My Kids Have Paws offers low cost spay/neuter and vaccine services for Walker County residents

Rock Spring, GA – My Kids Have Paws will return to Walker County in October to host three spay/neuter + walk-in vaccine clinics.  The Dalton-based clinic offers many common preventative shots at a low cost to the public.

The My Kids Have Paws mobile clinic will set up shop at the Walker County Ag Center on Tuesday October 8th, Wednesday October 16th and Tuesday October 29th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The following services will be available:

  • Spay/neuter* (by appointment only, call 706-671-1104)
  • Exams
  • Vaccines (rabies, heartworm test, distemper/parvo, etc.)
  • Prevention (flea/tick and heartworm available)


*Spay/Neuter pricing

Female Dogs

  • 2 to 40 lbs – $80
  • 41 to 70 lbs – $90
  • 71 to 100 lbs – $100
  • Over 100 lbs – $110
    *no pregnancy or in heat fees

Male Dogs

  • 2 to 40 lbs – $70
  • 41 to 70 lbs – $80
  • 71 to 100 lbs – $90
  • Over 100lbs – $100

Domestic Cats

  • Under 5 lbs – $40
  • 5 to 10 lbs – $45
  • 10 to 15 lbs – $50
  • Over 15 lbs – $55

Feral Cats

$30 package
-Must come in humane trap
-Will be ear tipped
-Comes with rabies, revolution & pain medication

For more information about My Kids Have Paws Veterinary Service, call 706-516-4249, email: or visit their website.

Ironman and 5 other things to do in Walker County this weekend

Chickamauga, GA – Ironman Chattanooga returns to Walker County this weekend, as the bike portion of the triathlon will once again roll through our community.

Downtown Chickamauga is an official viewing area for the bike race.  Ironman runs a free shuttle from Ross’s Landing in Chattanooga to downtown Chickamauga from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., bringing hundreds of visitors to the city.  Also, many of the merchants in downtown Chickamauga will be open and additional food vendors will be setting up shop too.

Here’s a look at where the athletes will be riding, so you can plan ahead to avoid traffic issues.

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Aside from Ironman, here are five other things to do in Walker County this weekend:

Blowing Springs Farm
Sept 27th 10:00am through Oct 27th
271 Chattanooga Valley Rd, Flintstone, GA

All of your favorite fall festivities like hayrides, duck races, pedal carts, oversized yard games, pumpkin painting and an all-new corn maze design featuring the cow train.

Show and Sell
Sept 28th 9:00am – 4:00pm
Rock Springs United Methodist
3477 Peavine Rd, Rock Spring, GA

Handmade Arts and Crafts show with live music, a tractor show, hayrides, fair food, and blow-up fun for the kids.

3rd Annual Jayhawk Music & Arts Festival
Sept 27 & 28
Pigeon Mountain Grill
18381 Highway 193, Chickamauga, GA

Friday Night:
5:00 – 5:45 Mountain Rattle
6:00 – 6:45 Rosewood Grips
7:00 – 7:45 Small Town Rumor
8:00 – 8:45 Matthew Paul Revere
8:45 – 9:30 McGizzle

Saturday Night:
Lynn’s Stage (Inside acoustic)

11:00 Shelby Arey
11:30 Danger Teague
12:00 Winston Wallin
12:30 Meg Nado
1:00 – 1:45 B. Kidd & Jack Endelouz
2:00 – 2:45 ET
3:00 – 3:45 Lars Nagel
4:00 – 4:30 KC Campbell
4:30 – 5:00 Muletide
5:00 – 7:00 New Grass Express
7:00 – 9:00 Marlon & Dewey

Debbie’s Stage (Pavilion)

11:00 – 11:45 Bob Carty
12:00 – 12:45 Josephine’s Glass
1:00 – 1:45 The Ya’ll
2:00 – 2:45 Sweet Ga Brown / Speakers w CAC
3:00 – 3:45 Casey Adams Band
4:00 – 4:45 Roger Alan Wade
5:00 – 6:00 Campbell Station
6:30 – 7:30 David Olney
7:45 – 9:00 The EXLAWS

Free Fishing Day

Georgia Free Fishing Day returns this Saturday, September 28th. On this day, residents do NOT need a fishing license or a trout license to fish on any public waters in the state including lakes, streams, ponds and public fishing areas.

Learn more here:

National Public Lands Day

Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park
Sept 28 at 8:30 a.m.

This year, the focus will be on removing vegetation around the area of historic Camp Demaray.

Ag Festival, Heritage Day and Autumn Rocks Highlight Weekend Activities in Walker County

LaFayette, GA – Autumn begins Monday, but several seasonal activities will take center stage this weekend in Walker County.  Here’s a list of some of the entertainment options hoping to attract your attention:

3rd Annual Walker County Ag Festival
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, 9/21/19
Walker County Ag Center

Blue ribbon shows, quilts, chickens, rabbits, goats, free inflatables, vendors and musical entertainment are just some of the features of this event.

