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Dennis Knight appointed new Troup County Fire Chief

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After nearly four months serving as interim fire chief, Capt. Dennis Knight was appointed as the official Troup County Fire Department Fire Chief April 8.Knight will also maintain his position as Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director.“It’s a great opportunity for me to serve the community in a larger capacity as both the EMA director and fire chief and it gives me the chance to make sure that our firefighters have what they need to do their job and have what they need to serve and protect the citizens of Troup County,” he said.Knight said he is currently working on a strategic plan looking into the next 10 years, outlining areas that need improvement as he moves forward.


Centipedegrass slow to green-up

Editor’s note: This is the final regular column from retired extension agent Randy Drinkard. Troup County Extension Agent Brian Maddy will take over the regular Friday community column. The Daily News thanks Drinkard for his contributions over the last two years.Spring has arrived and plants are beginning to break dormancy, but your lawn may not be lush and green yet. If you have a centipedegrass lawn, do not be impatient and rush it to green-up.Centipedeg...

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Is Karen Handel’s high school degree OK?

It was 2009 and I was pretty excited. Secretary of State Karen Handel was coming to LaGrange College as my guest speaker for Constitution Day. I was sure to have a packed audience. There was just one issue.I always ask my guest speakers to talk about how they went from being a college graduate to their current position in politics, business, or wherever they ended up. “That way, somebody doesn’t think that you’re all born on Mount Olympus, that you started somewhe...

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Speakers share their journeys of a life impacted by addiction

Parents, students and teachers attended Troup County Prevention Coalition’s town hall meeting Wednesday evening at the Lafayette Garden Inn to listen to first-hand experiences from two men affected by prescription drug addiction.The two speakers are involved in the Think About It campaign formed by the Medical Association of Georgia Foundation, which brings awareness to prescription drug abuse among teens.Co-chair of Think About It, Dallas Gay, spoke about his gran...

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Man shot in face while sleeping

A man was shot in the 100 block of Carver Street this morning around 1:30 a.m.According to the report, officers found Jerry Godwin, 59, bleeding from the face after several rounds were fired through the home and one bullet struck Godwin in the face while he was sleeping.Godwin was life-flighted to Grady Hospital where he is listed in stable condition according to the report.Officers investigated the scene but were unable to locate any suspects in the area, the...

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Public safety

Theft/BurglaryThree cars were broken into at Kroger in the 200 block on Commerce Avenue. A cellphone and a wallet containing $80, ID and bank cards were stolen from one vehicle. A spool of weed eater string was stolen from a truck and a gas cap was stolen from a third vehicle.A woman from the first block of Handly Street reported that while at home, her boyfriend and his mother came to her house and stole a pair of black pants, $60 in cash, her social se...

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‘It has been a wonderful journey’

For Ruth Garner, the grand marshal of the 2014 Relay for Life, being named to represent the annual benefit is a humbling experience.“To represent all of these survivors is such an honor and a responsibility,” Garner said. “To think that you have that privilege to be representing all of the survivors, but I’ll do my best to do a good job. There are a lot more people that deserve this honor more than I do.”Garner no longer has either of her th...

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Honoring the victims of child abuse

As Child Abuse Awareness Month draws to a close, there’s a renewed initiative to continue to fight this violent crime.State and local leaders, along with the heads of Troup County Youth and Family services re-signed the Child Abuse protocol. The proclamation is a pledge to help children in our community, whatever their situation may be at home. It also spells out how each organization should respond to a suspected case of child abuse, and their responsibilities....

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