A winter storm warning is in effect until 7am tomorrow for Walker County. Make sure you bring your pets inside. Check on your elderly neighbors and family members. Also remember to be careful with heat sources. Candles and space heaters are a fire risk. Several businesses have already announced their plans to close today and a few are closing tomorrow as well. UTC is closed today for MLK Day, the university will also close Tuesday.
The Walker County Board of Commissioners last week voted to select District 2 Commissioner Mark Askew as Vice Chair. The board also set the qualifying fee for each county office to be filled in the 2024 elections. Fees are 3-percent of the minimum salary for the office. The Chair, District 3 and District 4 seats on the board will be on the ballots this year. Sheriff, Tax Commissioner, Court Clerk and several judicial positions will also be voted on. Qualifying for county officials take place March 4th through March 8th. You can get more information at Walker County Elections.com
A fire in Trion on Wednesday of last week claimed the life of one man and two dogs. Firefighters managed to save the man’s mother and another dog. The unidentified victim was 54 years old. Trion authorities say his mother is 72. No word yet on what started the fire but authorities say it started in the kitchen.
Georgia education officials want to provide literacy coaches to help train teachers to improve reading.
Some lawmakers say the state Department of Eduction is not doing enough to implement the literacy law that was passed last year. The 2022 National Assessment of Educational Progress found 32% of fourth graders in Georgia were proficient in reading, about the same as nationwide. In his budget proposed Thursday, Republican Gov. Brian Kemp included $11.3 million for literacy efforts, including $6.2 million for literacy coaches and more than $5 million for a screening test to detect dyslexia and other problems as early as kindergarten.
The latest restaurant inspection report has good news for two local subways. The Subway in LaFayette scored a 97. The Subway in Rock Spring made a 100