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

Firefighters with the City of Thomaston Fire Department participated in a “Firefighter Defensive Driving” course with Southern Crescent Technical College throughout the first three weeks of September to increase their skills in dealing with the safety obstacles they experience driving the fire trucks on a daily basis. All three shifts o

Thomaston firefighters receive driver training at SCTC

Firefighters with the City of Thomaston Fire Department participated in a “Firefighter Defensive Driving” course with Southern Crescent Technical College throughout the first three weeks of September to increase their skills in dealing with the safety obstacles they experience driving the fire trucks on a daily basis. All three shifts o

The moment I sat down to write this column, my mind checked out on me. This is inevitable. Each time I try to work on a column this happens, so you think I would be used to it. Instead I often think, or rather hope, that each time it will be different. Since it wasn't, as per usual, I paced around my office and tried to come up with something inter

I get by with a little help from my friends

The moment I sat down to write this column, my mind checked out on me. This is inevitable. Each time I try to work on a column this happens, so you think I would be used to it. Instead I often think, or rather hope, that each time it will be different. Since it wasn't, as per usual, I paced around my office and tried to come up with something inter

Earlier this year a turn lane for the intersection of Highway 36 and Ben Hill Road was proposed by the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) as a way to alleviate truck traffic as well as addressing safety concerns at the entrance for Interfor. In 2013 the company had 21,500 trucks in and out of the plant and with their current expansion plans tha

IDA works to reduce price of turn lane

Earlier this year a turn lane for the intersection of Highway 36 and Ben Hill Road was proposed by the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) as a way to alleviate truck traffic as well as addressing safety concerns at the entrance for Interfor. In 2013 the company had 21,500 trucks in and out of the plant and with their current expansion plans tha

In efforts to protect the roads in Upson County from damage, the Board of Commissioners approved increasing the bond associated with the timber harvesting and transporting ordinance from $1,000 to the state maximum of $5,000. Commission Chairman Rusty Blackston stated there have been numerous problems in the past with logging trucks tearing up the

BOC cracking down on wood trucks on roads

In efforts to protect the roads in Upson County from damage, the Board of Commissioners approved increasing the bond associated with the timber harvesting and transporting ordinance from $1,000 to the state maximum of $5,000. Commission Chairman Rusty Blackston stated there have been numerous problems in the past with logging trucks tearing up the

In recent weeks, 60 new hires of Interfor attended training classes at Southern Crescent Technical College through the Georgia Quick Start program. The employees were broken into two groups and each completed a four-day class, learning about the company and its policies. Georgia Quick Start is a nationally recognized program that has been providing

Interfor uses Quick Start with new hires

In recent weeks, 60 new hires of Interfor attended training classes at Southern Crescent Technical College through the Georgia Quick Start program. The employees were broken into two groups and each completed a four-day class, learning about the company and its policies. Georgia Quick Start is a nationally recognized program that has been providing

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




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