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Ringgold delays decision on fate of downtown electronic sign

The tug of war over the fate of Ringgold’s downtown electronic sign will continue for a little while longer, after the city council chose Monday night, Dec. 8, to delay the matter until the first regularly scheduled meeting of 2015.

The sign, which has been a topic of debate in recent weeks, was heavily discussed during a special called meeting on Nov. 17, when numerous citizens voiced their displeasure with the sign they believe clashes with the historical integrity and overall landscape of downtown.

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Ringgold Playhouse announces 2015 Season

The popular Ringgold Playhouse recently announced its upcoming four-production 2015 season, which will open with the comedy “A Bad Year For Tomatoes” on Thursday, Feb. 19, at the historic Depot downtown.

The Playhouse, which opened in July 2013, concluded its first season in September and will look to entertain the community throughout 2015 with four fantastic shows.

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Ringgold man arrested on drug charges during Fort Oglethorpe traffic stop

A Ringgold man was recently arrested on DUI and drug charges in Fort Oglethorpe after he was found to be in possession of marijuana during a routing traffic stop, police say.

According to the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department:

Zachary Lee Kinsey, 25, of Battlefield Lane, was arrested Thursday, Dec. 4, on charges of drug DUI, possession of marijuana, and ignoring a traffic control device.

Kinsey has been released from jail on bond.

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Georgia Northwestern Technical College will break ground this week on Catoosa County campus

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State and local leaders in education and government will break ground Thursday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. at the site of the future Catoosa County campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

The college’s soon-to-be sixth campus will be located at the intersection of Ga. Highway 151 and Holcomb Road in Ringgold. The $12-million facility will house a 60,000-square-foot facility which will sit on 36 acres.

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Stay home for the holidays with new titles on Netflix

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The month of December, Netflix is giving the gift of more streaming titles. 46 to be exact. From critically-acclaimed dramas, old-school comedies, original series, to family-friendly–the list covers all the bases.

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Ringgold youth makes personal donation to Christ Chapel ministry

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Eight-year-old Will Love (left), of Ringgold, took $25 of his own money and purchased five bags of prepackaged food at Ringgold Shop Rite that will be donated to Christ Chapel to be used during the holidays. Lee Clark (right), manager at Ringgold Shop Rite, is working diligently to promote the food program and encourages the public to participate.

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Judge stops foreclosure of Hutcheson Medical Center

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A federal judge has ordered a halt to foreclosure proceedings against Hutcheson Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe.

The foreclosure is being pursued by Chattanooga-based Erlanger Health System.

Erlanger claims it is due repayment of $20 million it loaned Hutcheson as part of a management agreement between the two hospitals.

To recover that sum, Erlanger filed suit against Hutcheson.

Hutcheson answered with a countersuit against Erlanger.

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Catoosa County commissioners hear reports, take action: Finances improving, state court application moving forward, purchases and law-suits OK’d

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Catoosa Countycontinues to reap the rewards of a rebounding economy, particularly in retail sales tax collections.

That was made clear during the most recent meeting of the county Board of Commissioners.

Carl Henson, the county’s chief financial officer, reported a 1.2-percent increase in optional sales tax collections for the 12-month period ending last month. Even better, LOST (local option sales tax) and SPLOST (special purpose local option sales tax) collections were each higher than for the same month in 2013.

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Ringgold woman accused of abusing adopted son says she’s innocent

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A Ringgold woman accused of abusing her 11-year-old adopted son is proclaiming her innocence.

Christine Evelyn Baughman, in a prepared statement issued Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 3 through her attorney, said she is “innocent of these allegations that have been made against her.”

“… As more light is cast upon this situation, her innocence will become apparent,” Baughman’s attorney Adam C. Cathey of Ringgold said in the statement.

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BPS Primary School celebrates opening of new Cub House in media center

Battlefield Primary celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony and official opening of the new Cub House, an addition to the school media center. The Cub House will be an inviting and comfortable place for students to read.

Joe Prebula, owner of Tycole Builders, is the designer and builder.

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