Autumn Rocks Day
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, 9/21/19
Various locations in LaFayette

A multitude of festivities for the whole family highlight this event, including a golf tournament, caving course, a 5k and a 1-mile fun run, plus a tailgate party for the UGA vs Notre Dame game. The annual fly-in at the LaFayette Regional Airport will also be held in conjunction with this event.

Valley Fest 2019
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, 9/21/19
Chattanooga Valley Church of the Nazarene

This free family friendly event features art and craft vendors, games and activities for the children, food and entertainment from Barefoot Nellie & Co.

Marsh House Heritage Day
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, 9/21/19
Marsh House of LaFayette

Now at an earlier time on the calendar, Heritage Day emphasizes local history and authentic arts, crafts and skills.  There will also be a heritage bake sale featuring vintage pastries, an antique roadshow style expert who will attempt to identify your treasures and a history story corps, where writing out your favorite story could earn you a prize.

Movies in the Park
8:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. on Friday, 9/20/19
Holland-Watson Veterans Park in Chickamauga

Featuring The Grinch.

Phil’s Cruise In
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, 9/21/19
Phil’s Primetime Pizza

Phil’s will bring muscle cars, classic cars and hot rods to the streets of downtown Chickamauga.

The final weekend of September features the return of  Ironman Chattanooga, Blowing Springs Farms opens and the 3rd annual Jayhawk Festival.

Walker County to Hold Patriot Day Service on 9/11

LaFayette, GA – Walker County will hold a Patriot Day service to recognize and remember first responders on the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack.

The service, led by Walker County Fire Rescue, begins at 8:15 a.m. and includes the ringing of a bell at 8:46 a.m. and 9:03 a.m. to signify the moments when two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center.

Students from LaFayette High School’s JROTC and chorus programs will be participating in the program, along with Walker County Deputy Fire Chief Nathan Farrow, Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson and LaFayette Fire Services and Emergency Management Director Stacey Meeks.  Taps will be performed by Ridgeland High School student Tyler Bailey.

Walker County Commissioner Shannon Whitfield recently signed a proclamation recognizing September 11, 2019 as Patriot Day in Walker County, encouraging citizens to observe the day with patriotism and pause for a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m.

WHAT: Patriot Day Service
WHEN: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 8:15 a.m.
WHERE: Walker County Courthouse (103 S Duke Street, LaFayette, GA)

View last year’s ceremony:

Home Canning, Chainsaw Safety and Fire Ants Highlight UGA Extension Programs in September

Chickamauga, GA – Representatives from Walker County Extension will be back in the classroom in September sharing their knowledge on canning food, chainsaw safety and dealing with fire ants.

Rebecca Thomas, Chattooga County UGA Extension Family and Consumer Science Agent, will explore home food preservation options during a visit to the Chickamauga Library.  Thomas will cover the science behind safe canning methods, water bath canning, pressure canning as well as what foods need to be pressure canned and why.

Home Canning 101 takes place on Saturday, September 14th at 10:00 a.m.  Free dial pressure canner lid testing follows the class at 11:00 a.m. Participants should bring only the lid and weight from their own equipment.  Register for free by calling 706-638-2548.

A few days before the canning event, Walker County’s UGA Extension Agent Wade Hutcheson will offer a free chainsaw safety class.  The course will cover training for disaster recovery, tree cleanup safety, OSHA regulations, personal protective equipment, electrical hazards, hand and power tools, equipment inspection, safe carry and safe start.

The Chainsaw Safety Class will be held on September 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Walker County Ag Center. Register for free by calling 706-638-2548 or click here to do it online.

If you missed the Extension Office class on fire ants back in March, get caught up on September 6th during the next All Bugs Good and Bad webinar.  Dr. Tim Davis will cover how understanding the life cycle of fire ants is the only way to choose and apply a management strategy that works.  The class will be held at the Chickamauga Library at 2:00 p.m.  Register for free by calling 706-638-2548.

There will also be a Sprayer Calibration Clinic and Regional Forage Update on September 4th at the Ag Center in Rock Spring.



Walker County Extension Hosts Sprayer Calibration Clinic September 4th

LaFayette, GA – Walker County Extension will host a sprayer calibration clinic for boom and boomless agricultural spraying equipment on Wednesday, September 4th.  The event begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Walker County Ag Center in Rock Spring.

If you apply pesticides to fields, pastures or row crops using boom or boomless equipment, you should plan to attend.  One hour of recertification credit is available
to private and commercial categories 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27.

There is a registration fee of $5, which is required by August 30.  Contact Walker County Extension at 706-638-2548 to sign up.

Later that same day, Walker County Extension will host a regional Forage update.

