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Starting over clean and sober

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It started with marijuana at age 14.By age 18, Marlon Smith was consuming copious amounts of alcohol and snorting cocaine.“I felt like I was at a party every time I had it [cocaine],” he said. “As I got older, I started getting into problems. I couldn’t hold a job or have a relationship. I got more frustrated and used drugs and drank.”When Marlon’s cousin died in 2010 from probable drug use, Marlon was scared straight …. or so he thought.“When he passed away, it changed my life,” he said. “I enrolled in school and started working …. but I couldn’t stop. I’d stop cocaine for two weeks and then go right back.”

 

Anatomy 101 – Muscles

Last time we covered a very basic overview of our skeletal system – the bony framework that maintains our body shape, protects vital organs, and provides a system of muscle levers that allow body movement. And although it allows body movement - our skeletal system cannot move on its own. In order to “move”, our bodies require a structure system that maintains and supports skeletal structure and gives the skeleton the ability to move - we need “muscles.” There are...

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Airport runway extension finally moving forward

The long-awaited runway extension project for LaGrange-Callaway Airport may begin by the end of the year.During Monday’s meeting of the Airport Advisory Board - its first since the airport came under the arm of the county - Reg Weaver, consultant with WK Dickson & Co., said the airport has received a “tentative allocation” of funds from the Georgia Department of Transportation for the cost of easements and design of the runway extension.GDOT is planning...

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Local dancers get ‘bigger picture’ with guest instructors

This week, about 36 dancers at the Lafayette Dance Academy are getting a taste of “big city” styles from guest instructors from the Atlanta area.Lafayette Dance Academy artistic director Amy Orr said the weeklong workshop provides inspiration and motivation for young dancers as the LDA prepares to start its dance year. Having the guest teachers always gives students a different perspective than what they’re used to, plus the instructors’ experience can help ...

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In our community: July 25, 2014

Today, Sunday & Aug. 1–3Events: Lafayette Society for Performing Arts presents “The Drowsy Chaperone” at 7:30 p.m. today, Saturday, and Aug. 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. with matinee shows at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday and Aug. 3 at the LSPA Black Box Theater at 214 Bull St. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for students. Call 706-882-9909 for tickets. The show is a picnic theater, with doors opening one hour prior to the show and attendees may bring food ...

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Bats: Providing free bug population control

When John Smith arrived off the coast of Virginia, his ships from the south of England carried on board one of the most devastating invasive species to North America, the mosquito.Mosquitoes are vectors of devastating illnesses such as yellow fever, malaria, West Nile and the newest threat, chikungunya. Fortunately the second largest order of mammals were waiting for them, the bats.There are over 1,200 species of bats worldwide. They are divided into two groups, microbat...

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Purcell claims tournament crown

LaGrange’s Ridge Purcell was the last man standing at the Pomp Shaefer Invitational in Carrollton this week.The tournament, which draws an elite field of amateur golfers in the state, was held at Sunset Hills Country Club, and it lasted two rounds.After the second round was completed, Purcell found himself in a tie with Eddie Hall for the top spot.The two went to a playoff, and it wasn’t decided until the third hole when Hall three-putted for a bog...

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Callaway returns to Hogansville

They’re heading back to Hogansville.For the past several years, the Callaway Cavaliers have played a preseason game at Hendrix Field in Hogansville.Callaway will be returning to Hendrix Field this year to take on the Greenville Patriots on Aug. 15.“That’ll be a big atmosphere and a lot of excitement,” Callaway coach Pete Wiggins said. “Greenville will have a great football team. It’ll be a big atmosphere in Hogansville, and ...

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Players put to the test

The format isn’t that different from past years, but there was one big change for the Callaway football players as they participated in the team’s annual Iron Man competition.When the players competed in the weight-lifting competitions, they were able to use brand-new equipment since the team’s weight room has been refurbished.That’s not the only big change at the school.A new multi-purpose field house is also open for business, and tha...

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Cavaliers look for more success

When the Callaway Cavaliers walked onto the field for their first preseason practice in 2013, they were hoping the upcoming season will yield big things.The Cavaliers were coming off a terrific 2012 season where they went 10-2 and made it to the second round of the state playoffs, and many of the players responsible for that success were coming back.So when the Cavaliers began preseason practice a year ago, hopes and expectations were high.What followed was th...

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African-American artist brings unique perspective to gallery

Art is an interpretation of a person’s point of view, experience and ideals, according to an artist whose work is currently on display downtown.The Cochran Gallery in downtown LaGrange is hosting an exhibit of works by Curlee Raven Holton, an artist and professor at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania who is director for the university’s Experimental Printmaking Institute.Holton and gallery owner Wesley Cochran have been friends since they met in Atlanta at the...

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Who’s watching you?

It was a headline that could have been ripped right out of the movies.But frighteningly enough, it was a real scenario being played out for a local minister and his family. As the LaGrange Daily News first reported July 18, the minister (whose name was not released by authorities) was being stalked by 51-year-old Jennifer Lyn Gray. According to Troup County Sheriff’s investigators, Gray actually followed the minister down to LaGrange, relocating, after seeing him at a faith b...

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Fundraisers

Golf tournament, auction to benefit sick toddlerA golf tournament and silent auction is set for Aug. 2 with tee off at 9 a.m. and pre-registration at 8 a.m. at the Hogansville Gold Club. The silent auction is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will benefit the family of Jackson Davis, 2, who was diagnosed with Menkes Disease soon after he was born. The event is also seeking sponsors through Saturday. Anyone interested should contact Libby Taylor at 706-594-1280 or Mary Jan...

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In our community: July 24, 2014

TodayEvents: A bridge game is open to the public at 5:30 p.m. at Bellevue. Cost is $10 per person per month. 706-882-9655New Community Church hosts Career Connect, a free job search assistance and networking event, at 5:30 p.m. with representatives from local staffing agencies, colleges, businesses and industries. Admission is free. Career coaches from the Department of Labor Career Center, Troup County Works, LaGrange College and West Georgia T...

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Players put to the test

Flipping the tire the first time is enough of a challenge.Doing it a second time, after making it through an obstacle course on a stifling July morning, is a particularly brutal test.The obstacle course is part of Troup High’s Iron Tiger competition which measures the players in a number of different areas.There were weight-lifting events, speed events, a jumping competition, events designed to test strength and endurance, and also the obstacle course....

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Troup ready to get started

It’s go time.The Troup Tigers, along with every other team across the state, will officially kick off preseason practice on Friday.Friday is the first day, according to the Georgia High School Association, that teams can hold an official practice.On Aug. 1, a week from Friday, teams can hold their first full-contact practice.The Tigers will be on the practice field from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Friday, and they’ll maintain that practice s...

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Thompson at Vanderbilt camp

One of Troup’s players was absent from the Iron Tiger competition the past few days, but he had a pretty good excuse.Tristan Thompson, an offensive lineman for Troup, is attending a camp at Vanderbilt University this week for players the team is interested in.“They invited 100 guys to come up, and he’s one of the 100 that came,” Troup head coach Lynn Kendall said.Thompson will be a senior this season, and he’ll be a key member of ...

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Freeman to get his shot as a freshman

Former Callaway Cavalier KeShun Freeman wasn’t at the ACC media days in Greensboro, N.C., but his name did come up.Freeman is a freshman linebacker for Georgia Tech, and as an early enrollee he has been with the team since the winter.That allowed Freeman to participate in spring practice with the Jackets, and head coach Paul Johnson said he made quite an impression.When talking about the defense with members of the media this week, Johnson said Freeman w...

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