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Katie Ward

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LHS’ Henry lands a spot at Environmental Summit

LaFayette High School senior Caleb Henry may have a solution to the continuing struggle over the Tennessee River’s water.

Down Home Days comes back to Chickamauga

The Chickamauga Lions Club is bringing back Down Home Days May 3.

Environmental Summit welcomes two Heritage students

Heritage High School junior Dinah Carlton and sophomore Jared Burns are two of 12 students selected to attend the third annual Environmental Summit April 28-29 being hosted by Rock City, Ruby Falls and Chattanooga Coca-Cola.

3rd annual Whitfield Oil Trojan Run recruits runners

More than 170 runners are expected to enter the third annual Whitfield Oil Trojan Run Saturday, April 26.

LMS and Rosewood play Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny found his way to children at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger and Children’s Home/Chambliss Shelter thanks to the help of Lakeview Middle School students and residents of Rosewood Assisted Living in Fort Oglethorpe.

Kids 4 Christ is looking for a new home

Kids 4 Christ leaders and children feel like they are wandering through the desert looking for an oasis to call home, similar to Abraham’s call to pack up and move, as told in Genesis 13, said K4C founder/Director Gail Marks.

Ridgeland High JROTC starts rifle team

Ready. Aim. Fire.

Catoosa County hosts rabies clinics April 26, May 3

Catoosa County residents can bring their pets for cheap rabies shots Saturday, April 26 and May 3.

Spring in bloom at the Flower Cart in Fort Oglethorpe

Working as a floral designer for the past 25 years, the Flower Cart manager Charlotte Hickman has seen her share of happiness. And sadness.

Survivors ask others to join fight against cancer

Rock Spring Elementary School principal Kandy Gilstrap donned a superhero outfit a month ago to reward students for good grades. As the school gears up for the county’s superhero-themed Relay for Life cancer benefit, she is again calling on her superhero powers.

WCBOE purchases 5 new buses

Walker County Schools is adding five new Blue Bird buses to its fleet soon.

‘Walk the Line’ is first of LaFayette’s Movies in the Park

Johnny Cash played in a benefit to help LaFayette High School in 1970.

Empire Wrestling ready to take on more

A large black wrestling ring towers above the crowd of 450 cheering fans.

Vintage Gypsy ready to rock your wardrobe

You may find Iron Fist shoes and Sourpuss clothing in the closet of a punk rocker, but you’ll definitely find it at Vintage Gypsy, a newly opened apparel and home goods store in Fort Oglethorpe.

Catoosa County BOE hears Stakeholder-Driven Strategic Plan

Every child, every day, without exception.

BRA-VO! A Fashion Show celebrates life after breast cancer

BRA-VO! A Fashion Show celebrating life after breast cancer took the Track29 stage by storm April 6.

Ringgold gun maker aims for accuracy

It could be said that Hershel Anderson has the most accurate aim of anyone in the United States. He holds the national record in bull’s-eye shooting for hitting 159 out of 270 shots fired, garnering him 2,680 out of 2,700 possible points in the annual National Rifle and Pistol Matches.

LaFayette Road revamp hits snags

The $3 million project to revamp LaFayette Road is hitting road blocks before even starting.

Angie’s Gifts in Rossville helps area children

Click, shop, help. Every purchase made through Angie’s Gifts in Rossville helps local children.

McTeacher Night fundraiser benefits Relay for Life

LaFayette McDonald’s Relay for Life McNight of Hope brought out the superhero in local school administrators and teachers.

Ringgold advances plans for new park

Passpointe Engineering and landscape architect Greta DeMayo have been picked to lead the effort of turning Ringgold Recreation Complex into a park.

CVMS student wins state VFW Patriot Pen Essay Contest, ranks 21st in nation

What does a $1,350 prize-winning essay look like? A local Chattanooga Valley Middle School student knows, because he wrote one.

LaFayette High students paint van for April 5 Art Car Parade

Something old, something new. Something borrowed, something blue … and yellow, purple, lime green, orange and red.

Colonnade Doll Show and Sale to benefit RMHC April 5

Some people collect stamps. Some collect wine. Comic books, coins — the list goes on. Ringgold resident Jane Heavener collects memories.

