published Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Walker County Schools redistricting meeting today and other news from areas around Chattanooga

Walker County Schools redistricting meeting today

CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. — Walker County Schools will hold a town hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. today to discuss school attendance redistricting, which will take place after the Saddle Ridge K-8 school opens in August.

To fill the school, officials will redraw attendance zones for other buildings, mainly Cherokee Ridge Elementary and LaFayette Middle. Some students will be grandfathered-in at their current schools, according to principal discretion. Those families, though, will have to provide their own transportation to school.

The meeting will be at the Advanced Education Center, 925 Osburn Road, Chickamauga, Ga.


Four nabbed on drug charges

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — Searches of a home and a shed Tuesday on County Road 30 in Scottsboro, Ala., led to four drug arrests, authorities said.

Courtney Michelle Johnson, 23, and Marvin Eugene Cornelison, 37, both of Scottsboro, were arrested after the home search. They were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, and bond was set at $500 apiece.

Searchers found a meth lab and drug paraphernalia in the shed. Scott Alan Ferrier, 41, and Amy Yvette Vandiver-Ferrier, 37, both of Scottsboro, were charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine first-degree and possession of drug paraphernalia. Scott Ferrier also was charged with promoting prison contraband third-degree. The release stated that a syringe was found while he was being searched at the jail.


LaFayette-Walker County Public Library plans fun for kids

LAFAYETTE, Ga. — April's calendar at the LaFayette-Walker County Public Library is full of events for children.

• On April 13, Ika, the reading dog, will be featured in the Paws to Read program from noon to 1:30 p.m. Readers of all ages are welcome.

• Ready to Read story time is 10:30 a.m. April 15, April 23 and April 30. This program prepares children for school with books, songs, games and activities.

• "DIY Teens: Short Films" is set for 12:30 p.m. April 27. Teens are sought as actors, writers, directors and sound crew to create a commercial for our Summer Reading Club. Crazy costumes are needed, too.

• For grown-ups, the Brown Bag Book Club topic at noon April 30 is "Terms of Endearment" by Larry McMurtry. Copies may be requested at the front desk.


Woman indicted in child's death

SMYRNA, Ga. — Prosecutors in Cobb County have indicted a Smyrna woman for allegedly starving her 16-year-old daughter to death.

Markeka Berry weighed just 43 pounds when she died last June at her family's home, Cobb District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Kim Isaza said. Ebony Espree Berry, 36, was charged with murder, felony murder and two counts of child cruelty.

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