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Reverse 911 system alerts public of danger

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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 use cellphones these days,” said Suzy Noles, the director of Troup’s 911 center. “Those numbers are not listed in any type of directory, and we don’t have any kind of access to those numbers.”

 

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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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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Book of Revelation and The Beatles

I remember getting on the school bus one day and being handed a small Gideons New Testament.Everyone on the bus received one and most of the children were very excited to get it. Of course, this was before a person could get sued for handing a child a Bible.The thing I remember most vividly about that day is what all the kids were looking at and talking about from their new New Testaments. They didn’t open to Matthew, Mark, Luke or John and start talking about the ...

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Church bulletin

Weekly Bible studiesEagle’s Nest Cathedral, 1306 E. 10th St. in West Point, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and 7 p.m. Wednesday.Warren Temple United Methodist Church at 416 E. Depot St., at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday.Saint Paul AME Church on Poplar Street in Hogansville, 1 p.m. Tuesday and 7 p.m. Wednesday.Louise United Methodist Church at 1189 Hines Road, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday....

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Downtown hotel in competitive market for tax credit program

There’s still one thing holding up the construction of the downtown hotel — securing funding from the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) — which seems to be a quite competitive process for the LaGrange development.According the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund website, the federal tax credit helps fill project financing gaps by allowing investors to make larger investments in economically distressed communities.

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In our community: Sept. 20-21, 2014

Saturday Events: The 2014 Walk to End Alzheimers starts with registration at 8 a.m. at Vernon Woods Retirement Community. A ceremony is at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:30 a.m. Route length is 2 miles. Blaire Morris, 706-256-0361 or bmorris@alz.orgLaGrange Art Museum holds Family Super Saturday with free tours at the museum and art activities at the Center for Creative Learning from 1 to 4 p.m.Meetings: Self Help Harbor, 90...

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Revolution through art

Tamlin Hall is pacing back and forth in front of a room full of art students at LaGrange High School. He speaks excitedly, and off the cuff about the friendliest person he knew when he was a student at LHS about two decades ago.His name was Holden Layfield. Although Hall would find himself ostracized and picked on in school, Layfield was never hesitant to speak to him with a smile or offer a ride. Layfield even was voted friendliest student in his senior year.Two years l...

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Panthers chasing third straight win

While the LaGrange College Panthers haven’t been a flawless team through the first two weeks of the season, they have displayed one quality that every team would love to have.When games are on the line, when it’s decision time, it has been the Panthers finding a way to make the winning plays, whether it was by forcing a turnover, converting a fourth-down play on offense, or making a key defensive stop.The Panthers are 2-0, and they’ve won both games in ...

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Cavaliers can’t hold off Tigers

HAMILTON - It was all going so well for the Callaway Cavaliers.With the clock winding down in the first half, the Cavaliers were leading 17-0, and they had the home-standing Harris County Tigers on their heels.The Tigers have the ability to strike quickly, though, and they showed that when quarterback TaQuon Marshall hit Josh Stein for a 38-yard touchdown pass with five seconds left in the half.Callaway still had the lead, but Harris County had seized a little...

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Organization helps feed children through backpack program

Sodexo has supported the backpack programs across the United States since 2006 and the Troup County Nutrition Department has participated in this program since 2013 to students within the district.On Thursday, one of Sodexo regional organizations, African American Leadership Forum (AALF), donated school supplies and backpacks to the Troup County Schools Nutrition Department. These supplies will be used within the district to help those schools which are most in need of these items....

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The actual value of a college education

Few topics today are more debated than a value of a college education. Supporters like Indiana University Northwest Chancellor William J. Lowe (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-j-lowe/education-is-worth-the-in_b_5767518.html) have focused on better employment rates for college graduates, while Clinton’s former Labor Secretary Robert Reich highlights the high cost of college and the relative lack of technical training alternatives (http://www.salon.com/2014/09/03/robert_reich_colleg...

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Stay in shape and be healthy

I know many of you have medical conditions that hold you back, however, that in itself doesn’t mean you are physically “out of shape” or, “unfit.” Let’s examine the “factors” that help you determine if you are indeed – physically out-of-shape. If you feel tired, run-down, and believe you are “out of shape” – well, you most likely are. Our bodies have a way of letting us know that we are unfit – whether it’s be...

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LPD to purchase K9 tracking collars

After a three-day search for a missing LaGrange police K9 this week, the city has decided to purchase GPS collars for its K9s, with other local agencies expected to get on board, pending anticipated funds through fundraising.Mayor Jim Thornton issued a statement regarding the purchase on his Facebook page Thursday, the day after K9 Chico, who went missing Monday afternoon when he was involved in a search for an escaped convict, was found.“LPD has been using police ...

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Aggravating Argentine ants

It’s early morning and your eyes are barely open. Your cat is hungry and you reach for the bowl to fill and you realize that your hand is covered with ants. The bowl is just covered with ants and legions of ants are making a trail from an electric outlet to the cat’s bowl. Welcome to a home invasion from a critter called the Argentine ant.

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School board approves Berta roofing work, denies demolition

The Board of Education on Thursday approved a bid for a company to abate asbestos roofing material as part of re-roofing Berta Weathersbee Elementary School, also denying a rumor that the building would be torn down.The Board of Education last month approved a contract with Rycars Construction LLC of Atlanta for $261,375 to re-roof Berta Weathersbee Elementary School. The roofing material on most of the building has worn out and started to leak, said John Radcliffe, assistant super...

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