Chattooga Ranked 25th Poorest County In Georgia

Chattooga County appears on a list of the poorest counties in the State of Georgia as ranked by 24/7 Wall St.

Georgia has a median household income of $71,355. But in many parts of the state, the typical household earns far less than the statewide median. Using five-year estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2022 American Community Survey, 24/7 Wall St. identified the 35 poorest counties in Georgia. Counties in the state are ranked on median household income. Population, poverty, and unemployment data are also five-year estimates from the 2022 ACS.

Among the counties on this list, median household incomes are anywhere from about $25,400 to $46,700 below the statewide median. In many of these counties, levels of financial hardship are underscored by widespread poverty. In every county on this list, the share of residents living below the poverty line exceeds the 13.5% statewide poverty rate.

According to the list, Chattooga County is the 25th poorest county in the state.  The median household income is $43,556 and the county has a poverty rate of 19.9%.  The five-year average unemployment rate is 4.7%.  The current population of the county stands at 24,902.

The poorest county in the state, according to the rankings, is Randolph County in southwest Georgia where the median household income is just $24,638 and there is a 28.1% poverty rate.

Spring Market Today At Dowdy Park

Over 100 vendors are scheduled to be set up today for the Spring Market at Dowdy Park in downtown Summerville.

Admission to this event is free. The 2024 Spring Market is offering a wide variety of items including farmhouse décor, signs, live plants, pottery, pet products, vintage items, accessories and boutique apparel, handcrafted items, jewelry, soaps, candles, children’s items, and much more. Taste buds will be tempted by an exceptional variety of foods, homemade desserts and ice cream on site.

For the public’s enjoyment there will be various activities to interest both young and the young at heart. Event goers may want to bring a lawn chair to enjoy a variety music and demonstrations throughout the day. Big Oaks Homestead Petting Zoo will be on site with a mini horse, mini donkey, ducks, goats, sheep and more for the public’s enjoyment.

The Spring Market will be happening today from 10 AM until 3 PM.  There is no admission fee.

Walker County Angler Establishes New State Record For Rock Bass

Exciting news out of Northwest Georgia this week with the establishment of a new state record rock bass.

Angler Jeffrey Forester of Rossville, GA landed the 1 lb, 0 oz (10 13/16-inches) fish on April 6 on South Chickamauga Creek. This catch will be the first rock bass state record recognized, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (GADNR WRD).

“Until this catch, I think I have literally caught maybe 600+ rock bass, and only two of those hit the length limit for an angler award, much less a state record!” said new record holder Jeffrey Forester. “I decided to take the kayak out that day and when I got to the creek, I just knew it was going to be a good fishing day. With the second cast of the day, I hung into what felt like a decent black bass, but as I got closer, I could see it was a monster rock bass and thought to myself, do not let this one get off the line, it is definitely record-sized, and lucky enough for me – it sure was!”

Rock bass (Ambloplites rupestris) are a member of the Sunfish family, and are found in the Tennessee, Upper Chattahoochee and Upper Savannah river basins. They are dark olive in color and their scales have a dark spot. Their mouth is large, and eyes are rimmed in red. Most are less than 1 lb. They prefer deep pools in clear, rocky or sandy streams. When angling for them, GADNR WRD recommends using crayfish, minnows or artificial lures including jigs and crankbaits.

“The year 2024 looks like it will be a great year for fishing in Georgia. We have a state record tie for yellow perch and now a new state record rock bass, that is surely some motivation to get out there and try to reel in your own great catch,” says Scott Robinson, Chief of Fisheries for the Wildlife Resources Division. “With springtime here and the weather warming, I can’t think of a better time to take advantage of the amazing angling opportunities all over our state, so let’s Go Fish Georgia!”

Georgia anglers support fisheries conservation! Did you know that your license purchase allows GADNR WRD to continue to do important research, maintain and operate public fishing areas and more? Purchase a Georgia license at www.gooutdoorsgeorgia.com.

