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Methamphetamine still a big problem in Troup County

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Despite the increase in methamphetamine awareness projects such as the Georgia Meth Project, the presence and use of methamphetamine still continues to be a problem in the region. The Georgia Meth Project estimates that meth abuse costs the state $1.3 billion annually.In 2013, the LaGrange Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit reported 93 separate cases. The number of arrests is even higher. Within each of those 93 cases, each case could have several arrests Sgt. Mark Cavender said.He estimated that 60-80 percent of the SIU efforts go towards methamphetamine cases.


Do people have a sinful nature? part 2

Last week we began answering the question, “Do people have a sinful nature?” In that article we saw that the foundation for the mistaken idea of “sinful nature,” the doctrine of total depravity, is not something that is taught in the Bible. Since the foundation of “sinful nature” is wrong, so is the teaching of “sinful nature” itself.This week we want to go on and show how the idea of man’s “sinful nature” actually c...

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Former prisoners deserve chance to find gainful employment

I talk about poverty issues a lot and hear the same question all the time: “Why don’t they just get a job?”Many people won’t ask the question straight out, but the underlying assumptions always seem to bubble up: “If they would just get a job and work hard, they wouldn’t be poor.”Of course if I’m moving out of poverty, I need a job, but it’s not always as simple as it sounds. However, this week Gov. Deal has made it a...

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Bill meant to assist inmates with employment upon release

Gov. Nathan Deal signed another leg of a criminal justice reform bill Sunday at Antioch Baptist Church in Gainsville that will help previous nonviolent offenders gain employment upon re-entry to society.Senate Bill 365 will remove barriers that keep convicted felons from finding a job. Deal said in signing the bill that it will reduce recidivism and strengthen the state’s economy.The bill will require the state Board of Corrections to implement programs that will a...

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Nothing to ‘cheer’ about

Tears, not smiles, greeted parents on Thursday afternoon, as their children got their first glimpse of what used to be the Cheer Alliance gym.“I was shocked,” said 10-year-old Leah Murphy. “It was weird. Nothing was there.”“Me and Leah usually go to the trampoline, but it was gone,” said nine year old Avery Hudson. “It was sad because it felt like Cheer Alliance wasn’t going to be with us anymore.”

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Teen charged after allegedly threatening to stab man

A juvenile was charged with simple assault under the family violence act after he allegedly threatened to stab his mother’s boyfriend following a scuffle because he refused to go to school Friday morning.According to a report, the teen’s mother said that when she tried to get him up to go to school, he began cursing and came toward her in a way that she though he was going to hit her, so she pushed him back. The boyfriend said he came to see about the commotion and saw ...

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In our community

Events SaturdayEvents: LaGrange Alumni chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity hosts a “chicken-q” fundraiser for its scholarship program from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the old Family Dentistry parking lot. Cost is a $7 donation per plate. For tickets contact Albert Gilliam at 706-883-6971 or Dr. George Baker. Walk ups welcome.LaGrange Art Museum holds Family Super Saturday with free tours at the m...

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LaGrange Symphony announces winners of 2014 SCALA Competition

The Board of Directors of the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra has announced the winners of the annual SCALA Competition held recently at Callaway Auditorium on the campus of LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia.Hannah Culbreth, playing horn, won first place. Miss Culbreth, a 10th grade student at Newnan High School, studies with Anna Dodd and Marianne Van Lear.Competition judges praised Culbreth’s performance of Richard Strauss’ “Horn Concerto No. 1”...

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1964: New buildings planned, historic buildings toured

Aprils past, 50 years ago.From the LaGrange Daily News, 1964.Front Page NewsOpen House Set for LaGrange Board of Education Building — An Open House for the LaGrange Board of Education’s new administration building will be staged Sunday afternoon from 1 until 3 p.m.The old Post Office building on main Street has been renovated and air-conditioned for use by the school system. The buildin...

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Oliver continues to swing away

Jackson Oliver began the season on a hot streak, and he hasn’t slowed down since.Oliver, a sophomore from Troup High, has enjoyed an exceptional season for the Columbus State baseball team.Oliver, who has played in all 43 of the team’s games, is hitting .417, and he has four home runs and 51 RBIs.Oliver has also scored 38 runs, and he has 18 stolen bases.Heading into today’s doubleheader against the University of South Carolina-Aik...

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Cavs eye region crown

The Callaway Cavaliers are closing in on a region championship.They’d hoped to take a big step toward achieving that goal on Friday, but their game against Rockmart was postponed because of rain and will be made up on Tuesday at home.Callaway’s next game will be a huge one.On Monday, Callaway will host Central-Carroll in a match-up of the region’s top two teams.While the Cavaliers are leading the region with a 10-1 record, Central-...

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Tigers, Grangers meet today

It’ll be a Saturday-afternoon showdown at Troup High.Troup and LaGrange were both scheduled to face off Friday in the second of their two regular-season meetings, but that game was rained out.Instead, the two teams will play today at Troup, with the first pitch set for 5:30 p.m.It’s a key game for both teams as they battle for playoff position in Region 5-AAAA.LaGrange, Troup and Alexander are tied for third place in the region at 7-5, a...

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Parks and Recreation Easter egg hunt delayed

The Troup County Parks and Recreation annual Easter egg hunt has been delayed.The hunt, sponsored by Wendy’s at 303 Vernon St., will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Shuford Fields in LaGrange at Ragland Street and Calumet Drive.

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Elections board vice chair still issue for some

A few Board of Elections and Registration members still contest the status of the board’s vice chairman, which led to a promptly ended debate during Thursday’s meeting.A few members had contested at the board’s previous meeting that the vice chairman position was open after the term of Gloria Watson, West Point’s appointee who was elected as vice chair in January 2013, lapsed. The county eventually appointed Watson back to the position, but some members said...

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Board of Education approves going forward with personnel cuts

The Troup County Board of Education on Thursday approved applying its reduction in force policy to allow for the elimination of 29.5 positions in anticipation of making up a $3 million deficit next year.School system Superintendent Cole Pugh said administrators hope that most positions will be eliminated by attrition and reassignments.Despite a $2.8 million reduction in the state’s austerity cut to the school system over last year and $1.7 million in funds restored...

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School board OKs $2 M in SPLOST funds for tech upgrades

The Troup County Board of Education on Thursday approved about $2 million in special-purpose, local-option sales tax - SPLOST - projects that will revamp schools’ technology and communication networks.Continuing a “refresh” of computer hardware that it began last year at schools, the board approved spending $1,311,764.40 in SPLOST funds for a purchase and installation from Sterling Computers Corporation of Norfolk, Neb., for replacing 1,526 desktop and 374 laptop ...

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Motorists feeling pinch at the pumps

Filling up at the pump can be downright painful these days.According to the American Automobile Association, prices at the gas pumps in our area have jumped 30 cents in the past month. The average price for a gallon of gas is $3.65. AAA said just a month ago, drivers were paying around $3.35 a gallon. And according to AAA spokesman, Mark Jenkins, the worst is yet to come.“We haven’t hit the peak yet. We’re still moving towards the peak of high gas price...

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Auction to benefit family of Larry Garner Jr.

As medical bills linger and a family struggles to pick up the pieces after the death of Larry Garner, Jr., friends and family near and far, high and low, are partnering for a benefit dinner and auction in remembrance of the 47-year-old who died of cancer in October.“Camos & Bows” will be the theme themed due to Garner’s passion for the outdoors and hunting, and will be held June 1 to help Garner’s family pay medical bills and start a college fund for his son...

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