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Matthew Strother

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

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LaGrange College intends to purchase the former West Side Magnet School building from the Troup County School System, the two groups announced Wednesday.
Troup County School System officials announced in a press release that they are in negotiations with LaGrange College for the possible purchase of the property for $1 million.
“We are plea

LaGrange College intends to buy West Side building for $1 M

LaGrange College intends to purchase the former West Side Magnet School building from the Troup County School System, the two groups announced Wednesday. Troup County School System officials announced in a press release that they are in negotiations with LaGrange College for the possible purchase of the property for $1 million. “We are plea

LaGrange police are investigating two shootings reported Wednesday.
In the first incident, the victim told police he was walking a path in the 200 block of Webster Street when he was approached from behind by a man who grabbed him and started going through his pockets. The victim said he struggled with the robber, who pulled out a pistol and fired

Police investigating two Wednesday shootings

LaGrange police are investigating two shootings reported Wednesday. In the first incident, the victim told police he was walking a path in the 200 block of Webster Street when he was approached from behind by a man who grabbed him and started going through his pockets. The victim said he struggled with the robber, who pulled out a pistol and fired

'Super Yard Sale' to benefit Fellowship Ministries
Fellowship Ministries, 207 W. Mulberry St., hosts a “Super Yard Sale” 7 a.m.–2 p.m. Friday and Saturday including holiday decor, clothing, furniture, appliances, electronics, toys, housewares, books and sporting goods. For more information call 706-845-0071.
Kick-off Rally for R

Fundraisers

'Super Yard Sale' to benefit Fellowship Ministries Fellowship Ministries, 207 W. Mulberry St., hosts a “Super Yard Sale” 7 a.m.–2 p.m. Friday and Saturday including holiday decor, clothing, furniture, appliances, electronics, toys, housewares, books and sporting goods. For more information call 706-845-0071. Kick-off Rally for R

A LaGrange woman reported someone kicked in the door of her home while she was inside.
The victim said she was asleep Tuesday morning at her home in the 500 block of Everette Street when she was awakened by someone kicking in the back door. She yelled and the burglar fled.
The victim described the burglar, whom she saw running from the home towar

Woman's yell scares away burglar

A LaGrange woman reported someone kicked in the door of her home while she was inside. The victim said she was asleep Tuesday morning at her home in the 500 block of Everette Street when she was awakened by someone kicking in the back door. She yelled and the burglar fled. The victim described the burglar, whom she saw running from the home towar

BOE to consider THINC construction plans

The Troup County Board of Education is set to approve a contract Thursday to begin construction for the THINC College and Career Academy. The plan will renovate the existing facility at West Georgia Technical College. The budget for construction is a maximum $3.4 million guaranteed through contractor Torrance Construction Company. The funds come

Two wrecks were reported shortly before 9 a.m. today, including one where a Georgia State Patrol trooper's vehicle was struck.
The trooper's vehicle was struck at Rock Mills and Chewning roads at 8:52 a.m. according to 911 officials. State patrol officials said a trooper was at the scene for another wreck when a truck came around a corner, its bra

Truck hits trooper vehicle at wreck scene

Two wrecks were reported shortly before 9 a.m. today, including one where a Georgia State Patrol trooper's vehicle was struck. The trooper's vehicle was struck at Rock Mills and Chewning roads at 8:52 a.m. according to 911 officials. State patrol officials said a trooper was at the scene for another wreck when a truck came around a corner, its bra

The holidays can be a time of painful memories for those who have lost a loved one, but there is hope.
Kathy Reyes and her husband lost triplets in 1994. She was looking to find hope when she came across a book called “The Christmas Box” by Richard Paul Evans about a grieving mother who lost her daughter. The book features an angel mon

A symbol of hope

The holidays can be a time of painful memories for those who have lost a loved one, but there is hope. Kathy Reyes and her husband lost triplets in 1994. She was looking to find hope when she came across a book called “The Christmas Box” by Richard Paul Evans about a grieving mother who lost her daughter. The book features an angel mon

It may be the best Christmas present for which a child could ask.
After not seeing his mother in person for about a year, Caleb Moncrief was surprised when she stepped through the door of his classroom at Long Cane Middle School on Thursday, two weeks earlier than expected. As U.S. Army Sgt. Amanda Moncrief hugged her son, teacher Cindy Bowen lead

A mother's return

It may be the best Christmas present for which a child could ask. After not seeing his mother in person for about a year, Caleb Moncrief was surprised when she stepped through the door of his classroom at Long Cane Middle School on Thursday, two weeks earlier than expected. As U.S. Army Sgt. Amanda Moncrief hugged her son, teacher Cindy Bowen lead

After pulling out a record number of volunteers on Thanksgiving Day, organizers of the Up All Night dinners hope to see repeated success with the upcoming Christmas meal.
More than 700 people on Thanksgiving Day received meals prepared by volunteers for the 20th annual Up All Night event, said Jake Sessions, organizer of the event and host of the

Organizers hope for repeat success with Christmas meal

After pulling out a record number of volunteers on Thanksgiving Day, organizers of the Up All Night dinners hope to see repeated success with the upcoming Christmas meal. More than 700 people on Thanksgiving Day received meals prepared by volunteers for the 20th annual Up All Night event, said Jake Sessions, organizer of the event and host of 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

