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UPDATE: Missing K9 found alive, healthy

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Officers from the LaGrange Police Department and the Troup County Sheriff’s Office have located a missing K9 today alive and healthy in a wooded patch of land in northern Troup County.The LaGrange Police K9, named Chico, was found around 3:30 p.m. after a three-day search involving law enforcement agencies from around the region.Chico initially went missing on Monday afternoon when he was involved in a search for escaped convict Lester E. Sullens of Stephens County, Georgia.


Troup gets best of Brookstone

They got to finish the game this time.Earlier this season, the Troup Lady Tigers were leading Brookstone 3-1 when the came was canceled because of rain.It wasn’t an official game when the decision was made to stop play, so the Lady Tigers weren’t awarded the win.Those two teams squared off again on Wednesday, and the sky was clear and they were able to play the full seven innings.Troup got a pair of runs in the first inning, and that was...

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Tigers ready for road challenge

Everything was going wrong.After opening the season with back-to-back wins, the Troup Tigers were hoping to make it three in a row against Harris County last week, but things weren’t looking very promising in the first half.Whatever could go wrong, was going wrong for the Tigers, from turnovers, to calls not going their way, to some defensive breakdowns, and of course to some stellar play by a talented Harris County team.As the Tigers got the ball with t...

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County announces Employee of Month

Sheila Matthews was named July Employee of the Month during County Commission’s Tuesday meeting. Matthews, an assistant court administrator for Juvenile Court who has been with the county for 22 years, was recognized by her peers for her calm and relaxed personality, and ability to get along well with staff, clients, attorneys and law enforcement, said County Commission Chairman Ricky Wolfe. He added that her peers described her as a master of communicating complicated issues and always...

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Kroger hiring 2,000 jobs in Atlanta Division

ATLANTA — Kroger is hiring 2,000 permanent associates across its Atlanta Division, which includes Georgia, Eastern Alabama and South Carolina. The nation’s largest grocery retailer currently employees more than 28,000 in its Atlanta Division.“Kroger is committed to creating job opportunities for our current and future employees,” said Glynn Jenkins, director of communications and public relations for Kroger’s Atlanta Division. “Our continued grow...

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Family seeking help with medical costsThe family of Ronnie Smith is seeking help in paying for his medical expenses following several serious medical problems – including a brain bleed, blood clots and colon polyps – that he has suffered since March. A benefit car wash is set for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Parkway Mitsubishi on Lafayette Parkway. Anyone wishing to donate may do so to “The Ronnie Smith Fund” at PNC Bank or by going to Islan...

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Convict brought back to scene of missing police dog

Convict Lester E. Sullens, who law enforcement officials captured Monday has been brought back to Troup County today to aid in the search of missing LaGrange Police K9, Chico.The LaGrange Police animal went missing during the manhunt for Sullens in northern Troup County.Sullens, of Stephens County, Georgia, told police after his apprehension that he fought with the dog and “tied it to a tree.”A reporter is at the scene of the search and no other de...

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LHS teacher earns architecture, design program certification

Michael Evans, an instructor at LaGrange High School, was recently recognized for earning certification to teach state-certified architecture and design training.Evans, CTAE instructor for drafting at LHS, earned industry certification from the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA) and Georgia Department of Education for the Architectural Drawing and Design (AD&D) Program.Kevin Ward, operations director of CEFGA, made a special presentation to Evans at the...

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Council discusses revisions to alcohol ordinance

City officials discussed at a recent work session possible changes to the city’s alcohol ordinances.The discussion stemmed from a presentation at a June city council meeting by a LaGrange resident, who requested that the city allow the use of growlers, which are carry out beer containers.“These aren’t things I’m necessarily advocating for, but some of these things we need to fix because there’s some problems out there and some are things we ...

