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LaGrange residents arrested in New York firearms trafficking case

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LaGrange Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit assisted with the United States Marshall’s Office and New York Police Department detectives in the arrest of three LaGrange residents today for the alleged illegal transport and sale of firearms in the city of New York.Aliya Dowell, 32; Michael Brewer Quick, 33; and Rodney Brewer, 49, all were arrested.Prior to this date, Quick was arrested in DeKalb County for his alleged involvement in a shooting in that area. Dowell was tracked from LaGrange to Brooklyn, N.Y., where she was arrested this morning. Brewer was arrested in the 700 block of Daniel Street this morning by officials with the LPD, NYPD and U.S. Marshall’s Office.


LaGrange High School Spring Concert, ‘Imagine,’ starts today

The LaGrange High School’s Annual Spring Concert, titled “Imagine,” kicks off today.A Broadway-style show, organizers promise “Imagine” will amaze the audience with high-caliber workmanship displayed by more than 175 high school students.Just as the musicians whose music is featured in the show have influenced music of our lives, the annual Spring Concert has influenced the lives of many students, said LHS choral director Katie Westbrook. Ma...

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Gun carry rights expanded in Ga. under new law

ELLIJAY, Ga. — Criticized by one group as the “guns everywhere” bill, Georgia took a big step Wednesday toward expanding where licensed carriers can take their weapons, with the governor signing a law that allows them in bars without restriction and in some churches, schools and government buildings under certain circumstances.Following mass shootings in recent years, some states have pursued stronger limits on guns while others like Georgia have taken the opposit...

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Troup County School System names 2014 Nurse of the Year

Sheila Lindsey was recently nominated and selected by her peers as the 2014 Troup County School System Nurse of the Year.Lindsey earned the honor by receiving a majority of peer votes. She will now begin plans to compete at the state level for the Georgia School Nurse of the Year title.“I appreciate the recognition of my colleagues; this is a great honor I share with each of them,” said Lindsey. “I can truly say that this is not merely about the nominat...

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Public safety

TheftResidents in the 600 block of Ware Street reported someone stole their dirt bike valued at $1,500, a yellow helmet valued at $50, and a weed-eater valued at $150.A man reported after he lost his wallet, someone made several unauthorized transactions on his debit card in Alabama and Florida totalling $2,886.48DamagesA woman reported someone keyed and scratched profanities on her vehicle in the 300 block of Medic...

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Officer arrested on theft charges

Patrick Harris, 36, of LaGrange, was arrested Wednesday around 6:30 p.m. at the Troup County Landfill in the 100 block of Parmer Road on theft charges. Harris is a correctional officer at the Troup County Correctional InstituteAccording to reports, a witness saw Harris driving a truck and pulling a trailer into the property after the gate was secured, which he had keys to.Deputies arrested Harris as he was leaving the landfill. Several items of scrap metal were found in ...

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Helping children heal

Nine-year-old Abby Grace Kornek has a lot of fond memories of her dad.She remembers a table he painted for her, cutting down a tree every Christmas, even the pick up truck the family rode in around town. All those memories she carries around with her on a pillow she decorated at Camp Dogwood last summer.“It’s really fun,” Abby said. “You learn that it’s okay that someone passed away in your family, and it’s okay to be sad.”...

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Volunteers needed for boat races

Powerboats will be flying through West Point Lake in May, but more action will be taking place behind the scenes. And the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce needs help from the community.The group is seeking people who are knowledgeable about the area to volunteer during the LaGrange Power Boat Grand Prix during the three-day event, starting May 9 - 11. Laura Jennings, director of tourism for the chamber, estimated they’ll need 20 to 30 volunteers per day to man inform...

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In our community

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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Winning finale for LaGrange

They’re not heading to the playoffs, but the LaGrange Lady Grangers at least made sure to finish their season in style.After a dramatic 3-2 victory over Brookstone on Tuesday, the Lady Grangers followed that up with an 8-0 win over the Callaway Lady Cavaliers on Wednesday.The Lady Grangers (8-9) closed the season with three wins in their final four games.Wednesday’s game marked the end of the road for the team’s three seniors, Madeline Marsha...

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Grangers learn playoff opponent

The LaGrange Grangers will be taking a road trip to the northwestern corner of the state next week.The Grangers, who clinched a playoff spot on Tuesday, will open the Class AAAA state playoffs on the road against Northwest Whitfield on May 2.While LaGrange will be the number four seed from Region 5-AAAA, Northwest Whitfield is the top seed from Region 7-AAAA.Northwest Whitfield won a best-of-three series against Cedartown to win the region championship....

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Cavs savor region title

For the third time in four years, the Callaway Cavaliers are region champions.With Wednesday’s doubleheader sweep of Jackson, the Cavaliers closed their Region 4-AAA schedule with a 13-1 record, and they finished two games ahead of the Central-Carroll Lions.The Cavaliers fell to the Lions 2-0 on March 26, but they didn’t lose another region game.Callaway beat Central-Carroll 3-0 on Monday, and it wrapped up the region title with a 6-0 win over Rock...

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Seniors shine for Callaway

When Callaway’s Jaylen Colton stepped into the batter’s box Wednesday night against Jackson, it was a special moment.It was nothing new.Colton is a senior, and he’s had plenty of at-bats over the years.What made this particular at-bat so meaningful, though, was that it was his first time coming to the plate since the first game of the season when he suffered a broken thumb.Colton had to undergo surgery, and while the feeling was he...

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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 . 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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Head-on wreck results in death of county employee

A Troup County Parks and Recreation Department employee was killed today in a head-on wreck between a tractor-trailer truck and a pickup in the 2000 block of South Davis Road.Sherrill Allen Cadwell, 58, of LaGrange, was pronounced dead at the scene.According to Georgia State Patrol Trooper Joel Puckett, Cadwell, was driving a Troup County Parks and Recreation pickup west toward Whitesville Road when he swerved into the oncoming lane, colliding with a trailer tractor from...

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‘Shadow Hour’ production examines perceptions of truth

The age-old questions of “What is the truth and who do you believe?” are at the center of LaGrange College Theatre Arts’ production of “Shadow Hour,” which opens tonight and runs through April 27 at Price Theater.Written by Ralph Tropf, the play is a courtroom drama that centers around a young female staffer in Washington, D.C., who accuses a prominent senator of sexual assault. Through a series of flashbacks, the incident is seen from both his and her...

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Calumet Park renovations near completion

Renovations to Calumet Park is expected to be complete next month, according to LaGrange City Manager Tom Hall.LaGrange City Council voted in September to spend $100,000 on park improvements after Hall said several residents in the area approached the council at several council meetings requesting revitalization of the area.“We’re always interested in working with neighborhoods to make a positive impact and improve the quality of life,” said Hall....

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Commission chair candidates address public Commission strife

The two Republican candidates for Troup County Commission participated in a question-and-answer forum Tuesday, with one of the top issues addressed being the recent public division among the County Commission.Candidate Frank Kirby said Troup County is near and dear to his heart and he wasn’t sure what to think after recent events with the County Commission. He said the commission needs to come together no matter how the members feel about each other behind closed doors. No ma...

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