LifeSouth blood drives
LifeSouth will host the following blood drives in the area:
• Walmart of LaGrange, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday.
• CharterBank of West Point, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesday.
• Lafayette Christian School on Hamilton Road, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Friday.
Troup Cares clinic seeking volunteers
Troup Cares, a free

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LifeSouth blood drives LifeSouth will host the following blood drives in the area: • Walmart of LaGrange, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday. • CharterBank of West Point, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesday. • Lafayette Christian School on Hamilton Road, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Friday. Troup Cares clinic seeking volunteers Troup Cares, a free

There were 25 entries and 150 participants in this year's Hogansville Christmas Parade. Winners of the float competition were:
• First place, Dongwon Autopart Technology.
• Second place, Saint James United Methodist Church.
• Third place, Van's Hardware.

A Christmas Carol

There were 25 entries and 150 participants in this year's Hogansville Christmas Parade. Winners of the float competition were: • First place, Dongwon Autopart Technology. • Second place, Saint James United Methodist Church. • Third place, Van's Hardware.

Christmas Craft Bazaar to benefit Lottie Moon
A Christmas Craft Bazaar fundraiser for Lottie Moon is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday 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, o

Fundraisers

Christmas Craft Bazaar to benefit Lottie Moon A Christmas Craft Bazaar fundraiser for Lottie Moon is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday 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, o

A long-time resident of LaGrange and former news editor has been promoted to the position of editor of the LaGrange Daily News.
Matthew Strother, 30, of LaGrange, succeeds Tim Epperson, who vacated the position in November to take a job in California to be closer to his family.
Previously, Strother served as news editor of the Daily News. He is a

Strother named Daily News editor

A long-time resident of LaGrange and former news editor has been promoted to the position of editor of the LaGrange Daily News. Matthew Strother, 30, of LaGrange, succeeds Tim Epperson, who vacated the position in November to take a job in California to be closer to his family. Previously, Strother served as news editor of the Daily News. He is a

LifeSouth blood drives
LifeSouth will host the following blood drives in the area:
• West Georgia Health in LaGrange, 7:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Tuesday.
• West Georgia Health in LaGrange, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Wednesday.
• Walmart of Roanoke, Alabama, 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Sunday.
Vendors wanted for fundraiser bazaar
A Christma

You can help

LifeSouth blood drives LifeSouth will host the following blood drives in the area: • West Georgia Health in LaGrange, 7:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Tuesday. • West Georgia Health in LaGrange, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Wednesday. • Walmart of Roanoke, Alabama, 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Sunday. Vendors wanted for fundraiser bazaar A Christma

The Cannon Street school building was buzzing Thanksgiving morning with people cooking dishes, packing meals and even children playing as a big crowd of volunteers showed up to make this year's event one of the most well-supported in years.
Ruben Hairston has been volunteering for the meal for about a decade. He said this year's event definitely h

'We're blessed to do what we do'

The Cannon Street school building was buzzing Thanksgiving morning with people cooking dishes, packing meals and even children playing as a big crowd of volunteers showed up to make this year's event one of the most well-supported in years. Ruben Hairston has been volunteering for the meal for about a decade. He said this year's event definitely h

In March, Steve Earles plans to hit the road for the Olympics, but not as an athlete or spectator.
A massage therapist specializing in trigger-point massage therapy, Earles is applying to the U.S. Olympic Committee Sports Medicine as a massage therapy volunteer. Volunteers are kept on hand at training facilities like the main facility in Colorado

Local massage therapist has Olympic dreams

In March, Steve Earles plans to hit the road for the Olympics, but not as an athlete or spectator. A massage therapist specializing in trigger-point massage therapy, Earles is applying to the U.S. Olympic Committee Sports Medicine as a massage therapy volunteer. Volunteers are kept on hand at training facilities like the main facility in Colorado

When Vietnam veteran Fred Metros was turned down for Veterans Affairs benefits a few months ago, he noticed he wasn't alone, and many of those also being turned away were in more need.
“I noticed we had a lot of shortcomings when it comes to helping our American veterans,” Metros said. ” … These guys gave everything and we'

Helping heroes, one box at a time

When Vietnam veteran Fred Metros was turned down for Veterans Affairs benefits a few months ago, he noticed he wasn't alone, and many of those also being turned away were in more need. “I noticed we had a lot of shortcomings when it comes to helping our American veterans,” Metros said. ” … These guys gave everything and we'

Car wash for donations
A free car wash for anyone who donates money or toys is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mike Patton body shop at 1408 Lafayette Parkway. Donations benefit children housed at Emmaus Women's Shelter.
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

Fundraisers

Car wash for donations A free car wash for anyone who donates money or toys is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mike Patton body shop at 1408 Lafayette Parkway. Donations benefit children housed at Emmaus Women's Shelter. 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

Teen had unloaded gun at LHS

A 15-year-old LaGrange High School student faces weapons charges as he allegedly brought a handgun to the campus Thursday. A LaGrange police report gave the following account: Administrators at the school searched the student, along with two others, after they noticed the smell of marijuana on the students in a hallway near the main office of the





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