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LPD to purchase K9 tracking collars

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After a three-day search for a missing LaGrange police K9 this week, the city has decided to purchase GPS collars for its K9s, with other local agencies expected to get on board, pending anticipated funds through fundraising.Mayor Jim Thornton issued a statement regarding the purchase on his Facebook page Thursday, the day after K9 Chico, who went missing Monday afternoon when he was involved in a search for an escaped convict, was found.“LPD has been using police dogs for almost 20 years, and this is the first time they’ve had a dog be missing in action,” said Thornton. “We are so happy that K-9 Officer Chico has been found, but we need to take this preventative measure going forward.”


Aggravating Argentine ants

It’s early morning and your eyes are barely open. Your cat is hungry and you reach for the bowl to fill and you realize that your hand is covered with ants. The bowl is just covered with ants and legions of ants are making a trail from an electric outlet to the cat’s bowl. Welcome to a home invasion from a critter called the Argentine ant.

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School board approves Berta roofing work, denies demolition

The Board of Education on Thursday approved a bid for a company to abate asbestos roofing material as part of re-roofing Berta Weathersbee Elementary School, also denying a rumor that the building would be torn down.The Board of Education last month approved a contract with Rycars Construction LLC of Atlanta for $261,375 to re-roof Berta Weathersbee Elementary School. The roofing material on most of the building has worn out and started to leak, said John Radcliffe, assistant super...

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Vehicle strikes school bus

A school bus was struck by a vehicle that blew through a stop sign Thursday at the intersection of Revis and Burr streets.No serious injuries were reported, although the driver of the striking vehicle was bloodied and transported to West Georgia Medical Center (WGMC).The driver of a Nissan Maxima caused moderate damage to the school bus’s driver side, according to police reports. The driver initially lied to police, saying she was not the driver of the vehicle....

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Group home employee arrested for child cruelty

An employee of a Hogansville group home was arrested this week and charged with battery, terroristic threats and child cruelty in the first and third degrees.Terri Canady, 25, of Dream House Youth Services, a Hogansville-based group home management company, was taken into custody Monday after a cell phone video emerged of her allegedly abusing a child in her care at a Granite Street group home in Hogansville.The owner of the group homes, Jimmy McCamey, called the video &...

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Sodexo has supported the backpack programs across the United States since 2006 and the Troup County Nutrition Department has participated in this program since 2013 to students within the district.On Thursday, one of Sodexo regional organizations, African American Leadership Forum (AALF), donated school supplies and backpacks to the Troup County Schools Nutrition Department. These supplies will be used within the district to help those schools which are most in need of these items....

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Spinks remembered as business, community leader, gentleman

Friends and co-workers of local real-estate entrepreneur Roy Spinks remembered his soft-spoken leadership and fondness for flying and boating.Spinks passed away at West Georgia Hospice Wednesday after succumbing to the rare, degenerative brain disorder Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. He was 63.Spinks started working in the community with Coldwell Banker Spinks Brown Durand Realtors in LaGrange in 1973 and had served as president of Spinks, Brown & Durand Inc. since 1987. Spin...

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Church ready for community yard sale

Good deals, great steals and everything must go – words almost every shopper loves to hear.The best part? All the money goes right back into the community. It’s part of the annual yard sale at St. Peter’s Catholic Church off Lafayette Parkway. If you need it, chances are the church will have it at bargain basement prices.“We have furniture, household items, Christmas decorations, children’s clothing, baby items, collectibles, vases, TVs R...

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John Roy Spinks III

John Roy Spinks, III, age 63, died Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at the West Georgia Hospice after a brief illness.Roy was born March 22, 1951 in LaGrange the son of Calvin T. Spinks, III and Charlene Muse Spinks. He attended public schools in LaGrange and graduated from LaGrange High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Georgia in 1973.

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In our community: Sept. 19, 2014

Today Events: Franklin Forest Elementary School hosts Grandparents’ Lunch for grades pre-k to 2.Hogansville Elementary School hosts second grade parent Educational Workshop and lunch.Rosemont Elementary School hosts Picnic with Grandparents for grades 1 and 2.The March of Dimes / Diverse Power Golf Tournament will be held at The Fields Golf Club. Lunch provided by Longhorn will be served at noon and the shotgun start ...

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Cougars looking for road win

The Lafayette Christian School Cougars have shown they can win on their home field.Tonight, they’ll try to pick up their first road win of the season when they travel to Clarkesville to play Trinity Classic School in an eight-man football game.The game will mark the halfway point of the regular season, and if the Warriors win they’ll improve to 4-1.Also tonight, Callaway and LaGrange will both be on the road.Callaway plays at Harris Coun...

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Defensive miscues sink Troup

Troup’s softball team did plenty of damage at the plate during Thursday’s region showdown against Woodward Academy.The Lady Tigers had 15 hits, including a triple and a home run by Amber Arnold, and they scored seven runs.The Lady Tigers lost the game 13-7, though, in large part because of some shaky defensive play.While Woodward had 14 hits of its own, Troup committed seven errors that led to a bunch of runs.“We out-hit them, but ...

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Warriors back on winning track

They’ve taken the field nine times, and eight times they’ve won in dominant fashion.The one time the LaGrange Academy Lady Warriors met their match was last weekend against Trinity (Ala.) in a rematch of last year’s state-championship game.Trinity, playing on its home field, rolled to a 5-0 victory.On Thursday, the Warriors (8-1) were on the field for the first time since that loss, and they handled Peachtree Academy 4-1.The Warrio...

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Northside pitcher shuts down LaGrange

It was a solid effort for LaGrange pitcher Cassidy Creed during Thursday’s Region 1-AAAAA game against Northside.Northside had three runs in the fifth inning, but Creed didn’t allow a run in the other six innings.Unfortunately for Creed, Northside pitcher Allison Sievers was untouchable.Sievers tossed a seven-inning no-hitter and struck out six to lead her team to a 3-0 victory.The Lady Grangers were coming off back-to-back region wins o...

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Troup falls short in wild shootout

COLUMBUS - They were two points short.The Troup Tigers had their way offensively during Thursday’s game against Carver, accumulating more than 500 yards while putting 41 points on the scoreboard.It wasn’t enough, though, not against a Carver offense that had a brilliant night of its own.With quarterback Jawon Pass leading the way, Carver survived a late Troup comeback bid to secure a 43-41 victory in a wild, back-and-forth ballgame that featured 12...

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Lecture series sets sights on Croatia

This year’s 3D Journeys travel experience and lecture series at LaGrange College will focus on Croatia, one of Europe’s top destinations.“We wanted to offer our guests something different,” said Martha Pirkle, Director of Alumni and Community Relations. “Not many people know much about Croatia or have traveled there. It is a beautiful country, and we’re looking forward to learning more about it.”A preview of the events planned fo...

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Berta, Rosemont make state list for performance, gains

Two Troup County schools were recognized for improving student achievement when the Georgia Department of Education released its 2014 Reward Schools list Wednesday.Berta Weathersbee Elementary School received recognition for highest progress while Rosemont Elementary School received commendations for highest performance.“Inclusion on the Reward Schools list recognizes the great achievements of not only the students, but the faculty, parents, community, administrati...

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LPD goes global with social media

From LaGrange to Algeria and back, the LaGrange Police Department is making a lot of friends.“Our Facebook page reaches around the world — it’s global, we’ve got ‘likes’ on there from all over,” said LPD Detective Chris Pritchett, as he sat behind his desk clicking away online. “Let’s find some: The UK, Vietnam, South Korea …”The list goes on.Pritchett, Sgt. Robert Kirby of the criminal investig...

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