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Katie Ward

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Trucks getting stuck under new Ringgold foot bridge

The pedestrian bridge next to the Ringgold Depot may have solved one safety problem, but it is now at the center of another, officials say.

Walker wins Battle of the Badges blood drive

Walker County Sheriff’s Office’s first-ever Battle of the Badges blood drive drew lots of participants — enough to secure a comfortable win over the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office in the friendly competition.

Catoosa Chamber hosts first-ever Gatsby Gala

The Gatsby Gala was this year’s signature Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce event. A committee of seven Chamber members planned out the affair which boasted 250 in attendance.

Lee’s Taekwondo grows customers in LaFayette

Before opening his first taekwondo studio in LaFayette 12 years ago, Lee’s Taekwondo and Martial Arts master instructor Jung K. Lee said he got lost in Walker County one day and realized the area did not have martial arts on offer. Now he is opening his third studio in LaFayette.

New Heights Baptist hosts benefit for Chuck Waters March 6

New Heights Baptist Church members are hosting a benefit for Ringgold native Chuck Waters March 6 with a gospel singing and barbecue dinner.

Catoosa County Saddle Club back in business

Catoosa County Saddle Club is saddling up again with horseback riding lessons and horse shows.

Moore comes full circle in Rossville

Barbara Moore, 80, remembers when the city of Rossville had a Rossville Junior High School, a North Rossville Elementary School, a South Rossville Elementary School and a Rossville High School all in the city limits.

El Pueblito Mexican Grill comes to Ringgold

El Pueblito Mexican Grill is now open in Ringgold’s ShopRite Center, and the restaurant is already thriving with events like taco nights.

Bel Aires 60’s Show Band amps up regional special events

The local Bel Aires 60’s Show Band croons for causes. And birthday parties. And other special events.

Chickamauga planning road improvements

The city of Chickamauga plans to repave 3,000 feet of roadway in the city for an estimated $55,000.

Steps 2 Hope steps up again to help local veteran

Steps 2 Hope Executive Director/Founder Mark Wilson says Jason Smith may have lost both legs and suffered significant damage to both arms and hands, but his spirit is still intact. So, the local nonprofit organization is going to help him rebuild his future through the upcoming Jason’s Journey Benefit being held at the Ringgold Depot.

Shockley to speak at annual FCA Banquet March 3

While playing football at the University of Georgia, DJ Shockley found support through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Gordon Lee High students give sneak peak at prom fashions

The flash of cameras wasn’t the only link between journalism and fashion at a local fashion show. Gordon Lee Memorial High School recently hosted a prom fashion show to benefit its journalism program.

Phibbs Sports Bar hosting a benefit for Fort Oglethorpe’s Eli McNew

Rock Spring’s Phibbs Sports Bar and Grill is rolling out the red carpet for Fort Oglethorpe’s Eli McNew, 10. A benefit for Eli is being hosted at Phibbs Saturday, Feb. 28 starting at 7 p.m. The Brody Johnson Band will take the stage at 9 p.m. All $5 entry fees will be donated to Eli for medical care.

Ringgold CVB partnering with DDA

The Ringgold Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is partnering with the Ringgold Downtown Development Authority.

GLHS plans to announce new football coach this week

Gordon Lee High School Athletic Director Shonn Weldon is interviewing potential football coaches. He plans to make the official announcement some time this week on who the new coach will be.

Chickamauga’s Veazey goes live on Jett Radio Show

Tommy Jett’s manager Craig Tyndall is promoting the Tommy Jett Radio Show in Ringgold, and he is looking for local talented musicians like Chickamauga’s own guitarist/vocalist Kyle Veazey, who recently performed on the show live, to be on the show in 2015.

Battle of the Badges draws lots of blood donors for Catoosa

Last week, several community members gave blood for the first time, and some for the first time in years.

H and M Herbs and Gifts sells vitamins, supplements

Those looking to get healthy this year will find a resource at Fort Oglethorpe’s H and M Herbs.

Georgia Girl Guides takes people to the center of the earth

Christine “Pebbles” Rose and Amy “Tiny” Ward are ready to take people on local caving adventures. The pair started Georgia Girl Guides after working together for the Georgia State Park Service.

Bobcats cheerleaders headed to national competition

For the first time ever, Georgia Northwestern Technical College is heading to nationals. The Bobcats Cheerleaders squad qualified for the NCA/NDA Collegiate Cheer and Dance National Championship coming up April 8-12 in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Walker, Catoosa sheriffs host blood drive

The Walker and Catoosa county sheriff’s offices are battling it out in blood drives this month.

Fort Oglethorpe DDA has good news about streetscaping

The Fort Oglethorpe Downtown Development Authority is looking for ways to get the word out about all the good things going on in the city.

Legendairy Ice Cream and Coffee expands in Ringgold

It may be cold outside, but things are heating up at Legendairy Ice Cream and Coffee now open in downtown Ringgold.

RSES Robo Rockets Lego Robotics team gaining awards

Rock Spring Elementary School’s Robo Rockets advanced to the Lego Robotics First Lego League state competition in late January.

