WQCH and Georgia 93.7 Local Headlines 8-23-23


An arrest has been made in connection to the disappearance of a LaFayette teenager who was found across the country over the weekend.  LaFayette police say 27-year-old Blane Christopher Patterson is facing federal charges in the disappearance of 14-year-old Graycie Millard.  Millard was missing for about three weeks before the FBI got involved in the case.  Investigators found Patterson and Millard in Arizona over the weekend.  Patterson’s charges include sexual conduct with a minor and production of child pornography.

The Georgia Department of Public Health is urging residents to be careful as high heat levels and high humidity sweep across the state.  According to the Georgia DPH, temperatures are expected to remain in the high 90s throughout the state for several days, at times feeling closer to 100 degrees or higher due to humidity. As a result, the department is warning Georgians to avoid prolonged time in the sun and heat and limit outdoor activities. DPH said extreme heat can lead to heat-related illness, which can cause confusion or loss of consciousness.  The department said children, especially infants, young children, those older than 65 years of age, people who are overweight, or those with heart disease, high blood pressure, or take medication for depression, insomnia or poor circulation are at greater risk for heat illness.  For pets, DPH said to ensure your furry friends have protection from the sun and heat, and plenty of fresh, cold water, including adding ice to water to keep it cool.

DPH said to use tree shade or tarps, rather than doghouses because they do not obstruct airflow.



Ten LaFayette High School students have been awarded national recognition from the College Board.  These students have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and outstanding performance on the PSAT and/or AP Exams.  The students can list this honor on their college applications to help them standout.  The 10 students receiving the honor are:

• Anna Arrowood

• Anniston Pierce
• Brandon Wallin
• Carson Braccini
• Charles Thrash
• Jesse Bradford
• Jonas Wyrick
• Joseph Hicks
• Madison Angle
• Tucker Henderson

The LaFayette Ramblers are back in action on Friday night.  After last weeks impressive season opening win at home, the Ramblers go on the road this week.  They will face Trion on Friday night.  You can hear all the action on Georgia 93-7.