WQCH and Georgia 93.7 Local News Headlines 11-9-23


Four counties including Walker have been designated as a natural disaster area due to drought conditions.  State Representative Mike Cameron made the announcement yesterday.  Those who have been impacted by the drought can apply for USDA FSA loans.  Farmers in Walker County have until June 30th of next year to apply.  Head to Farmers.gov and view the Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool.  Contact the local USDA Service Center to file a notice of loss or to ask questions about available programs.

A run-off election is planned for City Council Ward 4 in LaFayette.  None of the candidates received 50% of the vote.  A run-off election is set for December 5th between the two candidates who received the most votes.

Just a heads up for tomorrow, it’s Veterans Day.  That means that all city offices will be closed.

People in Georgia will keep paying no state taxes on gasoline and diesel, at least until state lawmakers start a special legislative session.  Republican Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday extended the fuel tax rollback of 31.2 cents per gallon of gasoline and 35 cents per gallon of diesel until Nov. 29.  Georgia’s governor can suspend the collection of taxes during an emergency as long as state lawmakers approve it the next time they meet. That next session had been scheduled for Jan. 8, but will now be Nov. 29. That’s when Kemp called a special session to redraw Georgia’s congressional and state legislative districts after a federal judge ruled some districts illegally diluted voting power of Black people.  It’s unclear if Kemp will ask lawmakers to extend the tax break by law during their special session. He could also declare another state of emergency after lawmakers leave and resume waiving taxes until January. Spokesperson Garrison Douglas said he had no information about what Kemp would request