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Sheriff’s Office hosts annual camp

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Troup County Sheriff’s Office has its first week of their annual Sheriff’s Academy for Youth underway designed to give kids a first-hand look at the ins and outs of the TCSO.Stewart Smith, public information officer, said the purpose of SAY Camp is to reach out to the youth of the community, building relationships.Tuesday, 24 campers were able to see a hands-on demonstration where Jack - a K9 - sniffed out a pound of explosive hidden in a vehicle.Campers were thrilled as K9 Deputy Stephen Arndt taught campers all about Jack and even let the kids pet him.


In our community: July 10, 2014

TodayEvents: A bridge game is open to the public at 5:30 p.m. at Bellevue. Cost is $10 per person per month. 706-882-9655Beginner ballroom dance lessons for all ages are given from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Active Life center on Ragland Street. 706-884-5857Meetings: Vernon Woods Memory Support Group meets at 5 p.m. at Vernon Woods Retirement Community, 101 Vernon Wood Drive. 706-812-2899Self Help Harbor, 909 Stonewa...

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Republican state school superintendent candidates speak

The two Republican candidate for state school board superintendent who will face off in the July 22 runoff spoke at a Republican luncheon Tuesday.Candidate Richard Woods, the first speaker, said the state board of education has to focus on children first. He emphasized a more personalized teaching experience over the standardized testing process.“We’ve seen that one size does not fit all,” he said. ” … We need to look at expanding and giving...

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Country Club Road set for resurfacing

Resurfacing on Country Club Road may begin later this week or the first of next week following weeks of utility work on the road.LaGrange City Manager Tom Hall said at the closing of Tuesday's City Council meeting that the work will finish up on the project, which has disrupted traffic on the road for weeks.“We have received a number of comments from our citizens,” Hall said. “What we're going...

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Juvenile arrested on gang, robbery charges

A juvenile, 17, of LaGrange was arrested Tuesday around 11:40 a.m. in the area of Newnan Street and Thornton Street for his involvement in a robbery that occurred earlier in the week.In earlier reports, a man stated that on Monday around 11 a.m., two juveniles asked for a ride to Pawn Express to sell video games in the 400 block of Hines Street.After driving them to Pawn Express, the suspects asked for a ride to the area near Food Depot in the 900 block of Hogansville Ro...

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Police investigate dog killing

A man from the 100 block of Sunset Street reported sometime between Sunday evening and Tuesday afternoon, someone tied tomato twine around his dog’s neck and then tied it to his water spigot causing the dog to choke to death. The man reported a similar incident happened to his dog earlier but he was able to free the dog before she injured herself.Battery

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Protecting Georgia’s wildlife

It’s human nature to want to help someone in need, especially if it’s a lost or hurt animal.But according to the Georgia Wildlife Rescue Association (GWRA) sometimes the best thing you can do is leave it alone. The group just started a toll free hotline two months ago, and Executive Director, Chet Powell, said they’ve already been swamped with calls. The group averages about 25 calls per day, but Powell said they’ve had as many as 50 calls on some days....

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In our community: July 9, 2014

Today Meetings: Self Help Harbor, 909 Stonewall St., hosts AA meetings at 8 a.m., noon, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.Churches: Callaway Baptist Church hosts service and classes at 7 p.m.ThursdayEvents: God’s Breadbasket, a food pantry serving Hogansville residents, is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.The Interfaith Food Closet at 416 Pierce St. in LaGrange is open from 1 to 2:45 p.m...

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Summer-time sprinting

The scorching summer sun isn’t going to slow them down.A group of young runners are part of a new track club that was created a few months ago by Broderick Stargell, and they’ve been working hard at the Whitesville Road track this summer.“We just started it. We kind of piggy-backed off of parks and recreation, and we got going,” said Stargell, who coaches track and field at Callaway Middle School. “The kids started really enjoying it. WeR...

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Runners headed to nationals

Four members of a new track club in LaGrange are heading to Texas.The quartet of runners have qualified for a national track and field meet in the Lone Star State after making it through the state and sectional levels.The four runners who will be going to the national competition on July 21 are Karsen Pearson, Jada Grant, Niakoe Burks and Andrea Leach.Lofton Torrance won the state competition in the race walk, but he won’t be able to go nationals since t...

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Cavaliers snare top spot

With a new season a little more than a month away, the Callaway Cavaliers ventured to Carrollton on Tuesday as they continued to prepare for opening night.The Cavaliers took part in a seven-on-seven passing tournament at West Georgia University, and it was a winning day.The Cavaliers won all of their games, including the championship game against Eastside.“The kids played well. It was a great day for us,” Callaway head coach Pete Wiggins said....

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State tourney on the way

Twelve teams will be fighting it out for one invitation to the Dixie Youth Baseball World Series when the 11-12-year-old state tournament gets under way on Saturday at the Harris Baseball Complex.The winner of the tournament earns an invitation to the World Series that will be held in Lexington, S.C. in August.Among the competitors will be two teams from Troup County.All 12 teams will play on Saturday, and the tournament is scheduled to go through Aug. 17....

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AMR responders’ job is to provide immediate care

In a situation where minutes count, first responders need to quickly assess the situation and make decisions that can ultimately save a life. Questions such as what level of care the patient needs, where to take them and how to transport them are all decisions that paramedics have to make.American Medical Response is a private ambulance service, but also goes by Troup County EMS and has partnerships with the LaGrange Fire Department, Troup County Fire Department and Troup County 91...

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Former Navy tech, GNMS faculty is first principal for THINC

THINC College & Career Academy continues to move forward, as they hire their first principal, Chris Williams.Williams has nine years of teaching experience, six years of Navy leadership, and five years in the corporate sector, working in the IT field.THINC is unique - all career pathways focus on high demand fields and skills, like mechatronics, engineering, energy and health care. Officials with THINC said Williams’ education and work experience in IT, science and...

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Cleaning up the community

Employees of Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) are beautifying Troup County one area at a time.The team, along with their suppliers Powertech America, Sewon America, and Johnson Controls Inc., focused their efforts on West Point Lake at Pyne Road Park in LaGrange.Sixty eight employees were joined by their families and friends picked up enough trash to fill 52 trash bags.“Keeping West Point Lake clean is a great way to help the environment in the co...

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Public safety report

Burglary/theftA man from the 600 block of Juniper Street reported some broke in through his back door and stole $300 worth of miscellaneous clothing. He said this is the second time in a week he house has been broken into.A woman from the 400 block of Cooley Road reported someone stole her wallet containing $1,000 cash and bank and identification cards.A woman from the 1500 block of Hogansville Road reported a bicycle valued at $80 stolen....

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Investigators looking for reported missing man

Investigators with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office are requesting the public’s help in locating a missing adult.Alexander Bartlett, 25, was reported missing by his parents. Officials report that he was last heard from in May, and they are unsure of his last or current residence.Bartlett, who goes by Alex, has brown hair and brown eyes. He is about 5 feet and 7 inches tall and weighs about 130 pounds.If anyone has any information on Bartlett, cont...

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In our community: July 8, 2014

TodayEvents: Troup County Republican Party and Troup County Republican Women host a meet the candidates event with Republican state School Superintendent candidates Mike Buck and Richard Woods at Highland Country Club. The event is open to the public, but those wishing to attend should call 706-837-0861 or 706-884-3039 to make reservations. Lunch is $12.LaGrange Memorial Library, 115 Alford St., hosts a teen program at 6:30 p.m. for students in sixth gra...

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