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Ringgold to re-bid needed work on water treatment plant clearwell

The city of Ringgold voted unanimously Monday night, Dec. 8, to re-bid its water treatment plant clearwell repair project so that exact specifications for the work can be advertised.

According to city manager Dan Wright, the city entertained all the bids that were received before the Nov. 6 closing date and were leaning towards accepting a bid before finding out the company’s qualifications didn’t meet the project’s needs.

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Ringgold man dies in crash in Walker County

Ringgold man dead in Walker County crash

A 66-year-old Ringgold man died Saturday night in a collision in Walker County.

According to Georgia State Patrol Post 41:

Daniel Ellis Jeter died in the wreck, which occurred shortly after 7 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. Highway 27 (Ga. 1) and Ga. Highway 151, south of LaFayette at the Walker-Chattooga line.

Read More (Northwest Georgia News)

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Ringgold announces three openings on CVB board

The city of Ringgold’s Convention and Visitors Bureau currently has three board terms that will expire on Dec. 31 and need to be filled.

Eligible candidates for the seats must be a Ringgold resident; property or business owner, or an employee of a business located in the city limits.

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Ringgold’s pedestrian bridge coming soon

Ringgold’s downtown streetscaping project is getting closer to completion, and officials say the long-awaited pedestrian bridge over U.S. 41 at the Depot could be in place in just a few days.

During the most recent city council meeting on Monday night, Dec. 8, city manager Dan Wright stated that the bridge’s placement was imminent.

“The bridge is getting close,” Wright said. “It looks like Dec. 18 is the preliminary date to set the bridge.”

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Ringgold delays decision on fate of downtown electronic sign

The tug of war over the fate of Ringgold’s downtown electronic sign will continue for a little while longer, after the city council chose Monday night, Dec. 8, to delay the matter until the first regularly scheduled meeting of 2015.

The sign, which has been a topic of debate in recent weeks, was heavily discussed during a special called meeting on Nov. 17, when numerous citizens voiced their displeasure with the sign they believe clashes with the historical integrity and overall landscape of downtown.

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Ringgold Playhouse announces 2015 Season

The popular Ringgold Playhouse recently announced its upcoming four-production 2015 season, which will open with the comedy “A Bad Year For Tomatoes” on Thursday, Feb. 19, at the historic Depot downtown.

The Playhouse, which opened in July 2013, concluded its first season in September and will look to entertain the community throughout 2015 with four fantastic shows.

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Ringgold man arrested on drug charges during Fort Oglethorpe traffic stop

A Ringgold man was recently arrested on DUI and drug charges in Fort Oglethorpe after he was found to be in possession of marijuana during a routing traffic stop, police say.

According to the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department:

Zachary Lee Kinsey, 25, of Battlefield Lane, was arrested Thursday, Dec. 4, on charges of drug DUI, possession of marijuana, and ignoring a traffic control device.

Kinsey has been released from jail on bond.

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Ringgold youth makes personal donation to Christ Chapel ministry

ringgold boy donates to christ chapel

Eight-year-old Will Love (left), of Ringgold, took $25 of his own money and purchased five bags of prepackaged food at Ringgold Shop Rite that will be donated to Christ Chapel to be used during the holidays. Lee Clark (right), manager at Ringgold Shop Rite, is working diligently to promote the food program and encourages the public to participate.

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Ringgold woman accused of abusing adopted son says she’s innocent

ringgold woman claims innocence in child abuse

A Ringgold woman accused of abusing her 11-year-old adopted son is proclaiming her innocence.

Christine Evelyn Baughman, in a prepared statement issued Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 3 through her attorney, said she is “innocent of these allegations that have been made against her.”

“… As more light is cast upon this situation, her innocence will become apparent,” Baughman’s attorney Adam C. Cathey of Ringgold said in the statement.

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Kittle Tree Farm

kittle tree farm

Kittle Tree Farm in Ringgold has been planting trees since 1978. Today, four generations work on the tree farm. I sat down with Ricky Kittle recently to learn about why his family got into the Christmas tree business.

After an Agriculture class at Ringgold High School, Ricky’s dad Alvin and brother Gary decided planting Christmas trees would be a good business. “The most money you can make on a farm legally”, he said. They started out small—only planting one type of tree. Now they grow 4 different varieties:

White Pine-Most popular variety with a sturdy branch.

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