For fishing tips, be sure to check out the weekly Fishing Blog post at https://georgiawildlife.blog/category/fishing/.

Information about state-record fish, including an application and rules, can be found at https://georgiawildlife.com/fishing/recordprogram/rules or in the current Sport Fishing Regulations Guidebook.

Horticulture Program At GNTC Growing

Shelby Madden, a GNTC Horticulture student from LaFayette, tends to plants during the annual Spring Plant Sale. Madden has a greenhouse and small-scale plant and vegetable farm; she is starting a business named “Maddhouse Farm.”

The Horticulture program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) is cultivating the next generation of landscapers, greenhouse owners and floral shop managers.

GNTC’s program offers a degree, diploma or certificate and is offered on the Floyd County Campus in Rome.

“We have a diverse range of students,” said Nick Barton, program director and instructor of Horticulture at GNTC. “Some students come here straight from high school. Others pursue a different career path.”

Barton said he estimates the oldest student to take Horticulture classes at GNTC was in her 70s.

“Some students want to learn to be self-sufficient by growing their own food,” Barton said. “As food prices climb, being able to grow food can make a difference in the grocery bill.”

Students learn to propagate plants in the greenhouse and nursery field, design and construct landscapes and maintain and operate machinery safely, including a tractor, mini-excavator and skid steer, also called a skid loader, he said. Graduates of the program are prepared for many career opportunities ranging from lawn care and landscaping to retail plant store management, floral shop management and greenhouse management.

“This is a hands-on class,” he said. “Our students grow everything we sell at our plant sales and operate the sales to give them real-world experience. Our largest sale is the Spring Plant Sale, usually held around the second week in April, which includes flowers, hanging baskets, vegetable plants and some nursery plants that they have grown from seed.”

Upon graduation, students can apply for the live plant license required by the Georgia Department of Agriculture to sell live plants in Georgia.

Classes cover arboriculture science; construction, design, installation and management; horticulture business management; identification of woody ornamental and herbaceous plants; irrigation and water management; landscape contracting, management of greenhouses, nurseries and horticulture businesses; pest management; plant production and propagation; soils; turfgrass management; and urban landscape issues.

Floral-related courses cover floral design, interiorscaping and flower shop management.

Although Barton grew up farming, his career path was not a straight row to Horticulture, he said. He took Machine Tool Technology (now named Precision Machining and Manufacturing) courses at GNTC after graduating from high school and returned to GNTC in the early 1990s to help teach the program. After 40 years in the machining field, his employer closed.

Then the semi-retired Barton, who was farming, ran into a former high school classmate, then employed at GNTC, who asked if he would be interested in going back to college, he explained. He took Horticulture classes at GNTC through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program.

WIOA is a federally-funded work training program that assists students who meet both eligibility and suitability requirements to learn new skills for tomorrow’s workforce.

“Upon the untimely death of my teacher, I was asked to substitute as instructor so that students could complete the semester of classes,” he said. “I ended up taking a full-time teaching position at GNTC.”

Barton said he has enjoyed teaching the program. He enjoys working with the students and is gratified when a student says “Hey, I grew that.”

Barton emphasizes the importance of cultivating an interest in Horticulture among future generations to ensure they know how to grow plants. The field offers job security because people will always need food.

“One does not have to have a lot of capital to start a greenhouse business,” he said. “One can inexpensively start a native nursery that just grows native plants, such as oak trees and persimmon trees. A lot of wildlife properties buy these plants for the wildlife.”

GNTC also offers floral design classes. Instructor Art D’Ambrosio has been teaching floral design for years and is also a floral design judge, judging many Future Farmers of America (FFA) competitions in the area.

“I can’t think of a more qualified person for this position than Art D’Ambrosio,” Barton said.

Red Cross In Georgia Honors Volunteers

During National Volunteer Month, the American Red Cross of Georgia is celebrating community heroes whose daily support and hard work embody the organization’s lifesaving mission to help people in need.

