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Wednesday - 18th October, 2017
Federal appellate court favors teacher, faults superintendent Walker school board policy violates First Amendment
That federal judges have determined that some of Walker County School District’s rules governing p...
Wednesday - 11th October, 2017
A special 8-page section filled with tips that homeowners can use in preparing their homes and lawns for winter is included in today’s Messenger.
Since Sept. 30, Georgia residents can check out a stuffed backpack kit at any of the state’s 400-p...
Wednesday - 4th October, 2017
If you want to watch a rural community die, kill its hospital. After the Lower Oconee Commu...
Wednesday - 27th September, 2017
An ongoing saga of taxpayer support for a local hospital
Editor’s note: Walker County taxpayers are being asked to pay as much as a 7 mill lump sum, due th...
Wednesday - 20th September, 2017
Cities looking to public restrooms to clean up downtowns, attract tourists
Here on Tremont Place, there’s a beacon of relief for lunching office workers, tourists shuttling ...
Wednesday - 13th September, 2017
Chickamauga’s done it again! For the 17th consecutive year, city’s millage rate is zero
Property taxes are a thing of the past — so 20th century — for the city of Chickamauga. ...
Wednesday - 6th September, 2017
Pay us now ... or pay us now “Big, big problem:” Erlanger demands $1 million every 90 days
Walker County is expected to pay Erlanger Hospital $1 million over the next 27 months. Walk...
Wednesday - 30th August, 2017
Cornerstone and CHI Memorial partnership is a healthy union One of nation’s largest health care providers to manage local hospital
Sometimes great things come in tiny packets. That was perhaps the case about three weeks ag...
Wednesday - 23rd August, 2017
Taxing times are here again
Knowing that Walker County is drowning in debt, Commissioner Shannon Whitfield was prepared to answe...
Wednesday - 16th August, 2017
The day the light goes out in Georgia...and across the USA
Weather permitting, a once-in-a-lifetime event for many North Georgians can be observed next Monday ...
Wednesday - 9th August, 2017
Don’t let your excitement eclipse safety during the Great American Eclipse
On the afternoon of Aug. 21, Georgians will have the opportunity to share in the experience of seein...
Wednesday - 2nd August, 2017
$4 million in state funds = 30 teachers
FYI: Walker County’s 2016 property tax rate was 24.469 mills for its unincorporated areas...
Wednesday - 26th July, 2017
Chickamauga renaissance plan begining to show retail growth
Plans to revitalize the historic town of Chickamauga, crafted over a period of months filled with me...
Wednesday - 19th July, 2017
Battling Baptists Church family feuds over “dismemberment” and $$
Since its founding in 1942, Fellowship Baptist Church and its congregation was an active part of the...
Wednesday - 12th July, 2017
E.Coli scare ends Boil-before-drinking advisory lifted
A boil water advisory has been lifted for Walker County Water & Sewerage Authority (WCWSA) c...
Wednesday - 5th July, 2017
Precautionary measure only, some residents were advised to boil water before drinking
Walker County last week advised some residents to boil their water before drinking it after a routin...
Wednesday - 28th June, 2017
“One Walker” showcases Chickamauga
One Walker is a Walker County Chamber of Commerce program that brings leaders of local businesses an...
Wednesday - 21st June, 2017
Double whammy of mill closing and massive fire led to Rossville’s decline
shoes on the feet of its employees. Hutcheson’s largesse added greatly to the quality of life for ...
Wednesday - 14th June, 2017
Ten remember good times with Dad
With Father’s Day coming up, we thought we’d ask some Catoosa and Walker County folks to share t...
Wednesday - 7th June, 2017
“Hands Across the Border” has new dates and mission
The 26th annual “Hands Across the Border” week-long traffic enforcement operation kicked off on ...
Wednesday - 31st May, 2017
LaFayette’ll be abuzz Saturday Honeybee Festival promises music, food and fun
The inaugural Honeybee Festival takes place this Saturday, June 3, in the city of LaFayette.&nbs...
Wednesday - 24th May, 2017
Planned hotel resort must maintain 180 workers, won’t cost taxpayers
A $106 million hotelresort planned atop Lookout Mountain must employ at least 180 full-time workers ...
Wednesday - 17th May, 2017
Roller coaster fans holding national conference at Lake Winnepesaukah
More than 150 roller coaster experts will descend upon Georgia and Alabama from May 19 – 21 at the...
