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*   THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE IS REACHING OUT TO THE WEST LAFAYETTE COMMUNITY WITH A “MEET AND GREET”, THURSDAY NIGHT AT SECOND BAPTIST CHURCH.
    COUNCIL MEMBERS FOR THE AREA, JUDY MEEKS AND CHRIS DAVIS WILL BE THERE… ALONG WITH THE POLICE AND FIRE CHIEFS, CITY MANAGER AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE CODES AND PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENTS.
    THERE WILL BE A DISCUSSION OF THE CITY’S PLANNED RE-DEVELOPMENT OF WEST LAFAYETTE… AND CITY OFFICIALS ARE LOOKING FOR CITIZEN SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO IMPROVE NEIGHBORHOODS AND FIGHT CRIME.
    THE MEETING STARTS AT 6 PM THURSDAY, IN THE GYM AT SECOND BAPTIST CHURCH, AT 500 WEST MAIN.

*   LAFAYETTE POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING AN APPARENT DOMESTIC CASE, IN WHICH A GUNSHOT WAS FIRED INTO A PARKED CAR.   FORTUNATELY, NO ONE WAS HURT.
    IT HAPPENED ON KING STREET IN THE LINWOOD AREA, MONDAY JUST AFTER NOON.
    POLICE CHIEF BENJI CLIFT SAID THE DEPARTMENT HAS TALKED TO A MALE “PERSON OF INTEREST” IN THE CASE, BUT NO ARREST HAS BEEN MADE.  THE CAR BELONGED TO A FAMILY MEMBER… AND INVESTIGATORS REMOVED A SINGLE .22 CALIBER BULLET FROM IT.
    THE CHIEF SAID HE DOES NOT BELIEVE THAT THE WOMAN INVOLVED IS IN ONGOING DANGER. 

*   A WALKER COUNTY TEACHER HAS BEEN ARRESTED A FOURTH TIME ON A CHARGE INVOLVING ALLEGED VIOLENCE AGAINST HIS EX-WIFE. 
    48 YEAR OLD ROBERT SAM FORESTER WAS REMOVED FROM HIS LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL CLASSROOM BY SUPERINTENDENT DAMON RAINES AFTER A PREVIOUS ARREST.  HE WAS ALSO RELIEVED OF DUTIES AS AN ASSISTANT FOOTBALL COACH IN THE JOB MOVE WITHIN THE SYSTEM.
    THE MOST RECENT ARREST HAPPENED MONDAY… AND EACH PARTY BLAMED THE OTHER FOR THE VIOLENCE.  THIS TIME, FORESTER WAS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT UNDER THE FAMILY VIOLENCE ACT.

*   A LOCAL MAN WAS ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES AFTER ALLEGEDLY THREATENING A WEST WITHERS STREET WOMAN AT HER HOME.
    THE SUSPECT WAS OUTSIDE THE RESIDENCE WHEN POLICE ARRIVED MONDAY MORNING.   INSIDE, THE FEMALE RESIDENT TOLD THEM HE HAD BEEN HARASSING HER FOR SEVERAL DAYS.   SHE SAID HE ATTEMPTED TO FORCE HIS WAY INTO THE APARTMENT AND THREW A BOX INSIDE, WHICH LEFT BROKEN GLASS ON THE FLOOR.   THE GLASS HAD METH RESIDUE, ACCORDING TO POLICE.  SHE ALSO SAID HE VERBALLY THREATENED HER.
    50 YEAR OLD STACEY LEE WALLIN WAS BELIEVED TO BE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF METH WHEN ARRESTED.   HE WAS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF METH, CRIMINAL TRESPASS AND SIMPLE ASSAULT.

