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Kelsie Bowman

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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.

Resurrected Treasures gives antiques and more a second life

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

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.

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.

Beloved Hixson neighborhood holds reunion

Maria Marshall remembers so much about growing up on Meadowood Drive. The now 38-year-old can recall summertime kickball games and flashlight tag after dark. Then there were the snowball fights and all the major and minor bicycle crashes in the road.

New Anglican mission starting up in East Hamilton

East Ridge resident the Rev. Tom Law has helped start three missions during his 70 years of life, and he wants the community to know about the upcoming fourth.

Walden finalizes FY 2014-2015 budget

The town of Walden’s budget for next fiscal year is official, but it’s not what was unofficially approved on first reading.

RPA enacts fees in Walden

In its budget for fiscal year 2014-2015, Walden must include a new line item.

Bakewell hosts last jam session until fall

Locals gathered at the Bakewell Community Center for its last open jam session of the summer. The crowd listened to old favorites and bluegrass on the back lawn of the community center and ate their fill of hot dogs and other snacks.

CTC invites community to celebrate young talent

The Chattanooga Theatre Centre is hosting its CTC Youth Theatre Awards Saturday, June 21, and it has a lot of talent to celebrate.

County offers graduation from training wheels

Reminisce back to the day your parents took the training wheels off your bike. That first time you rode on just two wheels was probably exhilarating … and terrifying.

The Lazy Daisy graces Dayton Pike

If you enter Tessa Clift’s shop The Lazy Daisy Boutique, you’ll likely be greeted with a cheerful hello and a cold beverage. And odds are, she won’t let you leave without a hug.

Signal Mountain discusses rights of Hodgepodge brand

Since the town of Signal Mountain decided earlier this year to wash its hands of managing the local Hodgepodge fair, Town Manager Boyd Veal said he’s been receiving inquiries about it.

New landscaping business ‘takes root’ on North Shore

North Shore resident Tracey Tapscott says there’s something special about coming home to a yard full of flourishing plants. She’s proud of her blooming peonies, glad that her perennials are making her home more beautiful.

Signal explores permit process for allowing alcohol at MACC

In an effort to make the Mountain Arts Community Center a more attractive event venue, town of Signal Mountain officials are considering allowing alcoholic beverages there.

Study calls for additional fire personnel

Along with building a second fire station, town of Signal Mountain officials are now looking at the possibility of hiring more firefighters as well.

Walden negotiates renewal of contract with Sheriff’s Office

The town of Walden’s contract with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is up for renewal at the end of the current fiscal year June 30, and town officials have concerns they want addressed.

Abba’s House offers new Musical Theatre Camp for kids

Abba’s House is bringing a bit of magic to the community this summer with its new Musical Theatre Camps for kids.

ArtBites teaches kids creativity through art and food

Uptown Art Studio and Sprouts Cooking are teaming up to give local kids a creative experience using two sure ways to a child’s heart — vibrant paints and yummy food.

Hixson resident’s story published in ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’

Hixson resident Kelle Riley was just about to enter the operating room when her mother grasped her hand and fervently said, “I love you.”

Walden OKs plans for McCoy property

Walden’s new Town Center and Town Hall now have a face.

SpringHill Suites hosts anniversary event benefiting Mark Making

SpringHill Suites Chattanooga Downtown/Cameron Harbor celebrated its second birthday by supporting local public art nonprofit Mark Making at its most recent ArtNight event.

NNH teams up with Chattanooga School of Language

Northside Neighborhood House is sending its summer camp kids to faraway places this year — places like France, Japan, Germany and Spanish-speaking countries in South America.

McConnell completes inclusive playground

After more than a year of fundraising and planning, McConnell Elementary School teachers, parents and students finally saw their new inclusive playground installed behind the elementary school.

Leafy Street brings fresh style to Riverview

Leafy Street in Riverview is adding a breezy flair to the neighborhood of local shops.

Local scoliosis support group grows with new events, initiatives

As an 11-year-old recently diagnosed with scoliosis, Kaitlyn McAfee had an idea. With the help of her family, that idea was put into action and resulted in a local support group for young girls with scoliosis, called Curvy Girls Chattanooga.

Signal looks for Police Department funding

The town of Signal Mountain may be able to kill two birds with one stone as it works to solve the high rate of officer turnover in its Police Department.

Trinity Lutheran welcomes new pastor with celebration brunch

Trinity Lutheran Church invites the community to celebrate a new chapter in its history.

RBMS media center benefits from local donations, grants

Red Bank Middle School is home to several budding journalists.

James rehabilitation running into extra costs

The town of Signal Mountain is facing more costs than planned for the rehabilitation of James Boulevard.

Northgate J.C. Penney stylists partner for new salon

Stylists of the J.C. Penney Salon at Northgate Mall can tell you exactly the day and time they were told the 42-year-old store was closing its doors.