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GUILTY: Jury renders verdict in Sessions case

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A jury today convicted 55-year-old Thomas E. Sessions Jr. of LaGrange of murder and aggravated assault in the 2013 shooting death of 21-year-old Douglas Cameron.Troup County Superior Court Judge A. Quillian Baldwin sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole.“I think justice was served, and the jury reached the right verdict,” said Chief Assistant District Attorney Monique Kirby, who prosecuted the case.


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LifeSouth blood drivesLifeSouth will hold the following blood drives in the area:• EAMC-Lanier Health Services of Valley, Alabama, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday.• EAMC-Lanier Health Services from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.• Walmart of Roanoke, Alabama, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.• Walmart of Roanoke from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.Sickle Cell Support Group seeks volunteers, donors for...

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Man escapes attempted robbery at gun point

Man escapes attempted robbery at gun pointMore gunshots rang out on the streets of LaGrange early this morning after a McGhee Street man fled an attempted robbery at gun point.LaGrange police responded to shots fired in the 100 block of McGhee Street after two unknown assailants allegedly approached the man and told him to, “give it up,” according to police reports.The man ran from the would-be robbers and heard five or six gun sho...

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Police: $1,000 reward for suspect’s arrest

LaGrange Police announced Wednesday a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of an area man wanted in connection with a murder.Devonte Cortez Thorpe has an active arrest warrant for allegedly stealing a dark gray Chevrolet Impala, license plate number PRA5337, that belonged to a victim of a fatal assault that occurred Sunday on Dawn Drive near Chip’s Way, according to police.DeJerius Hardnett, 20, of Callaway Avenue, died at Atlanta’s Grady Memor...

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Rules unlikely to have effect on local pensions

The new government accounting standard that requires local and state government entities to report pension liabilities and expenses may negatively affect some agencies in the country, but luckily have no major affect on our local government.Troup County Clerk/Financial Officer Scott Turk said the new reporting requirements by GASB shouldn't affect the county much other than having to file more paperwork. Turk said the county actually continued to ...

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LaGrange Christmas parade to honor optometrist Dr. Cliff Rainey

If Santa Claus needs a pair of spectacles this holiday season, he’ll certainly be in the right place during the LaGrange Christmas Parade, set for 6 p.m. on Dec. 4.This year’s event will be grand marshaled by noted local optometrist Dr. Cliff Rainey, who has been a staple in Troup County for more than 60 years.The parade is organized by the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce, and volunteers from West Georgia Health will act as “parade elves”...

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Conflicting testimony marks latest developments in trial

Conflicting witness statements and graphic photographs of a murder victim’s body marked the third day of testimony Wednesday in Troup County Superior Court during the trial of Thomas E. Sessions Jr., 55, of LaGrange.During the proceedings, witnesses who took the stand included the defendant, the 911 caller, a medical examiner and a Troup County Sheriff’s deputy.Sessions testified that he shot the victim, 21-year-old Douglas Cameron, on Aug. 9, 2013, in self d...

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In our community: Aug. 28, 2014

TodayEvents: A bridge game is open to the public at 5:30 p.m. at Bellevue. Cost is $10 per person per month. 706-882-9655New Community Church hosts Career Connect, a free job search assistance and networking event, at 5:30 p.m. with representatives from local staffing agencies, colleges, businesses and industries. Admission is free. Career coaches from the Department of Labor Career Center, Troup County Works, LaGrange College and West Georgia T...

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Cougars taking on the champs

Challenges don’t come much greater than this.After an impressive season-opening win over Shiloh Hills on Aug. 15, the Lafayette Christian School Cougars will take on the champs this week.Holy Ground, which won the eight-man Independent Christian Schools of Georgia and Alabama championship a year ago, will host Lafayette Christian on Friday.A victory would not only put the Cougars at 2-0 on the young season, it would also let them know they can beat anybo...

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Another county rival for Grangers

It was in their grasp.The LaGrange Grangers had a 14-0 lead midway through the fourth quarter, and it looked like they were headed for a huge win over the Callaway Cavaliers on opening night.When the dust cleared and the final snap had been taken, though, it was the Cavaliers, not the Grangers, doing the celebrating.The Cavaliers rallied for 14 points in the final six minutes of regulation to tie it, and they scored a touchdown in overtime to pull off the 20-1...

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CASA of Troup County receives national certification for quality of work

CASA of Troup County Inc. was recently awarded certification by the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association.The certification recognizes that CASA of Troup County is in compliance with the National CASA Association’s standards for high quality advocacy for abused and neglected children.

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Church to host yard saleLoyd Presbyterian Church, 550 Glass Bridge Road, hosts a yard sale from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Community Building. Proceeds will fund Christian Education and Outreach projects.Sickle Cell Support Group hosts 5K Sick of the Cycle Inc. Sickle Cell Support Group will host a 5K Road Walk in West Point on Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. The group is seeking individuals to participate in the walk and volunteer...

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Murder trial continues as witnesses describe scene

A courtroom drama continues today in Troup County Superior Court during the murder trial of Thomas E. Sessions, 55, of LaGrange.Closing arguments are expected today and a verdict could be rendered as early as this afternoon. If convicted, Sessions could face life imprisonment.Sessions was indicted by a grand jury last November for the Aug. 9, 2013, murder of 21-year-old Douglas Cameron — a murder prosecutors said happened in “cold blood,” but the defens...

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Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia Donates Four Optimas to WGTC

West Georgia Technical College was presented with three 2013 Kia Optimas and one 2014 Kia Optima by Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) Aug. 13.The vehicles will be used by WGTC Automotive Technology students to learn the necessary skills to prepare for an automotive service and repair career. The LaGrange Campus will receive three cars and the Douglas Campus will receive one.“We are deeply appreciative of Kia’s continued support of technical educat...

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Man allegedly flees traffic stop

LaGrange police have issued an arrest warrant for a driver who allegedly fled a traffic stop Tuesday morning.According to a police report, the vehicle was pulled over in the 400 block of South Greenwood Street after failing to maintain lane. The driver told police he was attempting to avoid a metal plate in the road.When police asked for the man’s drivers license, he allegedly put the car in drive and fled from the officer. Police did not pursue the vehicle and los...

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Council approves rezoning of Country Club Road property

The LaGrange City Council voted to approve the rezoning of an undeveloped area on Country Club Road under special conditions.Developer, Boxwood LaGrange LLC, requested to rezone about 7.8 acres adjacent to Country Club Road, west of Hollis Hand Elementary School, from R-1 to R-8.5.Many area residents were opposed to the rezoning at the Aug. 12 public hearing, arguing that it would increase the numbers of lots allowed on the property thus impacting traffic, and the subdiv...

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Group proposes park at historic school site

A group is looking to establish a historical park in West Point in commemoration of an historic African-American school.Bill Fannings told West Point Council on Monday that the Bethlehem Foundation, a non-profit group of the Bethlehem Baptist Church, was looking to establish the remaining portion of the 10th Street School - the cafeteria - that is on the church’s property as a museum. Adjacent to the church property is city property, which the foundation is proposing to use t...

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Police seek person of interest in homicide case

LaGrange Police have obtained an arrest warrant for a man who allegedly stole a vehicle belonging to a weekend homicide victim.Devonte Cortez Thorpe is wanted for stealing a dark gray Chevrolet Impala, license plate number PRA5337, and is a person of interest to police in the Sunday murder of DeJerius Hardnett, 20, of Callaway Avenue.Police on Tuesday used social media to release surveillance camera footage of the suspect, described as a 6-foot-tall, African-American mal...

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