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Katie Ward

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Ombudsman graduates students

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

Chickamauga plans to pave main thoroughfare

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Catoosa Family Collaborative eyes grant

Success in school starts long before a child enters kindergarten.

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.

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