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CASA, Ricky’s Ride combined event draws bikers, supporters

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The parking lot of the Baptist Tabernacle Church on Saturday morning was packed with people, motorcycles, trucks and Jeeps for the combined ride to benefit CASA and Ricky’s Ride, a new event to promote motorcycle safety.The Blue Knights motorcycle club this year partnered with CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates - to promote the event. Bob Awtrey, president of the local chapter of the Blue Knights, said the group discovered Ricky’s Ride was set for the same day as their ride to benefit CASA and proposed combining the two, which came out great, drawing a large crowd to the combined event.


LHS student places second in State FFA Convention

LaGrange High School student Quinten Brown was recognized at August’s Board of Education meeting for placing in a statewide competition.The Star of Agriscience Award is a process where students receiving their state FFA degree can apply to receive exclusive award opportunities.Brown applied and received the Central Region Star in Agriscience and then advanced to the state level competing against two other candidates. As part of the state level competition, he parti...

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LaGrange native receives national recognition as Navy Visionary

A LaGrange native has been recognized by a national organization for his use of outreach initiatives.Maurice Civers, an information technology specialist at SPAWAR Systems Center (SSC) Pacific in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was recently recognized as a leader within the United States Department of Navy who has had the vision to champion “game changing” U.S. Navy science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education outreach initiatives. The national Engineer...

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UWG., WGTC sign transfer articulation agreement

CARROLLTON — The University of West Georgia and West Georgia Technical College signed a new articulation agreement that allows both institutions to provide educational opportunities for currently enrolled and potential students.The agreement was signed by Dr. Kyle Marrero, UWG president; Mr. Steve G. Daniel, WGTC president; Mr. Pat Hannon, WGTC vice president for Academic Affairs; and Dr. J. Micheal Crafton, UWG provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

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Update: Escaped convict caught

UPDATE (Sept. 15, 2014 at 7:15 p.m.)After a nearly five-hour manhunt, convicted felon and prison escapee Lester E. Sullens, of Stephens County, was captured by law enforcement officers shortly after 6 p.m. on Monday in a wooded area between Hines, Hogansville and Willowood roads in northern Troup County.More than five law enforcement agencies, including the Troup County Sheriff, LaGrange Police and the Georgia State Patrol assisted in the search. Officer...

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Lanier Hospital to host women’s health luncheon

VALLEY, Ala. — As part of National Gynecological (GYN) Services Awareness Month, EAMC-Lanier Hospital in Valley will host a women’s forum on Sept. 25 from noon—1:15 p.m. at the Chambers County Bradshaw Library.Guest speakers will include health care professionals Dr. Kimberly Fields, OB/GYN physician; Dr. Kim Owens, family medicine physician and women’s health professional; and Carla Etherton-Moore, certified registered nurse practitioner. Each will present ...

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Updated: Manhunt under way for escaped convict

UPDATE (Sept. 15, 2014 at 6:40 p.m.)The Troup County Sheriff’s Office, aided my various other law enforcement agencies, has apprehended an escaped convict in a wooded area in the vicinity of Hogansville, Hines and Willowood roads. Stay with LaGrange Daily News online for new details as they emerge.PREVIOUSLY:Local law enforcement officers are currently searching for an escaped convict in northern Troup County in the area...

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You can help

LifeSouth blood drivesLifeSouth will hold the following blood drives in the area:• Bringing the Ages Together Health Fair at TLC Learning Center, 411 E Depot St., from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday.Family seeking help with medical costs

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LaGrange Shufflers to host open house, free classes

LaGrange Shufflers is looking to recruit new members.The square dancing club is will host an open house for prospective new members Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. at The Active Life senior center, 140 Ragland St. The open house is free to everyone and free classes will start Oct. 7.“Our present club has three generations from one family dancing with us,” said Bob Ward. “Square dancing is universal. All calls are in English, no matter what country you visit. Square ...

