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Reaching new heights

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The Sons of Lafayette will be lifting up their voices to the heavens this weekend at the First Presbyterian Church at the corners of Broad and North Lewis Streets.The all male choir is pulling out all the stops in their annual Spring Concert, including the official debut of the Shoal Creek quartet. The group’s musical choices will feature all American composers and will include classical selections, some novelty pieces, and a few songs from the Beatles.“We’ve worked a little harder individually because we have new pieces. We’re trying to work without the scores in front of us too,” explained Harold Tarpley, president of the Sons of Lafayette.

 

I was simply lost

There were few indications at first. Dad sat back in his chair and asked me, “Tommy where were we going today?”I answered - “we’re taking Sarah to get some clothes before she goes back to Radford tomorrow.” Dad responded, “Oh that’s right - I forgot, just getting old I guess.” Months passed, most without any obvious signs - but then, little by little the signs became more obvious. For dad, the present seemed difficult to hold on to - ...

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New CCRPI scores, standards show mixed bag for schools

Recently released scores on Troup County schools’ college and career readiness show a mixed bag, with some schools showing gains, others losses in the face of changing state standards, but the school system overall remaining steady.The Georgia Department of Education recently released the 2013 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) scores for all public schools. Georgia began developing the new statewide accountability system in February 2012, after the state was ...

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Sheriff’s annual car show coming back for fifth year

The annual Troup County Sheriff’s Office car show is coming May 3 for its fifth year.Started by Maj. Charles Nixon with the TCSO, the show benefits the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Home Pineland on Youngs Mill Road. Pineland is sponsored by the Georgia Sheriffs Association and serves boys aged 9-16 throughout the state who need a temporary place to live due to a troubled home life. The home currently has 10 boys living there according to Director Wayne Pittman. St...

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Public safety

A woman from the 1200 block of Mooty Bridge Road reported her ex-boyfriend came to her home and pointed a gun at her head and threaten to kill her. The suspect left the scene before police arrived. The incident is under investigation.Theft/BurglaryA man from the 200 block of Meadow Terrace reported someone broke into his home and stole an Xbox and $650 cash.The manager from Quality Inn in the 100 block of Jamison Drive reported a guest stole t...

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Commission chairman forum tonight

The Troup County Republican Party hosts a forum for the Republican County Commission chairman candidates tonight at 7.The forum will be held at Mike Daniel Recreation Center, 1220 Lafayette Parkway. Candidates Patrick Crews and Frank Kirby will speak and participate in a question-and-answer session using questions submitted to the TCRP.

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Man receives 45-year sentence in 2012 armed robbery

Quintavious Jamal Delaney, 19, of LaGrange was sentenced Monday in Troup County Superior Court to a 45-year sentence with 20 served in custody without the possibility of parole and the remainder on probation.Delaney was charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm for an incident that occurred on Oct. 13, 2012, where a Hogansville man, Thomas Staley, was shot in the hand and shoulder after several men, including Delaney, robbed him at gunpoint in the a...

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Troup’s playoff hopes take hit

If the Troup Tigers don’t make the playoffs, and that possibility looms large after Monday’s 3-2 loss to LaGrange, coach Craig Garner will have plenty of games to look back on and wonder what could have been.The Tigers, who fell to 7-6 in Region 5-AAAA, have lost some heart-breakers this season, including a pair of games to Carrollton where they had the lead going into the seventh inning.The Tigers also lost a 1-0 game to Columbus, and Monday’s game mar...

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You can help

LifeSouth blood drivesLifeSouth will hold the following blood drives in the area:• Lanett High School, 105 N. Lanier Ave. in Lanett, Ala., from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.Troup Cares seeking volunteersTroup Cares, a free medical clinic for the working uninsured in Troup County, is seeking volunteers for various office positions, as well as medical doctors, pharmacists, pharmacy techs, RNs, LPNs, CNAs and medic...

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She’s a scoring machine

Sydney Emerson has become well-acquainted with the opposing team’s goal this season.Emerson, a freshman on the LaGrange Academy soccer team, has enjoyed a spectacular, record-breaking season.The Lady Warriors have played 12 games this season, and Emerson has scored 49 goals, an average of about four goals a game.Emerson shattered the school record for goals in a season, and she also scored seven goals last week against Arlington to set a single-game reco...

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Cavs’ Keith throws a gem

With a possible region championship on the line, Callaway head coach Dusty Hubbard put the ball in the hands of junior pitcher Perry Keith.The Cavaliers were in good hands.Keith, who has had a sensational season, kept it going on Monday when he pitched seven shutout innings to lead the Cavaliers to a 3-0 victory over the Central-Carroll Lions.The Cavaliers improved to 11-1 in Region 4-AAA, and they can wrap up the region title with a win today.Had C...

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Big day for Grangers

It was a game the LaGrange Grangers knew they had to have if they’re going to make the state playoffs.Facing a do-or-die scenario against the rival Troup Tigers, the Grangers got it done.With Logan Hood delivering the latest in a long line of stellar pitching performances this season, the Grangers outlasted the Tigers 3-2 to move to 8-5 in Region 5-AAAA.If the Grangers beat the Carrollton Trojans today, they’re in the playoffs.The Grange...

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Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale set for Saturday

The annual Troup County Master Gardener Plant Sale and Plant Swap will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Agriculture Building on 21 Vulcan Materials Road.Items for sale will include perennials for sun and shade, vegetable plants, native plants and shrubs, house plants, ground covers, spring annuals, speciality planters and decorative garden accessories, along with homemade jams, jellies and pastry items.The sale offers an opportunity to purchase locally gr...

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Man arrested on five counts of buglary

Deputies arrested Benjamin Steed, 34, of Manchester on Friday and is facing at least five counts of burglary in the second degree.Deputies responded to Diverse Power in the 1400 block of South Davis Road Friday around 2 a.m. in regards to a theft. Upon arrival, Steed was located close to the property and matched the description given by the witness to the theft.Investigators were able to link Steed and other suspects to numerous thefts and burglaries at locations that co...

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Taking advantage of teachers … in a good way

This semester, I’m learning a little more about what it takes to be a teacher. That’s because I’m teaching a class….on teaching. It involves preparing LaGrange College’s Education majors to learn all the social studies content they can.And let me tell you, it’s not easy.It’s not because I don’t know how to act in a classroom. At Florida State University, I took a class called “Teaching as a Performing Art.” At t...

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Health care costs forces local governments to weigh options

As health care costs continue to rise, local governments continue to develop new ways to budget for the increasing cost of employee health care.Government leaders are weighing cost-reduction options that would curb spending millions on health care.This year, LaGrange City Manager Tom Hall estimated that the city will spend $7 million on health care cost for city employees, up 22 percent from last year by over $1 million.“Paying $7 million a year for heal...

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Families gather for Easter Bunny, Quackers downtown

The Easter Bunny and Quackers the Duck hold baby Reagan as mother Caroline Slayton snaps a photo Saturday. Caroline, husband Drew Slayton and Reagan all then posed with Quakers and the Easter Bunny for a family Easter photo taken by Downtown LaGrange Development Authority Director Barbie Watts. Families were lining up downtown the day before Easter to see the two holiday mascots, sponsored by the DLDA, and have their pictures taken.

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Mayor Thornton leads delegation to Korea

Mayor Jim Thornton and other members of LaGrange’s economic development team are meeting with South Korean leaders in Korea this week to discuss ways to enhance the relationship and economic development between LaGrange and South Korea.“Sustained economic development and job growth for LaGrange are two of my primary goals as Mayor,” Thornton said in a press release from the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce. “We are going to Korea to strengthen our r...

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