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Katie Ward

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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.

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.

‘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 Classie Dawg keeps dogs looking good

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

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.

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.

Kaiser drives home patient care at Hutcheson

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

Movement Church reaches out to the homeless

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

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.

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.

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.

Fort Oglethorpe citizens honor police department

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

Catoosa Women’s Network makes its debut

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

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.

Blood Assurance has urgent need for donations

Blood Assurance badly needs blood donors, as the holidays tend to deplete reserves. Since January is National Blood Donor Month, Blood Assurance is asking people to mark their calendars to donate blood in 2015.

Cottage Thrift Store moves to Rossville’s Mission Ridge Road

The Cottage Thrift Store started the new year in a new location on Mission Ridge Road in the Bi-Lo Shopping Center in Rossville.

Fort Oglethorpe gains area’s first Walmart Market

Fort Oglethorpe’s new Walmart Neighborhood Market is hosting its grand opening Wednesday, Jan. 21.

Ringgold DDA accepting facade grant applications

Ringgold Downtown Development Authority will begin taking applications for facade grants Jan. 20.

Chickamauga purchases firearms, approves cemetery rules

Chickamauga Police Chief Ronald Roach will soon be equipping his fellow officers with new guns. The City Council unanimously approved the purchase of seven new sidearms at its Jan. 5 meeting.

Kids 4 Christ in LaFayette gains new director, program

Kids 4 Christ new Executive Director Hope Spears is making some changes at the LaFayette nonprofit.

Walker schools named to district AP Honor Roll for third time

If Walker County Schools had its own report card, its parents would be proud. The system was recently named to the fifth Annual AP Honor Roll for Expanding Opportunity and Improving Performance for Advanced Placement Students — one of 547 school districts in the U.S. and Canada to do so.

Open Studio Art Classes welcome community at LFO

Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School art teacher Wendy Morgan dreams of the day when she can have a studio space large enough for art stations for her 91 LFO art students. In the meantime, she is hosting community art classes to raise the money.

Local elected leaders talk about goals

The cities of Rossville, Chickamauga, LaFayette and Lookout Mountain are celebrating the new year by looking back on the accomplishments of 2014 and making goals for 2015.

Chickamauga City Council approves amended 2014 budget, 2015 proposed budget

Now is a time of year when people tend to look backward as well as forward, and the city of Chickamauga is no different. The City Council recently approved the city’s amended 2014 budget and proposed 2015 budget.

City of LaFayette revitalizing antique fire truck

Donations can be sent to Go Fund Me account

An 88-year-old chain driven fire truck with a hand crank and mechanical brakes could see new life in the city of LaFayette with the success of a local fundraiser.

Chattanooga Aerials spinning above the ground

Forty Chattanooga Aerialists perform acrobatic style tricks weekly in East Brainerd.

Nourishing Children in Catoosa spurs effort in Walker

In Catoosa County, 52 percent of students are on free or reduced lunch, a statistic that prompted Nourishing Children in Catoosa founders Theo and Nan Pinkston to begin offering “snack packs” of nutritious nonperishable food to help keep children fed over the weekends.

Actor Jim Chandler makes it from small town to big time

The actors are real. Their emotions are real. The props are … cardboard.

LFO High School’s Mabry a Coca-Cola Scholarship finalist

Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School senior Abbi Mabry is a semifinalist for a $20,000 Coca-Cola Scholarship, based on a proven commitment to positive leadership in serving others and to academic excellence.

McClendon offers free firewood for anyone in need

To many in the area, Chickamauga native Michael A. McClendon is known as a gentle man with a warm, giving heart. He gives out free firewood all over the Chattanooga area. Some of the people in need live in local homeless camps, while others don’t have enough money to heat their home through gas or electric means.

Harlem Globetrotter Basketball Camp draws a crowd

Former Harlem Globetrotter Paul “Showtime” Gaffney is hosting basketball camps in Rossville.

Blood Assurance needs donations

Blood Assurance badly needs blood donors, as the holidays tend to deplete reserves. Since January is National Blood Donor Month, Blood Assurance is asking people to mark their calendars to donate blood in 2015.

Stocking Full of Love sets record for number of volunteers

Wearing a Santa Claus hat and Christmas sweater, Crosspointe Church pastor Drew Tankersley greets people at the door of Battlefield Elementary School as they file in to pick up toys.

LFO soccer team selling school gear to raise funds

Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School soccer team is raising funds by selling LFO Warriors gear now through Jan. 6.

Saddle Ridge School hosts Lego robotics competition

Twenty-six teams with 200 students and 250 supporters were buzzing around during the First Lego League robotics competition at Saddle Ridge School.

Gold Star Wives pack food boxes for veterans’ families

Beth Lusk packs oranges into boxes at Crosspath Church in East Ridge, mechanically raising up her wheelchair to better be able to pack boxes for veterans and their families in need this holiday season.

Local offers free firewood for anyone in need

To many in the area, Chickamauga native Michael A. McClendon is known as a gentle man with a warm, giving heart.

LaFayette library reopens with updated appearance

The new LaFayette-Walker County Library is now open to the public.

Colonnade’s ‘Home for Christmas’ concert features Rogers Dec. 18

“Home for Christmas” is featuring country music star James Rogers, of Rock Spring, in concert at the Colonnade Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.

Digital sign in downtown Ringgold stirs debate

Ringgold City Council is delaying its verdict on the controversial digital sign in downtown Ringgold’s Citizens Park until Jan. 12. After discussing the subject briefly, Mayor Joe Barger asked to delay the digital sign talks during last week’s council meeting.

CWC sells ornaments to benefit local charities

Still have a spot on your tree for the perfect ornament? Chickamauga Woman’s Club sells three-dimensional metal ornaments of Gordon Lee Memorial High School and the historic Gordon-Lee Mansion year-round. The club began selling the ornaments three years ago.

Catoosa Stocking Full of Love fills hearts, wishes

About 750 motorcycles took off with toys in tow in this year’s 27th annual Catoosa County Stocking Full of Love Toy Run.

Walker County Farm/City Tour a hit

Walker County Extension Agent Norman Edwards wants to show visitors how diverse agriculture is in Walker County and the technology and methods used in today’s agricultural production.

RHS using classroom learning to solve real-world problems

At Ridgeland High School, a 2013 finalist for the STEM education awards for all high schools in Georgia, students use aquaponics to raise massive fish and grow plants to raise money for the school.

Rossville center offers free Christmas dinner Dec. 14

Those in need of a meal are invited to partake in turkey, dressing, green beans, potatoes, dessert, rolls and sweet tea at the Rossville Athletic Center Sunday, Dec. 14 from 2-5 p.m.

Sexual Assault Center changes name

Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia may have shortened its name to simply Sexual Assault Center, but the services offered are still the same — and are still needed, according to Executive Director Kathie Logan.

Final shows of ‘Season of Light’ are Dec. 14, 16

Smith Planetarium, which draws crowds from all over North Georgia and as far as Chattanooga, is presenting the “Season of Light” program this holiday season.

Rock Spring’s Raulston Acres Christmas Tree Farm ready for holidays

The joy of finding the perfect Christmas tree is something Dan Raulston gets to experience nearly every day during the Christmas season. As the owner of Raulston Acres Christmas Tree Farm in Rock Spring, that’s what he and his staff do this time of year.

Two Walker County schools receive ‘Reward School’ designation

The signs reading “Reward School” posted at Chickamauga Elementary and Chattanooga Valley Middle schools don’t just refer to the benefits of learning. They refer to the status of learning taking place at those schools.