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Child rapist sentenced to four life sentences

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Troup County Superior Court Judge Dennis Blackmon on Monday showed little mercy in sentencing convicted child rapist Daryl E. McGruder to four consecutive life sentences with an additional 20 years.McGruder was found guilty of four counts of aggravated child molestation and one count of child molestation Friday by a jury of 12 Troup County residents.“No man-made punishment will be appropriate for this type of violence. (This sentence) is not sufficient for what you’ve done, but it will have to do,” Blackmon said to McGruder during sentencing.


Troup falls in region tourney

The Troup softball team met its match.Facing Whitewater in the opening round of the Region 5-AAAA tournament on Wednesday, Troup lost 14-8 and 8-0.It was a three-game series, and if the teams had split Wednesday’s games, they would have played a third and final game today.Whitewater, the tournament’s number one seed, made that unnecessary by sweeping Wednesday’s doubleheader against fourth-seeded Troup.In the other tournament serie...

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Big night of volleyball on tap

They’ll be volleying for a good cause today.The Callaway, LaGrange and Troup volleyball teams will get together at Troup High today for the Dig Pink classic, which will not only be a showcase for the local teams, but will also raise awareness and money to combat breast cancer.“We’re excited. I think it’s going to be a fun night,” said Troup volleyball coach Jodi Dowden, herself a cancer survivor. “We’ve had some great sponsorship...

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It’s his final go-around

If it was a Friday night and the LaGrange Grangers were at home, young Triston Dozier was usually there, settled into his seat at Callaway Stadium cheering the team on.When the Grangers were on their way to a third state championship in four years in 2004, Dozier’s cousin, Justin Patterson, was a star running back who had more than 1,200 yards.“We were just about at every game,” said Dozier, who in 2004 was learning the game on the recreation fields of ...

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LaGrange eyes 2-0 region start

It’s not the same old Columbus.Columbus hasn’t had a whole lot to crow about on the football field over the years, and while this year’s team probably isn’t a threat to hoist the state-championship trophy in December, things are definitely looking up.After winning a combined one game in the 2012 and 2013 seasons, the Blue Devils already have two wins under their belt this year.The resurgent Blue Devils will be at Callaway Stadium on Fri...

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September marriages

The following people were issued marriage licenses in Troup County Probate Court in September:Christopher Scott Rice Jr. and Kelly Jo Powell.Brandon Martez Culpepper and Telithia Brown.Zachary William Blalock and Anne-Marie Dgien.Matalito Lamar Bass and Porchia Jalethia Hurston.Richard Wayne Massey and Melissa Ann Walters.Christopher Neal Brooks and Sara Agnes Gosdin.Harvey Anthony Truitt and Desiree Taghaza Lindsey....

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New Leadership Troup participants off to roaring start

The 2014-15 class of Leadership Troup participants is off to a roaring start, exchanging ideas, learning from one another and gaining insight into community leadership.Leadership Troup, sponsored by the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce, is a nine-month program designed to develop leadership skills and promote community involvement within existing and emerging community leaders from across Troup County. Participants take part in sessions focusing on specific aspects of comm...

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In our community: Oct. 2, 2014

TodayEvents: A bridge game is open to the public at 5:30 p.m. at Bellevue. Cost is $10 per person per month. 706-882-9655Beginner ballroom dance lessons for all ages are given 7:30–8:30 p.m. at the Active Life center on Ragland Street. 706-884-5857Meetings: Self Help Harbor, 909 Stonewall St., hosts AA meetings at noon, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.Crime Stoppers meets at 6 p.m. in the LaGrange Police Department training...

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Argument, fist fight lead to police response

A fight between two Turner Street women Monday evening garnered the attention of police, leading to disorderly conduct warnings.Police arrived at an apartment in the 100 block of Turner Street shortly before 8:30 p.m. and made contact with the two women. The complainant told police that the second woman had been “bothering her daughter,” and she wanted the woman to leave her residence, according to police reports.An argument ensued in which the woman allegedl...

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Mama Sherry’s re-opens at former Katies’ Too location

Mama Sherry’s restaurant has re-opened at the location of the former Katie’s Too restaurant on Lincoln Street.Formerly know as Mama Sherry’s Home Cooking, the restaurant closed its Vernon Street location in June after changing partnerships, and is now under the name Mama Sherry’s Homestyle Buffet, which opened Sept. 11.The LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce hosted an official re-opening ceremony Tuesday morning to welcome new owner Sherry L...

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Are NFL players really more likely to be criminals?

A host for an Atlanta sports radio station show suggested that there be a cartoon with a sign outside of the NFL, reading “Number of days without an arrest.” Underneath it, the digital number would read zero.Hardly a day goes by where we don’t see the video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking out his fiancé in an elevator, or hear about Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson beating his four-year-old son’s legs bloody with a tree branch, ...

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Doc Holliday among the most famous of Georgians

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. — Doc Holliday, the notorious gunslinger, gambler and dentist — not in any particular order — was born in Griffin, Georgia, grew up in Valdosta and died here from Consumption at the age of 36.

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Car’s faulty wiring leads to meth, pot charges

A LaGrange woman was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine and marijuana after a traffic stop on Whitesville Road on Tuesday evening.Veronica L. King, 22, was approached by officers around 9:30 p.m. after they saw her vehicle northbound on Whitesville Road with the vehicle’s emergency flashers activated, according to a police report.When LaGrange Police officers made contact with King, they wrote in their official report that she appeared nervous and...

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Volunteers collect 130 bags of trash at lake cleanup

Volunteers at Saturday’s West Point Lake Cleanup event collected 130 bags of trash along areas of the West Point Lake.U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Natural Resource Specialist Rebecca Fink said 76 volunteers – from groups including Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Gardner Newman Middle School, Lafayette Christian School and Loyd Presbyterian Church – took part in Saturday’s cleanup.“The groups we had were dedicated groups,” Fink said. “Eve...

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In our community: Oct. 1, 2014

TodayChurches: Callaway Baptist Church hosts service and classes at 7 p.m.Thursday Events: Special Day for Special People is 9 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Rocky Point Recreation Area on West Point Lake. The event is catered toward physically and mentally disabled children and adults, as well as the elderly to enjoy the day at West Point Lake with a free lunch with activities, including pontoon boat rides, photo ...

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Teachers receive goody bags from State Farm

On Sept. 24, Darlene Bailey, representing Jerry Cleaveland State Farm insurance agency, visited staff members at Berta Weathersbee Elementary.Principal Lorraine Jackson took Bailey around to each classroom, where teachers and staff were all given a goody bag in recognition for the service they give to students at Berta Weathersbee.Jerry Cleaveland State Farm Agency is one of Berta Weathersbee’s Partners in Education.

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Officials confirm first Ebola case diagnosed in US

DALLAS (AP) — A patient being treated at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola, the first case of the disease to be diagnosed in the United States, federal health officials announced Tuesday.Officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital say the unidentified patient is being kept in isolation and that the hospital is following Centers for Disease Control recommendations to keep doctors, staff and patients safe.The hospital had announced a day earlier tha...

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In our community: Sept. 30, 2014

TodayMeetings: The LaGrange Shufflers meet at the Active Life center at 140 Ragland St. for regular square, round and line dances from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Cost to dance is $6. 706-812-4974Churches: Eastside Baptist Church, 1016 Mason St., hosts a service for new members at 7 p.m. conducted by pastor M.T. Stiggers and pastor emeritus O.C. Stiggers.WednesdayEvents: Story time for pre-sch...

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