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Race relations addressed at downtown vigil

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A downtown vigil on Lafayette Square last evening evening garnered more than 40 attendees, including the LaGrange mayor, police chief and community religious leaders.The vigil commemorated the death of an unarmed black teenager who died Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Missouri, after being shot by a white police officer. The incident has sparked riots in that city, as well as a controversial national discussion about race and the relationship between police and their communities. The circumstances of the shooting are under investigation by the federal government.Jeffery Henderson, an associate pastor of a LaGrange church congregation and organizer of the downtown vigil, said he said he sees an opportunity for peace...

 

In our community: Aug. 23-24

OngoingExhibits: “A Slice of Our History: Troup County Golf and Golfers” is on display at Legacy Museum on Main, 136 Main St. until Sept. 12. From the early 20th century until today, several people and events with Troup County connections have impacted the game and its development. The story of golf is unveiled through photographs, artifacts, news clippings and more. Among those spotlighted are Ely Callaway, Bobby Jones, Lionel and Harold Calla...

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Hog Heaven takes on Ice Bucket Challenge for Emmaus

Employees of West Point Road's Hog Heaven participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge Friday morning to raise money for Emmaus Women's Shelter. Store owner Terri Brooke challenged the Hog Heaven on Lafayette Parkway to participate in the challenge to see which store can raise the most money shelter. The Ice Bucket Challenge has become a nation-wide sensation where donating participants have someone dump ice water on their heads and then challenge others to do the same to raise money for...

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Students get taste of college life, 1 takes spelling bee win

In July, West Georgia STAR sponsored two students to be able to attend the Georgia Association of Housing and Redevelopment Youth Conference.The conference was held in Athens with the theme “Call to Duty.” This represents teens called to step up to help with today’s challenges facing communities across the state.DaeJarian Gray and Tristan Ware were exposed to several leadership building skills, teamwork activities and learning opportunities at the Unive...

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Man dies in lawn mowing accident

A lawn mowing accident claimed the life of a LaGrange man earlier today.LaGrange Police say Kenneth Pearson, 50, died after a riding lawn mower flipped over into a ravine. Officers say they got the call around 11 a.m. outside a residence in the 600 block of Country Club Road.Pearson was taken to West Georgia Health and pronounced dead by the Troup County Coroner.LPD is still investigating the incident.

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Board signs off on school transfer to city

The Troup County Board of Education on Thursday approved the transfer of the former Cannon Street Elementary School building to the city of LaGrange.The move will still need to be approved by LaGrange City Council, but the Board of Education vote Thursday gives school board Chairman Sheila Rowe and Superintendent Cole Pugh authority to sign off on the documentation pending council’s approval. The transfer of ownership does not include any payments between the entities....

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End of summer bash to help Harmony House

While domestic violence is a serious issue, the Harmony House is hoping a tropical themed bash will raise more awareness and money for the organization.The group is holding it’s 7th annual Flamingos in Paradise Saturday at the Highlands Country Club. All the proceeds stay local to help battered and abused women in our community.“It goes into the general operational budget to provide services to our clients,” explained Harmony House Executive Director, M...

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Six year old’s selfless act of giving

At six years old, Hailee Singleton understands what it means to give back to the community, maybe better than most adults.The little girl has collected more than 650 cans of food, several boxes of clothing, and raised money for several area charities - by herself - and all in a span of three months.“I just like helping people,” said Hailee. “I just want to be nice to them.”A sentiment she shared when she participated in the Thomas Count...

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Volunteering veteran speaks to Rotary Club on disaster relief

In the wake of natural disasters, communities can be devastated, but one volunteer organization is working to get stricken areas back on their feet, while also helping veterans adjust to civilian life and continue their service.Team Rubicon, a nonprofit based in California, is an emergency response group primarily run by U.S. military veterans. Donna Weathers, a LaGrange native and regional coordinator for Team Rubicon, spoke to local Rotary Club on Wednesday at Highland Country Cl...

