Chattooga Schools CLIP Meetings

Chattooga County Schools will host its’ annual CLIP meetings on June 7th and June 21st at 9:00 a.m. These meetings will be held in The Board Room at the Chattooga County Education Center located at 206 Penn Street, Summerville GA, 30747. The CLIP, or Consolidated LEA Improvement Plan, is the plan which outlines the way we use Federal Funds in our school district. The public is encouraged to attend! The Chattooga County School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability in its programs, activities, or employment practices.

Trion Mayor Reading At Trion Library On Wednesday

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Tomorrow, June 7th at 11:00 AM, Trion Mayor Lanny Thomas will be reading to children at the Trion Public Library. He will be reading Jane Yolen & Mark Teague’s How do Dinosaurs Learn to be Kind? and Marla Frazee’s In Every Life.

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Chattooga County Senior Center To Host Yard Sale & Fish Fry Friday June 9th

The Chattooga County Senior Center will be hosting a yard sale this Friday June the 9th from 8am until 2pm at the Senior Center.  The Senior Center is located at 184 Senior Drive in Summerville directly behind the Chattooga County Library.

In conjunction with the yard sale, the Chattooga County Senior Center will also be hosting a fish fry fundraiser at the Summerville Recreation Center from 8am until 2 pm.  Fish plates, which consists of fish, fries, slaw and hushpuppies, will be $8 and fish sandwiches will be sold for $5.  Pre-orders are available.  All proceeds will be split between the AC Carter Alumni and the Chattooga County Senior Center.

For more information, contact Wendy Martin at 706-978-1850.

Arrest Report - Tuesday - June 6, 2023

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Tuesday, June 6, 2023:

Regional Commission Accepting Bids For New Vehicle

The Northwest Georgia Regional Commission is accepting bids for a new vehicle to be used by the commission’s executive director.  According to a bid notice, bids are being accepted on a new Chevrolet Traverse SUV.  The bid notice says that the vehicle should be with the RS trim package, or higher.  Bids are being accepted until June 8, 2023.  You can find out all the details HERE. The Northwest Georgia Regional Commission serves the following counties: Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield.

Music Lineup At Chattooga River Fest This Saturday

Chattooga River Fest is coming up this weekend in Trion and the third annual event is packed full of activities – and music!  This year, there will be music throughout the day starting with local talent that includes Daniel Buckner, Parker Thomas, the Zach Waller Band, Chip Rowland, Champagne Jam Session and The Mules. Then at 9 PM Atlanta Rhythm Section will be on stage.  River Fest Music is sponsored by Atrium Health Floyd, Guffin & Eleam Insurance, Georgia Power, Southeast First National Bank, North Georgia EMC and Dry Valley Baptist Church.  Don’t miss River Fest coming up this Saturday on the banks of the Chattooga River in Trion.

GSP Identifies Pedestrian Killed On I-75 This Past Weekend

The Georgia State Patrol responded to a fatal crash involving a pedestrian on I-75 in Gordon County Saturday.

According to the GSP:

The incident occurred at around 12:08 p.m. near mile marker 310.

78-year-old Oscar George Washam of Cobb County had pulled over onto the shoulder of the interstate and was outside of his vehicle, in the right lane of travel, securing a loose pipe that was hanging from his camper trailer.

A tractor-trailer then struck Washam, who was pronounced dead at the scene by the Gordon County Coroner.


Nichols Sentenced In Chattooga County Superior Court

A twenty-seven-year-old woman was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to go through a drug treatment program after appearing in Chattooga County Superior Court.  Haley Nichole Nichols had been charged with theft by receiving stolen property, financial transaction card theft and possession of methamphetamine.  Nichols has been arrested several times over the past two years on a variety of charges.  In February of this year, she was arrested for shoplifting at the Dollar Store on Commerce Street in Summerville.  Last year, Nichols was charged with criminal trespass after she was found hiding in a closet at an apartment in Summerville. She was also accused of shoplifting over $500 worth of merchandise from Bryant & Sons Lumber Company in September of last year.


Trion Youth Football Camp Coming In July

The Trion High School Football Team will be hosting the Trion Youth Football Camp coming up next month.  The event will be for youth ages 5-13 and will be held at Sam R. McCain Stadium in Trion.  The camp will be taught by Trion High School football players and coaches.  The dates for the youth football camp are July 19-21 and will begin at 6 PM each evening and go until 7:30 PM.  Parents can register their child on the first day of camp between 5 PM and 6 PM.  The fee is $30 and includes a camp t-shirt.  Payments should be made with cash or check.


Local Democrats Plan Annual Dinner

The Chattooga County Democratic Party is planning the 21st Annual Chattooga County Democratic Party Annual Dinner.  The event will be held on Saturday, July 15th at the Chattooga County Civic Center, located on Highway 48 in Summerville, across from Truist Bank.   U.S. Representative Nikema Williams will be the keynote speaker.   Williams, who represents the 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House, also serves as the chair of the Georgia Democratic Party.  Tickets for the event are $20 per person.

Menlo City Council Meeting This Evening

The Menlo City Council will hold their regular meeting for the month of June coming up this evening at Menlo City Hall, located at the intersection of Highway 48 and Highway 337 in Menlo.  The council meeting will get underway at 6 PM.  The public is welcome to attend.

