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Chamber backs Catoosa County E-SPLOST

Chamber supports E-Splost

Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce

The Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce supports the passage of the Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (E-SPLOST). This is not a new tax; this is a continuation of a current tax. E-SPLOST must be used exclusively for capital outlay expenditures. The taxes will be used for the following purposes. 1) To Enhance Student Safety, 2) To Prepare Students for the 21st Century, 3) To Maintain Facility Equitably, 4) To Maintain the Community’s Investment in Facilities.

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Fort Oglethorpe council takes firm stance on stray animals

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Fort Oglethorpe's feral cats may have no choice but to find a new home after a second appeal to city council met with no success.

That's what Kelly Evans said her group, Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care, will probably be discussing at its next meeting.

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Voter interest lags; new registrations rise less than 8 percent in Floyd, surrounding

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Millennials in Floyd and surrounding counties may not be feeling the Bern, although the presidential preference primary is engaging a slightly higher number of young voters.

New voter registration for the March 1 election rose less than 8 percent across all age groups — and the race and gender mix is essentially unchanged — according to the February report from the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.

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Catoosa County restaurant reports for Feb. 1-15, 2016

February restaurant report card

Catoosa County Environmental Health, part of the Georgia Department of Public Health, conducted food service inspections at the following 10 establishments where food is served during the first two weeks of February 2016.

Ci Ci's

723 Battlefield Parkway, Fort Oglethorpe

Feb. 12, 2016

Score: 78, Grade: C

El Cactus Restaurant

90 Battlefield Station Drive, Fort Oglethorpe

Feb. 12, 2016

Score: 74, Grade: C

Los 3 Amigos III

1861 Battlefield Parkway, Fort Oglethorpe

Feb. 1, 2016

Score: 84, Grade: B

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Catoosa County jury deadlocks on felony murder charge in Edwards trial, returns guilty verdict on child cruelty

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A Catoosa County jury this morning found Clara Louise Edwards guilty of child cruelty and acquitted her of malice murder. But jurors were unable to reach a consensus on a felony murder charge.

On Wednesday afternoon the jurors told Superior Court judge Ralph Van Pelt Jr. they were deadlocked 10-2 on the felony murder charge. He instructed them to return this morning to try to reach a unanimous decision.

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Fort Oglethorpe says stop feeding stray cats, or else

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The stray cats that call Fort Oglethorpe their home have no idea a controversy about their daily dinner is broiling.

The city is on a mission to stop citizens from feeding strays on its walking trails and other city property, places where cats have been showing up for meals for years.

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Clara Edwards murder trial, Day 4: Prosecution wraps up; defense will begin presenting its case Monday afternoon

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After 3½ days of testimony, Lookout Mountain Judicial CircuitHerbert E. “Buzz” Franklin rested the state’s murder case Friday morning, Feb. 12, against a former Ringgold foster mother accused of killing a toddler in 2014.

The trial began Tuesday morning in Catoosa County Superior Court, after a jury of seven women and five men were chosen Monday afternoon.

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Clara Edwards murder trial, Day 2: Day-care workers describe victim as sad, withdrawn child

During the second day of the trial for a Ringgold foster mother accused of murder, witnesses described how the 2-year-old victim often seemed withdrawn and unhappy.

The trial began Tuesday in Catoosa County Superior Court, with jury selection taking place Monday. The jury consists of seven women and five men.

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Trial begins for Ringgold foster mom accused of murder in death of 2-year-old

The trial for Clara Louise Edwards, accused of murder in the death of her 2-year-old foster daughter two years ago, began Tuesday in Catoosa County Superior Court.

Saharah Weatherspoon was injured at the family’s Mallard Hill home between Dec. 29 and 30, 2013, and died from her injuries after being taken off life support on Jan. 1, 2014, while at T.C. Thompson’s Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department report: January 22-28, 2016

Arrest report for the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department for January 22-28, 2016

Friday, January 22

Christopher John Akers, 29, was arrested for use of communication facility in committing or facilitating a felony, sale of meth.

Ricky Leon Collins, 52, was arrested for possession of schedule two drugs, theft by shoplifting, criminal trespass, obstruction or hindering law enforcement, possession of tools for the commission of a crime.

Carl Leon Dodd, 46, was arrested for bench warrant.

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