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Ashley Biles

Position: Associate Editor
E-Mail Address: abiles@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 706-647-5414


About Ashley Biles

Ashley Biles joined The Thomaston Times staff in May of 2009 and has been the Associate Editor since January of 2010. She is a graduate of Georgia State University with a B.A. in Journalism. Ashley covers local government meetings, events in the community and all things in between. She has always had a passion for writing and believes that everyone has a story to tell, you just have to be willing to look for it. To her, the highlight of her job is getting to meet many interesting people throughout the community and being afforded the opportunity to tell their story.

Latest Stories by Ashley Biles

Staff reports
Upson-Lee High School student Mae Manley was recently selected for Upson EMC's 2015 Hubert Hancock Leadership Award and will attend the 2015 Washington Youth Tour. Electric membership cooperatives (EMCs) in Georgia, including Upson EMC, are set to commemorate 50 years of supporting students and teaching life lessons during the week-l

Mae Manley wins Hancock award

Staff reports Upson-Lee High School student Mae Manley was recently selected for Upson EMC's 2015 Hubert Hancock Leadership Award and will attend the 2015 Washington Youth Tour. Electric membership cooperatives (EMCs) in Georgia, including Upson EMC, are set to commemorate 50 years of supporting students and teaching life lessons during the week-l

A wreck occurred Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of South Center Street and West Lee Street between a Thomaston-Upson County School bus and a black Honda Accord driven by Jennifer Brazil. The bus, 99-1, was transporting Pre-K through 5th grade students home from school when the accident happened. No children on the bus were injured and were

Bus/car wreck injures two; no children hurt in accident

A wreck occurred Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of South Center Street and West Lee Street between a Thomaston-Upson County School bus and a black Honda Accord driven by Jennifer Brazil. The bus, 99-1, was transporting Pre-K through 5th grade students home from school when the accident happened. No children on the bus were injured and were

I will never forget the day we got her. It was a warm day in early May 2004 and Daddy was in the market for a new truck. So, the entire family set out to see one he had heard about while listening to The Trading Post on WKEU… or so we thought.
During the drive Daddy said what we were going to look at was a 2004 model and was gold. The color

Bana: The meaning of love

I will never forget the day we got her. It was a warm day in early May 2004 and Daddy was in the market for a new truck. So, the entire family set out to see one he had heard about while listening to The Trading Post on WKEU… or so we thought. During the drive Daddy said what we were going to look at was a 2004 model and was gold. The color

Several changes have recently been made to the county's Harvesting Ordinance, which is what requires timber harvesting companies to pay a bond for the property they will be working on to help with the repairs should any damage be done to one of the county's roads. A vote on the changes was postponed at last week's Upson County Board of Commission m

Harvesting Ordinance up for approval

Several changes have recently been made to the county's Harvesting Ordinance, which is what requires timber harvesting companies to pay a bond for the property they will be working on to help with the repairs should any damage be done to one of the county's roads. A vote on the changes was postponed at last week's Upson County Board of Commission m

The Georgia State Crime Lab is conducting autopsies on two bodies found in a duplex at 419 East Thompson Street Wednesday afternoon. There was heavy smoke damage in the duplex.
According to Thomaston Police Chief Dan Greathouse, the mother of the female victim became concerned when she had not heard from her daughter in several days. She met the o

2 bodies found in house

The Georgia State Crime Lab is conducting autopsies on two bodies found in a duplex at 419 East Thompson Street Wednesday afternoon. There was heavy smoke damage in the duplex. According to Thomaston Police Chief Dan Greathouse, the mother of the female victim became concerned when she had not heard from her daughter in several days. She met the o

RUSH Ministries was granted a special exception by the Upson County Planning Commission last week in regards to recreational facilities being built on the Northridge Church property located at the old Hickory Ridge Golf Course. The approval was for Phase I which includes a food service area, a stage/amphitheater with associated seating, a paintball

Planning Commission approves 'One Day'

RUSH Ministries was granted a special exception by the Upson County Planning Commission last week in regards to recreational facilities being built on the Northridge Church property located at the old Hickory Ridge Golf Course. The approval was for Phase I which includes a food service area, a stage/amphitheater with associated seating, a paintball

A total of 324 voters in Upson County cast their votes early for the E-SPLOST (Education Special Local Option Sales Tax). Early voting ended Friday. Those who did not early vote have the opportunity to go to the polls today to cast their vote. Polls are open around the county from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The money collected from the one cent sales tax wi

