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Catoosa County selected as Early Education Empowerment Zone

Catoosa County, in a zone that also included Fanin, Gordon, Murray and Whitfield, was selected as one of Georgia’s four Early Education Empowerment Zones (E3Zs) and will participate in a community commitment ceremony Friday, Oct. 3, at 3 p.m. at the Whitfield County-Dalton Day Care Center, 515 South Pentz Street, in Dalton.

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Two Catoosa County high-profile criminal trials pushed back

Two Catoosa County criminal cases that have made major headlines over the past couple of years have been pushed back a little further, according to theLookout Mountain Judicial Circuit district attorney’s office.

Clara Louise Edwards, a Ringgold woman accused of murdering a 2-year-old foster child, and Thomas Harold Blevins III, a former band instructor charged with child molestation and sexually assaulting two female students, both recently had their pending trials pushed back.

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Judge denies bond for Goins in murder case

A woman facing murder charges for shooting a LaFayette mother as part of ascheme to snatch her newborn was not given a bond Thursday afternoon by Catoosa County chief magistrate judge Johnny Gass.

The first appearance hearing for 37-year-old Catherine Goins of Hixson, Tenn., was held about 1:30 p.m. at the Catoosa County Courthouse with Goins discussing her charges with Gass via videoconference.

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Catoosa County sheriff says woman orchestrated murder to steal victim’s newborn

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A woman, who last week claimed she shot and killed a home intruder, has been charged with murder for planning the killing to steal the victim’s newborn, Catoosa County sheriff Gary Sisk revealed in a news conference this morning.

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Catoosa County School Grieves Loss Of Student

Students in Catoosa County are grieving over the loss of their classmate today.

And at the same time his classmates are trying to cope, school officials are hoping to calm alarmed parents.

It's a little less bright today at Heritage Middle School.

Banners line the hallway remembering 11-year-old Chandler Bolden as an athlete, student and leader.

"He was an outstanding leader, both inside the classroom and outside the classroom as well. Just a precious young man," said Principal Chris Lusk

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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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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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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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