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Report: Contaminated wastewater flowed into Long Cane Creek

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A review of state files by the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper shows contaminated pond water entered Long Cane Creek from the Pilot water treatment facility off Whitesville Road.A report by Henry Jacobs, middle Chattahoochee outreach manager for Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, said Pilot has spent “several hundred thousand dollars” to clean up the site. Interest in the location began earlier this year after a group of residents, spearheaded by Dale Jackson, made the smell and concerns of possible contamination a public concern, which lead to County Commission becoming involved and Chairman Ricky Wolfe contacting the Riverkeeper.



Golf tournament, auction to benefit sick toddlerA golf tournament and silent auction is set for Saturday 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, 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 Jane Sa...

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Mercury hits record low Wednesday morning

If you thought it was cool when you stepped outside this morning, you were right. It was record-breaking cool.The mercury fell to 57.2 degrees shortly after dawn at LaGrange-Callaway Airport, shattering the mark of 63 set in 1969.Other parts of the state also felt the unseasonably cool weather. In north Georgia, Cartersville posted a low of 54 this morning, while it was 55 in Dalton, Rome and Canton.The forecast for Troup County calls for temperatures to retur...

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Public safety

Sexual BatteryLaGrange Police responded to a report of sexual battery at a workplace off SI White Boulevard.Few details were given, but according to the report it was in reference to an unwanted person making unwanted advances towards another person.Police are still investigating.TheftLaGrange Police say a woman reported her phone was stolen from her workplace. It happened in the 1000 bl...

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Investigators make an arrest in 2013 restaurant armed robbery

Helpful tips from the public led Troup County Sheriff’s investigators to the suspect seen on surveillance video robbing the Hog Heaven restaurant off West Point Road last year.According to the Troup County Sheriffs Office, with the assistance of the Auburn, Alabama, Police Department, 43-year-old James Christopher Jenkins was arrested and charged with armed robbery. He is currently be held in the Lee County Jail awaiting extradition to Troup County.

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Police warn of dangers from leaving children in cars

A woman who left four children in a hot car in the Walmart parking lot will go before a Troup County judge to learn her punishment.A woman, 23, was cited with parental responsibility (protection) over the weekend after she left her nieces and nephews – ages 4, 5, 6 and 10 – in a hot car. According to the LaGrange Police Department, the aunt went into Walmart to buy three bathing suits.

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WP planning board proposes sign ordinance change

West Point’s planning board proposed a change to the city’s sign ordinance at the Tuesday evening work session.Planning and Development Director Sammy Osborne said the proposal comes after receiving several sign requests with materials that the board feels are not durable and that lack in appearance. The change addresses material requirements to bring conformity, he said, specifically in the Downtown Historic District.“Signs downtown should be held to a...

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In our community: July 30, 2014

TodayEvents: LaGrange Memorial Library, 115 Alford St., hosts the Summer Reading Club at 2 p.m. featuring more “Fizz, Boom, Read!” stories with Tracy Walker, storyteller.Churches: Leete Hill United Methodist Church, 810 Hamilton Road, hosts vacation Bible school at 6 p.m. All youth are invited to attend. An evening meal is provided.Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1172 Highway 219 in West Point, hosts Homecoming and Fam...

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Sisters share the pool again

The sisters were together again.For years, Allie Paschal and Maddie Paschal were both members of the Troup County Sharks swim team.While Allie Paschal, a rising sophomore at LaGrange High, is still with the Sharks, LaGrange graduate Maddie Paschal has moved on and is now a member of the Georgia Tech swim team.Last weekend, the sisters were both competing in the Georgia Senior Long Course Championships, which featured many of the state’s top swimmers....

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Godwin earns win in Ironman

A pair of senior standouts on the Callaway High football team had a photo finish in the team’s Ironman competition.Terry Godwin and Eddie Culpepper were the top-two finishers in the two-day event that wrapped up last week.Godwin ended up taking the top spot, with Culpepper finishing just behind him.There were a series of events in the competition designed to test a player in a number of different areas including speed, strength, and endurance....

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Cavaliers gearing up for season

Callaway head coach Pete Wiggins wasn’t at practice Tuesday, but he had a pretty good excuse.Wiggins is a new dad after his wife Amy had the couple’s second child, so on Monday and Tuesday, he turned the coaching duties during practice over to his assistants.One of those coaches, defensive coordinator Dusty Hubbard, said it has been a productive week for the Cavaliers, who wrapped up their third day of preseason practice on Tuesday.The team will ho...

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Re-Generation Hootenany 10 tickets almost sold out

All but one day of Re-Generation’s concert Hootenanny 10 at Lafayette Society for Performing Arts’ Black Box Theater have sold out.Tickets only remain for the Aug. 17 date of the annual concert, set to perform at the theater at 214 Bull St. Doors open at 2 p.m. for the Aug. 17 show and attendees may bring food and drink to eat prior to the performance. Eight tables were left for the remaining performance as of Tuesday evening. Reservations are required at $12.50 per per...

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TCSO deputies make marijuana bust during routine traffic stop

Troup County Sheriff’s deputies made a drug bust following a routine traffic stop.According to the Sheriffs Office, a deputy stopped a silver 2006 Cadillac DTS Saturday night on Interstate 85, near mile marker 20. The deputy said he noticed the vehicle was following another car too closely and was failing to maintain its lane of traffic.After pulling the car over, the deputy said he noticed an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The deputy brought out his K9...

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LaGrange College offense in good hands

If you’re going to run a pass-happy offense where the running game is an afterthought, having a talented, capable quarterback is a must.Fortunately for the LaGrange College Panthers, they’re all set at the quarterback position, with Graham Craig returning for his junior season.In his first season with the Panthers, all Craig did was lead NCAA Division III in passing yards per game with 357, and he was eighth in the country with 32 touchdowns.By the...

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WGTC to host logistics summit in Carrollton

The state’s leading expert in logistics will headline the inaugural West Georgia Logistics Summit Aug. 20 at the Burson Center in Carrollton.The summit is jointly sponsored by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce/Carroll Tomorrow and West Georgia Technical College and features a keynote address from Page Siplon, executive director of the Georgia Centers of Innovation and the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics. Siplon is a highly sought-after leader and speaker in th...

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Preparations begin for Salem Road Bridge replacement

A project to replace the Salem Road bridge is getting underway and the road is set to close on Aug. 7 for the replacement.The proposal approved by the county in May was to demolish the current bridge and build a new one that replicates the steel truss look of the current bridge, which was built in 1929. The contractor and county also agreed to save a piece of the original steel truss as a memento.

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Man beaten unconscious on South Greenwood Street

One man was beaten unconscious by another man in the 500 block of South Greenwood Street.According to the LaGrange Police Department, the wife of the man who was hit found him laying unconscious outside on the ground.Police say several eyewitnesses told them a man got out of a silver vehicle and approached the victim. That’s when the suspect allegedly punched the man in the face and left the scene.The victim was taken to West Georgia Health for medical t...

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The search continues for shooting suspect

Investigators with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office continue their search for 35-year-old Mathew Wilson Strickland.According to TCSO, Strickland allegedly shot Fred Fincher in the back with a shotgun a week ago. The incident was not immediately reported. Deputies say Fincher told them Strickland shot him while they were riding four wheelers on Lovic Davis Road.After taking the report and seeing an obvious gun shot wound, Deputies say Fincher was transported to Wes...

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