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St. Mark’s looks back at 150 years in LaGrange

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Natives of LaGrange — and some new comers — know St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on North Greenwood Street as the church “with the big cross in front of it.” It’s true, that cross is big. The 14-foot, seven-ton monument has cast its shadow on church goers since its dedication in 1963.But the history of St. Mark’s dates back much further, to a time when the parish was founded in 1864, in what was still the Confederate States of America during the war between the states. To commemorate the church’s past, present and future, the congregation is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.


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The term “scientific foreknowledge” is used in the field of biblical apologetics to refer to those instances where the Bible touches on various areas of science.While the Bible is in no way a “science book,” it does touch on areas of science like biology, astronomy, oceanography, geology, etc. One of the very powerful proofs I have that the Bible is, without doubt, from God is that whenever it touches on these areas of science it is always absolutely correct...

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1989: LG hosts Sister-City guests, city school awarded

Augusts past, 25 years ago.From LaGrange Daily News, 1989.Front Page NewsCity to Host Guests from the New Sister City — LaGrange will take another step today toward cementing a sister-city relationship with a city in Soviet Georgia, as three Georgians visit LaGrange for the first time, bringing with them a resolution from their city government officially authorizing the gesture of international friendsh...

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Police: Man shot in leg during armed robbery

Police are seeking information after a man was shot during a reported armed robbery on Heritage Way.The victim told police that he was getting out of his vehicle in the 200 block of Heritage Way when an unknown black male wearing a white T shirt over his head approached him with a gun, according to a LaGrange Police Department press release. The robber pointed the gun at the victim and told him to take off his pants.The victim complied and the robber shot twice, with one...

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Community support sought for charity cycling event

PINE MOUNTAIN — More than 1,000 cyclists will be riding into town Sept. 19-21 for the Bike MS: Cox Atlanta Ride at Callaway Gardens, a proud partner of this event.Returning for the ninth year, participants will ride in this annual, long-distance cycling event that benefits the Georgia chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society. This year’s fundraising goal is $1.2 million to help find a cure for this devastating disease and to support those in Georgia livin...

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Two charged with selling synthetic marijuana

Two men were arrested Friday on charges related to selling synthetic marijuana.The LaGrange Police Department’s Special Investigation Unit responded to Hogansville Road about 4:30 p.m. after a tip that two men were in the area selling synthetic marijuana, according to an LPD press release. After the SIU and LPD Crime Suppression Unit located the suspects’ vehicle in the 3000 block of Hogansville Road, officers found that the passenger, identified as Reginald Boyd, 33, o...

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Big Brothers, Big Sisters wanted

Phillip Alexander grew up in a concrete neighborhood, inside the projects just outside Houston, Texas.“There was always something, crime, going on,” he said. “I heard shootings all the time at night. There was always competition from neighborhood to neighborhood.”Alexander had three brothers and a sister, whom he was close with, but he said it was his other big brother, from the nationally known program, who made a real difference in his life.

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DUI suspect stops in middle of road

LaGrange police arrested a DUI suspect shortly after midnight Friday who failed to initially stop for an officer’s lights, then stopped in the middle of the road when the officer activated his siren.According to a report, the officer began following the suspect’s vehicle northbound on Davis Road near Hogansville Road about 12:47 a.m. after noticing the vehicle wasn’t staying in its lane. After the car took several seconds to accelerate at a green light, the office...

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Steak ‘n Shake will not open in LaGrange

City officials have confirmed that Steak ‘n Shake will no longer be opening on Lafayette Pkwy.The store location announcement was made last October and, according to City Manager Tom Hall, the restaurant had plans to locate off of Lafayette Pkwy behind the Comfort Inn, but could not work out an agreement regarding placement of one of the business’ sign.Because Steak ‘n Shake would not have been located directly on the parkway, company officials wanted t...

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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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In our community: Aug. 23-24

OngoingExhibits: “A Slice of Our History: Troup County Golf and Golfers” is on display at Legacy Museum on Main, 136 Main St. until Sept. 12. From the early 20th century until today, several people and events with Troup County connections have impacted the game and its development. The story of golf is unveiled through photographs, artifacts, news clippings and more. Among those spotlighted are Ely Callaway, Bobby Jones, Lionel and Harold Calla...

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Opening the season in style

What a way to start a season.Before a packed house at Callaway Stadium Friday night, the Callaway Cavaliers and LaGrange Grangers put on a show.The Grangers built a 14-0 lead in the fourth quarter, but the Cavaliers fought back to tie it with just 21 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.After LaGrange was stopped on its first overtime possession, quarterback Dre Martin scored on a 4-yard touchdown run to give Callaway a thrilling 20-14 victory.

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Hog Heaven takes on Ice Bucket Challenge for Emmaus

Employees of West Point Road's Hog Heaven participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge Friday morning to raise money for Emmaus Women's Shelter. Store owner Terri Brooke challenged the Hog Heaven on Lafayette Parkway to participate in the challenge to see which store can raise the most money shelter. The Ice Bucket Challenge has become a nation-wide sensation where donating participants have someone dump ice water on their heads and then challenge others to do the same to raise money for...

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Race relations addressed at downtown vigil

A downtown vigil on Lafayette Square last evening evening garnered more than 40 attendees, including the LaGrange mayor, police chief and community religious leaders.The vigil commemorated the death of an unarmed black teenager who died Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Missouri, after being shot by a white police officer. The incident has sparked riots in that city, as well as a controversial national discussion about race and the relationship between police a...

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Students get taste of college life, 1 takes spelling bee win

In July, West Georgia STAR sponsored two students to be able to attend the Georgia Association of Housing and Redevelopment Youth Conference.The conference was held in Athens with the theme “Call to Duty.” This represents teens called to step up to help with today’s challenges facing communities across the state.DaeJarian Gray and Tristan Ware were exposed to several leadership building skills, teamwork activities and learning opportunities at the Unive...

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Man dies in lawn mowing accident

A lawn mowing accident claimed the life of a LaGrange man earlier today.LaGrange Police say Kenneth Pearson, 50, died after a riding lawn mower flipped over into a ravine. Officers say they got the call around 11 a.m. outside a residence in the 600 block of Country Club Road.Pearson was taken to West Georgia Health and pronounced dead by the Troup County Coroner.LPD is still investigating the incident.

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Board signs off on school transfer to city

The Troup County Board of Education on Thursday approved the transfer of the former Cannon Street Elementary School building to the city of LaGrange.The move will still need to be approved by LaGrange City Council, but the Board of Education vote Thursday gives school board Chairman Sheila Rowe and Superintendent Cole Pugh authority to sign off on the documentation pending council’s approval. The transfer of ownership does not include any payments between the entities....

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End of summer bash to help Harmony House

While domestic violence is a serious issue, the Harmony House is hoping a tropical themed bash will raise more awareness and money for the organization.The group is holding it’s 7th annual Flamingos in Paradise Saturday at the Highlands Country Club. All the proceeds stay local to help battered and abused women in our community.“It goes into the general operational budget to provide services to our clients,” explained Harmony House Executive Director, M...

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