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

New life is being breathed into the old Hickory Ridge Golf Course with the location soon to be serving as the home to Northridge Church, a new church in town. The Upson County Planning Commission granted approval of a special exception for the property, which is zoned A-R, to house a church, after it was requested by the current property owner, Sco

Special exception granted for site of Northridge Church

New life is being breathed into the old Hickory Ridge Golf Course with the location soon to be serving as the home to Northridge Church, a new church in town. The Upson County Planning Commission granted approval of a special exception for the property, which is zoned A-R, to house a church, after it was requested by the current property owner, Sco

For many students the start of their high school career can be rather daunting and the process of adjusting to a new school with new teachers and classmates can take a while. In order to help with the transition, Upson-Lee High School held its 3rd annual Fresh Start ceremony for the 9th grade class earlier this week at the Fine Arts Auditorium. The

ULHS 9th graders get 'Fresh Start' at ceremony

For many students the start of their high school career can be rather daunting and the process of adjusting to a new school with new teachers and classmates can take a while. In order to help with the transition, Upson-Lee High School held its 3rd annual Fresh Start ceremony for the 9th grade class earlier this week at the Fine Arts Auditorium. The

Chick-fil-A founder and chairman emeritus, S. Truett Cathy passed away peacefully early Monday morning, September 8, 2014 surrounded by loved ones in his home. Cathy was 93 years old. There will be two public viewings held at the First Baptist Church of Jonesboro in which the public may pay their respects to Mr. Cathy, the first being Tuesday, Sept

Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A, dies at age 93

Chick-fil-A founder and chairman emeritus, S. Truett Cathy passed away peacefully early Monday morning, September 8, 2014 surrounded by loved ones in his home. Cathy was 93 years old. There will be two public viewings held at the First Baptist Church of Jonesboro in which the public may pay their respects to Mr. Cathy, the first being Tuesday, Sept

Planning for the future was a main topic of conversation at the recent meeting of the Thomaston-Upson Industrial Development Authority, with the board discussing what can be done in forms of funding for economic development this year. The county commissioners decided against continuing the funding from one mill of the millage rate, due to the fact

Funding cutoff could hinder finding IDA prospects

Planning for the future was a main topic of conversation at the recent meeting of the Thomaston-Upson Industrial Development Authority, with the board discussing what can be done in forms of funding for economic development this year. The county commissioners decided against continuing the funding from one mill of the millage rate, due to the fact

Trips to the beach are one the many reasons I love summertime. I was only three months old on my first beach vacation and I believe it was that trip that got me hooked on the great elixir of the salt and the sand. Since that time I have made the trek to one of Florida's many beaches at least once a year and gained a lifetime of memories on those tr

Do sharks eat the loud people first?

Trips to the beach are one the many reasons I love summertime. I was only three months old on my first beach vacation and I believe it was that trip that got me hooked on the great elixir of the salt and the sand. Since that time I have made the trek to one of Florida's many beaches at least once a year and gained a lifetime of memories on those tr

The Upson County Board of Commissioners came under fire from many citizens at last week's board meeting prior to voting to increase taxes to a total of 18.76 mills, which includes county wide (11.13 mills), joint project (4.91 mills) and unincorporated (2.72 mills) tax millage. During public comment, several concerned citizens stated the community

Tax increase approved amid outcry

The Upson County Board of Commissioners came under fire from many citizens at last week's board meeting prior to voting to increase taxes to a total of 18.76 mills, which includes county wide (11.13 mills), joint project (4.91 mills) and unincorporated (2.72 mills) tax millage. During public comment, several concerned citizens stated the community

Three different pieces of property were approved for rezoning by the Upson County Commissioners at their regular meeting held on August 12. All three of the applications had been approved by the Upson County Planning Commission before coming before the board for final approval.
One application was for the rezoning of 337 acres which covers what us

Three rezonings approved by BOC

Three different pieces of property were approved for rezoning by the Upson County Commissioners at their regular meeting held on August 12. All three of the applications had been approved by the Upson County Planning Commission before coming before the board for final approval. One application was for the rezoning of 337 acres which covers what us

After several months of a fundraising drive, the Georgia Republican Party was able to donate $7,217.00 to the Bowen Story Fund. The local organization is dedicated to enhancing the lives of families dealing with pediatric cancer who have to travel more than 50 miles away from their home for treatment. Since the need of each family going through tre

Republicans raise $7,217 for Bo Story Fund

After several months of a fundraising drive, the Georgia Republican Party was able to donate $7,217.00 to the Bowen Story Fund. The local organization is dedicated to enhancing the lives of families dealing with pediatric cancer who have to travel more than 50 miles away from their home for treatment. Since the need of each family going through tre

Many citizens in the community have stated lately that they wonder if the powers that be in local government actually listen to any concerns they have; especially when it comes to the property tax millage rate. Well, at a called meeting last Thursday, the Thomaston City Council assured the community that they do listen; by voting 4-0 to keep the mi

City taxes will remain the same

Many citizens in the community have stated lately that they wonder if the powers that be in local government actually listen to any concerns they have; especially when it comes to the property tax millage rate. Well, at a called meeting last Thursday, the Thomaston City Council assured the community that they do listen; by voting 4-0 to keep the mi

Upson County Sheriff Dan Kilgore issued the following press release on Friday, August 22, 2014:
A suspect has been identified in relation to five bomb threats occurring in Upson County between January 2014 and May 2014. Four bomb threats were phoned in to Upson 911 directed to Upson-Lee High School and one to 911 directed to the Upson County Court

School bomb threat suspect arrested

Upson County Sheriff Dan Kilgore issued the following press release on Friday, August 22, 2014: A suspect has been identified in relation to five bomb threats occurring in Upson County between January 2014 and May 2014. Four bomb threats were phoned in to Upson 911 directed to Upson-Lee High School and one to 911 directed to the Upson County Court

At last week's Upson County Board of Commission meeting, Northside Volunteer Fire Department was denied a request made to the board for the purchase of protective gear through using funding designated for the VFD's in the 2011 SPLOST. Although the board felt it to be a legitimate request, County Attorney Paschal English stated it could not be legal

Fire gear request denied by BOC

At last week's Upson County Board of Commission meeting, Northside Volunteer Fire Department was denied a request made to the board for the purchase of protective gear through using funding designated for the VFD's in the 2011 SPLOST. Although the board felt it to be a legitimate request, County Attorney Paschal English stated it could not be legal




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