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Katie Ward

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‘Hee Haw’ skit sure to bring laughs to Alhambra Shrine

Alhambra Shrine is presenting a “Hee Haw” show Saturday, Oct. 4 by the Shrine Ladies Helping Hands.

Chambers Jewelers and Gemologist moves to Fort Oglethorpe

Chambers Jewelers and Gemologist has moved from Chickamauga to Fort Oglethorpe.

125th anniversary Blue and Gray BBQ Arts/Crafts Festival and BBQ Cook Off Sept. 20

It’s been 125 years since Union and Confederate soldiers reunited on the grounds of the Gordon-Lee Mansion in friendship. In true Southern fashion, food was involved — barbecue.

Walker County Fair returns Sept. 12-14

After 50 years without a fair, the Walker County Fair is making a comeback.

Fort Oglethorpe’s Casa Amigos hosts weekly specials

Fort Oglethorpe’s Casa Amigos is offering lots of specials to bring in the community.

Eagle Scout Nolan Smith builds wood-duck houses on Nature Trail

Even more nature could be in store for the Richard Taylor Nature Trail in Ringgold.

Ringgold now more optimistic about pedestrian bridge process

After publicly wondering over the status of the long-ongoing pedestrian bridge in downtown Ringgold, the City Council has good news. (Refer to previous coverage at community.timesfreepress.com/news/2014/aug/20/ringgold-city-council-seeks-answers-pedestrian-bri)

‘Hard Hats and High Heels’ to help Habitat for Humanity

Servers and officials — like Sheriff Gary Sisk — will don hard hats, crisp white shirts and bow ties and serve meals to guests at the upcoming “Hard Hats and High Heels” fundraiser.

Cornelison gets ready to harvest apples on Lookout

They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. For 78-year-old Charles Cornelison and his wife Becky, who’s one year his junior, it’s more like 135 apple … trees.

Susan Wells to give up School Board for Family Connection

Though Susan Wells is retired from teaching, she still has a heart for children and families. In addition to serving as Walker County School Board chairwoman, she works as the Coordinator for Walker County Family Connection.

Project Search launches at LaFayette High School

Rachel Cannon, a student at LaFayette High School, has cerebral palsy. But that isn’t slowing her down, especially when it comes to preparing for a job after high school.

Heritage student selected to Rockettes two years running

Megan Kibble, 15, is known for her sky leaps, according to her dance instructor, Starmaker owner/Director Melissa Hall.

Rosewood Assisted Living hosts community cookout, talent show

Rosewood Assisted Living, in Fort Oglethorpe, is celebrating National Assisted Living Week with community events.

Ombudsman graduates students

Just as students are returning to school, 14 locals are celebrating their August graduation from the Advancing Education Center in Chickamauga.

Bennett settles in at battlefield, plans upcoming events

New Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Superintendent Brad Bennett is happy to be at what he deems “the best park of them all.”

Final piece in puzzle secured for Ringgold canoe launch

With Lyndhurst Foundation’s most recent donation of $23,000, the city of Ringgold has all the money it needs for its Dragging Canoe launch project along South Chickamauga Creek at the city municipal park.

Sacrifice Anniversary Singing brings 11 acts to Ringgold Depot

When Ringgold couple Lisa and Jimmy McClure lost their son, they managed to find comfort through singing.

Wyatt’s Cafe opens in former Chow House

Catlett community’s Wyatt’s Cafe is serving up Southern hospitality and good food in a western style setting.

Chickamauga plans to pave main thoroughfare

West 10th Street, which connects Crittenden Avenue to downtown Chickamauga, is cracking.

Fort O Rare Coins celebrates one-year anniversary

A childhood trade ended up turning into a lifetime passion for Jim Miller. And a one-year — and counting — business venture.

City of Ringgold hosts streetscape groundbreaking

Downtown Ringgold will soon take shape with the streetscape project on Highway 41.

GNTC Automotive Technology’s Peco trains future mechanics

It wasn’t too long ago — about twice the time it takes to complete an associate’s degree — that Trevor Gant completed the GNTC automotive program. Now he is training other GNTC automotive students. At age 23, the Ringgold resident is already the shop foreman at Crown Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

Richardson accepts GaDER Gold Award

Kevin Richardson’s job is like a big puzzle. A really big puzzle. He’s the school system transportation supervisor for Walker — the largest county in the state.

Rossville Library cuts continue to spur debate

The numbers battle concerning the Rossville Library contines to wage on.

City of Rossville passes budget

The city of Rossville is “headed in the right direction” when it comes to its finances, says Mayor Teddy Harris.

Express Oil Change undergoes renovations

The new bright blue paint is eye-catching as one travels down Battlefield Parkway.

Stinnett and ‘Rosie the Recycler’ promote recycling in Fort O

Starting this fall, Fort Oglethorpe Councilwoman Paula Stinnett and the city’s new Rosie the Recycler mascot will visit Fort Oglethorpe schools to promote the city’s Clean and Green campaign.

Ringgold High completes rebuild with new art wing

It’s taken three years, but Ringgold High School’s rebuilding after the devastating 2011 tornadoes is now complete.

Ringgold City Council seeks answers on pedestrian bridge construction delay

Ringgold City Council is seeking answers on why the city’s pedestrian bridge is moving so slowly.

Leaping Liz’s Laptops now open in Rossville

Rossville’s newly opened Leaping Liz’s Laptops was hopping with business for the recent tax-free weekend.

The Cottage has new director, same needs

Linda Brooks is used to begging.

Chickamauga Council plans for senior center asbestos cleanup

Asbestos has been discovered in Chickamauga Senior Center, which is undergoing renovations.

Matt Bradford gets technical

Ringgold’s Matt Bradford has taken playing with Hot Wheels cars to a whole new level — the national level.

Hot Shots Cheerleading produces All-Stars

Back flips, push-ups, squats, jumping jacks and crunches make up the night tumbling routine for Hot Shots All-Star Cheerleading of Fort Oglethorpe.

Catoosa Back to School Jam Aug. 16

The word of the day this Saturday is free — free haircuts, medical screenings, hot dogs, drinks and giveaways.

NCIC leaders are ‘Shining Stars’

School starts back Aug. 18 and Nourishing Children in Catoosa volunteers are gearing up to make snack packs for the organization’s first distribution Sept. 5. The packs provide youth with snacks for Friday afternoon through Sunday evening.

Ringgold raising millage rate

Public hearings to be held

Ringgold plans to raise its millage rate 3 percent, from 2.683 to 2.763 mils, netting approximately $16,000 more annually.

Send A Child to Camp benefit concert is Aug. 7

Dogwood Valley Baptist Bible Camp surrounds campers with positive mentors. This summer, four youth announced they want to be preachers.

Moon Haven Studio teaches belly dancing

If you’ve ever been to Portofino’s in East Ridge, you may have seen Jillanna Babb-Cheshul. If you did, you probably would’ve known it.

Hunt appointed to Catoosa County School Board

Gloria Hunt knows the ins and outs of education in Catoosa County Schools. A lifelong Catoosa County resident, she has been part of the process — as a student, teacher, parent and now as the newest member of the county School Board.

Ringgold Park Master Plan blueprint OK’ed

Passpointe Engineering President Jan Pass is working on color drawings for the Ringgold Recreation Park Master Plan.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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