WQCH and Georgia 93.7 Local News Headlines 9-20-23


A Walker County man convicted of child molestation with the help of testimony of two of his victims is headed to prison for several years.  A jury convicted Stewart Arra Kelley of 4 counts of child molestation and 3 counts of sexual battery against a child under the age of 16.  Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney Clayton Fuller says back in February 2020, Kelley’s wife reached out to police after a distant relative asked her if she knew her husband was a child molester.  An investigation revealed that a woman who’s now grown claimed Kelley molested her back when she was a teen.  After the investigation began it was revealed that Kelley had also molested a 4-year-old girl.  Both the woman and the girl testified at Kelley’s trial.  A judge sentenced Kelley to 25 years in prison, followed by 20 years of probation.  

Gateway at Rossville held a ribbon cutting yesterday to formally announce their opening to the community. The $35 million development near Ridgeland High School features 156 apartment units and is already 89% occupied.  Along with providing additional housing for Walker County residents, the development will generate in excess of $100,000 in property taxes each year.

The National Park Service is offering a free entrance day this Saturday to all their parks.  This Saturday, all national parks will waive their entrance fees for National Public Lands Day. The day, established in 1994, lands on the 4th Saturday each September.

The LaFayette Lady Rambler Volleyball team (23-8) moved to 3-0 in region with a win over LFO yesterday.  They also recorded a non-region win against Hamilton Heights. The JV (21-4) picked up a 3-0 win against LFO in their only match of the night.   Next week, both teams will be at home as LaFayette hosts Ringgold and Gordon Lee in two big region matches (Tuesday) and then host Calhoun and Sonoraville for Senior Night on Thursday.