UGA Extension Forage Specialist Dr. Dennis Hancock and Weed Specialist Dr. Patrick McCullough will provide information during the 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. event.  Topics will include late summer and fall grazing strategies, winter grazing establishment and management, weed control strategies and herbicide resistance.

If you grow grass for livestock, you should plan to attend.  Two hours of recertification credit is available for Private and Category 21 pesticide applicators.

There is a registration fee of $15, which includes lunch, that is required by August 30.  Contact Walker County Extension at 706-638-2548 to sign up.

GMOs and their impact on insect populations webinar at Chickamauga Public Library

LaFayette, GA – One out of every three bites of food requires insect pollination and GMO
crops are not going away, at least any time soon.

Join UGA Extension Walker County on August 2nd at 2:00 p.m. at the Chickamauga Public Library (306 Cove Road) for the next “All Bugs Good and Bad” Extension webinar.

This month’s topic will explore the world of insects and how genetically modified crops impact their populations.  There is no cost to attend.  To sign-up please call the Walker County Extension Office at 706-638-2548.

Walker Rocks Outdoor Series Continues with Kayak Day at Lee & Gordon’s Mills on June 22

Chickamauga, GA – Adventure awaits on West Chickamauga Creek later this month, as Kayak Day floats to the top of the Walker Rocks Outdoor Series.

On June 22nd from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., explore what it’s like to take a peaceful journey aboard a touring kayak at Lee & Gordon’s MillsBattlefield Outdoors will provide demonstration kayaks to give beginners a taste of what it’s like to go paddling on the creek.

Visitors are encouraged to picnic with family and friends onsite during Kayak Day, which is a free community event.  Participants are also advised to bring sunscreen, bottled water, a dry or ziplock bag and a towel.

The Lee & Gordon’s Mills launch site is part of the South Chickamauga Creek Blueway, which runs from Chickamauga to Fort Oglethorpe en route to the Tennessee Riverpark, near Chattanooga State Community College.

Interest in recreational kayaking has more than doubled over the past decade, according to The Outdoor Foundation’s 2018 Outdoor Participation Report.  Kayak Day aims to build on that growth, by eliminating some of the apprehension associated with learning how to safely maneuver this outdoor activity.

The Walker Rocks Outdoor Series continues on July 13th with a Trivia Scavenger Hunt at Lula Lake on Lookout Mountain.  Admission will be free, but pre-registration will be required due to limited space.

Ironman 70.3 Event Returns to Walker County This Weekend

Chickamauga, GA – Walker County welcomes over 3,800 athletes to the area for this Sunday’s IRONMAN 70.3 event.

A majority of the 56-mile bicycle portion of the triathlon will once again trek through Walker County.  Cyclists will enter Walker County on Highway 193, where a new “Walker County Welcomes You” sign will greet them.

Athletes will soak in some incredible views as they travel about 18 miles south before cutting across Andrews Lane to get to Hog Jowl Road.  They will then pedal another 12 miles up Cove Road/Highway 341 until reaching downtown Chickamauga, where family, friends and other spectators will line the streets and sidewalks to greet them.

After leaving Chickamauga by way of Chickamauga Road, IRONMAN competitors will reconnect with Highway 193 and navigate back into Chattanooga.

The race begins with the swimming portion at 6:50 a.m.  The first athlete is expected to reach the finish line by 10:30 a.m.  Spectators wanting to watch the bicycle portion from downtown Chickamauga should be in place prior to 10:00 a.m. to see the first group ride through.

Last month, the IRONMAN Foundation announced a $160,000 grant to help install 40 new fire hydrants in needed locations.  The community investment will provide additional coverage for Walker County first responders to handle emergency situations.

IRONMAN 70.3 May 2019

Walker County Tax Commissioner Offices to Close for State Mandated System Upgrade

Rock Spring, GA – The Walker County Tax Commissioner offices in Rock Spring and Rossville will close to the public at Noon on Thursday, May 23rd and not reopen until 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28th.  The closure is necessary to install Georgia DRIVES, a new state-mandated vehicle registration and titling system.

Every resident with a birthday in late May and early June should process their vehicle transactions on or before May 20th to avoid any issues, as some vehicle services will be reduced after that date in preparation for the system upgrade.

“Every employee in our office has been working diligently to learn this new system,” said Carolyn Walker, Tax Commissioner.  “We won’t be as fast as we have been with the old system for a while, until we have everything committed to memory. We appreciate your support and patience during this transition.”

This system upgrade will impact all local tag offices in Georgia, not just Walker County.  Statewide, all county tag offices will be unable to process vehicle transactions during the upgrade.

Georgia DRIVES will modernize the data input system for tags and titles, provide agencies with interconnectivity and improve the customer experience by expanding the ability for mobile, Internet and kiosk transactions.

Additional information about Georgia DRIVES can be found online at