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Update: Manhunt nets convict

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UPDATE (Sept. 16, 2014 5:39 p.m.):The Troup County Sheriff’s office has terminated its search for Chico, a missing LaGrange Police K9 who was lost during a search for an escaped convict Monday in northern Troup County, according to sheriff’s deputy Stewart Smith.Law enforcement officers are citing the intensely thick brush and an inability to move through the thicket.The Daily News will continue to provide any updates as they become available.UPDATE (Sept. 16, 2014 12:22 p.m.):The Daily News has learned that Sullens was apparently attempting to travel to north Georgia, to a location where is girlfriend is said to have been, according to LaGrange Public Safety Chief Lou Dekmar.


LaGrange eyes second straight win

The LaGrange Grangers are rested and ready to put together their first winning streak of the season.LaGrange, which beat Spalding County 14-8 on Sept. 5 for its first win, will be in Forsyth on Friday to take on Mary Persons.LaGrange didn’t play last week.The Grangers, after opening the season with back-to-back losses to Callaway and Troup, have a chance to win a second straight game, and even their record at 2-2 in the process.But it won̵...

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Bowie continues to shine

Sam Bowie continued to leave the opposition in his foot steps.Bowie, a junior on the LaGrange High cross country team, is enjoying a phenomenal season, and he added to it with a victory on Saturday in the Carrollton Orthopedic Invitational.The invitational featured an elite field, and LaGrange was competing against teams in Class AAAA and Class AAAAA.Bowie found himself locked in a showdown with Colton Page of Allatoona High School, and he crossed the finish l...

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Callaway hangs on for road win

They were cruising along, holding a seemingly comfortable six-run lead, and their pitcher was tossing a no-hitter.Things have a way of turning in a hurry in sports, though, and a game the Callaway Lady Cavaliers seemed to have in hand moments earlier was suddenly very much in doubt.Pepperell, which trailed 6-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning of Tuesday’s Region 5-AAA game, scored five runs, and it had the tying run on third, and the winning run on sec...

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Troup grabs region win

The Troup Lady Tigers are going to finish the regular season with a winning record in the region.They made sure of that with a one-sided victory over Sandy Creek on Tuesday in a Region 5-AAAA softball game.Troup improved to 5-2 in the region, and it only has two region games remaining.There was no suspense on Tuesday as Troup won its second straight game in blowout fashion.Troup beat Fayette County 13-0 last week, and it followed that up with Tuesda...

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Gardner Newman students recognized by Stenson Foundation

Ten Gardner Newman Middle School students who received the 2013-14 Darnell Renauld Stenson Foundation STEM - science, technology, engineering and math - Award were recognized at the Aug. 21 Board of Education meeting.Receiving the awards were Carmen McGhee, Juna Choi, Sophie Myers, Sarim Siddiqi, Carson Crocker, Camian Laye, Iyanna Strickland, John Arthur, Anna Shank and Alexander Martin.The students were chosen by the Foundation based on their application and written re...

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School system employees recognized for ‘perfect audit’

Members of the Troup County School System Federal Programs and Transportation departments were recognized during the Aug. 21 Board of Education meeting for accomplishing what board members described as a “perfect monitoring visit.”Leigh Thrailkill, Michelle Nation and Lissett Gonzalez in Federal Programs and Sid Shelnutt and Jeff Turner in Transportation were credited for the monitoring results. The monitoring was conducted by the Georgia Department of Education on the ...

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In our community: Sept. 17, 2014

Today–Friday Leete Hill United Methodist Church, 810 Hamilton St., hosts revival services at 7:30 p.m. with the Dr. Curtis Green of Living Water Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta as guest speaker.TodayEvents: West Georgia Technical College Adult Education is offering a Volunteer Orientation workshop for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer. The session will be held in Room 212 of the Carroll Campus, 997 ...

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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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Teams hitting the road this week

For the only time during the regular season, a week will go by without a varsity game taking place at Callaway Stadium.Callaway, LaGrange and Troup are all in action this week, but each team will be on the road.There will be one Thursday game, with Troup visiting Carver, and on Friday, Callaway will be at Harris County, while LaGrange travels to Forsyth to play Mary Persons.In private-school football on Friday, Lafayette Christian School will also be on the ro...

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Callaway offense getting in gear

It was just like he drew it up.The Callaway Cavaliers were up 7-0 against the Heard County Braves when offensive coordinator Matt Napier called for a passing play.The play was executed to perfection.Quarterback Dre Martin took the snap, faked a handoff, and dropped back and settled into the pocket.While the offensive linemen were giving Martin time to take a look downfield, wide receiver Terry Godwin was sprinting toward the end zone.Mart...

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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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