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Katie Ward

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Family Thrift Store opens in Fort Oglethorpe

Family Thrift Store owners Daniel Shoats and Krishna Maharjan are ready to welcome guests to their new Fort Oglethorpe store.

Arms Around Ringgold comes to Oakwood’s Gateway Mall

Arms Around Chickamauga’s Oakwood Baptist main campus is adding an Arms Around Ringgold event this year.

Ringgold plans repairs for city water plant

Ringgold City Council is making plans to repair the clear-well water tank at the city water plant.

Taylor retires after 52 years with city of Ringgold

William Taylor began working on a farm in the third grade to house and feed his brothers, sisters and parents.

WCBOE bans e-cigs from school campuses

Walker County Board of Education is banning the use of electronic or vapor cigarettes from school campuses within its jurisdiction.

LaFayette’s Twin Lakes Nursery yields blueberries, raspberries

Twin Lakes Nursery in LaFayette is all about berries.

Local pools welcome summer crowds

With plenty of ways to cool off, lots of room for lounging and concessions galore, the Martha Denton Swimming Pool in Ringgold and the Arlene Crye Municipal Pool in Fort Oglethorpe are staying busy this summer.

Veterinarian Ben Benson makes house calls

In the middle of the country with no surrounding businesses, Villanow Animal Clinic sits in an old fire hall building.

Charles Lusk battles Lou Gehrig’s disease

Mingling with former classmates at his recent Rossville High School Class of 1959 reunion, Rossville’s Charles Lusk was optimistic.

Arms Around Chickamauga returns to help community

The second annual Arms Around Chickamauga event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon. Twenty-four serving teams of 270 volunteers will pray and then fan out in the community.

Catoosa Family Collaborative eyes grant

Success in school starts long before a child enters kindergarten.

Joy Ride for Jan Blevins takes off July 26 at FOPD

Several hundred motorcycles will rev their engines in memory of Jan Blevins during the July 26 joy ride that will honor her legacy.

Blalock’s Gym moves to Fort Oglethorpew

Formerly located in East Ridge for more than two decades, Blalock’s Gym is settling into its new location in Fort Oglethorpe.

YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program kicks off in Northwest Georgia

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

LaFayette Freedom Festival goes off with a bang

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fort Oglethorpe Kiwanis Club celebrates 60 years

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

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.

Camp New Dawn enrolling summer campers

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

‘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.

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.

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.

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.

Rossville Council preliminarily approves pouring rights

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.