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Dennis Knight appointed new Troup County Fire Chief

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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 what they need to serve and protect the citizens of Troup County,” he said.Knight said he is currently working on a strategic plan looking into the next 10 years, outlining areas that need improvement as he moves forward.

 

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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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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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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Man shot in face while sleeping

A man was shot in the 100 block of Carver Street this morning around 1:30 a.m.According to the report, officers found Jerry Godwin, 59, bleeding from the face after several rounds were fired through the home and one bullet struck Godwin in the face while he was sleeping.Godwin was life-flighted to Grady Hospital where he is listed in stable condition according to the report.Officers investigated the scene but were unable to locate any suspects in the area, the...

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Public safety

Theft/BurglaryThree cars were broken into at Kroger in the 200 block on Commerce Avenue. A cellphone and a wallet containing $80, ID and bank cards were stolen from one vehicle. A spool of weed eater string was stolen from a truck and a gas cap was stolen from a third vehicle.A woman from the first block of Handly Street reported that while at home, her boyfriend and his mother came to her house and stole a pair of black pants, $60 in cash, her social se...

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‘It has been a wonderful journey’

For Ruth Garner, the grand marshal of the 2014 Relay for Life, being named to represent the annual benefit is a humbling experience.“To represent all of these survivors is such an honor and a responsibility,” Garner said. “To think that you have that privilege to be representing all of the survivors, but I’ll do my best to do a good job. There are a lot more people that deserve this honor more than I do.”Garner no longer has either of her th...

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Honoring the victims of child abuse

As Child Abuse Awareness Month draws to a close, there’s a renewed initiative to continue to fight this violent crime.State and local leaders, along with the heads of Troup County Youth and Family services re-signed the Child Abuse protocol. The proclamation is a pledge to help children in our community, whatever their situation may be at home. It also spells out how each organization should respond to a suspected case of child abuse, and their responsibilities....

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Fundraisers

Online campaign, golf tournament to benefit Eric BennettFriends of Eric Bennett, who suffered traumatic brain injuries, are raising money to help with his medical expenses. Online donations may be made at the GoFundMe site under “Eric Bennett Recovery (Go Dawgs)” at address www.gofundme.com/7mwscw . The goal of the fund-raising site is $10,000.On June 20, a four-man scramble golf tournament will be held at Orchard Hills Golf Club in Newnan. R...

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Grangers get big region win

The LaGrange Grangers, who are in a dogfight for one of Region 5-AAAA’s four playoff spots, got a big road win over Fayette County on Wednesday.Behind a strong pitching performance from Logan Carson, LaGrange beat Fayette County 8-4.The Grangers, who ended a four-game losing streak with a win over Alexander on Friday, improved to 6-5 in the region, and they’re in a tie for fourth place with Troup.LaGrange and Troup are set to square off on Friday i...

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Cavaliers romp to road win

With three big region games on the horizon, there wasn’t a whole lot of suspense for the Callaway baseball team on Wednesday.In a makeup game, the Cavaliers were on the road in Atlanta, and they thumped B.E.S.T. Academy 18-0 in a game that was shortened to three innings because of the run rule.Dylan Johnson got the start and pitched two innings, and Hunter Rollins finished things off with a scoreless third inning.The Cavaliers moved to 8-1 in Region 4-AA...

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Lady Warriors riding high

It has been a special season already for the LaGrange Academy Lady Warriors, and they’re hoping the good times are just getting started.The Lady Warriors clinched a region championship earlier this week, and with a road win over Arlington today, they’ll finish their GISA Region 4-AA schedule with a perfect record.The Lady Warriors will host a state playoff game on Tuesday, and they’ll be one of 16 teams in the state chasing a championship.The...

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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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