WQCH & Georgia 93.7 Local News Headlines 5-17-23


Blood Assurance is reporting a critical shortage in its blood supply in North Georgia.  

As of Tuesday, the nonprofit had less than a two-day’s supply of most blood types on its shelves. Blood Assurance is calling on those with O-positive, O-negative, A-positive, A-negative, and B-negative blood to immediately schedule an appointment.   Blood Assurance officials said the timing could not be worse due to schools letting out for summer break in the days and weeks ahead. During the school year, Blood Assurance hosts multiple blood drives on a weekly basis at high schools, colleges, and universities.  Blood Assurance is giving away a United We Give, Memorial Day themed t-shirt to all individuals who give the gift of life at a mobile blood drive or donation center.  Donors can schedule an appointment at www.bloodassurance.org/schedule, call 800-962-0628, or text BAGIVE to 999777.  To be eligible to donate blood, donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. Donors are asked to drink plenty of fluids — avoiding caffeine — and eat a meal that is rich in iron prior to donating.”

Seven felony arrest reported in Walker County on Monday.  Among those arrested…27 year old Ashley Beech White was charged with possession of meth.  61-year-old Lisa Adelle Dockery was booked on hindering the apprehension of a criminal.  55-year-old Johnny Dewayne Wallin was arrested for possession of a schedule II and possession of meth.  Brandon Detric Crowder, a 21-year-old, faces possession of marijuana charges.  See the complete arrest report at DiscoverWalker.com

Electricity bills for Georgia Power Co. customers will be going up 12% beginning in June.

Georgia’s elected utility regulators Tuesday approved the boost to make up for the higher cost of fuel.

The five person commissioners voted unanimously to let Georgia Power collect an additional $6.6 billion from its 2.7 million customers over the next three years.

The typical residential bill will jump by $15.90.  The current average is $131.60.  After the increase the average amount will be $147.50.

Walker County is hiring.  The county is currently accepting applications for insurance clerk, Code Enforcement Officer, Fleet Technician Assistant Manager, Planning and Zoning Director and several other positions.  You can apply online at WalkerCountyGA.Gov/jobs.