WQCH and Georgia 93.7 Local News Headlines 8-16-23

A second person has been arrested and charged in connection with an animal hoarding case.  76-year-old Dee Darren Decker faces one count of aggravated cruelty to animals in connection with more than 100 animals being removed from a property on South Dick Creek Road.  Decker’s 70-year-old wife Kathryn was arrested last week and also faces charges of aggravated animal cruelty and willful obstruction of law enforcement officer.  Authorities say Decker enabled his wife by paying for all of the food for the animals and had a disregard for the living conditions of the animals which the couple also resided in.  All of the animals removed from the property over the past several days have been relocated to the Walker County Animal Shelter and a temporary shelter site pending court proceedings.  The case remains under investigation.
The U.S. Selective Service needs to fill two Selective Service Board vacancies in Walker County.  Being a board member allows local residents to represent the young men of the community and have a say in the process.  You can visit Walker County GA.gov for more information.
The Chattooga County Commissioners Office announced that the Chattooga and Chickamauga Railway will be performing rehabilitation work at the crossing at Highway 27 – Commerce Street in Summerville.  The work will begin on Friday September 8th at 6pm and will continue until Tuesday September 12th at 8am.  During the 5-day period, traffic will be closed at the crossing.  Commuters should plan accordingly and prepare for a difficult reroute.
Georgia Northwestern Technical College announced 38 recipients of fall semester scholarships.  The scholarships totaled $30,150.  The funds will go towards assisting students with tuition.  The GNTC Foundation Scholarship is for outstanding students with financial needs who are enrolled in any program of study leading to a degree, diploma or certificate.