Matthew Strother

Position: Interim Content Manager/Editor
E-Mail Address: mstrother@lagrangenews.com
Phone Number: 706-884-7311

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Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season for downtown LaGrange with carriage rides, candlelight Sip and Shop to benefit Emmaus House and more weekend events.
Complimentary carriage rides through downtown will kick off Friday from 5 to 9 p.m., and continue Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The vintage, horse-drawn carriage will pick up and d

Downtown kicks off holiday shopping, events Friday

Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season for downtown LaGrange with carriage rides, candlelight Sip and Shop to benefit Emmaus House and more weekend events. Complimentary carriage rides through downtown will kick off Friday from 5 to 9 p.m., and continue Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The vintage, horse-drawn carriage will pick up and d

School system touts tech expansion

The school system has expanded technology options in schools in recent years, opening the door to allowing students to use personal devices as learning tools. During a presentation of special-purpose, local-option sales tax expenses on schools at Monday's Board of Education caucus meeting, Assistant Superintendent of Maintenance and Operations Joh

Christmas Craft Bazaar to benefit Lottie Moon
A Christmas Craft Bazaar fundraiser for Lottie Moon is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 6 featuring crafts, sweets and fair food. Craft vendors wanted. Anyone interested may contact Teaver Road Baptist Church at 706-882-5774 or email teaverroad@att.net to reserve a space before Nov. 29. Cost is $10 per space, or

Fundraisers

Christmas Craft Bazaar to benefit Lottie Moon A Christmas Craft Bazaar fundraiser for Lottie Moon is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 6 featuring crafts, sweets and fair food. Craft vendors wanted. Anyone interested may contact Teaver Road Baptist Church at 706-882-5774 or email teaverroad@att.net to reserve a space before Nov. 29. Cost is $10 per space, or

Longtime Troup High School principal Ralph Johnson was remembered as a calm, motivating and caring educator and coach by friends.
He passed away Friday at the age of 79.
“He was honest in every way,” said Otis Abernathy, Troup County schools superintendent from 1971 until 1989. “You never saw him angry or lose his temper.”

'He loved sports, he loved people and he loved life'

Longtime Troup High School principal Ralph Johnson was remembered as a calm, motivating and caring educator and coach by friends. He passed away Friday at the age of 79. “He was honest in every way,” said Otis Abernathy, Troup County schools superintendent from 1971 until 1989. “You never saw him angry or lose his temper.”

A group of city leaders will host a tree lighting ceremony and event Friday at Frank Cox Union Street School Park, continuing a tradition started by the man after whom the park is named.
“We want to continue the tradition and make it a kickoff, a positive kickoff to the Christmas season,” said LaGrange City Councilwoman Norma Tucker, o

Tree lighting event set for Friday

A group of city leaders will host a tree lighting ceremony and event Friday at Frank Cox Union Street School Park, continuing a tradition started by the man after whom the park is named. “We want to continue the tradition and make it a kickoff, a positive kickoff to the Christmas season,” said LaGrange City Councilwoman Norma Tucker, o

LifeSouth blood drives
LifeSouth will host the following blood drives in the area:
• InterCall of Valley, Alabama, 8a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday.
• InterCall of West Point, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday.
• Walmart of LaGrange, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
Up All Night Thanksgiving dinner seeking food, volunteers
The annual Up All Night Thanksgiv

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LifeSouth blood drives LifeSouth will host the following blood drives in the area: • InterCall of Valley, Alabama, 8a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday. • InterCall of West Point, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday. • Walmart of LaGrange, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Up All Night Thanksgiving dinner seeking food, volunteers The annual Up All Night Thanksgiv

This year's annual Christmas ballet performance of “The Nutcracker” will have a little more sparkle, be a little brighter and have a bit more sheen – thanks to the completion of the three-year-long costume campaign.
The Lafayette Ballet Company, part of Lafayette Society for Performing Arts, this year will be able to show off the

'It makes people smile'

