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Down Home Christmas parade in Ringgold Dec. 5

The Ringgold Down Home Christmas Parade will be returning to downtown Ringgold on Friday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m.

The parade will begin on Nashville Street and proceed through downtown to the Ringgold Depot.

Santa Claus will marshal the parade to the Depot, where he will be available for pictures for the remainder of the festival.

After 7 p.m. the Depot will host a variety of children's choir and dance performances.

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Local Business Spotlight: Uniktings

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Since 2007, Cindie Robinson has owned Uniktings—a charming gift shop right in the middle of downtown Ringgold. Raised an army brat, she has lived in Germany and graduated high school in Thailand. Uniktings is her first retail store, but retail is the family business. Her father, grandmother, and sister have all owned and operated retail shops. Back in August, she moved four doors down from her original location and combined her shop with another business, Regina’s Stuff.

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Ringgold man arrested for kidnapping boys, threats

A Ringgold man was arrested over the weekend for allegedly kidnapping two young boys and then threatening to kill one of the boys’ parents, police say.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department:

Christopher Michael Smith, 38, of 503 Smoketree Circle in Ringgold was arrested Sunday, Nov. 16, on charges of kidnapping, terroristic threats, and burglary.

Smith was released from jail on bond Monday afternoon, Nov. 17.

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Ringgold will host Veteran’s Day concert Nov. 11

The Ringgold Downtown Development Authority and Convention and Visitor's Bureau will host a Veteran’s Day celebration featuring the Jericho Brass, Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. as part of Ringgold's annual Fall Festival of Flags.

“Taking the time to honor those veterans who have served our country, allowing us the privilege to live free, is something we should all do,” said Randall Franks, DDA chairman. “We hope to fill the Depot as we share in a musical tribute that honors these men and women of Ringgold and Catoosa County.”

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Science Night at RES

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On October 23, 2014, the Ringgold Elementary School Family came together for an absolutely electrifying night of fun!  Students experimented with building rockets, electricity, catapults, other simple machines, rocks & minerals, and much more.  The Chattanooga Creative Discovery Museum provided the various activities, training teachers who volunteered their time to man the stations that evening.  Fifth grade science teacher, Melissa McKown, organized the event and shared, "Science Night was a wonderful community-school event with fun and learning had by all!" 

 

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Festival of Flags underway in Ringgold

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One of Ringgold’s most heartfelt traditions got underway Tuesday morning, Nov. 4, as numerous volunteers began raising flags all over town to honor military veterans as part of the bi-annual Festival of Flags celebration.

Each year for the two weeks that surround Memorial and Veteran’s Days, the city raises the flags throughout the town, and each flag is held in place by a wooden cross donning the name of a deceased military veteran from Catoosa County.

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Area swim parents discuss wish, need for indoor pool with Ringgold city council

A number of Catoosa County parents attended the most recent Ringgold city council meeting on Oct. 27 to gauge the city’s interest in helping to spearhead the possibility of having an indoor pool built to accommodate all the youth swimmers in the community.

“We have pools in Ringgold and in Fort Oglethorpe, but they’re both outdoors,” said Charles Lancaster. “One enclosed pool would really be great for these kids and would help the community.”

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Ringgold vs LFO Alumni Basketball Game

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On Saturday November 15th, 2014, come out and see your favorite players and cheerleaders from years past! The alumni game will be helt at Ringgold High School gymnasium. The girls' game begins at 6pm with the boys' game to immediately follow. 

Interested in playing or cheering?

RHS former players/cheerleaders, contact Coach Roach- jroach.rms@catoosa.k12.ga.us
LFO former players/cheerleaders, contact Coach Watkins- dwatkins.lfo@catoosa.k12.ga.us

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Ringgold opts to reengineer downtown streetscape project to save beloved trees

After three weeks of discussion, the Ringgold city councilchose Monday night, Oct. 27, to have its ongoing downtown streetscape project reengineered in order to keep two large ginkgo trees in the landscape for years to come.

The downtown streetscape project, which began this summer, is expected to be complete by the end of the year and includes new sidewalks, benches, lighting, and road grading.

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Community expresses mixed opinions on Ringgold youth softball coach arrested for alleged child molestation

A Ringgold man has been in Catoosa County jail the past four days on charges he allegedly molested a young girl. But the community seems divided on whether they believe the youth softball coach is capable of such acts.

Forty-two-year-old Robert Adams Alexander of Cloud Springs Road was arrested Monday, Oct. 20, on charges of child molestation, aggravated child molestation, and aggravated sexual battery, after a woman claimed he had sexual contact with her daughter on multiple occasions.

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