Free Haunted Trail Scheduled For Tomorrow (Oct. 21)
Friday, 20 October 2017 09:42
A free Haunted Trail has been scheduled beginning at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at 410 Hill St., Trion. Free hot dogs, drinks, chips and candy will be available. Donations will be appreciated. (Contributed Photo).
Full Steam Ahead To The Summerville Depot For A Weekend of Trains, Food, Drink, And Traditions
Friday, 20 October 2017 09:33
The Summerville Depot will host a full weekend of events scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday as part of the “Steam Into Summerville Railroad Days” celebration.
Train arrivals from the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum are scheduled for both days, with an expected arrival time of 1:00 p.m.
The weekend of fun featuring wonderful cuisine, music, and atmosphere kicks off with Oktoberfest on Saturday as Summerville Main Street presents Oktoberfest 2017.This free event will feature Oktoberfest beers, a German feast, musical performances, shopping, and more. Oktoberfest will also include traditional local foods, along with an array of Oktoberfest traditions such as: bratwurst, beer cheese soup, German Potato Salad, Barvarian pretzels, German Chocolate, strudels, other German inspired foods, and artisans. A biergarten featuring a variety of specialty beer will be located inside of the depot.
Fun activities and games are scheduled throughout the day. Oktoberfest felt party hats will be sold at the event and festival attendees are encouraged to sport German wear and brush up on the chicken dance for extra fun. Hours for the festival will be from 12:00 noon – 7:00 p.m.
Those looking for some good old fashioned fun may enjoy taking a step back in time to a slower pace of life at the “Old-Fashioned Sunday Dinner” at the Historic Summerville Depot. Servers and staff will be dressed in old fashioned attire for the day and event goers will have the opportunity to enjoy an “Old Fashioned Sunday Dinner” with live bluegrass music by the Flat Bottom Boys. Sunday Dinner will be served by Sweet P’s at the cost of $7 for a meat and 2 vegetables, or $6 for a 4-vegetable plate. Meats will include a choice of fried chicken or ham. Vegetable offered will include mashed potatoes, black-eyed peas, turnip greens, fried okra, baked sweet potato, and green beans. Bowls of pinto beans and cornbread will also be offered at the cost of $3.00.
An arrival of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Passenger Train is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and a turning of the Summerville Turntable will also be featured. Event hours are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. No admission is required.
For more information on events contact The City of Summerville at (706) 859-0900 Ext.1337 or visit
Anniversary Approaches For One Of The County's Deadliest Fires
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 10:06
As the anniversary of one of the deadliest fires in Chattooga County approaches, some firemen are getting a little emotional as they remember 5-year-old Clair McKenzie Jones, a former Summerville pre-kindergarten student.
A mobile home fire killed Clair, her parents, her two sisters and her cousin that was of the same age. Summerville Fire Chief Robbie Lathem said he doesn’t want to repeat that tragic month again.
He remembers Clair alive and well, just four days before the deadly fire. His department took one of the fire trucks to the Pre-k school as part of Fire Prevention Month. Volunteer fireman Chuck Cox put on his full turnout gear to let the children see. 
Clair was one that was inquisitive enough to approach the fireman. He kneeled and she placed her small hand into the fireman’s rough textured glove and looked him in the eye. Another fireman spotted the tender moment and took a photograph.
But somewhere between that fire prevention demonstration and an improperly installed Ashley wood furnace, Jones now places her hands with God.
Trion Rec Project Hits A Speed Bump
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 10:04
Staff Writer
The Trion Town Council at a called meeting earlier this month tapped the brakes on the $1.1 million recreation department project.
The meeting exposed a rift between some council members and Mayor Larry Stansell on the scope, cost and timetable for the project.
The meeting was called after Councilwoman Becky McWhorter on Monday found out that the recreation department’s old concession stand was about to be torn down.
Council members McWhorter, Mickey McGraw and Casey Brown voted to stop all work on the project until next month when bids on the concession stand building are supposed to be available to the mayor and council. Mayor Larry Stansell was clearly upset by the vote. Don Harris and Linda Ingle voted to move forward with the project.
The new building is supposed to house a concession stand, press box and bathrooms. The facility is part of a $1.1 million overhaul of department facilities that includes the new building, heating and air upgrades for the recreation center, the splash pad, new fencing at ball fields and tennis courts and an outdoor exercise area for senior citizens. Council has voted to apply for a $1 million loan from the Georgia Municipal Association. The town has also received a $100,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (The town was required to match $200,000 of that amount, money which will be taken from the loan.)
Councilman McGraw has been critical of borrowing the money.





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