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Matthew Strother

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CASA seeking volunteers
CASA of Troup County Inc. – Court Appointed Special Advocates – is in need of community volunteers. Volunteers will be screened and trained to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children involved in dependency proceedings while they are in foster care. Training classes will be 5:30 to 8 p.m.

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CASA seeking volunteers CASA of Troup County Inc. – Court Appointed Special Advocates – is in need of community volunteers. Volunteers will be screened and trained to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children involved in dependency proceedings while they are in foster care. Training classes will be 5:30 to 8 p.m.

When volunteers from Keeney Memorial United Methodist Church in West Point volunteered to paint a house, they didn't have to go far when the assignment came in.
“Isn't that amazing?” said the Rev. Ralph Thompson, pastor of Keeney Memorial, as he put a fresh coat of white paint on a wooden rocking chair outside an East 8th Street home i

'Together we can do more'

When volunteers from Keeney Memorial United Methodist Church in West Point volunteered to paint a house, they didn't have to go far when the assignment came in. “Isn't that amazing?” said the Rev. Ralph Thompson, pastor of Keeney Memorial, as he put a fresh coat of white paint on a wooden rocking chair outside an East 8th Street home i

Elijah Cameron can't see, but as he'll be quick to tell you, “I'm not blind, I just can't see. That's my take on it.” The 68 year old has lived in a home on Thomas Street for 16 years. His wife of 13 years, Betty Cameron, 76, lives with him. The couple doesn't have the means to fix up their home. They previously had qualified

'Lord sends people to help'

Elijah Cameron can't see, but as he'll be quick to tell you, “I'm not blind, I just can't see. That's my take on it.” The 68 year old has lived in a home on Thomas Street for 16 years. His wife of 13 years, Betty Cameron, 76, lives with him. The couple doesn't have the means to fix up their home. They previously had qualified

Anyone walking into LaGrange Memorial Library on Wednesday afternoon would have immediately noticed two things: children and parents packed inside, and comic book heroes Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman walking among them. The library Wednesday kicked off its annual Summer Reading Program with a record crowd, said Darla Rance, youth services

Heroic summer kickoff

Anyone walking into LaGrange Memorial Library on Wednesday afternoon would have immediately noticed two things: children and parents packed inside, and comic book heroes Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman walking among them. The library Wednesday kicked off its annual Summer Reading Program with a record crowd, said Darla Rance, youth services

The Troup High School Alumni Association is set to host The Sock Hops, a 50s, 60s and 70s cover band, at the THS auditorium from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. General admission tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and the alumni association will use the proceeds to help fund field trips and other activities at THS. The Sock Hops are a

Fundraisers

The Troup High School Alumni Association is set to host The Sock Hops, a 50s, 60s and 70s cover band, at the THS auditorium from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. General admission tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and the alumni association will use the proceeds to help fund field trips and other activities at THS. The Sock Hops are a

The Georgia State Patrol said two people were killed and two people were injured after an SUV that law enforcement officials said was driving the wrong direction in the northbound lane of Interstate 185 Thursday night collided head on with another SUV. According to GSP, the two victims killed were in a red SUV that officials believe was struck

2 killed in crash

The Georgia State Patrol said two people were killed and two people were injured after an SUV that law enforcement officials said was driving the wrong direction in the northbound lane of Interstate 185 Thursday night collided head on with another SUV. According to GSP, the two victims killed were in a red SUV that officials believe was struck

Troup County Board of Education on Thursday approved moving forward with a tentative budget of $99,196,194.
The tentative budget will be advertised and the Board of Education is set to vote next month on adopting the final budget. The upcoming year's budget shows about a $4.2 million increase over last year due to less being money cut from the sta

Budget clears 1st BOE hurdle

Troup County Board of Education on Thursday approved moving forward with a tentative budget of $99,196,194. The tentative budget will be advertised and the Board of Education is set to vote next month on adopting the final budget. The upcoming year's budget shows about a $4.2 million increase over last year due to less being money cut from the sta

Firefighters to host boot drive starting Wednesday
Firefighters with the LaGrange Fire Department is participating in the 26th annual Give Burns the Boot drive, sponsored by the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation, noon to 6 p.m. Thursday to Saturday in front of Walmart on New Franklin Road and Kroger on Commerce Avenue. The Georgia Firefighters

Fundraisers

Firefighters to host boot drive starting Wednesday Firefighters with the LaGrange Fire Department is participating in the 26th annual Give Burns the Boot drive, sponsored by the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation, noon to 6 p.m. Thursday to Saturday in front of Walmart on New Franklin Road and Kroger on Commerce Avenue. The Georgia Firefighters

The Southern Navion Air Group, an organization of enthusiasts who've restored World War II-era Navion-make airplanes, was on hand to show the public their aircraft on Saturday. The Navion is a single-engine aircraft designed for civilian use but modeled similarly to the P-51 Mustang fighter plane. About 20 aircraft were at the airport and came

Restored WWII planes fly high at LaGrange-Callaway Airport

The Southern Navion Air Group, an organization of enthusiasts who've restored World War II-era Navion-make airplanes, was on hand to show the public their aircraft on Saturday. The Navion is a single-engine aircraft designed for civilian use but modeled similarly to the P-51 Mustang fighter plane. About 20 aircraft were at the airport and came

A 5K color run to raise funds for upgrades of LaGrange High School's auditorium drew more than 400 participants Saturday. About twice as many people came to the 5K as organizers had expected, said Dana Davis, LHS teacher and a color run organizer. She said there were about 410 people registered as of Friday night, and with last-minute registra