Wednesday - 10th May, 2017
Georgia losing patience with drug treatment tourists
RINGGOLD, Ga. — In the northwest corner of Georgia, where cows and crops vastly outnumber people, ...
Wednesday - 3rd May, 2017
Commissioner describes first 115 days
Walker County Commissioner Shannon Whitfield reported on the State of the County during the Chamber ...
Wednesday - 26th April, 2017
After a meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens, President John F. Kennedy encouraged a...
Wednesday - 19th April, 2017
Why America’s National Parks need help
Growing up in southeastern Pennsylvania, David Ruth got hooked on history early. It may hav...
Wednesday - 12th April, 2017
QVRs should save money Smaller vehicles are also improving emergency service response times
Walker County Emergency Services placed three Quick Response Vehicles (QVRs) into operation recently...
Wednesday - 5th April, 2017
Rock City commits to sponsoring LaFayettes’ Honeybee Bicycle Ride
The inaugural Honeybee Bicycle Ride is set to peddle its way throughout Walker County on Saturday, M...
Wednesday - 29th March, 2017
Culberson out as LHS principal
That Mike Culberson will not return as LaFayette High School’s principal when the 2017-2018 school...
Wednesday - 22nd March, 2017
Commissioner suppports small businesses and cleanup efforts
Walker County Commissioner Shannon Whitfield on Friday, March 17, hosted his first “Lunch Conversa...
Wednesday - 15th March, 2017
Irish-American Heritage Month and St. Patrick’s Day 2017
Congress proclaimed March as Irish-American Heritage Month in 1991, and the President issues a procl...
Wednesday - 8th March, 2017
Daylight Savings Time, again Set clocks ahead one hour on Sunday Multi-member commission referendum closer to reality
Legislation needed to bring about a vote on a multi-member commissioner government for Walker County...
Wednesday - 1st March, 2017
Women’s History Month
The roots of National Women’s History Month go back to March 8, 1857, when women from various New ...
Wednesday - 22nd February, 2017
Extended hours clinic set to open in LaFayette by late spring/early summer
LaFayette will soon — in late spring or early summer — have an extended-hours medical clinic, Ci...
Wednesday - 15th February, 2017
Flu forced closure of schools
Walker County Public Schools saw a spike in the number of sick students and staff, forcing the schoo...
Wednesday - 8th February, 2017
Remains found in Rising Fawn may be those of missing Chattanoogan
Human remains that were discovered on property in Rising Fawn may be one of numerous missing persons...
Wednesday - 1st February, 2017
Whitfield addresses host of issues
Walker County Commissioner Shannon Whitfield held his second regularly scheduled meeting Thursday ev...
Wednesday - 25th January, 2017
From Twitter to treatment guidelines, conflicts permeate medical care
Several new studies document widespread conflicts of interest in medicine. The long arm of ...
Wednesday - 18th January, 2017
Remaking vacant lots to cut crime
Editors note: Local cities such as LaFayette and Rossville — as well as unincorporated communities...
Wednesday - 11th January, 2017
Infrastructure strategy touted by Trump has produced uneven results
In late October, before a restless crowd in Gettysburg, Penn,, Republican-elect Donald Trump laid ou...
Wednesday - 4th January, 2017
Commissioner tensions grow Whitfield accuses Heiskell of improper acts in her finals days
Walker County Sole Commissioner Shannon Whitfield, who officially took office Jan. 1, is accusing fo...
Wednesday - 28th December, 2016
Local law enforcement weigh pros, cons of body cameras LaFayette police moving ahead to use them; sheriff’s department still on hold
Local law enforcement officials are considering the pros and cons of outfitting officers with body c...
Wednesday - 21st December, 2016
42 years of feeding needy families
The Empty Stocking Fund has been helping Walker County families in need during the holidays for over...
Wednesday - 14th December, 2016
Making Christmas bright
This festive season, or simply the holidays, is a time for gathering and celebrating with family and...
Wednesday - 7th December, 2016
Fire Chief Camp decamps for Catoosa
Walker County Fire Chief Randy Camp will usher in the New Year wearing a new hat. Camp, who...
Wednesday - 30th November, 2016
Trump’s infrastructure plan is dwarfed by estimates of need 16 percent of Georgia’s 14,790 bridges need repair
If President-elect Donald Trump is successful with his proposed $1 trillion, 10-year program to fix ...
Wednesday - 23rd November, 2016
Heiskell and Whitfield work toward a smooth transition
Shannon Whitfield’s winning the general election to become Walker County Commissioner means the pr...
