Fireworks, Festivals, and More Highlight Summerville July 1
Thursday, 22 June 2017 09:59

 Saturday, July 1, Summerville will present a taste of good old-fashioned Americana! The city’s traditional salute to Independence Day includes 2 separate events on Saturday, with lots of food, fun, games, a train arrival, music, and, of course, the fabulous fireworks finale. Summerville Main Street will kick off the day at the Summerville Depot with “Stars and Stripes At The Depot/Patriotic Picnic” and the City of Summerville will end the day with a bang at the “Celebrate Independence Festival and Fireworks Show”.

The “Stars and Stripes At The Depot” Patriotic Picnic and Balloon Release festivities are set to begin at 11:30 a.m. and run through 2:30 p.m. This event will be highlighted by the arrival of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Passenger Train and the turning of the majestic steam engine on the Summerville Turntable. Event goers are invited to participate in a patriotic balloon release to be held at the railroad turntable site during the turning of the steam engine. Vendors will be on hand, and “Good Ol Uncle Sam” will be visiting with attendees for photo opportunities throughout the day. There will be a Fried Apple Pie Contest open to the public, which will lend lots of fun in the spirit of competition.

GDOL to help Dollar General recruit in Summerville
Tuesday, 20 June 2017 10:35
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor’s (GDOL) LaFayette Career Center will help Dollar General recruit 13 employees to work at its new store in Gore.
The recruitment will be held on Friday, June 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chattooga Civic Center located at 44 Highway 48 in Summerville. GDOL staff will be on site to assist applicants.
The employer is recruiting assistant managers, full-time leading cashiers, part-time cashiers and sales associates.
All applicants must be at least 18 years old. While it is not required, a high school diploma or a General Education Diploma (GED) is preferred.
Salaries will range from $8 to $10 an hour, depending on the position and experience.
For more information about the jobs, or to apply online, visit to create an account and upload, or prepare, a resume. Having an Employ Georgia account expedites the interview process.
For more information about the recruitment, or to schedule an interview with the employer, contact the GDOL’s LaFayette Career Center at (706) 638-5525. The career center, located at 200 West Villanow St., is open to serve the public Monday through Friday form 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Applicants are encouraged to bring a resume, driver’s license and dress appropriately to improve their opportunities for employment.
Visit to learn more about career opportunities, Employ Georgia and other GDOL services for job seekers and employers, and to connect with us on social media.
Lyerly Takes Aim At Overdue Taxes
Monday, 19 June 2017 19:59
Staff Writer
Lyerly Town Council voted unanimously earlier this month to put eight properties in the town up for sale due to failure to pay property tax. 
“We’ve exhausted our efforts with homeowners to get these taxes paid,” said Mayor Josh Wyatt. The mayor said the town had sent letters repeatedly to property owners but got no response.
Council agreed. 
The decision is a rare one. Wyatt said as far as he knew the town had not done an overdue tax sale in many years.
The eight properties are owned by Nina Baker, Connie Bullard, Sarah Devier, Fred Elrod, Shirley Hatcher, Clifford Hubbard, Angela Veitch and Lamar Woodall. 
Individual property tax bills range from $137.36 to $1,094.02. Town Clerk Sally Kerce told The News that with interest and penalties the total amount owed was $4,716.32. Kerce said she was in the process of contacting a private firm which would handle the sale. 
Five of the property owners have not paid their tax bill since 2012. The other three haven’t paid since 2013.
“I have sent all of them a letter every since they quit paying and I haven’t heard anything back from any of them,” said Kerce. 
At least two of the properties are rental houses and most are occupied. 
Car Seat Safety: A Must For Every Driving Parent
Monday, 19 June 2017 19:58
Eight out of 10 car seats installed in cars and other vehicles are installed incorrectly, according to information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In Georgia, automobile accidents are the leading cause of deaths and injuries for children under the ages of 1 to 12 years.
Local Georgia Highway Patrol Troopers agree that people in many cases do not take the time to install the seats correctly or are in a hurry to leave to their point of destination or even maybe give their seats to a grandparent that may not know how to install them correctly.
Scott Thompson of the Rome State Patrol Barracks said that anytime that they stop someone that has a child in the vehicle they are quick to ask, if the child looks under the age of eight, we ask how old they are because if they are under the age of eight they have to be in some kind of child safety device.
$800 Found And Returned To Owner By Sheriff’s Dept.
Monday, 19 June 2017 19:56
Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader is smiling. He knows there are still honest people living in this world.
Managers at the Summerville McDonald's found a bank bag containing more than $800 on a recent Saturday. It belonged to a woman, they believed.
"I think she sat it down while getting breakfast and walked off," Sheriff Schrader said.
McDonald's employees took the bank bag and kept it until the sheriff arrived. 
The sheriff opened the bag and it only contained cash and one Walmart receipt. 
First. The sheriff announced the find on social media and asked for the rightful owner to claim it at his office. 
"Nothing ever came from Facebook," the sheriff said.
It was the receipt that provided enough information to find the rightful owner.
"Walmart was able to take the receipt and pull video footage. [Sheriff's] Investigator Jason Burrage recognized the lady," the sheriff said.
The woman was contacted and the money was returned this week, the sheriff said.







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June 7-July 26
* Welcome Hill Baptist Church
Wednesdays Only @6 p.m.
June 12-16
* Trion Heights Baptist Church 5:30-8:30 p.m.
* Central Avenue Baptist Church 6-8:30 p.m.
* Dry Valley Baptist
6:30-8:30 p.m.
June 17
New Antioch Baptist Church
June 18-22
* Trion First Baptist/Trion Methodist Joint Program
Dinner @ 5p.m. (Methodist)
VBS @ 6-8:30 p.m (Baptist)
* Sardis Baptist Church
5:30p.m.-8:30 p.m.
June 19-23
* Summerville First Baptist
@6p.m. -8:35p.m.
June 19-23
* Subligna Baptist Church
@6p.m.-8:30 p.m.

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