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Weekend air show draws huge crowds

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The LaGrange-Callaway Airport hosted the Southern Wings Fly-in and Car Show on Saturday, drawing a crowd of hundreds to see vintage aircraft and vehicles.The weather cooperated Saturday, with cool, overcast skies as visitors viewed more than a dozen aircraft, from retired war birds to experimental aircraft and gliders. The event also included inflatables for children, food and beverages.While the event was hosted to entertain, for some, the airshow is a way to preserve the history of aviation for generations to come.William Wilemon, a retired U.S. Navy aircraft mechanic, now helps maintain a retired Northrop-Grumman C-1A Trader aircraft.


New Ga. lobbying rules allow for summer travel

ATLANTA (AP) — New lobbying rules in Georgia have not put much of a damper on free beach convention travel for state politicians.An analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ( ) shows lobbyists spent more than $100,000 hosting lawmakers and state officials at roughly two-dozen summertime conferences. Many were held on the coast of Georgia, Florida and South Carolina during June and July.That spending increased by about 35 percent from 2012, ...

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Six LaGrange Academy students earn AP Scholar honors

LaGrange Academy announced Monday that six of its students earned AP Scholars honors based on their performance on AP exams during their high school career.According to the College Board, the AP Scholars Program is designed to “recognize high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams.” AP exams are scored on a 1-5 scale with a score of three or higher demonstrating mastery of the material.

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You can help

LifeSouth blood drivesLifeSouth will hold the following blood drives in the area:• Interface of LaGrange from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday.West Point Lake Trash Cleanup seeking volunteersThe annual West Point Lake Trash Cleanup Event is 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday starting at Pyne Road Park. Volunteers are sought for the event to clean trash from along the shoreline of the lake. Park rangers will provide volunteer ...

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Walking for a cause

Hundreds of people came out to walk Saturday morning during the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Vernon Woods retirement community.Money raised from the walk is still being calculated.Here are some photos from the event.

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Nancy Harts documentary to air in spring

A documentary based on the Nancy Harts of LaGrange is expected to air this spring, after crews finished filming in LaGrange last week.The documentary will feature local sites of the Civil War era, interviews from local historian Clark Johnson and actors, and show a reenactment of Union and Confederate soldiers and the Nancy Harts, a female militia unit that organized in 1861 to help protect LaGrange while the able-bodied men of LaGrange had gone to fight for the Confederacy during ...

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Stopping child sexual abuse

According to the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy (G.C.C.A), one in ten children will be sexually abused before the age of 18.Ninety percent of child victims also know their abuser.Startling statistics, that has led Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services, along with the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, to set a lofty goal. They hope to train five percent of the adult population in Troup County, more than 2,400 people, to learn the signs of child sexual abuse and react ...

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Man arrested after allegedly fleeing traffic checkpoint

A Horace King Street man was arrested by LaGrange Police Saturday night after he fled a traffic safety checkpoint on Union Street.The man initially stopped at the checkpoint and when officers asked for his license, he told police he’d left his wallet at home, according to police reports. Officers asked the man to pull into a nearby parking lot, but instead he floored the gas and headed southbound on Union Street, the report said. The man passed another group of officers, one ...

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In our community: Sept. 22, 2014

TuesdayEvents: Long Cane Elementary School hosts PTO Open House/Title I Annual Meeting.Advanced Tai Chi for Health class is 11:45 a.m. at The Active Life, 140 Ragland St. Tai chi is a slow-moving martial art improving balance, coordination and relaxation. Call The Active Life at 706-883-1681 to register.Western line dance lessons are 1 p.m. at The Active Life on Ragland Street. Cost is $5. Betty Cook, 706-882-1955The Interf...

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Panthers lose a shootout

It was another four-touchdown performance for LaGrange College quarterback Graham Craig.It wasn’t enough to keep the Panthers from dropping their first game of the season, though.Facing home-standing Greensboro (N.C.) in its USA South opener on Saturday, LaGrange College (2-1 overall) lost 37-35.For the third consecutive game, Craig threw four touchdown passes, and he is averaging 371 yards per game.Despite scoring five touchdowns and amassing...

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County showdown on the way

It’s another county showdown.For the third time this season, Callaway Stadium will be the site of a game between two county foes.Callaway opened the season with a 20-14 victory over LaGrange, and the following week, Troup beat LaGrange 36-14.On Friday, it’ll be time for Callaway and Troup to take center stage.This will be the seventh consecutive season Callaway and Troup have played, and each team has won three times.Troup won...

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LaGrange struggles to find offense

The LaGrange Grangers were hoping to pick up the pace offensively in Friday’s game against Mary Persons.The Grangers had scored just 14 points in each of their first three games, and in a 14-8 win over Spalding County, the offense only had one touchdown.Unfortunately for the Grangers, they were unable to get much of anything going offensively against a stout Mary Persons defense.LaGrange managed right around 100 yards of offense on the way to a 24-6 loss...

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Cavaliers falter after fast start

HAMILTON - If there’s a silver lining for the Callaway Cavaliers, here it is.A year ago, Callaway lost to Harris County in the regular season, but it went on to win 10 consecutive games before losing to Buford in the Class AAA final four.The Cavaliers are hoping, as they deal with another loss to Harris County, that they’re able to rebound in similar fashion this year.For most of the first half of Friday’s game in Hamilton, it looked like it ...

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Chief speaks on Constitution, police work

The LaGrange chief of public safety spoke to a crowd of dozens of students at LaGrange College on Thursday about the role of police officers and how that role relates to the U.S. Constitution.Lou Dekmar, who has overseen the city police and fire departments since 1995, was invited to speak by John Tures, a college political science professor.Dekmar said upholding the constitution is perhaps the most important aspect of police work. When officers take their oath, he said,...

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Reverse 911 system alerts public of danger

Imagine being at home, eating popcorn and enjoying a movie with your kids — meanwhile, a search for a violent and dangerous escaped convict is happening in your neighborhood, but you have no idea.Code Red, an alert system used by Troup County 911 operators, can help keep you informed and safe in the event of an emergency. It’s free and any Troup County resident can sign up. If you find you don’t like it, it’s easy to opt out.“So many people ...

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Slow start sinks Grangers

The LaGrange Grangers were unable to get much going against a strong Mary Persons team Friday night.Mary Persons scored touchdowns on its first two possessions, and it went on to lead 24-0 before LaGrange managed a late touchdown to avoid the shutout.LaGrange fell to 1-3 with the 24-6 loss.The Grangers put points on the board when Derieko Smith scooped up a fumble late in the fourth quarter and returned it 20 yards for the touchdown, and the two-point conversi...

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1964: Fire destroys school, vote for creating tech school

Septembers past, 50 years ago.From LaGrange Daily News, 1964.Front Page News:Early Morning Fire Destroys Harwell Avenue School — Four hundred students pondered today where their classes would be after a pre-dawn blaze destroyed Harwell Avenue Elementary School.City School officials are meeting today to answer this question, arranging for placement of 400 students in other schools in the city ...

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WGTC offering free GED practice tests

West Georgia Technical College will be offering free official GED practice tests as part of the GED Testing Service “See for Free” campaign.The campaign, which will run from Sept. 22-Oct. 3, will allow potential GED test-takers to determine whether or not they are ready to take the actual test. The GED test is in four parts and the official practice tests cost $6 each, for a total of $24 for all four subtests of the GED.

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