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LPD goes global with social media

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From LaGrange to Algeria and back, the LaGrange Police Department is making a lot of friends.“Our Facebook page reaches around the world — it’s global, we’ve got ‘likes’ on there from all over,” said LPD Detective Chris Pritchett, as he sat behind his desk clicking away online. “Let’s find some: The UK, Vietnam, South Korea …”The list goes on.Pritchett, Sgt. Robert Kirby of the criminal investigations section, along with two other officers manage the department’s social media outreach and online presence. To date, their Facebook page has more than 5,600 followers and some posts garner more than 30,000 views, Pritchett said.


Northside pitcher shuts down LaGrange

It was a solid effort for LaGrange pitcher Cassidy Creed during Thursday’s Region 1-AAAAA game against Northside.Northside had three runs in the fifth inning, but Creed didn’t allow a run in the other six innings.Unfortunately for Creed, Northside pitcher Allison Sievers was untouchable.Sievers tossed a seven-inning no-hitter and struck out six to lead her team to a 3-0 victory.The Lady Grangers were coming off back-to-back region wins o...

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Troup falls short in wild shootout

COLUMBUS - They were two points short.The Troup Tigers had their way offensively during Thursday’s game against Carver, accumulating more than 500 yards while putting 41 points on the scoreboard.It wasn’t enough, though, not against a Carver offense that had a brilliant night of its own.With quarterback Jawon Pass leading the way, Carver survived a late Troup comeback bid to secure a 43-41 victory in a wild, back-and-forth ballgame that featured 12...

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Lecture series sets sights on Croatia

This year’s 3D Journeys travel experience and lecture series at LaGrange College will focus on Croatia, one of Europe’s top destinations.“We wanted to offer our guests something different,” said Martha Pirkle, Director of Alumni and Community Relations. “Not many people know much about Croatia or have traveled there. It is a beautiful country, and we’re looking forward to learning more about it.”A preview of the events planned fo...

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Berta, Rosemont make state list for performance, gains

Two Troup County schools were recognized for improving student achievement when the Georgia Department of Education released its 2014 Reward Schools list Wednesday.Berta Weathersbee Elementary School received recognition for highest progress while Rosemont Elementary School received commendations for highest performance.“Inclusion on the Reward Schools list recognizes the great achievements of not only the students, but the faculty, parents, community, administrati...

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‘No words can express how I feel …’

Capt. Mike Pheil of the LaGrange Police Department bent down Wednesday and picked up a deer antler off the ground in the thick, overgrown woods of northern Troup County.The antler was covered in dirt and to clean it, he knocked it against a nearby tree. As the specks of Georgia clay flew from the antler, he followed them with his eyes — then, something caught his attention: a bright orange leash.Pheil was the first to find Chico, a missing police K9 who disappeared...

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Walking to end Alzheimer’s

According to the Alzheimer’s Association more people die from Alzheimer’s disease than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.But unlike those diseases, Alzheimer’s ravages a person’s brain affecting their mind, memories, and behavior first, before destroying their bodily functions. According to Blaire Morris, the process can be painfully slow for the patient, their caregivers, and loved ones.“It’s devastating to see people go thro...

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In our community: Sept. 18, 2014

Today–FridayLeete Hill United Methodist Church, 810 Hamilton St., hosts revival services at 7:30 p.m. with the Dr. Curtis Green of Living Water Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta as guest speaker.TodayEvents: Rosemont Elementary School Spirit Night at Chick-Fil-A is 5 to 8 p.m.Callaway Elementary School hosts its Annual Title I/PTO/Open House at 5:30 p.m.A bridge game is open to the publi...

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Troup gets best of Brookstone

They got to finish the game this time.Earlier this season, the Troup Lady Tigers were leading Brookstone 3-1 when the came was canceled because of rain.It wasn’t an official game when the decision was made to stop play, so the Lady Tigers weren’t awarded the win.Those two teams squared off again on Wednesday, and the sky was clear and they were able to play the full seven innings.Troup got a pair of runs in the first inning, and that was...

