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Woodstation arts camp enrolling for summer classes

School is almost out and Woodstation United Methodist Church in Ringgold is offering fun and creative activities for children this summer.

Drawing and painting classes will be offered every Wednesday beginning June 4 at Woodstation UMC Artsy Camp. Two sessions will be offered this summer for children ages four to 15. The cost is $50 session, which includes all the materials for participants to create individual works of art.

In addition to art classes, Woodstation UMC is also offering music lessons for guitar and piano. Classes take about 45 minutes to an hour.

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Ringgold looking for volunteers to help with its “Festival of Flags”

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The city of Ringgold is looking for volunteers to assist with its bi-annual “Festival of Flags,” which kicks of on Monday, May 19.

Twice a year, more than 1,500 full-size flags are raised throughout Ringgold in honor of deceased veterans from Catoosa County.

Workers will meet at 8 a.m. on Monday, May 19, at the old city annex building directly behind Ringgold First Baptist Church. The flags will then be taken down at 9 a.m. on Monday June 2.

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Catoosa County commissioners to further evaluate bids for courthouse renovation project

Catoosa County Courthouse

Catoosa County commissioners have decided to table awarding a bid for the first phase of its courthouse renovation project, to evaluate whether it would be more cost-efficient to bid out both phases of the project together.

During the Board of Commissioners’ meeting on May 6, the board initially got a motion and a second to approve awarding a bid Phase I of the project, but then decided to delay the matter to the next meeting to better assess the cost and time involved.

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Crime Stoppers: Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office

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 Between 8 a.m. on May 5 and 10 a.m. on May 6, an automobile theft occurred on Judy’s Lane in Ringgold, in which a Dodge Ram truck was stolen.

The victim told police he parked the vehicle at 54 Judy’s Lane in order to leave it for pickup by Title Max, only to find out later that employees with the company had no record of ever picking it up.

The victim also stated he spoke with his father following the incident, and that his father witnessed a tow truck take the vehicle, but couldn’t determine the name of the towing company.

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Why are we paying for TV we don't watch?

americans pay for tv they don't watch

How often have you thought, “I feel like I pay for all these TV channels I don’t watch just to get the fews shows I do watch”? That’s because you are. And you’re not alone. This week Nielson released a study that shows the average American is paying for 189 channels, but only watching 17.

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Fort Oglethorpe: Man leads police on six-mile chase in stolen vehicle

A Chattanooga, Tenn., man was recently arrested on numerous charges after he led several police agencies on a six-mile chase across two states in a stolen vehicle.

According to the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department, 42-year-old Guy Nelson Bowman of Chattanooga, has been charged with theft, speeding, reckless driving, fleeing or attempting to elude police, driving on a suspended license, and theft by bringing stolen property into the state.

Bowman also had active warrants from the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office.

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Georgia’s well water not always as healthy as it tastes

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ATHENS, Ga. -- Unlike city folks, who typically pay for water pumped by municipal utilities, many rural homeowners drink from their own wells without worrying about a bill.

Such wells are especially common in rural areas such as Morgan County, where roughly 3,700 of 6,538 households are connected to city water systems in Madison or Rutledge.

When private wells are properly installed and maintained, they are usually clean and reliable sources of water – but not always.

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Downtown Ringgold to Celebrate 39th Annual 1890's Day Jamboree

Ringgold 1890s Day

Still going strong after 39 years, the 1890's Day Jamboree will be returning to Downtown Ringgold, Georgia this Memorial Day Weekend on May 23rd and 24th.  Over the course of two days the City of Ringgold will nearly triple in size as visitors from all across northwest Georgia and southeast Tennessee enjoy a classic home town festival.

The event will begin with Gospel Music Friday night with performances on multiple stages from 6:00PM till 10:00PM as well as a children's beauty pageant at the Ringgold Depot.  Beginning at 9:00am on Saturday there will be Bluegrass, Country music, a Fiddle competition, a classic car show throughout the day and a parade beginning at 11:00am on Nashville Street.  Fireworks will begin shortly after 10:00pm on Saturday night.

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Fort Oglethorpe blood drive scheduled in memory of Jake Miller

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Blood Assurance will host a blood drive in memory of Jake Miller, May 13, in front of Lee Miller State Farm, in the Panera Bread complex at 2636 Battlefield Parkway, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.

At eight years old, Miller was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in Chattanooga, Tenn., at T C Thompson Children’s Hospital. He was sent to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to begin treatments. After nine months of intensive chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant Jake was pronounced no evidence of disease.

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Local author will sign books at Cottage Treasures in Ringgold May 10

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Ringgold author Janie Dempsey Watts will sign copies of her works at Cottage Treasures in Ringgold, on 170 Cleveland St., May 10, from noon - 2 p.m. Featured books include her novel “Moon Over Taylor's Ridge” and two new anthologies featuring her stories, “Broken Petals” (fiction) and “Project Keepsake” (non-fiction).

Last year, “Moon Over Taylor's Ridge” was chosen by the Catoosa Citizens for Literacy for the community-wide “One Book, One Community” event and is a book club favorite.

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