On the evening of April 16, the Red Cross of Georgia will host a statewide Volunteer Recognition Event in each of its eight chapters to show appreciation and gratitude for the region’s invaluable volunteers who help serve 10 million people in 159 counties.

In 2023, more than 2,800 Red Cross of Georgia volunteers supported blood drives and training services, assisted veterans and military families, and provided food and shelter after 2,600 disasters of all sizes. Nationally, volunteers represent more than 90% of the Red Cross workforce providing comfort and relief in the face of emergencies.

“Our volunteers are the heart and soul of the Red Cross,” said Jill Deskins, Regional Volunteer Services Officer. “Their support is immeasurable. Without the gift of their time and talents, we wouldn’t be able to help people in what can be their darkest hour.”

 The combination of heartbreaking home fires and the worsening climate crisis is creating a critical need for disaster volunteers. Last year, the country saw an all-time high of billion-dollar disasters which forced hundreds of thousands of people out of their homes. Here in Georgia, the Red Cross served nearly 7,500 households impacted by Hurricane Idalia.

JOIN US ─ VOLUNTEER While volunteers of all types are needed, the Red Cross has a critical need for three specific positions. These roles are a great fit for those who are team-oriented and want to make an immediate difference. Free online training will be provided.

  • As a Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteer, people can be a source of refuge and comfort for neighbors when they need it most. DAT team members provide emotional support, emergency financial assistance and information to help families begin to recover.
  • As a Shelter Services volunteer, people can support the day-to-day activities within an emergency shelter. This includes helping residents in different shelter areas such as reception, registration, feeding, dormitory, information or others.
  • As a Disaster Health Services volunteer, people can use your professional skills as a licensed healthcare provider to deliver hands-on care to people in shelters. Volunteers also provide additional support including health assessments, health education and much more.

Just like the people served by the Red Cross, the organization is proud its volunteers represent a wide array of cultures, backgrounds, ages, gender identities, lifestyles and beliefs. Everyone is welcome.

This Volunteer Month, the Red Cross is inviting community members to put on a red vest and join the team. Visit redcross.org/volunteertoday to get started today.

Summerville Council Called Meeting Next Week

The Summerville City Council will hold a special called meeting on Tuesday of next week.  The purpose of the meeting is to approve the election staff for the May 21st special election and to discuss the Fiscal Year 2024-2025 budget.  The special election is being held to fill the position that was left open upon the death of former Summerville City Councilman David Ford.  Six people have expressed interest in running for the position which will fill the unexpired term of Mr. Ford.  Next week’s meeting will be held at 5:30 PM at Summerville City Hall and the public is invited to attend.

Resurfacing Next Week In Northwest Georgia

WHAT: Weather permitting, crews in northwest Georgia will close Monday the right southbound lane and shoulder of I-59 for a resurfacing project extending from SR 136 to Slygo Road. The resurfacing in both directions is expected to be finished in early winter.

WHEN: Beginning Monday, April 15, Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

WHERE: The right southbound lane and shoulder on I-59 will be closed from State Route 136 to Slygo Road.

Ozment Selected To Replace Tucker

The City of Summerville is pleased to announce that Summerville Police Captain Brian Ozment has been selected to be the next Public Safety Director upon the retirement of the current Public Safety Director, Harold Tucker, on May 28, 2024.

Captain Ozment began his service to the Summerville Police Department in 1993. During his 30+ year tenure, he has worked as a police officer, investigator, and most recently as Captain where he performed the duties of Assistant Police Chief. Captain Ozment is a graduate of Chattooga High School, attended the Georgia Chiefs of Police Chief Executive Training Course, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Reinhardt University. He resides with his wife and family in Summerville.
Captain Ozment has a mindset of compassion and service to the citizens of Summerville and expects each employee of the Summerville Police Department to maintain the same mindset when performing their duties. “What may seem like just another call to an officer could quite possibly be the worst moment in the victim’s life.” Additionally, he wants to continue striving to make Summerville a better place to visit and live by maintaining the following priorities: community engagement, transparency, and accountability, and ensuring that Summerville receives the public safety services that it deserves.
Congratulations to Captain Brian Ozment on his promotion! He will serve the City of Summerville well.

