Catoosawalkernews.com is the website for The Catoosa County News in Ringgold, Ga., and the Walker County Messenger in LaFayette, Ga.
About The Catoosa County News
The Catoosa County News publishes on Wednesdays and primarily serves Catoosa County in northwest Georgia. The office is at 7513 Nashville St. in Ringgold, Ga. It is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekday, except on New Year's Day, July Fourth, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The phone number is 706-935-2621 and the fax number is 706-965-5934.
The Catoosa County News published its first edition on Aug. 18, 1949. At the time a yearly subscription cost $1, and the paper had 800 subscribers. Now the paper has about 3,700 subscribers. The original owner of The Catoosa County News was Jack Brewster. Jim Caldwell, who worked as a typesetter in 1960, became part-owner in 1965. News Publishing Co. of Rome, Ga. purchased the newspaper from Caldwell in November 1990. Times-Journal Inc. acquired the newspaper in February 2015.
About the Walker County Messenger
The Walker County Messenger primarily serves Walker County in northwest Georgia. It publishes each Wednesday. The office is at 102 N. Main St. in LaFayette, Ga. It is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekday, except on New Year's Day, July Fourth, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. The phone number is (706) 638-1859. The fax number is (706) 638-7045.
The Walker County Messenger is the county's oldest continuous business, having published its first newspaper on July 27, 1877. The first edition was four pages and a subscription cost $1 per year. Capt. Augustus McHan was the editor. The newspaper, located at the time on the east side of the downtown square in LaFayette, has undergone a number of changes in management and ownership: Capt. Augustus McHan, 1877-1881; Capt. Nathan Campbell Napier, 1881-1902; N.C. Napier Jr., 1902-14; N.C. Napier Jr. and Edmond Pleasant Hall Jr., 1914-15; E.P. Hall Jr., 1915-73; Joseph Hill Hall Sr., 1973-1977; Boone Publishing Co., 1977-88; News Publishing Co., Sept. 22, 1988, to present. Boone Publishing Co. decided it needed more space and moved the newspaper a block, to 120 E. Patton St. in downtown LaFayette. In 2009 the newspaper moved to its current location. Times-Journal Inc. acquired the newspaper in February 2015.