2015
04.17

The former Stearns Bank / Covenant Bank building in Rock Spring was the topic of Thursday afternoon’s Walker Commissioner meeting.

Bebe National Bank

In a world that makes sense, the meeting would be to end any talks of buying it, but in Bebeland it was for finalizing the paperwork to buy the thing even though Walker County is flat broke and getting broke-er by the day.   Tiny Facebook

LPD says the pellet that took out a window at Queen City Bistro last Saturday was probably fired from a silver Nissan Maxima driven by a man.

Beyond that, investigators have no suspects, leads, or motives in vandalism case.   Tiny Facebook

Drugs continue to take their toll..

    WQCH Radio, 04/13/15: “LAFAYETTE POLICE CHARGED THREE LOCAL RESIDENTS WITH POSSESSION OF METH AND MARIJUANA, THIS WEEK.
    “OFFICERS WERE LOOKING FOR A RESIDENT TO SERVE A WARRANT ON NAPIER STREET, WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. THE MAN THEY WERE LOOKING FOR WAS LOCATED INSIDE A TRUCK IN THE DRIVEWAY ALONG WITH TWO OTHERS.

Bobby Ball, Brittany Brock, & Judy Hale

    “A CONSENT SEARCH OF THE TRUCK LOCATED METH AND MARIJUANA IN THE CENTER CONSOLE. NO ONE WOULD CLAIM OWNERSHIP OF THE DRUGS, SO ALL THREE WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF METH AND POT WERE 43 YEAR OLD JUDY LEE HALE, 27 YEAR OLD BOBBY ALLEN BALL AND 27 YEAR OLD BRITTANY LEEANN BROCK.”   Tiny Facebook

Walker County’s new eyesore plastics plant in Noble will have another job fair next Friday at the Housing Authority office.

Swanson Farm "Progress"

This press release and other media statements about the factory conflict each other – this says the company will make parts for vehicles, while local radio says it will make raw plastic which OTHER companies will make into parts for vehicles, which is closer to the truth.

    WQCH Radio, 04/10/15: “AUDIA INTERNATIONAL HAS ALSO BEEN MAKING ITS FIRST LOCAL HIRES FOR SUPERVISORY JOBS. THE INTERNATIONAL PLASTICS MANUFACTURER WILL PRODUCE THE RAW PRODUCTS USED IN MAKING EVERYTHING FROM FOOD PACKAGING TO AUTOMOTIVE PARTS.”

Raw plastics is what we’re actually talking about. Train loads of chemicals come in, train loads of plastic beads or bars or flakes go out.

Bebe claimed on UCTV last week the company’s starting pay rate is $18 an hour. That’s complete crap. Even Volkswagen assembly line workers make less than that, and Audia International is hardly Volkswagen – even if the county mafia wants you to think it is.

Also notice we’ve dropped from Bebe’s 150 jobs claim to less than half that:

    “The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) will help Audia Plastics hire about 60 manufacturing workers”

Same Bebe who said 100,000 people would attend the Civl War reenactment, who said the EPD will never fine the county, same Bebe who said Hutcheson’s debts aren’t a problem.. Same Bebe who said the Audia jobs will pay $18 an hour. Same Bebe who welcomed the garbage fish water bottling factory and its 50 jobs to the county three years ago.   Tiny Facebook

Hugh Campbell Family w/ Plaque

During Tuesday night’s council meeting, the city announced it has received a $100,000 grant to redo the walking trail between Oak St. and Culberson Ave.

The finished trail, running mostly parallel to Chattanooga St., will connect the Housing Authority office to the abandoned former high school site (running through the Caboose Park) and will be lit from end to end. City leaders vowed the trail will be policed and won’t be allowed to become a bum highway or deteriorate like it did when first built by the Rotary.

Lt. Hugh CampbellTrail was re-dedicated to Lieutenant Commander Hugh L. Campbell, a LaFayette native credited with shooting down the first Japanese plane during Pearl Harbor. Campbell’s family [shown above] was presented with a plaque during the meeting.

Lt. Campbell passed away in March 1993.   Tiny Facebook  Tiny Facebook

Jeremy Keith Scott35-year-old Jeremy Keith Scott of McLemore St. arrested in Fort O. for stealing knives from the Ghetto K-Mart.

He reportedly tried to sneak out seven knives worth $30 each – presumably NOT for a juggling act.

Scott was charged with shoplifting and disorderly conduct after running from police outside the store.   Tiny Facebook

Much of LaFayette was thrown into darkness Monday evening after a tree fell on South Duke St. and took city power lines with it. City crews had electricity restored in about three hours.   Tiny Facebook  Tiny Facebook

Roper Assembly Line

So you need gainful employment? Roper will have a job fair this weekend, 9-12 Saturday, at the Labor Department office. They’re looking to hire 80.

Lake Winnie is also staffing up for summer, they need more than 100 people to work May-October.   Tiny Facebook

Has “new management” at Chattanooga Street Tavern made a difference? The food certainly LOOKS better, but this week the West LaFayette sports bar got its worse health score ever. Looks can be deceiving.

Here are ALL recent health inspection results for the LaFayette area. Check these before you grab dinner.   Tiny Facebook

Ramblers Football

GA High School Association voted Tuesday to set strict limits on the amount of time high school football players can participate in live contact drills.

GHSA decision follows similar moves made by the NFL and NCAA meant to reduce player concussions.   Tiny Facebook

Why doesn’t Jeff Mullis listen to his constituents?

Senator Mullis The Hutt

Because he’s well taken care of in Atlanta by entities whose interests often aren’t the same as ours. During the three month legislative session, lobbyists gave Senator The Hutt 85 meals worth nearly $2,200.

    “To keep Mullis’ appetite under the $75 cap occasionally required multiple lobbyists to split the cost of entertaining the north Georgia Republican.”

More than $75 for one meal. That’s absolutely disgusting.

Those same entities keeping him fed and hydrated will be lining up to help his reelection fund later this year.   Tiny Facebook

South Steele St High Grass

Time to cut the grass on South Steele.   Tiny Facebook

Winston Trew of Chickamauga has won $50,000* with a Fantasy Five lotto ticket.

Winston Trew / Lotto Winner

(*Before taxes.)   Tiny Facebook

After several false starts and broken funding promises from the state, Resaca’s new Civil War historic site is set to open “soon.”

Historic attraction was originally set to open for the war’s 150th anniversary four years ago but was delayed when Georgia leaders moved funds to a project closer to Atlanta.   Tiny Facebook

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