LaFayette’s Mullinax Farm for sale

Six or 7 miles south of LaFayette, on Old Highway 27, sits the 114-acre Mullinax Farm. Three homes sit on the picturesque property.

Ringgold’s Morris signs football scholarship with Duke University

Zach Morris, 17, can bench press 435 pounds, squat 500 pounds and power clean 300 pounds. That’s not only helped him as a powerhouse defensive end and tackle player on Ringgold High School’s football team, it also helped him land a spot at Duke University.

Ringgold sign debate continues

Even following the most recent vote, Ringgold Mayor Joe Barger is still a little puzzled over the digital-sign debacle in downtown Ringgold. And the saga might not be over yet.

Georgia Arts Center coming to downtown Ringgold

Go Georgia Arts Ringgold Center is taking over 5,000 square feet in downtown Ringgold.

Ridgeland coach Mariakis retiring, joining FCA staff

Coach Mark Mariakis is known for praying on the football field. Now it will be a focal point of his role as the new Fellowship of Christian Athletes relationship coach.

Tankersley to take helm as new RHS football coach

Ridgeland High School is known for its legendary football team. With head football coach Mark Mariakis stepping down, Wesley Tankersley will be taking over.

Rock Bridge partners with We Care Ministry

Ringgold’s Rock Bridge Church is collecting blankets, coats, scarves, gloves and hats for the homeless population now through the end of February.

We Care Ministry helps area homeless

Cards signed “We Care,” with a number of signatures beneath, are one of the many things the local homeless receive from DeFoor siblings, Zoey, 9, Tristan, 8, Jaden, 7, and Talan, 6.

Local TV show offers teens, parents ‘Solutions of Success’

Fort Oglethorpe Councilwoman Paula Stinnett is delving into the sometimes complicated world of teenagers with her new “Solutions of Success” TV show airing Thursdays at 7 p.m. on UCTV Comcast Channel 265. The show also airs on Charter Channel 198 and streams live online.

Wanda’s Restaurant serves up home-cooking, homey atmosphere

Everybody knows your name at Wanda’s Restaurant in Rock Spring where regulars come in to dine on home-cooking.

Winning RHS coach Murdock honored for legacy

Award-winning former Rossville High School football coach Lynn H. Murdock celebrated his 80th birthday Jan. 27. And just before that date, he got a special birthday surprise.

Chickamauga stroke/cancer survivor Veazey gets attention

Growing up, Kyle Veazey’s mother told him, “If God calls you to dig ditches, then be the best ditch digger.” But no one would hire the 29-year-old, to dig ditches or otherwise.

Bramletts raise goats in LaFayette

Where Rock Spring intersects with LaFayette along Cordell Road, 20 Boer goats roam the 16.5-acre Bramlett Farm. Charles W. Bramlett sounds off a goat call noise and they come charging toward him.

Ringgold’s Classie Dawg keeps dogs looking good

In operation for 15 years, Classie Dawg Grooming continues to grow and add new services.

‘The Jett Age Flying with Tommy Jett’ book now available

Wearing a ring on each finger and signing autographs, his eyes sparkle even behind his big sunglasses. DJ Tommy Jett, of Flintstone, is a 6’2” rock star.

Ringgold’s Sale appearing in major TV shows, films

Driving a hot-red Ferrari at 110 miles per hour is a day in the life of Ringgold actor Zach Sale.

Movement Church reaches out to the homeless

Terry Davis, pastor of Movement Church in Hixson, is known for his outreach ministries.

Kaiser drives home patient care at Hutcheson

Patients receive the royal treatment at Hutcheson Medical Center free of charge.

End could be in sight for Ringgold’s digital-sign debate

The much-debated digital sign in downtown Ringgold will be removed within one year and a digital sign committee will be appointed to raise the funding to relocate it — if Ringold City Council’s vote is acceptable.

Oakwood Baptist Celebrate Recovery celebrates 10th anniversary

Every Friday night for the last 10 years, Oakwood Baptist Church’s Chickamauga campus has welcomed people with “hurts, habits and hangups,” said area Celebrate Recovery ministry leader Marvin Morrison.

Fort Oglethorpe citizens honor police department

Fort Oglethorpe Police Department and Fort Oglethorpe City Hall recently celebrated National Law Enforcement Day.

RMS hosts Pink Out in honor of some of its own

Pink Out nights honor breast cancer survivors and keep the memory alive of those who have lost their lives to the disease.

Above the Ridge outfitter now open in Ringgold

Above the Ridge owners Brandon Shirey and his wife Nina Shirey are settling into their new home in Ringgold after moving from Virginia Beach this fall.

Actor Jim Chandler makes it from small town to big time

The actors are real. Their emotions are real. The props are … cardboard. Jim Chandler’s believable performance in a just-under-25-minute YouTube film, “Cardboard Warfare 2,” led to him landing a part in an upcoming movie theater release. Through that role he met Olan Rogers, a filmmaker and comedian, who has 650,000 subscribers to his YouTube Channel, the local actor said.

Catoosa Women’s Network makes its debut

The Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce is launching the Catoosa Women’s Network.