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Murder trial continues as witnesses describe scene

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A courtroom drama continues today in Troup County Superior Court during the murder trial of Thomas E. Sessions, 55, of LaGrange.Closing arguments are expected today and a verdict could be rendered as early as this afternoon. If convicted, Sessions could face life imprisonment.Sessions was indicted by a grand jury last November for the Aug. 9, 2013, murder of 21-year-old Douglas Cameron — a murder prosecutors said happened in “cold blood,” but the defense claims was in self defense.

 

CASA of Troup County receives national certification for quality of work

CASA of Troup County Inc. was recently awarded certification by the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association.The certification recognizes that CASA of Troup County is in compliance with the National CASA Association’s standards for high quality advocacy for abused and neglected children.

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Fundraisers

Church to host yard saleLoyd Presbyterian Church, 550 Glass Bridge Road, hosts a yard sale from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Community Building. Proceeds will fund Christian Education and Outreach projects.Sickle Cell Support Group hosts 5K Sick of the Cycle Inc. Sickle Cell Support Group will host a 5K Road Walk in West Point on Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. The group is seeking individuals to participate in the walk and volunteer...

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Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia Donates Four Optimas to WGTC

West Georgia Technical College was presented with three 2013 Kia Optimas and one 2014 Kia Optima by Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) Aug. 13.The vehicles will be used by WGTC Automotive Technology students to learn the necessary skills to prepare for an automotive service and repair career. The LaGrange Campus will receive three cars and the Douglas Campus will receive one.“We are deeply appreciative of Kia’s continued support of technical educat...

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Man allegedly flees traffic stop

LaGrange police have issued an arrest warrant for a driver who allegedly fled a traffic stop Tuesday morning.According to a police report, the vehicle was pulled over in the 400 block of South Greenwood Street after failing to maintain lane. The driver told police he was attempting to avoid a metal plate in the road.When police asked for the man’s drivers license, he allegedly put the car in drive and fled from the officer. Police did not pursue the vehicle and los...

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Council approves rezoning of Country Club Road property

The LaGrange City Council voted to approve the rezoning of an undeveloped area on Country Club Road under special conditions.Developer, Boxwood LaGrange LLC, requested to rezone about 7.8 acres adjacent to Country Club Road, west of Hollis Hand Elementary School, from R-1 to R-8.5.Many area residents were opposed to the rezoning at the Aug. 12 public hearing, arguing that it would increase the numbers of lots allowed on the property thus impacting traffic, and the subdiv...

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Group proposes park at historic school site

A group is looking to establish a historical park in West Point in commemoration of an historic African-American school.Bill Fannings told West Point Council on Monday that the Bethlehem Foundation, a non-profit group of the Bethlehem Baptist Church, was looking to establish the remaining portion of the 10th Street School - the cafeteria - that is on the church’s property as a museum. Adjacent to the church property is city property, which the foundation is proposing to use t...

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Police seek person of interest in homicide case

LaGrange Police have obtained an arrest warrant for a man who allegedly stole a vehicle belonging to a weekend homicide victim.Devonte Cortez Thorpe is wanted for stealing a dark gray Chevrolet Impala, license plate number PRA5337, and is a person of interest to police in the Sunday murder of DeJerius Hardnett, 20, of Callaway Avenue.Police on Tuesday used social media to release surveillance camera footage of the suspect, described as a 6-foot-tall, African-American mal...

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In our community: Aug. 27, 2014

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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Big offensive day powers Callaway

Nine runs was just enough.The Callaway Lady Cavaliers enjoyed a big offensive day to outlast Pepperell 9-8 on Tuesday to open their Region 5-AAA schedule with a win.“It was back-and-forth all day,” Callaway coach Ashley Summerlin said. “Every time we’d score, they’d come back and make it a close game.”The Lady Cavaliers (7-4 overall) were up 9-5 after five innings, but the Lady Dragons scored three runs in the top of the six...

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Win streak reaches five games

They’re streaking along.With Tuesday’s 14-4 victory over Sandy Creek, the Troup High softball team has won five straight games to improve to 5-2.Troup moved to 2-0 in Region 5-AAAA heading into Thursday’s game at Woodward Academy.“I’m very happy with how they’ve progressed,” Troup coach Blair Shimandle said. “From one to nine, we’re doing what we need to.”Troup put Tuesday’s game away...

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Return game could make a difference

It could be a big turnover, a key defensive stop, or a game-changing offensive play that makes the difference Friday night when Troup and LaGrange face off.Or, it just might be a kick returns that tilts the balance one way or another.Troup’s Hunter Mowers will be deep to receive kicks Friday night, and that’s a role he embraces.“I love being in the return game,” Mowers said. “So much can happen. The whole game can turn off it.R...

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Let’s get it started

The wait is over.The Troup Tigers will leap into a new season this week, and they’ll get things started against their biggest rival.On Friday night, before what will be a huge crowd at Callaway Stadium, Troup will renew its rivalry with the LaGrange Grangers.While Troup didn’t play last week, LaGrange was opening its season with a 20-14 overtime loss to Callaway.“We’ve very anxious,” Troup defensive back Vanquez Bonner ...

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Police release more info on weekend homicide

LaGrange police are searching for a vehicle in connection with a murder that occurred Sunday in LaGrange near Dawn Drive.Chris Pritchett, a detective with LaGrange police, said law enforcement are searching for a dark gray Chevrolet Impala that belonged to the victim, DeJerius Hardnett, 20, of Callaway Avenue. The vehicle’s tag number is PRA5337.Police confirmed that they were looking for a person of interest, but declined to name the individual at this time, citin...

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US Renal Care opens LaGrange dialysis center, clinic

U.S. Renal Care held open house and ribbon cutting for its new LaGrange dialysis center and clinic on Thursday.The facility is the second primary location for U.S. Renal Associates, whose five physicians branch out to see patients as far away as Warm Springs and Buena Vista.“Our practice is actually very old,” said Dr. Rajeev Chauhan, one of the physicians for U.S. Renal Associates. “We’ve operated mainly in the Columbus area, but we were seeing s...

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Note to readers: No Labor Day print edition

The LaGrange Daily News will not have a Labor Day edition (Monday, Sept. 1).Please visit our website lagrangenews.com and Facebook page for the latest news and information about our community.

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Cool nights forecast for area

More cool nights are in the forecast this week for Troup County.The mercury is expected to dip to the mid-60s tonight and Wednesday night, then reach the upper 60s to lower 70s Thursday through Sunday.Daytime highs should be in the lower 90s through the weekend. Skies will be clear before giving way to clouds and a chance of rain Saturday and Sunday.The seasonable weather comes after the mercury hit 98 Saturday at LaGrange-Callaway Airport, equaling the mark s...

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Man struck by vehicle, uninjured

A LaGrange man was struck by a vehicle on the 700 block of South Greenwood Street Monday night while riding his skateboard.According to police reports, the skateboarder was riding down his driveway at about 8:40 p.m. Monday when he went into the roadway and was struck by a sport utility vehicle.The driver of the SUV stopped to check on the man and left the scene after the skateboarder confirmed that he was OK....

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