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*   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.

*   LAFAYETTE POLICE MADE THREE “DISORDERLY CONDUCT” ARRESTS OVER THE PAST WEEK.
    TWO INTOXICATED WOMEN WERE ARRESTED AFTER ATTEMPTING TO ENTER A WOMAN’S APARTMENT AT YESTER OAKS, EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.  THE RESIDENT DID NOT KNOW THE INTRUDERS.  20 YEAR OLD MEKAYLA LEIGH DAVIDSON OF FLORIDA… AND 17 YEAR OLD KAITLYN NICOLE PARKER OF A CHATTANOOGA STREET ADDRESS IN LAFAYETTE, WERE CHARGED WITH DISORDERLY CONDUCT AND POSSESSION OF ALCOHOL BY A MINOR.
    AND ON SATURDAY NIGHT, POLICE WERE CALLED TO ASSIST AN INTOXICATED MAN AT ALPINE NUMBER 2 ON CHATTANOOGA STREET.   THERE, THEY FOUND 49 YEAR OLD RANDY LEE WALLIN LYING ON HIS BACK BESIDE THE DUMPSTER.  HE WAS CHARGED WITH DISORDERLY CONDUCT AND TAKEN TO THE WALKER COUNTY JAIL.  
    LAFAYETTE P.D. IS ALSO INVESTIGATING A CASE OF CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.  IT HAPPENED AT LUCKY POINTE APARTMENTS ON STANFIELD ROAD, LAST THURSDAY.   A RESIDENT THERE SAID SOMEONE CUT THE LEFT REAR TIRE ON HER CAR.   SHE HAD SEEN A SUSPICIOUS PERSON BESIDE HER CAR EARLIER… BUT TOLD POLICE SHE DOESN’T KNOW WHY SOMEONE WOULD HAVE DAMAGED HER VEHICLE. 

*   LAFAYETTE POLICE REPORT SEVERAL THEFT CASES OVER THE PAST WEEK:
    A 4-WHEELER WAS TAKEN FROM THE PORCH AT 905 BOMAR STREET.  THE 110 CC CAMO VEHICLE WAS VALUED AT $400.   THE PROPERTY OWNER GAVE POLICE THE DESCRIPTION OF A MAN WHO HAD ASKED “IF THE 4-WHEELER WAS FOR SALE”, A SHORT TIME BEFORE IT WENT MISSING.
    AT A BUSINESS ON WEST MCCARTER ROAD, TWO OFFICE MACHINES WERE TAKEN IN AN APPARENT BREAK IN.   THE OWNER OF BACKWOODS TRUCKING TOLD POLICE THAT A SCANNER AND MULTI-PURPOSE PRINTER ARE MISSING FROM THE OFFICE.    THE MACHINES WERE VALUED AT $700.   POLICE SAY THERE WAS NO SIGN OF FORCED ENTRY… SO IT’S A MYSTERY HOW THE ITEMS WERE TAKEN.
    AND IN AN ENTERING-AUTO CASE, THE OWNER SAID SOMEONE TOOK $75 IN CASH FROM A DODGE DURANGO, WHICH WAS PARKED AT A HOME ON PLEDGER STREET.   SO FAR, THERE ARE NO SUSPECTS.

*   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.

*   LAFAYETTE’S DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY REMINDS THE PUBLIC THAT THE TOWN’S FIRST “LITTLE FREE LIBRARY” IS NOW OPEN AT THE JOE STOCK PARK. 
    PATRONS CAN READ THE BOOKS AT THE PARK, OR TAKE THEM HOME.  THE BOOK SUPPLY WILL BE REPLENISHED BY THE LOCAL LIBRARY’S TEEN ADVISORY BOARD… AND UNITED WAY IS ALSO PROVIDING SOME TITLES FOR THE PROJECT. 
    THE PROJECT WAS FUNDED BY THE DDA BOARD… AND RANDY CUMBEE, OWNER OF DADDY AND ME VINTAGE IN LAFAYETTE, BUILT THE “LITTLE FREE LIBRARY BOX” AT NO CHARGE.   A SECOND LITTLE FREE LIBRARY WILL SOON BE OPEN AT THE MUNICIPAL PARK IN LAFAYETTE. 

