WQCH and Georgia 93.7 Local News Headlines 12-18-23


Walker County will celebrate it’s 190th anniversary today.  It’s was 190 years ago today – December 18, 1833 when Georgia Govenor Wilson Lumpkin signed a bill that divided Murray County into two counties and created Walker County.  Today at 1pm at the Walker County Civic Center, county leaders will gather for a short ceremony to mark Walker County’s Heritage Day.  They will also announce a time capsule campaign in anticipation of the county’s 200th anniversary.

The Walker County Detention Center reported two felony arrests on Saturday.  28-year-old John Dakota Moses faces felony charges of shoplifting.  27-year-old Andrew Paul Kim faces five counts of terroristic threats, five counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and criminal trespassing.  

Federal drug officials are warning Georgia to shelve its plans to be the first state to allow pharmacies to dispense medical marijuana products.  News outlets report that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Nov. 27 warned pharmacies that dispensing medical marijuana violates federal law.

The Georgia Board of Pharmacy began accepting applications to dispense the products in October. Licenses have already been issued to 23 Georgia independent pharmacies, the board said.  The Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission, which oversees Georgia’s medical marijuana industry, said it can’t override the federal directive, even though pharmacies are allowed to dispense the products under state law.

LaFayette boys basketball team returns to action today.  The Ramblers will head across the state line into Tennessee.  They will participate in a tournament that starts today at Marion County High School in Jasper, Tennessee.  The LaFayette girls basketball team will be in the Gordon Lee Christmas Tournament that starts on Wednesday night.