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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 Upson County Board of Commissioners are set to formally approve the 2015 county budget at their regular meeting on December 23, however not all members of the board are happy about the amount for some departments. At $15,934,793 the proposed 2015 budget is $1,286,220 more than the 2014 budget, and Commissioner Steve Hudson noted there are thing

Co. holds budget hearing, Chair unhappy with S.O.

The Upson County Board of Commissioners are set to formally approve the 2015 county budget at their regular meeting on December 23, however not all members of the board are happy about the amount for some departments. At $15,934,793 the proposed 2015 budget is $1,286,220 more than the 2014 budget, and Commissioner Steve Hudson noted there are thing

VFD speaks out on SPLOST issue

Over the past few weeks, there has been much discussion over the money designated for fire equipment and/or facilities in the 2011 SPLOST and what the county can legally purchase with the funding. Both Northside Volunteer Fire Department and Thurston Volunteer Fire Department have made requests to the Upson County Board of Commissioners for items t

County earns reduced matches for GEMA grants

Christmas came a little early for Upson County when a letter was delivered late last month from Georgia Emergency Management Association (GEMA) Director Charley English. English's letter sent two pieces of good news to Upson County, the first being the county's qualification for a reduced local match rate when it comes to grant funding and the seco

A second request from Northside Volunteer Fire Department for over $10,000 worth of equipment to be purchased with SPLOST funding was denied by the Upson County Board of Commissioners at their meeting held on November 25. The reason for the denial was that the items requested did not fall under what could be considered capital outlay, which is what

SPLOST use debated

A second request from Northside Volunteer Fire Department for over $10,000 worth of equipment to be purchased with SPLOST funding was denied by the Upson County Board of Commissioners at their meeting held on November 25. The reason for the denial was that the items requested did not fall under what could be considered capital outlay, which is what

The Upson County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing for the 2015 budget on Thursday, December 11 at 7 p.m. in the City-County meeting room of the Government Complex. The proposed budget for 2015 is $16,527,854 which is an increase from the 2014 budget of $14,648,573. However, County Manager Jim Wheeless stated at a work session meeti

BOC sets budget at $16.5M

The Upson County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing for the 2015 budget on Thursday, December 11 at 7 p.m. in the City-County meeting room of the Government Complex. The proposed budget for 2015 is $16,527,854 which is an increase from the 2014 budget of $14,648,573. However, County Manager Jim Wheeless stated at a work session meeti

Christmas is coming early for the citizens of Thomaston this year with The Ritz Theatre offering a special gift to the community this Sunday afternoon with a free showing of “The Borrowed Christmas,” at 2 p.m. Movie-goers will also be treated to a free popcorn and drink thanks to the support of United Bank and Zoe Pediatrics.
“We

Ritz thanks community with movie

Christmas is coming early for the citizens of Thomaston this year with The Ritz Theatre offering a special gift to the community this Sunday afternoon with a free showing of “The Borrowed Christmas,” at 2 p.m. Movie-goers will also be treated to a free popcorn and drink thanks to the support of United Bank and Zoe Pediatrics. “We

Ashley Biles|The Thomaston Times
Father Christmas, otherwise known as Santa Claus, waves to children from the back of his float in the Annual Christmas Lights Parade in Thomaston Saturday night. It was Santa's second visit to Thomaston in three days, having met with children at the courthouse Thanksgiving night. Saint Nicholas has plans for severa

'Here comes Santa!'

Ashley Biles|The Thomaston Times Father Christmas, otherwise known as Santa Claus, waves to children from the back of his float in the Annual Christmas Lights Parade in Thomaston Saturday night. It was Santa's second visit to Thomaston in three days, having met with children at the courthouse Thanksgiving night. Saint Nicholas has plans for severa

Time to renew Upson's Hazard Mitigation Plan

It is nearing time for Upson County to renew its Hazardous Mitigation Plan. Emergency Management Agency Director Martha Anne McCarty informed the board of this at their November 18 meeting. She noted this plan is required by the federal government and is what determines if a community is able to get future grants and disaster recovery. It is up fo

A variance for a reduced number of parking spaces at a new Dollar General being built on Crest Highway was granted by the Upson County Planning Commission at their November meeting. Currently the ordinance states a retail establishment in Upson County must have one space for every 200 square feet of building space, which would mean the new store wo

Store parking reduced

A variance for a reduced number of parking spaces at a new Dollar General being built on Crest Highway was granted by the Upson County Planning Commission at their November meeting. Currently the ordinance states a retail establishment in Upson County must have one space for every 200 square feet of building space, which would mean the new store wo

This Thanksgiving, the Brundidge family has something to add to the list of what they are thankful for: the fact they were kept safe when a tornado hit their house last Sunday afternoon. What began as a regular rain storm in Thomaston quickly took a different turn when a tornado warning went off around 4:15 p.m. urging residents to take cover immed

EF2 tornado hits Upson Co.

This Thanksgiving, the Brundidge family has something to add to the list of what they are thankful for: the fact they were kept safe when a tornado hit their house last Sunday afternoon. What began as a regular rain storm in Thomaston quickly took a different turn when a tornado warning went off around 4:15 p.m. urging residents to take cover immed

Yesterday we celebrated Thanksgiving, the one day we are reminded and encouraged to give thanks for all of the blessings we have been given throughout the year. This is an easy task to me, as I fully realize I have a lot in my life to be thankful for and have been blessed much more than I actually deserve. However, do I always keep this in mind? Do

Some different things I'm thankful for

Yesterday we celebrated Thanksgiving, the one day we are reminded and encouraged to give thanks for all of the blessings we have been given throughout the year. This is an easy task to me, as I fully realize I have a lot in my life to be thankful for and have been blessed much more than I actually deserve. However, do I always keep this in mind? Do

The Upson County Board of Commissioners have initiated a new process called strategic planning to help in serving the citizens of Upson County more efficiently. The process will help the board evaluate their core services and work with each other, elected officials, department heads, county staff and the citizens of the community to meet defined go

BOC using strategic planning for goals

The Upson County Board of Commissioners have initiated a new process called strategic planning to help in serving the citizens of Upson County more efficiently. The process will help the board evaluate their core services and work with each other, elected officials, department heads, county staff and the citizens of the community to meet defined go

More improvements could be coming to Sprewell Bluff if funding is granted to Upson County through the Georgia Recreational Trail Program through the Department of Natural Resources. At their meeting on November 11, the Upson County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to submit an application to the DNR for $100,000 plus to be used for the expa

Bluff grant sought

More improvements could be coming to Sprewell Bluff if funding is granted to Upson County through the Georgia Recreational Trail Program through the Department of Natural Resources. At their meeting on November 11, the Upson County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to submit an application to the DNR for $100,000 plus to be used for the expa





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