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Ringgold approves early Patriot Hall plans, discusses bridge contract

Ringgold’s project to revamp Patriot Hall on Emberson Drive progressed a little further during the city council meeting on Monday, April 28, when the council unanimously approved the initial design presented by architect Kenny McDade.

“I really like his ideas,” said council member Terry Crawford. “I like what I see about the upgrades to the building.”

Following the approval, McDade said the project would now move into the hands of the structural engineer on the project.

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Fort Oglethorpe Police Department report: April 18-24, 2014


Casey Lee Farrow, 29, of 101 East School St., Tunnel Hill, was arrested April 18 on charges of expired license, expired registration, possession of marijuana, possession of Schedule II and drugs to be kept in original container.

John R. Hill, 23, of 18 Walker Road, Ringgold, was arrested April 18 on a charge of theft by taking.

Larry Allen Keown, 29, of 447 Florence Ave., Dalton, was arrested April 18 on charges of driving while license suspended/revoked and operating without a valid tag.

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Comcast strikes sneaky deal with Charter

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It was announced this week that if the Comcast-Timer Warner merger is approved, Comcast will hand over a portion of its post-merger subscribers to Charter Communications. This means that roughly 1.4 million Time Warner cable subscribers will be sold to Charter, expanding its video customers from 4.4 million to almost 5.8 million.

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Catoosa Online Academy Summer School

Catoosa County Public Schools is pleased to announce summer school opportunities through the Catoosa Online Academy. Students looking to enroll in classes early or to take a course of study that would not normally fit into their schedule can now enroll in our summer program. The Catoosa Online Academy can be part of your summer plans.

The Catoosa Online Academy summer school program at a glance:

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I-75 Flea Market in Catoosa County burglarized

Nearly $15,000 in cash was stolen from the the I-75 Flea Market in Rossville over the weekend after someone broke into the establishment by breaking out a glass door.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office, the burglary occurred between 7 p.m. Sunday, April 27, and 7:26 a.m. Monday, April 28.

Read More. (Northwest Georgia News)

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Tuition to increase at Ga. technical colleges

The group that oversees Georgia's technical colleges has approved of increasing tuition beginning in fall of 2014.

Officials say the Technical College System of Georgia has voted unanimously to raise tuition at the state's technical colleges by $4 per credit hour. Officials say students at the state's 24 technical colleges will now pay $89 per credit hour for standard programs, and average tuition for a full 15-hour course load this fall will be $1,335, plus books and fees.

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Early reports state tornado hit Whitfield County

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Cohutta, GA (WRCB) -The National Weather Service (NWS) out of Peachtree City, GA reports a EF-1 tornado hit in Whitfield County Monday.  

The tornado was 50-yards-wide when it touched down 5-miles east of Cohutta and then headed northeast collapsing a chicken coop killing 16-thousand chickens.  
The tornado also destroyed a farm structure.  It then headed further northeast and grew wider to 100-yards where it snapped some trees and crossed into Tennessee.

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Ringgold Man Who Shot Teen In His Yard Dies Suddenly At 69

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The Ringgold man who shot and killed a teen who was apparently stealing scrap metal from his yard has died suddenly.

Fred Steven Youngblood, who was not charged in the death of Dalton McConathy, died Tuesday at the age of 69.

The incident happened last Nov. 11 when the 16-year-old and another teen were at the Youngblood property. Youngblood said he fired because the teens were charging at him.

Dalton McConathy suffered a fatal shot to the neck.

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Dalton State men's assistant basketball coach involved in accident

ATLANTA (WRCB) -A sad story from the storm: the Dalton State men's basketball assistant coach was seriously injured in a crash, that took the life of his fiance. 
John Redman was injured in that crash. It happened in Atlanta, Monday night during the storms.

Read More. (WRVBtv)

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Two Walker County high school students win national award from Horatio Alger foundation

Two Ridgeland High School students recently received scholarships from a national foundation.

The two, Cassy Bolt and Jessica Cotter, were among four students selected from Georgia and were among nearly 40,000 applicants nationwide vying for 106 Horatio Alger national scholarships.

Alger was a 19th-century author of juvenile novels, which chronicled individual struggles and overcoming those adversities.

Modern-day applicants for the scholarship bearing Alger’s name must apply online and write their personal story of plight and perseverance.

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