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Katie Ward

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LaFayette’s Caribou Run Farm selling pumpkins

Caribou Run Farm owners Rachel and Robert Stultz, of LaFayette, first traveled to Alaska seven years ago.

WCBOE Ombudsman program shows success

Walker County Schools’ Ombudsman program is gaining momentum in graduation success rates.

Catoosa selected as Early Education Empowerment Zone

Will help students afford preschool

Just as “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” the first five years of a child’s life are said to be the most important in terms of development.

Electrolysis and Associates permanently removes hair

Electrolysis and Associates in Fort Oglethorpe owners Dee Jeffreys and her daughter Annie Massey specialize in permanent hair removal.

Rolling Thunder dedicates tree to POWs/MIAs

Rolling Thunder educates people about prisoners of war and those missing in action.

Ringgold seeks help installing flags

The city of Ringgold needs help installing flags downtown for Veterans Day.

Crossroads Unity Family Park in planning stages

Crossroads Unity Family Park playground is supposed to be a place where wounded military veterans and children of all abilities can play regardless of wheelchairs or crutches.

Creighton’s Flowers celebrates 72 years

Creighton’s Flower Shop is celebrating 72 years of business in Rossville. The shop opened in 1942 under the ownership of Bill and Gladys Creighton.

Tiger Creek named a Reward School

Tiger Creek Elementary School is being recognized by the Georgia Department of Education as a Title 1 High-Progress School Reward School.

Author takes people on trip to ‘Dime Stores and Dirt Roads’

Lying in a hospital bed at Memorial Hospital after a heart attack three years ago, Dale Forrester, of Chickamauga, reassessed his life.

Making Strides Wrestling is a success

William Venable’s mom has battled breast cancer three times. To help find a cure, the Ringgold resident, with Great South Wrestling Federation based out of Rockwood and Dunlap, Tenn., recently put on a Making Strides wrestling event for the American Cancer Society at the LaFayette Recreation Center.

Remembering Our Heroes scheduled for Oct. 24-25

World War II veteran Jackson Campbell, 90, of Chickamauga, is one of several veterans who will be recognized at “Remembering Our Heroes” Oct. 24-25 during a re-enactment and celebration benefiting the 6th Cavalry Museum.

GLHS Band bass line marching to a new beat

Gordon Lee High School Marching Band drum line instructor J.P. Gill says his bass line this year is the best ever.

Grape Stomp returns to Georgia Winery Oct. 4

Ringgold’s Georgia Winery is celebrating 31 years of Grape Stomping action Saturday, Oct. 4 from noon to 5:30 p.m.

Marsh House Heritage Day returns Oct. 4

Men wearing button-downs and top hats and women wearing hoop skirts will welcome people to Heritage Day at the Marsh House Saturday, Oct. 4.

LaFayette Elks Lodge to reopen Rossville Bingo Hall Oct. 4

LaFayette Elks Lodge No. 2018 is reopening the Rossville Bingo Hall Saturday, Oct. 4.

Chickamauga keeps O millage property tax, continues 12 mils school tax

Thanks to Local Option Sales Tax the city of Chickamauga will continue its zero millage rate.

Tri-county Teen Maze needs volunteers, donations

It is anticipated that 1,800 students from Catoosa, Dade and Walker counties will attend the third annual UR Choice/UR Destiny Teen Maze.

‘Hee Haw’ skit sure to bring laughs to Alhambra Shrine

Alhambra Shrine is presenting a “Hee Haw” show Saturday, Oct. 4 by the Shrine Ladies Helping Hands.

Chambers Jewelers and Gemologist moves to Fort Oglethorpe

Chambers Jewelers and Gemologist has moved from Chickamauga to Fort Oglethorpe.

125th anniversary Blue and Gray BBQ Arts/Crafts Festival and BBQ Cook Off Sept. 20

It’s been 125 years since Union and Confederate soldiers reunited on the grounds of the Gordon-Lee Mansion in friendship. In true Southern fashion, food was involved — barbecue.

Walker County Fair returns Sept. 12-14

After 50 years without a fair, the Walker County Fair is making a comeback.

Fort Oglethorpe’s Casa Amigos hosts weekly specials

Fort Oglethorpe’s Casa Amigos is offering lots of specials to bring in the community.

Eagle Scout Nolan Smith builds wood-duck houses on Nature Trail

Even more nature could be in store for the Richard Taylor Nature Trail in Ringgold.

Ringgold now more optimistic about pedestrian bridge process

After publicly wondering over the status of the long-ongoing pedestrian bridge in downtown Ringgold, the City Council has good news. (Refer to previous coverage at community.timesfreepress.com/news/2014/aug/20/ringgold-city-council-seeks-answers-pedestrian-bri)

‘Hard Hats and High Heels’ to help Habitat for Humanity

Servers and officials — like Sheriff Gary Sisk — will don hard hats, crisp white shirts and bow ties and serve meals to guests at the upcoming “Hard Hats and High Heels” fundraiser.

Cornelison gets ready to harvest apples on Lookout

They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. For 78-year-old Charles Cornelison and his wife Becky, who’s one year his junior, it’s more like 135 apple … trees.

Susan Wells to give up School Board for Family Connection

Though Susan Wells is retired from teaching, she still has a heart for children and families. In addition to serving as Walker County School Board chairwoman, she works as the Coordinator for Walker County Family Connection.

Project Search launches at LaFayette High School

Rachel Cannon, a student at LaFayette High School, has cerebral palsy. But that isn’t slowing her down, especially when it comes to preparing for a job after high school.

Heritage student selected to Rockettes two years running

Megan Kibble, 15, is known for her sky leaps, according to her dance instructor, Starmaker owner/Director Melissa Hall.

Rosewood Assisted Living hosts community cookout, talent show

Rosewood Assisted Living, in Fort Oglethorpe, is celebrating National Assisted Living Week with community events.

Ombudsman graduates students

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

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.

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.

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.

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