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Updated: Police say man tried to run over students

A LaGrange man was arrested Saturday night after police allege he attempted to strike pedestrians with his vehicle in a parking lot at LaGrange College on Broad Street. The man was not a student at LaGrange College, and the college is not making a statement about the incident at this time.When police arrived shortly before midnight, James R. Batchelor, 18, is alleged to have been driving his pick up truck at a “high rate of speed” through the parking lot, which was fill...

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Chase ends in fatal wreck north of Hogansville

A chase that began in Coweta County ended in a fatal wreck just north of Hogansville on Interstate 85 about 10 p.m. Friday.The 2011 Lexus sedan that was being pursued by Coweta County Sheriff’s deputies was southbound on I-85 when it struck a 2004 Ford Focus in the rear just inside Meriwether County, about a mile north of the Hogansville exit, said Georgia State Patrol Sgt. James Corbett, commander of the Newnan post. The Lexus overturned and struck the end of a guard rail, k...

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Jethro gets a new home

After a weekend involving an armed robbery and a man allegedly trying to run over college students with his pick up truck, one good deed is shining through.On Friday, the Daily News reported on a stray dog that was picked up after a good Samaritan called 911 when she found him in the roadway protecting another dog who’d been hit by a car.Miki Poling, of LaGrange, called authorities because she was concerned that the German Shepard, whom she nicknamed Jethro, might ...

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In our community: Sept. 15, 2014

TodayMeetings: The Troup County Board of Education meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Administrative Services Center at 100 N. Davis Road.The Troup County Democratic Party committee meets at 6 p.m. at the William Griggs Recreation Center LaGrange.Troup County Association of Beekeepers meets at 7 p.m. at the Ag Building on Hamilton Road. Meetings are open to anyone interested in beekeeping. UGA Cooperative Extension, 706-883-1675 or Terry, 706-...

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Police: Mother-son duo flash gun at man, bash truck with golf club

LaGrange Police issued arrest warrants Saturday after an incident in which an Alabama man and his mother allegedly came to a West Bacon Street apartment complex, pointed a gun at a victim and smashed his truck with a golf club.The report says that the pair arrived at the victim’s residence shortly before 7 p.m., brandishing a “Glock 40,” according to reports. The assailant, describe as the husband of the victim’s child’s mother, arrived at the apartmen...

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Cougars win playoff rematch

In the state semifinals last season, the Lafayette Christian School Cougars had the ball late with a chance to beat Harvester Christian.Harvester’s defense was up to the challenge, though, and it hung on for the victory to advance to the state-championship game.On Friday, those two teams met again, and the scenario at the end of the game was much the same, except this time Harvester had the ball with an opportunity to pull off the win.Lafayette Christian...

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Explosive Tigers come up just short

In a Week 2 win over Northgate, the Troup Tigers put their big-play ability in the running game on display, with Mess Bonner ripping off scoring runs of 80 and 45 yards.In Friday’s game against Harris County, the Tigers once again showed they can strike quickly on offense, and that they can do it in the passing game as well.Junior wide receiver Tremayne Tolbert had a big night with a pair of touchdown receptions from quarterback Will Smith, as well as a long catch ...

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Fourth-down touchdown was critical

It didn’t go as planned.On fourth-and-goal from the 4-yard line in the second overtime period of Saturday’s game against the Berry College Vikings, the LaGrange College Panthers decided to go for it rather than attempt a field goal.The game was tied 21-21, and a field goal would have given the Panthers the lead, but the Vikings could have won the game with a touchdown when they got the ball.So head coach Matt Mumme decided to put the game in the ha...

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Perfect start for Panthers

It was more overtime magic.In the season opener, the LaGrange College Panthers needed two overtime periods to beat Birmingham-Southern 34-28.On Saturday at Callaway Stadium, LaGrange College found itself involved in another overtime game, this time against Berry College.Once again, the Panthers found a way to get it done.The Panthers scored touchdowns on both of their overtime possessions, while the Vikings also found the end zone twice in overtime....

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