Arrest Report - Friday - April 12, 2024

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Friday, April 12, 2024:

GBI Gang Taskforce Arrests 20

A multi-agency gang investigation has led to the arrests of 20 criminal street gang (CSG) members and associates on multiple charges. The GBI’s Gang Task Force, the DeKalb County Police Department, the Cedar Park Police Department (TX), and the Texas Department of Public Safety, along with contributions from the U.S. Marshal’s Southeastern Regional Fugitive Task Force and the ATF, partnered in this significant investigation where charges included Violations of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, Armed Robbery, weapons offenses, and drug trafficking.

The following people were arrested:

  1. Brandon Lovett Thomas, age 31, of Brookhaven, Georgia, charged with 2 counts of Aggravated Robbery and 1 count of Engaging in Organized Crime on Cedar Park, TX warrants.
  1. Jakai Tyere Lewis, age 18, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, charged with 2 counts of Aggravated Robbery and 1 count of Engaging in Organized Crime on Cedar Park, TX warrants.  He is charged in Georgia with Violation of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, Unlawful manufacture, delivery, distribution, possession, or sale of controlled substances, Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
  1. John Ben Frazier, age 19, of Decatur, Georgia, charged with 2 counts of Aggravated Robbery and 1 count of Engaging in Organized Crime on Cedar Park, TX warrants.  He is charged in Georgia with Violation of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, Unlawful manufacture, delivery, distribution, possession, or sale of controlled substances, Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
  1. Ashton Patrick George, age 17, of Decatur, Georgia, charged with 2 counts of Aggravated Robbery and 1 count of Engaging in Organized Crime on Cedar Park, TX warrants.  He is also charged, in Georgia, with Violation of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, Unlawful manufacture, delivery, distribution, possession, or sale of controlled substances, Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
  1. Donovan Lamar Logan, age 20, of Lithonia, Georgia charged with Violation of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, Unlawful manufacture, delivery, distribution, possession, or sale of controlled substances, Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. (DeKalb County Jail).
  1. Shadae Lasha Woods, age 18, of Decatur, Georgia, charged with Violation of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, Unlawful manufacture, delivery, distribution, possession, or sale of controlled substances, Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. (DeKalb County Jail).
  1. Joshua Demarquis Thomas, age 18, of South Fulton, charged with Possession of a sawed- off shotgun, sawed-off rifle, machine weapon, or silencer, Violation of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, Unlawful manufacture, delivery, distribution, possession, or sale of controlled substances, Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
  1. Amarion Jacoby Pitts, age 20, of Covington, Georgia, charged with Violation of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, Unlawful manufacture, delivery, distribution, possession, or sale of controlled substances, Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
  1. Reniya Tatyana Armstead, age 23, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, charged with Violation of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, Unlawful manufacture, delivery, distribution, possession, or sale of controlled substances, Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
  1. Fratavic Travarious Goodwin, age 20, of Jonesboro, Georgia, charged with Violation of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, Unlawful manufacture, delivery, distribution, possession, or sale of controlled substances, Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
  1. Caleb Nehemiah Dudley, age 19, of Lithonia, Georgia, charged with Violation of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, Unlawful manufacture, delivery, distribution, possession, or sale of controlled substances, Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
  1. Calvary Jackson Ray, age 20, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, charged with Violation of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, Unlawful manufacture, delivery, distribution, possession, or sale of controlled substances, Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
  1. Tyrique Demarco Thomas, age 19, of Atlanta, Georgia, charged with Violation of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, Unlawful manufacture, delivery, distribution, possession, or sale of controlled substances, Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
  1. Daniel Kenneth Solomon, age 23, of Ellenwood, Georgia, charged with Violation of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, Unlawful manufacture, delivery, distribution, possession, or sale of controlled substances, Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
  1. Jammel Thomas Jones, age 19, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, charged with Violation of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, Unlawful manufacture, delivery, distribution, possession, or sale of controlled substances, Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
  1. Naseem Umar Triplett, age 20, of Buford, Georgia, charged with Violation of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, Unlawful manufacture, delivery, distribution, possession, or sale of controlled substances, Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
  1. Jerry D. Johnson, age 25, of Lithonia, Georgia, charged with Violation of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, Unlawful manufacture, delivery, distribution, possession, or sale of controlled substances, Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
  1. Nashan Levonta Hutton, age 24, of Lithonia, Georgia, charged with Violation of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, Unlawful manufacture, delivery, distribution, possession, or sale of controlled substances, Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
  1. Cameron Anaya Byrd, age 23, of Lithonia, Georgia, charged with Violation of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, Unlawful manufacture, delivery, distribution, possession, or sale of controlled substances, Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
  1. Darin Katharial Harris, age 19, of Lithonia, Georgia, charged with Violation of the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, Unlawful manufacture, delivery, distribution, possession, or sale of controlled substances, Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