ESPLOST vote is today

A total of 324 voters in Upson County cast their votes early for the E-SPLOST (Education Special Local Option Sales Tax). Early voting ended Friday. Those who did not early vote have the opportunity to go to the polls today to cast their vote. Polls are open around the county from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The money collected from the one cent sales tax wi

Kyle Fletcher, Executive Director of the Thomaston Upson Industrial Development Authority, has been working to create a wish list of items to be put on the upcoming 2016 SPLOST and asked board members for their input at the February meeting of the TUIDA. The project areas she brought before the board include land acquisition, site preparation, tech

TUIDA developing SPLOST wish list

Kyle Fletcher, Executive Director of the Thomaston Upson Industrial Development Authority, has been working to create a wish list of items to be put on the upcoming 2016 SPLOST and asked board members for their input at the February meeting of the TUIDA. The project areas she brought before the board include land acquisition, site preparation, tech

“It's a rare condition this day and age, to read any good news on the newspaper page…” the beginning of the “Family Matters” theme song is one anyone who lived in the 90's knows quite well and the lyrics could very well be a statement you believe to be true. I have heard many people throughout town say at one point or

Good news isn't always hard to find

“It's a rare condition this day and age, to read any good news on the newspaper page…” the beginning of the “Family Matters” theme song is one anyone who lived in the 90's knows quite well and the lyrics could very well be a statement you believe to be true. I have heard many people throughout town say at one point or

Beginning April 14, the Upson County Board of Commissioners will move their meeting time up by one hour to 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Commissioner Lorenzo Wilder first proposed the idea of changing the time from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m. last month, telling the rest of the board he had been approached by several people about the

BOC approves changing time for meetings

Beginning April 14, the Upson County Board of Commissioners will move their meeting time up by one hour to 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Commissioner Lorenzo Wilder first proposed the idea of changing the time from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m. last month, telling the rest of the board he had been approached by several people about the

Ashley Biles|The Thomaston Times
Mrs. Margaret Bransford Woodson was awarded the title of Most Witty and was crowned the 2015 Mrs. Riverside in this years' pageant. She is 99 years old and stated the most life-changing event she has witnessed in her life was when her husband got saved. She is pictured with her family at the pageant.
Mrs. Faye Bag

Margaret Woodson crowned Mrs. Riverside 2015

Ashley Biles|The Thomaston Times Mrs. Margaret Bransford Woodson was awarded the title of Most Witty and was crowned the 2015 Mrs. Riverside in this years' pageant. She is 99 years old and stated the most life-changing event she has witnessed in her life was when her husband got saved. She is pictured with her family at the pageant. Mrs. Faye Bag

TUIDA seeks $60,000 grant back from E-7

E-7 Technology has been a part of the Thomaston community for nearly ten years, best known for refurbishing cell phone batteries and cell phone housings; however it was recently announced that due to continued economic hardships the industry has been forced to close its doors. As a result of the business closing, E-7 sent a letter to the Thomaston-

The 27th Annual Arbor Day celebration was held on Wednesday, February 18 at the Thomaston-Upson Civic Center. At the event, Thomaston Tree Board members, members of the local garden clubs and students from Upson-Lee Middle School's 8th grade Ag Science class joined in the celebration, which recognized Thomaston as a Tree City USA for 27 years. City

Tree City USA

The 27th Annual Arbor Day celebration was held on Wednesday, February 18 at the Thomaston-Upson Civic Center. At the event, Thomaston Tree Board members, members of the local garden clubs and students from Upson-Lee Middle School's 8th grade Ag Science class joined in the celebration, which recognized Thomaston as a Tree City USA for 27 years. City

Have you ever wondered about the “Buttered Toast paradox?” You know, the one that asks since cats always land on their feet, and toast always lands buttered side down, what would happen if you strapped a piece of buttered toast to the back of a cat and dropped them both? Would one make it safely to the ground or would the pair spin in p

ToastCat wins Code Day

Have you ever wondered about the “Buttered Toast paradox?” You know, the one that asks since cats always land on their feet, and toast always lands buttered side down, what would happen if you strapped a piece of buttered toast to the back of a cat and dropped them both? Would one make it safely to the ground or would the pair spin in p





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