Honeybee Festival to be held in LaFayette, GA on June 1, 2019.

The Community and Visitors are treated to a full day of Live Music, Special Events, Countless Vendors, Honeybee Education as well as Food and Fun for the whole Family.

The daylong event is free to the public and includes local musical talents as well as top headlining performers from the music industry. This year’s main entertainer will be Rodney Atkins.

The event also includes a Kid’s Zone for all the little youngsters, the Honeybee Festival BBQ Competition, Baking Contest, and Cruise-in which also features an array of antique tractors.

Georgia DOT Will Scale Back Construction for Holiday Weekend

The Georgia Department of Transportation will scale back its construction work across northwest Georgia – suspending construction-related lane closures on all interstate and major state system highways to ease Memorial Day weekend traffic congestion.

Beginning at noon on Friday, May 24 and extending to 5 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, 2019, there essentially will be no construction-related scheduled lane closures on any Georgia interstate highway or primary state route that directly serves Georgia’s major tourist and recreation centers.

The Department notes that some work may continue on lesser-traveled state and local system roads and that incident or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary on any route.

Georgia’s Move-Over Law—aka the Spencer Pass Law—says drivers must move over one lane or slow down and be prepared to stop when approaching a stationary law enforcement, emergency vehicle, construction crew or utility service vehicle utilizing traffic cones or flashing emergency lights. These include Georgia DOT’s HERO and CHAMP units. While the fine for breaking the law can be stiff, the consequences can be far more serious.

Trion Woman Cited for Accident

A Trion woman was cited in connection with a Sunday morning accident that left Allgood Street in Trion closed for a period of time.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, sixty-four-year-old Ann Cummings Fowler of a Seventh Street, Trion address was traveling eastbound in a black, 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix GT shortly after 3 AM when she crossed over the center line into the westbound lane and hit a blue, 2007 GMC Envoy head-on.  The GMC was driven by thirty-five-year-old Polly Ellen Kerr of a NW Congress Street, Summerville address.

Fowler, the driver of the Pontiac, was taken to Floyd Medical Center by Redmond EMS with minor injuries.

Ann Fowler was cited by the Georgia State Patrol for failure to maintain a single lane, insurance requirements and a seat belt violation.

 

LaFayette High School Student Run Over by Car

A LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WAS TRANSPORTED TO ERLANGER AFTER BEING RUN-OVER BY A CAR IN THE PARKING LOT, MONDAY AFTERNOON.
WITNESS ACCOUNTS SAY THE VICTIM LAID DOWN IN FRONT OF THE CAR WHILE IT WAS STOPPED.   THE DRIVER… ALSO A STUDENT… WAS TALKING TO A FRIEND.
WHEN THE VEHICLE PULLED AWAY, THE DRIVER HAD NO IDEA THERE WAS SOMEONE IN HIS PATH… AND THE CAR RAN OVER THE PRONE STUDENT.
THE VICTIM LATER TOLD AN OFFICER THAT “HE WAS BEING STUPID”.   EMS ARRIVED AND TOOK THE INJURED STUDENT TO ERLANGER FOR TREATMENT.   BOTH WERE JUVENILES… SO THEIR NAMES WERE NOT RELEASED.   NO CHARGES WERE FILED.
THE MISHAP HAPPENED AROUND 3:30 PM ON THE LAFAYETTE HIGH CAMPUS.

WQCH

Ford Auditorium Renovation

Berry College’s historic Ford Auditorium is set to undergo a $6.3 million renovation starting this summer.

The renovation is expected to create a first class performance and recital hall for the school’s music program.

Plans are to enlarge its stage, new seating, redesigned balcony, digital lighting and sound system, high-performance acoustics paneling, adjustable acoustical banners and sound reflectors and restoration of historic elements such as wood carvings and stained glass.

They are also expected to include new mechanical and curtain systems, climate controlled instruments storage and a renovated lobby.

The completion date is set for the end of this year.

Coosa Valley News

Camp New Dawn Work Day and Open House, June 1

Time to spruce up the facilities and welcome folks to stop by and say hello before camp starts up in a few weeks.  Work day and Open House will be June 1, 2019 at 9 a.m. to early afternoon at Camp New Dawn, 245 S. Cedar Lane, Chickamauga, GA.  Everyone is welcome to come by to help out and get to know camp staff and activities. Check out www.campnewdawnga.org for camp schedule.

Free Fishing Days Coming in June

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has announced two free fishing days coming up in June.

On Saturday, June 1st and again a week later on Saturday, June 8th, you can fish for free across Georgia.

The first week of June has been designated as National Fishing and Boating Week and the DNR believes that offering free fishing opportunities on the two Saturday will provide a great opportunity for families to connect, relive a little stress and promote conservation activities across Georgia’s waterways.

“There are no bad days spent boating and fishing,” said Matt Thomas, chief of the Fisheries Management Section in a press release. “Teaching a child to fish, or taking an outing to a nearby waterway can help build a conservation ethic, while also introducing an exciting activity you both can enjoy for life.”

National Fishing and Boating Week began in 1979.

Tough Budget Issues for Chattooga BOE

Chattooga County Acting School Superintendent Jared Hosmer spent a good bit of time talking finances with the Chattooga Board of Education on Monday evening at the board’s May meeting.

The estimated revenue for the county school system fiscal year 2020 budget is $28.5 million dollars and the estimated revenue is $27.6 million, creating a shortfall that will have to be addressed by the Board of Education.

Hosmer told the board that about $450,000 has already been cut out of the operating budget of the system, and there is about $900,000 more that is needed for next year’s budget.  Mr. Hosmer said that there are “hard conversations that would have to be had.”  There is $1.6 million in “committed fund balance” and Hosmer warned the board if that money is not spent on projects that are already earmarked, those projects might never be completed.

Hosmer said, “If you don’t do those things while you have the money committed, they just don’t seem to get done. If you move that money, we may not ever be at a point again to where that money goes back and is available to do those projects that need to be finished….when you take the money you had set aside and put it somewhere else you may never be able to get it back.”

The acting school superintendent told the board that there are basically two options: cutting expenses or raising revenue.  Hosmer said that property values increasing may help the revenue side, but the only place to cut current expenses that he can identify would be in salaries.