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Katie Ward

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Walker school board approves $90 million budget

The Walker County Board of Education’s recently approved budget for fiscal year 2015/16, while only approximately $5,000 more than last year’s, includes $10,000 more for the Cherokee Regional Library System.

Grumpy’s Mall celebrates grand-opening

For those looking for unique reclaimed items, a trip to Grumpy’s Antique Mall is like a trip to Santa’s workshop.

Sheriffs Sisk and Wilson accept SFOL donations

While some people look forward to the arrival of fall, organizers of the Catoosa and Walker County Stocking Full of Love programs are looking even farther down the calendar.

LaFayette mulling special event beer, wine permits

LaFayette City Councilman Ben Bradford is interested in seeing the city offer single-use permits for those wishing to serve beer and wine at special events.

Ringgold studying Akins Road, 2-A intersection traffic

The city of Ringgold is pulling Georgia Department of Transportation traffic counts for the intersection of Akins Road and Highway 2-A/Battlefield Parkway, in between the RaceTrac and former Bar-B-Q Corral.

Parade pays tribute to lives lost

Eighty vehicles from Catoosa and Walker counties, waving American flags, rode in memory of the fallen soldiers who were casualties of the recent shootings in Chattanooga.

Skidmore completes catalogue of those interred at LaFayette city cemetery, officials recognize effort

For her efforts in recording all the graves in the LaFayette city cemetery, local officials recently recognized Nancy Skidmore.

WCBOE OKs facility updates

Walker County Board of Education recently approved a series of facility updates.

Mountain Cove Farms Resort opens Wilderness Disc Golf Course

Mountain Cove Farms Resort Wilderness Disc Golf Course is now open in Chickamauga’s McLemore Cove area.

Walker County food bank celebrates 17 years

Walker County’s Demetrius Jermaine Jackson Food Bank is celebrates 17 years in operation this month.

Rossville Rec Center holds football, cheerleading sign-ups

Rossville Recreation Scenic City Youth Football and cheerleading sign ups will be Saturday, July 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rossville Athletic Center, 301 Williams St. in Rossville.

Five Dollar Farm hosts weddings in Rock Spring

A new wedding venue in Rock Spring is now open at Five Dollar Farm, a 70-acre functioning cattle farm.

Chickamauga installs digital surveillance cameras

Chickamauga City Council is installing video cameras at the Chickamauga Senior Center and at Lee and Gordon’s Mills.

Ringgold’s Barger Bridge now open

Barger Bridge in Ringgold is officially opening this week.

Ruby Hardin spices up salsa with homegrown ghost peppers

The Guinness Book of World Records calls the ghost pepper the world’s hottest pepper, but that does not deter Ringgold resident Ruby Hardin from growing them in her backyard to use in her homemade salsa.

Pediatric Dentistry opens up in Ringgold

Pediatric Dentistry is expanding with a new location in Ringgold. The local practice already has locations in Ooltewah and Cleveland, Tenn.

Fort Oglethorpe’s Winner’s Circle is full of fun year-round

With 4,000 square feet covered in black lights, glow-in-the-dark wall art and peek holes, the two-story fort-like area of Winner’s Circle in Fort Oglethorpe is a dark adventure land of laser tag. Youth at can pull on a laser pack, grab a laser gun and run into the fun.

Catoosa County to hold technology conference for teachers

Catoosa County School System professional learning specialist Ingrid Jones is currently enrolling teachers in the upcoming Catoosa County Public Schools Elementary Instructional Fair, a half-day conference for teachers, administrators and paraprofessionals.

Catoosa County to improve intersection at Poplar Springs, Three Notch roads

Project includes wider turning lane at Heritage High entrance

The Catoosa County School System is entering into an intergovernmental agreement with Catoosa County government for a project to improve the traffic flow at the intersection of Poplar Springs and Three Notch roads by adding wider turn lanes.

Catoosa elementary schools getting video cameras

When Catoosa County’s elementary school students return in the fall, they will be a little bit safer at school, says the district’s Director of Operations Doug Suits.

Seniors sought for job training program

Senior Community Service Employment Program is looking for senior citizens in Northwest Georgia seeking employment.

Ringgold Nature Trail tabled until July 13 meeting

Ringgold Vice Mayor Nick Millwood would like to see more momentum on the city’s Nature Trail, but the matter has been tabled until after Passpointe Engineering’s Jan Pass attends the July 13 City Council meeting.

Fort Oglethorpe welcomes two new businesses

Third-generation Fort Oglethorpe business owner Ryan Cook is hosting the grand-opening for his combination business CPR Cell Phone Repair and Smart Spark Vapor Wednesday, July 8, next door to Marshall’s. The public is invited to attend the festivities, but many have already utilized the business’ services.

Shabby Chic Boutique sells bohemian wear for women

Shabby Chic Boutique in downtown Ringgold is celebrating seven months of business. Store owner Tammy Roberson opened her store two weeks into the downtown streetscape process and said she’s looking forward to her awning and black wrought iron that will go up at the completion of the project.

