Matthew Strother

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Friends and co-workers of local real-estate entrepreneur Roy Spinks remembered his soft-spoken leadership and fondness for flying and boating.
Spinks passed away at West Georgia Hospice Wednesday after succumbing to the rare, degenerative brain disorder Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. He was 63.
Spinks started working in the community with Coldwell Ba

Spinks remembered as business, community leader, gentleman

Friends and co-workers of local real-estate entrepreneur Roy Spinks remembered his soft-spoken leadership and fondness for flying and boating. Spinks passed away at West Georgia Hospice Wednesday after succumbing to the rare, degenerative brain disorder Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. He was 63. Spinks started working in the community with Coldwell Ba

School board approves Berta roofing work, denies demolition

The Board of Education on Thursday approved a bid for a company to abate asbestos roofing material as part of re-roofing Berta Weathersbee Elementary School, also denying a rumor that the building would be torn down. The Board of Education last month approved a contract with Rycars Construction LLC of Atlanta for $261,375 to re-roof Berta Weathers

County Commissioners approved an agreement to give operations and maintenance of the Boyd Park amphitheater to the Downtown LaGrange Development Authority on Tuesday.
The maintenance and operations will be funded mainly through hotel/motel taxes, said County Manager Tod Tentler. Since the majority of hotels and motels are in the city of LaGrange,

County mulls Boyd Park liability following hand over

County Commissioners approved an agreement to give operations and maintenance of the Boyd Park amphitheater to the Downtown LaGrange Development Authority on Tuesday. The maintenance and operations will be funded mainly through hotel/motel taxes, said County Manager Tod Tentler. Since the majority of hotels and motels are in the city of LaGrange,

Induction program to offer new teachers support

Troup County School System teachers beginning this year are part of a new program that pairs them with mentors to help evaluate their performance and guide them. The new induction program is aimed at helping retain teachers at the school system and meet new guidelines. The program stems from a recommendation by the AdvancED accreditation group in

Fundraisers

Family seeking help with medical costs The family of Ronnie Smith is seeking help in paying for his medical expenses following several serious medical problems – including a brain bleed, blood clots and colon polyps – that he has suffered since March. A benefit car wash is set for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Parkway Mitsubishi on Lafa

Members of the Troup County School System Federal Programs and Transportation departments were recognized during the Aug. 21 Board of Education meeting for accomplishing what board members described as a “perfect monitoring visit.”
Leigh Thrailkill, Michelle Nation and Lissett Gonzalez in Federal Programs and Sid Shelnutt and Jeff Turn

School system employees recognized for 'perfect audit'

Members of the Troup County School System Federal Programs and Transportation departments were recognized during the Aug. 21 Board of Education meeting for accomplishing what board members described as a “perfect monitoring visit.” Leigh Thrailkill, Michelle Nation and Lissett Gonzalez in Federal Programs and Sid Shelnutt and Jeff Turn

Michael Evans, an instructor at LaGrange High School, was recently recognized for earning certification to teach state-certified architecture and design training.
Evans, CTAE instructor for drafting at LHS, earned industry certification from the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA) and Georgia Department of Education for the Archit

LHS teacher earns architecture, design program certification

Michael Evans, an instructor at LaGrange High School, was recently recognized for earning certification to teach state-certified architecture and design training. Evans, CTAE instructor for drafting at LHS, earned industry certification from the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA) and Georgia Department of Education for the Archit

Ten Gardner Newman Middle School students who received the 2013-14 Dernell Renauld Stenson Foundation STEM - science, technology, engineering and math - Award were recognized at the Aug. 21 Board of Education meeting.
Receiving the awards were Carmen McGhee, Juna Choi, Sophie Myers, Sarim Siddiqi, Carson Crocker, Camian Laye, Iyanna Strickland, Jo

Gardner Newman students recognized by Stenson Foundation

Ten Gardner Newman Middle School students who received the 2013-14 Dernell Renauld Stenson Foundation STEM - science, technology, engineering and math - Award were recognized at the Aug. 21 Board of Education meeting. Receiving the awards were Carmen McGhee, Juna Choi, Sophie Myers, Sarim Siddiqi, Carson Crocker, Camian Laye, Iyanna Strickland, Jo

A chase that began in Coweta County ended in a fatal wreck just north of Hogansville on Interstate 85 about 10 p.m. Friday.
The 2011 Lexus sedan that was being pursued by Coweta County Sheriff's deputies was southbound on I-85 when it struck a 2004 Ford Focus in the rear just inside Meriwether County, about a mile north of the Hogansville exit, sa

Chase ends in fatal wreck north of Hogansville

A chase that began in Coweta County ended in a fatal wreck just north of Hogansville on Interstate 85 about 10 p.m. Friday. The 2011 Lexus sedan that was being pursued by Coweta County Sheriff's deputies was southbound on I-85 when it struck a 2004 Ford Focus in the rear just inside Meriwether County, about a mile north of the Hogansville exit, sa

You can help

LifeSouth blood drives LifeSouth will hold the following blood drives in the area: • Bringing the Ages Together Health Fair at TLC Learning Center, 411 E Depot St., from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday. Family seeking help with medical costs The family of Ronnie Smith is seeking help in paying for his medical expenses following several seri

