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Clothing Center relocates to temporary location

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If you happen to drive by on Ridley Street, you may notice that the Yolanda K. Jabaley Clothing Center is no longer there. That’s because the store has temporarily found a new home.Families will still be able to receive their back-to-school clothing needs but will now have to go to the store located on Broome Street, in the alley by the back entrance of Solomon’s between Main Street and South Lewis Street.The previous building will be taken down and transported to a new location according to Fern Bergeron, president of LaGrange and Troup County Council of Church Women (LTCW), to make room for the construction of the amphitheater. The permanent location has yet to be decided.


Snakes alive!

At this time of the year we get a lot of interesting calls. Snakes tend to top the list.Out of the 46 species of snakes that are known to be found in Georgia, only six are venomous. Only along a small portion of the Coastal Plain are all six found and no single venomous snake specie is found in all 159 Georgia counties.Your chance of getting struck by lightning is far greater than your chance of dying from a poisonous snake bite. The bad guys in question are the copperhe...

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A Republican senate and president

Within the past two week President Obama suffered several major defeats with Supreme Court rulings, had a poll showing him as the worst president since WWII, several polls showing his approval rating continuing to slide and yet another poll showing more people feel Mitt Romney would have been a better choice in the last presidential election. Nonetheless Obama, unlike Bill Clinton, continues to increase liberal policies by Executive Order bypassing the legislative branch.

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Let’s clear the air

Dear Editor,More and more we are seeing the startling effects of destructive weather caused by climate disruption. We are experiencing devastating droughts, floods, heat waves, wildfires, tornadoes and hurricanes. In 2007, Georgia climate disruption cast our farmers nearly $340 million in lost crops from record setting droughts. Our farmers received $480 million in federal disaster relief to survive.

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Public safety

Burglary/TheftA woman from the first block of Sanford Drive reported someone broke into her home and stole a 55 inch RCA flat screen television valued at $1,000, a 47 inch Phillips flat screen television valued at $300, a 60 inch Smart flat screen television valued at $1,200, a Dell touch screen laptop valued at $800, and a Toshiba laptop valued at $500.A man working at an apartment complex in the 100 block of White Oak Drive reported someone stole the a...

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Exercise program aimed at helping those with debilitating diseases makes comeback

Exercise has always been a part of Tom Hunkele’s life.As a Master Trainer and Fitness Therapist in Chicago, Ill., Hunkele worked in one of the most elite parts of town. But in 1999, his way of approaching exercise changed. That year, his wife Chris was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. While the Hunkele’s were shocked and devastated by the news, they were also determined to keep her moving and mobile.

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Man shot during attempted armed robbery

LaGrange police responded to West Georgia Medical Center Wednesday at approximately 10:20 p.m. where a male reported he was shot in the finger during an attempted armed robbery on Tower Street by an unknown male wearing a ski mask and all black clothing.According to reports, the victim was on Tower Street when the suspect allegedly jumped out of the bushes with a black handgun and demanded money. After stating he didn’t have anything, the suspect allegedly dug through his poc...

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LaGrange first stop in 50-town tour for U.S. Senate candidate Perdue

U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue stopped at IHOP on Lafayette Parkway Thursday morning as the first stop on an 11-day, 50-town bus tour in preparation for his July 22 runoff race against Jack Kingston for the Republican nomination for the open senate seat.Perdue, former CEO of Reebok and Dollar General, told attendees at this morning’s gathering that he grew up the son of two teachers with modest means. He said they lived with one principle: “if you don’t have i...

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In our community: July 10, 2014

TodayEvents: A bridge game is open to the public at 5:30 p.m. at Bellevue. Cost is $10 per person per month. 706-882-9655Beginner ballroom dance lessons for all ages are given from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Active Life center on Ragland Street. 706-884-5857Meetings: Vernon Woods Memory Support Group meets at 5 p.m. at Vernon Woods Retirement Community, 101 Vernon Wood Drive. 706-812-2899Self Help Harbor, 909 Stonewa...

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Wait is over for Troup all-stars

This is the time when a team wants to be a full-strength, when it hopes to have every player functioning at 100 percent.Unfortunately for the Troup County 13-14-year-old all-star team, that isn’t the case.Troup County, which will play in the Dixie Boys Baseball state tournament on Saturday in Columbus, has been hit hard by injuries this summer.A couple of the team’s top players likely won’t be able to play at state, and some others are banged...

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All-stars ready to roll

It had all the trappings of a Troup High baseball practice.It was on the Troup High baseball field, the pace was fast just like a Troup practice, and the man leading the drills also just happened to be the Troup head coach.It wasn’t a high-school practice, though.The team that has been getting together at Troup High the past few weeks is the Troup County National 11-12-year-old all-star team.The team has been preparing for the Dixie Youth Base...

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Callaway players sign

Callaway’s Chase Freeman and Nick O’Berry made it official last week.The two former Callaway baseball players signed their letters of intent with their respective colleges.O’Berry is heading to Southern Union to play baseball, and Freeman signed with Point University in West Point.Those two players helped the Cavaliers reach the Class AAA quarterfinals last season, and they both enjoyed stellar seasons.On the pitcher’s mound,...

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Sheriff’s Office hosts annual camp

Troup County Sheriff’s Office has its first week of their annual Sheriff’s Academy for Youth underway designed to give kids a first-hand look at the ins and outs of the TCSO.Stewart Smith, public information officer, said the purpose of SAY Camp is to reach out to the youth of the community, building relationships.Tuesday, 24 campers were able to see a hands-on demonstration where Jack - a K9 - sniffed out a pound of explosive hidden in a vehicle.C...

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Republican state school superintendent candidates speak

The two Republican candidate for state school board superintendent who will face off in the July 22 runoff spoke at a Republican luncheon Tuesday.Candidate Richard Woods, the first speaker, said the state board of education has to focus on children first. He emphasized a more personalized teaching experience over the standardized testing process.“We’ve seen that one size does not fit all,” he said. ” … We need to look at expanding and giving...

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Country Club Road set for resurfacing

Resurfacing on Country Club Road may begin later this week or the first of next week following weeks of utility work on the road.LaGrange City Manager Tom Hall said at the closing of Tuesday's City Council meeting that the work will finish up on the project, which has disrupted traffic on the road for weeks.“We have received a number of comments from our citizens,” Hall said. “What we're going...

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Teen arrested on gang, robbery charges

A 17-year-old of LaGrange was arrested Tuesday around 11:40 a.m. in the area of Newnan Street and Thornton Street for his involvement in a robbery that occurred earlier in the week.In earlier reports, a man stated that on Monday around 11 a.m., two teens asked for a ride to Pawn Express to sell video games in the 400 block of Hines Street.After driving them to Pawn Express, the suspects asked for a ride to the ...

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Police investigate dog killing

A man from the 100 block of Sunset Street reported sometime between Sunday evening and Tuesday afternoon, someone tied tomato twine around his dog’s neck and then tied it to his water spigot causing the dog to choke to death. The man reported a similar incident happened to his dog earlier but he was able to free the dog before she injured herself.Battery

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Protecting Georgia’s wildlife

It’s human nature to want to help someone in need, especially if it’s a lost or hurt animal.But according to the Georgia Wildlife Rescue Association (GWRA) sometimes the best thing you can do is leave it alone. The group just started a toll free hotline two months ago, and Executive Director, Chet Powell, said they’ve already been swamped with calls. The group averages about 25 calls per day, but Powell said they’ve had as many as 50 calls on some days....

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