEORGIA HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSES WILL BE GOING UP THIS YEAR, FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1992.
    THE HUNTING LICENSE WILL BE UP FROM $10 TO $15.  A STATE FISHING LICENSE WILL GO FROM $9 TO $15.
    THE INCREASE WILL GO TO HIRE 40 ADDITIONAL GAME WARDENS, ACCORDING TO THE STATE DNR.

*   PERMITS FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION SLOWED DURING FEBRUARY AND MARCH IN THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE.
    A NEW COMMERCIAL SHOP BUILDING WAS PERMITTED ON CLARK STREET, NEAR THE SOUTH MAIN DOLLAR GENERAL STORE.
    UNIQUE FABRICATING ADDED A NEW PARKING AREA ON WEST MCCARTER ROAD.
    THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE DID A 90-THOUSAND DOLLAR REMODEL OF CITY HALL.
    AND THE REST WERE PERMITS FOR REMODELING, ADDITIONS AND REPAIR OF FIRE DAMAGE.
    NO PERMITS FOR NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION WERE REQUESTED IN THE PAST TWO MONTHS.

*    “ARTRAGEOUS ANTICS” WILL BE HELD THIS SATURDAY, AT SADDLE RIDGE SCHOOL.  THE DAY FEATURES ARTWORK FROM WALKER COUNTY SCHOOL STUDENTS, MUSIC, DOOR PRIZES AND FREE MAKE-N-TAKE CRAFTS.  REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SOLD.  IT’S 10 AM UNTIL 2 PM THIS SATURDAY…“ARTRAGEOUS ANTICS” AT SADDLE RIDGE SCHOOL, ROCK SPRINGS.

*   ALL GOOD SCORES AGAIN LAST WEEK, IN LOCAL RESTAURANT AND KITCHEN INSPECTIONS.
    THE WALKER ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH OFFICE GAVE AN “A” TO WENDY’S IN LAFAYETTE, MCDONALD’S IN CHICKAMAUGA AND MAJESTIC MANOR IN ROCK SPRING.
    CJ’S IN LAFAYETTE, SCORED A “B”.

*   THE WALKER COUNTY CHAMBER WILL HOST A BUSINESS EXPO AT THE WALKER COUNTY CIVIC CENTER, THIS THURSDAY.
    VISIT BOOTHS STARTING AT 3 PM… THEN AN AFTER-HOURS EVENT WILL BE HELD UNTIL 7 PM.   ADMISSION IS FREE.

*   A FELONY “HOMICIDE BY VEHICLE” WARRANT HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR A DRIVER INVOLVED IN THE CHATTOOGA COUNTY WRECK THAT KILLED PASTOR LAVONNE HUMPHREY, EARLIER THIS MONTH.
    40 YEAR OLD BRANDON HEATH DRENNAN OF SUMMERVILLE IS ALSO ACCUSED OF DRIVING INTO ONCOMING TRAFFIC, DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE AND OTHER TRAFFIC CHARGES IN CONNECTION WITH THE FATAL CRASH.

*   A 48 YEAR OLD MAN WAS ARRESTED ON MAIN STREET IN LAFAYETTE, AFTER HARASSING HIS NEW BRIDE, THURSDAY EVENING.
    THE COUPLE HAD GOTTEN MARRIED IN RINGGOLD AND WERE HONEYMOONING AT THE MORGAN MOTEL. 
    A MOTORIST CALLED 9-1-1 AFTER THE MAN WAS SEEN PUSHING THE WOMAN, IN FRONT OF THE MARSH HOUSE.  THE MAN TOLD POLICE THAT HIS NEW WIFE HAD THREATENED TO LEAVE HIM… AND HE WAS TRYING TO KEEP THAT FROM HAPPENING.  THE REPORT STATES THAT THE MAN STOOD IN FRONT OF THE WOMAN WITH HIS HANDS OUT, TO KEEP HER FROM WALKING AWAY.  NEITHER HAD AN I.D.
    MICHAEL SCOTT MANNING WAS CHARGED WITH DISORDERLY CONDUCT… AND THE WOMAN WAS GIVEN A COURTESY RIDE TO WALMART TO MEET HER MOTHER.

