Walker County News

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County to vote on property tax increase Sept. 11

One public hearing remains

A Sept. 11 public hearing will be the last chance for Walker County citizens to have their voices heard on the county’s proposed property tax increase.

125th anniversary Blue and Gray BBQ Arts/Crafts Festival and BBQ Cook Off Sept. 20

It’s been 125 years since Union and Confederate soldiers reunited on the grounds of the Gordon-Lee Mansion in friendship. In true Southern fashion, food was involved — barbecue.

LaFayette paving project hits snags

The paving of Foster Mill Drive that was to be completed this fall will have to be pushed back to spring 2015.

Walker County Fair returns Sept. 12-14

After 50 years without a fair, the Walker County Fair is making a comeback.

LaFayette keeps millage rate flat

The city of LaFayette won’t be adding insult to injury when it comes to property taxes, a visible relief for the many residents in attendance at a special called meeting last week.

Cornelison gets ready to harvest apples on Lookout

They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. For 78-year-old Charles Cornelison and his wife Becky, who’s one year his junior, it’s more like 135 apple … trees.

Susan Wells to give up School Board for Family Connection

Though Susan Wells is retired from teaching, she still has a heart for children and families. In addition to serving as Walker County School Board chairwoman, she works as the Coordinator for Walker County Family Connection.

Project Search launches at LaFayette High School

Rachel Cannon, a student at LaFayette High School, has cerebral palsy. But that isn’t slowing her down, especially when it comes to preparing for a job after high school.

LaFayette paves cemetery’s new addition

Since the 1800s, LaFayette’s cemetery has played a significant role in the lives of residents.

Bennett settles in at battlefield, plans upcoming events

New Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Superintendent Brad Bennett is happy to be at what he deems “the best park of them all.”

Chickamauga plans to pave main thoroughfare

West 10th Street, which connects Crittenden Avenue to downtown Chickamauga, is cracking.

Wyatt’s Cafe opens in former Chow House

Catlett community’s Wyatt’s Cafe is serving up Southern hospitality and good food in a western style setting.

Ombudsman graduates students

Just as students are returning to school, 14 locals are celebrating their August graduation from the Advancing Education Center in Chickamauga.

County eyes tax hike

Walker County Sole Commissioner Bebe Heiskell is proposing a 59 percent increase on the county portion of property tax millage rates to generate money she says is needed to keep pace with increasing expenses and state requirements.

Bebe Heiskell considers sale of Mountain Cove

Looks for revenue streams to offset tax increase

With a tax increase imminent, Walker County Commissioner Bebe Heiskell is looking for revenue streams to offset the burden on taxpayers.