LaGrange High School Color Run 5k draws more than 400

A 5K color run to raise funds for upgrades of LaGrange High School's auditorium drew more than 400 participants Saturday. About twice as many people came to the 5K as organizers had expected, said Dana Davis, LHS teacher and a color run organizer. She said there were about 410 people registered as of Friday night, and with last-minute registra

Troup County Board of Education on Monday reviewed a tentative budget that includes about a $4.2 million planned increase over the last fiscal year.
On top of the list, school officials want to eliminate leave without pay days for employees. Teachers have had two leave without pay days per year for the past three years, said Superintendent Cole Pu

TCSS looks at $4.2 M increase in budget

Troup County Board of Education on Monday reviewed a tentative budget that includes about a $4.2 million planned increase over the last fiscal year. On top of the list, school officials want to eliminate leave without pay days for employees. Teachers have had two leave without pay days per year for the past three years, said Superintendent Cole Pu

LifeSouth blood drives
LifeSouth will host the following blood drives in the area:
• Johnny's New York Style Pizza of West Point, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday.
• LaGrange Library, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Thursday.
• Charter Bank of West Point, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Friday.
• West Point Masonic Lodges, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. S

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LifeSouth blood drives LifeSouth will host the following blood drives in the area: • Johnny's New York Style Pizza of West Point, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday. • LaGrange Library, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Thursday. • Charter Bank of West Point, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Friday. • West Point Masonic Lodges, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. S

A structure fire at a home in the 400 block of Harwell Avenue caused extensive damage Thursday, but no injuries.
The home was vacant when authorities arrived at the scene, but fire investigators believe a homeless person may have been inside the residence when the fire began. Authorities have been unable to track down the home's owner.
“We

Afternoon blaze began in sink

A structure fire at a home in the 400 block of Harwell Avenue caused extensive damage Thursday, but no injuries. The home was vacant when authorities arrived at the scene, but fire investigators believe a homeless person may have been inside the residence when the fire began. Authorities have been unable to track down the home's owner. “We

West Point's City Park will bear a new name.
West Point City Council on Monday approved naming the City Park off East 11th Street after John D. Hoggs, known to many as “Coach Hoggs,” said City Councilwoman Sandra Thornton. He was a teacher and coach at West Point High School and served as a board member of the West Point Housing Author

WP Council names park after former coach

West Point's City Park will bear a new name. West Point City Council on Monday approved naming the City Park off East 11th Street after John D. Hoggs, known to many as “Coach Hoggs,” said City Councilwoman Sandra Thornton. He was a teacher and coach at West Point High School and served as a board member of the West Point Housing Author

Investigators with the LaGrange Police Department said two people were injured Tuesday afternoon in a shooting on South Greenwood Street. Detectives said Deandre Reaves, 35, of LaGrange was in a verbal altercation with seven or eight African-American males in front of his home in the 700 block of South Greenwood Street about 1 p.m. Reaves

1 injured in shooting on S. Greenwood St.

Investigators with the LaGrange Police Department said two people were injured Tuesday afternoon in a shooting on South Greenwood Street. Detectives said Deandre Reaves, 35, of LaGrange was in a verbal altercation with seven or eight African-American males in front of his home in the 700 block of South Greenwood Street about 1 p.m. Reaves

LifeSouth blood drives LifeSouth will host the following blood drives in the area: • Milliken Valway of LaGrange, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Wednesday. • Timeless Antiques & Flea Market of Valley, Alabama, 1 p.m.–5 p.m. Saturday. Hospice seeking volunteers West Georgia Hospice hosts volunteer training twi

You can help

LifeSouth blood drives LifeSouth will host the following blood drives in the area: • Milliken Valway of LaGrange, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Wednesday. • Timeless Antiques & Flea Market of Valley, Alabama, 1 p.m.–5 p.m. Saturday. Hospice seeking volunteers West Georgia Hospice hosts volunteer training twi

Walk to End Alzheimer's kick off party Thursday
The Walk to End Alzheimer's kick off party is set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Vernon Woods off Vernon Road. The 2015 planning committee will be on hand and food, drinks and games are on tap. Anyone seeking more information may contact Lindsey Richard at 706-587-5463 or lrichard@alz.org.
Doughnut sale

Fundraisers

Walk to End Alzheimer's kick off party Thursday The Walk to End Alzheimer's kick off party is set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Vernon Woods off Vernon Road. The 2015 planning committee will be on hand and food, drinks and games are on tap. Anyone seeking more information may contact Lindsey Richard at 706-587-5463 or lrichard@alz.org. Doughnut sale

Barbecue fundraiser to benefit special-needs school
The Troup County Board of Realtors barbecue fundraiser is 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday in the Walmart parking lot on New Franklin Road. Tickets are $8 and may be purchased at the event or in advance. The ticket covers the cost of one dinner plate of barbecue, baked beans, cole slaw and bread. Pr

Fundraisers

Barbecue fundraiser to benefit special-needs school The Troup County Board of Realtors barbecue fundraiser is 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday in the Walmart parking lot on New Franklin Road. Tickets are $8 and may be purchased at the event or in advance. The ticket covers the cost of one dinner plate of barbecue, baked beans, cole slaw and bread. Pr

Newberry Middle School awards

NEWBERRY — The following awards were given to students at Newberry Middle School for the third quarter. The following sixth grade students made the A honor roll, which means they had no classes below a C and all their classes averaged to an A: Taureana Bennett, Ashley Boswell, Urian Dimas Alvarez, Jarexy Florez Rodriguez, Shakira Graham, Co





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