Year in review: Looking back at January, February and March
Published 1:30 pm Saturday, December 26, 2020
EDITORS NOTE: This is the first of a four part series looking back at the year 2020 in Troup County.
Loeffler visits Kia
Just a few days before she was sworn in as a U.S. senator, Kelly Loeffler visited Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia. “I have to say this was a really impressive tour, not just the innovation and technology but the people and the culture,” Loeffler said. Loeffler is currently in a run-off with Raphael Warnock to try to hold on to her U.S. senate seat.
Hogansville receives largest grant
The Callaway Foundation presented the city of Hogansville with a $250,000 check to renovate the Royal Theatre, which currently houses City Hall.
First event at new Troup High gym
The first basketball game was held in Troup High’s brand new athletic facility in early January, as the Tigers took on crosstown rival LaGrange. A ribbon cutting was held for the gym a few days later.
TCSS votes to provide tax
relief for seniors
The Troup County School Board passed a resolution that put a tax relief vote on the ballot for senior citizens. The measure, which appeared on the ballot in November, eventually passed by overwhelming margin. Residents 65 and older, with an income of $40,000 or lower will pay nothing in school-related property taxes.
LaGrange College students get experience at Super Bowl
Students in Dr. Preston James IV’s class at LaGrange College got to help with the Super Bowl in Miami, Florida. It was the third year James’ sports management program students had a chance to participate.
Tilley named Visit LaGrange CFO
Kathy Tilley, who at the time was the interim president of the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce, was named the president and CEO of Visit LaGrange.
House fire on Reeves Street kills mother and daughter
Tatiana McFarland, 29, and her one-year-old daughter, Mynova Satterwhite, died in a house fire on Reeves Street in LaGrange.
Pat’s corner store shooting
On Valentine’s Day, Pat’s Corner Store owner Patricia Underwood, 78 was killed by a stray bullet in her store on Union Street. Andreco Darnell Parham was charged with murder and other charges. Ronald Turner, 42, was also injured in the shooting. A candlelight vigil was held for Underwood at Calumet Park.
TRACER presents candidates
Four candidates endorsed by Tax Relief and Comprehensive Education Reform announced their candidacy for Troup County School System. The anti-tax group was ultimately unsuccessful in all four races.
Woman saves man’s life
Kendall Anderson was recognized by the Red Cross for saving a man’s life with CPR at a strawberry farm.
Schools suspended, block party canceled, Great Wolf closes
The TCSS Board of Education voted to close schools for two weeks due to COVID-19 concerns. At the same time, Great Wolf Lodge closed its doors, the Downtown LaGrange annual St. Patrick’s Day block party was canceled and several churches began to close.
First case in Troup
The first case of COVID-19 in Troup County was confirmed. The person was hospitalized.
LaGrange, Troup declare state of emergency
The LaGrange City Council declared a state of emergency and banned public gatherings on city property. Troup County also declared a state of emergency.
Commissioners pass gun sanctuary resolution
At the request of Sheriff James Woodruff, county commissioners approved a “Second Amendment Sanctuary” resolution, prohibiting law enforcement from enforcing measures like universal background checks, assault weapon bans and red flag laws.
KMMG halts production
Just a day after saying they would continue production, Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia temporarily halted production due to supply chain issues caused by the pandemic.
Judge Baldwin dies
Longtime judge and former state Senator Asbury Quillian Baldwin, Jr. died at the age of 77.
Kemp orders shelter-in-place
Gov. Brian Kemp signed several executive orders, ordering people with increased risk to shelter in place and closing bars and nightclubs.
City closes businesses
The LaGrange City Council voted to close dining rooms, gyms, bowling alleys, theaters, barbershops, tattoo parlors, massage parlors, pool halls and other facilities in the city limits.
First death in Troup
District 4 Public Health confirmed the first death from COVID-19 in Troup, a 61-year-old woman who had underlying health conditions.
Mother charged with murdering her daughter
Caroline Riley Propes, 19, of Newnan, was arrested by the Troup County Sheriff’s Office for second-degree murder of her daughter. The baby was found dead in a cooler on the side of Boy Scout Road in January of 2019. A lengthy investigation followed that included DNA testing. Propes reportedly told TCSO she panicked and left the baby on the side of the road hoping someone would pick it up.