Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Walker County Citizen of the Year Award, sponsored by the Walker County Chamber of Commerce, which will be presented Saturday, Oct. 22, during the Walker County Gala at the Lookout Mountain Fairyland Club.
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites the public to attend a variety of living history programs taking place at Point Park, on Lookout Mountain and at Chickamauga Battlefield during Labor Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3-4.
Furry Friends Farm Zone is a new ministry in the making, designed as a sensory-friendly farm experience for the whole family, with a focus on special needs. It is being developed as a fun therapeutic environment. The first phase of the farm will include six sensory-friendly zones where families can interact and learn in a safe environment. This will include a Pet Zone, Plant Zone, Paint Zone, Picnic Zone, Perception Zone, and a Peaceful Zone.
The Catoosa County government employee of the month is Randy Wilson, director of the Catoosa County Recreation Department. Wilson’s efforts this summer to organize the inaugural Park Rhythms Concert Series at the county amphitheater led to his being named the STAR Award recipient for August. Presenting the award are (from left): Commissioners Jim Cutler and Bobby Winters; County Manager Jim Walker, Commissioner Jeff Long, Commission Chairman Keith Greene, Commissioner Ray Johnson and Wilson. (NPCO photo/Mike O’Neal)
The LaFayette Police Department and The Bank of LaFayette recently partnered with the Walker County Department of Family and Children Services to collect book bags, toiletries items, clothes and stuffed animals to donate to foster children within the county.
Created on Aug. 25, 1916, by Congress through the National Park Service Organic Act, the National Park Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior. The NPS is charged with a dual role of preserving the ecological and historical integrity of the places entrusted to its management while also making them available and accessible for public use and enjoyment. As of 2008, 21,989 employees of the NPS oversee 412 units, of which 59 are designated national parks.
The Key Fitness Center in Rock Spring offers a Silver Sneakers class for senior citizens four days a week and the room where the class is held is almost always full of both men and women, using weights and other exercise equipment while doing aerobics with some up-tempo music playing in the background.
The curtain will rise at the historic Ringgold Depot this week with The Ringgold Playhouse’s final production of its 2016 season, Tennessee Williams’ classic drama, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” The play opens for a seven-performance run beginning Aug. 18.
Back Alley Productions will host auditions for its upcoming Halloween show “War of the Worlds,” based on both the H.G. Wells novella and the Orson Welles radio show. Auditions are Monday, Aug. 8 and Tuesday, Aug. 9, at any time between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at the Mars Theater, 117 N. Chattanooga Street, in LaFayette.
In recognition of the beginning of a new school year, Dalton Ghost Tours will offer free admittance for educators to the Friday, Aug. 5, Haunted Pub Crawl and the Saturday, Aug. 6, ghost walk. Reservations are not required for either event, but can be made by calling 706-275-4416.
Tickets recently went on sale for The Ringgold Playhouse’s (TRP) final production of its 2016 season, Tennessee Williams’ classic drama, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” which opens for a seven-performance run beginning Aug. 18.
As blood donations run dangerously low throughout the summer months, Blood Assurance, the local non-profit blood donor center, is launching the “New Blood in North Georgia” campaign during the month of August. The campaign aims to recruit first-time blood donors in Catoosa and Walker Counties while encouraging existing donors to continue giving blood.
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites the public to attend a special, 90-minute caravan tour Sunday, July 31, at 1 p.m. at Chickamauga Battlefield. This program is being conducted in conjunction with the 200th anniversary of General George Thomas’ birth and will caravan to the sites of General Thomas’ headquarters on the battlefield.
Back Alley Productions is proud to present William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, performed free to the public beginning Friday, Aug. 5, and Saturday, Aug. 6, at 8 p.m. at it's first stop, the historic Mars Theater, 117 N. Chattanooga Ave., in Lafayette, Ga.
As blood donations run dangerously low throughout the summer months, Blood Assurance, the local non-profit blood donor center, is launching the “New Blood in North Georgia” campaign during the month of August. The campaign aims to recruit first-time blood donors in Catoosa and Walker counties while encouraging existing donors to continue giving blood. The campaign was created by two members of Blood Assurance’s North Georgia Advisory Board, representing Catoosa and Walker counties.