This year's annual Christmas ballet performance of “The Nutcracker” will have a little more sparkle, be a little brighter and have a bit more sheen – thanks to the completion of the three-year-long costume campaign. The Lafayette Ballet Company, part of Lafayette Society for Performing Arts, this year will be able to show off the

Group raising funds for Ethel Kight memorial
The Ethel W. Kight Memorial Committee is selling memorial bricks for a memorial at the school that will bear her name, currently under construction and proposed to open in fall 2015. The group's fundraiser is called the Buy a Kight Brick project. Anyone interested in participating may contact Albert Gil

Fundraisers

Group raising funds for Ethel Kight memorial The Ethel W. Kight Memorial Committee is selling memorial bricks for a memorial at the school that will bear her name, currently under construction and proposed to open in fall 2015. The group's fundraiser is called the Buy a Kight Brick project. Anyone interested in participating may contact Albert Gil

Troup grad rates drops

Troup County's graduation rate dropped more than a percentage point this year compared to last year, according to recently released Department of Education data. Troup County School System's four-year graduation rate is 71 percent for 2014, compared to 72.6 percent in 2013. The school system also fell below the state average this year, which was 7

Prayer walk set, seeking participants
There will be A Benefit Prayer Walk on Saturday 10 a.m.–2 p.m on Lafayette Square for Teyanna Brooks, 3, who is suffering from cancer affecting her lung and kidneys; Raven Varner, 17, who is suffering from cancer affecting her intestines; and Pastor William Harris, who lost his home and possessions in a

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Prayer walk set, seeking participants There will be A Benefit Prayer Walk on Saturday 10 a.m.–2 p.m on Lafayette Square for Teyanna Brooks, 3, who is suffering from cancer affecting her lung and kidneys; Raven Varner, 17, who is suffering from cancer affecting her intestines; and Pastor William Harris, who lost his home and possessions in a

A family fracas lead to a bloodied participant and police responding to a home with questionable conditions for children.
According to a LaGrange police report, officers responded to a person who was bleeding in the 200 block of Blake Street about 3 a.m. today. Inside the home, an officer noted in his report that the living room “apparently

Police investigate home after woman bloodied

A family fracas lead to a bloodied participant and police responding to a home with questionable conditions for children. According to a LaGrange police report, officers responded to a person who was bleeding in the 200 block of Blake Street about 3 a.m. today. Inside the home, an officer noted in his report that the living room “apparently

Democrat Bob Trammell appears to have secured the open state House 132 seat after a tight race Tuesday.
Trammell lead in Troup County, where district voters have historically favored Democratic candidates and repeatedly returned state Rep. Carl Von Epps (D-LaGrange) to office before he decided not to run for re-election this year. Republican oppon

Trammell wins House 132 seat

Democrat Bob Trammell appears to have secured the open state House 132 seat after a tight race Tuesday. Trammell lead in Troup County, where district voters have historically favored Democratic candidates and repeatedly returned state Rep. Carl Von Epps (D-LaGrange) to office before he decided not to run for re-election this year. Republican oppon

Benefit dinner planned
A benefit dinner is 7 p.m. Friday for Keith and Hailey Brown is at the Faith Baptist Church gym, 552 Hammett Road, catered by Tulla White. Cost is $40 per person. For more information and where to purchase tickets contact Haley Johnston at Hair & Company, 838 New Franklin Road, 706-884-1958 or Robin Yancey at 706-302-398

Fundraisers

Benefit dinner planned A benefit dinner is 7 p.m. Friday for Keith and Hailey Brown is at the Faith Baptist Church gym, 552 Hammett Road, catered by Tulla White. Cost is $40 per person. For more information and where to purchase tickets contact Haley Johnston at Hair & Company, 838 New Franklin Road, 706-884-1958 or Robin Yancey at 706-302-398

LaGrange Daily News editor Tim Epperson has departed to take an editor position at a newspaper in California.
“My time as editor of the LaGrange Daily News has been invaluable,” Epperson said. “I have met the some of the warmest, most interesting people I have ever known. It was a difficult decision to leave.”
Epperson, or

