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Catoosa County selected as Early Education Empowerment Zone

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.

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Fall into October with new titles on Netflix

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A new season has arrived, and so has the new list of titles available on Netflix. The list is chock full of new films and tv shows–many of them fan favorites.

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Two Catoosa County high-profile criminal trials pushed back

Two Catoosa County criminal cases that have made major headlines over the past couple of years have been pushed back a little further, according to theLookout Mountain Judicial Circuit district attorney’s office.

Clara Louise Edwards, a Ringgold woman accused of murdering a 2-year-old foster child, and Thomas Harold Blevins III, a former band instructor charged with child molestation and sexually assaulting two female students, both recently had their pending trials pushed back.

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Judge denies bond for Goins in murder case

A woman facing murder charges for shooting a LaFayette mother as part of ascheme to snatch her newborn was not given a bond Thursday afternoon by Catoosa County chief magistrate judge Johnny Gass.

The first appearance hearing for 37-year-old Catherine Goins of Hixson, Tenn., was held about 1:30 p.m. at the Catoosa County Courthouse with Goins discussing her charges with Gass via videoconference.

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Catoosa County sheriff says woman orchestrated murder to steal victim’s newborn

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A woman, who last week claimed she shot and killed a home intruder, has been charged with murder for planning the killing to steal the victim’s newborn, Catoosa County sheriff Gary Sisk revealed in a news conference this morning.

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Rodeo to benefit RHS Wrestling Team

Rodeo for RHS wrestling team

Support Ringgold High School Wrestling! This Saturday, September 27th at Davis Cattle Ranch, come and enjoy an evening of Professional Bull Riding and Barrel Racing. The event is being hosted by the Takedown Club—the booster club for the RHS Wrestling Team. All proceeds will benefit the Ringgold High School Wrestling program. The event is from 6pm-9pm. Tickets are $10 and children 12 and under get in free! For more information, contact

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Catoosa County School Grieves Loss Of Student

Students in Catoosa County are grieving over the loss of their classmate today.

And at the same time his classmates are trying to cope, school officials are hoping to calm alarmed parents.

It's a little less bright today at Heritage Middle School.

Banners line the hallway remembering 11-year-old Chandler Bolden as an athlete, student and leader.

"He was an outstanding leader, both inside the classroom and outside the classroom as well. Just a precious young man," said Principal Chris Lusk

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Ringgold’s pedestrian bridge project to start soon, could finish by year’s end

The city of Ringgold will see its long-awaited pedestrian bridge project come to fruition in the coming months after four years of discussion, cost analysis, and planning.

Mayor Joe Barger and the city council discussed the progress of the bridge during its most recent meeting Monday night, Sept. 22, and according to project architect Ross Andrews, it looks as though the start of the project could be imminent.

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Fund set up for family of Catoosa County pastor who died of leukemia

As the nation recognizes Leukemia Awareness Month, Catoosa County residents mourn the loss of one who lost his battle with the cancer.

Danny Eiler died Monday, Aug. 25, at the age of 30. He had battled leukemia for three years, but his rapid decline came as a shock for most loved ones.

Eiler was part of The Springs church for seven years, first joining as the new youth pastor and later becoming head pastor. He stepped in when the church needed a pastor most, and The Springs made it through some major difficulties under his leadership.

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Citizen challenging candidate’s run for Fort Oglethorpe council; hearing will be held

The city council race in Fort Oglethorpe just got a little more complicated.

Citizen Steve Cooper is challenging former council member Charles Sharrock’s qualifications to run for the ward 4 council seat in the Nov. 4 special election.

Temporary council member Derek Rogers and Sharrock qualified earlier this month as candidates for the seat. Cooper filed a written complaint Sept. 22 challenging Sharrock’s candidacy for council due to his removal from public office in November 2012.

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