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Walker County residents will notice a significant investment in the county’s road system this summer. Contractor bids are now being accepted to make improvements to 36 miles of roads in the unincorporated areas of the county.

ATLANTA - Georgia lawmakers stepped closer to increasing the per-ton fee to store toxic coal ash at landfills Monday, Feb. 24, by passing legislation out of the state Senate.

ATLANTA - Investments in freight rail would land a permanent spot in annual state budgets under legislation the Georgia House of Representatives passed overwhelmingly on Monday, Feb. 24.

Michael David Harris, 38, of 8102 Highway 60, Georgetown, TN arrested on charges of driving while license suspended and window tint violation.Justin Tyler Westmoreland, 31, of 719 Roberta Drive, Rossville arrested on charges of driving while license suspended and failure to obey traffic cont…

Ten simple questions will determine millions of dollars in federal funding to address categories like schools, healthcare, hunger and emergency services in Walker County over the next decade.

The new test results that rolled in Wednesday night were about what Fletcher Sams expected: Out of 36 drinking wells in Juliette, all but six showed troubling levels of a cancer-causing substance that has riled residents of the small Middle Georgia town.

ATLANTA - Sports betting would become legal in Georgia without the need to go to voters with a constitutional amendment under legislation introduced in the state Senate.

Fire investigators with the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office have determined a fire that occurred around 9:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at a Walker County residence, was intentionally set.

ATLANTA — A bill requiring the University System of Georgia to raise the percentage of in-state students offered early admission to the state’s top public universities drew opposition Thursday, Feb. 19, during a legislative committee hearing.

ATLANTA — Attorney General Chris Carr today (Feb. 20) praised a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit upholding the City of Pensacola’s right to continue to display a World War II-era cross monument in a public park. This ruling will help protect monuments in Georgia…

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ATLANTA — The first bill in a wave of legislation aimed at cutting red tape for foster care and speeding up adoptions in Georgia cleared the state Senate Thursday, Feb. 20.

Ringgold Rotary Club, at its weekly luncheon, recognized Heritage High School's Kori Moore as the HHS and school system STAR student and Ringgold High School's William David Murdoch as the RHS STAR student. To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on a s…

ATLANTA — Former Tift County Sheriff Gary Vowell has been tapped to head up the Georgia Department of Public Safety on an interim basis following the resignation last week of former Commissioner Mark McDonough.

ATLANTA — The Georgia House of Representatives passed a mid-year budget Wednesday, Feb. 19, that would restore many of the spending cuts Gov. Brian Kemp proposed last month to help offset lower-than-expected tax collections.

ATLANTA — The race to fill former U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s seat permanently looks to remain a free-for-all “jungle” primary involving candidates from all parties at once after legislative changes to that format were shelved Tuesday, Feb. 18.

ATLANTA — Legislation aimed at ending the practice of “surprise billing” of medical patients in Georgia cleared a committee in the state House of Representatives Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Human skeletal remains were found in Walker County in a wooded area about 500 yards off the roadway, east of the 4000 block of South Highway 27, in LaFayette, Ga., by a man and his son while they were hunting Monday morning, Feb. 17, according to Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson.

Walker County voters will decide May 19 whether to continue the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, or SPLOST, to fund capital outlay projects for another six years.

The state job tax credit designations for the four counties served by the Northwest Georgia Joint Development Authority did not change in 2020.