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Columnist: The winds of success are in Troup County

Jerry Johnson

Contributing columnist

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The wind of success is blowing on LaGrange and Troup County!

Riding out the Parkway you see progress happening every day — new building is going on. Ride down Vernon — major growth at LaGrange College. There’s a new water park coming to LaGrange, which means new jobs.

We are blessed with three growing colleges here. LaGrange College with a beautiful campus in the center of everything, West Georgia Technical College and Point University, yes our little Golden Triangle.

Our real-estate market is doing the best it has done in over seven years. Bank-owned homes are about 10 percent of the market and builders are now back building again. People that were upside down in their homes five years ago now have the opportunity to sell, in some cases, and not lose money.

Interest rates are at an all-time low, which is really helping drive our market .Yes, I am very proud of being in business in Troup County. We have a lot to offer including good quality of life.

When I drive people around Lake West Point, many of them fall in love with it and they should; it is one of the best fishing lakes in the South. I have seen as many as six different bald eagles in one day of fishing on the lake.

While out on the kayak I have eagles come down close and pick up a fish — WOW! Yes, we do have a lot to offer.

You can put in below the dam and tube or kayak down. Yes, this is all in our own back yard. If you’re into horses, Pyne Road Park on the north side has 7.2 miles of beautiful trails to ride with a view of the lake.

Yes, I am one of Troup County’s biggest fans, and it is easy because we have a lot to offer. Sometimes, when I have someone new in town and show them they will have a 12-minute ride to work, they go into shock. They talk about big city life and driving 50 minutes each way every day. Yes, we are blessed in many ways here in Troup County.

Jerry Johnson is president of First Realty of LaGrange.