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Katie Ward

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Condroski family decks the halls in Ringgold

Christmas is coming and Ringgold’s Condroski family is ready. Walking into the two-story home, spectators can observe two nutcrackers welcoming them to a spiral staircase wrapped in greenery, poinsettias and lights that lead to a chandelier with birds perched on it.

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. 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.

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.

Maryland Fried Chicken reopens in LaFayette

Those who were disappointed by the closing of Maryland Fried Chicken in LaFayette are sure to be thankful for the Thanksgiving week reopening of the restaurant.

Chattanooga Family Practice hosts Toys for Tots drive

Toys are pouring into Chattanooga Family Practice, filling the outer edges of the main boss’s office from the floor to the ceiling. Laura Watkins, whose office that is, said she does not mind sitting in the middle of what appears to be a toy store. It’s all for a good cause: the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots.

U.S. Army All-American Bowl welcomes Heritage High musician David Yun

Heritage High School senior band member David Yun is one of 125 marching band and color guard members countrywide to be selected for the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. In addition to “the highest honor a high school marching band student can receive,” Yun will receive an all-expenses paid trip to San Antonio, Texas, to rehearse for and perform in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl’s halftime Jan. 3, 2015.

Gaming for Kitties fundraiser offers 24 hours of video games

North Georgia Animal League volunteer Lonnie Henderson, of LaFayette, wants to help homeless cats.

Ringgold hears lots of citizen requests for indoor pool

Ringgold Councilman Nick Millwood says the young competitive swimmers in the city need a local indoor pool to practice. Swimmers like Ringgold resident Charles Lancaster’s son travel to Dalton, Baylor School, McCallie School and Ooltewah to practice swimming in the winter.

Catoosa Citizens’ and Veterans’ Memorial presents awards

Catoosa Citizens’ and Veterans’ Memorial Foundation Board has presented its annual awards to veterans and other patriotic citizens.

Sunnyside Baptist Church hosting Veterans Day Celebration Nov. 9

Sunnyside Baptist Church may have burned down in early October, but the church is still thriving and meets Sundays in the former Don Lolo’s Mexican Restaurant building on North Main Street in LaFayette.

Chickamauga’s Crystal Springs Smokehouse preps for Thanksgiving rush

Chickamauga’s Crystal Springs Smokehouse is celebrating its 11th year in business under current owners Lamar and Donna Jones and preparing for its biggest week of the year: Thanksgiving.

GNTC offers GeorgiaBest

GeorgiaBEST, a Georgia Department of Labor initiative, is now being implemented in the Adult Education Program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. BEST stands for Business Ethics Student Training, and is a series of classes that teaches workplace soft skills and concepts.

Showcase Catoosa presents three businesses with awards

Showcase Catoosa 2014 hosted numerous businesses inside the Colonnade in Ringgold.

DND 2 Sales/The One Store now open at Gateway Mall

Don Sharp Sr. has been buying and selling merchandise for 25 years, so he recently opened The One Store at Gateway Mall.

Red light coming to Chapman Road, Highway 41 intersection in Ringgold

Former county manager Jim Callaway says the intersection of Chapman Road and Highway 41 is a safety concern.

6th Cavalry Museum to become more accessible

Northwest Georgia is rich with military history, and the 6th Cavalry Museum in Fort Oglethorpe is a testament to that. The museum draws many visitors from far and wide — and from the surrounding area — to its exhibits and re-enactments.

LaFayette’s Caribou Run Farm selling pumpkins

Caribou Run Farm owners Rachel and Robert Stultz, of LaFayette, first traveled to Alaska seven years ago.

WCBOE Ombudsman program shows success

Walker County Schools’ Ombudsman program is gaining momentum in graduation success rates.

Catoosa selected as Early Education Empowerment Zone

Will help students afford preschool

Just as “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” the first five years of a child’s life are said to be the most important in terms of development.

Electrolysis and Associates permanently removes hair

Electrolysis and Associates in Fort Oglethorpe owners Dee Jeffreys and her daughter Annie Massey specialize in permanent hair removal.

Rolling Thunder dedicates tree to POWs/MIAs

Rolling Thunder educates people about prisoners of war and those missing in action.

Ringgold seeks help installing flags

The city of Ringgold needs help installing flags downtown for Veterans Day.

Crossroads Unity Family Park in planning stages

Crossroads Unity Family Park playground is supposed to be a place where wounded military veterans and children of all abilities can play regardless of wheelchairs or crutches.

Tiger Creek named a Reward School

Tiger Creek Elementary School is being recognized by the Georgia Department of Education as a Title 1 High-Progress School Reward School.

Creighton’s Flowers celebrates 72 years

Creighton’s Flower Shop is celebrating 72 years of business in Rossville. The shop opened in 1942 under the ownership of Bill and Gladys Creighton.

Author takes people on trip to ‘Dime Stores and Dirt Roads’

Lying in a hospital bed at Memorial Hospital after a heart attack three years ago, Dale Forrester, of Chickamauga, reassessed his life.

Remembering Our Heroes scheduled for Oct. 24-25

World War II veteran Jackson Campbell, 90, of Chickamauga, is one of several veterans who will be recognized at “Remembering Our Heroes” Oct. 24-25 during a re-enactment and celebration benefiting the 6th Cavalry Museum.

Making Strides Wrestling is a success

William Venable’s mom has battled breast cancer three times. To help find a cure, the Ringgold resident, with Great South Wrestling Federation based out of Rockwood and Dunlap, Tenn., recently put on a Making Strides wrestling event for the American Cancer Society at the LaFayette Recreation Center.

GLHS Band bass line marching to a new beat

Gordon Lee High School Marching Band drum line instructor J.P. Gill says his bass line this year is the best ever.

Grape Stomp returns to Georgia Winery Oct. 4

Ringgold’s Georgia Winery is celebrating 31 years of Grape Stomping action Saturday, Oct. 4 from noon to 5:30 p.m.

Marsh House Heritage Day returns Oct. 4

Men wearing button-downs and top hats and women wearing hoop skirts will welcome people to Heritage Day at the Marsh House Saturday, Oct. 4.

LaFayette Elks Lodge to reopen Rossville Bingo Hall Oct. 4

LaFayette Elks Lodge No. 2018 is reopening the Rossville Bingo Hall Saturday, Oct. 4.

Chickamauga keeps O millage property tax, continues 12 mils school tax

Thanks to Local Option Sales Tax the city of Chickamauga will continue its zero millage rate.

Tri-county Teen Maze needs volunteers, donations

It is anticipated that 1,800 students from Catoosa, Dade and Walker counties will attend the third annual UR Choice/UR Destiny Teen Maze.

‘Hee Haw’ skit sure to bring laughs to Alhambra Shrine

Alhambra Shrine is presenting a “Hee Haw” show Saturday, Oct. 4 by the Shrine Ladies Helping Hands.

Chambers Jewelers and Gemologist moves to Fort Oglethorpe

Chambers Jewelers and Gemologist has moved from Chickamauga to Fort Oglethorpe.

125th anniversary Blue and Gray BBQ Arts/Crafts Festival and BBQ Cook Off Sept. 20

It’s been 125 years since Union and Confederate soldiers reunited on the grounds of the Gordon-Lee Mansion in friendship. In true Southern fashion, food was involved — barbecue.

Walker County Fair returns Sept. 12-14

After 50 years without a fair, the Walker County Fair is making a comeback.

Fort Oglethorpe’s Casa Amigos hosts weekly specials

Fort Oglethorpe’s Casa Amigos is offering lots of specials to bring in the community.