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Revolution through art

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Tamlin Hall is pacing back and forth in front of a room full of art students at LaGrange High School. He speaks excitedly, and off the cuff about the friendliest person he knew when he was a student at LHS about two decades ago.His name was Holden Layfield. Although Hall would find himself ostracized and picked on in school, Layfield was never hesitant to speak to him with a smile or offer a ride. Layfield even was voted friendliest student in his senior year.Two years later, he shot himself.During his last two years of school, Layfield had started using drugs, from marijuana and LSD to eventually heroin. He was self-medicating his undiagnosed schizophrenia, Hall said.

 

Book of Revelation and The Beatles

I remember getting on the school bus one day and being handed a small Gideons New Testament.Everyone on the bus received one and most of the children were very excited to get it. Of course, this was before a person could get sued for handing a child a Bible.The thing I remember most vividly about that day is what all the kids were looking at and talking about from their new New Testaments. They didn’t open to Matthew, Mark, Luke or John and start talking about the ...

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Church bulletin

Weekly Bible studiesEagle’s Nest Cathedral, 1306 E. 10th St. in West Point, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and 7 p.m. Wednesday.Warren Temple United Methodist Church at 416 E. Depot St., at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday.Saint Paul AME Church on Poplar Street in Hogansville, 1 p.m. Tuesday and 7 p.m. Wednesday.Louise United Methodist Church at 1189 Hines Road, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday....

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Downtown hotel in competitive market for tax credit program

There’s still one thing holding up the construction of the downtown hotel — securing funding from the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) — which seems to be a quite competitive process for the LaGrange development.According the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund website, the federal tax credit helps fill project financing gaps by allowing investors to make larger investments in economically distressed communities.

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In our community: Sept. 20-21, 2014

Saturday Events: The 2014 Walk to End Alzheimers starts with registration at 8 a.m. at Vernon Woods Retirement Community. A ceremony is at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:30 a.m. Route length is 2 miles. Blaire Morris, 706-256-0361 or bmorris@alz.orgLaGrange Art Museum holds Family Super Saturday with free tours at the museum and art activities at the Center for Creative Learning from 1 to 4 p.m.Meetings: Self Help Harbor, 90...

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Organization helps feed children through backpack program

Sodexo has supported the backpack programs across the United States since 2006 and the Troup County Nutrition Department has participated in this program since 2013 to students within the district.On Thursday, one of Sodexo regional organizations, African American Leadership Forum (AALF), donated school supplies and backpacks to the Troup County Schools Nutrition Department. These supplies will be used within the district to help those schools which are most in need of these items....

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The actual value of a college education

Few topics today are more debated than a value of a college education. Supporters like Indiana University Northwest Chancellor William J. Lowe (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-j-lowe/education-is-worth-the-in_b_5767518.html) have focused on better employment rates for college graduates, while Clinton’s former Labor Secretary Robert Reich highlights the high cost of college and the relative lack of technical training alternatives (http://www.salon.com/2014/09/03/robert_reich_colleg...

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Stay in shape and be healthy

I know many of you have medical conditions that hold you back, however, that in itself doesn’t mean you are physically “out of shape” or, “unfit.” Let’s examine the “factors” that help you determine if you are indeed – physically out-of-shape. If you feel tired, run-down, and believe you are “out of shape” – well, you most likely are. Our bodies have a way of letting us know that we are unfit – whether it’s be...

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LPD to purchase K9 tracking collars

After a three-day search for a missing LaGrange police K9 this week, the city has decided to purchase GPS collars for its K9s, with other local agencies expected to get on board, pending anticipated funds through fundraising.Mayor Jim Thornton issued a statement regarding the purchase on his Facebook page Thursday, the day after K9 Chico, who went missing Monday afternoon when he was involved in a search for an escaped convict, was found.“LPD has been using police ...

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Aggravating Argentine ants

It’s early morning and your eyes are barely open. Your cat is hungry and you reach for the bowl to fill and you realize that your hand is covered with ants. The bowl is just covered with ants and legions of ants are making a trail from an electric outlet to the cat’s bowl. Welcome to a home invasion from a critter called the Argentine ant.

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School board approves Berta roofing work, denies demolition

The Board of Education on Thursday approved a bid for a company to abate asbestos roofing material as part of re-roofing Berta Weathersbee Elementary School, also denying a rumor that the building would be torn down.The Board of Education last month approved a contract with Rycars Construction LLC of Atlanta for $261,375 to re-roof Berta Weathersbee Elementary School. The roofing material on most of the building has worn out and started to leak, said John Radcliffe, assistant super...

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Vehicle strikes school bus

A school bus was struck by a vehicle that blew through a stop sign Thursday at the intersection of Revis and Burr streets.No serious injuries were reported, although the driver of the striking vehicle was bloodied and transported to West Georgia Medical Center (WGMC).The driver of a Nissan Maxima caused moderate damage to the school bus’s driver side, according to police reports. The driver initially lied to police, saying she was not the driver of the vehicle....

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Group home employee arrested for child cruelty

An employee of a Hogansville group home was arrested this week and charged with battery, terroristic threats and child cruelty in the first and third degrees.Terri Canady, 25, of Dream House Youth Services, a Hogansville-based group home management company, was taken into custody Monday after a cell phone video emerged of her allegedly abusing a child in her care at a Granite Street group home in Hogansville.The owner of the group homes, Jimmy McCamey, called the video &...

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Spinks remembered as business, community leader, gentleman

Friends and co-workers of local real-estate entrepreneur Roy Spinks remembered his soft-spoken leadership and fondness for flying and boating.Spinks passed away at West Georgia Hospice Wednesday after succumbing to the rare, degenerative brain disorder Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. He was 63.Spinks started working in the community with Coldwell Banker Spinks Brown Durand Realtors in LaGrange in 1973 and had served as president of Spinks, Brown & Durand Inc. since 1987. Spin...

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Church ready for community yard sale

Good deals, great steals and everything must go – words almost every shopper loves to hear.The best part? All the money goes right back into the community. It’s part of the annual yard sale at St. Peter’s Catholic Church off Lafayette Parkway. If you need it, chances are the church will have it at bargain basement prices.“We have furniture, household items, Christmas decorations, children’s clothing, baby items, collectibles, vases, TVs R...

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John Roy Spinks III

John Roy Spinks, III, age 63, died Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at the West Georgia Hospice after a brief illness.Roy was born March 22, 1951 in LaGrange the son of Calvin T. Spinks, III and Charlene Muse Spinks. He attended public schools in LaGrange and graduated from LaGrange High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Georgia in 1973.

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In our community: Sept. 19, 2014

Today Events: Franklin Forest Elementary School hosts Grandparents’ Lunch for grades pre-k to 2.Hogansville Elementary School hosts second grade parent Educational Workshop and lunch.Rosemont Elementary School hosts Picnic with Grandparents for grades 1 and 2.The March of Dimes / Diverse Power Golf Tournament will be held at The Fields Golf Club. Lunch provided by Longhorn will be served at noon and the shotgun start ...

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Cougars looking for road win

The Lafayette Christian School Cougars have shown they can win on their home field.Tonight, they’ll try to pick up their first road win of the season when they travel to Clarkesville to play Trinity Classic School in an eight-man football game.The game will mark the halfway point of the regular season, and if the Warriors win they’ll improve to 4-1.Also tonight, Callaway and LaGrange will both be on the road.Callaway plays at Harris Coun...

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