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Reporter's Note: This is the first part in a two-part series on the controversies swirling around the potential legalization of medical marijuana in the state of Georgia. The ramifications for passing such legislation seems to go beyond the medical use, but could also impact crime, children and society in general. Many believe it could pave the way

A prescription for disaster?

Reporter's Note: This is the first part in a two-part series on the controversies swirling around the potential legalization of medical marijuana in the state of Georgia. The ramifications for passing such legislation seems to go beyond the medical use, but could also impact crime, children and society in general. Many believe it could pave the way

A Chambers County, Alabama, woman was arrested Tuesday by the Troup County Sheriff's Office in connection with a series of commercial burglaries that allegedly occurred in Troup County during the past few months.
Travanique Floyd, 28, faces charges of burglary in the first degree and obstruction of an officer along with her husband, 28-year-old Ma

Deputies arrest woman on burglary charges

A Chambers County, Alabama, woman was arrested Tuesday by the Troup County Sheriff's Office in connection with a series of commercial burglaries that allegedly occurred in Troup County during the past few months. Travanique Floyd, 28, faces charges of burglary in the first degree and obstruction of an officer along with her husband, 28-year-old Ma

FAIRFAX, VA — Kasie Roark, a student at Union County High School has been selected to represent South Carolina as a National Youth Delegate to the 2015 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University.
Roark joins a select group of 250 students from across the country to participate in an intensive study week-long of lea

Roark selected to attend youth summit

FAIRFAX, VA — Kasie Roark, a student at Union County High School has been selected to represent South Carolina as a National Youth Delegate to the 2015 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University. Roark joins a select group of 250 students from across the country to participate in an intensive study week-long of lea

That's more like it.
Last weekend, the LaGrange Academy Lady Warriors managed just 17 points in a home loss to Flint River.
They returned to the court on Friday for a home game against Furtah Prep, and the result was a lot different this time around.
The Lady Warriors scored 24 points in the first quarter alone, and they rolled to a 77-14 victor

Academy girls roll to home win

That's more like it. Last weekend, the LaGrange Academy Lady Warriors managed just 17 points in a home loss to Flint River. They returned to the court on Friday for a home game against Furtah Prep, and the result was a lot different this time around. The Lady Warriors scored 24 points in the first quarter alone, and they rolled to a 77-14 victor

NEWBERRY — Kelley Strong of Union, S.C., was crowned Miss Newberry College 2015 on Sunday, Jan. 25, at the annual pageant held at Newberry High School.
A senior majoring in Art and Graphic Design with a minor in Biology, Strong will represent Newberry College at the 2015 Miss South Carolina Pageant held June 23-27 at Township Auditorium in C

Strong named Miss Newberry College

NEWBERRY — Kelley Strong of Union, S.C., was crowned Miss Newberry College 2015 on Sunday, Jan. 25, at the annual pageant held at Newberry High School. A senior majoring in Art and Graphic Design with a minor in Biology, Strong will represent Newberry College at the 2015 Miss South Carolina Pageant held June 23-27 at Township Auditorium in C

Attendees of a public hearing Thursday for the proposed Hogansville library want a building that can serve as a community gathering place and technology hub with a look that is consistent with the historical district where it will be located.
“I think libraries are customized to communities,” said David Moore, architect with McMillan P

Residents give input on new library

Attendees of a public hearing Thursday for the proposed Hogansville library want a building that can serve as a community gathering place and technology hub with a look that is consistent with the historical district where it will be located. “I think libraries are customized to communities,” said David Moore, architect with McMillan P

As Cambrella Roberson, assistant director at TRiO Educational Talent Search (ETS), stepped into the TCSS Administrative Services Building Friday morning, she smiled as she handed over a box full of donated clothing from a recent Care Drive. The coats, blankets, and even new shirts will help support students who fall under the McKinney-Vento Homeles

TCSS receives clothing donations from TRiO

As Cambrella Roberson, assistant director at TRiO Educational Talent Search (ETS), stepped into the TCSS Administrative Services Building Friday morning, she smiled as she handed over a box full of donated clothing from a recent Care Drive. The coats, blankets, and even new shirts will help support students who fall under the McKinney-Vento Homeles

Callaway Elementary School Student Council sponsored a friendly reading competition among grade levels during the month of January. Classes that read and tested on the most books won a snow cone party. On Friday the top classes were revealed and students were encouraged to participate in a twin, tacky or crazy hair day to celebrate reading. Shown a

Callaway Elementary School Student Council sponsored a friendly reading competition among grade levels during the month of January. Classes that read and tested on the most books won a snow cone party. On Friday the top classes were revealed and students were encouraged to participate in a twin, tacky or crazy hair day to celebrate reading. Shown a

The game was in hand, but Lafayette Christian School coach Rene Gomez was still pushing his players.
At the half of Friday's game against Holy Ground, the Cougars had a 37-7 lead in their final home game of the season.
The outcome was no longer in doubt, but Gomez wanted his players to stay hungry, to keep fighting.
“I challenged the guys

Stingy defense powers Cougars

The game was in hand, but Lafayette Christian School coach Rene Gomez was still pushing his players. At the half of Friday's game against Holy Ground, the Cougars had a 37-7 lead in their final home game of the season. The outcome was no longer in doubt, but Gomez wanted his players to stay hungry, to keep fighting. “I challenged the guys

UNION COUNTY — Three football coaches from The University of South Carolina made a recruiting visit to Union County High School on Friday.
The Gamecocks' Head Football Coach Steve Spurrier, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach Shawn Elliott, and Receivers Coach Steve Spurrier, Jr. visited former Gamecocks QB, Union County Head Coach

USC coaches visit high school

UNION COUNTY — Three football coaches from The University of South Carolina made a recruiting visit to Union County High School on Friday. The Gamecocks' Head Football Coach Steve Spurrier, Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach Shawn Elliott, and Receivers Coach Steve Spurrier, Jr. visited former Gamecocks QB, Union County Head Coach

ATLANTA — Fran Tarkenton at 75! The first thing you can say about this Hall of Fame quarterback with that many years in life's rear view mirror is that he has not slowed down any.
His waistline is the same as it was in college when he shopped at Dick Ferguson's on Clayton Street in Athens. Back then his shoulder was the one he was born with.