In March of 2024, Cedar Park P.D. (Texas) began an aggravated robbery investigation.  Detectives linked the crime to metro Atlanta suspected CSG members and partnered with the GBI Gang Task Force and the DeKalb County Police Department. Agents served search warrants and arrest warrants in the early morning hours of April 5, 2024, in Brookhaven and Lithonia, and found a cache of weapons, drugs, and money in the Lithonia home. The gang was using the home as a drug distribution hub and a launching pad for the gang’s violent crimes.

This investigation is active and ongoing. Additional charges are expected. The local (Georgia) prosecution will be handled by the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office.

The GBI Gang Task Force is a multi-agency unit that consists of the GBI, the Atlanta Police Department, the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia Department of Corrections, and the Georgia Department of Community Supervision.

Connelly Considering Menlo City Attorney Position

The Menlo City Council has voted to fire longtime city attorney Arch Farrar and has expressed interest in replacing him with local attorney, Sutton Connelly. 

The council gave no clear reason for the decision to replace Farrar, except to say that there could be a “conflict of interest”.  The council did not elaborate on what that conflict of interest might be.  The decision to fire Farrar came at a meeting in which Menlo Mayor Allan Keen was absent due to a medical procedure.

WZQZ News spoke with Sutton Connelly on Thursday.  Connelly said that he is doing his due diligence in considering the offer and felt honored that the council would consider him for the position.  Connelly said that he has had some informal conversations with Mayor Keen about the position and expects to make a decision on the offer from the city council in the near future.

Connelly is the grandson of famed Chattooga County Attorney Bobby Lee Cook and the son of Judge Kristina Cook Graham and has practiced law in Chattooga County for over fifteen years.

 

Last Day For Chattooga FFA Plant Sale

Today is the last day for the Chattooga FFA Plant Sale at Chattooga High School.  The plant sale will be taking place from 9 AM until 5 PM.

Woman Escapes Out Of Patrol Car Window Before Being Apprehended

A twenty-year-old Summerville woman was arrested in the early morning hours of Sunday at the Jack’s Restaurant parking lot in Summerville on drug possession charges.  According to reports from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office, Brooklyn Brown was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and a small amount of marijuana.  After being placed under arrest, cuffed and put in the back of a patrol car, Brown managed to get out of the handcuffs, roll the window down and escape from the patrol car.  Brown fled on foot and was apprehended a short time later on Farrar Drive.  Brown was charged with drug charges, obstruction of law enforcement and felony escape charges in connection with the incident.

Georgia DPH Confirms Third Measles Case Of 2024

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed a case of measles in an unvaccinated individual traveling with an international group of students. The individual, who does not live in the United States, is isolated and receiving treatment at a local hospital. DPH is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to identify and contact anyone who may have been exposed to the individual and to prevent further spread of measles.

Measles is very contagious and spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The measles virus can stay in the air for up to 2 hours after an infected person is there so you can become infected by simply being in a room where an infected person once was.

