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African-American artist brings unique perspective to gallery

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Art is an interpretation of a person’s point of view, experience and ideals, according to an artist whose work is currently on display downtown.The Cochran Gallery in downtown LaGrange is hosting an exhibit of works by Curlee Raven Holton, an artist and professor at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania who is director for the university’s Experimental Printmaking Institute.Holton and gallery owner Wesley Cochran have been friends since they met in Atlanta at the National Black Arts Festival about six years ago. They share an interest in African-American art history, and its cultural practices and expression.

 

Bats: Providing free bug population control

When John Smith arrived off the coast of Virginia, his ships from the south of England carried on board one of the most devastating invasive species to North America, the mosquito.Mosquitoes are vectors of devastating illnesses such as yellow fever, malaria, West Nile and the newest threat, chikungunya. Fortunately the second largest order of mammals were waiting for them, the bats.There are over 1,200 species of bats worldwide. They are divided into two groups, microbat...

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Who’s watching you?

It was a headline that could have been ripped right out of the movies.But frighteningly enough, it was a real scenario being played out for a local minister and his family. As the LaGrange Daily News first reported July 18, the minister (whose name was not released by authorities) was being stalked by 51-year-old Jennifer Lyn Gray. According to Troup County Sheriff’s investigators, Gray actually followed the minister down to LaGrange, relocating, after seeing him at a faith b...

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Fundraisers

Golf tournament, auction to benefit sick toddlerA golf tournament and silent auction is set for Aug. 2 with tee off at 9 a.m. and pre-registration at 8 a.m. at the Hogansville Gold Club. The silent auction is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will benefit the family of Jackson Davis, 2, who was diagnosed with Menkes Disease soon after he was born. The event is also seeking sponsors through Saturday. Anyone interested should contact Libby Taylor at 706-594-1280 or Mary Jan...

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In our community: July 24, 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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Players put to the test

Flipping the tire the first time is enough of a challenge.Doing it a second time, after making it through an obstacle course on a stifling July morning, is a particularly brutal test.The obstacle course is part of Troup High’s Iron Tiger competition which measures the players in a number of different areas.There were weight-lifting events, speed events, a jumping competition, events designed to test strength and endurance, and also the obstacle course....

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Troup ready to get started

It’s go time.The Troup Tigers, along with every other team across the state, will officially kick off preseason practice on Friday.Friday is the first day, according to the Georgia High School Association, that teams can hold an official practice.On Aug. 1, a week from Friday, teams can hold their first full-contact practice.The Tigers will be on the practice field from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Friday, and they’ll maintain that practice s...

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Thompson at Vanderbilt camp

One of Troup’s players was absent from the Iron Tiger competition the past few days, but he had a pretty good excuse.Tristan Thompson, an offensive lineman for Troup, is attending a camp at Vanderbilt University this week for players the team is interested in.“They invited 100 guys to come up, and he’s one of the 100 that came,” Troup head coach Lynn Kendall said.Thompson will be a senior this season, and he’ll be a key member of ...

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Freeman to get his shot as a freshman

Former Callaway Cavalier KeShun Freeman wasn’t at the ACC media days in Greensboro, N.C., but his name did come up.Freeman is a freshman linebacker for Georgia Tech, and as an early enrollee he has been with the team since the winter.That allowed Freeman to participate in spring practice with the Jackets, and head coach Paul Johnson said he made quite an impression.When talking about the defense with members of the media this week, Johnson said Freeman w...

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Nationals drop one

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Rockies tried a little bit of everything to break out of their funk. They wore their socks high and even engaged in a pregame staring contest.Turns out, the best cure for their slump was simply the left arm of Jorge De La Rosa.De La Rosa struck out a season-high 11 as he pitched efficiently into the eighth inning and the wobbly Colorado bullpen held off Washington’s late rally, helping the Rockies snap a seven-game skid with a 6-4 win ove...

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In our community: July 23, 2014

TodayMeetings: Self Help Harbor, 909 Stonewall St., hosts AA meetings at 8 a.m., noon, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.Churches: Springfield Baptist Church in Hogansville will host vacation bible school at 6 p.m. All kids ages 3 to 10 years old are invited.Callaway Baptist Church hosts service and classes at 7 p.m.Today, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

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Independents helped David Perdue beat Jack Kingston

Though nearly every poll showed Congressman Jack Kingston poised to win the runoff for the Georgia Senate Republican primary, businessman David Perdue narrowly prevailed (50.9 percent to 49.1percent) setting up a match of political neophytes with Michelle Nunn, the Democratic nominee. And he did it by winning independents, moderates, young voters, and Georgians who picked Barack Obama.The first indication was the election map. Kingston may have won the rural areas around southeast ...

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Police still searching for answers in stabbing

Police were left with more questions than answers after a brutal fight Tuesday evening at the Whispering Pines Apartment complex off Hogansville Road.The LaGrange Police Department says when officers arrived on scene they found 18 -year-old Brandon Clausell with two stab wounds, one on his back, the other on his chest. He was taken to West Georgia Health for treatment. Investigators say his wounds are not life threatening.Clausell told officers three males attacked him o...

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Ga. lottery turns 21, launches Kia promotion

The Georgia Lottery celebrated its 21st anniversary at the Kia Training Center on Tuesday, where officials announced a new lottery initiative and partnership with Kia Motors called “21 Black Series.”For 21 years, the lottery has funded over $15 billion for education programs in Georgia and Georgia Lottery President and CEO Debbie Alford said the new 21 Black Series scratch-off could generate over $40 million towards funding for the Helping Outstanding Pupils Educational...

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With GOP runoff over, Perdue and Nunn face off

ATLANTA — Now that Georgia Republicans have settled on businessman David Perdue as their nominee for the state’s open Senate seat, the real battle begins with a marquee match-up in the fall against Democrat Michelle Nunn that could help determine control of the chamber.The contest is one of the nation’s most closely-watched in the 2014 elections, and the prospects of Democrats winning a Senate seat in the staunchly conservative state are tantalizing for Nunn and h...

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Sheriffs camp wraps up

School’s still out, but some area children learned valuable lessons from the Troup County Sheriffs Office.Last week, the sheriffs office wrapped up it’s second annual Sheriff’s Academy for Youth (SAY) Camp. Forty five children, ages 9-12 years old participated in the event. During the week, youths learned the ins and outs of the Sheriffs Office, such as the jail, investigations, narcotics, and administration departments, plus met the K9 Units.But the ch...

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Driver allegedly points gun at motorcyclists on I-85

It became a dangerous ride Tuesday afternoon for a group of motorcyclists traveling south on Interstate 85.According to the Troup County Sheriffs Office, somewhere around mile marker 28 the group came in contact with Joshua Lee Barclay who was driving a white Ford Fusion also southbound on I 85. Barclay claims the the group of seven motorcyclists were trying to crowd him off the interstate.

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Police investigate sexual assault

Investigators with the LaGrange Police Department responded to the West Georgia Health Medical Center after receiving a report of a juvenile who had been sexually assaulted.It appears the assault occurred on Borton Street.Since the victim is a juvenile, no other details were provided at this time.BurglaryLaGrange Police responded to a possible burglary at a home in the 700 block of Dallis Street late Tuesday night....

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