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Preparations begin for Salem Road Bridge replacement

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A project to replace the Salem Road bridge is getting underway and the road is set to close on Aug. 7 for the replacement.The proposal approved by the county in May was to demolish the current bridge and build a new one that replicates the steel truss look of the current bridge, which was built in 1929. The contractor and county also agreed to save a piece of the original steel truss as a memento.

 

WGTC to host logistics summit in Carrollton

The state’s leading expert in logistics will headline the inaugural West Georgia Logistics Summit Aug. 20 at the Burson Center in Carrollton.The summit is jointly sponsored by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce/Carroll Tomorrow and West Georgia Technical College and features a keynote address from Page Siplon, executive director of the Georgia Centers of Innovation and the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics. Siplon is a highly sought-after leader and speaker in th...

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Re-Generation hosts Hootenanny 10 at Lafayette Society for Performing Arts’ Black Box Theater, 214 Bull St., Aug. 15-17.Doors open at 6 p.m. Aug. 15 and 16, 2 p.m. Aug. 17, and attendees may bring food and drink to eat prior to the show. Seating is limited to 16 tables of eight people each night. Reservations are required at $12.50 per person or $100 for a table. For tickets call 706-882-9909.

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Man beaten unconscious on South Greenwood Street

One man was beaten unconscious by another man in the 500 block of South Greenwood Street.According to the LaGrange Police Department, the wife of the man who was hit found him laying unconscious outside on the ground.Police say several eyewitnesses told them a man got out of a silver vehicle and approached the victim. That’s when the suspect allegedly punched the man in the face and left the scene.The victim was taken to West Georgia Health for medical t...

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The search continues for shooting suspect

Investigators with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office continue their search for 35-year-old Mathew Wilson Strickland.According to TCSO, Strickland allegedly shot Fred Fincher in the back with a shotgun a week ago. The incident was not immediately reported. Deputies say Fincher told them Strickland shot him while they were riding four wheelers on Lovic Davis Road.After taking the report and seeing an obvious gun shot wound, Deputies say Fincher was transported to Wes...

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LaGrange man shot three times

Investigators with the LaGrange Police Department continue to look for gunmen responsible for a shooting off of Wynnwood Drive.Police said they responded to a call around 9 p.m. Monday evening of a male who had been shot. When officers arrived, they found Brandon Laney, who had been shot three times.According to police, Laney was transported to Midtown Medical Center in Columbus for treatment. He was listed in satisfactory condition Tuesday morning.Investigato...

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Making every dollar count

Receiving a free education still comes with a price for the 1,100 children in the Early Head Start and Head Start programs in Troup County.It’s not the children or parents who pay, but the administrators of the program that must come up with 20 percent of matching funds, the rest of which is provided by the federal government. That job rests squarely on the shoulders of Virginia Thomas.“The 20 percent is to show the government that we have community support, ...

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Woman’s Club seeking Bellevue Belles

The LaGrange Woman’s Club is seeking a diverse group of young ladies who are interested in presenting the history and culture of LaGrange to visitors at Bellevue, a National Historic Landmark.Participants must be of high school age with good academic standing, personal poise, presentation skills and an interest in history. Selection process will include an interview. Applications are available at Bellevue, 204 Ben Hill St., Tuesdays through Saturdays from 2-5 p.m.A...

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Organizations come together for Operation BackPack Impact

A group in West Point made up of organizations, social clubs and churches has set a lofty goal to give away 500 backpacks to West Point children just in time for back to school.Operation BackPack Impact Community Day will be held on Sunday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the recreation football field located behind Givorns Foods in West Point. Families may enjoy a day of fun and free food, along with receiving backpacks filled with school supplies.

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LifeSouth blood drivesLifeSouth will hold the following blood drives in the area:• West Georgia Health from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.• Walmart on U.S. Highway 29 in Valley, Alabama, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.Center seeking donations for clothes, money

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In our community: July 29, 2014

TodayMeetings: LaGrange Serenity Groups and Al-Anon meet at 6 p.m. at Self Help Harbor, 909 Stonewall St.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. 706-812-4974Today–WednesdayChurches: Leete Hill United Methodist Church, 810 Hamilton Road, hosts vacation Bible sch...

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Winning summer for Grangers

It’s been a productive, and winning summer for the LaGrange High boys’ basketball team.The Grangers put the wraps on their summer schedule by playing three games at Auburn University on Saturday.The Grangers played 24 games in June, and they won all but a handful of them.Many of those games were played at LaGrange, including games against Auburn, Valley and Beauregard last week to wrap up the home portion of the summer schedule.The playe...

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Traffic stop leads to drug bust

Possession of Marijuana / Following Too CloselyTroup County Sheriff’s deputies made a drug bust bust following a routine traffic stop.According to the Sheriffs Office, a deputy stopped a silver 2006 Cadillac DTS Saturday night on Interstate 85, near mile marker 20. The deputy said he noticed the vehicle was following another car too closely and was failing to maintain its lane of traffic.After pulling the car over, the deputy sa...

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Point University hosts community children’s choir opportunities

Point University’s Fine Arts Department announces new opportunities for the community to be involved with events through their children’s choir, now in its third year.The children’s choir is open to all children between first and seventh grade. Highlights of this year’s children’s choir will be a special performance for members of the Lanier Nursing Home in Valley, Alabama, on Nov. 17 and two Christmas performances with Point University Concert Choir/S...

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Active Life hosts gospel concert, dinner

The Active Life will host a special Gospel Concert and dinner featuring Hope’s Journey and Higher Hope with a special appearance by the Shiloh Baptist Church Praise Choir on Saturday.Seating is limited for the show, which begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. For ticket information, those interested may call 706-883-1681.The Active Life recreation center is located at 140 Ragland St. in LaGrange.

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Feeding the community

By 11 o’clock last Wednesday morning, it was standing room only - and that was just in the parking lot outside of the Community Action for Improvement (CAFI) building.Elizabeth Dunlap was the first one in line.” I’ve been here since 7:45 am. I was the first one at the door,” she said.She was one of hundreds of people waiting in the hot, July sun to receive boxes of free food and drink from CAFI; nourishment that will sustain her and her...

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Troup Baptist Association gets renovation

Thirteen men and women traveled to LaGrange last week to renovate Troup Baptist Association on Washington Street.Most of the group were part of the Dale Baptist Association out of Ozark, Alabama, who dedicate themselves to mission relief at least once a year, said Pastor Jim Hill of the DBA.“When God saves you, you’re on a mission from then on,” said Hill. “It’s been a great experience.”TBA relocated over a year ago from Lew...

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Woman leaves children in hot car

Four small children were left inside a hot car while their aunt was inside Walmart.According to the LaGrange Police Department, officers found the kids ages 4, 5, 6 and 10 in a 2004 black Infiniti I35 in the Walmart parking lot on Saturday afternoon. Officers say the windows were rolled down. When they asked the children how long they had been inside the car, they responded 10 to 15 minutes. The children also said they were with their aunt who had gone inside the store to buy bathi...

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