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West Side Elementary School teachers voted Suzette Carter (center) as their 2019-20 Teacher of the Year. Pictured with Carter is Principal Robert Mountjoy and Assistant Principal teacher Lori Welborn.

Republican Sen. Jeff Mullis of Chickamauga released the following statement on the 2020 legislative session, which was suspended indefinitely on March 13 due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Mullis represents the 53rd Senate District, which includes Catoosa, Dade, and Wal…

First-grade teacher Sara Pickens and paraprofessional Leslie Cooper bid student Ameya Edwards goodbye at Battlefield Primary School.

Paige Daniels Goggans was voted 2019-20 Teacher of the Year at Battlefield Elementary School. Goggans’ peers said she was an “incredible team player and effective educator who meets students where they are.”

Lauren Dyer was chosen as Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School’s 2019-20 Teacher of the Year. Dyer teaches environmental science and biology. She completed her fifth year at LFO.

Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan signaled Friday, May 29, he plans to work with state lawmakers on passing hate-crimes legislation following the high-profile arrests of three white men in the fatal shooting of a black man near Brunswick.

Gov. Brian Kemp moved Thursday, May 29, to relax broad social restrictions in Georgia on bars, nightclubs, summer school classes and overnight summer camps in the coming weeks amid the coronavirus pandemic.

It may be a little different than in years’ past, but the LaFayette Parks and Recreation Department has plans to make its annual summer camp as fun and as safe as possible for children.

CHI Memorial, which operates a hospital in Fort Oglethorpe and other medical facilities in Walker and Catoosa counties, held an online public forum Thursday, May 28.

Walker County voters who choose to cast their ballots in person will decide between a crowded field of candidates in the June 9 primary as the elections office receives hundreds of absentee and early voters’ ballots.

The Foundation at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) awarded $6,450 in scholarships to 16 students, including two Susan Lynne Greene Memorial Scholarship recipients and one recipient of the Thomas Brown Scholarship.

The Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce exists to promote business, with a special focus on local, small businesses. What does a Chamber do when a large portion of its members are forced to close their businesses due to a pandemic?

Driving around Fort Oglethorpe, it’s easy to see that post-tornado clean-up is nearing completion. There are still houses under repair and still some big logs here and there, still some trees lying across yards with their roots fully unearthed, but it’s a far cry from what it was even a week ago.

ATLANTA - The Justice Department has dropped an investigation of stock transactions U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., and two Senate colleagues made following a closed-door briefing in January on the looming coronavirus pandemic, Loeffler’s office confirmed Tuesday, May 26.

ATLANTA - Two business organizations with major political clout under the Gold Dome are asking the General Assembly to pass a hate-crimes bill when lawmakers return to the Capitol in June.

Due to a positive case of COVID-19 at the Walker County tax commissioner’s office in Rock Spring, that tax and tag office will be closed to the public the rest of the week of May 24. All team members have been sent for COVID-19 testing, and the office is being deep cleaned.

Ringgold High School student and JROTC cadet Cordelia Marie Westbrook Sisemore has been presented with the Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame (GMVHOF) JROTC Medal.

As the school year wound down amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the faculty and staff at West Side, Cloud Springs, and Battlefield elementary schools braved the rain to hand out report cards and collect computers on Friday, May 22.

Ringgold Elementary School third-grade teacher Mishana Peters dressed up as over 30 characters during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each of her daily online lessons was taught by a new character to the delight of her students. Catoosa County’s digital learning began mid-March and was completed by mid-May.

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities’ (DBHDD) Suicide Prevention Program has unveiled the 2020-2025 Georgia Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan. This new document serves as a comprehensive update to the previous strategic plan released in 2015.

Whether you’re voting by absentee ballot or in person, the time to act is running low. Final election day is June 9 and early voting is going on now. The races are many and many are hotly contested.

With uncertainty still surrounding social distancing guidelines, restrictions on large gatherings and other COVID-19-related issues, the LaFayette City Council unanimously decided to cancel this year’s Freedom Festival, which had been set for the evening of July 3 at the LaFayette Recreation…

Free COVID-19 testing is available to all Georgians who request it, whether they have symptoms or not. The Walker Health Department, 603 E. Villanow Street, LaFayette, is offering free drive-up COVID-19 testing from 1-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays, and from 9 …

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is distributing a second allotment of the drug remdesivir received from the federal government. Twenty-nine hospitals in Georgia will receive remdesivir, enough to treat more than 300 patients, depending on the duration of an individual’s illness…

Free COVID-19 testing is available to all Georgians who request it, whether they have symptoms or not. The Catoosa County Health Department, 145 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, is offering free drive-up COVID-19 testing from 1-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays, and from…

The presidential race and one of the two U.S. Senate contests in Georgia this year likely will be decided by close margins, according to a poll released Tuesday, May 19, by left-leaning website DailyKos.

Investigators with the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office have determined that a vehicle fire in Walker County was intentionally set. The fire occurred shortly after 2:15 p.m. on Monday, May 18.

In late April, a group of Catoosa County citizens took on the task of trying to put together non-school-sanctioned proms for each of the three high schools in the county after COVID-19-related shutdowns forced all three proms to be canceled.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is urging voters to cast ballots by mail rather than in person for the June 9 primary election as the start of early voting this week drew long lines and wait times at many precincts.