New Public Safety Concerns Arise After Demolition of Collapsed Building

LaFayette, GA – The collapse of a building in LaFayette’s downtown square earlier this year continues to pose problems.

Late this afternoon, officials with the City of LaFayette notified Walker County Government about additional structural issues at the Walker County Judiciary Annex, following demolition work on the building that collapsed in February.

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Upon being notified, Walker County Government brought in a structural engineer and the county’s building official to investigate the situation. They discovered issues that could pose a threat to public safety and advised Highway 193 between South Duke Street and Main Street be closed again. The road had just reopened earlier this week.

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A construction team is now on site working to prevent the front facade of the Annex building from falling into the road.

The Judiciary Annex housed the Public Defender’s office, Drug Court and other services. The building was closed in February due to public safety concerns caused by the building collapse on the square. Court services that were in that building have been relocated to the Walker County Courthouse Annex III, 201 S Main Street in LaFayette.

Purple Heart Monument Dedicated in LaFayette

LaFayette, GA – A crowd of veterans and their families joined others from the community to dedicate a new monument honoring recipients of the Purple Heart Medal in Walker County.

The City of LaFayette approved a proclamation last November to become a “Purple Heart City” to honor the contributions and sacrifices of men and women from the area who served in the Armed Forces.

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Retired U.S. Army Colonel Daryl Brooks organized a fundraising campaign to cover the expense of erecting a monument in Joe Stock Park in LaFayette. He thanked everyone who donated to the effort, including a young boy who gave him a quarter in memory of his grandfather.

There are close to 100 Purple Heart Award recipients living in Walker County, a “Purple Heart County” since July 31, 2014.