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Kia plant’s storm shelters fully operational

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Mother Nature is no match for Kia.This past January, the plant in West Point installed 14 underground storm shelters on their property. Each one can comfortably hold 100 to 150 people and withstand winds up to 250 miles per hour. According to the Fujita Tornado Damage scale, that’s an F4 and bordering an F5 twister. That kind of storm will level well constructed houses, blow away weak foundations, and throw cars as if they were airborne projectiles.


Schools: Properly prepare students for CRCT

Troup County School System will administer the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) to students in grades 3 through 8.Georgia’s CRCT tests are state-mandated achievement tests for students. The CRCT covers the content areas of reading, English/language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. According to the Georgia Department of Education, the primary purpose of the CRCT is to provide a valid measure of the quality of educational services provided throughout t...

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CFO: Not using class size waivers would cost system

A move last month to seek a class size waiver from the state Board of Education for class limits met with objections from two board members, but a school official on Monday said the move is nothing new and not using the waiver would cost the school system more than a $1 million.“This is something that the Troup County School System has been doing repetitively for years, and all, basically, school systems in the state are doing this and asking for a flexibility waiver, not tha...

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The subtle signs of child sexual abuse

Child sexual abuse is a topic most people still won’t talk about in public.But one Troup County child advocacy group is hoping to change that stigma. Darkness to Light held their annual training program Tuesday night called “Stewards of Children” at the Coleman Community Center. The interactive, two-and-a-half hour session, features testimony from sexual abuse victims.“The ultimate goal is to change our culture,” explained Samantha Link, the...

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West Point police chief selection under way

West Point officials plan to announce early next month who will be replacing retiring police Chief Jeffery Cato.Forty-two applications were received for the position and the city had chosen to use the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP) for the second time to aid in the selection process.The applicants have been narrowed down to eight, all of whom have taken a GACP assessment, which will be under review this week. The top two or three candidates are expected t...

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Public safety

Theft/BurglaryA man reported that 1,500 pounds of scrap metal, valued at $150, and a 40 inch Werner aluminum extension ladder, valued at $350, were stolen from Diverse Power property in the 1300 block of Upper Big Springs Road.A man from the 100 block of Dix Street reported someone entered into his residence through his window and stole a Homelite power saw valued at $200.A woman reported she left her phone at the self-checkout at WalMart in t...

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Vehicle collides into school bus

A Toyota Corolla crashed into a school bus on Meadowland Trail at about 7:30 No students were on the bus, and the Corolla’s driver was transported to West Georgia Medical Center according to officials on the scene. No serious injuries were reported. An eye-witness on the scene who had been following the Corolla said the driver may have been asleep at the wheel because he was drifting in and out of lanes. When the car collided with the stopped school bus, the witness said he d...

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‘People see you doing the impossible and realize it’s possible’

Norma Bastidas is a survivor.The 47-year-old single mom is a survivor of sexual abuse and violence. When she first spoke out about her abuse, she was ignored, blamed and told to stay quiet, but she continued to speak out.Now, she has decided to show that persistence and hard work can pay off by seeking to break the Guinness World Record for an ultra-triathlon by completing more than 3,750 miles in 55 to 70 days. Her goal is to bring awareness to the fight against human t...

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