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Georgia Cooperative announces distribution of over $10 million to members

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A Georgia agricultural lending cooperative is infusing $10 million into the state’s economy. AgGeorgia Farm Credit announced checks totaling $10,067,900 have been sent out to their members. Over $265,000 of this total is going to members in Catoosa, Walker and Whitfield Counties.

More welcome news is the fact that no additional income taxes are due on the disbursement. The upcoming payout is a surplus revolvement from AgGeorgia’s 2004 and 2005 Patronage Refunds, and taxes were paid on this portion at that time.

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Rossville brothers arrested in $60,000 burglary in Catoosa County

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A pair of Rossville brothers were arrested over a recent seven-day span in Catoosa County after detectives linked them to a burglary in which more than $60,000 worth of items were taken.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department:

Twenty-four-year-old Thomas Jacob Richardson and 27-year-old Bryan Joshua Richardson were charged in the case.

Thomas was arrested June 11 while Bryan was arrested June 17.

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Ringgold awards bid for Patriot Hall work, discusses concreting Nature Trail

The city of Ringgoldrecently allocated additional funds for the Patriot Hall renovation project on Emberson Drive and awarded the bid for the HVAC system for the completely overhauled building.

During the June 8 meeting, the mayor and council approved allocating $75,000 to the ongoing project to finish the roofing, electrical work, and the HVAC system.

The HVAC bid was unanimously awarded to Card Heating and Cooling, LLC in the amount of $26,000.

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Catoosa County school system opts for charter system

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The Catoosa County school system is expected to become a charter system by the start of the school year in 2016.

The county Board of Education on June 2 voted unanimously for the charter system.

The vote followed six months of listening to educators and the public, school superintendent Denia Reese said.

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Two Ringgold women arrested on drug charges

Two Ringgold women were arrested on drug charges after an anonymous complaint led police to illegal drug activity taking place on Dodd Road.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department:

Carmen Marie Webb, 47, and Onnie Irene Sams, 38, were arrested Thursday, June 11, on a charge of possession of methamphetamine. Webb garnered additional charges of possession of oxycodone, possession of clonazepam, and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.

Both women have been released from jail on bond.

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Ever After Productions brings “Big Fish” to The Colonnade beginning June 19

 

“In telling the story of my father's life, it's impossible to separate fact from fiction, the man from the myth. The best I can do is to tell it the way he told me. It doesn't always make sense and most of it never happened... but that's what kind of story this is.” – Will Bloom, from “Big Fish”

Theater buffs have the unique opportunity to celebrate Father’s Day weekend watching an ultimate father-and-son musical tale.

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LaFayette man, Ringgold girl injured in motorcycle wreck in Catoosa County

A LaFayette man and Ringgold girl were injured this weekend when their motorcycle crashed into a vehicle in Catoosa County.

According to Georgia State Patrol Post 41:

The wreck occurred Saturday, June 13, about 11:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 27 (Ga. Highway 1) at Twin Cedars Road.

Helen Vaccaro, 70, of Chickamauga was attempting to cross U.S. Highway 27 from Twin Cedars Road to Lee Clarkson Road in Catoosa County. The woman entered the path of the motorcycle heading north.

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Catoosa County manager leaving to become sheriff’s department detective

The longest serving manager in Catoosa County history surprised everyone — including his bosses, county commissioners — by submitting his letter of resignation on June 3.

“Why?” was the question most often asked of the commissioners, who honestly replied, “We don’t know,” following Mike Helton’s resignation letter.

“I was asked if I was crazy when I took the job of manager. Now I’m being asked if I’m crazy when I leave it,” he said.

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Ringgold Police Department contributes more than $12,000 to Hunter Worley Foundation

The Ringgold Police Department made a heartfelt donation to a local children’s foundation on June 8, following the agency’s second annual charity golf tournament in April.

The event raised a large number of funds, including a generous commitment from the Modern Woodman of America in raising funds for the Hunter Worley Foundation.

The foundation was created to offer spiritual and financial support to families that have suffered the loss of a child.

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Catoosa County commissioners approve construction contracts; revenue continues upward trend

Catoosa County commissioners, by a 4-0 votes, approved three major construction projects during their meeting on June 2.

Work is to begin nearly immediately on renovations at the 6th Calvary Museum in Fort Oglethorpe.

Renovating that city-owned building to make it handicap-accessible has been discussed for years.

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