LaFayette Fly-in, Cruise-In Is This Saturday
Thursday, 21 September 2017 14:00

Lyerly Residents Are Angry About Four ‘Tiny’ Neighbors
Thursday, 21 September 2017 12:53
Staff Writer
Lyerly resident Robby White told town council members that he felt betrayed by their decision to allow a local builder to build four “tiny houses” on a small lot next to his home on Chattooga Street.
Council in June voted unanimously to grant a variance to builder Jimmie Hartline, who plans to build four 485-500 square feet houses on .22 acres.
White, so emotional that at one time he began to cry, told Mayor Josh Wyatt and council members Ellen Wyatt and Gwen Fisher that they should have consulted people in the neighborhood before giving Hartline the variance. Councilman Robert Thompson, who also voted in favor of the variance, was not at the meeting. 
“I’m as upset as I’ve ever been at anything,” White said. “I can’t watch the stock car races. I can’t watch the football games. This is all I think about.”
White had several complaints. 
He argued that council did not advertise publicly that it would vote on a variance. He claimed they broke state law and its own ordinances. White disputed the lot parameters claimed by the builder’s survey. He also complained that the property owners would “put a bunch of Mexicans” on the property as renters.
Mayor Wyatt said he consulted with the town’s attorney before the vote on the variance. He said the decision was consistent with state law and the town’s ordinances.
White characterized the variance as a zoning change which under state law requires prior public notice and a public meeting. Wyatt countered that Lyerly does not have any zoning regulations, so the state law is moot.
“So you’re saying I can raise pigs in my back yard if I want to,” asked White.
Chattooga Middle School Softball Honors Eighth Grade Players
Thursday, 21 September 2017 12:48
Back Row Left to right: Katie Williams, Clara Wyatt, Emma Howard, Bree Evans, Emma Marshall, Justine Gladney
Back Row left to right: Kayleigh Byers, Abby Dawson, Lori Anna Beech, Ramsey Elrod
The Chattooga Middle School softball team hosted Rome on Monday and won the game 6-4. The team honored their outstanding eighth grade class after the game. Each player was presented with a gift bag and was awarded art that was hanging on the outfield fence with each player’s name and number on it. 
The Rome Lady Wolves got things going early with a leadoff single to start the game. A stolen base and fielder’s choice later and the potential run was sitting on third with one out. Thanks to some clutch pitching and great defensive play, the Lady Indians were able to hold the runner at third and escape the threat. 
Lyerly Planning Annual Down Home Day Event
Friday, 15 September 2017 15:05
Staff Writer
Lyerly residents are will celebrate Down Home Day on Saturday, Sept. 23.
The annual event brings out many of the town’s current and former residents as well as people from outside the community.
“I get a lot of great comments from people about Down Home Day,” said Lyerly Town Clark Sally Kerce. 
Kerce is excited about the number of vendors who have signed up to participate this year.
“It could be the most vendors we’ve ever had,” she said. 
Vendors will offer arts and crafts, food (including the Mayfield Ice Cream stand and Italian shaved ice) and other items for sale. 
The local band Small Town Rumor will perform.
Kids will be entertained by pony rides, inflatables and a tractor-pulled hay wagon.
The Lyerly School PTO will stage its annual cow patty bingo contest at noon. The Lyerly Civic Club will raffle a homemade quilt at 1 p.m. Tickets for both these events are still available.
Activities will start at 9 a.m. and conclude about 2 p.m.





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