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Katie Ward

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YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program kicks off in Northwest Georgia

Seventy-nine million Americans — or one in three — have pre-diabetes.

Georgia Winery’s Luau Wine Fest raises Rotary funds

People escaped to the tropics with the Georgia Winery’s second annual Luau Wine Fest June 28.

TU Canoe Rentals takes trips through Walker, Catoosa

Jimmy Coppinger began canoeing at age 20 when he ordered his first canoe from a Sears catalogue. Since that time, he has traveled down rivers in Florida and Illinois and locally down the Sequatchie River, the Tennessee River and Sugar Creek.

Fort Oglethorpe using website videos to engage citizens

What do you typically do on Monday nights? Chances are it doesn’t involve going to city council meetings.

Rossville DDA loses paid director position

The Rossville Downtown Development Authority will no longer have a paid director, said Mayor Teddy Harris.

Ringgold’s Cotter, South Depot streets may become one way

Motorists in downtown Ringgold may soon see one-way signs for portions of South Depot and Cotter streets.

Local church fans out to spread message in Fort Oglethorpe

Five thousand doors. That’s how many Battlefield Baptist Church members plan to knock on in Fort Oglethorpe this summer. Called “Taking the Battle to the Battlefield,” the initiative is about the battle to win souls.

Hutcheson on the Parkway hosts free Community Health Fair July 10

Hutcheson on the Parkway’s Fuller Cancer Center welcomes all to its Community Health Fair Thursday, July 10 from 4-7 p.m.

LaFayette Freedom Festival goes off with a bang

The city of LaFayette’s Freedom Festival hosted a large crowd.

Chickamauga’s Culpepper receives Distinguished Service Award

John Culpepper has devoted his life in service to the city of Chickamauga and has brought much to the city in that time.

NBRC race at Doug Yates Farm is July 12

Gina Hatler rides her horse Cujo weekly in preparation for the next Nooga Barrel Racing Club race at Doug Yates Farm in Ringgold.

Cowboy Church Clown Ministry suits up June 28

Ever seen a horse, giraffe and Dachshund dog at church? That’s the norm at the Cowboy Church Clown Ministry of LaFayette.

Freedom Festival coming to LaFayette

Independence calls for a celebration, and the city of LaFayette welcomes all to its Freedom Festival Friday, June 27.

One-Walker meeting in Chickamauga brings a crowd

The Gordon-Lee Mansion welcomed a tent full of guests from all over Walker County to the One-Walker meeting June 17.

Commissioners approve library improvements

Come July 1, the Internet service Catoosa County Public Library provides the community will be five times faster.

Joy Carpet changes with the times

Just like the roadway that runs in front of it, Joy Carpet has seen many changes during its 40 years.

Ringgold couple named Waffle House Fan Photo winners

It’s not often that someone can truly call themselves the No. 1 fan. But Ringgold couple Johnny and Maxie Maxwell can.

Thrive 2055 visits Northwest Georgia

Project planning for growth in Catoosa, Walker

Thrive 2055 is planning to see a big boom in growth in Catoosa County with a smaller boom in Walker County over the next 40 years, according to Thrive 2055 Communications and Outreach Coordinator Maggie Neff.

Walker BOE celebrates Reading Recovery success, plans to expand it

Walker County Board of Education is celebrating the success of the pilot Reading Recovery program at Cherokee Ridge Elementary School.

Chickamauga Council approves water/sewer rate increase

The city of Chickamauga not only lost a mainstay business with last summer’s closing of Crystal Springs Printworks, it lost a big customer.

Fort Oglethorpe Kiwanis Club celebrates 60 years

Fort Oglethorpe Kiwanis Club is celebrating its 60th anniversary in June.

Acoustic Cafe closed, Ringgold business for lease

The sound of hammers and drills has replaced those of guitars and keyboards at Acoustic Cafe in Ringgold.

‘Let’s Hear It for the Boys’ Bachelor Auction draws a crowd

Ladies of all ages waved paddles, clapped and cheered during the recent Crossroads Unity Family Park’s bachelor auction.

Trails End Ranch launches first camp June 16-20

Horses roam on the 183-acre Trails End Ranch, awaiting visitors to take on a ride along local trails.

Camp New Dawn enrolling summer campers

Camp New Dawn is enrolling campers for its 17th summer running.

