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Katie Ward

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Survivors ask others to join fight against cancer

Rock Spring Elementary School principal Kandy Gilstrap donned a superhero outfit a month ago to reward students for good grades. As the school gears up for the county’s superhero-themed Relay for Life cancer benefit, she is again calling on her superhero powers.

WCBOE purchases 5 new buses

Walker County Schools is adding five new Blue Bird buses to its fleet soon.

‘Walk the Line’ is first of LaFayette’s Movies in the Park

Johnny Cash played in a benefit to help LaFayette High School in 1970.

Empire Wrestling ready to take on more

A large black wrestling ring towers above the crowd of 450 cheering fans.

Ringgold gun maker aims for accuracy

It could be said that Hershel Anderson has the most accurate aim of anyone in the United States. He holds the national record in bull’s-eye shooting for hitting 159 out of 270 shots fired, garnering him 2,680 out of 2,700 possible points in the annual National Rifle and Pistol Matches.

Catoosa County BOE hears Stakeholder-Driven Strategic Plan

Every child, every day, without exception.

BRA-VO! A Fashion Show celebrates life after breast cancer

BRA-VO! A Fashion Show celebrating life after breast cancer took the Track29 stage by storm April 6.

Vintage Gypsy ready to rock your wardrobe

You may find Iron Fist shoes and Sourpuss clothing in the closet of a punk rocker, but you’ll definitely find it at Vintage Gypsy, a newly opened apparel and home goods store in Fort Oglethorpe.

LaFayette Road revamp hits snags

The $3 million project to revamp LaFayette Road is hitting road blocks before even starting.

Angie’s Gifts in Rossville helps area children

Click, shop, help. Every purchase made through Angie’s Gifts in Rossville helps local children.

Ringgold advances plans for new park

Passpointe Engineering and landscape architect Greta DeMayo have been picked to lead the effort of turning Ringgold Recreation Complex into a park.

McTeacher Night fundraiser benefits Relay for Life

LaFayette McDonald’s Relay for Life McNight of Hope brought out the superhero in local school administrators and teachers.

CVMS student wins state VFW Patriot Pen Essay Contest, ranks 21st in nation

What does a $1,350 prize-winning essay look like? A local Chattanooga Valley Middle School student knows, because he wrote one.

Colonnade Doll Show and Sale to benefit RMHC April 5

Some people collect stamps. Some collect wine. Comic books, coins — the list goes on. Ringgold resident Jane Heavener collects memories.

Dailey Hill Cemetery under lock and key

Dailey Hill Cemetery is going on lockdown.

Ringgold Power Sport powers up

Racing in BMX races from age 6 to 18, Ringgold Power Sport owner Bonnie Wagner found her love of outdoor sports early on.

LaFayette High students paint van for April 5 Art Car Parade

Something old, something new. Something borrowed, something blue … and yellow, purple, lime green, orange and red.

State names HHS Advanced Placement Honor School for fifth year

Students often gather around Advanced Placement chemistry teacher Jack Leather at lunchtime or during breaks. Similar to Einstein, he seizes every moment as a teaching opportunity.

Rosewood Assisted Living unveils brand new dementia-care facility

Every 38 seconds, someone is diagnosed with dementia.

Rossville applying for $500,000 grant to fix sewers

Rossville City Council is applying for a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to rehab sewers on the north end of the city.

Walker County BOE approves almost $124,000 in new technology

When Rossville Middle School students return from spring break, they will have access to three mobile computer labs of 30 iPad Minis each; one lab for each grade.

Weaver is still young at heart

Lorena “Sweet Pea” Weaver dances, exercises and likes to stay on the go … at age 99.

Rossville’s VFW Post 3679 hosts bingo Sundays, Mondays

Rossville’s VFW 3679 Post welcomes 100-plus bingo players, both veterans and civilians, weekly on Sunday and Monday nights.

Shepherd saves student from choking

While sitting in the North LaFayette Elementary School cafeteria, 8-year-old Skye Smith began choking on nachos.

Home on the range: Chow House home to western-style food, music

Walking into the Chow House is like taking a step back in time to a western-movie set.

Ringgold’s National Title Pawn urges council to reconsider fees

It might just be $1.50, but it adds up.

Walker deputies honored

Three lives could’ve easily been lost. Instead, three are being honored.

