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The fight of her life

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When you meet Carly Byrd, the first thing you’ll notice is her warm and friendly smile. Quick to follow is her upbeat personality and positive energy.You’d never know the battles she’s fought or the uncertain road that still lies ahead, until she shows you her scars. Each one like a map on a journey Carly never wanted to join, but is bravely walking through one step at a time. It started back in November 2007 with some abnormal discharge.“When I first noticed it, I assumed it to be a nicked nipple or dry skin that just needed to heal,” Carly explained. “Every time I showered I checked it and cleaned it with Neosporin and a bandage …. but there was a small amount of blood.”

 

Thank you and farewell LaGrange and Troup County

What started out as a temporary visit to LaGrange to stay with family turned into nearly a year of meeting some of my favorite people ever and learning more about being a journalist than I ever could in college.I came down to LaGrange without a plan, without knowing the community and without a job.As recent college graduate with hardly any real-world career experience, I turned my resume into the LaGrange Daily News as a fluke, not actually expecting to hear back....

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Texas murders show more need for a rational gun policy

There’s an old saying that if you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns. There’s a response that says if you ration guns, only rational people will have guns.Bumper sticker slogans aside, the family murders in Spring, Texas, show that business as usual won’t do. We can’t have a society where a guy with a restraining order and a lengthy criminal record including violence against others gets a gun.

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West remembered for meticulous reporting, heart

C. Lee West, retired longtime managing editor of LaGrange Daily News, passed away Friday morning at age 75.West, a LaGrange native, started working at LaGrange Daily News in the one-man classified department in May 1962, hired by then publisher Glen O. Long. According to a May 1, 2001, Daily News article announcing his retirement, over the years West worked in every department except bookkeeping, becoming the managing editor in 1970 and “acquiring a reputation as a meticulous...

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Calvin (Clee) Lee West

Calvin (Clee) Lee West, 75, of LaGrange died Friday, July 11, 2014 at Hospice LaGrange.Mr. West, a lifelong resident of LaGrange, was the son of the late Sarah Mae Brazell West Griffith and George Sanders Griffith Jr. He was preceded in death by a sister, Annette West Webb and a nephew, Terry Dean Webb.A member of the LaGrange High School Class of 1957, Mr. West drove a milk truck for Troup Dairies for several years before joining the staff of the LaGrange Daily News as ...

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In our community: July 12, 2014

Saturday Events: Glass Bridge Road Farmers Market is 8 to 11 a.m. at no cost to vendors. Homemade or homegrown items are welcome. Located at the pavilion across from Loyd Presbyterian Church on Glass Bridge Road. 706-594-4951Market on Main farmer’s market for locally grown produce is 8 to 10 a.m in the parking lot next to Carmike Cinema, at the corner of Main and East Depot streets. 706-298-4534God’...

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Snapshot Nursing home residents treated to apple pie, watermelon

Residents of LaGrange Nursing and Rehabilitation enjoyed apple pie and ice cream on July 3, sponsored by Homestead Hospice, and watermelon on July 4, sponsored by J.C. Daniel and Jared Tyler of Heritage Pride Farms.Also on July 4, veterans residing at the facility were presented special veterans hats by the Daughter of the American Revolution.• • •‘Snapshot’ features photos of neighborhood gatherings, and c...

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1939: City celebrates train car named after Fuller E. Callaway

Julys past, 75 years ago.From LaGrange Daily News, 1939.Front Page NewsPullman Car Named in Gala Ceremonies — This morning as whistles blew, as flags flew and as martial music filled the air, local citizens and railway executives joined in paying tribute to Fuller E. Callaway, founder of a group of cotton mills that bear his name, whose ability and business acumen plus a love for the folks with whom he ...

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Lord, Schaufler to wed

Mr. and Mrs. Dennis J. Lord of Alpharetta announce the engagement of their daughter, Denali Cristen Lord to Benjamin Adam Schaufler, son of doctors Margaret and Eugene Schaufler of LaGrange.A September wedding is planned in Dahlonega.The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ollie Lord and of Ms. Evelyn Beaver and the late Earl Beaver. She is a 2005 graduate of Cherokee High School and a graduate of Auburn University, where she received a bachelor of science i...

