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Ringgold will swear in new mayor, council members Jan. 4

Ringgold’s city council makeup will look a lot different next week. The city will swear in a new mayor for the first time in 40 years, as well as two new council members.

Current vice mayor Nick Millwood will take over the head chair at the city’s meetings, moving forward after winning a run-off election on Dec. 1.

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RTC presents local family with trip to Disney World!

New residents of Ringgold, Derek & Brandy Lester, along with their 5 year old little girl, won a free trip to Disney World this week. RTC presented the trip to the Lester family after they were entered into a contest for new customers in the month of December.

Congratulations to the Lester family!

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Flood watch issued for Monday afternoon; drone video shows high river levels

With showers and a few thunderstorms expected to bring 1 to 2 inches of rain, the National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for most of Northwest Georgia beginning at 1 p.m. Monday and running through Tuesday afternoon.

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GDOT suspends lane closures in northwest Georgia for holiday travel period

The Georgia Department of Transportation is clearing a path for travelers this holiday season by lifting lane closures over the extended Christmas and New Year’s travel period.

GDOT announced Friday, Dec. 18, that all scheduled and ongoing construction-related lane closures in northwest Georgia would be suspended for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

The suspension will begin at 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23, and continue until 10 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 27.

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Catoosa County man dies following Sunday evening shooting

The Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a shooting Sunday night, Dec. 20, which claimed the life of one man.

The incident occurred around 5:20 p.m. at a residence at 1095 Twin Cedars Road near the Walker County line, sheriff Gary Sisk said.

Witnesses told police 53-year-old Jackie Saunders showed up at the residence and began assaulting his father, Jack Saunders..

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Georgia Winery increases production with new tanks

On Monday, Nov. 30, the Georgia Winery received three new 3,000-gallon stainless steel tanks. After signing on with Empire Distribution in October 2014, the request for having Sweet Southern Wine in liquor stores and wine shops throughout the state of Georgia has continued to grow.

The demand for Georgia Winery’s wines has grown so much they will be receiving three more 3,000-gallon tanks in January. These tanks are jacketed and cooled via a glycol as opposed to their standard walk-in cooler, which allows the winery to continue their freeze fermentation process on a larger scale.

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Catoosa detectives find additional drugs on Rossville man while serving outstanding drug warrants at his residence

Rossville man was arrested on additional drug charges when detectives arrived at his residence to arrest him on outstanding warrants for previous drug possession.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department:

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Twins Pizza and Steaks in LaFayette to host free Christmas Day lunch

Twins Pizza and Steaks in LaFayette will offer a free meal for those interested and need a place to go eat on Christmas Day.

According to owner Kyriakos “Key” Koukos, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. a free lunch will be served and free toys will be available as well.

Read More. (Northwest Georgia News)

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Joe Barger oversees his final council meeting as mayor of Ringgold

It was a bittersweet Ringgold council meeting Monday night, Dec. 14, as the board said goodbye to council member Earl Henderson and long-time mayor Joe Barger.

Barger decided not to seek reelection earlier this fall after 40 years in office, and Henderson was narrowly defeated for a second term on the council.

Current vice mayor Nick Millwood will succeed Barger beginning Jan. 1, with his and Henderson’s council seats being taken over by Sara Clark and Larry C. Black.

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Hutcheson hospital’s sale approved, expected to reopen this week

After protracted negotiations, legal wranglings and hearings in federal bankruptcy court, the sale of Hutcheson Medical Center’s hospital in Fort Oglethorpe was approved on Monday, Dec. 14.

“A settlement offer was hammered out and approved this morning,” Walker County attorney Don Oliver said.

Judge Paul Bonapfel’s ruling allows ValorBridge to acquire the main hospital campus in Fort Oglethorpe for $4.2 million in cash.

ValorBridge, a group associated with Apollo Healthcare, made that offer late last Friday, Oliver said.

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