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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.


Teen charged after allegedly threatening to stab man

A juvenile was charged with simple assault under the family violence act after he allegedly threatened to stab his mother’s boyfriend following a scuffle because he refused to go to school Friday morning.According to a report, the teen’s mother said that when she tried to get him up to go to school, he began cursing and came toward her in a way that she though he was going to hit her, so she pushed him back. The boyfriend said he came to see about the commotion and saw ...

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In our community

Events SaturdayEvents: LaGrange Alumni chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity hosts a “chicken-q” fundraiser for its scholarship program from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the old Family Dentistry parking lot. Cost is a $7 donation per plate. For tickets contact Albert Gilliam at 706-883-6971 or Dr. George Baker. Walk ups welcome.LaGrange Art Museum holds Family Super Saturday with free tours at the m...

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LaGrange Symphony announces winners of 2014 SCALA Competition

The Board of Directors of the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra has announced the winners of the annual SCALA Competition held recently at Callaway Auditorium on the campus of LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia.Hannah Culbreth, playing horn, won first place. Miss Culbreth, a 10th grade student at Newnan High School, studies with Anna Dodd and Marianne Van Lear.Competition judges praised Culbreth’s performance of Richard Strauss’ “Horn Concerto No. 1”...

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1964: New buildings planned, historic buildings toured

Aprils past, 50 years ago.From the LaGrange Daily News, 1964.Front Page NewsOpen House Set for LaGrange Board of Education Building — An Open House for the LaGrange Board of Education’s new administration building will be staged Sunday afternoon from 1 until 3 p.m.The old Post Office building on main Street has been renovated and air-conditioned for use by the school system. The buildin...

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Parks and Recreation Easter egg hunt delayed

The Troup County Parks and Recreation annual Easter egg hunt has been delayed.The hunt, sponsored by Wendy’s at 303 Vernon St., will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Shuford Fields in LaGrange at Ragland Street and Calumet Drive.

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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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Seniors honored

After Thursday’s game ended, seven LaGrange High players were recognized during the team’s senior-day ceremony.The seniors are Caleb Buchanan, Wynton Heard, Hakeem Stargell, Logan Hood, Chas Pardue, John Patterson and Austin Rogers.Buchanan and Stargell each had two-run home runs to help the Grangers win 9-7.Stargell’s home run came in the first inning, and Buchanan hit his in the fourth inning to give LaGrange an 8-7 lead.“T...

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LHS runners race to titles

It was a championship kind of day for a pair of LaGrange High senior runners.Sarah Bearden captured a pair of first-place finishes during the Region 5-AAAA girls meet on Thursday, while Andrew Coggins claimed two region championships on the boys’ side.The top four finishers in each event qualified for the state sectional that will be held April 26 in Carrollton.Bearden won her titles in the 1,600-meter run and the 3,200-meter run.In the 3,200,...

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Cavs take another step

The Callaway Cavaliers used an explosive eighth inning to move a step closer to a region championship.The Cavaliers and Haralson County Rebels were deadlocked at 4-4 through seven innings, so it was on to extra innings.In the top of the eighth, the Cavaliers broke through for nine runs, and they went on to claim a 13-4 victory.The Cavaliers moved to 8-1 in Region 4-AAA, and they remained atop the standings with games remaining against Rockmart, Central-Carroll...

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Troup gets 1-0 win

Thanks to a brilliant pitching performance from Bo Halcomb, the one run the Troup Tigers scored in Thursday’s game against Fayette County was enough.Jonathan Foster hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh, and that was enough to give the Tigers a 1-0 victory in the Region 5-AAAA game.It was a crucial win for the Tigers, who are battling for a playoff spot in the region.The Tigers improved to 7-5 in the region, and they’re in a three-way tie f...

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Grangers overcome slow start

They were reeling.The LaGrange Grangers, in desperate need of a win as they try to chase down a playoff berth in Region 5-AAAA, found themselves trailing Sandy Creek 7-3 after the second inning on Thursday.The Grangers had plenty of fight left in them, though.Jake Howard entered the game in relief in the third inning and threw five shutout innings, and Caleb Buchanan hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning that gave the Grangers a lead they wouldn’t ...

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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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Is Karen Handel’s high school degree OK?

It was 2009 and I was pretty excited. Secretary of State Karen Handel was coming to LaGrange College as my guest speaker for Constitution Day. I was sure to have a packed audience. There was just one issue.I always ask my guest speakers to talk about how they went from being a college graduate to their current position in politics, business, or wherever they ended up. “That way, somebody doesn’t think that you’re all born on Mount Olympus, that you started somewhe...

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