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Update: Manhunt nets convict

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Law enforcement officers continue to search for a missing police K9 following a manhunt Monday in northern Troup County that netted an escaped convict.The dog has been missing since Monday afternoon and the convict is in the custody of the U.S. Marshall’s office.Troup County Sheriff James Woodruff told the Daily News on Monday that the convict, Lester E. Sullens, of Stephens County, Georgia, told law enforcement agents that he “tied the dog to a tree” in the wooded area in which he was captured.


Thankful to be a morning person

If early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise, have you ever wondered where you stand? I have and have determined that my health seems to be okay. Somebody else will have to be the judge about my wisdom. However, I do wonder that, if wealth is coming, why it is taking so long?

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Induction program to offer new teachers support

Troup County School System teachers beginning this year are part of a new program that pairs them with mentors to help evaluate their performance and guide them.The new induction program is aimed at helping retain teachers at the school system and meet new guidelines. The program stems from a recommendation by the AdvancED accreditation group in 2013 and new tiered certification process that will require a mentor for teachers to receive their state teaching certification, said Leig...

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Dealing with stress

These past few years have brought tremendous stress into my life - stress due to family, work, and the endless process of aging. I can’t forecast the future – but I can share with you and perhaps help you to better understand stress.

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Man bloodied in early-morning altercation

LaGrange Police responded to an altercation between two men early Monday morning on Beman Street.According to police reports, one of the men was sleeping in his room when another man went in to “turn on the air conditioner,” when the scuffle began.Police said both men had been drinking.One man sustained a bloodied face but was not transported for medical treatment.The fight was apparently broken up my a female who was also in the residen...

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Keep Troup Beautiful wins community service partner campaign

Keep Troup Beautiful will be able to more effectively promote itself in the community, thanks to voters who support the organization.Keep Troup Beautiful won $2,500 in free advertising as part of the MyOwnLaGrange/The LaGrange Daily News Community Service Partner Campaign. Supporters of the organization placed it ahead of one other community group in online polling on earlier this year.The program aims to improve the quality of life and the environment ...

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Council approves funds for new generator, honors officers

Hogansville City Council approved Monday some expenditures for a new generator at city’s police department building.At the Monday evening city council meeting, Hogansville Police Chief Brian Harr asked for council’s approval in acceptance of a bid of about $56,000 from Alexander Electric for the generator.The new generator, to be funded with seized drug funds from the police department’s budget, is more updated than the current generator and will have a...

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LHS student places second in State FFA Convention

LaGrange High School student Quinten Brown was recognized at August’s Board of Education meeting for placing in a statewide competition.The Star of Agriscience Award is a process where students receiving their state FFA degree can apply to receive exclusive award opportunities.Brown applied and received the Central Region Star in Agriscience and then advanced to the state level competing against two other candidates. As part of the state level competition, he parti...

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LaGrange native receives national recognition as Navy Visionary

A LaGrange native has been recognized by a national organization for his use of outreach initiatives.Maurice Civers, an information technology specialist at SPAWAR Systems Center (SSC) Pacific in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was recently recognized as a leader within the United States Department of Navy who has had the vision to champion “game changing” U.S. Navy science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education outreach initiatives. The national Engineer...

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UWG., WGTC sign transfer articulation agreement

CARROLLTON — The University of West Georgia and West Georgia Technical College signed a new articulation agreement that allows both institutions to provide educational opportunities for currently enrolled and potential students.The agreement was signed by Dr. Kyle Marrero, UWG president; Mr. Steve G. Daniel, WGTC president; Mr. Pat Hannon, WGTC vice president for Academic Affairs; and Dr. J. Micheal Crafton, UWG provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

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Update: Escaped convict caught

UPDATE (Sept. 15, 2014 at 7:15 p.m.)After a nearly five-hour manhunt, convicted felon and prison escapee Lester E. Sullens, of Stephens County, was captured by law enforcement officers shortly after 6 p.m. on Monday in a wooded area between Hines, Hogansville and Willowood roads in northern Troup County.More than five law enforcement agencies, including the Troup County Sheriff, LaGrange Police and the Georgia State Patrol assisted in the search. Officer...

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Lanier Hospital to host women’s health luncheon

VALLEY, Ala. — As part of National Gynecological (GYN) Services Awareness Month, EAMC-Lanier Hospital in Valley will host a women’s forum on Sept. 25 from noon—1:15 p.m. at the Chambers County Bradshaw Library.Guest speakers will include health care professionals Dr. Kimberly Fields, OB/GYN physician; Dr. Kim Owens, family medicine physician and women’s health professional; and Carla Etherton-Moore, certified registered nurse practitioner. Each will present ...

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Updated: Manhunt under way for escaped convict

UPDATE (Sept. 15, 2014 at 6:40 p.m.)The Troup County Sheriff’s Office, aided my various other law enforcement agencies, has apprehended an escaped convict in a wooded area in the vicinity of Hogansville, Hines and Willowood roads. Stay with LaGrange Daily News online for new details as they emerge.PREVIOUSLY:Local law enforcement officers are currently searching for an escaped convict in northern Troup County in the area...

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You can help

LifeSouth blood drivesLifeSouth will hold the following blood drives in the area:• Bringing the Ages Together Health Fair at TLC Learning Center, 411 E Depot St., from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday.Family seeking help with medical costs

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LaGrange Shufflers to host open house, free classes

LaGrange Shufflers is looking to recruit new members.The square dancing club is will host an open house for prospective new members Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. at The Active Life senior center, 140 Ragland St. The open house is free to everyone and free classes will start Oct. 7.“Our present club has three generations from one family dancing with us,” said Bob Ward. “Square dancing is universal. All calls are in English, no matter what country you visit. Square ...

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CASA, Ricky’s Ride combined event draws bikers, supporters

The parking lot of the Baptist Tabernacle Church on Saturday morning was packed with people, motorcycles, trucks and Jeeps for the combined ride to benefit CASA and Ricky’s Ride, a new event to promote motorcycle safety.The Blue Knights motorcycle club this year partnered with CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates - to promote the event. Bob Awtrey, president of the local chapter of the Blue Knights, said the group discovered Ricky’s Ride was set for the same day as ...

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Updated: Police say man tried to run over students

A LaGrange man was arrested Saturday night after police allege he attempted to strike pedestrians with his vehicle in a parking lot at LaGrange College on Broad Street. The man was not a student at LaGrange College, and the college is not making a statement about the incident at this time.When police arrived shortly before midnight, James R. Batchelor, 18, is alleged to have been driving his pick up truck at a “high rate of speed” through the parking lot, which was fill...

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Chase ends in fatal wreck north of Hogansville

A chase that began in Coweta County ended in a fatal wreck just north of Hogansville on Interstate 85 about 10 p.m. Friday.The 2011 Lexus sedan that was being pursued by Coweta County Sheriff’s deputies was southbound on I-85 when it struck a 2004 Ford Focus in the rear just inside Meriwether County, about a mile north of the Hogansville exit, said Georgia State Patrol Sgt. James Corbett, commander of the Newnan post. The Lexus overturned and struck the end of a guard rail, k...

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