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Motorists feeling pinch at the pumps

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Filling up at the pump can be downright painful these days.According to the American Automobile Association, prices at the gas pumps in our area have jumped 30 cents in the past month. The average price for a gallon of gas is $3.65. AAA said just a month ago, drivers were paying around $3.35 a gallon. And according to AAA spokesman, Mark Jenkins, the worst is yet to come.“We haven’t hit the peak yet. We’re still moving towards the peak of high gas prices,” Jenkins explained.Jenkins said there is some good news. Right now, gas prices are still below where they peaked last year in Georgia. In February 2013, prices at the pump topped off at $3.77 per gallon.

 

Elections board vice chair still issue for some

A few Board of Elections and Registration members still contest the status of the board’s vice chairman, which led to a promptly ended debate during Thursday’s meeting.A few members had contested at the board’s previous meeting that the vice chairman position was open after the term of Gloria Watson, West Point’s appointee who was elected as vice chair in January 2013, lapsed. The county eventually appointed Watson back to the position, but some members said...

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Board of Education approves going forward with personnel cuts

The Troup County Board of Education on Thursday approved applying its reduction in force policy to allow for the elimination of 29.5 positions in anticipation of making up a $3 million deficit next year.School system Superintendent Cole Pugh said administrators hope that most positions will be eliminated by attrition and reassignments.Despite a $2.8 million reduction in the state’s austerity cut to the school system over last year and $1.7 million in funds restored...

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School board OKs $2 M in SPLOST funds for tech upgrades

The Troup County Board of Education on Thursday approved about $2 million in special-purpose, local-option sales tax - SPLOST - projects that will revamp schools’ technology and communication networks.Continuing a “refresh” of computer hardware that it began last year at schools, the board approved spending $1,311,764.40 in SPLOST funds for a purchase and installation from Sterling Computers Corporation of Norfolk, Neb., for replacing 1,526 desktop and 374 laptop ...

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Auction to benefit family of Larry Garner Jr.

As medical bills linger and a family struggles to pick up the pieces after the death of Larry Garner, Jr., friends and family near and far, high and low, are partnering for a benefit dinner and auction in remembrance of the 47-year-old who died of cancer in October.“Camos & Bows” will be the theme themed due to Garner’s passion for the outdoors and hunting, and will be held June 1 to help Garner’s family pay medical bills and start a college fund for his son...

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Centipedegrass slow to green-up

Editor’s note: This is the final regular column from retired extension agent Randy Drinkard. Troup County Extension Agent Brian Maddy will take over the regular Friday community column. The Daily News thanks Drinkard for his contributions over the last two years.Spring has arrived and plants are beginning to break dormancy, but your lawn may not be lush and green yet. If you have a centipedegrass lawn, do not be impatient and rush it to green-up.Centipedeg...

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Seniors honored

After Thursday’s game ended, seven LaGrange High players were recognized during the team’s senior-day ceremony.The seniors are Caleb Buchanan, Wynton Heard, Hakeem Stargell, Logan Hood, Chas Pardue, John Patterson and Austin Rogers.Buchanan and Stargell each had two-run home runs to help the Grangers win 9-7.Stargell’s home run came in the first inning, and Buchanan hit his in the fourth inning to give LaGrange an 8-7 lead.“T...

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LHS runners race to titles

It was a championship kind of day for a pair of LaGrange High senior runners.Sarah Bearden captured a pair of first-place finishes during the Region 5-AAAA girls meet on Thursday, while Andrew Coggins claimed two region championships on the boys’ side.The top four finishers in each event qualified for the state sectional that will be held April 26 in Carrollton.Bearden won her titles in the 1,600-meter run and the 3,200-meter run.In the 3,200,...

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Cavs take another step

The Callaway Cavaliers used an explosive eighth inning to move a step closer to a region championship.The Cavaliers and Haralson County Rebels were deadlocked at 4-4 through seven innings, so it was on to extra innings.In the top of the eighth, the Cavaliers broke through for nine runs, and they went on to claim a 13-4 victory.The Cavaliers moved to 8-1 in Region 4-AAA, and they remained atop the standings with games remaining against Rockmart, Central-Carroll...