The parking lot of the Baptist Tabernacle Church on Saturday morning was packed with people, motorcycles, trucks and Jeeps for the combined ride to benefit CASA and Ricky's Ride, a new event to promote motorcycle safety.
The Blue Knights motorcycle club this year partnered with CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates - to promote the event. Bob A

CASA, Ricky's Ride combined event draws bikers, supporters

The parking lot of the Baptist Tabernacle Church on Saturday morning was packed with people, motorcycles, trucks and Jeeps for the combined ride to benefit CASA and Ricky's Ride, a new event to promote motorcycle safety. The Blue Knights motorcycle club this year partnered with CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates - to promote the event. Bob A

LaGrange High School student Quinten Brown was recognized at August's Board of Education meeting for placing in a statewide competition.
The Star of Agriscience Award is a process where students receiving their state FFA degree can apply to receive exclusive award opportunities.
Brown applied and received the Central Region Star in Agriscience an

LHS student places second in State FFA Convention

LaGrange High School student Quinten Brown was recognized at August's Board of Education meeting for placing in a statewide competition. The Star of Agriscience Award is a process where students receiving their state FFA degree can apply to receive exclusive award opportunities. Brown applied and received the Central Region Star in Agriscience an

Commissioners to consider audit funding, handing over Boyd Park

The county may face an increase in its audit cost this year. County Commission is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to contract with LaGrange-based accounting firm J.K. Boatwright to conduct the county's annual audit of its finances. The firm has previously performed the county's audits. This year's audit would cost the county about $17,000 mor

LaGrange College President Dan McAlexander said the college's enrollment continues to increase, has received “exemplary” reviews from accrediting agencies and continues to be recognized nationally for its initiatives and outreach.
Speaking during the annual President's Breakfast and Address on the state of the college, McAlexander star

LC president notes praises in reviews, enrollment, outreach

LaGrange College President Dan McAlexander said the college's enrollment continues to increase, has received “exemplary” reviews from accrediting agencies and continues to be recognized nationally for its initiatives and outreach. Speaking during the annual President's Breakfast and Address on the state of the college, McAlexander star

THINC plans to raise $1M for facilities goal

The board of directors of the THINC College and Career Academy is hoping to raise up to $1 million fund all its “grand plan” for projects for the facility at West Georgia Technical College. The board member Robby Burch said available funds - mostly from a $3 million state grant - should cover the renovation will cover most, if not all,

Police, fire and sheriff's departments from across Troup County saw their members honored on Tuesday for going well beyond the call of duty.
The second-annual Troup County Valor Awards were held during the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce's September Early Bird Breakfast at Del'avant, giving those in attendance the chance to celebrate and

Troup public servants honored through Valor Awards

Police, fire and sheriff's departments from across Troup County saw their members honored on Tuesday for going well beyond the call of duty. The second-annual Troup County Valor Awards were held during the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce's September Early Bird Breakfast at Del'avant, giving those in attendance the chance to celebrate and

Six Troup High School Air Force Junior ROTC cadets were recognized for their work at an August Board of Education meeting.
Troup High School Air Force Junior ROTC cadets participated in the 2014 Converse Summer Leadership School Training. While participating in the leadership school, each cadet is ranked through flight commander's rating and peer

THS Jr. AFROTC members recognized for summer leadership training

Six Troup High School Air Force Junior ROTC cadets were recognized for their work at an August Board of Education meeting. Troup High School Air Force Junior ROTC cadets participated in the 2014 Converse Summer Leadership School Training. While participating in the leadership school, each cadet is ranked through flight commander's rating and peer

School lunches see big changes with new federal guidelines

Students are seeing a big change in school meals this year after the implementation of new, more health-conscious federal guidelines, school system officials said. One mother who contacted the Daily News wasn't pleased with the change she saw in her child's meals, which she said weren't filling. The mother brought her complaint to the school syste

A group has established an Ethel W. Kight Memorial Committee with the purpose of raising funds for building a memorial for late educator Ethel W. Kight on the grounds of the new elementary school that will bear her name.
The school is currently under construction and proposed to open in fall 2015. The group's fundraiser is called the Buy a Kight B

Group to establish Kight memorial at new school

A group has established an Ethel W. Kight Memorial Committee with the purpose of raising funds for building a memorial for late educator Ethel W. Kight on the grounds of the new elementary school that will bear her name. The school is currently under construction and proposed to open in fall 2015. The group's fundraiser is called the Buy a Kight B

LifeSouth blood drives
LifeSouth will hold the following blood drives in the area:
• Walmart of Valley, Alabama, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday.
Family seeking help with medical costs
The family of Ronnie Smith is seeking help in paying for his medical expenses following several serious medical problems – including a brain ble

You can help

LifeSouth blood drives LifeSouth will hold the following blood drives in the area: • Walmart of Valley, Alabama, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday. Family seeking help with medical costs The family of Ronnie Smith is seeking help in paying for his medical expenses following several serious medical problems – including a brain ble




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