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Katie Ward

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Run for the Wall picks ups riders in East Brainerd

Rolling Thunder Chapter 2 Tennessee President Kenney Hensley is leading a pack of 12 of the chapter’s 50 members on a tribute motorcycle ride to Washington, D.C.

Late Roy McDonald inducted into Central High Hall of Fame

Roy Exum is keeping the memory of his late grandfather, founder of the Chattanooga Free Press Roy McDonald, alive.

North Georgia tourism is on the rise

Tourism is rebounding in the state of Georgia. And 6th Cavalry Museum Executive Director Chris McKeever hopes to hop on board — and expand on it locally.

New owner putting mark on All Things Personalized

All Things Personalized in Fort Oglethorpe has a new owner. And he is already busy screen printing ball team uniforms by the hundreds.

Crane seeks to anchor help for local veterans

Serving in the U.S. Navy from 2004-2012, Erin Crane was trained to profile terrorists. She tracked financial patterns, habits and behaviors to try to anticipate any attacks both Stateside and in Italy, where she was stationed in Naples.

Georgia Winery blowing the lid off renovations

In 32 years in business, Georgia Winery’s Tasting Room has seen a lot of use.

Paws Pet Supplies in Noble aims for purr-fect service

Iguanas hang upside-down in cages gazing into the eyes of prospective buyers. Fish swim in tanks along the walls. And dwarf hamsters nibble on food. It’s not a scene from “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” it’s Paws Pet Supplies in Noble. All creatures large and small can be serviced through the store’s selection of food and supplies.

GMEA Music Educator of the Year is RHS’ Christian

Ringgold High School Band Director Robin Christian is the top band director in the state of Georgia. Georgia Music Educators Association recognized him for “outstanding merit in teaching by music educators whose service to students, the community and the profession is exemplary.”

New Covenant Baptist Church donates space to Rossville Reads charity

Rossville Reads Director Kelli Campbell is sorting books into clear plastic bins inside New Covenant Baptist Church.

RUMC sponsoring school in Haiti, hosting benefit April 20

Belinda Crisman served as principal of Boynton Elementary School for 15 years. Now, she is the coordinator for teacher’s leadership effectiveness and student enrollment for Catoosa County Schools. She also uses her expertise in school administration to help train school teachers in Haiti.

RSES, RMS win LEGO Robotics awards at state competition

Walker County Schools boasts 22 LEGO Robotics teams, but Rock Spring Elementary School’s and Rossville Middle School’s stand out from the pack with recent big wins.

Ringgold Police present 2nd annual benefit golf tournament

The Ringgold Police Department is asking for help in solving an issue of a different kind.

Chamber hosts Rising Professionals Day at Colonnade

As thousands of area employee-hopefuls turned out for the career expo held at The Colonnade, local students got a dose of business etiquette to better prepare them to be job-seekers.

Heritage Museum aims to showcase history of all local veterans

Civil War mini balls made out of mud sit atop the desk as spectators walk in. Civil War photographs in intricate cases sit beside the ammunition.

Gordy taps into second career with vineyard

While serving in the U.S. Air Force, Lt. Col. Greg Gordy was stationed in the wine region of Germany.

Musician/songwriter Wilson makes it from LaFayette to Nashville

Starting off his music career 15 years ago, songwriter/musician Channing Wilson, of LaFayette, is recording with famous musicians in Nashville regularly now.

Check out LHS’ winning artists at Artrageous Antics April 11

LaFayette High School is drawing an abundance of attention for its program, with a handful of students receiving awards and recognition from various entities and levels.

Coach Ellis again at helm of GLHS football program

Gordon Lee Memorial High School has a new award-winning football coach. Well, not new per se.

Three heroes roam at West Side Elementary

Three young brothers who helped rescue their sister and mother from their burning house in Catoosa County are being recognized as local heroes.

‘A Night at the Oscars’ to become annual event

The Family Crisis Center’s inaugural “A Night at the Oscars” mystery dinner fundraiser was a huge success, organizers say.

Holistic Health Coach Hamilton dishing out health tips

Holistic Health Coach Rebecca Hamilton is a rare find for Northwest Georgia.

Vintage Base Ball League teams at Barnhardt Circle April 4

The crack of a bat and the ball is in the air. Sounds familiar. But there is a big difference.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.