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Motorists feeling pinch at the pumps

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Filling up at the pump can be downright painful these days.According to the American Automobile Association, prices at the gas pumps in our area have jumped 30 cents in the past month. The average price for a gallon of gas is $3.65. AAA said just a month ago, drivers were paying around $3.35 a gallon. And according to AAA spokesman, Mark Jenkins, the worst is yet to come.“We haven’t hit the peak yet. We’re still moving towards the peak of high gas prices,” Jenkins explained.Jenkins said there is some good news. Right now, gas prices are still below where they peaked last year in Georgia. In February 2013, prices at the pump topped off at $3.77 per gallon.

 

Elections board vice chair still issue for some

A few Board of Elections and Registration members still contest the status of the board’s vice chairman, which led to a promptly ended debate during Thursday’s meeting.A few members had contested at the board’s previous meeting that the vice chairman position was open after the term of Gloria Watson, West Point’s appointee who was elected as vice chair in January 2013, lapsed. The county eventually appointed Watson back to the position, but some members said...

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Board of Education approves going forward with personnel cuts

The Troup County Board of Education on Thursday approved applying its reduction in force policy to allow for the elimination of 29.5 positions in anticipation of making up a $3 million deficit next year.School system Superintendent Cole Pugh said administrators hope that most positions will be eliminated by attrition and reassignments.Despite a $2.8 million reduction in the state’s austerity cut to the school system over last year and $1.7 million in funds restored...

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School board OKs $2 M in SPLOST funds for tech upgrades

The Troup County Board of Education on Thursday approved about $2 million in special-purpose, local-option sales tax - SPLOST - projects that will revamp schools’ technology and communication networks.Continuing a “refresh” of computer hardware that it began last year at schools, the board approved spending $1,311,764.40 in SPLOST funds for a purchase and installation from Sterling Computers Corporation of Norfolk, Neb., for replacing 1,526 desktop and 374 laptop ...

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Auction to benefit family of Larry Garner Jr.

As medical bills linger and a family struggles to pick up the pieces after the death of Larry Garner, Jr., friends and family near and far, high and low, are partnering for a benefit dinner and auction in remembrance of the 47-year-old who died of cancer in October.“Camos & Bows” will be the theme themed due to Garner’s passion for the outdoors and hunting, and will be held June 1 to help Garner’s family pay medical bills and start a college fund for his son...

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Centipedegrass slow to green-up

Editor’s note: This is the final regular column from retired extension agent Randy Drinkard. Troup County Extension Agent Brian Maddy will take over the regular Friday community column. The Daily News thanks Drinkard for his contributions over the last two years.Spring has arrived and plants are beginning to break dormancy, but your lawn may not be lush and green yet. If you have a centipedegrass lawn, do not be impatient and rush it to green-up.Centipedeg...

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Dennis Knight appointed new Troup County Fire Chief

After nearly four months serving as interim fire chief, Capt. Dennis Knight was appointed as the official Troup County Fire Department Fire Chief April 8.Knight will also maintain his position as Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director.“It’s a great opportunity for me to serve the community in a larger capacity as both the EMA director and fire chief and it gives me the chance to make sure that our firefighters have what they need to do their job and have ...

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Speakers share their journeys of a life impacted by addiction

Parents, students and teachers attended Troup County Prevention Coalition’s town hall meeting Wednesday evening at the Lafayette Garden Inn to listen to first-hand experiences from two men affected by prescription drug addiction.The two speakers are involved in the Think About It campaign formed by the Medical Association of Georgia Foundation, which brings awareness to prescription drug abuse among teens.Co-chair of Think About It, Dallas Gay, spoke about his gran...

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