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Methamphetamine still a big problem in Troup County

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Despite the increase in methamphetamine awareness projects such as the Georgia Meth Project, the presence and use of methamphetamine still continues to be a problem in the region. The Georgia Meth Project estimates that meth abuse costs the state $1.3 billion annually.In 2013, the LaGrange Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit reported 93 separate cases. The number of arrests is even higher. Within each of those 93 cases, each case could have several arrests Sgt. Mark Cavender said.He estimated that 60-80 percent of the SIU efforts go towards methamphetamine cases.


Former prisoners deserve chance to find gainful employment

I talk about poverty issues a lot and hear the same question all the time: “Why don’t they just get a job?”Many people won’t ask the question straight out, but the underlying assumptions always seem to bubble up: “If they would just get a job and work hard, they wouldn’t be poor.”Of course if I’m moving out of poverty, I need a job, but it’s not always as simple as it sounds. However, this week Gov. Deal has made it a...

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Bill meant to assist inmates with employment upon release

Gov. Nathan Deal signed another leg of a criminal justice reform bill Sunday at Antioch Baptist Church in Gainsville that will help previous nonviolent offenders gain employment upon re-entry to society.Senate Bill 365 will remove barriers that keep convicted felons from finding a job. Deal said in signing the bill that it will reduce recidivism and strengthen the state’s economy.The bill will require the state Board of Corrections to implement programs that will a...

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Nothing to ‘cheer’ about

Tears, not smiles, greeted parents on Thursday afternoon, as their children got their first glimpse of what used to be the Cheer Alliance gym.“I was shocked,” said 10-year-old Leah Murphy. “It was weird. Nothing was there.”“Me and Leah usually go to the trampoline, but it was gone,” said nine year old Avery Hudson. “It was sad because it felt like Cheer Alliance wasn’t going to be with us anymore.”

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Teen charged after allegedly threatening to stab man

A juvenile was charged with simple assault under the family violence act after he allegedly threatened to stab his mother’s boyfriend following a scuffle because he refused to go to school Friday morning.According to a report, the teen’s mother said that when she tried to get him up to go to school, he began cursing and came toward her in a way that she though he was going to hit her, so she pushed him back. The boyfriend said he came to see about the commotion and saw ...

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In our community

Events SaturdayEvents: LaGrange Alumni chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity hosts a “chicken-q” fundraiser for its scholarship program from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the old Family Dentistry parking lot. Cost is a $7 donation per plate. For tickets contact Albert Gilliam at 706-883-6971 or Dr. George Baker. Walk ups welcome.LaGrange Art Museum holds Family Super Saturday with free tours at the m...

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LaGrange Symphony announces winners of 2014 SCALA Competition

The Board of Directors of the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra has announced the winners of the annual SCALA Competition held recently at Callaway Auditorium on the campus of LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia.Hannah Culbreth, playing horn, won first place. Miss Culbreth, a 10th grade student at Newnan High School, studies with Anna Dodd and Marianne Van Lear.Competition judges praised Culbreth’s performance of Richard Strauss’ “Horn Concerto No. 1”...

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1964: New buildings planned, historic buildings toured

Aprils past, 50 years ago.From the LaGrange Daily News, 1964.Front Page NewsOpen House Set for LaGrange Board of Education Building — An Open House for the LaGrange Board of Education’s new administration building will be staged Sunday afternoon from 1 until 3 p.m.The old Post Office building on main Street has been renovated and air-conditioned for use by the school system. The buildin...

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