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16 miles of I-85 named for Ray Anderson

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Sixteen miles of Troup County’s portion of I-85 has been named the Ray C. Anderson Memorial Highway, dedicated to Ray Anderson, late founder and chairman of Interface, Inc.The state of Georgia created a resolution designating from exit 2 in West Point to Exit 18 in LaGrange to Anderson’s memorial highway; The legislation was sponsored by state Rep. Randy Nix and will be signed by Governor Nathan Deal on July 30.“Ray Anderson was truly a visionary,” said Nix in a press release from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. “Not only did he revolutionize the carpet industry, but his commitment to manufacturing sustainability has proven that good environmental stewardship is good business.”


In our community: July 23, 2014

TodayMeetings: Self Help Harbor, 909 Stonewall St., hosts AA meetings at 8 a.m., noon, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.Churches: Springfield Baptist Church in Hogansville will host vacation bible school at 6 p.m. All kids ages 3 to 10 years old are invited.Callaway Baptist Church hosts service and classes at 7 p.m.Today, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

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Faster, easier website unveiled today

The LaGrange Daily News is today unveiling a significant upgrade of its website, making easier to navigate, faster to load and more effective for advertisers.As with this week’s launch of our redesigned print product, the new website is largely the result of feedback from both readers and advertisers over the past several months.Among our improved and upgraded features are:· Easier to read headlines with one-click accessibility to s...

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Man arrested and charged with incest

A Troup County man remains behind bars after being arrested over the weekend for alleged sexual assault.According to the Troup County Sheriffs Office, Earnest Dean Reese, 54, was charged with one count of incest after an investigation allegedly revealed Reese had sexually assaulted a 5-year-old child.No other details have been released.According to the Troup County Magistrate Court, Reese had a hearing early Monday morning. He was granted bond of $25,000, but ...

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Police: Children living in home with animal urine, feces

A LaGrange police officer responded to a call at a home in the 2000 block of Mooty Bridge Road to assist another officer with Animal Control. The officer became concerned when he tried to open the porch door, which was barricaded by dirty clothing with flies hovering around them.Investigators discovered in addition to three adults living in the home, there was also a 1-year-old child, and a 12-year-old boy. Officers said the house also had several animals living inside, and there w...

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Elderly woman drives wrong way on road, almost hits two LaGrange Police Officers

A bizarre chain of events lead to the arrest of a local elderly woman Monday.LaGrange police said around 9:30 p.m., they were called to the West Georgia Tech campus on Orchard Hill Road to help 73-year-old Annie Faye Hamlin find her truck. When they arrived, officers discovered she was disoriented and could not tell them what year it was, her birth date, the make and model of her truck, or how she had gotten to campus.Officers said they called for an AMR ambulance, but, ...

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In our community: July 22, 2014

TodayEvents: Advanced Tai Chi for Health class is 11:45 a.m. at The Active Life, 140 Ragland St. Tai chi is a slow-moving martial art improving balance, coordination and relaxation. Call The Active Life at 706-883-1681 to register.Western line dance lessons are 1 p.m. at The Active Life on Ragland Street. Cost is $5. Betty Cook, 706-882-1955The Interfaith Food Closet at 41...

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Public safety

Theft/ Entering AutoLaGrange Police responded to a report of theft and entering auto in the one hundred block of Victoria Point.The victim told officers someone broke into his 2008 Cadillac while it was parked in his driveway. The thief or thieves got away with several items including: a Ruger LCP firearm, a gun holster, a HP lap top and bag, computer speakers, Rayban sunglasses, Hugo Boss leather case, an I-Pad, and a check book. The items are ...

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Coach back for 20th season

He’s as fired up as he’s ever been.As Mike Pauley prepares for his 20th season as the LaGrange High head boys’ basketball coach, he’s as eager to get into the gym as he was on his first day on the job.“I’m probably as energized about what we do now, as much as I have ever been,” Pauley said on Monday at the close of the first day of the Blue Star Basketball Camp, which he has overseen for the past 20 years. “I think the kid...

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Blue Star hoops camp returns

A trio of LaGrange Grangers are on the other end of the player-coach relationship this week.The Blue Star Basketball Camp, which is being held at the Mike Daniel Recreation Center, kicked off Monday and goes through Thursday, and among the instructors are a trio of players on the LaGrange High basketball team.That includes a rising senior in Danterrious Bray, who was one of the Grangers’ top players last season.Mark Veal, an assistant coach at LaGrange H...

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Routine traffic stop yields drug bust

A routine traffic stop became anything but routine after Troup County Sheriff’s deputies discovered suspected drugs inside the car.Investigators said one of their deputies pulled over a black Honda Civic on Interstate 85, near mile marker 18 yesterday for an improper lane change. After stopping the vehicle, the deputy noticed two of the passengers allegedly had heroin, cocaine, pills, and drug paraphernalia, according to a police report. The quantities of each drug is not kno...

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‘A funny, light-hearted, good show’

Weddings can be chaotic enough, but throw in gangsters, musical numbers, a drunken (or drowsy) chaperone and put it all inside a musical within a play, and the end result is Lafayette Society for Performing Arts’ upcoming satirical show “The Drowsy Chaperone.”The production is “a comedy disguised as a musical,” said director Valerie Longshore-Sargent. The story is framed around the narrator, called simply Man in Chair, who Longshore-Sargent describes a...

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Church to host free barbecue, giveaways Saturday

Anointed by Faith Ministries hosts a city-wide barbecue and school giveaway on Saturday at the church, 1200 Fourth Ave. in LaGrange.The event will be 9 a.m. to noon and includes free barbecue, book bags, school supplies, hair cuts, hair braiding, senior hair cuts and curls, clothes, kids games, jumpers and rides. Live entertainment will be on hand throughout the day with singing, dancing, rapping and horse back riding. All events are free.

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In our community: July 21, 2014

Today Meetings: The Troup County Democratic Party committee meets at 6 p.m. at the William Griggs Recreation Center LaGrange.Troup County Association of Beekeepers meets at 7 p.m. at the Ag Building on Hamilton Road. Meetings are open to anyone interested in beekeeping. UGA Cooperative Extension, 706-883-1675 or Terry, 706-882-2493Today–Wedne...

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Troup’s title run falls short

WRENS - They were one win short.After making their way all the way to the championship series in the Dixie Youth Baseball 9-10-year-old state tournament, the Troup National all-stars found themselves in a winner-take-all game on Saturday in Wrens.Troup National and Perry split the first two games in the series, setting up the final game.Unfortunately for Troup, the quest for a state title ended with a 14-2 loss, but it was still an extremely successful summer ...

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They’re World-Series bound

They’re conquered the state, and now they’ll try to chase down a bigger prize.After winning state championships last week, a pair of Troup County youth baseball teams will turn their attention to the World Series coming up in August.The Troup National 11-12-year-old all-star team, which cruised to the state title at the Harris Baseball Complex, will play in the Dixie Youth Baseball World Series in Lexington, S.C. beginning on Aug. 9.The Troup Count...

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Gilmore wrong about DASH

Dear Editor,As the Executive Director of DASH for LaGrange, Inc., I took exception to information presented in Mr. Bill Gilmore's letter to the editor “Property tax increase for 2015” that appeared in the July 14th addition of the LaGrange Daily News.Representations in Mr. Gilmore's letter related to DASH for LaGrange, Inc. are both misinformed and misleading. I would like to provid...

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