Measles symptoms appear 7 to 14 days after contact with the virus and typically include high fever, cough, runny nose, and watery eyes. Then a rash of tiny, red spots breaks out that usually starts at the head and spreads to the rest of the body.

Measles can be prevented with the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine. The vaccine is safe and effective. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends children receive their first dose of MMR vaccine between 12-15 months of age and a second dose between 4-6 years old. More than 95% of people who receive a single dose of MMR will develop immunity to all three viruses. A second dose boosts immunity, typically enhancing protection to 98%.

People with symptoms of measles should contact their healthcare provider immediately. DO NOT go to the doctor’s office, the hospital, or a public health clinic without FIRST calling to let them know about your symptoms. Healthcare providers who suspect measles in a patient should notify public health immediately.

For more information about measles, log on to https://dph.georgia.gov/epidemiology/acute-disease-epidemiology/vaccine-preventable-diseases/measles or https://www.cdc.gov/measles/index.html.

Federal Court Upholds Georgia’s Citizenship Verification Process

U.S. Attorney’s Office for The Northern District Of Georgia Collects Over $108 Million in Civil and Criminal Actions in Fiscal Year 2016

In Federal court in the Northern District of Georgia yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Eleanor Ross granted Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s motion to dismiss all claims challenging Georgia’s citizenship verification process.

“Ensuring that only U.S. citizens vote in our elections is critically important to secure and accurate elections,” said Secretary Raffensperger. “Georgia’s citizenship verification process is common sense and it works. With this ruling, we are able to continue ensuring that only U.S. citizens are voting in our elections.”

The ruling in federal court today follows the ruling in favor of Georgia’s citizenship verification process in the Fair Fight Action case in 2022.

The case that Judge Ross dismissed today was brought by New Georgia Project, Common Cause Georgia, GALEO Latino Community Development Fund, ProGeorgia State Table, Asian-Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta, and the Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda. It included claims that Georgia’s citizenship verification process violated the U.S. Constitution, the Voting Rights Act, and the National Voter Registration Act.

Judge Ross ruled in favor of Secretary Raffensperger on every count of their complaint, meaning that Georgia’s citizenship verification processes will remain in place for the 2024 election.

Career Fair At Roper Today

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Camp Hamby Registration Underway

Registration is underway for the 2024 Camp Hamby day camp.  Camp Hamby is a ministry of United Methodist Churches in Chattooga County.  This year, camp will be held from June 10-14 and then from June 17-24.

Campers enjoy a fun-filled day participating in numerous activities while learning about the love of Jesus. The children rotate to different activities throughout the day: nature, music, arts/crafts, Bible exploration,recreation, and discovery. It is tradition to build boats/rafts in nature each year and race them in the creek. On Friday they are treated with an inflatable water slide during their recreation time.The program for the families is on Friday where they share what they learned throughout the week and sing a few traditional songs.

Camp Hamby is special to a lot of people and is open to all denominations.

Find more information about registration HERE

Downtown Runway Show This Evening

Summerville’s Downtown Runway show will be held this evening at 8 PM on East Washington Street. All proceeds will benefit the Diane Marie Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund, a 501c3 nonprofit organization established in 2021 in honor of Diane Marie Jones. The young lady that raises the most money will receive a special prize and recognition on stage the night of the runway show.

The scholarship fund was established in January 2021 in honor of Diane Marie Jones. Diane grew up in Menlo and graduated from Chattooga High School and was a registered nurse. The organization created in her honor is committed to awarding scholarships to those seeking careers in the medical field. Last year, the organization awarded five $1,000 scholarships all to Chattooga County high school seniors.
It is the mission of the Downtown Runway Show’s Team to build self-confidence in a non-competitive way and empower young ladies to make a difference in their communities.

Trion Veteran's Committee Selling Boston Butts Next Month

Arrest Report - Thursday - April 11, 2024

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Thursday, April 11, 2024: