Lyerly To Bill Non-Residents More For Fire District Charge
Thursday, 15 February 2018 13:55
Households in the Lyerly Fire District, but outside the town limits, will be billed more for fire service beginning this year.
The Lyerly Town Council voted unanimously to raise the cost of fire protection for non-residents who receive town water from $4 a month to $6 a month. Non-residents in the fire district who don’t get town water will be billed $66 a year, up from $42 a year.
The cost of fire protection for town residents is included in their property taxes and will not increase.
“The increase should raise about $10,000 a year more than we can spend at the fire department,” said Mayor Jim Ferguson. The mayor said he researched fire protection in several nearby counties and didn’t find anyone who charged as little as Lyerly.
“We provide two main services, water and fire protection, and we need to do the best we can with those services,” said Ferguson.
Hays Prison Guard Arrested
Thursday, 15 February 2018 13:49
A Hays State Prison Correctional Officer is in trouble for allegedly bringing meth, cellphones, chargers, pills and alcohol inside that facility last week, according to court records.
Investigators discovered that correctional officer Mark Edward Jeffery, 33, brought four cell phones, two phone chargers, about 65 grams of pills that tested positive for MDMA, a bottle of alcohol and about 3.6 grams of meth into the prison. 
Domestic Fight Leads To Two Arrests Near Lyerly
Thursday, 15 February 2018 13:47
A domestic disturbance near Lyerly turned destructive during the early morning hours Sunday, according to a Chattooga County Sheriff's report.
William Lewis Hughes and Brandy Teague both admitted to fighting after arguing about some "personal issues involving their relationship," Deputy Corey Fielding reported.
Teague walked into a bedroom and punched the wall causing minor damage, Fielding stated. This launched a series of destructive events outside the residence.
"[Hughes] openly admitted to picking up a fishing pole and striking the passenger side mirror of Ms. Teague's vehicle causing it to shatter," the deputy said.
Sheriff’s Dept. Donates Three Pallets Of Food To Residents
Thursday, 15 February 2018 13:41
The Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department donated three pallets of government surplus food to help feed hungry citizens in the coming months. 
The food will be distributed between 1:30-3:30 p.m. on March 26 at the Summerville Train Depot on East Washington Street. It will be part of the Chattooga Family Connection's "Home For Spring Break" program.
The event will be sponsored by Family Connection with the help from partners such as Primary Health Care Center, Peach State Healthcare and Chattooga County Community Resource Center.
Paradise Garden Appoints Tina Cox Executive Director
Thursday, 15 February 2018 13:15
The Paradise Garden Foundation has announced the appointment of Tina Cox as executive director of Paradise Garden, the internationally renowned folk art environment created by the late Rev. Howard Finster.
Cox, only the Garden's second executive director since it was purchased by the Chattooga County Development Authority in 2011, began work in mid-January. She assumes the Garden's leadership role after a 26-year corporate career during which she devoted countless hours to volunteer leadership work for a variety of Southeastern and national arts organizations, from the High Museum of Art to Folk Art Society of America.
Couple Incorporates Things Old Into Their Subligna General Store
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 18:58
When Martha McWilliams and the late Tim McWilliams bought Scoggins Mercantile on Nov. 1, 1979, they immediately named it the Subligna General Store. When they took over the business, there were lots of old medical remedies and things on the shelves that had been there a long time. Many of the items they placed in showcases to show their customers.
Over the years, their customers saw that the couple enjoyed the old items and they began to bring in old things they would find or had to give to the couple.
“Some of the items in the Wrigley showcase (pictured) came right off the shelves,” Mrs. McWilliams said. “Things like quinine, Mercurochrome, iodine and things like that, we just took them off the shelves because they were old.”
Paradise AirBNB Is Undergoing Renovations, New Construction
Monday, 12 February 2018 11:09
Paradise Garden opened its original AirBNB in 2014. Since then, the bed and breakfast has produced hundreds of satisfied guests.
In fact, 101 guests stayed there in just 2017.
The AirBNB opened across the street on the side of the house that also held the Paradise Garden office. Since then, Paradise Garden has moved the office to the museum and is working on building an additional room for guests beside the original room where the office was located.
Renovations are also being done on the original room. They have added central heating and air to the house where the rooms are located. The end of March has been designated as the target for the work being done.
“That may be a little tight, but that is the goal,” Donnie Davis, a Paradise Garden employee said.
Officials at the Garden said that during 2017 out of the 101 trips, 97 percent of the ratings were five stars.
“People really like it,” Davis said. 
Wife Arrested in Eddie Lanham Murder
Friday, 09 February 2018 09:41

On Friday, February 9, at approximately 8 a.m., investigators with the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office along with special agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested Susan Renee Lanham, 52, of Butler Dairy Road in relation to the shooting death of her husband, Eddie Lanham. 






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