*   THOSE DEEP POTHOLES IN THE CHICKAMAUGA BATTLEFIELD ROADWAYS WILL START TO DISAPPEAR, NEXT MONTH.  SECTIONS OF LAFAYETTE ROAD WILL BE CLOSED AT VARIOUS TIMES FOR THE REPAVING, FROM NOVEMBER - THROUGH JUNE OF NEXT YEAR.
    WORK WILL BEGIN AT THE NORTH END OF THE PARK… THEN PHASE TWO WILL BE THE MID SECTION… AND FINALLY, PHASE THREE WILL EXTEND TO SOUTHERN END OF THE ROAD SYSTEM. 
    THE WORK WILL ALSO INCLUDE BRIDGE RESTORATION PROJECTS AND REPLACEMENT OF THE TRAFFIC LIGHT AT MCFARLAND GAP ROAD.

*   PRIMARY HEALTHCARE CENTERS HAS OPENED A NEW OFFICE IN SUMMERVILLE… IN THE SAV-A-LOT SHOPPING CENTER.  IT’S OPEN TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY FROM 8 - 5.
     PRIMARY HEALTHCARE IS ALSO PLANNING A FUTURE CLINIC IN LAFAYETTE… ON THE CAMPUS OF GILBERT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL… AND IS CURRENTLY OPERATING CLINICS IN TRENTON, ROSSVILLE AND CEDARTOWN.  THE NON-PROFIT COMPANY IS HEADQUARTERED IN LAFAYETTE. 
     COST FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT IS BASED ON A SLIDING SCALE… AND MANY PATIENTS ARE SEEN FOR THE MINIMUM COST OF $25.  THEY ACCEPT INSURANCE AND MEDICARE/MEDICAID… AND TREAT PATIENTS WHO DON’T HAVE INSURANCE.

*   DRIVERS ARE REMINDED THAT THE DEER POPULATION IS “ON THE MOVE” THIS TIME OF YEAR… IT’S THEIR MATING SEASON, ALSO KNOWN AS “THE RUT”.
    GEORGIA’S DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES SAYS THE PEAK OF THE RUT IN WALKER COUNTY, IS THE FIRST WEEK OF NOVEMBER… SO WE’RE JUST DAYS AWAY.   DRIVE WITH CAUTION AS THE “RUT”… AND THE START OF THE DEER HUNTING SEASON… WILL SEE MORE OF THE ANIMALS CROSSING ROADWAYS.

*   GEORGIA’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FELL LAST MONTH, FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE APRIL.   THE JOBLESS FIGURE FOR SEPTEMBER WAS 7.9 PERCENT… DOWN BY 2-10ths OF A PERCENTAGE POINT.
    THE NATIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS A FULL 2 POINTS LOWER THAN THE PEACH STATE, AT 5.9 PERCENT.
    NUMBERS FOR NEW CLAIMS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT WERE ALSO RELEASED BY THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR.
    HERE IN WALKER COUNTY, THE NUMBER OF NEW CLAIMS WAS UP BY 161 WORKERS FROM AUGUST TO SEPTEMBER… INDICATING THAT LAYOFFS WERE A PROBLEM DURING THE PERIOD.
    THE NEW CLAIMS WERE STABLE IN CATOOSA, CHATTOOGA AND DADE COUNTIES.   IN WHITFIELD, NEW CLAIMS WERE DOWN BY OVER 500 WORKERS, IN SEPTEMBER. 

*   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 HAS ANNOUNCED THAT REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN 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.

*   PROGRESS IS EVIDENT AT THE CONSTRUCTION SITE OF THE NEW EXPANSION AT UNIQUE FABRICATING, IN NORTH LAFAYETTE.   CONCRETE PADS WERE BEING POURED LAST WEEK ON THE 9-MILLION DOLLAR ADDITION, WHICH IS SITUATED JUST ACROSS MCCARTER ROAD FROM UNIQUE’S EXISTING PLANT. 
    AND IN ANOTHER INDUSTRY PROJECT… DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY DIRECTOR LARRY BROOKS SAID THAT THE “GRADING PLAN” WAS APPROVED LAST WEEK FOR THE AUDIA INTERNATIONAL PROJECT IN THE NOBLE BUSINESS PARK.   HE SAID THE NEXT STEP IS EPD APPROVAL OF THE "DIRT DISTURBANCE" PLAN… THEN EARTH WORK CAN BEGIN TO PREPARE FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE PLANT ITSELF.   WEATHER PERMITTING, WORK ON THE FIRST BUILDING COULD BEGIN BY DECEMBER 1st.  
    AUDIA OFFICIALS TOLD BROOKS LAST WEEK THAT THE COMPANY IS NOW THE LARGEST PLASTICS SUPPLIER IN NORTH AMERICA.  THEY HAVE THE WALKER COUNTY PLANT ON A “FAST TRACK” TO MEET CUSTOMER DEMAND.

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