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Katie Ward

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

LaFayette’s Twin Lakes Nursery yields blueberries, raspberries

Twin Lakes Nursery in LaFayette is all about berries.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

Camp New Dawn enrolling summer campers

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

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.

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 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.

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.