COMMUNITY · Starting today, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, overdue fines for items such as audiobooks, e-books, CDs, DVDs and event passes increase at PINES libraries around the state. Rates will vary by item. The fine for audiobooks on CD is 20 cents per day; while the fine for videos on DVD is 50 cents per day. The overdue fee for books, which increased on July 1 from 10 cents to 20 cents per day, will remain at that level after Jan. 1. Items checked out before Jan. 1, 2013, will be charged a late fee at the current rate even if they are returned on or after Jan. 1. Items checked out or renewed Jan. 1 or later will be charged the revised per day rate. The PINES software program will automatically apply the amount in effect at the time of checkout. Because a renewal is considered a new checkout, fines for renewals placed on Jan. 1 or after will accrue at the new rate. These overdue fine ncreases are the first made since 1999, according to PINES officials.
COMMUNITY · Starting today, Jan. 1, 2013, Georgia Farmers will need to apply and obtain a GATE (Georgia Agriculture Exemption Card) from the Georgia Dept. of Agriculture. This is the result of HB 386 which was passed this year by the legislature which allows Georgia farmers to take advantage of additional sales tax exemptions. If you are a farm producer with $ 2,500 in Ag income, you need to prepare to obtain a GATE card. Contact the Walker County Farm Bureau Office at 706-638-3237 if you have questions concerning the Georgia Agricultural Exemption Card.
COMMUNITY · The City of LaFayette’s annual “Amazing Christmas” light show will continue through Jan. 2, 2013, at Joe Stock Memorial park. The synchronized musical light show is held from 6-10 p.m. nightly through most of December. Tune to FM 89.5 to hear the music played in the light show. For more information, call the city parks and recreation department at 706-639-1590.
COMMUNITY · The City of LaFayette will host a traditional and large-scale Lionel model train and village display inside a decorated Chattooga Academy/Gordon Hall. The display coinincides with the “Amazing Christmas” light show daily from 6-10 p.m., through Jan. 2, 2013.
COMMUNITY · The Obedience Club of Chattanooga, 4 miles south of Chattanooga on Highway 193 in Flintstone, will hold registration for obedience, rally, and agility classes for puppies and dogs on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, from 1-3 p.m. Agility I and II Fundamentals will be held indoors. Bring a copy of shot records to registration. During registration, various OCC dog/handler teams will present training demonstrations. Classes begin on Monday night, Jan. 7, 2013. Visit chattanoogaobedienceclub.org or call 423 517-1448 for more information.
COMMUNITY · Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will close the following monuments for the winter season: Wilder Brigade Monument, the Highway 27 picnic area, the Sanders picnic area and the Signal Point restrooms. These areas will reopen in mid-March, pending weather conditions. For more information, call 706-866-9241 or 423-821-7786 or visit nps.gov/chch.
COMMUNITY · The American Cancer Society Relay For Life® of Catoosa-Walker Counties gives everyone in the community a chance to help the organization save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Register your team today by visiting Catoosa-WalkerRelay.org or call 1-800-227-2345. Former and current cancer patients, those who have lost a loved one to cancer, families, businesses, faith-based and civic organizations, and anyone wanting to make a difference in the fight against cancer are invited to take part in this exciting team event. Relay For Life of Catoosa-Walker Counties takes place from 6 p.m. on Friday, May 3, 2013, until midnight, at Lakeview-Fort Ogelthorpe High School off Battlefield Parkway in Fort Oglethorpe.
COMMUNITY · Calhoun Composite Squadron #134 of the Civil Air Patrol-U.S. Air Force Auxiliary currently has openings available for a safety officer, communications officer, and emergency services officer, among others. Cadet slots (ages 12-17) are also open. The Calhoun Composite Squadron meets at Calhoun Airport on Saturdays from 8-10 a.m. For more information, contact Capt. Hayden Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMUNITY · Registration deadline is Jan. 8, 2013, for North Georgia Community YMCA Homeschool P.E. The course is for ages 5-15. Classes are held daily from Jan. 15-Feb. 21, 2013, at Fort Oglethorpe United Methodist Church gym. Cost is $15 per session for YMCA members and $40 per session for non-members. For more information, call 706-935-2226 or visit email@example.com.
COMMUNITY · Registration deadline for the North Georgia Community YMCA Father/Daughter Dance (Friday, Feb. 8, 2013) is Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. for girls ages 5-11. Cost is $75 per couple, $35 for each additional daughter. The dance will be held at the Colonnade in Ringgold. To register, call 706-935-2226 or go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013
COMMUNITY · Seniors and Friends of Fort Oglethorpe will hold a covered dish luncheon during their regular meeting time from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at Constitution Hall on Forrest Road in Fort Oglethorpe. For information or transportation, call Peggy Stanfield at 706-866-1369.
COMMUNITY · Creative Discovery Museum will hold “Celebrate Winter” camp for kids during winter break. Parents are invited to register their children for one or all five days, from Jan. 2-8, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily. “Celebrate Winter” will incorporate a variety of activities, such as making themed crafts, art projects, creating tasty winter treats, reading winter-themed stories, and of course, spending time in the Museum. Reservations are required for these holiday break days and payment is due upon registration. Program activities are divided into age groups for Kindergarten through 2nd grade and 3rd through 5th grades. Cost for each day is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Call Nancy at 423-648-6045 or Beth at 423-648-6040 to register.
COMMUNITY · The City of LaFayette’s annual “Amazing Christmas” light show will end tonight, Jan. 2, 2013, at Joe Stock Memorial park. The synchronized musical light show is held from 6-10 p.m. nightly through most of December. Tune to FM 89.5 to hear the music played in the light show. For more information, call the city parks and recreation department at 706-639-1590.
COMMUNITY · The City of LaFayette will host a traditional and large-scale Lionel model train and village display inside a decorated Chattooga Academy/Gordon Hall. The display culminates with the “Amazing Christmas” light show from 6-10 p.m., tonight, Jan. 2, 2013.