  HUNTERS FOUND A DECOMPOSED BODY ON LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN SATURDAY, ACCORDING TO THE WALKER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE.
    THE FEMALE HAS NOT BEEN IDENTIFIED… AND WALKER COUNTY HAD NO MATCHING MISSING PERSON REPORTS.  CAUSE OF DEATH HAS NOT BEEN DETERMINED.
    SHERIFF STEVE WILSON SAID THE GBI HAS BEEN CALLED INTO THE INVESTIGATION.   LAST MONTH, A VEHICLE WAS FOUND ABANDONED ON PRIVATE PROPERTY CLOSE TO THE BODY’S LOCATION… AND THE PROPERTY OWNER HAD IT TOWED.
    A PRESS RELEASE SAYS THE BODY HAD BEEN THERE FOR AN ESTIMATED FOUR WEEKS.   THE REMOTE LOCATION IS NEAR HIGH ROAD IN THE CLOUDLAND AREA.

*   LAFAYETTE HIGH HAS ANNOUNCED THIS YEAR’S CANDIDATES FOR MISTER AND MISS LHS
    FOR MISS LHS, THE NOMINEES ARE:
TIMERRA BELL
JULIA YEAROUT
KACIE JOHNSON-COOK
MONTANA ALDRIDGE
MCKINLEY LANGFORD
AND ANNIE CARTER
    FOR MISTER LHS, NOMINEES ARE:
MATTHEW INGRAM
JOHNNY JOHNSON
COLE INGRAM
LATAVIOUS MCLINIC
CALEB TRAMMELL
AND LATRAIL MCCLINIC
    JUNIOR MARSHALLS FOR THE 2017 HONORS DAY PROGRAM ARE:
BRYCE MARTIN-WHITE
JOSEPH CUROLE
LAUREN PIKE
AND RYLEE HENDERSON

*   CORINTH BAPTIST CHURCH WILL HAVE THE ANNUAL CAR, TRUCK AND MOTORCYCLE SHOW THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 29th.  IT’S A CRUISE-IN WITH DOOR PRIZES AND FOOD CONCESSIONS.   AWARDS WILL BE GIVEN FOR PASTOR’S CHOICE AND KID’S CHOICE… AND PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE CHURCH.   HOURS 9 AM - 1 PM ON THE 29th… AT CORINTH BAPTIST, 2524 CORINTH ROAD.

*   THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE IS ORGANIZING A CRUISE-IN DURING THE UPCOMING HONEYBEE FESTIVAL… ON SATURDAY, JUNE 3rd.
    THOSE WITH A CAR, TRUCK, MOTORCYCLE OR ANTIQUE TRACTOR THAT WOULD LIKE TO HAVE IT IN THE SHOW MAY CALL THE LAFAYETTE RECREATION DEPARTMENT AT 706 639 1590.

*   CAMP NEW DAWN’S 5th ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT WILL BE HELD AT THE LAFAYETTE COURSE THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 29th.   LUNCH AT NOON WITH A SHOTGUN START AT 1 PM.   CASH PRIZES FOR TOP TEAMS.  CALL TO SIGN UP, 706 539 2235.

*   A FEDERAL JUDGE SIGNED-OFF ON THE VOLKWAGEN DIESEL EMISSIONS SCANDAL FRIDAY, ORDERING THE CAR MAKER TO PAY 2.8-BILLION IN A CRIMINAL PENALTY.   THAT BRINGS THE TOTAL RULING TO AROUND 30-BILLION THE COMPANY WILL INCUR, INCLUDING THE BUY-BACK OF ALMOST HALF-A-MILLION CARS.   
    THAT “BUY BACK” OF DIESEL CARS IS NOW IMPACTING WALKER COUNTY… WHERE VOLKSWAGEN IS “PARKING” HUNDREDS OF DIESEL VEHICLES UNTIL THEY CAN BE REFITTED FOR LEGAL EMISSIONS.   THE CARS ARE BEING STORED AT THE FORMER BLUEBIRD PLANT IN LAFAYETTE…. AND JUST ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK… HUNDREDS MORE WILL BE STORED AT THE FORMER BARWICK ARCHER PLANT IN KENSINGTON.