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Doing Bible things in Bible ways

In a previous article entitled “Sound Words,” emphasis was given to the importance of calling Bible things by Bible names. It is also important to do Bible things in Bible ways.Doing Bible Things“Doing Bible things” refers to what we do in the work and worship of the church, as well as how we live the Christian life. Where many people may think of “Bible things” in a limited, or narrow, way as only pertaining to those ...

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Man arrested on sale, possession of methamphetamine

Investigators with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office arrested a LaGrange man on several drug charges after he allegedly tried to sell methamphetamine.Kevin Lamar Allen, 28, was arrested Thursday morning at about 1:17 a.m. at Bull and Broome streets.According to officials, Allen allegedly engaged in the selling of drugs before investigators pulled him over in a parking lot.Allen was arrested and taken to the Troup County Jail. He is facing charges of sale...

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Juvenile injured in robbery attempt

Police were investigating an attempted robbery and battery Thursday in the 700 block of Glen Robertson Street.According to reports, police responded to West Georgia Medical Center Thursday about 8:23 p.m. and made contact with an injured juvenile.The juvenile reported he was at the Griggs Recreation Center Wednesday when at about 4 p.m., two unknown males tried to get into his pockets. After he refused them, the two suspects attacked him and broke his jaw.If a...

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West Point expected to purchase new fire truck

West Point Fire Chief Milton Smith requested city council’s approval of an agreement that would allow the fire department to purchase a new fire truck.At the Wednesday morning work session, Smith said four bids for the fire truck were received, and after reviewing proposals and interviewing the companies, fire staff recommended that the truck be purchased from Williams Fire Apparatus out of Ashland, Alabama, who had the lowest bid at $392,697.Smith said since the c...

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Woman accused of theft after returning wallet, thrown against wall

A bathroom argument lead to an alleged battery on Thursday.A woman reported that while she was in a bathroom at Pilot gas station on Whitesville Road, a woman came in asking if she left her wallet in the stall. The victim handed her the wallet, but the woman accused her of stealing $100. The victim got into an argument with the woman and her husband before the man grabbed her by the neck and shoved her against a wall.Both suspects left the scene before police arrived....

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Distracted driving: Talking on cellphone, fiddling with radio causing more crashes on area roads

It didn’t take long for us to reach the crash site.Just 30 minutes into my ride along with the Georgia State Patrol, Post Commander Sgt. 1st Class Maurice Raines was dispatched out to a single-car accident on Towns Road. It wasn’t hard to miss. An SUV sat squarely in front of a large tree trunk, bumper smashed in, window shield shattered and all four airbags deployed inside the car. Fresh black tire treads covered the length of the two lane road where the driver had swe...

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In our community: July 11, 2014

TodayEvents: The Moonlight Ballroom Dance Club of LaGrange hosts a dance and a free beginner Samba lesson at the Lafayette Christian School gym, 1904 Hamilton Road. The beginner Samba lesson will be at 7:30 p.m. and the dance is 8 to 10:30 p.m. Visitor couples are welcome at $20 per couple. Suggested attire is patriotic casual. 706-884-5857Meetings: Self Help Harbor, 909 Stonewall St., hosts AA meetings...

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Snakes alive!

At this time of the year we get a lot of interesting calls. Snakes tend to top the list.Out of the 46 species of snakes that are known to be found in Georgia, only six are venomous. Only along a small portion of the Coastal Plain are all six found and no single venomous snake specie is found in all 159 Georgia counties.Your chance of getting struck by lightning is far greater than your chance of dying from a poisonous snake bite. The bad guys in question are the copperhe...

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Solid start for Martin

MACON - On a day when only a handful of players managed to come in under par, LaGrange’s Charlie Martin delivered a strong performance in the opening round of the Georgia Amateur Championship on Thursday at Idle Hour Golf & Country Club in Macon.Martin, who will be a senior on the Georgia Southern golf team this fall, posted a 1-under par 69 in the first round, leaving him in a tie for sixth place.Martin is five shots behind Trey Rule, who built a three-stroke lead...

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