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Emergency Service Unit handles high-risk incidents

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Rarely ever does LaGrange see dramatic hostage negotiations or down-to-wire tactical situations. However, that hasn’t stopped the LaGrange Police Department from assembling a well-trained and prepared Emergency Service Unit made up of a negotiation and tactical team, established in 2001.Lt. Dale Strickland, tactical commander since its formation, said the agency sees about 4-6 incidents a year where the ESU is utilized.One of these incidents occurred last week when a man barricaded himself inside the Waffle House on Hamilton Road.The Sheriff’s Office called upon ESU to assist with negotiating with the suspect.


Schedules change for teams

While the Troup Tigers were able to play their game on Tuesday, the day was a washout for the Callaway Cavaliers and LaGrange Grangers.Callaway was scheduled to host Rockmart on Tuesday, while LaGrange was set to visit Fayette County.Callaway’s game against Rockmart will be made up on Friday at 5:30 p.m., while LaGrange and Fayette County will play today.Callaway has already lost two games this week because of rain.The Cavaliers were supposed ...

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Troup’s Foster goes deep

For a hitter, it was the ideal situation.When Jonathan Foster stepped to the plate in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Troup Tigers had a base runner on first with two outs.Jacob Pate was on the mound for Columbus, and he fell behind 2-0 to Foster, which is a dangerous count against a hitter with his ability.Foster knew he could look for the pitch he wanted, in the location he wanted, and anything else he could just watch sail by.He got the pitch...

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Tigers smother Blue Devils

He embraced the opportunity.Before Tuesday’s showdown against the Columbus Blue Devils, Troup head coach Craig Garner let senior Brannon Weathers know that he was going to be the man with the baseball in his hand.“I was super-pumped at school thinking about it,” Weathers said. “I was ready.”Weathers promptly went out and delivered a sensational pitching performance.Weathers gave up a run in the first inning, but he held...

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TCSS proposes to eliminate 30 positions, facing $3 million deficit

The Troup County School System is estimating a $3 million deficit for the next fiscal year and looking at eliminating about 30 positions, but hoping most will be through attrition.School system Superintendent Cole Pugh said he intends to ask the Board of Education on Thursday to authorize the reduction in force, allowing staff the option to move forward with eliminating 29.5 positions.“We think almost all of that can be dealt with through attrition and reassignment...

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First CEO chosen for the THINC College and Career Academy

Big changes on the way for the THINC College and Career Academy.The organization announced on Monday they have hired Kathy Carlisle to be the first Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the academy.Dr. Carlisle holds a Bachelor of Science from Troy State University, Master’s in Public Administration from Columbus State University, and Doctorate in Adult Education from Auburn University. She was also the former director of Goodwill’s regional Career and Training Ce...

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West Point council approves library funding, gives awards

West Point City Council voted Monday to approve library services contracts for the two libraries available to West Point residents.The contracts state that the city will fund $1,250 per month, or $15,000 for the year, to Bradshaw Library in Valley, Ala. The library will be required to make its facility and all services available to West Point residents upon the same terms and conditions as the same are made available for Chambers County, Ala., residents.

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Tigers set for season finale

The Troup Tigers put a scare into the rival LaGrange Grangers in the first half Friday night.Through the first 40 minutes, neither team scored, and they headed to their respective locker rooms with the game deadlocked at 0-0.The second half didn’t go quite as well for the Tigers.The Grangers got a couple of early goals in the second half, and they went on to claim a 3-0 victory.It was a disappointing loss for the Tigers, but it was still a sec...

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Special day for Callaway

It was a big day for the Callaway High football program.The Cavaliers obviously didn’t play a game Sunday afternoon, but it was nonetheless a special occasion for the team as it held its football banquet.A year ago, Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart was the guest speaker.So how was Callaway head coach Pete Wiggins going to top that this year?All he did was go out and get Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn, whose team was coming off an appea...

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No change for Grangers

The message was the same.On Friday, the LaGrange Grangers got a much-needed win over the Alexander Cougars.The win snapped a four-game losing streak, and kept the Grangers firmly in the playoff picture in Region 5-AAAA.As LaGrange coach Todd Herrington addressed his team after the game, though, his message was no different than it was after the four losses.“I told them, enjoy this win, and it was a big win, be proud of yourself and enjoy it to...

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Trojans have Troup’s number

Twice this season, the Troup Tigers took a lead into the seventh and final inning against the Carrollton Trojans.Sometimes in baseball that final out can be the hardest one to get, though.The Tigers found that out in their two games with the Trojans.The Tigers had a 4-2 lead over the Trojans heading into the seventh inning on March 27, but they ended up losing 5-4 in eight innings.On Friday, the two teams met again, and this time the Tigers carried ...

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Long Cane Middle School students raise over $1,600 for cancer

Students at Long Cane Middle School participated in The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients program and raised funds to find cures for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma research, and for patient services.Pennies for Patients is part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s national school and youth programs. Pennies for Patients has a double benefit, because they allow students to develop compassion and learn the value of helping others as they work for a go...

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Fuzzy Zoeller always welcome at Masters

AUGUSTA – Masters champions keep coming back. Augusta is home. There is no place where they are more welcomed. They are easily recognized in their green jackets, their graying hair and mid-sections more ample than in their days of yore.

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How kissing Congressman ruined Rand Paul’s attack on Hillary

Rand Paul has attacked Hillary Clinton for having a husband who took advantage of a staffer. But conservative GOP Rep Vance McAllister just ruined Sen. Paul’s main argument against former Sen. Hillary Clinton with his shenanigans.Kentucky Sen. Paul, who is likely to run for president in 2016, started the line of attack against his likely Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. Paul has chosen a unique line of attack. Instead of going after Hillary, who has plenty of baggage fro...

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Cold, wet weather in forecast

If you’ve already put away those blankets and winter gloves, it might be time to pull them out again. Cool weather is back in the forecast.The week gets off to a wet start, with a 90 percent chance of rain tonight and Tuesday morning in Troup County. Up to 2 inches are expected.Once the rain moves out, temperatures will take a dip. Tuesday’s high is likely to be near 60, then plunge to near freezing overnight. The record for the date is 30, set in 1963 at LaG...

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Shots fired at large party

A group of people fired shots at a party about 1:30 a.m. Sunday at Pop’s Party Place in the 1300 block of Lafayette Parkway.While en route to the scene, officers saw a four-door sedan speeding away from the building. They reported then seeing over 100 vehicles leaving the driveway of the business at a high rate of speed and people running from the location, according to the report.While talking with people at the scene, nobody could confirm the identities of the sh...

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Body of Valley woman found in river

VALLEY — A woman’s body was found in a Valley, Ala., river Friday, according to a press release from the Valley Police Department.Police say that 57-year-old Patricia Diane Frazier, of Valley, was reportedly last seen alive by her husband who said that she went missing between about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and 3:30 a.m. Thursday from their residence in the 6700 block of 20th Ave. Frazier’s husband told police that his wife was suffering from several medical issues.

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Three arrested on suspicion of residential burglaries

Three people were arrested and thousands of dollars worth of stolen firearms and other items were recovered from numerous residential burglaries on the west side of Troup County.Joseph B. Kelly, 20, of Chambers County, Ala., and Tevin J Stinson, 20, of Lee County, Ala., were arrested and charged with seven counts each of burglary in the first degree, and one count each of attempted burglary, according to a press release by the Troup County Sheriff’s Office.Kelly is...

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