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Katie Ward

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Fort Oglethorpe Kiwanis presents $5,000 to Fort Oglethorpe Recreation efforts

The $5,000 the Fort Oglethorpe Kiwanis Club is spending to assist in Fort Oglethorpe Recreation Department ball field upgrades could have a big payoff for the city.

City of Chickamauga plans to begin monitoring city drivers

After receiving complaints on how some city of Chickamauga employees drive, the city is partnering with Fleetmatics Inc. to manage employees’ driving habits.

Project One:27 repairs roofs, builds wheelchair ramps in Catoosa

When the tornadoes swept through in 2011, it wounded the roof of a local veteran. Even after paying a contractor working in the area after the storm, there was still much work to be done.

PHC school-based clinic coming to Gilbert Elementary

After seeing a need for local school children and families to have convenient access to health care, Primary Health Care Center began opening school-based health clinics across Northwest Georgia.

New Tiger Sharks coach making a splash this season

Ringgold Tiger Sharks’ 118-member swim team has a new head coach in Jackson Parker.

Rossville Lions present award to the late Howard German

To those who knew him, Howard German lived the Lions’ motto: “We serve.”

The Lytle Barn boutique opens in Rock Spring

Southern style is meeting French flair in Rock Spring at the newly opened Lytle Barn.

Swinging Into Action

Chickamauga Lions Club Golf Tournament raises money for Georgia Lions Lighthouse

The Chickamauga Lions Club Golf Tournament welcomed 21 golfers to Battlefield Golf Course for a day of fun that raised funds for the pediatric hearing aid program at Georgia Lions Lighthouse in Atlanta.

Little Free Libraries coming to Ringgold

Ringgold is on the path to have 10 new libraries — Little Free Libraries.

Young America Ministries reaches out to area youth

Local business owners Wes and Kelia Williams work in low-income housing, trailer parks, apartments and car dealerships. They noticed the children around them needed things, so they started collecting coats, shoes and school supplies.

Rossville artist Ron Fillers creates metal art and more

Rossville metal artist Ron Fillers prefers the title “inventor.” Using a welding helmet, face shield and gloves, he cuts out his creations with a MIG Welder and a Hobart plasma cutter, turning steel into art.

April O’Shields — at the heart of hope

In May 2014, Flintstone’s April O’Shields took an antibiotic prescribed for her sinus infection. Then, her organs started shutting down.

Rossville now applying for a CDBG for sewers

The city of Rossville is vying for a Community Development Block Grant to repair city sewers.

Walker County Schools feeding children at about 60 sites this summer

Walker County Schools also delivers free meals in the summertime. Lunches are served between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. throughout the week at more than 20 standing sites and more than 30 temporary sites.

Apple Barrel Antiques welcomes people to country-style store

Apple Barrel Antiques and More now offers quality, affordable, re-purposed antiques, says co-owner Mary Hensley, though the Fort Oglethorpe store still sells tomatoes for the local citizens who used to frequent the store when it was a produce place.

Local Y launches Mobile Fit with summer feeding program

The North Georgia YMCA has big summer plans. In addition to serving more than 20,000 meals through its Y Without Walls program, the Y is launching Mobile Fit in conjunction with its popular summer feeding program, which serves about 500 meals a day.

Ringgold officials approve $75,000 more for Patriot Hall project

Ringgold City Council originally earmarked $150,000 to spend on renovating Patriot Hall. However, it has been determined that more money is needed.

Wi-Fi coming to downtown Ringgold

Wi-Fi is being installed along Nashville Street by Ringgold Telephone Company.

Comcast pays its Chickamauga bill

One day shy of the bill’s final due date, Comcast paid the city of Chickamauga $13,583 in back pole fees.

CWN welcomes Miller’s talk on mentoring

While serving as a lawyer for 23 years, Hamilton County Clerk and Master Robin Miller realized she needed a mentor outside of the office to look up to. She now touts the importance of mentoring in local speeches.

Local vocalist Aimee Garner releases second gospel CD

Ringgold vocalist Aimee Garner still recalls her first performance. At age 10, she sang “Amazing Grace” onstage at Chattanooga Valley Baptist Church. She remembers the standing ovation.

Teems partners with Mach Fuels to open a new kind of gas station

A desire for cleaner energy is fueling a new kind of gas station in Ringgold.

Surveying a family affair for Walker County’s Campbells

Armed with machetes, pistols and electronic measuring devices, Campbell Surveying’s crew might be mistaken for a military platoon. But it’s briars, kudzu and tree limbs the surveyors fight their way through in order to properly mark property lines and survey land.

Chickamauga’s Holland-Watson Park hosting outdoor movies

The city of Chickamauga is again welcoming citizens to attend free Movies in the Park.

Walker K-9 officer Rocky receives vest

Last June, Walker County Sheriff’s Office lost its K-9 officer, Tanja, to a bulletwound. This June, a collection of local organizations is working to make sure that doesn’t happen again.

Team Wallin hopes to save a life through gofundme page

In his lifetime, LaFayette’s Jeremy Wallin, 37, has rescued people via Black Hawk helicopter in the U.S. Army, a fire truck with the Walker County Fire Department, police vehicles and most recently as an EMT.

Chambers turns matchsticks into art

On a trip to Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park, Bill Chambers, of Rock Spring, was inspired to begin creating replicas out of matchsticks.

Historic Marsh House welcomes back antique table

The Marsh House grows richer in local history.

Chickamauga Cleanup Day collects 49 bags of trash

Chickamauga Woman’s Club and fellow volunteers spent 55.9 hours picking up litter in Chickamauga recently.

Soap from ‘the land of milk and honey’

Milk and Honey Farm creates sheep milk soap, body and lip balms inside a special facility on the Catoosa County farm.

Ringgold author Lora Lindy pens best-sellers

Author Lora Lindy’s imagination is running wild, and it’s hard for her pen to keep up. But the Ringgold author has published five books — and her first trilogy is top-rated on Amazon. The crime series includes “Eleven Days: An Unexpected Love,” “Thirty Days: The Hunt for Angelina Marquit” and “Four Days: The Revenge.”

RHSAA Golf Tournament raises money for charities, scholarships

The seventh annual Rossville High School Alumni Association Golf Tournament welcomed 25 four-man select shot teams.

Chickamauga annexing 34 properties into the city

The city of Chickamauga is bringing 34 properties into its limits.

Chamber Cruzin’ Car Show hands out awards

The Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce welcomed 80 antique and hot rod style cars to the Catoosa Cruzin’ Car Show May 30.

HFH dedicates Tomaszewski family home

They say home is where the heart is. After calling an RV home, the Tomaszewskis now have a house to call home, and to call their own. Habitat for Humanity of Catoosa County just wrapped up helping them build a house on Habitat Way.

Reese Enterprises celebrates 21 years of helping businesses

Reese Enterprises is celebrating 21 years in business this summer. The home-based operation is located in the Graysville area and sells promotional products on which companies can put their logos, from clothing to mugs to license plates to stress relievers.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.