From HERE to CAREER Academy (CCA) students entering the program this year are on the “mechatronics” pathway. Mechatronics, according to, is “a complex interdisciplinary field that combines the study of mechanics, electronics, automation and computers.”

State and local leaders from government and education were among those on hand to help Catoosa County’s first 16 students jump-start their futures during Friday’s (Aug. 16) College and Career Commitment Ceremony held on the Catoosa County Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNT…

Georgia Northwestern Technical College has named Selena Magnusson of Chickamauga the new vice president of Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success and Lisa Shaw of Chatsworth the new vice president of adult education, according to a press release.

Gilbert Elementary School in Walker County has a new principal, Beth Pelham (but not new to the school, as Pelham was the assistant principal last year). The school has a new assistant principal, too, for the 2019-20 school year: Troy Green. The pair are eager to take on the new year and mak…

Beth Pelham, principal, and Troy Green, assistant principal, of Gilbert Elementary School share their excitement about the upcoming new school year. Pelham, the assistant principal last year, begins the 2019-20 school year as the school’s new principal and Green, previously with a private Ch…

Walker County School Superintendent Damon Raines visits Gilbert Elementary School’s STEM VEX award display with others prior to the new 2019-20 school year. Gilbert is one of a few schools in the nation that have excelled on the competitive stage for robotics achievement.

Gilbert Elementary Principal Beth Pelham and school superintendent Damon Raines discuss the Forestry program at the school that features outdoor learning opportunities for a limited number of students (and age groups) during the academic year.

Gilbert Elementary School Principal Beth Pelham begins her first year as principal for the 2019-20 school year. Pelham served as assistant principal last year at Gilbert. Damon Raines continues to serve as the Walker County school system's superintendent.

The Catoosa Retired Education Association recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving student from an area high school, that is entering a degree in education. The scholarship recipient this year was from Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School. From left: Andrea Sims, CREA president; …

A school that is STEM-certified can draw students from far and wide. That is what happened to Gilbert Elementary School after the school suffered a loss of students when the Bluebird plant closed in their LaFayette community, according to Damon Raines, Walker County’s school superintendent.

Catoosa County public schools start back to class on Aug. 12. Parents, grandparents, students, teachers and others will be happy with the new design of system’s website.

As Northwest Georgia’s flooring industry and technology-focused businesses continue to grow, the demand for trained specialists is greater than ever. In an attempt to help give these companies what they need, Georgia Northwestern Technical College is launching three new industry-focused prog…

At the conclusion of the second of three required Walker County Board of Education meetings for a millage rate increase proposal, two school teachers from the system agreed to share their thoughts following the July 15 meeting, the millage rate proposed and the opposition raised by local residents.

Fifth grade students from Gilbert Elementary during the 2018-2019 end-of-year event at a camp in Ten Mile, Tennessee.

Edward McVeety from Gilbert Elementary creates artistic painting during the 2018-19 school year.

Cannon Cordle and Rachel Peace, VEX competition students from Gilbert Elementary during the 2018-2019 school year.

Mr. Ben Cherry, the STEAM teacher at Gilbert Elementary with two students in the school’s hydroponics lab during the 2018-2019 school year.

From left: Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation trustees Linda Case and Doris White, with new GNTC President Heidi Popham. A meet-and-greet reception was held Thursday, July 18, at GNTC’s Walker County Campus to introduce Popham to the community.

On Thursday, July 11, Walker County Schools Superintendent Damon Raines agreed to discuss the process for approving the school board’s proposed new fiscal year budget and the planned hike in millage (property tax) rate needed to fund the budget.

For those thinking about homeschooling or looking for education supplements for their children or classrooms, the annual Homeschool Expo at Camp Jordan in East Ridge is a go-to place. The expo takes place this year on July 19 and 20.

Dalton Green of Ringgold is one of 10 students selected to receive Georgia Farm Bureau Scholarships for Agriculture for rising college juniors and seniors in the amount of $2,000.

Congratulations to three Walker County High School graduates who each received $1,000 scholarship checks from Dawn Merritt, Walker County Republic Party chairman.

An unidentified body was found earlier today (Tuesday, June 18) about 115 feet off the roadway in the 2900 block of Old Mineral Springs Road, LaFayette, Georgia, according to Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson.

On May 6, the Georgia Department of Education announced its choices for Georgia Scholars of the class of 2019 for all high schools in the state, including several from Walker and Catoosa counties.

LaFayette High School graduate Robert James Sievers was awarded North Georgia Electric Membership Corporation’s (NGEMC) 2019 Howard Baker Memorial Scholarship for Walker County. Sievers plans to major in biomedical engineering at Mercer University.