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Kelsie Bowman

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Signal sees breakout of burglaries

The Signal Mountain community has seen a rash of home burglaries in the past few weeks, and town officials are asking residents to stay alert.

Local architect picked for Nolan addition

Nolan Elementary is getting help from within the mountaintop community to design a new wing for the overcrowded school.

Elevation offers local art, custom furniture

Tucked away on River Street, new gallery and shop Elevation adds a touch of diversity to one of Chattanooga’s favorite shopping neighborhoods.

Dickerson keeps vintage craft alive

Ever notice the hand-painted signs in Buehler’s Food Market on Market Street downtown?

First-ever ‘Collegedale Flea Market’ slated for Sept. 14

Dennis Smith has been dreaming of starting a flea market for a decade, and he’s about to see that dream become a reality.

Signal seeks solution to slow traffic on Arden Way

Residents differ in opinions

Residents of Arden Way continue to drive home the need for traffic calming measures on the residential road as Signal Mountain officials research a solution.

Next Sunset Concert is Sept. 19, series celebrating 10 years

Attendees at the first installment of the North River Civic Center’s Sunset Concert Series swayed to the smooth jazz and bright swing music of The Ralph Miller Quartet, featuring singer India Galyean.

Down to Earth provides plants, herbs, T-shirts and more

Middle Valley resident Pat Stewart’s current job is a far cry from her years spent working for Fortune 500 companies.

The Village Pantry cuts grocery bills

Imagine taking your grocery bill and cutting it by 40 percent.

MCR Foundation plans walk, prepares for new leadership

Sometimes it’s listed as malnutrition. Other times a heart attack or another type of organ failure.

Morning Pointe calls for acts for Senior Idol Talent Show

Ann Lewis started plucking the chords of a piano when she was as young as 6, and she played for a gospel quartet by the age of 15.

Bullington does it all in North Chattanooga

Larry Bullington doesn’t do anything halfway, but he sure does a lot. He’s self-described as the best-kept secret in town.

Walden meets opposition on McCoy renovations

As Walden officials move closer to construction on the McCoy property, some residents are speaking out in opposition.

SMFD presents strategic plan

On the heels of a recommendation for a new fire station within the town of Signal Mountain comes a strategic plan for the Fire Department.

Hipster Vibes mellows Hixson Pike

Tie-dye, peace signs and a generally groovy atmosphere — a step inside Hixson Pike’s new Hipster Vibes is like walking right back into the 1960s.

Roberts Mill work begins

Road closed for next 4 weeks

Roberts Mill Road is now closed and could be for the next four weeks, sending any traffic up and down the mountain to the W Road or Signal Mountain Boulevard/State Route 8.

Clear Creek COC presents ‘Women of the Bible’ Aug. 23

Sarah carefully peaked out through a crack in the entrance of the tent. Her husband stood near three strange men as they lounged beneath a tree and ate the bread she’d kneaded for them.

Life Care Center Hixson chooses first Junior Volunteer Scholarship recipient

Cars have always been a big part of Alex Lamontagne’s life, and now they’ve helped him win $1,000.

Marching Trojans get new director, renewed direction

The Soddy-Daisy High School Marching Trojans are kicking off the year at this Friday’s game with a new band director and a renewed competitive spirit.

Sign by Aug. 21 if you want wine in grocery stores

Do you want to be able to buy wine at Pruett’s Signal Mountain Market? Sign the petition.

MBA hosts candidate forum, asks for community input

So far, five Signal Mountain residents are vying for three Town Council seats, and the Mountain Business Association wants voters to make an informed decision when they cast their ballots in November.

Young Life hosts shooting benefit at Classic Clays

Young Life Chattanooga is hosting a benefit for local sportsmen and women, but it doesn’t involve golf clubs. It requires a shotgun.

SMPD signs up for free missing persons services

Every once in a while, a Signal Mountain police officer will come across a child or an elderly person who is lost and unable to communicate. The person has a disability, perhaps autism or dementia.

Green Valley Land Solutions moves into former Crocker Produce

The rows of fruits and vegetables at what used to be Crocker Produce will soon be replaced with pristine landscape displays.

NNH invites families to dinner

Northside Neighborhood House has found a way to combine education, family bonding time and good food with its Family Dinner Nights. At the latest event, families learned why family meals are important while chowing down on homemade tacos. They also learned some helpful tips for organizing meals, courtesy of UTC clinical instructor Melissa Powell and her students.

