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Super summer events planned at the Catoosa County Library


The Catoosa County Library’s 2015 summer reading program provides free opportunities for families to come together and create wonderful memories. The library at 108 Catoosa Circle, in Ringgold, will hold fun events and a super summer reading challenge for children, teens and adults.

For more information call 706-965-3600 or view the program and activities calendar online at

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GNTC and Valdosta State University form pathways program partnership

Pete McDonald William McKinney

Valdosta State University signed articulation agreements with Georgia Northwestern Technical College on Tuesday, simplifying student transition between the two institutions of higher education.

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Hutcheson hospital hires group to take over ER


Hutcheson Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe will be moving forward with its strategic plan by partnering with a new provider for emergency physician services, ApolloMD, the hospital said in a prepared statement.

ApolloMD begin providing services at 7 a.m. today, June 3.

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Rossville man arrested on warrants for reportedly stabbing, beating girlfriend

Michael Wesley Turner

A Rossville man was arrested last week in Catoosa County on outstanding warrants for allegedly stabbing and beating his girlfriend about six months ago.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department:

Michael Wesley Turner, 40, of Warren Street in Rossville was arrested on May 28 on outstanding warrants for aggravated assault and aggravated battery.

Turner was released from jail on bond after a 4½-hour stay.

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Local fiddler performs at Grand Ole Opry

Grand Ole Opry

American bluegrass master Jesse McReynolds welcomed special bluegrass guest stars to the Grand Ole Opry Saturday, May 16. McReynolds focused the Opry spotlight on Randall Franks, renowned Appalachian fiddler from Ringgold, Ga., and Virginia boy Garrett McReynolds. The two award-winning musicians swapped mandolin and fiddle hot licks on the 1954 Bill Monroe classic “Get Up John" raising a rousing ovation from the Opry audience.

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Summer Kickoff week begins today for Blood Assurance

Blood Assurance Summer

Blood Assurance is encouraging the community to make a blood donation during the organization’s Summer Kickoff week, Monday, June 1, through Friday, June 5, at all area donor centers and bloodmobiles.

As a thank you for donating, all donors will receive a complimentary Mayfield Dairy ice cream voucher. In addition, Blood Assurance will have daily drawings for donors to win Riverbend Festival wristbands, as well as Coke Hospitality party passes for the Martina McBride night of Riverbend.

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Built by veterans for veterans, Fort Villanow stands ready to serve those who served

The mission of Fort Villanow is “giving veterans and their families a haven of hope.”

The fort, located just past the old Villanow country store, west of LaFayette on Ga. Highway 136, takes visitors back in time to the Old West.

Built by “98 percent” military veterans for veterans, Fort Villanow aims to provide a place where men or women from any branch of service can share their experiences.

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Ringgold man arrested on fraud, theft charges after allegedly scamming elderly relative

A Ringgold man is behind bars in Catoosa County on a number of fraud and theft charges after he allegedly ran repeated credit card scams using a relative’s identity.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department:

Martin Hollis, 44, was arrested Monday, May 25, on eight counts of financial identity fraud, seven counts of financial transaction card fraud, financial transaction card theft, and abuse of an elderly or disabled person.

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Catoosa County judge hears motions in death penalty case

A woman accused of murdering a young mother to steal her newborn was in Catoosa County Superior Court Tuesday, May 26, as the judge heard motions in the death penalty case prior to trial later this year.

Thirty-seven-year-old Catherine Joann Goins of Hixson, Tenn., has been in jail for 245 days after being brought back to Catoosa County on Sept. 24 and denied bond on charges of felony murder, malice murder, aggravated assault, tampering with evidence, and possession of a firearm during commission of or attempt to commit a crime.

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The Evitt Foundation and RTC host AJGA junior golf tournament June 1st

ajga golf tournament

Ringgold Telephone Company is proud to host the 13th annual Evitt Foundation RTC Junior All-Star. The tournament, a weeklong event, is hosted in conjunction with the American Junior Golf Association and brings the nation’s best junior golfers to tee it up at WindStone Golf Club.  The highlight of the tournament is the Jim Evitt Sr. Junior-Am event, scheduled to take place Monday, June 1st.  The Junior-All Star allows sponsors for the event to enjoy a day of golf, while raising money for charity. 

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