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Katie Ward

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Chickamauga’s Levi Mitchell has heart

Chickamauga’s Levi Mitchell, 5, likes to ride his bicycle and read Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle books. His favorite food is pepperoni and cheese pizza. His favorite superhero, Batman.

Queen City Bistro offers specialty cuisine in a historic space

LaFayette’s Queen City Bistro is adding “ambiance” to the downtown LaFayette Square.

Remco Business Center holds lots of ‘hidden gems’

Many locals may be familiar with the Cracker Barrel in Ringgold, but not realize what is located beside it.

Steps 2 Hope almost ready to start Ringgold home build

Steps 2 Hope Executive Director Mark Wilson needs to recruit 1,100 volunteers to build a home for wounded war veteran Jason Smith. The home build in Ringgold will take seven days.

Local illusionist Maxwell making magic for Center for Hope

God has worked miracles in Jaden Maxwell’s life, he says.

Sandra Deal visits Battlefield Primary School

Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal is traveling across the state to bring the story of “TJ’s Discovery” to students.

Ham and Turkey Shoot raises money for VFW Post 3679

As shooters took aim at bull’s-eye targets, Rossville’s VFW Post 3679 was aiming to help area veterans.

Rossville Exchange Club honors Officers of the Year

On Nov. 30, 2010, Tammy Davis, then a rookie detective with the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department, and Detective Johnny Lanham were assigned a case of theft by conversion.

Rossville Public Works Department branches into brine

Brine — and social media — have saved the city of Rossville from hazardous icy road conditions this winter.

Chickamauga could nix Comcast contract

The city of Chickamauga is considering cutting ties with Comcast over a past-due bill.

Chamber hosting business seminar

Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce is hosting Road Map to Successful Business Ownership Thursday, March 26 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Colonnade.

Go Georgia Arts hosts first Paint and Sip Party

Go Georgia Arts Ringgold Center is open for business and now offering Paint and Sip Parties the second and fourth Thursdays of each month beginning at 7 p.m. The cost is $30 per person including supplies.

Boyd’s Speedway opens for season

Race car drivers will rev their engines in a race around the dirt track at Boyd’s Speedway in Ringgold beginning Saturday, March 21 at 7 p.m.

Barefoot March fundraiser aims to collect shoes for needy

Eleven locals are going on a mission — barefoot.

Ringgold to erect honorary plaque on Barger Bridge

Despite Mayor Joe Barger telling the Ringgold Council not to worry about erecting a plaque in his name, the council unanimously approved to place a plaque commemorating the longtime mayor on the newly named Barger Bridge. Pedestrians will be able to walk across the bridge soon to the Ringgold Depot.

VFW Post 3679 hoping for veterans space at Hutcheson

Post 3679 Service Officer Larry Hester is hoping to partner with Hutcheson Medical Center to dedicate an entire floor to the care of veterans.

FCC and SAC host inaugural fundraisers in Ringgold, Rock Spring

“A Night at the Oscars” is coming to the Ringgold Depot Saturday, March 21 at 6 p.m. to raise funds for the Family Crisis Center.

Ringgold’s Digital Sign Committee now meeting monthly

First, a digital sign committee was created. And, per the city charter, would have been appointed by the mayor.

SCW will ‘Wrestle for Cancer’ March 14 at Cloud Springs Deli

Wrestling for Cancer is coming to the Scenic City Wrestling arena at Cloud Springs Deli Saturday, March 14 with music at 5 p.m. and wrestling at 7 p.m.

Annual FCA Home Team Banquet packs the house

Six hundred guests turned out to The Colonnade in Ringgold for the Lookout Mountain Fellowship of Christian Athletes Home Team Banquet, allowing the event to meet its fundraising goal.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Catoosa County Saddle Club back in business

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ringgold CVB partnering with DDA

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.