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Katie Ward

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WW II veteran Johnson recalls war

Ninety-two-year-old Kenneth Johnson can still recall where he was and what he was doing Nov. 20-23, 1943. He was earning his first Purple Heart.

Hixson’s Jason Greer is ‘Humanitarian Hero’

American Red Cross Southeast Chapter Humanitarian Hero Award recipient Jason Greer, of Hixson, accepted his award at the Chattanoogan Hotel during the CHI Memorial Heroes Luncheon recently.

Fear Engineers opens Demise Haunted House at Winner’s Circle in Fort Oglethorpe

Fear Engineers is setting up scary scenes inside the all-new Demise Haunted House at Winner’s Circle.

Imagine That!

Local business turns kids’ dreams into realities

Rossville-based business Imagine That! Playhouses LLC ships fun creations all over the United States to clients.

Ringgold City Council denies committee’s recommendation, votes to put digital sign decision in city CVB’s hands

Despite the Ringgold Digital Sign Committee’s unanimous recommendation to City Council that the sign be put in front of First Tennessee Bank at 5038 Alabama Highway, that move is in limbo.

Partners Educating Georgia’s Future Workforce event a success

Partners Educating Georgia’s Future Workforce through the Georgia Department of Education is hosting events throughout Georgia, starting with a successful one at Heritage High School.

Revenue bumps have little effect on fiscal 2016 budgets

Both Catoosa County and Fort Oglethorpe are seeing increases in their revenues, but for different reasons.

Big Fat Fundraiser Oct. 15 benefits local missions

United Methodist Women of LaFayette UMC invite local women and their best friends to its Big Fat Fundraiser.

Phibbs Bar hosts Back Road Riders sight benefit Oct. 10

The Back Road Riders invite the community to come out to Phibbs Bar and Grill in Rock Spring Oct. 10 for a benefit to help restore Lisa “Peanut” Lovelady’s eyesight. The event runs from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m., during which time people can make a donation to the Lovelady family.

Empty Bowls for RMS to help feed local students in need

Ridgeland High School art students, local teachers and volunteers are creating 150 ceramic bowls to sell at the Empty Bowls for Rossville Middle School fundraiser.

Chickamauga passes ordinances to regulate local pawnbrokers

The Chickamauga City Council recently adopted two ordinances to regulate pawn broker transactions in the city.

LaFayette, Rossville OK budgets without tax increases

The cities of LaFayette and Rossville began fiscal year 2015/16, which started Oct. 1, with increased budgets, but no tax increases. LaFayette

FBC of Chickamauga to break ground on $1 million student center

First Baptist Church of Chickamauga is in the planning stages of its “Wide Open Build the Future, Today” project.

LaFayette prepares for Homecoming

The LaFayette High School Homecoming parade is set for Oct. 1, with the football game, Oct. 2. The parade is set to begin at 5:15 p.m.

Williams leaving LaFayette DDA post

Matthew Williams says the city of LaFayette is strong when it comes to events.

Walker County Fair Draws a Crowd

Though final numbers aren’t yet in, Walker County Commissioner Bebe Heiskell said the second annual Walker County Fair was bigger and better for all intents and purposes.

Teams, sponsors needed for FCA Robert Hitchcox Memorial Golf Classic Oct. 13

Robert Hitchcox was best known for starting to grow a white beard in June and then visiting schools in the fall dressed as Santa Claus with a Coca-Cola bottle in hand. (Hitchcox served as the business development manager for Chattanooga’s Coca-Cola Bottling Company.)

Commemorating the Life of Theresa Parker

Family Crisis Center hosts Tea and Trends fundraiser Oct. 10 in Rock Spring

Georgia is ranked ninth in the nation for domestic violence, according to local Family Crisis Center Director Kristy Lawson.

‘Nature Boy’ Paul Lee not giving up run for Ringgold mayor

Pro wrestler “Nature Boy” Paul Lee is scheduled to find out today in Catoosa County Superior Court if he can continue running for mayor of Ringgold.

Ringgold recommends county move forward with sewer project

The city of Ringgold is preparing to help bring sewer access to the Three Notch Road Area. And that means considering the possibility that the $6.9 million of SPLOST funds allocated may come up $530,000 short, with the city having to cover the rest.

ESPLOST priorities meeting is Oct. 1

The Catoosa County Board of Education is hosting a community engagement meeting Oct. 1 to determine priorities for the potential ESPLOST V, which residents will vote on in March 2016.

Walker County organizations showcased at Georgia On My Mind Day

Several Walker County entities showed up to show off what the county has to offer at the recent Georgia On My Mind Day.

Stocking Full of Love Sock Hop, Car Show is Labor Day weekend

Hula hooping and twisting and dancing in ‘50’s attire will be part of the fun at the annual Stocking Full of Love Sock Hop Sunday, Sept. 6 at the Walker County Civic Center in Rock Spring.

Chickamauga eyeing infrastructure

The city of Chickamauga is looking into several projects to improve its infrastructure. One would improve water service throughout the city, while the other would improve several city streets.

