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

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

Whenever the topics of recreation league sports or the Civic Center come up in conversation, you can be sure that Coach James Dawkins' name is soon to follow. Throughout the community he is admired for his decades of work with the youth in the area as a teacher, a coach and a mentor. In recognition of his service to the community, he was presented

James Dawkins receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Whenever the topics of recreation league sports or the Civic Center come up in conversation, you can be sure that Coach James Dawkins' name is soon to follow. Throughout the community he is admired for his decades of work with the youth in the area as a teacher, a coach and a mentor. In recognition of his service to the community, he was presented

Mentioning the words “The Hunger Games” in a conversation can bring different thoughts to different people. Some may think of the Hollywood blockbuster starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth; while others may think of the many people in our community who often go without food because it is something they simply c

Food drive at Ritz Theatre During 'The Hunger Games'

Mentioning the words “The Hunger Games” in a conversation can bring different thoughts to different people. Some may think of the Hollywood blockbuster starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth; while others may think of the many people in our community who often go without food because it is something they simply c

Everyone knows that historically, Thomaston is a mill town; in fact it is likely that you could name at least five people who have worked in the mills right off the top of your head. But did you know the local textile workers have played a part in supplying America's military with a multitude of products over the years? To honor these workers for t

Textile workers' contributions to war remembered

Everyone knows that historically, Thomaston is a mill town; in fact it is likely that you could name at least five people who have worked in the mills right off the top of your head. But did you know the local textile workers have played a part in supplying America's military with a multitude of products over the years? To honor these workers for t

Today marks the 60th anniversary of Veteran's Day, a day set aside to honor and remember the men and women who have served in the military and defended our country throughout the years. It is a day to say thank you, because it is by the efforts of those who have served that we have been able to keep our many freedoms that are not prevalent througho

Veterans Day 2014

Today marks the 60th anniversary of Veteran's Day, a day set aside to honor and remember the men and women who have served in the military and defended our country throughout the years. It is a day to say thank you, because it is by the efforts of those who have served that we have been able to keep our many freedoms that are not prevalent througho

When we think about those who served during any of the wars over the last century, the first people who come to mind are those who were in the military and rightfully so. The men and women who have served and are serving in the branches of the Armed Forces are in a word, heroes, and it is because of their efforts that the United States of America i

Textile workers focus of Nov. 8 program by Historical Society

When we think about those who served during any of the wars over the last century, the first people who come to mind are those who were in the military and rightfully so. The men and women who have served and are serving in the branches of the Armed Forces are in a word, heroes, and it is because of their efforts that the United States of America i

The Emergency Operations Center that serves the Emergency Management Association is on track for renovations, thanks to a grant application approved by the county commissioners and submitted recently by EMA Director Martha Anne McCarty. The application is for an R and R grant project through the state and is for the sum of $49,946. Commission Chair

EOC Center on track for renovations

The Emergency Operations Center that serves the Emergency Management Association is on track for renovations, thanks to a grant application approved by the county commissioners and submitted recently by EMA Director Martha Anne McCarty. The application is for an R and R grant project through the state and is for the sum of $49,946. Commission Chair

In the 2011 SPLOST, the Upson County Commissioners designated $500,000 to go towards the purchase of equipment and facilities for the volunteer fire departments, however there is some question as to what items can and cannot legally be purchased with SPLOST funding. The topic first came up August of this year when Northside Volunteer Fire Departmen

VFD requests not meeting SPLOST requirements

In the 2011 SPLOST, the Upson County Commissioners designated $500,000 to go towards the purchase of equipment and facilities for the volunteer fire departments, however there is some question as to what items can and cannot legally be purchased with SPLOST funding. The topic first came up August of this year when Northside Volunteer Fire Departmen

When it gets to be this time of year, it is hard not to get caught up in all of the hoopla that is the holiday season. There are Thanksgiving dinners to plan, Christmas shopping to finish (or start if you are like me) and so many things to get done that we often do not have an extra second to breathe. However, between the trick-or-treating and the

Thank you for all you've done

When it gets to be this time of year, it is hard not to get caught up in all of the hoopla that is the holiday season. There are Thanksgiving dinners to plan, Christmas shopping to finish (or start if you are like me) and so many things to get done that we often do not have an extra second to breathe. However, between the trick-or-treating and the

Citizens of unincorporated Upson County are being reminded of two new requirements they need to participate in: the address sign ordinance and the garbage collection services. Those who fail to comply with the requirements will be subject to fines.
The address sign ordinance was adopted by Upson County Board of Commissioners in November of 2013 an

Residents reminded of numbers requirement

Citizens of unincorporated Upson County are being reminded of two new requirements they need to participate in: the address sign ordinance and the garbage collection services. Those who fail to comply with the requirements will be subject to fines. The address sign ordinance was adopted by Upson County Board of Commissioners in November of 2013 an

It was a busy weekend for local fire departments, with firefighters working two different structure fires, with both being considered total losses. The City of Thomaston Fire Department and members from all of the volunteer fire departments throughout the county were on hand to respond to the calls.
The first fire broke out Friday afternoon at a h

Firefighters busy

It was a busy weekend for local fire departments, with firefighters working two different structure fires, with both being considered total losses. The City of Thomaston Fire Department and members from all of the volunteer fire departments throughout the county were on hand to respond to the calls. The first fire broke out Friday afternoon at a h

This year marked the 25th anniversary of Quad Graphics in Upson County and the local manufacturer celebrated the quarter of a century mark with a ceremony and employee luncheon on Tuesday, October 28 at The Rock plant. Plant Manager Jeff Stribling opened the ceremony by stating celebrating milestone accomplishments are not unusual for Quad Graphics

Quad celebrates 25 years in Upson

This year marked the 25th anniversary of Quad Graphics in Upson County and the local manufacturer celebrated the quarter of a century mark with a ceremony and employee luncheon on Tuesday, October 28 at The Rock plant. Plant Manager Jeff Stribling opened the ceremony by stating celebrating milestone accomplishments are not unusual for Quad Graphics

The Families Feeding Families Homeless Ministry is all about helping those in need. Whether it is by passing out blankets, clothing and food to the homeless on the streets of Atlanta or Columbus, or fulfilling a need of someone in their own town, the organization does their best to provide whatever necessities they can. Deuteronomy 15:7 serves as t

Families Feeding Families aids others

The Families Feeding Families Homeless Ministry is all about helping those in need. Whether it is by passing out blankets, clothing and food to the homeless on the streets of Atlanta or Columbus, or fulfilling a need of someone in their own town, the organization does their best to provide whatever necessities they can. Deuteronomy 15:7 serves as t

The Thomaston Mennonite Church will soon have a new home, thanks to the approval of a special exception by the Upson County Planning Commission on Monday, October 13, 2014. The 15-acre site is located on a triangle shaped piece of land between Highway 74 and McCard Road and is owned by Gary Kauffman, who also owns The Country Cupboard and Deli in t

New church approved by Planning Brd.

The Thomaston Mennonite Church will soon have a new home, thanks to the approval of a special exception by the Upson County Planning Commission on Monday, October 13, 2014. The 15-acre site is located on a triangle shaped piece of land between Highway 74 and McCard Road and is owned by Gary Kauffman, who also owns The Country Cupboard and Deli in t

The final say on the rezoning of a mobile home park located on Stagecoach Road was approved with conditions by the Upson County Board of Commissioners at their meeting held on October 14. The roughly 51-acre site, owned by Cheri Joiner, currently has 18 manufactured homes and one site built home located on the property and has been listed as a lega

Mobile home park rezoning approved

The final say on the rezoning of a mobile home park located on Stagecoach Road was approved with conditions by the Upson County Board of Commissioners at their meeting held on October 14. The roughly 51-acre site, owned by Cheri Joiner, currently has 18 manufactured homes and one site built home located on the property and has been listed as a lega





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