*   NEW CLAIMS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS SHOT UP BY OVER 450-PERCENT IN WALKER COUNTY, FROM FEBRUARY TO MARCH.  AT 790 NEW CLAIMS, THE MARCH FIGURE WAS 648 MORE THAN CLAIMS MADE THE PREVIOUS MONTH.
    WHITFIELD COUNTY’S NEW CLAIMS ROSE BY 257… CATOOSA, UP BY 70… AND CHATTOOGA COUNTY, UP BY 35 OVER THE MONTH.
    NO DETAILS WERE RELEASED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ON WHY NEW CLAIMS WERE UP SO DRAMATICALLY IN WALKER COUNTY.  SEVERAL AREA INDUSTRIES WERE HIRING CONTINUOUSLY THROUGH THE PERIOD.
    MEANWHILE, THE STATEWIDE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR GEORGIA FELL TO THE LOWEST LEVEL SINCE THE RECESSION BEGAN IN 2007… NOW AT 5.1 PERCENT.   THE MARCH RATE WAS DOWN 2-10ths OF A POINT FROM FEBRUARY.

*   THE 29th ANNUAL WQCH RADIOTHON AND GOSPEL SING FOR ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL IS THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 29th.
    WE’LL BE ON THE AIR LIVE WITH HOST TIMMY BARRETT AND LOCAL CHURCH GROUPS… ASKING LISTENERS TO CALL WITH A PLEDGE TO SUPPORT THE KIDS OF ST. JUDE.
    BE LISTENING ON SATURDAY THE 29th FROM 8 AM UNTIL NOON… ON WQCH, AM-1590.

*   UNIQUE FABRICATING IS PLANNING AN EXPANSION OF THEIR MANUFACTURING FOOTPRINT IN LAFAYETTE… AND THEY’RE CONSIDERING A LOCATION “NEXT DOOR”.
    WALKER COUNTY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY DIRECTOR LARRY BROOKS SAID A DEAL IS IN THE WORKS TO BUILD UNIQUE’S NEW EXPANSION ON THE PROPERTY OF THE FORMER QUALITY CARPET CUSHION PLANT… WHICH IS CLOSE TO THE CURRENT LOCATION ON MCCARTER ROAD.
    BROOKS SAID THAT QUALITY CARPET OWNER TIM TOOLE HAS BEEN OFFERED A TAX ABATEMENT BY THE AUTHORITY, TO BUILD A 120-THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT PLANT OF THE SITE OF HIS FORMER BUSINESS.   THE OLD QUALITY CARPET BUILDING WAS RECENTLY DEMOLISHED FOLLOWING EXTENSIVE DAMAGE FROM A FIRE SOME YEARS AGO.
    TOOLE PLANS TO LEASE THE NEW MANUFACTURING SPACE TO UNIQUE.   BROOKS SAID UNIQUE WILL BE ADDING MORE PRESSES TO MEET DEMAND FOR THEIR MAJOR PRODUCT:   MOLDED PLASTIC PARTS FOR THE AUTO INDUSTRY.

*   LAFAYETTE’S DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY IS BRINGING BACK THE POPULAR “MOVIES IN THE PARK” AT JOE STOCK PARK, STARTING NEXT MONTH.
    ON MAY 13th, “FINDING DORY” WILL BE SHOWN IN THE OUTDOOR VENUE…
    ON JUNE 10th, IT’S “THE JUNGLE BOOK”…
    ON AUGUST 12th, THE MOVIE IS “SECRET LIFE OF PETS”…
    ON SEPTEMBER 9th, “SING” IS THE MOVIE…
    AND ON OCTOBER 14th, THE SEASON WITH WRAP UP WITH “CASPER”.
    MOVIES ARE PRESENTED FREE BY THE DDA… AND CONCESSIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE.   THE MAY FEATURE WILL START AT 8:30 PM ON THE 13th.