WCBOE submits list of possible ESPLOST projects

The Walker County School Board met its deadline to submit a list of projects to be completed should voters enact another round of Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

Fit.Works, Blue Mountain Yoga now open in Ringgold’s Remco plaza

Fit.Works and Blue Mountain Yoga is newly relocated to a workout space inside Remco Shops in Ringgold.

Annual Catoosa Kids Day a fun, educational success

Catoosa County Kids Day welcomed about 300 children.

Ringgold holding hearings on proposed millage rate hike

The Ringgold City Council hosted its first public hearing on the proposed millage rate increase Aug. 27.

Slog It Out

Cowboy Church invites locals to get dirty with inaugural mud run

Ninety-two acres of green grass in LaFayette are being bush-hogged and mowed to make way for a muddy course. The first-ever Cowboy Church Mud Run 5k is taking over the field at the Cowboy Church Saturday, Sept. 5 starting at 9 a.m. A water cannon, muddy hills and trenches, a creek, rope climb, fence climb and a large downed tree are some of the many obstacles runners will have to overcome.

Finding Hope Fellowship Church launches in downtown Chickamauga

Todd Kyle has not had an easy life. An alcoholic drug addict, he spent years wandering the streets in Connecticut, Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee, living under overpasses and eating discarded food at food chains.

Stronghold Gaming opens in LaFayette

Extreme Gaming may have powered down, but Stronghold Gaming has taken its place, opening in downtown LaFayette. Business co-owners James Thompson and Marcus Waters bought the stock from Extreme Gaming that recently closed its doors.

Candidate qualifying dates approaching

The qualifying dates for city elections in Walker County is approaching.

Gordon Lee Memorial High renovations depend on state

After several community meetings, Chickamauga City School officials have decided to request state funding to rebuild the school’s main building.

Vietnam veterans gather in Fort Oglethorpe to share history

The History Company in Fort Oglethorpe, next to Chickamauga Battlefield, recently made for the perfect scene for a gathering of Vietnam veterans with memorabilia from their history in tow, an annual event known as The Gathering.

Christ First Church invites locals to “stand with Israel’ Aug. 27

Catoosa County’s Christ First Church is hosting “Standing with Israel” Aug. 27 at 7 p.m.

JJ Angelina’s looking for ‘beauty ambassadors’

JJ Angelina’s owner Angela Attardo is recruiting beauty ambassadors from local high schools through Sept. 1. Ringgold, Heritage and Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School female students are welcome to apply to win “VIP privileges” and discounts at the salon.

Methadone clinic planned in Ringgold

Ringgold Mayor Joe Barger says a methadone clinic may soon be built on Bookout Road.

Ringgold Digital Sign Committee to decide Aug. 31 whether and where to move the sign

The issue of whether to move the controversial digital sign in Ringgold was intended to be left to voters in the November election.

Alhambra Ladies’ Luncheon and Fashion Show is Aug. 29

Alhambra Ladies’ Luncheon and Fashion Show is featuring “Salad and Silhouettes” Saturday, Aug. 29.

Friends, neighbors and officials donate blood in Clopton’s name

Chickamauga’s Denise Clopton is a fighter.

Walker County Schools welcomes new technology, coordinator

Technology in daily life, including in the classroom, is now the norm. Though what to expect in regards seems to constantly be changing as new products and platforms are released.

Sunset on the Pond returns with Splash N Play Aug. 29

Rossville Downtown Development Authority is hosting Sunset on the Pond “Splash N Play” Saturday, Aug. 29 from 6-9 p.m. DDA event coordinator Andie Sellers plans to rent a big dolphin water slide and bouncy house combination for children to play on in front of the pond.

Chickamauga to see utility rates increase

Tennessee Valley Authority is announcing a power increase that will affect the city of Chickamauga.

N.Ga women’s group looking for solutions to domestic violence

Nationally, one in three women is a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault, says Dr. Valerie Radu, executive director of the new Family Justice Center in Chattanooga.

Catoosa County Chamber Golf Tournament welcomes 76 golfers to Windstone

Though the final figures haven’t been tallied, this year’s Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament is already considered a success.

Pie Slingers hosts #NoogaStrong fundraiser for family of Randall Smith

When 26-year-old Randall Smith left his military post in Chattanooga to come home each day, it was to a wife and three daughters under the age of 5. But after July 18, he would never come home again, having succumbed to wounds suffered during the mass shooting two days earlier.

Ringgold raises millage rate

The Ringgold City Council is raising the city millage rate from 2.763 up to 3 mills.

Bus safety is a priority in Catoosa County

To keep from repeating the tragedy that happened last year in Walker County, Catoosa County Schools Transportation Manager Jorene Jones is stressing the importance of bus safety, and this year, the department is implementing new safety measures.

CVMS welcomes new principal Wade Breeden

Chattanooga Valley Middle School’s new principal Wade Breeden is ready to start the school year.

Two Chickamauga businesses transitioning

Galleries on Gordon closed July 31 after 12 years in operation in downtown Chickamauga.