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Troup gets 1-0 win

Thanks to a brilliant pitching performance from Bo Halcomb, the one run the Troup Tigers scored in Thursday’s game against Fayette County was enough.Jonathan Foster hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh, and that was enough to give the Tigers a 1-0 victory in the Region 5-AAAA game.It was a crucial win for the Tigers, who are battling for a playoff spot in the region.The Tigers improved to 7-5 in the region, and they’re in a three-way tie f...

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Grangers overcome slow start

They were reeling.The LaGrange Grangers, in desperate need of a win as they try to chase down a playoff berth in Region 5-AAAA, found themselves trailing Sandy Creek 7-3 after the second inning on Thursday.The Grangers had plenty of fight left in them, though.Jake Howard entered the game in relief in the third inning and threw five shutout innings, and Caleb Buchanan hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning that gave the Grangers a lead they wouldn’t ...

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Dennis Knight appointed new Troup County Fire Chief

After nearly four months serving as interim fire chief, Capt. Dennis Knight was appointed as the official Troup County Fire Department Fire Chief April 8.Knight will also maintain his position as Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director.“It’s a great opportunity for me to serve the community in a larger capacity as both the EMA director and fire chief and it gives me the chance to make sure that our firefighters have what they need to do their job and have ...

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Is Karen Handel’s high school degree OK?

It was 2009 and I was pretty excited. Secretary of State Karen Handel was coming to LaGrange College as my guest speaker for Constitution Day. I was sure to have a packed audience. There was just one issue.I always ask my guest speakers to talk about how they went from being a college graduate to their current position in politics, business, or wherever they ended up. “That way, somebody doesn’t think that you’re all born on Mount Olympus, that you started somewhe...

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Speakers share their journeys of a life impacted by addiction

Parents, students and teachers attended Troup County Prevention Coalition’s town hall meeting Wednesday evening at the Lafayette Garden Inn to listen to first-hand experiences from two men affected by prescription drug addiction.The two speakers are involved in the Think About It campaign formed by the Medical Association of Georgia Foundation, which brings awareness to prescription drug abuse among teens.Co-chair of Think About It, Dallas Gay, spoke about his gran...

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Man shot in face while sleeping

A man was shot in the 100 block of Carver Street this morning around 1:30 a.m.According to the report, officers found Jerry Godwin, 59, bleeding from the face after several rounds were fired through the home and one bullet struck Godwin in the face while he was sleeping.Godwin was life-flighted to Grady Hospital where he is listed in stable condition according to the report.Officers investigated the scene but were unable to locate any suspects in the area, the...

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Public safety

Theft/BurglaryThree cars were broken into at Kroger in the 200 block on Commerce Avenue. A cellphone and a wallet containing $80, ID and bank cards were stolen from one vehicle. A spool of weed eater string was stolen from a truck and a gas cap was stolen from a third vehicle.A woman from the first block of Handly Street reported that while at home, her boyfriend and his mother came to her house and stole a pair of black pants, $60 in cash, her social se...

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‘It has been a wonderful journey’

For Ruth Garner, the grand marshal of the 2014 Relay for Life, being named to represent the annual benefit is a humbling experience.“To represent all of these survivors is such an honor and a responsibility,” Garner said. “To think that you have that privilege to be representing all of the survivors, but I’ll do my best to do a good job. There are a lot more people that deserve this honor more than I do.”Garner no longer has either of her th...

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Honoring the victims of child abuse

As Child Abuse Awareness Month draws to a close, there’s a renewed initiative to continue to fight this violent crime.State and local leaders, along with the heads of Troup County Youth and Family services re-signed the Child Abuse protocol. The proclamation is a pledge to help children in our community, whatever their situation may be at home. It also spells out how each organization should respond to a suspected case of child abuse, and their responsibilities....

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