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Ringgold adjusts city council meeting schedule, ceases monthly work sessions

The city of Ringgold cancelled a handful of its upcoming city council meetings Monday night, March 9, and also decided to dissolve its monthly work sessions for the near future.

The council unanimously approved canceling four meetings in the upcoming year due to conferences and holidays.

The May 25, June 22, November 23, and December 28 meetings will now not take place.

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LaFayette mother, son arrested for allegedly abusing 9-year-old

A LaFayette mother and son have been charged with abusing a 9-year-old, following a seven-week investigation that involved the GBI.

Shirley Jean Chandler, 58, and her son Richard Anthony Noivedich, 31, were arrested Friday, March 13.

Chandler has been charged with four counts of cruelty to children, while her son has been charged with two counts of the same crime.

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Ringgold police searching for two suspects linked to bomb threat

The Ringgold Police Department is searching for a man and a woman allegedly linked to a December bomb threat of a handful of businesses along U.S. Highway 41.

According to Ringgold police chief Dan Bilbrey, the threat occurred on Dec. 17, at the All Counties DUI and Ankle Monitoring office, which led to the evacuation of additional buildings nearby.

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Ringgold to take part in energy management, water system workshop

The city of Ringgold will soon take part in a grant-funded Managing Energy at Drinking Water Systems workshop administered by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to better asses its use of its water treatment plant and pumping station.

According to city manager Dan Wright, the college was awarded a grant so that it could offer assessments to cities on their usage, and possible ways of conserving energy and costs.

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Pennies for Prom helps Catoosa County students

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Last year, about 3 weeks before prom, Shay Love got a call from the schools asking her help for some local kids who couldn’t afford to attend prom. After seeing the major need in the community, she decided to do it again this year, but to start the process much earlier. She is partnering with the PLC in Fort Oglethorpe to help get a list of students in need. Along with Shay’s work and donations—monetary and dresses--from the community, Southern Charm is helping with Tuxedo rentals for the boys.

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Scholarship named after Robert Hitchcox

Born and bred in the South, Robert Hitchcox of Rossville lived by example in helping his neighbors. And now, after losing a two-month battle with a deadly illness Tuesday night, Hitchcox will be leaving a void. One that may be too big for any one person to fill.

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A new home from Habitat for Humanity

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Habitat for Humanity is building a new home in Catoosa County, and they are looking for an eligible family! An orientation will be held Saturday, March 21 at Ringgold First Baptist Church from 10am-12pm. Applicants must be residents of Catoosa County and have the ability to make house payments. In you are interested in applying for the Habitat house, be sure to bring proof of employment, with name and address of employer, current landlord's name and address, 2014 W2, a utility bill, and two forms of identification. 

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Suspect, wife arrested following suicide standoff near middle school in Catoosa County

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A Catoosa County man and his wife are behind bars this afternoon following a morning-long standoff on South Elmwood Street in Rossville, in which the man threatened to kill himself and any members of law enforcement who attempted to stop him.

According to Catoosa County sheriff Gary Sisk, the incident began early Wednesday morning, March 11, and ended shortly after 1 p.m., with no one being injured.

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Ringgold Downtown projects face delays

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The City of Ringgold awaits completion of its downtown renovation and pedestrian bridge. “With any project there are always unexpected delays,” said City Manager Dan Wright. “We are waiting for the contractor Talley Construction and engineer Clark Patterson Lee to complete development of a solution to a problem they did not foresee in their original plans.”

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Authorities searching for suspect in auto break-in in Chickamauga

The Walker County Sheriff’s Department is asking for public assistance in locating a suspect involved with an auto break-in on Haley’s Cove Drive in Chickamauga.

The suspect used the victim’s credit card to purchase items at a convenient store in Rossville.

According to Walker County Sheriff’s Department reports:

On Sunday, March 1, sometime between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m., someone entered a woman’s unlocked vehicle off Haley’s Cove Drive in Chickamauga and stole her wallet.

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