Former LaFayette High athletic complex to be resurrected

Ever since a new LaFayette High School was built, there have been questions regarding the use of the old high school’s football stadium. Especially since thousands of local alumni have memories of their high school days in this area.

Chickamauga’s Melon Patch celebrates its roots

For Trey Deck, food is an experience. Eating something as simple as a roast beef sandwich can bring back fond memories.

Camp New Dawn summer camps in full swing in Walker County

Camp New Dawn welcomes campers weekly throughout the summer for a variety of camps.

Young local author Klondike churning out stories

Though only in his 20s, local author Mitch Klondike has already published two books. A lifelong resident of the Walker County side of Rossville, he assumed that pen name and first started writing in 2012. His book “Element Fifty-Five” was released this summer. So far reception has been good, he said.

Fort Oglethorpe Kiwanis presents $5,000 to Fort Oglethorpe Recreation efforts

The $5,000 the Fort Oglethorpe Kiwanis Club is spending to assist in Fort Oglethorpe Recreation Department ball field upgrades could have a big payoff for the city.

City of Chickamauga plans to begin monitoring city drivers

After receiving complaints on how some city of Chickamauga employees drive, the city is partnering with Fleetmatics Inc. to manage employees’ driving habits.

Project One:27 repairs roofs, builds wheelchair ramps in Catoosa

When the tornadoes swept through in 2011, it wounded the roof of a local veteran. Even after paying a contractor working in the area after the storm, there was still much work to be done.

Rossville Lions present award to the late Howard German

To those who knew him, Howard German lived the Lions’ motto: “We serve.”

Swinging Into Action

Chickamauga Lions Club Golf Tournament raises money for Georgia Lions Lighthouse

The Chickamauga Lions Club Golf Tournament welcomed 21 golfers to Battlefield Golf Course for a day of fun that raised funds for the pediatric hearing aid program at Georgia Lions Lighthouse in Atlanta.

PHC school-based clinic coming to Gilbert Elementary

After seeing a need for local school children and families to have convenient access to health care, Primary Health Care Center began opening school-based health clinics across Northwest Georgia.

Little Free Libraries coming to Ringgold

Ringgold is on the path to have 10 new libraries — Little Free Libraries.

The Lytle Barn boutique opens in Rock Spring

Southern style is meeting French flair in Rock Spring at the newly opened Lytle Barn.

New Tiger Sharks coach making a splash this season

Ringgold Tiger Sharks’ 118-member swim team has a new head coach in Jackson Parker.

Young America Ministries reaches out to area youth

Local business owners Wes and Kelia Williams work in low-income housing, trailer parks, apartments and car dealerships. They noticed the children around them needed things, so they started collecting coats, shoes and school supplies.

Rossville artist Ron Fillers creates metal art and more

Rossville metal artist Ron Fillers prefers the title “inventor.” Using a welding helmet, face shield and gloves, he cuts out his creations with a MIG Welder and a Hobart plasma cutter, turning steel into art.

April O’Shields — at the heart of hope

In May 2014, Flintstone’s April O’Shields took an antibiotic prescribed for her sinus infection. Then, her organs started shutting down.

Rossville now applying for a CDBG for sewers

The city of Rossville is vying for a Community Development Block Grant to repair city sewers.

Walker County Schools feeding children at about 60 sites this summer

Walker County Schools also delivers free meals in the summertime. Lunches are served between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. throughout the week at more than 20 standing sites and more than 30 temporary sites.

Apple Barrel Antiques welcomes people to country-style store

Apple Barrel Antiques and More now offers quality, affordable, re-purposed antiques, says co-owner Mary Hensley, though the Fort Oglethorpe store still sells tomatoes for the local citizens who used to frequent the store when it was a produce place.

Local Y launches Mobile Fit with summer feeding program

The North Georgia YMCA has big summer plans. In addition to serving more than 20,000 meals through its Y Without Walls program, the Y is launching Mobile Fit in conjunction with its popular summer feeding program, which serves about 500 meals a day.

Ringgold officials approve $75,000 more for Patriot Hall project

Ringgold City Council originally earmarked $150,000 to spend on renovating Patriot Hall. However, it has been determined that more money is needed.

Comcast pays its Chickamauga bill

One day shy of the bill’s final due date, Comcast paid the city of Chickamauga $13,583 in back pole fees.

Wi-Fi coming to downtown Ringgold

Wi-Fi is being installed along Nashville Street by Ringgold Telephone Company.

Teems partners with Mach Fuels to open a new kind of gas station

A desire for cleaner energy is fueling a new kind of gas station in Ringgold.

Surveying a family affair for Walker County’s Campbells

Armed with machetes, pistols and electronic measuring devices, Campbell Surveying’s crew might be mistaken for a military platoon. But it’s briars, kudzu and tree limbs the surveyors fight their way through in order to properly mark property lines and survey land.

CWN welcomes Miller’s talk on mentoring

While serving as a lawyer for 23 years, Hamilton County Clerk and Master Robin Miller realized she needed a mentor outside of the office to look up to. She now touts the importance of mentoring in local speeches.