The Standard Journal

Walker County closes schools 2 days last week due to illness

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LaFAYETTE — Schools in Walker County were closed late last week due to an elevated number of absences among students and adults due to sickness.

The Walker County School System experience­d difficulti­es finding coverage for their classroom teachers as well as their bus drivers and attendants. Schools were closed on Thursday and Friday as a result.

WSB-TV reported last week that officials said the uptick in illnesses has created a supervisio­n concern in their school buildings, as they have taxed the availabili­ty of their current substitute teacher list.

The school system says they hope the shutdown would give t i me f or “proper care and wellness for all students and adults.”

Indian tribe plans to build casino

CANTON — An Oklahoma Indian tribe wants to return to its ancestral Georgia home, and bring a casino with it.

It’s the latest twist in the effort to legalize gaming in Georgia.

WSB-TV reported over the weekend that a law- yer for the United Keetoowah band of the Cherokee said an Indian casino will help a native Georgia people struggling to survive.

The Keetoowah band was driven from Georgia during the Trail of Tears in the 1830s.

The impoverish­ed tribe’s executive director hopes for a fruitful homecoming. Anile Locust says she would like to see her people flourish in her lifetime.

The tribe wrote to Gov. Nathan Deal last month and said that through federal law, they have status superior to all other efforts to build a casino.

Their attorney, Richard Lea, said two casino companies are in active discussion­s.

“They can partner with an Indian tribe. They can cut through the regulation and on an expedited basis, they can get approval and build an Indian casino a lot quicker,” Lea said.

The casino company would buy the land and the feds would declare it sovereign in trust for the tribe.

The state legislatur­e would not be involved.

“We’ve just seen the start of the casino fight in the legislatur­e and it’s divisive,” Lea said.

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