Gateway to Chickamauga goes green

Historic Southern cities like Savannah and Charleston greet entering motorists, cyclists and pedestrians with beautiful trees, flowers and plants. Chickamauga City Manager Micheal Haney plans to create a similar look for the approximate 100-yard entrance to historic Chickamauga.

RMS welcomes TVA’s Lego Robotics program

Rossville Middle School is launching a TVA-sponsored Lego Robotics program this month. TVA officials visited RMS this week to donate money and supplies to help kickstart the program.

Exhibit showcases Great Locomotive Chase

The diners looked up, startled, as the train they had just disembarked from to have breakfast sputtered to life and chugged out of the station — without even the crew, who was dining with them.

Rossville’s VFW Post 3679 hosts Bingo Nights

Rossville’s VFW Post 3679 welcomes 100-plus bingo players, both veterans and civilians, weekly on Sunday and Monday nights.

Appointed Quartet returns for anniversary celebration

The audience members can’t help themselves. Some clap while others snap. The ground reverberates with their tapping feet.

LFO College and Career Fair a hit

Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School College and Career Fair recently welcomed local and regional businesses, colleges and military recruiters.

SCW Friday brings back WWE-style wrestling

Friday nights. Ringside action. Headlocks. Slams.

Historic quilt made in Ringgold restored

Quilts sewn with love are passed down from generation to generation.

Northwest Georgia Career Expo is March 20

With Northwest Georgia’s unemployment rate at 7.2 percent — higher than the national rate of 6.6 percent —the Walker County Civic Center is hosting the Northwest Georgia Career Expo Thursday, March 20.

LaFayette Buy-a-Banner deadline looms

Eighteen businesses are already enrolled in LaFayette’s recently unveiled Buy-a-Banner program, and seven more are expected to enroll soon.

‘Superheroes Wanted’ in Relay for Life

One hundred new cancer cases are diagnosed every six months at Battlefield Imaging at Hutcheson on the Parkway in Ringgold.

Chickamauga Library unveils 35 new computers

Chickamauga Public Library’s new Chromebook computer lab is now open to the community. Gordon Lee Memorial High School students dual enrolled in Georgia Northwestern Technical College courses have already been making use of the 35 laptops purchased for $30,000 using Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax dollars.

McDowell brings out brilliance in students

Upon meeting Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School ninth-grader Deven Robinson, he’ll probably ask you what year you were born. Before you’ve had time to blink, he will have told you your age, what year you graduated from high school and what year you attended kindergarten.

Rock City president speaks at Chamber lunch

See Rock City Attractions President Susan Harris is sharing the secret to a successful business model.

Fort Oglethorpe Waffle House a hotspot for area veterans

“Scattered,” “chunked” and “covered” are words typically heard at Waffle House. But at the Fort Oglethorpe location, they often take on a different meaning.

Local First GA offers free marketing assistance

The World Wide Web, Facebook, Twitter. These are some of the many ways people — and businesses — connect with others these days. And it’s Danielle Phipps’ job to help businesses make connections with people.

Catoosa County BOE OKs 2014-2015 school calendar

Like many who spend the weekend catching up on things, Catoosa County public school students will spend two additional days on instruction next year.

Bike! Walk! in LaFayette March 13

Walker County is considering connecting to a bicycle trail running from Cave Springs in Floyd County to the Silver Comet Trail in Polk County.

Catoosa County adds time to school days

Catoosa County Schools is adding 20 minutes to the school day to make up for inclement weather days.

PLC recruiting runners for Graduation Day 5k

Two hundred ninety-eight thousand dollars. That’s how much a high school dropout costs the community they live in over the course of a lifetime, according to Performance Learning Center principal Dr. Lamar Brown.

CNA School of Calhoun opens on Battlefield Parkway

Vera Wolfe lost a son in an auto accident. Dustin was a sophomore at Gordon Central High School when he passed away. Then, she almost lost her nephew in a bicycle accident. For those two reasons, the Ringgold resident left the accounting world to enter the medical instruction pathway later in life.

Chickamauga Battlefield Museum & Relics holds authentic Civil War gear

What do a button, bullet and part of a harmonica have in common? If you’re standing inside the newly opened Chickamauga Battlefield Museum & Relics in Fort Oglethorpe, they’re all from the Civil War.

Catoosa Historical Society welcomes McConnell Park

When McConnell Park opens on Highway 41 later this spring, it will meld past and present, and not just through its namesake.