This summer, 24 Ringgold youth, ranging in age from seven to 15, have been busy preparing for an exciting ocean journey in search of treasure. The adventure promises excitement, suspense, humor and of course, pirates.
The Lightfoot and Mountain City Clubs, two local clubs of the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball, will play the noon match of the day’s double-header Saturday, July 23, at the polo field in Fort Oglethorpe.
Former local news reporter James Mahon has published his first book about his life as an international journalist, which chronicles his journey all the way from Ireland to the Chattanooga, Tenn., and North Georgia area.
The Living and Learning Museum of Walker County will host a free History Day Camp. The theme, “Birth of A Town-1835 Chattooga/LaFayette” is for boys and girls entering third-sixth grades. Camp will be at the welcome center, North Main Street, in LaFayette Tuesday, July 19, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Walker County 4-H’er, Dalton Green, competed at the southeast regional Hereford show at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tenn., and the Georgia Hereford Field Day which was held at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga.
Every second Saturday at 11:30 a.m. the Catoosa County Library, 108 Catoosa Circle, in Ringgold, invites the community to hear family-friendly stories told by local storyteller Kay Rose. The next three storytelling events will be Saturday, July 9; Saturday, Aug. 13 and Saturday, Sept. 10, at 11:30 a.m.
Bluegrass performers the Mountain Cove Bluegrass will bring their talents to Sacred Sounds Fridays, July 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Ringgold Depot at Depot Street and U.S. 41 in Ringgold, Ga. in a special concert for the Share America Foundation, Inc. Also appearing will be pianist Ryan Stinson. Ticket donation is $6.
The PeyBack Foundation, a public non-profit corporation, established by Peyton Manning in 1999 to promote the future success of disadvantaged youth by assisting programs that provide leadership and growth opportunities for children at risk, awarded a $10,000 grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chattanooga. This grant will be used to fund activities for our Mentoring in Motion program.
In partnership with the National Park Service, Eastern National invites the community to meet author William Lee White at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center Monday, July 4. White will be available to sign his book “Bushwhacking on a Grand Scale: The Battle of Chickamauga” from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
The YMCA Without Walls program offered a tour of its Fort Oglethorpe site Friday, June 17, to thank supporters and partners of the organization. The north Georgia YMCA is at Fort Oglethorpe United Methodist Church.
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites the public to attend a special program at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center Saturday, July 9, exploring the roles of civilians, quartermasters and other support staff in preparing the armies to fight at Chickamauga.
Five years ago, Chickamauga resident Randy Hallman bored a hole through a log and wired it to make a primitive lamp. After making one for each of his grown children, he got to thinking the lamps would sell. But they didn’t do so well.
Outdoor Ringgold is holding its inaugural Freedom 5K color run Saturday, July 2, at 8:15 a.m. at Ringgold High School. This is a red, white and blue color run for the whole family. The purpose of this race is to encourage the community to get outdoors, explore our local nature trail and have fun while celebrating our nation’s Independence Day.
Our Kids Survival Camp is taught by volunteer military veterans. Along with outdoor activities, these youngsters learn about our country, our flag and how important the police are. They learn how to read a compass, find their way out of the woods with and without a compass, discipline, exercise and staying fit with an obstacle course and climbing tower.
Catoosa County parks and recreation department is presenting its first season of a summer concert series called Park Rhythms. All concerts are free and will be held each Thursday, at 7 p.m. at the Northwest Georgia Amphitheater, Benton Place, in Ringgold, beginning July 7 and continuing through July 28.
The city of Ringgold will soon get folks acquainted with its new welcome center while also helping out a great cause on July 15 when it hosts its first annual Ringgold Community Blood Drive at Doc Steve’s Place on Tennessee Street downtown.
Joanna Jackson of RE/MAX Real Estate Center, broker for the Fort Oglethorpe and LaFayette offices, graduated from the two-part CARES Coaching Certification workshop Wednesday, May 18, in Atlanta. The new program is offered exclusively to RE/MAX brokers.