Family-friendly BalanceFest celebrates end of summer

Balance Studios is planning an end of summer celebration for families Saturday, Aug. 9 called BalanceFest.

Choo Choo Rooter seeks to educate and serve

With 20-plus years of plumbing experience under their belts, Soddy-Daisy resident Phillip Bean and Harrison resident Jeremy Palmer decided to start their own business from scratch.

Signal seeks to slow cars on Arden Way

After receiving a complaint at its regularly scheduled July 14 meeting, the Signal Mountain Town Council is seeking to slow down cars on Arden Way in Hidden Brook.

Trinity Lutheran invites public to Blessing of the Backpacks

The backpack is a staple of school life. On Aug. 7, the first day back to class, kids and parents will carefully pack it full of supplies such as pencils, notebooks and paper. They might even slide a ruler inside or a scientific calculator.

Neighborhood auto service provider sees new ownership after 40 years

After 40 years in business, Terry Conley of Conley’s Service Center in Hixson is passing the torch.

McCoy property gets closer to construction

Walden officials are one step closer to making construction at the McCoy property a reality.

Signal buys James Blvd. property for $115,000

The town of Signal Mountain is a new homeowner, but at least one official isn’t happy about the decision.

Signal surveys James Boulevard for historical report

Recommendation still to come

With rehabilitation plans looming, the town of Signal Mountain recently hired a consultant to conduct a historical survey of James Boulevard.

Lasley celebrates 61 years in ministry at Oak Street Baptist

On a July Sunday 61 years ago, Don Lasley was baptized at Oak Street Baptist Church.

Red Bank resident helps others with life-like dolls

When tiny clay body parts began arriving at her home in Red Bank last year, Gail Raines’ kids told her it was creepy.

Integrity Elite All Stars opens on Hixson Pike

The former Partyville Inc. on Hixson Pike was recently host to a new kind of party – the grand opening of Integrity Elite All Stars.

Signal Council talks contracts with civic groups that use MACC

Civic groups have long been paying the town of Signal Mountain “in kind” for the use of the MACC facilities. Most of the groups, such as the local Lions and garden clubs, pay in kind by doing a service of their choosing for the center or for the community, Town Manager Boyd Veal explained.

Local soap box racers head to Ohio for world competition

Three local soap box derby champions are representing Chattanooga at the annual All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship in Akron, Ohio, July 20-26.

Resurrected Treasures gives antiques and more a second life

Joshua Cummings has a special skill. He can bring things back to life.

The Baggery to open at 2 North Shore

The owners of Chattanooga Shoe Company are taking their focus on quality and putting it in a second venture called The Baggery.

Radio control flying club takes to the sky

The sky is literally the limit for the Falling Water Radio Control Flying Club.

Council pleased with Town Manager Veal’s performance

After nearly six months as town manager, Boyd Veal seems to have quelled any of the Town Council’s concerns about his ability to do the job.

Signal discusses buying property beside library

The town of Signal Mountain is in the market to buy a house — located right next to the Signal Mountain Library.

Hixson High’s Coach Vandergriff celebrates retirement

Roger Vandergriff has spent nearly his entire academic and professional life at Hixson High School, but this past year he walked through its halls for the last time.

Spanish immersion preschool to come to Hixson

Lakesite resident Paula Bonner has always wanted to speak a second language. She’s worked in other countries and traveled quite a bit, but the languages never stuck with her, she said. Not even what she learned in her high school Spanish classes.

School Board candidates — District 6

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of stories about contested races in the August county general election. Check upcoming editions of North Hamilton Weekly for a roundup of other area candidates. Early voting runs July 18-Aug. 2. The last day to register to vote was July 8.

Choo-Choo City ballroom dance group moves to new location

This year has held change for the Choo-Choo City Chapter of USA Dance, but the nonprofit is still dancing on.

Guin writes life-changing book

Gene Guin grew up in a rough little Arkansas town, and he turned out just as rough.

Heaven & Ale expands

Heaven & Ale is celebrating one year in business this month with a party July 5, and the community is invited to join in the fun.

Signal passes FY 2014-2015 budget

The Signal Mountain Town Council unanimously approved the town’s budget for fiscal year 2014-2015 at its June 9 regularly scheduled meeting.