WQCH and Georgia 93.7 Local News Headlines 10-17-23


Georgia now has $10.7 billion in surplus cash that its leaders can spend however they want after the state ran a huge surplus for the third straight year.  The State Accounting Office, in a Monday report, said Georgia ran a $5.3 billion surplus in the 2022 budget year ended June 30, even after spending $32.6 billion.  Total state general fund receipts rose about $1 billion, or 3%. But because Gov. Brian Kemp has kept budgeting spending well below prior year revenues, the amount of surplus cash at the end of each year keeps rising.

Georgia’s rising public high school graduation rate hit a record in 2023, with the state Department of Education saying Tuesday that 84.4% of seniors graduated on time in the spring.  That’s up slightly from 84.1% last year, and a record high since Georgia began using calculations that require a student to graduate in four years with a regular high school diploma.  Graduation rates have increased since 2012, when fewer than 70% of Georgia seniors were graduating on time.

Cool morning temperatures can be expected the rest of the work week.  Lows in the 40’s with high’s in the upper 60’s and low 70’s.  There is the possibility of rain in the forecast for Friday.  Patrick Core has you updated weather forecast all day on WQCH.  

LaFayette High School’s football game originally scheduled for Friday night has been moved to Thursday.  You will be able to hear the game Thursday night on Georgia 93-7.  Gordon Lee is moving their home game this week from Friday to Thursday as well.  LaFayette Volleyball opens the first round of the state playoffs Wednesday at 5:30pm.  The Ramblers will face Lumpkin County at home.