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LaFayette, Catoosa to host Independence Day celebrations

LaFayette and Catoosa County have announced plans for their 2021 Independence Day celebrations.

The 2021 LaFayette Freedom Festival will be held Friday, July 2, starting at 5 p.m.

The event is free to attend and will be held at the Ross Abney Complex (old High School Football Field). Spectators are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs.

Activities will begin at 5 p.m., which will include games, music and vendors. The fireworks show will kick off at 10 p.m.

More details and vendor information can be found on the event page at mycityoflafayettega.org/events.

Fireworks Fest

Catoosa County’s Fireworks Fest will be Saturday, July 3, from 4-10 p.m. at the Northwest Georgia Amphitheater, Benton Place Campus, 220 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold.

The free event will feature live music, kids’ activities, inflatables, a car show, craft show and food vendors.

Fireworks kick off at 9:30 p.m.

Flags and Crosses Dedication held at LaFayette's Veterans Memorial Park

On Memorial Day, May 31, at 5 p.m., the LaFayette Woman’s Club and the LaFayette American Legion Post 339 dedicated the new flags and crosses at Veterans Memorial Park at the entrance of the LaFayette Recreation Center.

Thanks to generous donors in the community, more than 200 new American flags were purchased and displayed at the park. The 200 crosses, bearing the names of the fallen, were replaced, repaired, improved and on display at the ceremony.

The flags and crosses will be displayed annually at the Veterans Memorial Park at the LaFayette Rec Center on Veterans Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

The Flags and Crosses were previously displayed in Joe Stock Park.

LaFayette American Legion Post 339 Commander Richard Westbrook said the new site is fitting.

“This part of the Recreation Center already housed a memorial to veterans,” he said. “Now it will also serve to honor the citizens of Walker County who served and fought for our country.”

The LaFayette Woman’s Club is honored to be a part of this lasting tribute to the men and women who have served our country.

“Our club has always supported our veterans. It is one of our core tenants as a club, and we are honored to be a part of keeping their memory alive for future generations,” says LaFayette Woman’s Club‘s Civic Engagement and Outreach Chair Cecilia Westbrook.

City and county officials, Gold Star families, LaFayette High School, the LaFayette Woman’s Club, the LaFayette American Legion, Flags and Crosses sponsors and more than 100 community members attended the dedication.

For more information about the Flags and Crosses Dedication Ceremony, contact Rachel Oesch at 706-200-8099 or racheloeschwilleford@gmail.com.

Bicycle adventure hits LaFayette June 10

Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure cyclists going from Atlantic to Pacific in 10 weeks to raise money and awareness to fight poverty housing will be arriving in LaFayette on Thursday, June 10, after a 95-mile ride from Tallapoosa. They will be hosted for an overnight stay by First Baptist Church before heading out early the morning of June 11 on an 87-mile ride to Monteagle, Tenn.

Over 10 weeks the group will experience the country by bike from the enchanted Amelia Island, Fla., to Oregon’s famous coastline — 3,750 miles through 15 states. They will spend six days building with Fuller Center for Housing partners.

Along the way, they also will hop off their bikes to do a little hiking at Badlands, Wind Cave, Mount Rushmore, Grand Teton and Crater Lake national parks. At most of their stops along the way, the riders are hosted by churches overnight before they resume their journey early the next morning.

The Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure was founded in 2008 as a way to raise funds for The Fuller Center for Housing’s work of partnering with families in need to help them have simple, decent places to live through home repairs and new home construction — through dozens of Fuller Center covenant partners across the United States and in 20 different countries.

In addition to having raised more than $3 million for The Fuller Center’s work through the years, the riders also raise awareness about the nonprofit’s work through speaking engagements, media coverage and simply by talking with people they meet along the way.

The organization’s headquarters are in Americus, Ga.

For more information, visit FullerCenter.org and FullerCenterBikeAdventure.org.

CHI Memorial Surgery Center – Parkway is now open in Ringgold, providing outpatient surgical services.

McNabb resigns from Walker school board

Bobby McNabb has resigned from the Walker County Board of Education.

McNabb, who has served one term on the board, did not provide a specific reason. He declined to comment June 7 when contacted by this newspaper.

“He served faithfully for four years and was a very effective board member,” Superintendent Damon Raines said.

The board accept his resignation June 1 at a called meeting. The school board is now required to appoint a new member to complete the remaining time on McNabb’s term, Raines said.

“There is a 45-day time period to accomplish this important task,” the school chief explained.

McNabb is director of information technology services for the Walker County Sheriff’s Office. He handles all aspects of the department’s computer, security, telecommunication and information requirements and also serves as the local agency security officer (LASO), according to the sheriff’s office website.

Walker Democrats to host welcome rally, picnic

Walker County Democrats to host a welcome rally and picnic Saturday, June 26, from 2-4 p.m.

The event at Eagle’s Rest Ranch, 690 Eagle Cliff Drive, Chattanooga Valley (Flintstone), will include music, bands, candidates, barbecue, family fun and games, as well as speeches by Democratic candidates for Congress in Georgia’s 14th District.

Tickets, including barbecue plate, are available online for $25 per person by visiting https://sites.google.com/view/walker-co-ga-dems/home and clicking the donate button or making a reservation by messaging the Facebook page (walkercogadems).

Print receipts as tickets.

The three announced 14th District candidates will introduce themselves and take questions. The speakers times are as follows (order determined by when they filed):

♦ Lateefah Conner at 2:30-2:50 p.m.

♦ Marcus Flowers at 2:50-3:10 p.m.

♦ Holly McCormack at 3:10-3:30 p.m.

For questions or group reservations, email walkercodems@gmail.com. For more information, call David Boyle at 706-764-2801.