WQCH and Georgia 93.7 Local News Headlines 2-8-24


The Walker County Board of Commissioners will meet today. The meeting happens at 6:30 at Courthouse Annex III, 201 South Main Street in LaFayette. The meeting with be streamed live on the county Facebook page.


The Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help with naming two suspects in a theft. The theft happened at the Dollar General store on Highway 41, January 30th at around 6:30pm. Detectives say a Black male and Black female, who both appeared to be in their early 20s, are accused of stealing two gift cards that were worth $500 each. The male suspect was wearing gray Nike sweatpants and a matching sweatshirt along with a pink garment on the top of his head. The male had a small tattoo near his right eye. The female was wearing black pants and a blue hoodie with a blue surgical mask covering her face. If you have any information please call the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office.


Georgia’s House backed changes to the state budget Wednesday. The move would add $5 billion in spending, including a burst of roadbuilding, new dental and medical schools, and money to cover bonuses paid to state employees and teachers. The House voted 161-2 to pass a bill that adds money to the current budget running through June 30. The bill now goes to the Senate for its own changes. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp proposed the boost, which would push spending of state money to $37.5 billion. Total spending, including federal aid, college tuition, fines and fees, would rise to $67.5 billion

The Georgia Department of Community Health has decided not to change a rule, which would reduce staffing requirements in memory care units. The board was set to vote on the final adoption in January, but abandoned the plan. Current Georgia law requires at least two direct care workers “on-site” in each memory care unit. That law was created and passed in 2020. Nancy Pitra, Director of Government Affairs with the Alzheimer’s Association Georgia Chapter said it’s something they believe is a minimum. In November, the Georgia Department of Community Health accepted a petition to change the rule to no longer require two onsite workers in a memory care facility. After hearing all the comments, the department chose not to move forward with the change.