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Man allegedly bites woman in domestic dispute

A domestic dispute spilled over at a local auto part plant Thursday, and resulted in a man biting his former girlfriend.According to police reports, a man became so enraged during an argument with his ex-girlfriend that he bit her. The incident occurred at the two individual’s place of employment, Sewon America, which an auto parts supplier for Kia.An internal investigation at Sewon resulted in the man’s suspension from work, police reports said. The victim i...

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First Week activities launch new year at LaGrange College

LaGrange College will kick off the new academic year this weekend with activities for students, faculty and staff, beginning with the annual Spirit and Traditions celebration Saturday on the Residential Quad.The event will feature free carnival-style food and beverages, prizes and games.Katie Mosley, new Director of Student Involvement and Service, said there is one attraction that should be very popular.“We’ll have a giant inflatable UFO where tea...

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In our community: Aug. 22, 2014

TodayMeetings: Self Help Harbor, 909 Stonewall St., hosts AA meetings at noon, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.Churches: True Life Christian Ministries, 500 S. Lee St., hosts youth night from 7 to 9 p.m. Sylvia Cameron, 706-402-6670SaturdayEvents: Market on Main farmer’s market for locally grown produce is 8 to 10 a.m in the parking lot next to Carmike Cinema, at the corner of Main and East Depot s...

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InterCall parent company awards scholarship to local student

OMAHA, Neb. — A LaGrange High School student is among those who received a West Education Foundation scholarship from West Corporation, parent company of InterCall in West Point, the group announced on Aug. 4.LaGrange High School student Michael Coffman, who plans to study business administration at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, was one of the recipients selected from a national pool of applicants. The students awarded scholarships will receive between $1,00...

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Responses to ‘Why is the world so dangerous?’

This article primarily contains responses to my July 31 article titled, “Why is the world so dangerous?” In that article I invited anyone with facts relative to this title to write me and I committed to include their pertinent facts which I am now doing.The most frequent criticism was that I didn’t include the U.S. intervention in Iraq. For starters let’s not forget that 9/11 had just happened. Further the House voted by 296 to 133 and the Senate by 77 to 23...

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Emmaus Shelter to host annual social event on square

Emmaus Women’s Shelter will host the third Miss Emma’s Ice Cream Crankin’ Social on Lafayette Square from 2 to 4 p.m on Sunday.“It’s a celebration of the community rallying behind a cause that’s continuing to grow, an issue that’s been a burden in LaGrange for so long,” said Jessica David, the shelter’s interim director and organizer of the event.All-you-can-sample ice cream will be available for $5 per individual and...

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‘Phony’ Treasury agents try to scam area residents

LaGrange Police are warning area residents of a telephone scam in which a caller claims to be an agent of the U.S. Treasury Department and asks for personal information and even money.A local woman contacted police Wednesday after the scammers called her and told her she owed backed taxes. The woman told the caller she was going to contact her attorney and the voice on the other end told her “your attorney can’t help you,” and hung up, according to police reports....

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Trial date set for Weatherspoon case

A date has been set for a man accused of shooting three people in a home invasion while a man in another case pleaded guilty to choking and cutting his girlfriend.Troup County Superior Court Judge John Simpson on Wednesday set Sept. 2 as the court date in the state’s case against Victor Wayne Weatherspoon during a criminal, non-jury hearing. Weatherspoon is accused of shooting three people in a home off Clearwater Drive back on March 15.According to the District At...

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NHCT offers tickets for ‘Pinnochio Jr.’, auditions for ‘12 Angry Men’

Tickets are on sale for New Horizon Theatre’s production of Disney’s “My Son Pinocchio Jr.” on Sept. 4 to 6.“This fun family shows has a few seats still available at www.nhct.org,” said Holly Wheeler, marketing and publicity chairman for New Horizon Community Theatre.

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