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Monday 11/24/2014
Unattended French fries led to fire on Fortune Street in LaFayette
Posted: November 24, 2014

The fire that broke out on Fortune Street in LaFayette Saturday evening, Nov. 22, was started when a teenager left French fries cooking on the stove, officials said.

Georgia’s state parks open on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day
Posted: November 24, 2014

This holiday season, walk off that extra slice of pie with a heart-pumping hike. All of Georgia’s state parks are open Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day for visitors to enjoy peaceful scenery and active outings. While the park entrances are open, most offices will be closed as park staff enjoy the holidays with their families as well.

Vehicle of missing Lookout Mountain man found in swimming pool with body inside
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 10:45 am

The mini-van belonging to a 73-year-old missing Lookout Mountain, Ga., man was discovered Sunday night, Nov. 23, submerged in a swimming pool with a body inside in Chattooga County.

Walker Empty Stocking Fund application deadline is Dec. 5
Posted: November 24, 2014

The 40th annual Walker County Empty Stocking Fund food distribution is Friday, Dec. 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Agriculture center near the Walker County Civic Center in Rock Spring.

Fort Oglethorpe DDA dismayed by five-year delay on LaFayette Road project
Posted: November 24, 2014

Fort Oglethorpe Downtown Development Authority board members were clearly at the 2019 start date for the LaFayette Road beautification project. But members were even more displeased by not seeing the timeline until several weeks after it was made public at a city council meeting.

Monday's weather: Partly sunny, high near 62
Posted: November 24, 2014

Today: A 20 percent chance of showers before 9 am. Partly sunny, with a high near 62. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. 

Sunday 11/23/2014
Funds for LaFayette Shop with a Cop program
Posted: November 23, 2014

The CBE (community-based education) special needs class at Gilbert Elementary School raised $160 in donations for LaFayette Police Department’s Shop with a Cop program, which buys Christmas gifts for needy children. The class raised the money by making “Grateful Grams” and selling them for 50 cents each to students and teachers. Back row, from left: Gilbert Elementary principal Matt Harris, CBE teachers Charity Burnette and Amy Hall, students Brandon Blackman, Jack Hawkins, police sergeant Billy Mullis, police captain Stacey Meeks and police chief Bengie Clift. Front row: Chaggy Bradley, C.J. Green, Luke Knight, Madison Ruiz and Victoria Greddig. (Messenger photo/Josh O’Bryant)

Georgia’s unemployment rate declines to 7.7 percent in October
Posted: November 23, 2014

Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October was 7.7 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 7.9 percent in September. The rate in October of last year was 7.8 percent.

“The Foreigner” wins big at 2013-14 Ringgold Playhouse Awards show
Posted: November 23, 2014

The Ringgold Playhouse celebrated its first year-plus in existence on Friday, Nov. 14, with its first annual awards show held at the city’s historic Depot.

Walker-Catoosa area happenings: Sunday, Nov. 23
Posted: November 23, 2014

Sunday, Nov. 23

Lookout Mountain, Ga., man missing since Friday evening
Posted: November 23, 2014

The Dade County Sheriff's Department is asking for help in locating a missing 73-year-old Lookout Mountain man.

LaFayette residential fire started in kitchen
Posted: November 23, 2014

The LaFayette Fire Department responded to a late Saturday night call on Fortune Street in LaFayette involving a fire that started in the kitchen of a rental residence.

Driver crashes into business in LaFayette
Posted: November 23, 2014

A woman was attempting to park her vehicle when she ran into a building within a shopping center next to the Goody’s in LaFayette.

Sunday's weather: Showers, high near 59
Posted: November 23, 2014

Today: Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 10 am. Areas of fog before 9 am. High near 59. East wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible. 

Saturday 11/22/2014
Heritage High’s General Journal takes on internet
Posted: November 22, 2014

Starting this past September, Heritage High School’s student journalism staff took on the assignment of running an online newspaper along with its monthly print paper. The idea of a site formed the fall of last year.

Walker schools partnering with UGA agriculture department
Posted: November 22, 2014

Walker County high schools and middle schools are in the early stages of partnering with the University of Georgia’s College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.

Gas prices around Northwest Georgia remain on slow slide, cheapest prices in Chattanooga, Ringgold
Posted: November 22, 2014

Gas prices around Northwest Georgia continue their slow slide downward, but remain higher than prices in communities near the Tennessee-Georgia border, according to GasBuddy.com.

Walker-Catoosa area happenings: Saturday, Nov. 22
Posted: November 22, 2014

Saturday, Nov. 22

Catoosa and Walker obituaries for Saturday, November 22, 2014
Posted: November 22, 2014

Don Quarles, 71, Harrison, Tenn.

Weekend weather: Sunny on Saturday, rain possible on Sunday
Updated: November 22, 2014 - 10:20 am

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. 

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