The Daily News’ weekly Neighbors series features one person from LaGrange and the surrounding area.
This week, we had some divine inspiration and went to local priest Allen Pruitt to seek his hobbies, sports interests and what he enjoys about his role behind the robes.
LaGrange Daily News: What is your name and occupation, and where do you live?
Pruitt: My name is Allen Pruitt and I’m the priest at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church. I live in downtown LaGrange.
LDN: What’s the best part of your job?
Pruitt: The best part of my job is the people I get to meet. People who come to my church are curious about God, they’re curious about their relationships with other people, and their relationship with God.
LDN: How long have you lived here, and where are you originally from?
Pruitt: I’ve lived here for five and a half years, and I am from Rome, Georgia.
LDN: What are your hobbies and interests? What do you do in your free time?
Pruitt: I’ve been playing pickleball at the rec center lately. It’s like tennis or racquetball with a wiffle ball. Because of the slower speeds, it makes for a more level playing field for the young and old and people at various levels of ability and disability.
LDN: What sports and teams do you follow?
Pruitt: I’m a long-suffering Cubs fan; hopefully 2016 will be our year. I also follow Liverpool FC, and I’m a lone Georgia fan in a sea of Auburn.
LDN: What music have been listening to lately?
Pruitt: I’ve been listening to Sturgill Simpson. His latest album is as good as his other two. Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats, as well. I’m currently trying to figure out how to get Spotify to play the Hank Williams Jr. radio station without “Achy Breaky Heart” coming up.
LDN: Where do you think is the most beautiful place in town?
Pruitt: I like the square at evening, and I love hiking around the West Point Dam with the family.
LDN: What businesses would you like to see open here?
Pruitt: A Thai restaurant would be great, and it wouldn’t hurt for local businesses to be open past 5:00.
LDN: What is your favorite thing about living here?
Pruitt: I love the short commutes. It’s fantastic being five minutes from pretty much everything.
‘Neighbors’ is a weekly series by the Daily News that highlights community members. To nominate a person to be featured, call Daily News editor Matthew Strother at 706-884-7311, ext. 2153, or email [email protected]