*   LAFAYETTE IS A STEP CLOSER TO SEEING A NEW HEALTHCARE FACILITY IN THE MEDICAL PARK ON EAST VILLANOW STREET.   THE CITY COUNCIL APPROVED THE SALE OF THE FORMER HUTCHESON CLINIC TO THE LAFAYETTE DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THE DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY) AT MONDAY’S COUNCIL MEETING.   THE AUTHORITY, IN TURN, WILL BORROW MONEY TO PURCHASE THE BUILDINGS AND WILL LEASE THEM TO MEMORIAL FOR A SEVEN YEAR TERM. 
    CITY MANAGER DAVID HAMILTON SAID MEMORIAL PLANS TO OPEN THE OPERATION IN PHASES… AND WILL PROVIDE SOME WEEKEND HOURS OF OPERATION THAT ARE NOT CURRENTLY COVERED BY OTHER MEDICAL PROVIDERS HERE.
    CITY ATTORNEY RON WOMACK SAID THE DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY HAS THE ABILITY TO BORROW FROM LOCAL BANKS TO PAY FOR THE VENTURE… THEN REPAY THE LOAN WITH LEASE REVENUES FROM MEMORIAL.  AT THE END OF THE SEVEN YEAR TERM, THE PAID-FOR MEDICAL CENTER WILL REVERT TO CITY OF LAFAYETTE OWNERSHIP.
    LAFAYETTE HAS BEEN WITHOUT AFTER-HOURS HEALTH CARE SINCE HUTCHESON CLOSED THE FACILITY IN THE SUMMER OF 2015.
    IN OTHER BUSINESS, A REVIEW OF THE CITY AUDIT SHOWS LAFAYETTE IS IN GOOD FINANCIAL SHAPE.   THE CITY MANAGER REPORTED FISCAL 2016 ENDED WITH AN INCREASE IN ASSETS OF OVER 750-THOUSAND DOLLARS, COMPARED TO THE PREVIOUS YEAR.
    THERE WAS BIG GROWTH IN THE SALE OF ELECTRICITY… AND THE LAFAYETTE ELECTRIC DEPARTMENT NOW HAS TO BUY MORE CAPACITY ON THE OPEN MARKET TO MEET INCREASED DEMANDS.  THE WATER DEPARTMENT WAS ALSO PROFITABLE… EVEN THOUGH THE DROUGHT CAUSED THE CITY TO PURCHASE A GREAT DEAL MORE WATER FROM THE WALKER COUNTY SYSTEM, AT HIGHER COST.
    THEN, THERE WERE THE USUAL MONEY-LOSERS:  THE GOLF COURSE LOST 287-THOUSAND IN 2016… WHILE THE AIRPORT LOST 153-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

*   WALKER COUNTY WILL HOLD SPRING RABIES CLINICS FOR PETS AT SEVERAL LOCATIONS ON SATURDAYS… APRIL 29th AND MAY 6th.
    ON THE 29th… GET PETS VACCINATED AT ROCK SPRING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FROM 1 - 2 PM…
    EAST BROOMTOWN ROAD FIRE HALL FROM 3 - 4…
    AND AT GILBERT ELEMENTARY FROM 4:30 - 5:30 PM.
    ON MAY 6th… IT’S CHATTANOOGA VALLEY ELEMENTARY FROM 1 - 2 PM…
    OAKWOOD BAPTIST CHURCH FROM 3 - 4…
    AND NAOMI ELEMENTARY FROM 5 - 6 PM.
    COST IS $15, CASH ONLY.   IT’S SPONSORED BY THE EXTENSION SERVICE AND LOCAL VETERINARIANS.

*   BICYCLE RIDERS… PUT MAY 13th ON THE CALENDAR.  THAT’S THE DATE FOR THE INAUGURAL “HONEYBEE BICYCLE RIDE” IN LAFAYETTE AND WALKER COUNTY.
    SCENIC ROUTES OF 10 TO 63 MILES WILL BE AVAILABLE… ALL BEGINNING AND ENDING AT THE LAFAYETTE REC DEPARTMENT OFF SOUTH MAIN.
    THE LONGEST RIDE GOES FROM LAFAYETTE THROUGH CHICKAMAUGA AND ROCK CITY’S BLOWING SPRINGS FARM.
    PROCEEDS FROM THE BIKE RIDE WILL BE USED TO LOWER REGISTRATION FEES FOR YOUTH IN LOCAL REC PROGRAMS… ALLOWING MORE KIDS TO AFFORD PLAYING BASEBALL, SOCCER AND OTHER SPORTS.
    REGISTER ONLINE AT $40… THE WEB ADDRESS IS
WWW.BIKEREG.COM/HONEYBEEMETRIC  

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