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Summer’s ban on burning ends Wednesday

Lack of summer rains has raised the risk of wildfire, but starting Oct. 1, it is again legal to burn brush piles, leaves and other vegetative growth.

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Monday 09/29/2014
Walker County Sheriff’s Department investigating Chickamauga burglary
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 8:05 pm

The Walker County Sheriff’s Department is asking for help from anyone who may be able to identify the suspect caught on video burglarizing a business in Chickamauga.

Hutcheson votes to resume labor and delivery services
Posted: September 29, 2014

Citing overwhelming demand from physicians and the community to once again offer maternity services, the board of directors for Hutcheson Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe voted today to resume the hospital’s labor, delivery, and inpatient pediatric services by the end of the calendar year.

Group drops six-year lawsuit against Ringgold over Confederate flag
Posted: September 29, 2014

A six-year tug-of-war between the city of Ringgold and the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) seems to be resolved. The group has dropped its lawsuit, which centered on the removal of a flag at the historic Depot.

Walker-Catoosa area happenings: Monday, Sept.29
Posted: September 29, 2014

Monday, Sept. 29

Monday's weather: Cloudy, becoming sunny, high 79
Posted: September 29, 2014

Today: A chance of rain or drizzle before 11 am, then a chance of showers, mainly between 11 am and 4 pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Sunday 09/28/2014
United Way Read-A-Palooza comes to the park in LaFayette Oct. 4
Posted: September 28, 2014

United Way will host a Read-A-Palooza, Saturday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m – 2 p.m., at Joe Stock Memorial Park, 208-B N. Main St., in LaFayette. This special day of reading fun is focused on education, specifically childhood literacy.

LaFayette Middle School FFA chapter celebrates grand opening
Posted: September 28, 2014

LaFayette Middle School Future Farmers of American (FFA) chapter celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday, Sept. 15, at 419 Roadrunner Blvd, LaFayette, Ga. From left, front row: Glenda Jones, Walker County Chamber of Commerce; Megan Torbett, FFA co-sentinels; Amber Campbell, FFA co-treasurer; Amaira sloop, FFA co-treasurer; Bailey Tarvin, FFA vice-president; Rylie Chamlee, FFA president; Brooklyn Potter, FFA co-secretary; Gracie Henton, FFA co-secretary; Lauran Torbett, FFA co-reporter and Alexis Asher, FFA co-reporter. Back row: Karen Hughes, principal, LaFayette Middle School; Damon Raines, Walker County schools superintendent; Karen Stoker, Walker County board of education; Susan Wells, board member, Dale Wilson, board member; Mike Carruth, board member; Wendy Matteson, FFA sponsor; Phyllis Hunter, board member; BeBe Heiskell, Walker County commissioner and John Deffenbaugh, state representative.

Driven to Give program raises funds for Lookout Mountain foster care program
Posted: September 28, 2014

To continue in its effort to give back to the local communities, Lincoln Motor Company has teamed with the TREK program (Therapeutic Resources and Environments for Kids) of Lookout Mountain Community Services, to be a partner in foster care for the north Georgia area.

Signal Mountain officer attains highest rank in Navy League Cadet Corps
Posted: September 28, 2014

On Sept. 24, Eric Church, from Signal Mountain, was promoted to Ship's Leading Petty Officer (SLPO) in the Signal Mountain Division. This is the highest attainable rank in the Navy League Cadet Corps. SLPO Church is the first Ship's Leading Petty Officer for the Signal Mountain Division. He enrolled in the Signal Mountain Division Nov. 27, 2013, and is a student at Signal Mountain Middle School. His parents are Christopher and Lynette Church, of Signal Mountain. The Signal Mountain Division is sponsored by the Greater Chattanooga John “J” Spittler Navy League Council.

Share America supports Catoosa County Teen Maze
Posted: September 28, 2014

The Share America Foundation, Inc. donated $400 to the Catoosa County Teen Maze coming up at the Catoosa Colonnade Monday, Oct. 6 through Thursday, Oct. 9.

Restored railroad engine steams through LaFayette on shakedown run
Posted: September 28, 2014

The recently rebuilt and remodeled Southern Railway 4501 steam engine made a test run from Chattanooga to LaFayette on Thursday, Sept. 25, to gear up for the Oct. 4 Summerville Steam Special.

Piedmont College to hold overnight event for high school seniors
Posted: September 28, 2014

Area high school seniors are invited to spend a day in the life of a Piedmont College student during a two-day Senior Overnight event at the college in Demorest, Ga., Thursday and Friday, Oct. 23-24.

Saturday 09/27/2014
Catoosa County selected as Early Education Empowerment Zone
Posted: September 27, 2014

Catoosa County, in a zone that also included Fanin, Gordon, Murray and Whitfield, was selected as one of Georgia’s four Early Education Empowerment Zones (E3Zs) and will participate in a community commitment ceremony Friday, Oct. 3, at 3 p.m. at the Whitfield County-Dalton Day Care Center, 515 South Pentz Street, in Dalton.

Communities In Schools program in Catoosa to receive generous donation from AT&T
Posted: September 27, 2014

Meet Travis, an unmotivated, struggling eighth grader with poor grades and low self-esteem. Travis eats lunch alone, keeps to himself, and refuses to engage in conversation with his peers and his teachers.

State Patrol Troop A recognized for excellence
Posted: September 27, 2014

MACON — The Georgia State Patrol’s Troop A was one of several law enforcement agencies to take home a prize recently when the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety hosted its 15th annual Governor’s Challenge Awards at the Macon Centreplex.

LaFayette Physical Therapy seeks support to obtain grant
Posted: September 27, 2014

LaFayette Physical Therapy, a local outpatient physical therapy clinic, has applied for a $150,000 grant from Chase as part of a newly launched program, Mission Main StreetSM Grants. LaFayette Physical Therapy must submit a questionnaire outlining a business plan that will result in growth of the business and receive at least 250 votes to be eligible for a grant.

United Way kicks off 2014 community campaign in Walker, Catoosa and Dade
Posted: September 27, 2014

United Way for Walker, Catoosa and Dade Counties held its 2014 annual campaign kickoff breakfast meeting at the Walker County Civic Center, presided over by the new 2014 campaign chair for this north Georgia region, Walker County Schools superintendent Damon Raines.

Catoosa and Walker law enforcement agencies recognized at Governor’s Awards
Posted: September 27, 2014

The Georgia State Patrol’s Troop A was one of several law enforcement agencies to take home a prize when the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety hosted its 15th annual Governor’s Challenge Awards at the Macon Centreplex.

Fort Oglethorpe city attorney says Sharrock shouldn’t be allowed to run for re-election to un-expired term
Posted: September 27, 2014

As attorney for the city of Fort Oglethorpe, Robert Stultz is responsible for providing counsel to city officials. Even elections superintendent Orma Luckey depends on Stultz’ expertise when making challenging decisions.

Walker County Emergency Services hosts luncheon to spread awareness of heart health
Posted: September 27, 2014

Walker County Emergency Services hosted a Lunch and Learn on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Fire Station No. 1 in Rock Spring to educate citizens on the importance of heart health and to bring awareness to coronary heart disease.

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