Dailey Hill Cemetery under lock and key

Dailey Hill Cemetery is going on lockdown.

Ringgold Power Sport powers up

Racing in BMX races from age 6 to 18, Ringgold Power Sport owner Bonnie Wagner found her love of outdoor sports early on.

Rossville’s VFW Post 3679 hosts bingo Sundays, Mondays

Rossville’s VFW 3679 Post welcomes 100-plus bingo players, both veterans and civilians, weekly on Sunday and Monday nights.

Rossville applying for $500,000 grant to fix sewers

Rossville City Council is applying for a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to rehab sewers on the north end of the city.

Shepherd saves student from choking

While sitting in the North LaFayette Elementary School cafeteria, 8-year-old Skye Smith began choking on nachos.

Weaver is still young at heart

Lorena “Sweet Pea” Weaver dances, exercises and likes to stay on the go … at age 99.

Home on the range: Chow House home to western-style food, music

Walking into the Chow House is like taking a step back in time to a western-movie set.

Rosewood Assisted Living unveils brand new dementia-care facility

Every 38 seconds, someone is diagnosed with dementia.

State names HHS Advanced Placement Honor School for fifth year

Students often gather around Advanced Placement chemistry teacher Jack Leather at lunchtime or during breaks. Similar to Einstein, he seizes every moment as a teaching opportunity.

Ringgold’s National Title Pawn urges council to reconsider fees

It might just be $1.50, but it adds up.

Walker County BOE approves almost $124,000 in new technology

When Rossville Middle School students return from spring break, they will have access to three mobile computer labs of 30 iPad Minis each; one lab for each grade.

Walker deputies honored

Three lives could’ve easily been lost. Instead, three are being honored.

Gateway to Chickamauga goes green

Historic Southern cities like Savannah and Charleston greet entering motorists, cyclists and pedestrians with beautiful trees, flowers and plants. Chickamauga City Manager Micheal Haney plans to create a similar look for the approximate 100-yard entrance to historic Chickamauga.

RMS welcomes TVA’s Lego Robotics program

Rossville Middle School is launching a TVA-sponsored Lego Robotics program this month. TVA officials visited RMS this week to donate money and supplies to help kickstart the program.

SCW Friday brings back WWE-style wrestling

Friday nights. Ringside action. Headlocks. Slams.

LFO College and Career Fair a hit

Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School College and Career Fair recently welcomed local and regional businesses, colleges and military recruiters.

Rossville’s VFW Post 3679 hosts Bingo Nights

Rossville’s VFW Post 3679 welcomes 100-plus bingo players, both veterans and civilians, weekly on Sunday and Monday nights.

Historic quilt made in Ringgold restored

Quilts sewn with love are passed down from generation to generation.

Appointed Quartet returns for anniversary celebration

The audience members can’t help themselves. Some clap while others snap. The ground reverberates with their tapping feet.

Exhibit showcases Great Locomotive Chase

The diners looked up, startled, as the train they had just disembarked from to have breakfast sputtered to life and chugged out of the station — without even the crew, who was dining with them.

Northwest Georgia Career Expo is March 20

With Northwest Georgia’s unemployment rate at 7.2 percent — higher than the national rate of 6.6 percent —the Walker County Civic Center is hosting the Northwest Georgia Career Expo Thursday, March 20.

‘Superheroes Wanted’ in Relay for Life

One hundred new cancer cases are diagnosed every six months at Battlefield Imaging at Hutcheson on the Parkway in Ringgold.

LaFayette Buy-a-Banner deadline looms

Eighteen businesses are already enrolled in LaFayette’s recently unveiled Buy-a-Banner program, and seven more are expected to enroll soon.

Fort Oglethorpe Waffle House a hotspot for area veterans

“Scattered,” “chunked” and “covered” are words typically heard at Waffle House. But at the Fort Oglethorpe location, they often take on a different meaning.

Catoosa County BOE OKs 2014-2015 school calendar

Like many who spend the weekend catching up on things, Catoosa County public school students will spend two additional days on instruction next year.

Rock City president speaks at Chamber lunch

See Rock City Attractions President Susan Harris is sharing the secret to a successful business model.