Sixth Grade Survivor Camp Planned At SMS July 27
Friday, 21 July 2017 11:15

Summerville Middle School will again host a sixth grade Survivor camp for all upcoming sixth grade students who will be entering Summerville Middle School this fall. This year’s Survivor Camp will be held on Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 

Parents are invited to join their students as they rotate throughout the school to meet teachers and learn about what to expect in middle school. During the camp, students will receive their schedules and have an opportunity to purchase lockers. 
All are invited and encouraged to attend.

Woman Regains Consciousness Two Miles Downstream
Friday, 21 July 2017 10:22

A Lyerly woman remembers losing consciousness underneath a bridge Wednesday morning. Upon waking, however, it was seven hours later and she was now two miles downstream.

Stephanie Cromer, 37, does not know how it happened, according to Chattooga County Sheriff's reports.

It started around 9:40 a.m. when she and her husband, Cody, went to replace a windshield on their vehicle. They got into an argument because the repair job cost a little more than expected, according to a report.

Upset about their money troubles, Stephanie got out of the vehicle at the Chattooga River bridge on Taliaferro Springs Road. After asking twice if she needed a ride home, Cody left.

Man Charged With Vehicular Homicide In Today's Crash
Thursday, 20 July 2017 14:13

A local man is being charged with the death of a Summerville woman who was a passenger during a two-vehicle collision on Taylor's Ridge around 7 a.m. this morning.

The woman that died this morning in the two vehicle crash on Taylor’s Ridge has been identified as 85-year-old Opal Vaughn of Summerville.

The crash involved a black Ford F-150 and a silver Nissan truck. The Georgia State Patrol is charging 26-year-old Daniel Craig, of Summerville, with DUI and first-degree vehicular homicide. 

Ms. Vaughn was riding with her sons, Kenneth, the driver, and Michael Vaughn, of Summerville.

The Georgia State Patrol is still investigating the crash. Preliminary reports indicate Craig fell asleep and crossed into oncoming traffic near the overlook on Taylor's Ridge.

19-Year-Old Shot In Officer-Involved Shooting
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 14:09

Wednesday update: from Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader:

"Law Enforcement was at a residence in Summerville interviewing individuals regarding a snatch and grab robbery that had been reported during the previous night. Law Enforcement was speaking with the suspect, Devon DeShawn Ward, when he bolted out from the house striking a Summerville police officer. Officers chased the suspect on foot and lost sight of him briefly. Agent Caine Railey, who was one if the officers who was at the residence, spotted him within a few minutes and again chased him on foot into an area off of Seventh Street in Summerville.
Upon Agent Railey catching the suspect they began to struggle and the suspect refused to obey the commands of the officer. After fighting with the suspect for several minutes, Agent Railey and the suspect were on their feet and Agent Railey was still attempting to secure suspect Ward as he continued to resist and fight with the Agent. Agent Railey stated he was physically exhausted so he shoved the suspect away from him and drew his service weapon ordering the suspect to stop fighting and to get on the ground. The suspect, being only feet away from Agent Railey, looked Agent Railey directly in the eyes and charged toward him reaching out toward Agent Railey's weapon as suspect Ward closed the distance gap between them. Agent Railey turned sideways and pulled his weapon in toward his body and as the suspect made contact with him he fired one round striking suspect Ward in the abdominal area. Officers provided emergency aide by placing pressure on the wound and trying to keep suspect Ward conscious until emergency medical services arrived. Agent Railey is on administrative leave as is normal protocol as the Georgia Bureau of Investigation investigates the incident. Ward is reported to be in critical but improving condition.
Please continue to pray for Agent Railey, his family, Devon Ward and his family, as well as everyone involved in this terrible, but preventable, incident."

Update: from Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader. The suspect has been identified as Devon DeShawn Ward age 19 of Atlanta. The Deputy involved is Agent Caine Railey who is a deputy sheriff with the Sheriff's Office and is currently assigned to the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force as a narcotics investigator. 


A 19-year-old was shot in the stomach during an altercation with Chattooga County law enforcement officials around 12:35 p.m. today, according to Sheriff Mark Schrader.

The incident happened while Summerville Police investigators were seeking information about a snatch-and-grab robbery that happened within the city last night. The suspect fled on foot from Summerville Police near Seventh Street and briefly got away.

"My deputy spotted him and gave chase on foot," Sheriff Schrader said. 

Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR. Coming To Summerville
Monday, 17 July 2017 13:12

 Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST playing at the Tooga Theatre starting on August 4th at 7:00 for 5 shows only,  August 4th, 5th, and 12th at 7:00 and August 6th and 12th at 2:30.  The 60-minute musical, designed for middle-school aged performers, is based on the 1994 Broadway production and Disney’s 1991 animated feature film. The Chattooga Curtain Call cast contains approximately 60 students led by Mrs. Tina Lee.

Beauty and the Beast JR.tells the story of Belle, an adventurous young girl, and the Beast, her hideous captor who is actually a young prince trapped under a spell. In order to break the spell, the Beast must learn to love another and earn her love in return – before time runs out.  With the help of the castle’s enchanted staff, including a loving teapot, a charming candelabra, and a nervous mantel clock, Belle and the Beast find a beautiful friendship and love that neither knew was possible. Beauty and the Beast JR. features classic songs from the Academy Award®-winning film score such as “Be Our Guest” and “Belle,” as well as original songs from the 1994 Tony®-nominated Broadway musical.

All performances of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR.are open to the public at the Tooga Theatre.   Admission is $10.

For more information about licensing BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR. or other Disney shows, please visit

Menlo Approves Stopping Animal Control Services
Monday, 17 July 2017 12:27
Menlo slashed funding for animal control in order to comply with a state mandate to provide specialized insurance to its volunteer firefighters.
The city council made this move Tuesday night to save money and put the savings toward a new mandated cancer insurance program required by Georgia House Bill 146.
The decision to eliminate animal control came while the council discussed how to pay for the insurance coverage. It's projected to cost Menlo about $4,500 a year and council members did not want to raise property taxes.
The city was paying $4,200 for animal control services and the amount saved will be close to what is needed to pay the firemen’s insurance coverage.
“That amount will pay the cost pretty close to every year, we may have to look at a few other things,” Mayor Theresa Canada said. 
She said they will not know the exact cost until City Clerk Julie Willingham gets the exact number of actual firemen that are not covered by somebody else.





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