Fran Tarkenton: Renaissance man

ATLANTA — Fran Tarkenton at 75! The first thing you can say about this Hall of Fame quarterback with that many years in life's rear view mirror is that he has not slowed down any. His waistline is the same as it was in college when he shopped at Dick Ferguson's on Clayton Street in Athens. Back then his shoulder was the one he was born with.

The following fifth grade students were recognized on Jan. 23 at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School's student recognition program. These students were selected to be Soaring Eagles, the top honor for outstanding character in fifth grade at Berta Weathersbee Elementary. The students were chosen for characteristics of being trustworthy, dependable,

The following fifth grade students were recognized on Jan. 23 at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School's student recognition program. These students were selected to be Soaring Eagles, the top honor for outstanding character in fifth grade at Berta Weathersbee Elementary. The students were chosen for characteristics of being trustworthy, dependable,

Saturday
Meetings: Self Help Harbor, 909 Stonewall St., hosts AA meetings at 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. for women, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Churches: Trinity SDA Church Prayer and Bible Study Center at 710 Jenkins St. holds a free Bible study from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Pastor Walter Gordon, 706-812-0760 
Sunday
Meetings: Self Help Harbor, 909 Stonewall St., hosts

In our community

Saturday Meetings: Self Help Harbor, 909 Stonewall St., hosts AA meetings at 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. for women, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Churches: Trinity SDA Church Prayer and Bible Study Center at 710 Jenkins St. holds a free Bible study from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Pastor Walter Gordon, 706-812-0760 Sunday Meetings: Self Help Harbor, 909 Stonewall St., hosts

They were making a move.
After falling behind by 25 points in the third quarter of Friday's home game against Furtah Prep, the LaGrange Academy Warriors started to fight back.
When Anderson Winslow scored with 2:22 left in the third period, the Warriors were within 16, and they were starting to build some momentum.
The good feelings didn't last,

Tough night for Warriors

They were making a move. After falling behind by 25 points in the third quarter of Friday's home game against Furtah Prep, the LaGrange Academy Warriors started to fight back. When Anderson Winslow scored with 2:22 left in the third period, the Warriors were within 16, and they were starting to build some momentum. The good feelings didn't last,

ESPN analyst and radio show host Colin Cowherd said that the New England Patriots are good for the Super Bowl, because America likes a villain. But what if both teams in the Super Bowl are villains? Who do you cheer for?
In one corner, there are the New England Patriots, playing the role of Lex Luthor, the brilliant evil genius that causes so many

Super Bowl XLIX between Lex Luthor and the Joker

ESPN analyst and radio show host Colin Cowherd said that the New England Patriots are good for the Super Bowl, because America likes a villain. But what if both teams in the Super Bowl are villains? Who do you cheer for? In one corner, there are the New England Patriots, playing the role of Lex Luthor, the brilliant evil genius that causes so many

For LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton, the future is now.To shape that future in LaGrange, he held the first in a series of town hall meetings Thursday evening at the Troup County Baptist Association. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday at 6 p.m. at Hollis Hand Elementary School.Just shy of 100 people came to voice the suggestions and concerns rangi

Mayor: The future is now

For LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton, the future is now.To shape that future in LaGrange, he held the first in a series of town hall meetings Thursday evening at the Troup County Baptist Association. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday at 6 p.m. at Hollis Hand Elementary School.Just shy of 100 people came to voice the suggestions and concerns rangi

The Georgia State Patrol has identified the driver and passenger of a Chevrolet Trailblazer involved in a single-car wreck Thursday morning on Hogansville Road.
According to Sgt. Maurice Raines, post commander for GSP in LaGrange, the driver, Alexis Devaughn Knight, 17, passed several cars when she lost control of the SUV just north of Hines Road.

Teens injured in wreck identified

The Georgia State Patrol has identified the driver and passenger of a Chevrolet Trailblazer involved in a single-car wreck Thursday morning on Hogansville Road. According to Sgt. Maurice Raines, post commander for GSP in LaGrange, the driver, Alexis Devaughn Knight, 17, passed several cars when she lost control of the SUV just north of Hines Road.

UNION — What do you with vacant buildings in the downtown area of your city?
Demolish them and redevelop the property as a municipal park.
That's one option that other cities are doing to address the problem of vacant buildings in their downtowns, an option that was discussed during a presentation to Union City Council on downtown Union Mon

Parks and Food Truck Fridays

UNION — What do you with vacant buildings in the downtown area of your city? Demolish them and redevelop the property as a municipal park. That's one option that other cities are doing to address the problem of vacant buildings in their downtowns, an option that was discussed during a presentation to Union City Council on downtown Union Mon

Another domino fell Friday in Troup County Superior Court as the girlfriend of an alleged methamphetamine-trafficking kingpin pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.
Amber B. Tucker, 29, of LaGrange, was sentenced to three years in prison to be followed by seven years' probation in a negotiated plea deal. She was

Girlfriend flips on alleged kingpin

Another domino fell Friday in Troup County Superior Court as the girlfriend of an alleged methamphetamine-trafficking kingpin pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Amber B. Tucker, 29, of LaGrange, was sentenced to three years in prison to be followed by seven years' probation in a negotiated plea deal. She was

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