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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

A new set of rules is now in place for citizens wishing to speak during the City of Thomaston's Mayor and City Council meetings. Council members unanimously approved a resolution containing eight rules at their meeting on May 19, however Mayor Hays Arnold stated the stipulations will not seem out of the ordinary to the community.
“This is no

Thomaston Council approves new speaking rules

A new set of rules is now in place for citizens wishing to speak during the City of Thomaston's Mayor and City Council meetings. Council members unanimously approved a resolution containing eight rules at their meeting on May 19, however Mayor Hays Arnold stated the stipulations will not seem out of the ordinary to the community. “This is no

This Saturday will be the 149th annual Emancipation Celebration in Upson County. The parade through town will kick off the festivities for the event, beginning at 11:15 a.m. from the Bleachery Mill parking lot on Bethel Street.
The parade will follow a route from Bethel Street to Main Street and will continue through town and around the courthouse

Emancipation Celebration is Saturday

This Saturday will be the 149th annual Emancipation Celebration in Upson County. The parade through town will kick off the festivities for the event, beginning at 11:15 a.m. from the Bleachery Mill parking lot on Bethel Street. The parade will follow a route from Bethel Street to Main Street and will continue through town and around the courthouse

According to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) this year is making its' way to become a record breaking year, however in this case that is not the news anyone would want to hear. After reviewing statistics from the first quarter of the year, Georgia is on the path to reaching record high numbers for traffic fatalities, with there bein

Be a better driver

According to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) this year is making its' way to become a record breaking year, however in this case that is not the news anyone would want to hear. After reviewing statistics from the first quarter of the year, Georgia is on the path to reaching record high numbers for traffic fatalities, with there bein

The Upson County Courthouse has served the community for many years as the hub for judicial proceedings and is considered to be one of the most beautiful buildings in the area. However, while it is a beautiful building and courtroom, there are several issues that need to be addressed such as the acoustics, security and space, to have it be truly fu

Plans for the Courthouse

The Upson County Courthouse has served the community for many years as the hub for judicial proceedings and is considered to be one of the most beautiful buildings in the area. However, while it is a beautiful building and courtroom, there are several issues that need to be addressed such as the acoustics, security and space, to have it be truly fu

What do I want to be when I grow up? That question has been on the minds of students at Upson-Lee South Elementary and Upson –Lee North Elementary recently as both schools have held several events to show what types of careers are available in the area.
Agriculture is a main career field here in Georgia, and students were able to learn about

When I grow up…

What do I want to be when I grow up? That question has been on the minds of students at Upson-Lee South Elementary and Upson –Lee North Elementary recently as both schools have held several events to show what types of careers are available in the area. Agriculture is a main career field here in Georgia, and students were able to learn about

State Senator John Kennedy and State Representative Johnnie Caldwell, Jr. were both present at the May meeting of the Government Roundtable and both gentlemen gave a brief update on this year's legislative session. The pair informed the group of changes made on the issues of medical marijuana, autism, education, transportation and fireworks during

Legislators give update on new bills

State Senator John Kennedy and State Representative Johnnie Caldwell, Jr. were both present at the May meeting of the Government Roundtable and both gentlemen gave a brief update on this year's legislative session. The pair informed the group of changes made on the issues of medical marijuana, autism, education, transportation and fireworks during

This weekend looks to be a fun-filled one in Thomaston, offering something for just about everyone with the annual Kids Fishing Derby, Poker Float, and Relay for Life all taking place this Saturday, May 16.
The City of Thomaston is hosting their annual Kids Fishing Derby at the Catfish Pond in the Greatest Generation Memorial Park Saturday morning

Relay for Life is Saturday

This weekend looks to be a fun-filled one in Thomaston, offering something for just about everyone with the annual Kids Fishing Derby, Poker Float, and Relay for Life all taking place this Saturday, May 16. The City of Thomaston is hosting their annual Kids Fishing Derby at the Catfish Pond in the Greatest Generation Memorial Park Saturday morning

Last Tuesday evening, the District Attorney's Office hosted the ninth annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Banquet to show gratitude to those who serve and protect the communities in the Griffin Judicial Circuit (Upson, Pike, Fayette and Spalding counties). In the program for the evening, District Attorney Scott Ballard stated law enforcement office

Greathouse honored

Last Tuesday evening, the District Attorney's Office hosted the ninth annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Banquet to show gratitude to those who serve and protect the communities in the Griffin Judicial Circuit (Upson, Pike, Fayette and Spalding counties). In the program for the evening, District Attorney Scott Ballard stated law enforcement office

It was a whirlwind week for 71 sixth graders in the Upson County Jr. Deputy Program. They, along with 14 chaperones, visited Washington, D.C. April 26-30 on the inaugural trip organized by the Upson County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Dan Kilgore stated he could not have been prouder of the way the group represented the community.
“We could not

Jr. Deputies visit Washington

It was a whirlwind week for 71 sixth graders in the Upson County Jr. Deputy Program. They, along with 14 chaperones, visited Washington, D.C. April 26-30 on the inaugural trip organized by the Upson County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Dan Kilgore stated he could not have been prouder of the way the group represented the community. “We could not

The Thomaston-Upson Industrial Development Authority is one step closer to having the project for a new turn lane at the intersection of Highway 36 and Ben Hill Road in place, TUIDA Executive Director Kyle Fletcher told the board at their meeting on April 27. Currently, the project is on hold while it is determined if any utilities would need to be

Progress made on Hwy. 36 turning lane

The Thomaston-Upson Industrial Development Authority is one step closer to having the project for a new turn lane at the intersection of Highway 36 and Ben Hill Road in place, TUIDA Executive Director Kyle Fletcher told the board at their meeting on April 27. Currently, the project is on hold while it is determined if any utilities would need to be

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





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