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Tigers ready for road challenge

Everything was going wrong.After opening the season with back-to-back wins, the Troup Tigers were hoping to make it three in a row against Harris County last week, but things weren’t looking very promising in the first half.Whatever could go wrong, was going wrong for the Tigers, from turnovers, to calls not going their way, to some defensive breakdowns, and of course to some stellar play by a talented Harris County team.As the Tigers got the ball with t...

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UPDATE: Missing K9 found alive, healthy

Officers from the LaGrange Police Department and the Troup County Sheriff’s Office have located a missing K9 today alive and healthy in a wooded patch of land in northern Troup County.The LaGrange Police K9, named Chico, was found around 3:30 p.m. after a three-day search involving law enforcement agencies from around the region.Chico initially went missing on Monday afternoon when he was involved in a search for escaped convict Lester E. Sullens of Stephens County...

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County announces Employee of Month

Sheila Matthews was named July Employee of the Month during County Commission’s Tuesday meeting. Matthews, an assistant court administrator for Juvenile Court who has been with the county for 22 years, was recognized by her peers for her calm and relaxed personality, and ability to get along well with staff, clients, attorneys and law enforcement, said County Commission Chairman Ricky Wolfe. He added that her peers described her as a master of communicating complicated issues and always...

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Kroger hiring 2,000 jobs in Atlanta Division

ATLANTA — Kroger is hiring 2,000 permanent associates across its Atlanta Division, which includes Georgia, Eastern Alabama and South Carolina. The nation’s largest grocery retailer currently employees more than 28,000 in its Atlanta Division.“Kroger is committed to creating job opportunities for our current and future employees,” said Glynn Jenkins, director of communications and public relations for Kroger’s Atlanta Division. “Our continued grow...

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Family seeking help with medical costsThe family of Ronnie Smith is seeking help in paying for his medical expenses following several serious medical problems – including a brain bleed, blood clots and colon polyps – that he has suffered since March. A benefit car wash is set for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Parkway Mitsubishi on Lafayette Parkway. Anyone wishing to donate may do so to “The Ronnie Smith Fund” at PNC Bank or by going to Islan...

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Convict brought back to scene of missing police dog

Convict Lester E. Sullens, who law enforcement officials captured Monday has been brought back to Troup County today to aid in the search of missing LaGrange Police K9, Chico.The LaGrange Police animal went missing during the manhunt for Sullens in northern Troup County.Sullens, of Stephens County, Georgia, told police after his apprehension that he fought with the dog and “tied it to a tree.”A reporter is at the scene of the search and no other de...

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LHS teacher earns architecture, design program certification

Michael Evans, an instructor at LaGrange High School, was recently recognized for earning certification to teach state-certified architecture and design training.Evans, CTAE instructor for drafting at LHS, earned industry certification from the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA) and Georgia Department of Education for the Architectural Drawing and Design (AD&D) Program.Kevin Ward, operations director of CEFGA, made a special presentation to Evans at the...

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Council discusses revisions to alcohol ordinance

City officials discussed at a recent work session possible changes to the city’s alcohol ordinances.The discussion stemmed from a presentation at a June city council meeting by a LaGrange resident, who requested that the city allow the use of growlers, which are carry out beer containers.“These aren’t things I’m necessarily advocating for, but some of these things we need to fix because there’s some problems out there and some are things we ...

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A few of their favorite things

It was like being a kid at Christmas, once you entered the doors to Del’Avant in downtown LaGrange.Table, after table, plus row after row was elegantly decorated with toys, sparkly ball gowns, flowers, jewelry, and more … all part of the annual “My Favorite Things” luncheon, held by the LaGrange Symphony Guild. The event and all the proceeds benefit the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra’s children’s programs, which includes: the youth symphony orchestr...

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