Local Fire Departments Train For Crash Victim Extrication

A crash victim extrication training event was recently held for Chattooga County fire departments.  The training was hosted by the Trion Fire Department and was taught by instructors from the Georgia Public Safety Training Center.  The training was funded by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.  The sixteen-hour course was held over a period of two days.  Twenty-four firefighters from Chattooga County completed the training course.  Fire Departments that participated in the training included: Trion, Telgoa, Catoosa, Hays, Lyerly, Menlo and Cloudland. Trion Scrap Metal provided vehicles for the training course.

Summerville Looking To Hire Meter Reader

The City of Summerville is looking to hire a meter reader. The position requires a high school diploma or GED and a valid driver’s licence.  You can find more details about the position below:

City of Summerville

Job Announcement

Meter Reader                                                                                            


This position is responsible for reading utility meters to record usage data.


  • Walks or drives a truck along established routes.
  • Reads meters electronically and manually to determine usage.
  • Reports theft of services.
  • Locates and repairs leaks.
  • Provides information and assistance to customers.
  • Re-reads meters as needed.
  • Maintains assigned vehicle.
  • Flags traffic at work sites as needed.
  • Performs related duties.


  • The work is typically performed while standing, walking, bending, crouching or stooping. The employee frequently lifts light and occasionally heavy objects.
  • The work is typically performed outdoors. The employee is exposed to dust, dirt, grease, and occasional cold or inclement weather.


  • High school diploma or equivalent experience.
  • Sufficient experience to understand the basic principles relevant to the major duties of the position, usually associated with the completion of an apprenticeship/internship or having had a similar position for one to two years.
  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s licenses issued by the State of Georgia for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.

Any person interested in this position may submit an application at the City of Summerville, 120 Georgia Ave., Summerville, GA 30747. Resumes may also be submitted via e-mail to or mailed to:

City of Summerville
Attn: Angie White
P.O. Box 180
Summerville, GA 30747


Dry Valley Baptist Church Clothes Closet To Open Friday June 9th

The Dry Valley Baptist Church clothes closet will be open this Friday June the 9th from 9am to 11am.  The clothes closet is open to everyone in need of free clothes.

Chattooga Sheriff's Office Training At Chattooga High School

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From Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader:  Please be aware that we will be conducting law enforcement training this week at Chattooga High School. Please do not be alarmed if you see an increased law enforcement presence this week. All is well, school is out and the use of the building allows us to train better and be prepared for emergencies, should one arise.

Arrest Report - Monday - June 5, 2023

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Monday, June 5, 2023:

Commissioner Awards Grants To Local Farms & Businesses

Last Thursday, Chattooga County Commissioner Blake Elsberry awarded four grants that were funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).  Two of the grants were awarded to local farms and two were awarded to local businesses.

According to the application process on the county’s website, the farms had to be locally owned, family farms and have experienced economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The commissioner awarded a grant of $10,000 to Shallow Creek Farm, owned by Shawn McCrary in the Armuchee area of Chattooga County. Another grant of $10,000 was awarded to Lay or Bust Farm in Subligna; owned by Jeremy and Sarah Eager.

Two grants of $5,000 each were awarded to local businesses.  Those grants were awarded to Cook & Connelly Law Firm and Lowe’s Septic Service.

Man Sentenced To Four Years In Prison

A man with a long history of run-ins with the law was sentenced in Chattooga County Superior Court to spend four years in prison.  Zachary Gage Suttles of a Halls Valley Road, Trion address pleaded guilty to several charges including fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Suttles has been arrested on multiple charges over the past several years in Chattooga County.  He has also faced charges in neighboring counties and in Tennessee.

Methodist Churches In Chattooga County Contemplate Future

Pleasant Hill UMC – West Armuchee Road, Summerville

While some Methodists churches in Chattooga County have already left the United Methodist denomination, others are contemplating the move.  This comes after a meeting of the North Georgia Conference of United Methodists last week.

Already, several rural Methodist churches in Chattooga County have disaffiliated from the conference.  Most of the historically African-American Methodist churches in the county have voted to leave the United Methodist Church, and Oak Hill Methodist Church in Lyerly has already completed the disaffiliation process.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution had an article on Sunday that quoted the pastor of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church on West Armuchee Road.  Rev. Sharon Coley told the newspaper that she and her church plans to stay in the denomination. ( AJC Story )

Meanwhile, Lyerly United Methodist Church has a vote scheduled for members to determine if they will stay or go.  According to the church’s Facebook page, the vote will be held this coming Sunday, June 11th.

The AJC reported that around 40% of United Methodist Churches in Georgia have either voted to leave the denomination, or are planning to do so.  In North Georgia, Methodist Churches have until June 30th to vote to disaffiliate.

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Buddy Windle Field Gets New Turf

Workers were installing the new turf at Buddy Windle Field at Chattooga High School last week.  The new artificial turf will allow athletic events in wetter, rainy conditions and will also allow Chattooga to have home track and field events.

The track is being installed to meet 2023 GHSA specifications.  Chattooga County BOE Chairman Eddie Elsberry told WZQZ Newst “This will allow Chattooga to not only practice on proper length and width track but also host track meets. Chattooga has had multiple state champions in Track and Field over the past years with no proper facilities to practice on. Our students and community deserve this upgrade to enhance the total educational experience at CHS. The pride in the schools are already building around these projects. This along with our top notch vocational program and excellent academic programs make our campus second to none”.
After completion of the turf installation, workers will come back to finish cutting the lettering and logos on the field.