*   LAFAYETTE POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING TWO CASES OF STOLEN VEHICLES IN THE PAST WEEK…
    THE FIRST HAPPENED LAST WEDNESDAY NIGHT ON DARVIN LANE.  THE OWNER OF THE FORD RANGER PICKUP WAS NOT AWARE THAT HIS VEHICLE HAD BEEN STOLEN, UNTIL POLICE NOTIFIED HIM THAT THE VEHICLE HAD BEEN RECOVERED IN CHICKAMAUGA.
    THE SECOND CASE HAPPENED ON OAK HILL DRIVE ON SUNDAY NIGHT.  THE OWNER REPORTED A HONDA RIDGELINE HAD BEEN STOLEN.   LATER IN THE DAY, THE WALKER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE LOCATED THE VEHICLE OFF TAYLOR BROOME ROAD.
    BOTH VEHICLES WERE RETURNED TO THE OWNERS.  NO ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE.

*   THE WALKER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HAS ISSUED A LOOKOUT FOR A MOTORCYCLE STOLEN FROM HIGHWAY 136 EAST AT CORINTH ROAD, LAFAYETTE, ON OCTOBER 5th.
    IT’S A HARLEY “FAT BOY” MOTORCYCLE IN GREEN, WITH GEORGIA TAG NUMBER TEH 473.  IT HAS SOLID METAL WHEELS.
    INFORMATION MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE, EXTENSION 1262.

*   THE CENTER POST COMMUNITY CENTER WILL HAVE A NIGHT OF MUSIC THIS SATURDAY, WITH TWO BANDS ON STAGE.   IT STARTS AT 7 PM.   ADMISSION IS FREE AND CONCESSIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE.  THE CENTER IS ON HIGHWAY 337 AT CENTER POST.

*   THE LOCAL VIETNAM VETERANS ALLIANCE HAS A “TURKEY SHOOT” SCHEDULED THIS SATURDAY ON VETERAN’S DRIVE OFF HOMER CAGLE ROAD.   IT STARTS AT 10 AM.   BRING A 12 OR 20 GUAGE SHOTGUN… SHELLS WILL BE FURNISHED.

*   PREMIUM TICKETS ARE MOSTLY SOLD-OUT FOR THE “WINGS OVER NORTH GEORGIA AIR SHOW” THIS WEEKEND IN ROME… BUT GENERAL ADMISSION IS STILL AVAILABLE.
    THE U.S. NAVY’S “BLUE ANGELS” WILL HEADLINE THE AIR SHOW, AT RICHARD B. RUSSELL AIRPORT IN ROME, THIS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.

*   HELEN GAMBLE WAS NAMED THE WALKER COUNTY CHAMBER’S “CITIZEN OF THE YEAR” AT SATURDAY’S ANNUAL GALA.
    HELEN WORKED AS A HOME ECONOMIST FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE FROM 1975 THROUGH 1999.  IN ADDITION TO VOLUNTEERING AT HER CHURCH, SHE HAS HELD LEADERSHIP ROLES IN THE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION, BETA SIGMA PHI, THE LAFAYETTE WOMAN’S CLUB, THE ROTARY CLUB OF LAFAYETTE AND EPSILON SIGMA PI.  SHE ALSO MANAGES A FAMILY FARM AND HAS RECEIVED PRIZES FOR HAY PRODUCTION.
    HELEN GAMBLE… THE 2017 WALKER COUNTY CITIZEN OF THE YEAR.

*    IT’S LOOKING MORE CERTAIN THAT LAFAYETTE’S UNIQUE FABRICATING WILL EXPAND INTO A NEW INDUSTRIAL BUILDING UNDER CONSTRUCTION ON MCCARTER ROAD.
    WALKER DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY DIRECTOR LARRY BROOKS SAID THEY HAVE EXTENDED OFFERS OF TAX ABATEMENTS TO BOTH THE BUILDING’S OWNER, TIM TOOLE… AND TO UNIQUE, IF THEY AGREE TO LEASE THE BUILDING FOR A 10 YEAR TERM.  UNIQUE MAKES PARTS FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY.
    THE 114-THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT BUILDING IS BEING CONSTRUCTED ON THE “FOOTPRINT” OF THE FORMER QUALITY CARPET CUSHION PLANT, WHICH WAS DESTROYED BY FIRE.
    IN ANOTHER NOTE ON LOCAL DEVELOPMENT… BROOKS SAID THAT AUDIA PLASTICS IN NOW HIRING TO START A NEW PRODUCTION LINE IN THEIR PLANT, LOCATED AT THE NOBLE INDUSTRIAL PARK.

*   THE FOUNDATION CREATED BY A FORMER CHICKAMAUGA MAYOR AND BUSINESSMAN HAS DONATED A MILLION DOLLARS TO THE NEW CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL.  THE FRANK P. PIERCE FOUNDATION IS HELPING BUILD PHASE-ONE OF THE NEW CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AT ERLANGER.
    REPRESENTATIVE STEVE TARVIN, WHO DIRECTS THE PIERCE FOUNDATION, SAID “BEING WITH MR. PIERCE DAILY OVER A 20 YEAR PERIOD, I MANY TIMES WITNESSED HIS COMPASSION FOR THOSE WHO COULD NOT HELP THEMSELVES”.

*   ADVANCE VOTING IS OPEN AT THE COURTHOUSE IN LAFAYETTE… ROOM 110.  
    WALKER COUNTY AND CITY OF LAFAYETTE VOTERS MAY CAST AN EARLY BALLOT THERE FROM MONDAY, OCTOBER 16th THROUGH FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd.   THE OFFICE IS OPEN WEEKDAYS FROM 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
    WALKER COUNTY VOTERS HAVE ONLY THE “T-SPLOST” QUESTION… WHICH REQUIRES A YES OR NO VOTE.
    FOR CITY OF LAFAYETTE VOTERS, THERE IS ONE CONTESTED CITY COUNCIL RACE BETWEEN INCUMBENT BEACHER GARMANY AND CHALLENGER VIC BURGESS.
    STARTING THE FINAL WEEK OF THE ADVANCE VOTING PERIOD, THE SATELLITE VOTING LOCATIONS WILL OPEN FOR THE COUNTY REFERENDUM… GEORGIA NORTHWESTERN AT ROCK SPRING, THE CHICKAMAUGA CIVIC CENTER, THE ROSSVILLE CIVIC CENTER AND LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN CITY HALL.   THE SATELLITE LOCATIONS WILL BE OPEN OCTOBER 30th THROUGH NOVEMBER 3rd… 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM.
    ELECTION DAY IS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7th.  ON THAT DAY IN LAFAYETTE… BOTH CITY AND COUNTY VOTERS WILL CAST THEIR BALLOT AT THE SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER ON SOUTH MAIN STREET.

*   WALKER COUNTY VOTERS WILL HAVE ONE ITEM… THE T-SPLOST… ON THE BALLOT THIS NOVEMBER 7th.... AND IN THE ADVANCE VOTING THAT IS NOW UNDERWAY.
    HERE’S THE WORDING YOU’LL SEE:  “SHALL A SPECIAL ONE PERCENT SALES AND USE TAX BE IMPOSED IN THE SPECIAL DISTRICT CONSISTING OF WALKER COUNTY FOR A PERIOD OF TIME NOT TO EXCEED FIVE YEARS AND FOR THE RAISING OF NOT MORE THAN AN ESTIMATED AMOUNT OF 25-MILLION DOLLARS FOR TRANSPORTATION PURPOSES?”
    AND THAT’S FOLLOWED ON THE BALLOT, BY A YES OR NO VOTE.
    ACCORDING TO COMMISSIONER SHANNON WHITFIELD… DUE TO A POOR FINANCIAL STATE THIS YEAR, WALKER COUNTY HAS NO FUNDS FOR ROAD PAVING AND OTHER TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS UNLESS VOTERS APPROVE THE T-SPLOST. 

*   WALKER COUNTY PROPERTY TAX BILLS ARE IN THE MAIL.  MANY HAVE BEEN ANTICIPATING THE TAX INCREASE DUE TO THE COUNTY’S POOR FINANCIAL CONDITION.   THE COMMISSIONER RAISED RATES BY 2 MILLS… THEN ADDED A NEW TAX TO ATTACK DEBT… AND FOR SOME, RAISED THE FEE FOR FIRE PROTECTION AS WELL.  AS ALWAYS, THE TAX PAYMENT IS DUE WITHOUT PENALTY, ON DECEMBER 20th.

