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Officials confirm first Ebola case diagnosed in US

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DALLAS (AP) — A patient being treated at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola, the first case of the disease to be diagnosed in the United States, federal health officials announced Tuesday.Officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital say the unidentified patient is being kept in isolation and that the hospital is following Centers for Disease Control recommendations to keep doctors, staff and patients safe.The hospital had announced a day earlier that the patient’s symptoms and recent travel indicated a case of Ebola, the virus that has killed more than 3,000 people across West Africa and infected a handful of Americans who have traveled to that region.

 

Teachers receive goody bags from State Farm

On Sept. 24, Darlene Bailey, representing Jerry Cleaveland State Farm insurance agency, visited staff members at Berta Weathersbee Elementary.Principal Lorraine Jackson took Bailey around to each classroom, where teachers and staff were all given a goody bag in recognition for the service they give to students at Berta Weathersbee. Jerry Cleaveland State Farm Agency is one of Berta Weathersbee’s Partners in Education.

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In our community: Sept. 30, 2014

TodayMeetings: The LaGrange Shufflers meet at the Active Life center at 140 Ragland St. for regular square, round and line dances from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Cost to dance is $6. 706-812-4974Churches: Eastside Baptist Church, 1016 Mason St., hosts a service for new members at 7 p.m. conducted by pastor M.T. Stiggers and pastor emeritus O.C. Stiggers.WednesdayEvents: Story time for pre-sch...

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FFE inducts new Junior Beta members

Franklin Forest Elementary School inducted 47 fourth and fifth grade students into the National Junior Beta Club. The students were chosen for exhibiting characteristics of honesty, justice, service, cooperation, responsibility, industriousness, humility and charity, said Franklin Forest media specialist Donna Bradley, adding, ‘It is a great honor for these students to be recognized for their achievements, and it is a great honor to have them serve an important role in our school.’...

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NAACP to host candidate forum

The Troup County branch of NAACP hosts a candidate forum at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the William Griggs Recreation Center, 716 Glenn Robertson Drive.Each participating candidate will be given a brief opportunity to explain his qualifications and goals. Each candidate also will be asked questions in five areas of interest to the NAACP: economic justice, education, health, public safety and criminal justice, and voting rights.Candidates also may make further comments, answer au...

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Man arrested after domestic disturbance

A domestic disturbance Monday evening at the Whispering Pines apartment complex on Hogansville Road lead to the arrest of a 23-year-old man.According to police reports, a married couple were arguing so loudly in their apartment that a neighbor called 911 and police were dispatched to the residence. The argument apparently began in a back bedroom and spilled over outside to the parking lot, the report said.When police arrived, they found a woman crying in the parking lot ...

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Run to benefit Ronald McDonald House set for Saturday

The second annual Smilin’ Waylon’s Run for the House 5K is set for Saturday at Callaway Stadium.Last year’s run raised over $2,000 for the Ronald McDonald House of West Georgia and this year at least 100 runners are estimated to attend the event, according to Brack Hassell, organizer of the event and a teacher at Ethel W. Kight Elementary School.The event was started by the family of Waylon McCay, who was born with severe respiratory problems almost nin...

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Bike club presents $3.8K check to child advocates

The Blue Knights motorcycle club presented a $3,800 check to the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Troup County Inc. on Monday outside Troup County Juvenile Court.The money was raised by the local chapter of the Blue Knights motorcycle club during a Sept. 13 ride that traveled from LaGrange to Pine Mountain and back and will “nicely supplement” CASA’s annual budget, said June Nelson, executive director of Troup CASA.CASA is a nonprofit agency ...

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Troup Co. firefighters give MD the boot

Troup County firefighters were among local agencies participated in the annual Boot Drive to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.MDA provides healthcare, education and is dedicated to curing Muscular Dystrophy, ALS and related diseases.This year, the department raised more than $2,450.

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Veteran officer named WGTC police chief

CARROLLTON — West Georgia Technical College on Monday named a 34-year law enforcement veteran its new chief of police.James Perry, one of the longest-serving officers of the Carrollton Police Department, began work Monday at WGTC, though he won’t be on campus until after two weeks of off-site training. It’s just a few more hours to add to thousands more Perry has accumulated over his career.

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You can help

LifeSouth blood drivesLifeSouth will hold the following blood drives in the area:• Point University in West Point 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesday.• West Georgia Medical Center on Vernon Road 6 a.m.–1 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.Family seeking help with medical costs

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Voter registration deadline is Oct. 6

The statewide deadline to register to vote in the upcoming Nov. 4 general election is one week from today, Oct. 6.Any citizen of the United States, who is not a convicted felon or found mentally incompetent, and is 18 years of age or older by election day may register at the Troup County Government Center on Ridley Street, or online by visiting the Georgia Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.ga.gov.Bring a copy of your state-issued identification when you regis...

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Job seekers wanted

The New Community Church off South Davis Road hadn’t even opened, but dozens of folks lined up early to wait at the front doors.They all had one thing in common: looking for a new job opportunities and career growth at the third annual West Georgia Career Connect Expo and Job Fair held Thursday at the church.“I was surprised when people were here at 7:30 a.m., resumes in hand,” said Diana Celorio Goldwire, who helped coordinate Thursday’s event. &...

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In our community: Sept. 29, 2014

TuesdayEvents: Berta Weathersbee Elementary School hosts a Title I Meeting/Workshop at 9 a.m.Franklin Forest Elementary School hosts a third grade Family Lunch at 11:05 a.m.Advanced Tai Chi for Health class is 11:45 a.m. at The Active Life, 140 Ragland St. Tai chi is a slow-moving martial art improving balance, coordination and relaxation. Call The Active Life at 706-883-1681 to register.Western line dance lessons are 1 p.m...

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Police: Woman stabbed boyfriend

A LaGrange woman allegedly stabbed a man early Sunday morning at a Carver Street residence.Tangela Hammett, 37, was charged with aggravated assault after her she allegedly attacked her boyfriend in the kitchen of their shared residence on the 200 block of Carver Street.According to police reports, the victim walked all the way from Carver Street to the LaGrange Police Department headquarters on Haralson Street to report the crime.

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Second-half surge lifts Panthers

They were a long way from the end zone, but they had a shot.Down by five points against Averett on Saturday, the LaGrange College Panthers took possession at their own 2-yard line with 6:40 left in the game.The Panthers needed a touchdown to take the lead, and they were so far from the end zone they could barely see it.Yet with an offensive among the most prolific in NCAA Division III, it was hardly an undoable task.“We have all the confidence...

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Mother, with kids in car, arrested on suspicion of DUI

A mother, who had four small children in the back seat of her vehicle, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol Sunday morning in south LaGrange.The 32-year-old mother told police she had “killed a bunch of beers at lunch today at Six Flags,” according to police reports. She tested positive for alcohol and blew a 0.098 percent blood alcohol level at the Troup County Jail, the report said. The legal limit in Georgia is 0.08 percent.Upo...

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Learning the ropes: Firefighters train rescue techniques

Photo essay:Firefighters with the LaGrange Fire Department got some hands-on training while practicing rescue techniques.They polished skills like tying knots, properly strapping a victim into a basket, raising and lowering the victim from different elevations, plus vertical and horizontal saves.LFD Lt. Austin Starr said this type of rescue would be used if there was an accident on the side of a structure or off a steep embankment.

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