WQCH and Georgia 93.7 Local News Headlines 6-16-2023


Wednesday saw ten booked into the Walker County Detention Center on felony charges.  Four of which were meth related charges.  46-year-old Brandy Nicole Weever, 37-year-old Carl Richard Standridge, 32-year-old Jake Tyler Brown and 59-year-old Michael Anthony Helton were all charged with possession of meth.

Hopefully this week’s rain has helped conditions in the area.  According to the National Intergrated Drought Information system, Walker County is not in a drought.  We are however, considered to be abnormally dry this time of year.  Walker County was just over 2-inches below rainfall for the month of May.  For the year, we are just about one inch below normal for rainfall for the year.

Georgia’s jobless rate got a little higher in May, but still stayed at a historically low level.  The number of people on employer payrolls set another new record.

The state’s unemployment rate rose to 3.2% in May after nine months in a row at 3.1%. That’s also up from an all-time low of 2.9% in May of 2022.

May was the 20th straight month that Georgia recorded an unemployment rate below 3.5%. That only happened in five months between 1976 and September 2021.

The number of people seeking and reporting jobs both rose in May to new records, but the number of job seekers rose faster, pushing the number of unemployed Georgians close to 170,000. That accounted for the rise in the unemployment rate.

We are less than one week away from the start of summer.  Temperatures may be mild now for June but hot weather will be here soon enough.  That can be trouble for kids and animals who are left in cars.  Last year 33-people died in hot cars across North America.  Authorities encourage you to use caution and think twice about leaving children and animals in cars this summer.