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Emergency Service Unit handles high-risk incidents

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Rarely ever does LaGrange see dramatic hostage negotiations or down-to-wire tactical situations. However, that hasn’t stopped the LaGrange Police Department from assembling a well-trained and prepared Emergency Service Unit made up of a negotiation and tactical team, established in 2001.Lt. Dale Strickland, tactical commander since its formation, said the agency sees about 4-6 incidents a year where the ESU is utilized.One of these incidents occurred last week when a man barricaded himself inside the Waffle House on Hamilton Road.The Sheriff’s Office called upon ESU to assist with negotiating with the suspect.


Schedules change for teams

While the Troup Tigers were able to play their game on Tuesday, the day was a washout for the Callaway Cavaliers and LaGrange Grangers.Callaway was scheduled to host Rockmart on Tuesday, while LaGrange was set to visit Fayette County.Callaway’s game against Rockmart will be made up on Friday at 5:30 p.m., while LaGrange and Fayette County will play today.Callaway has already lost two games this week because of rain.The Cavaliers were supposed ...

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Troup’s Foster goes deep

For a hitter, it was the ideal situation.When Jonathan Foster stepped to the plate in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Troup Tigers had a base runner on first with two outs.Jacob Pate was on the mound for Columbus, and he fell behind 2-0 to Foster, which is a dangerous count against a hitter with his ability.Foster knew he could look for the pitch he wanted, in the location he wanted, and anything else he could just watch sail by.He got the pitch...

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Tigers smother Blue Devils

He embraced the opportunity.Before Tuesday’s showdown against the Columbus Blue Devils, Troup head coach Craig Garner let senior Brannon Weathers know that he was going to be the man with the baseball in his hand.“I was super-pumped at school thinking about it,” Weathers said. “I was ready.”Weathers promptly went out and delivered a sensational pitching performance.Weathers gave up a run in the first inning, but he held...

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TCSS proposes to eliminate 30 positions, facing $3 million deficit

The Troup County School System is estimating a $3 million deficit for the next fiscal year and looking at eliminating about 30 positions, but hoping most will be through attrition.School system Superintendent Cole Pugh said he intends to ask the Board of Education on Thursday to authorize the reduction in force, allowing staff the option to move forward with eliminating 29.5 positions.“We think almost all of that can be dealt with through attrition and reassignment...

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First CEO chosen for the THINC College and Career Academy

Big changes on the way for the THINC College and Career Academy.The organization announced on Monday they have hired Kathy Carlisle to be the first Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the academy.Dr. Carlisle holds a Bachelor of Science from Troy State University, Master’s in Public Administration from Columbus State University, and Doctorate in Adult Education from Auburn University. She was also the former director of Goodwill’s regional Career and Training Ce...

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West Point council approves library funding, gives awards

West Point City Council voted Monday to approve library services contracts for the two libraries available to West Point residents.The contracts state that the city will fund $1,250 per month, or $15,000 for the year, to Bradshaw Library in Valley, Ala. The library will be required to make its facility and all services available to West Point residents upon the same terms and conditions as the same are made available for Chambers County, Ala., residents.

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Tigers set for season finale

The Troup Tigers put a scare into the rival LaGrange Grangers in the first half Friday night.Through the first 40 minutes, neither team scored, and they headed to their respective locker rooms with the game deadlocked at 0-0.The second half didn’t go quite as well for the Tigers.The Grangers got a couple of early goals in the second half, and they went on to claim a 3-0 victory.It was a disappointing loss for the Tigers, but it was still a sec...

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