WQCH and Georgia 93.7 Local News Headlines 7-20-2023


A multi-million dollar investment is helping Roper Corporation bring more jobs to Walker County.  Roper Corporation has been making stoves for GE Appliances for 50 years now.  Company officials say a new high-tech assembly line features robotic carts that bring needed parts and components to employees and more.  Roper continues to hire people to fill the 600 jobs created by the $118 million investment that started back in 2021. The hiring process is almost complete.

The state of Georgia completed their investigation into an incident at Lake Winnepesaukah on July 4th that injured a child.  The report says that Lake Winnie was not at fault.

The injured 5-year-old was riding the double tube on the Twist N Shout slide with his father when he fell off the tube, and onto the ground.  The investigation, from Georgia’s Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner, concluded the waterslide was in normal operating condition.  The report suggested that the child or his father may have not followed the slide rules, resulting in the incident. The original 911 call claimed the child fell 15 to 20 feet from the waterslide. However, this report suggests the child fell while nearing the end of the slide. Meaning he fell that distance more horizontally and not vertically. 

Georgia’s standardized tests could count for a lower share of high school course grades after a 9-3 vote on yesterday by the state Board of Education.  Until now, districts had to count end-of-course exams in algebra, American literature and composition, biology and U.S. History for at least 20% of a public school student’s grade in those courses. Now, districts may choose to lower that share to a minimum of 10%.  The changes take effect for the upcoming school year.  It’s another step in efforts backed by state Superintendent Richard Woods to lower Georgia’s emphasis on standardized testing. In a statement after the board’s vote, Woods said “a single test, on a single day” shouldn’t count so much.  

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger says the state is doing its routine, and legally required, updates to its voter records as part of the non-election year list-maintenance process.  Because of that, 191,473 voter records previously placed into “inactive status” based on returned mail or from the National Change of Address list are poised be removed from the voter rolls if no response is received from a mailed notice.  Voters who receive these notices and want to remain on Georgia’s voter rolls should contact their county voter registration office within 30 days of receipt of the mailed notice to update their voter registration information and remain on the voter rolls.