LDN editor departs to pursue Calif. opportunity

LaGrange Daily News editor Tim Epperson has departed to take an editor position at a newspaper in California. “My time as editor of the LaGrange Daily News has been invaluable,” Epperson said. “I have met the some of the warmest, most interesting people I have ever known. It was a difficult decision to leave.” Epperson, or

Elks Lodge to host annual free Veterans Day lunch

The LaGrange Elks Lodge will host its fifth annual free lunch for veterans and active military on Veterans Day. The lodge will serve free barbecue sandwiches, beans, chips, coleslaw and dessert at the lunch Nov. 11 to veterans, active-duty military personnel and their families. The lunch is served by volunteers and Elks Lodge members. “It's

A young woman plunges to her death the night after she opens as the lead in a new play. It's an apparent suicide.
A year later, cast and crew for a new performance by the same famous playwright behind the play starring the late actress - who also happened to be his fiancee - gathers. They begin to rehearse, but soon find that their scenes and char

LSPA rehearsing for murder

A young woman plunges to her death the night after she opens as the lead in a new play. It's an apparent suicide. A year later, cast and crew for a new performance by the same famous playwright behind the play starring the late actress - who also happened to be his fiancee - gathers. They begin to rehearse, but soon find that their scenes and char

“How do you handle the death of a child?” Bob Layfield said to a packed crowd at Del'Avant Thursday night. “In my experience, you can't do it alone.”
Recounting his family's move to LaGrange and the life and death of his youngest son Holden, Layfield said the good friends he made in LaGrange and strong faith helped keep his

Layfield: 'God bless you and God bless Holden On'

“How do you handle the death of a child?” Bob Layfield said to a packed crowd at Del'Avant Thursday night. “In my experience, you can't do it alone.” Recounting his family's move to LaGrange and the life and death of his youngest son Holden, Layfield said the good friends he made in LaGrange and strong faith helped keep his

Event to benefit local scholarship programs
Continental Societies Inc., LaGrange Chapter hosts the Fourth Annual Elegant Ladies in Hats scholarship fundraiser 6-8 p.m. Saturday at William Griggs Recreation Center, 716 Glenn Robertson Drive. Speaker will be Zsa Zsa Heard, executive director of the city of LaGrange Housing Authority. Hors d'oeuvres

Fundraisers

Event to benefit local scholarship programs Continental Societies Inc., LaGrange Chapter hosts the Fourth Annual Elegant Ladies in Hats scholarship fundraiser 6-8 p.m. Saturday at William Griggs Recreation Center, 716 Glenn Robertson Drive. Speaker will be Zsa Zsa Heard, executive director of the city of LaGrange Housing Authority. Hors d'oeuvres

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle praised the direction of the THINC College and Career Academy during a stop at the facility's future home at West Georgia Tech on Tuesday.
“You are about to embark upon a very, very exciting journey,” Cagle told a group that included WGTC, school system, state and local industry officials. “It's not a journey

'Be proud of where you're going'

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle praised the direction of the THINC College and Career Academy during a stop at the facility's future home at West Georgia Tech on Tuesday. “You are about to embark upon a very, very exciting journey,” Cagle told a group that included WGTC, school system, state and local industry officials. “It's not a journey

Up All Night Thanksgiving dinner seeking food, volunteers
The annual Up All Night Thanksgiving Dinner to feed the needy and disabled is seeking donations of items including hams, turkeys, drinks, canned vegetables, cranberry sauce, dressing, macaroni and cheese, plates, carry-out containers, cups, napkins and plastic cutlery. Donations may be take

You can help

Up All Night Thanksgiving dinner seeking food, volunteers The annual Up All Night Thanksgiving Dinner to feed the needy and disabled is seeking donations of items including hams, turkeys, drinks, canned vegetables, cranberry sauce, dressing, macaroni and cheese, plates, carry-out containers, cups, napkins and plastic cutlery. Donations may be take





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