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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

American Process, a local company which specializes in the development of technologies for the production of bio-based chemicals and materials, has recently been making use of Southern Crescent Technical College's facilities for continuing education and safety training for their employees. Company President Basil Karampelas stated he is thrilled to

SCTC preps workers for American Process

American Process, a local company which specializes in the development of technologies for the production of bio-based chemicals and materials, has recently been making use of Southern Crescent Technical College's facilities for continuing education and safety training for their employees. Company President Basil Karampelas stated he is thrilled to

A TAN (Tax Anticipation Note) of up to $6 million for Upson County was approved by the Board of Commissioners at their first meeting of 2015. The TAN is essentially a short term loan that is used to finance current operations before tax revenue is received.
County Manager Jim Wheeless told the board requests for bids had been sent to all four loca

BOC approves $6 million TAN

A TAN (Tax Anticipation Note) of up to $6 million for Upson County was approved by the Board of Commissioners at their first meeting of 2015. The TAN is essentially a short term loan that is used to finance current operations before tax revenue is received. County Manager Jim Wheeless told the board requests for bids had been sent to all four loca

On this day three years ago, a very special boy came into my life. My nephew, Brayden, was born on January 23, 2012 and my dream of becoming an aunt finally came true. Nothing has brought me more joy than watching him grow up and I cannot believe that he is turning three years old today.
In the last three years, I have made countless memories with

To Brayden from Ah: 'Happy Birthday!'

On this day three years ago, a very special boy came into my life. My nephew, Brayden, was born on January 23, 2012 and my dream of becoming an aunt finally came true. Nothing has brought me more joy than watching him grow up and I cannot believe that he is turning three years old today. In the last three years, I have made countless memories with

Nearly 150 citizens a came out Monday morning to take part in the annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the courthouse square where they gathered to fellowship in song, held wreath laying and began the march to Upson-Lee Middle School for a program hosted by the Youth Alive Committee.
When the ceremony began a

MLK Day celebrated

Nearly 150 citizens a came out Monday morning to take part in the annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the courthouse square where they gathered to fellowship in song, held wreath laying and began the march to Upson-Lee Middle School for a program hosted by the Youth Alive Committee. When the ceremony began a

It was not long after Robert Bowles was diagnosed with Lewey Body Dementia in June 2012 that he made the decision to implement a plan of how he could live with dementia. He knew there is no cure for the terrible disease, but he also knew he could take steps to make sure he was living his life well. One thing he found to be the most helpful was havi

Thomaston Memory Café

It was not long after Robert Bowles was diagnosed with Lewey Body Dementia in June 2012 that he made the decision to implement a plan of how he could live with dementia. He knew there is no cure for the terrible disease, but he also knew he could take steps to make sure he was living his life well. One thing he found to be the most helpful was havi

On Saturday, January 3, local artist Fawne DeRosia welcomed the community into her Flint Rose Studio for a “Paint What You Want, Pay What You Can,” event as a way to give something back to the area for supporting her craft. She hoped doing an event of this type would bring new faces into the studio as well as giving an opportunity for t

'Paint what you want…'

On Saturday, January 3, local artist Fawne DeRosia welcomed the community into her Flint Rose Studio for a “Paint What You Want, Pay What You Can,” event as a way to give something back to the area for supporting her craft. She hoped doing an event of this type would bring new faces into the studio as well as giving an opportunity for t

It was a packed house at the first meeting of the Upson County Planning Commission for 2015, with those both for and against an issue with the House of Prayer Baptist Church filling the seats in the City-County meeting room of the Government Complex. The church was petitioning the commission for a special exception to allow them to place a modular

Church request denied

It was a packed house at the first meeting of the Upson County Planning Commission for 2015, with those both for and against an issue with the House of Prayer Baptist Church filling the seats in the City-County meeting room of the Government Complex. The church was petitioning the commission for a special exception to allow them to place a modular

It is often said that when something is the right move for you, it will be as if the stars align and there will be no question you are being led to right where you are supposed to be. For Claude Burgess that experience happened recently when he was offered a job in his hometown of LaFayette, Georgia as a Protection and Placement Specialist with the

Claude Burgess going home

It is often said that when something is the right move for you, it will be as if the stars align and there will be no question you are being led to right where you are supposed to be. For Claude Burgess that experience happened recently when he was offered a job in his hometown of LaFayette, Georgia as a Protection and Placement Specialist with the

According to a letter sent from the State of Georgia to Upson County Commission Chairman Rusty Blackston and Upson County Tax Commissioner Berry Cook, the county owes just over $9,000 more in taxes from 2013 to the Department of Revenue. Blackston informed the board of commissioners about the issue at their final meeting of 2014 on December 23.
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State says Upson County owes over $9,000 in taxes from 2013

According to a letter sent from the State of Georgia to Upson County Commission Chairman Rusty Blackston and Upson County Tax Commissioner Berry Cook, the county owes just over $9,000 more in taxes from 2013 to the Department of Revenue. Blackston informed the board of commissioners about the issue at their final meeting of 2014 on December 23. &#

In a 4-1 vote, the Upson County Board of Commissioners officially approved the 2015 budget for $15,934,793 at their final meeting of the year on December 23, with Commission Chairman Rusty Blackston cast the only no vote. Overall, the 2015 budget is $1,286,220 higher than the 2014 budget, however the board is not projecting an increase in taxes as

BOC approves 2015 budget in a 4-1 vote

In a 4-1 vote, the Upson County Board of Commissioners officially approved the 2015 budget for $15,934,793 at their final meeting of the year on December 23, with Commission Chairman Rusty Blackston cast the only no vote. Overall, the 2015 budget is $1,286,220 higher than the 2014 budget, however the board is not projecting an increase in taxes as





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