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Ringgold approves property divide, welcomes additional senior living apartments

Lone Mountain Village

Nearly four years after the city of Ringgold welcomed a senior living apartment complex, the council has unani-mously approved a request to subdivide 11 acres in order to assist with the second phase of the Lone Mountain Village complex off Chapman Road.

Property owner Brian White told the council that the request is a precursor to additional dwellings being built right next to the existing complex that currently houses 56 apartments for senior citizens.

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Julia Morrison: Ringgold Middle School Teacher of the Year

Julia Morrison

After nine years of teaching math and four years of teaching language arts at Ringgold Middle School, Julia Morrison, Ringgold Middle School’s “Teacher of the Year” and a history lover, described the past seven years of teaching sixth-grade social studies as “the icing on the cake of a long career.”

Over a 40-year career span, 34 years are sprinkled with teaching various subjects at different schools, 30 of which were spent in the Catoosa County school system, and a memorable 10-year gap in the midst of it to “raise her little ones.”

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Ringgold High School class of 1942 reunion

SEVENTY YEARS SINCE CAPS AND GOWNS - Members of the Ringgold High School Class of 1942 gathered June 14, 2012 at First Baptist Church of Ringgold to celebrate, remember their school years, and reflect on the 70 years of friendship since graduation. Attendees included from left, (front) Laura Lee Trundle Lindsey, Flora Gracy Lawrence, Doris Rollins Nickels, Frances Silvey Addison, Rossie Plemons Grisham, Elizabeth Trundle Everett, (back) James H. Hulsey, Louise Fletcher, Katherine Williams Johnson, Willard L. Sisson, Sammie Bowman Nation, Carlton Cavin, and Lamar Stone.

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Record crowd turns out for 1890s Day Jamboree in Ringgold

1890s Day

The largest crowd in 37 years turned out to downtown Ringgold over Memorial Day weekend to take part in the annual 1890s Day Jamboree, which kicked of the summer in fine fashion.

“We’ve had such a great crowd here this year, and it’s wonderful to have this many people downtown having a good time,” said Ringgold mayor Joe Barger. “I just hope everybody stays cool.”

In addition to the record crowd, record temperatures nearly crept up as citizens braved extreme heat to enjoy the festivities.

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Tornado victims honored at Ringgold High School’s Class Night

Sharon Vaughn

Two small gift-wrapped boxes sat on the podium as Ringgold High School principal Sharon Vaughn gave her concluding speech at Class Night on Friday, May 18. One was wrapped for a young man, the other for a young lady, both of which were intended for the recipients of the prestigious Mr. and Miss Ringgold award. “From the moment of the tornado, I’ve had a reporter in my face asking about these students,” Vaughn said. “All I could say to each of them was, ‘They get it.

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Auto theft leads to nine drug arrests in Walker County

Velisha Kirby

The recovery of a man’s stolen vehicle led to nine people getting busted for drugs Monday in Walker County. Finding the stolen vehicle uncovered a “drug house,” Walker County sheriff Steve Wilson said. “As a result of (deputy Kevin) Denny’s hard work, the theft led to drugs being found and other arrests being made,” Wilson said. The drug house had eight occupants, plus a juvenile, a 16-year-old runaway from Lookout Valley, Tenn.

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23 qualify for Catoosa County elections; no Democrats on list

Election 2012

According to the list of qualifying candidates released Friday, there are 12 county offices being contested in this year’s Catoosa County elections. Of those 12, nine are being vied for by Republican candidates. The three Board of Education positions are non-partisan elections. No Democrats qualified for the elections. This puts all the emphasis on the July 31 primary election, as that will be the deciding race for all involved. Only the races for clerk of the Superior Court and sheriff do not have an incumbent running for re-election.

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Fort Oglethorpe couple arrested on drug charges

William Joshua Lake and Shannon A. Morrison

A Fort Oglethorpe couple was arrested on drug charges after an anonymous complaint led to the discovery of drugs and drug manufacturing components in their apartment off Pine Grove Road. According to the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department: William Joshua Lake, 22, and Shannon A. Morrison, 36, both of 584 Pine Grove Access Road, room 258, were arrested on Wednesday, May 23, on charges of violating the Georgia Controlled Substances Act and possessing components to manufacture a Schedule I narcotic.

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Masters Week signals true start of spring

Augusta National

According to the calendar, spring began on March 20, although with the recent temperatures, you could say we left winter in the rear view mirror over a month ago. Not that I'm complaining. I don’t do cold weather. At all. Give me gnats and sweat dripping in my eyes by mid-February every year as far as I’m concerned. I’ll take it. But for sports fans, spring didn’t officially begin until this week. Masters Week. The palette of colors of the azaleas lining the Augusta National Golf Club course simply jumps off the TV screen. We can hear the breeze whistling through the tall Georgia pines.

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Ringgold council approves tornado memorial, appoints new vice mayor

Ringgold City Council kicked off the new year with its first meeting Monday night, Jan. 9, by welcoming new council members, appointing a new vice mayor, and approving a proposed memorial to commemorate the April 27 tornado that altered the city forever while claiming eight lives. With newly elected council members Earl Henderson and Nick Millwood assuming their seats on the council for the first time, an additional change occurred when council member G. Larry Black nominated fellow council member Randall Franks to serve as the new vice mayor for the next two years.

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