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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

The next time you go to cast your vote in an election, you may have to travel to a different polling location, if the Board of Elections decides to combine the nine existing precincts down to three. Robert Haney, chairman of the Board of Elections, told the Upson County Commissioners doing so would be a cost saving measure for the county, with savi

Precincts cut from 9 to 3 proposed

The next time you go to cast your vote in an election, you may have to travel to a different polling location, if the Board of Elections decides to combine the nine existing precincts down to three. Robert Haney, chairman of the Board of Elections, told the Upson County Commissioners doing so would be a cost saving measure for the county, with savi

The time has come to say goodbye to the Martha Mill, as demolition began last week on the former B.F. Goodrich plant. The $3 million mill was chartered on October 2, 1926 and eventually spanned nearly one million square feet (if all buildings were laid out as one story) and 30 acres of land. It began operation in January of 1927 and was known world

Bye bye Martha Mill

The time has come to say goodbye to the Martha Mill, as demolition began last week on the former B.F. Goodrich plant. The $3 million mill was chartered on October 2, 1926 and eventually spanned nearly one million square feet (if all buildings were laid out as one story) and 30 acres of land. It began operation in January of 1927 and was known world

The time has come to say goodbye to the Martha Mill, as demolition began on the Thomaston landmark earlier this week. It will take roughly six to eight months to completely tear down the nearly 1 million square feet structure that covers 30 acres of land. Citizens are welcome to come watch the demolition, but are reminded that no one is allowed ins

Say goodbye to Martha Mill

The time has come to say goodbye to the Martha Mill, as demolition began on the Thomaston landmark earlier this week. It will take roughly six to eight months to completely tear down the nearly 1 million square feet structure that covers 30 acres of land. Citizens are welcome to come watch the demolition, but are reminded that no one is allowed ins

For many years the Logtown community has asked the Upson County Commissioners for a recreation area in their neighborhood so families and friends can have a place to gather and play together. Money was set aside in the 2011 SPLOST for the project, but it had not moved forward due to lack of a suitable spot for the park. However, that is all about t

BOC buys land for Logtown recreation

For many years the Logtown community has asked the Upson County Commissioners for a recreation area in their neighborhood so families and friends can have a place to gather and play together. Money was set aside in the 2011 SPLOST for the project, but it had not moved forward due to lack of a suitable spot for the park. However, that is all about t

Two special exceptions for recreational facilities were approved by the Upson County Planning Commission at their April meeting held last week; one being for a campground on Woodland Road along the Flint River and the other for a golf driving range located on Gassett Road.
The land for the campground is owned by Margie McDaniel, who also owns the

Campground okayed with conditions

Two special exceptions for recreational facilities were approved by the Upson County Planning Commission at their April meeting held last week; one being for a campground on Woodland Road along the Flint River and the other for a golf driving range located on Gassett Road. The land for the campground is owned by Margie McDaniel, who also owns the

“Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, Zip-A-Dee-A, my oh my, what a wonderful day…” the cheerful song followed us as we made our way to the gift shop, wringing out our soaking wet clothes; it was July of 1993 and my family and I had just ridden Splash Mountain at Disney World for the first time. It was (and still is)awesome! If you have never visit

The right shirt can make everything satisfactual

“Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, Zip-A-Dee-A, my oh my, what a wonderful day…” the cheerful song followed us as we made our way to the gift shop, wringing out our soaking wet clothes; it was July of 1993 and my family and I had just ridden Splash Mountain at Disney World for the first time. It was (and still is)awesome! If you have never visit

The chance the Upson County Commissioners had to put more teeth into the Timber Harvesting Ordinance in order to hopefully keep the county's roads in better condition has now gone out the window with the passing of HB 199. The House Bill amends Georgia's timber harvest notification law to achieve better uniformity among counties throughout the stat

State law cuts down timber ordinance

The chance the Upson County Commissioners had to put more teeth into the Timber Harvesting Ordinance in order to hopefully keep the county's roads in better condition has now gone out the window with the passing of HB 199. The House Bill amends Georgia's timber harvest notification law to achieve better uniformity among counties throughout the stat

When soldiers return from fighting to protect our freedom, they are welcomed back with open arms. Families and friends are thankful they have made it home safely and people, who do not even know their names, stop and thank them for their service to our country. However, there is one particular group of veterans who were not treated with the same re

Welcome Home event Saturday

When soldiers return from fighting to protect our freedom, they are welcomed back with open arms. Families and friends are thankful they have made it home safely and people, who do not even know their names, stop and thank them for their service to our country. However, there is one particular group of veterans who were not treated with the same re

You may have noticed the streets around Thomaston and Upson County are looking a little cleaner lately and that is thanks to the Sheriff's Litter Detail program that has been recently implemented. Upson County Sheriff Dan Kilgore stated the program was something he had wanted to do for quite some time and was one of the goals he wanted to initiate

UCSO begins clean up

You may have noticed the streets around Thomaston and Upson County are looking a little cleaner lately and that is thanks to the Sheriff's Litter Detail program that has been recently implemented. Upson County Sheriff Dan Kilgore stated the program was something he had wanted to do for quite some time and was one of the goals he wanted to initiate

TUIDA gives EMA okay to use lake

Upson Emergency Management has a new location to practice their training exercises thanks to a little help from the Thomaston-Upson Industrial Development Authority. The TUIDA granted a requested from the agency to use Lake Julia, which is owned by the TUIDA and located near the Spec Building property. TUIDA Executive Director Kyle Fletcher stated

'One Day' debate continues at BOC

The March 24 meeting of the Upson County Board of Commissioners was a packed one. In fact, so many people were in attendance, the meeting had to be moved to the R.E. Lee Auditorium in order to fit everyone inside. The agenda item that drew the most attention and led to such a large crowd attending dealt with Shawn Hall addressing the board about co

The American Veterans Travelling Tribute Vietnam Memorial Wall was in Upson County this past weekend giving citizens from the community and surrounding counties the opportunity to honor and remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War. On Saturday, a group of local veterans, many of whom served during Vietnam, were at the w

Vietnam Memorial Wall in Thomaston

The American Veterans Travelling Tribute Vietnam Memorial Wall was in Upson County this past weekend giving citizens from the community and surrounding counties the opportunity to honor and remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War. On Saturday, a group of local veterans, many of whom served during Vietnam, were at the w





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