Fort Oglethorpe Bowling alley demolition nears completion

Fort Oglethorpe’s bowling alley building is being demolished along LaFayette Road.

Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care raising funds for Ringgold dog park

Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care is raising funds to start an off-leash dog park in the city of Ringgold. City Council members said they are open to the idea, especially since CCAC plans to fund it.

Heartland Ranch hosts benefit Concert for baby Isaak York June 7

At just 8 months old, Isaak York of Ringgold has done something most people haven’t — had open heart surgery.

LaFayette resident Carolyn Summers turns 107

Carolyn Summers is the oldest living resident in Walker County. Born May 7, 1907, she just celebrated her 107th birthday.

Harden is county’s Distinguished Teacher of the Year

Ridgeland High School teacher/Co-Mathematics Department Chair Scott Harden is being recognized as the Walker County Distinguished Teacher of the Year.

Rossville Council preliminarily approves pouring rights

The city of Rossville may soon allow the pouring of beer and wine in restaurants within the city.

Sims Family Farm welcomes people to pick their own blueberries

Blueberries await locals who want to pick their own at the Sims Family Farm in Ringgold. Many people stopped by often to pick and purchase strawberries in May, said Sims Family Farm co-owner Janet Sims. With strawberry season wrapping up, blueberries should be ready to pick in early June.

Catoosa BOE recognizes Heritage High student Ware

Heritage High teacher Bonny List says even though student Alex Ware battles Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a disease that causes muscle degeneration, he does not let it hold him back from achieving great things.

Sen. Mullis partners with LHS, LMS FFA

LaFayette High School Future Farmers of America will break ground on a 50-by-160-foot barn this summer.

Chickamauga Elementary Chick-fil-A Circus puts on a show

Cirque Motion jugglers, a German Wheel stuntman, clowns and Chattanooga Aerials acrobats put on a circus to entertain Chickamauga Elementary School students and Gordon Lee High School alumni May 23.

‘When Want To Becomes Have To’ at LFO High

Imagine meeting your father for the first and only time for just 15 minutes.

NewTrend Graphics celebrates first anniversary

Fort Oglethorpe’s NewTrend Graphics is celebrating one year in business this spring.

BBQ Shack preps for holiday rushes, maintains perfect 100 health score

Matt Acklen had a busy week leading up to Memorial Day. While most people were winding down thinking of their long weekend, he was smoking almost 1,000 pounds of pork.

Efforts spur local cycling movement

Downtown Ringgold is becoming a bicycling destination thanks to the help of local Boy Scouts.

1890’s Day returns May 23

Organizers expect a crowd of 15,000 people at the 38th annual 1890’s Day Jamboree in downtown Ringgold Friday and Saturday, May 23-24.

‘Let’s Hear it for the Boys’ May 29

Ladies clapping and cheering and men strutting their stuff onstage in uniform to “It’s Raining Men” and “Let’s Hear it for the Boy.” No, it’s not a nightclub, it’s a bachelor auction.

Virtual reality sets in at LMS

Virtual reality recently came to life inside a Lakeview Middle School computer lab.

Partnership 2000 honors business partners

“I needed someone to read to me. My mentor read to me.”

Ringgold’s Crossroads Unity Family Park for Persons of All Abilities is in the works

Ringgold’s Crossroads Unity Family Park is in the planning stages.

Battle of LaFayette exhibit opens

The Battle of LaFayette exhibit inside John B. Gordon Hall is open to the public in May and June.

Rock Spring author inspires others to overcome addiction

Tate Publishing is publishing “Please Stop Licking the Window” Second Edition this spring.

Fairview’s Nash celebrates long life and hard work

Fairview’s Louise Nash is not what you might picture when you think of a 100-year-old lady.

WCBOE updates five-year maintenance plan

Walker County Board of Education Facilities and Operations Director Chris Jones is waiting on state approval for his updated five-year plan. WCBOE has already approved the system-wide maintenance plan.

Charlie’s Cafe feeds the crowds in LaFayette

New to LaFayette Square, Charlie’s Cafe is already becoming a popular local lunch spot.

Marty Stuart headlines annual Music On the Square concert

Five thousand people will migrate to downtown LaFayette for music, food, crafts and fun for all ages at the fourth annual Music On the Square May 17 from 9 a.m. to midnight. Grammy Award winner Marty Stuart takes the stage at 9 p.m.