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Gun carry rights expanded in Ga. under new law

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ELLIJAY, Ga. — Criticized by one group as the “guns everywhere” bill, Georgia took a big step Wednesday toward expanding where licensed carriers can take their weapons, with the governor signing a law that allows them in bars without restriction and in some churches, schools and government buildings under certain circumstances.Following mass shootings in recent years, some states have pursued stronger limits on guns while others like Georgia have taken the opposite path, with advocates arguing that people should be allowed to carry weapons as an issue of public safety. Republicans control large majorities in the Georgia General Assembly, and the bill passed overwhelming despite objections from some religious leaders and local government officials.

 

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TodayEvents: The 2014 Relay for Life is set for 7 p.m. at the Whitesville Road track, 299 Fort Drive. Teams may register to participate with a $10 fee and raise funds to contribute. To register go to www.relayforlife.org/troupga. For more information can contact Lynn Howard at 706-883-1670 or lhoward@troupco.org, or Karen Smith at 706-594-1659 or chief800801@yahoo.com.Meetings: Self Help Harbor, 909 Stonewall St., hosts AA meetings at noon, 6 p....

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Explaining those pesky numbers on fertilizer bags

A lot of folks get frustrated when they go to the local lawn and garden center to buy fertilizer and are confronted with those pesky numbers, 10-10-10 or 15-0-15 or 34-0-0. You may even have a University of Georgia soil test report in your hands that says you need to apply 20 pounds of 15-0-15.

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LaGrange High School Spring Concert, ‘Imagine,’ starts today

The LaGrange High School’s Annual Spring Concert, titled “Imagine,” kicks off today.A Broadway-style show, organizers promise “Imagine” will amaze the audience with high-caliber workmanship displayed by more than 175 high school students.Just as the musicians whose music is featured in the show have influenced music of our lives, the annual Spring Concert has influenced the lives of many students, said LHS choral director Katie Westbrook. Ma...

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Troup County School System names 2014 Nurse of the Year

Sheila Lindsey was recently nominated and selected by her peers as the 2014 Troup County School System Nurse of the Year.Lindsey earned the honor by receiving a majority of peer votes. She will now begin plans to compete at the state level for the Georgia School Nurse of the Year title.“I appreciate the recognition of my colleagues; this is a great honor I share with each of them,” said Lindsey. “I can truly say that this is not merely about the nominat...

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Public safety

TheftResidents in the 600 block of Ware Street reported someone stole their dirt bike valued at $1,500, a yellow helmet valued at $50, and a weed-eater valued at $150.A man reported after he lost his wallet, someone made several unauthorized transactions on his debit card in Alabama and Florida totalling $2,886.48DamagesA woman reported someone keyed and scratched profanities on her vehicle in the 300 block of Medic...

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Officer arrested on theft charges

Patrick Harris, 36, of LaGrange, was arrested Wednesday around 6:30 p.m. at the Troup County Landfill in the 100 block of Parmer Road on theft charges. Harris is a correctional officer at the Troup County Correctional InstituteAccording to reports, a witness saw Harris driving a truck and pulling a trailer into the property after the gate was secured, which he had keys to.Deputies arrested Harris as he was leaving the landfill. Several items of scrap metal were found in ...

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Helping children heal

Nine-year-old Abby Grace Kornek has a lot of fond memories of her dad.She remembers a table he painted for her, cutting down a tree every Christmas, even the pick up truck the family rode in around town. All those memories she carries around with her on a pillow she decorated at Camp Dogwood last summer.“It’s really fun,” Abby said. “You learn that it’s okay that someone passed away in your family, and it’s okay to be sad.”...

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