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A few of their favorite things

It was like being a kid at Christmas, once you entered the doors to Del’Avant in downtown LaGrange.Table, after table, plus row after row was elegantly decorated with toys, sparkly ball gowns, flowers, jewelry, and more … all part of the annual “My Favorite Things” luncheon, held by the LaGrange Symphony Guild. The event and all the proceeds benefit the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra’s children’s programs, which includes: the youth symphony orchestr...

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Truck stolen from dealership

LaGrange Police are searching for a stolen pick up truck after it was reported missing from a car dealer’s lot Tuesday afternoon.A champagne-colored 2006 Ford F-250 was taken from Foster’s Auto Sales on Hamilton Road shortly after 3 a.m. Tuesday, according to police reports.The vehicle does not have a tag on it.Officers were able to view surveillance footage that showed two African-American males approach the vehicle, enter it and drive away. It is...

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Area woman goes missing

Law enforcement agencies are looking for a LaGrange woman after she was reported missing Tuesday afternoon.Cherika Nelson failed to return from a trip to a Commerce Avenue dollar store Tuesday after picking up diapers for her children, according to police reports.Her husband has attempted to call her mobile phone, but the call goes directly to voicemail, police said.Nelson is described as a 32-year-old African-American female, approximately 5-feet, 8-inches ta...

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County mulls Boyd Park liability following hand over

County Commissioners approved an agreement to give operations and maintenance of the Boyd Park amphitheater to the Downtown LaGrange Development Authority on Tuesday.The maintenance and operations will be funded mainly through hotel/motel taxes, said County Manager Tod Tentler. Since the majority of hotels and motels are in the city of LaGrange, he estimated about 90 percent of the funding would come from the city’s tax and 10 percent from the county’s.

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Police: K9 believed to be dead

New information is emerging following a chorus of criticism that rang out Tuesday evening on social media after law enforcement officers suspended their search for a missing police K9.The LaGrange Police animal, named Chico, went missing during a manhunt for an escaped convict Monday in northern Troup County.Convict Lester E. Sullens, of Stephens County, Georgia, told police after his apprehension that he fought with the dog and “tied it to a tree.”...

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Gardner Newman students recognized by Stenson Foundation

Ten Gardner Newman Middle School students who received the 2013-14 Dernell Renauld Stenson Foundation STEM - science, technology, engineering and math - Award were recognized at the Aug. 21 Board of Education meeting.Receiving the awards were Carmen McGhee, Juna Choi, Sophie Myers, Sarim Siddiqi, Carson Crocker, Camian Laye, Iyanna Strickland, John Arthur, Anna Shank and Alexander Martin.The students were chosen by the Foundation based on their application and written re...

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LaGrange eyes second straight win

The LaGrange Grangers are rested and ready to put together their first winning streak of the season.LaGrange, which beat Spalding County 14-8 on Sept. 5 for its first win, will be in Forsyth on Friday to take on Mary Persons.LaGrange didn’t play last week.The Grangers, after opening the season with back-to-back losses to Callaway and Troup, have a chance to win a second straight game, and even their record at 2-2 in the process.But it won̵...

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Bowie continues to shine

Sam Bowie continued to leave the opposition in his foot steps.Bowie, a junior on the LaGrange High cross country team, is enjoying a phenomenal season, and he added to it with a victory on Saturday in the Carrollton Orthopedic Invitational.The invitational featured an elite field, and LaGrange was competing against teams in Class AAAA and Class AAAAA.Bowie found himself locked in a showdown with Colton Page of Allatoona High School, and he crossed the finish l...

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Callaway hangs on for road win

They were cruising along, holding a seemingly comfortable six-run lead, and their pitcher was tossing a no-hitter.Things have a way of turning in a hurry in sports, though, and a game the Callaway Lady Cavaliers seemed to have in hand moments earlier was suddenly very much in doubt.Pepperell, which trailed 6-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning of Tuesday’s Region 5-AAA game, scored five runs, and it had the tying run on third, and the winning run on sec...

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