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Fund set up for family of Catoosa County pastor who died of leukemia

As the nation recognizes Leukemia Awareness Month, Catoosa County residents mourn the loss of one who lost his battle with the cancer.

Danny Eiler died Monday, Aug. 25, at the age of 30. He had battled leukemia for three years, but his rapid decline came as a shock for most loved ones.

Eiler was part of The Springs church for seven years, first joining as the new youth pastor and later becoming head pastor. He stepped in when the church needed a pastor most, and The Springs made it through some major difficulties under his leadership.

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Citizen challenging candidate’s run for Fort Oglethorpe council; hearing will be held

The city council race in Fort Oglethorpe just got a little more complicated.

Citizen Steve Cooper is challenging former council member Charles Sharrock’s qualifications to run for the ward 4 council seat in the Nov. 4 special election.

Temporary council member Derek Rogers and Sharrock qualified earlier this month as candidates for the seat. Cooper filed a written complaint Sept. 22 challenging Sharrock’s candidacy for council due to his removal from public office in November 2012.

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Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department still investigating fatal Ringgold shooting

TheCatoosa County Sheriff’s Department is still investigating a fatal shooting that occurred Friday afternoon, Sept. 19 in Ringgold, in which a woman staying at her boyfriend’s house shot and killed another female whom she believed to be an intruder.

According to sheriff Gary Sisk, his office is still tyring to sort out the incident and trying to establish the relationship of all involved.

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Catoosa County Habitat's “Hard Hats and High Heels” fashion show gives performance to remember

The community showed up in full support for Catoosa County Habitat for Humanity at the “Hard Hats and High Heels” fashion show Saturday night, Sept. 20.

The event held at the Catoosa County Colonnade featured performances by Tempo Dance Studio, a catered dinner, silent auction, photography sessions and a spectacular runway show. The event raised money to build Habitat homes for local families.

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Fort Oglethorpe DDA wants to be included in city budget

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The Fort Oglethorpe Downtown Development Authority is back on track with a solid five-person board.

Even though two members are new to the group, the momentum has picked up to start planning the next move. Ideas were tossed around at the DDA meeting Sept. 15.

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Ringgold to keep South Depot and Cotter streets two-way, add signs for safety

The city of Ringgold was considering one-waying South Depot and Cotter streets, but will instead add signage to made the area safe, while keeping the flow of traffic two-way.

The mayor and council addressed the issue at the most recent city council meeting on Monday, Sept. 8, and brought up the streets as part of the city’s overhaul of the downtown area.

Possibly making the roads one-way would have created more room for sidewalks and pedestrian crossing as the city looks to connect a path from the downtown block on Nashville Street over the Ringgold Recreational Complex.

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Catoosa County’s finances continue upward trend

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Revenue exceeded expenditures by slightly more than $1 million in the first 11 months of Catoosa County government’s general operating budget for the current fiscal year.

That was the financial report provided by chief financial officer Carl Henson during the Board of Commissioner’s meeting held Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Not only are the county’s finances better than projected, they show an improvement of $1.2 million for the same period during the prior year.

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Three schools in Walker, Catoosa counties recognized for strong academic performance

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Three schools in Walker and Catoosa counties are either on Georgia’s “Highest Performing Schools” or “Highest Progress Schools” lists, which were released this week by the 

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GNTC to give free GED practice tests September 22 to October 3

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) is giving away free GED® practice tests from September 22 to October 3 to all current or potential students who come into one of the local Adult Education Learning Centers in GNTC’s nine county service area.

Students who take the GED Ready® test will be able to see if they are ready to pass the GED®test, if they have skills they need to pass the test, and will receive a personalized study plan detailing pages and chapters to study in their favorite study books.

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Ringgold CVB to evaluate Chattanooga museum’s proposal for Medal of Honor signage

The National Medal of Honor Museum of Military History in Chattanooga, Tenn., recently asked the city of Ringgold to become part of its effort to honor local Medal of Honor recipients in the area, specifically a man who garnered his medal at Ringgold Gap in 1863.

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