Wednesday - 16th November, 2016
Heiskell’s reign coming to an end Four-term commissioner reflects on time at the top
Across America, voters this year cast ballots not necessarily for individual candidates but often si...
Wednesday - 9th November, 2016
Advice for the politically frazzled during this turbulent election
Feeling election-related anxiety? That’s not unusual. The American Psychological Association says ...
Wednesday - 2nd November, 2016
Brother can you spare a dime? How about $1 million?
During the current county commissioner campaign, questions have been raised about the propriety of W...
Wednesday - 26th October, 2016
Why pay to play with the JDA? Four counties have greater clout as a group
The Northwest Georgia Joint Economic Development Authority — comprised of Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade...
Wednesday - 19th October, 2016
Early voting has begun Satellite precincts
Advanced (absentee in-person) voting for the general election began Oct. 17 at the Walker County Cou...
Wednesday - 12th October, 2016
Wildfires, not hurricane, hits area
Authorities on Friday said a wildfire that has burned hundreds of acres on Strawberry Mountain in Wa...
Wednesday - 5th October, 2016
Transit service returns after fuelish fears Temporary gas shortage caused some cancellations
Every weekday, 150-200 individuals rely on Walker Transit for transportation to doctor appointments,...
Wednesday - 28th September, 2016
Area declared in Level 1 Drought
Walker, Dade, Chattooga and Catoosa are among the 53 counties where persistent dry conditions have p...
Wednesday - 21st September, 2016
GNTC open to displaced ITT Tech students
Northwest Georgia’s largest college is reaching out to thousands of displaced students who saw the...
Wednesday - 14th September, 2016
NPS events commemorating 1863's Battle of Chickamauga
The National Park Service invites the public to attend a series of special programs commemorating th...
Wednesday - 7th September, 2016
Counties receive insurance rebates $84,000 to Walker and $59,000 to Catoosa
That there’s a first time for everything proved true last week when more than $5 million of worker...
Wednesday - 31st August, 2016
Judge rules that county must pay Erlanger $8.7 million, appeal filed
Judge Harold Murphy’s ruling in Erlanger hospital’s favor regarding its $10 million lawsuit agai...
Wednesday - 24th August, 2016
Rossville holding 3 public hearings about tax increase
The City of Rossville intends to increase the 2016 property taxes it will levy this year by 2.55 per...
Wednesday - 17th August, 2016
Chickamauga residents, in planning for their city’s next half-century, have chosen a path of “if...
Wednesday - 10th August, 2016
Kids and cats returned to school Two sightings of possible mountain lions at LaFayette elementary
A North LaFayette Elementary teacher on Thursday, Aug. 4, said she saw what appeared to be a big cat...
Wednesday - 3rd August, 2016
Bonds sold, construction can begin Work on GLHS to start Sept. 1, 2016, end Dec. 29, 2017
Signing the documents took nearly as long as approving the sale of nearly $5.7 million bonds that wi...
Wednesday - 27th July, 2016
Tax holiday can help small businesses
Georgia’s upcoming sales tax holiday on clothing, computers, and school supplies could provide a m...
Wednesday - 20th July, 2016
Big kitty in the city? Mountain lion reportedly on the prowl in LaFayette
LaFayette police say several people have reported seeing a mountain lion prowling the city. ...
Wednesday - 13th July, 2016
July 16 terrorist tragedy one year later
On July 16, 2015, one person, one senseless act, changed our lives. It sent shock waves worldwide. I...
Wednesday - 6th July, 2016
Wanna buy a dump? Walker County may have a deal for you
Walker County’s landfill at 5120 N. Marbletop Road, south of Chickamauga, is being offered for sal...
Wednesday - 29th June, 2016
Catoosa pays $6.25 million to Erlanger
Catoosa County’s legal wrangling with Erlanger hospital over repayment of a $10 million loan guara...
Wednesday - 22nd June, 2016
County borrows to pay bills Tax anticipation notes are commonly used as a budgeting tool
It sounds worse than it is. The county is borrowing up to $5 million to cover operating expenses.&am...
Wednesday - 15th June, 2016
Changing form of governance is not necessarily good, definitely not easy
The same organization, the Walker County Republican Party, that in years past pushed so hard for ins...
Wednesday - 8th June, 2016
places to chill or learn a swimming skill
Not only did the Memorial Day weekend mark the unofficial start of summer, it definitely was when lo...
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