WQCH and Georgia 93.7 Local News Headlines 6-22-2023


If you need to renew your Georgia Department of Human Services benefits, you can now do so at the Lafayette-Walker County Public Library.  A self service kiosk has been installed to serve you.

Seven felony arrests were booked into the Walker County Detention Center on Tuesday.  23-year-old Austin Ray Mahan faces charges of discharging a firearm while under the influence, 2-counts of pointing a firearm at another person and aggravated assault.  44-year-old Karrie Elizabeth Owen was arrested on charges of possession of meth.  36-year-old Justin Frank Bacon was booked on a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Travis James Roden, 29-years-old faces charges of theft by shoplifting and armed robbery.  Jonahtan Dixon O’Neil was booked on charges of willful obstruction and violation of parole.

The Dalton Police Department is asking for the public’s help to identify a man who stole a piece of heavy equipment from a Dalton park. The equipment belongs to a contractor that is working to install new playground equipment at Civitan Park.

The theft happened on June 14, at approximately 1:30 a.m. at Civitan Park on Tibbs Road. A yellow Caterpillar skid steer, 201 model 259D, was left in the park overnight by employees where it was being used to install a new playground.  During the night, a man was recorded by surveillance cameras driving into the parking lot in a four-door pickup truck, possibly a Toyota Tundra, pulling a double axel trailer with a toolbox attached. The man loaded the skid steer onto the trailer and drove away with it.

The Georgia Bulldogs have won two straight Football National Championships.  As the Dawgs go for three in a row, you can expect to pay more on the secondary ticket market to see them in action.  Per TicketSmarter, the cheapest ticket on Georgia’s schedule can be found for $58 against Ball State (Sept. 9, Noon). The hottest ticket on the slate is Nov. 18 against Tennessee in Knoxville. The get-in price for that one is $264 and the most expensive seat is $2,371 (third row, 10 yard line). That’s actually the most expensive ticket on Georgia’s entire 2023 schedule.