*   THE LAFAYETTE AND CHICKAMAUGA SENIOR CITIZEN CENTERS WILL SPONSOR A PROM FOR SENIORS 60-PLUS… CALLED “A MAGICAL MASQUERADE BALL”.   THE EVENT WILL BE HELD AT THE WALKER COUNTY CIVIC CENTER ON NOVEMBER 3rd FROM 6 - 9 PM.
    TICKETS ARE $10 PER PERSON… AND MUST BE PURCHASED BY OCTOBER 27th.   DRESS IS SUNDAY BEST - FORMAL… OR WEAR YOUR MASQUERADE ATTIRE. 
    CALL THE SENIOR CENTER FOR TICKETS:   (706) 638 2163.

*     THE FEDERAL SENIOR EMPLOYMENT TRAINING PROGRAM WILL PAY SENIOR CITIZENS TO TRAIN FOR A NEW JOB.   APPLICANTS MUST BE 55 OR OLDER AND MEET MODERATE INCOME GUIDELINES.  POSITIONS ARE AVAILABLE IN WALKER COUNTY… CALL MERCY CARE OF ROME FOR MORE INFORMATION AT
1-888-328-0388.

*   A CATOOSA COUNTY BRIDGE WILL BE OUT DURING WORK TO REPLACE IT, ACCORDING TO GEORGIA D.O.T.  
    THE WORK IS CLOSING THREE NOTCH ROAD OVER PEAVINE CREEK, SOUTHWEST OF RINGGOLD.   THE ROAD WILL BE CLOSED STARTING TODAY AND TRAFFIC WILL BE RE-DIRECTED TO POST OAK AND POPLAR SPRINGS ROADS.
    THE BRIDGE PROJECT ON THREE NOTCH WILL BE FINISHED BY JULY OF 2019.

*   THE AREA FAMILY CRISIS CENTER WILL HOLD A FUNDRAISER CALLED “TEA AND TRENDS”, THIS SATURDAY AT THE WALKER COUNTY CIVIC CENTER.
    THE EVENT STARTS WITH A NOON LUNCH, FOLLOWED BY A FASHION SHOW AND SILENT AUCTION.
    INDIVIDUAL SEATS ARE $30… AND ARE AVAILABLE BY CALLING (706) 375 7180. 

*    CORINTH BAPTIST CHURCH WILL HAVE GROUNDBREAKING TO REPLACE THEIR WORSHIP CENTER, WHICH WAS DESTROYED BY FIRE.   IT’S THIS SUNDAY, OCT. 22nd AT 11 AM.   MEET AT THE PAVILION AND BRING A LAWN CHAIR FOR THE SPECIAL SERVICE.

*   THE ANNUAL MOTORCYCLE TOY RUN FOR THE STOCKING FULL OF LOVE IS SET FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5th.
    IT STARTS AT 2 PM AT RIDGELAND HIGH SCHOOL… AND TRAVELS TO LAFAYETTE HIGH.
    BRING A NEW, UNWRAPPED TOY OR CASH DONATION FOR THE WALKER COUNTY STOCKING FULL OF LOVE… MAKING CHRISTMAS BETTER FOR KIDS, COUNTY-WIDE.   FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 706 638 1909.

*   SIGNUPS ARE OPEN NOW FOR LAFAYETTE RECREATION DEPARTMENT WINTER SPORTS… BASKETBALL AND SPIRIT TEAM.
    BASKETBALL REGISTRATION IS $40… AND SPIRIT TEAM IS $20 PER STUDENT… BOTH ARE OPEN TO KIDS AGES 5 TO 12.
    REGISTRATION ENDS NOV. 6th… CONTACT THE PARK REC CENTER FOR MORE INFORMATION… 706 639 1590.

*   THE LAFAYETTE HIGH CLASS OF 1967 WILL HAVE A 50th REUNION ON SATURDAY, OCT. 21st.  CLASS MEMBERS NOT REACHED MAY CALL (423) 242 8741 FOR MORE INFORMATION.


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