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Kia plant’s storm shelters fully operational

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Mother Nature is no match for Kia.This past January, the plant in West Point installed 14 underground storm shelters on their property. Each one can comfortably hold 100 to 150 people and withstand winds up to 250 miles per hour. According to the Fujita Tornado Damage scale, that’s an F4 and bordering an F5 twister. That kind of storm will level well constructed houses, blow away weak foundations, and throw cars as if they were airborne projectiles.


Schools: Properly prepare students for CRCT

Troup County School System will administer the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) to students in grades 3 through 8.Georgia’s CRCT tests are state-mandated achievement tests for students. The CRCT covers the content areas of reading, English/language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. According to the Georgia Department of Education, the primary purpose of the CRCT is to provide a valid measure of the quality of educational services provided throughout t...

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CFO: Not using class size waivers would cost system

A move last month to seek a class size waiver from the state Board of Education for class limits met with objections from two board members, but a school official on Monday said the move is nothing new and not using the waiver would cost the school system more than a $1 million.“This is something that the Troup County School System has been doing repetitively for years, and all, basically, school systems in the state are doing this and asking for a flexibility waiver, not tha...

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The subtle signs of child sexual abuse

Child sexual abuse is a topic most people still won’t talk about in public.But one Troup County child advocacy group is hoping to change that stigma. Darkness to Light held their annual training program Tuesday night called “Stewards of Children” at the Coleman Community Center. The interactive, two-and-a-half hour session, features testimony from sexual abuse victims.“The ultimate goal is to change our culture,” explained Samantha Link, the...

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West Point police chief selection under way

West Point officials plan to announce early next month who will be replacing retiring police Chief Jeffery Cato.Forty-two applications were received for the position and the city had chosen to use the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP) for the second time to aid in the selection process.The applicants have been narrowed down to eight, all of whom have taken a GACP assessment, which will be under review this week. The top two or three candidates are expected t...

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Public safety

Theft/BurglaryA man reported that 1,500 pounds of scrap metal, valued at $150, and a 40 inch Werner aluminum extension ladder, valued at $350, were stolen from Diverse Power property in the 1300 block of Upper Big Springs Road.A man from the 100 block of Dix Street reported someone entered into his residence through his window and stole a Homelite power saw valued at $200.A woman reported she left her phone at the self-checkout at WalMart in t...

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Vehicle collides into school bus

A Toyota Corolla crashed into a school bus on Meadowland Trail at about 7:30 No students were on the bus, and the Corolla’s driver was transported to West Georgia Medical Center according to officials on the scene. No serious injuries were reported. An eye-witness on the scene who had been following the Corolla said the driver may have been asleep at the wheel because he was drifting in and out of lanes. When the car collided with the stopped school bus, the witness said he d...

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‘People see you doing the impossible and realize it’s possible’

Norma Bastidas is a survivor.The 47-year-old single mom is a survivor of sexual abuse and violence. When she first spoke out about her abuse, she was ignored, blamed and told to stay quiet, but she continued to speak out.Now, she has decided to show that persistence and hard work can pay off by seeking to break the Guinness World Record for an ultra-triathlon by completing more than 3,750 miles in 55 to 70 days. Her goal is to bring awareness to the fight against human t...

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Auburn University classes canceled due to threat

The Auburn University Department of Public Safety & Security and the Auburn Police Division are investigating a threatening message found on campus.According to WTVM’s website, classes for today have been canceled and normal operations have been suspended due to “student/parent anxiety” over the message. Classes will resume at 7:45 a.m. Thursday morning.According to university officials, a student found the message posted in a campus bathroom Tuesday ni...

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Schedules change for teams

While the Troup Tigers were able to play their game on Tuesday, the day was a washout for the Callaway Cavaliers and LaGrange Grangers.Callaway was scheduled to host Rockmart on Tuesday, while LaGrange was set to visit Fayette County.Callaway’s game against Rockmart will be made up on Friday at 5:30 p.m., while LaGrange and Fayette County will play today.Callaway has already lost two games this week because of rain.The Cavaliers were supposed ...

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Troup’s Foster goes deep

For a hitter, it was the ideal situation.When Jonathan Foster stepped to the plate in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Troup Tigers had a base runner on first with two outs.Jacob Pate was on the mound for Columbus, and he fell behind 2-0 to Foster, which is a dangerous count against a hitter with his ability.Foster knew he could look for the pitch he wanted, in the location he wanted, and anything else he could just watch sail by.He got the pitch...

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Tigers smother Blue Devils

He embraced the opportunity.Before Tuesday’s showdown against the Columbus Blue Devils, Troup head coach Craig Garner let senior Brannon Weathers know that he was going to be the man with the baseball in his hand.“I was super-pumped at school thinking about it,” Weathers said. “I was ready.”Weathers promptly went out and delivered a sensational pitching performance.Weathers gave up a run in the first inning, but he held...

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TCSS proposes to eliminate 30 positions, facing $3 million deficit

The Troup County School System is estimating a $3 million deficit for the next fiscal year and looking at eliminating about 30 positions, but hoping most will be through attrition.School system Superintendent Cole Pugh said he intends to ask the Board of Education on Thursday to authorize the reduction in force, allowing staff the option to move forward with eliminating 29.5 positions.“We think almost all of that can be dealt with through attrition and reassignment...

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Emergency Service Unit handles high-risk incidents

Rarely ever does LaGrange see dramatic hostage negotiations or down-to-wire tactical situations. However, that hasn’t stopped the LaGrange Police Department from assembling a well-trained and prepared Emergency Service Unit made up of a negotiation and tactical team, established in 2001.Lt. Dale Strickland, tactical commander since its formation, said the agency sees about 4-6 incidents a year where the ESU is utilized.One of these incidents occurred last week when...

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First CEO chosen for the THINC College and Career Academy

Big changes on the way for the THINC College and Career Academy.The organization announced on Monday they have hired Kathy Carlisle to be the first Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the academy.Dr. Carlisle holds a Bachelor of Science from Troy State University, Master’s in Public Administration from Columbus State University, and Doctorate in Adult Education from Auburn University. She was also the former director of Goodwill’s regional Career and Training Ce...

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West Point council approves library funding, gives awards

West Point City Council voted Monday to approve library services contracts for the two libraries available to West Point residents.The contracts state that the city will fund $1,250 per month, or $15,000 for the year, to Bradshaw Library in Valley, Ala. The library will be required to make its facility and all services available to West Point residents upon the same terms and conditions as the same are made available for Chambers County, Ala., residents.

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Tigers set for season finale

The Troup Tigers put a scare into the rival LaGrange Grangers in the first half Friday night.Through the first 40 minutes, neither team scored, and they headed to their respective locker rooms with the game deadlocked at 0-0.The second half didn’t go quite as well for the Tigers.The Grangers got a couple of early goals in the second half, and they went on to claim a 3-0 victory.It was a disappointing loss for the Tigers, but it was still a sec...

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Special day for Callaway

It was a big day for the Callaway High football program.The Cavaliers obviously didn’t play a game Sunday afternoon, but it was nonetheless a special occasion for the team as it held its football banquet.A year ago, Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart was the guest speaker.So how was Callaway head coach Pete Wiggins going to top that this year?All he did was go out and get Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn, whose team was coming off an appea...

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