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Matthew Strother

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Church raising funds for mission trips
Today is the deadline to purchase tickets for First Baptist Church in Hogansville's spaghetti dinner, set for Friday, to raise funds for mission trips. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for ages 5-12 and free for 4 and under with family tickets for $25. Tickets available from church members, or call Kathleen Warr

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Church raising funds for mission trips Today is the deadline to purchase tickets for First Baptist Church in Hogansville's spaghetti dinner, set for Friday, to raise funds for mission trips. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for ages 5-12 and free for 4 and under with family tickets for $25. Tickets available from church members, or call Kathleen Warr

LifeSouth blood drives
LifeSouth will host the following blood drives in the area:
• InterCall of Valley, Alabama, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday.
• Lafayette Christian School on Hamilton Road, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday.
• New Community Church of LaGrange from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.
Drivers needed for disabled veterans
The Disabled A

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LifeSouth blood drives LifeSouth will host the following blood drives in the area: • InterCall of Valley, Alabama, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday. • Lafayette Christian School on Hamilton Road, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday. • New Community Church of LaGrange from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Drivers needed for disabled veterans The Disabled A

Frankie Newman was the wife of longtime LaGrange Mayor Gardner Newman, but she stood outside her late husband's shadow and was remembered Friday as a passionate, caring and inspired woman.
She passed away Thursday at her residence at Vernon Woods Retirement Community. She was 94.
“She was probably the most loving, sweet person I've ever kno

Frankie Newman, 'First Lady of LaGrange,' remembered

Frankie Newman was the wife of longtime LaGrange Mayor Gardner Newman, but she stood outside her late husband's shadow and was remembered Friday as a passionate, caring and inspired woman. She passed away Thursday at her residence at Vernon Woods Retirement Community. She was 94. “She was probably the most loving, sweet person I've ever kno

The Troup County Board of Education on Thursday voted unanimously to close Mountville Elementary School effective at the end of the school year.
“This is one of the most difficult decisions I've had to make as far as I've been on the board, and I've been on the board for 13 years,” said Board of Education member Dianne Matthews. “

Mountville Elementary to close

The Troup County Board of Education on Thursday voted unanimously to close Mountville Elementary School effective at the end of the school year. “This is one of the most difficult decisions I've had to make as far as I've been on the board, and I've been on the board for 13 years,” said Board of Education member Dianne Matthews. “

For the second year in a row, Troup County School System's Teacher of the Year is from Troup High School.
Michelle Ashmore, an 11th and 12th grades AP government and economics teacher, said that she was “humbled and blessed every morning to walk into Troup High School.” She was announced as the winner for the system-wide honor among th

She is 'a special teacher'

For the second year in a row, Troup County School System's Teacher of the Year is from Troup High School. Michelle Ashmore, an 11th and 12th grades AP government and economics teacher, said that she was “humbled and blessed every morning to walk into Troup High School.” She was announced as the winner for the system-wide honor among th

The Troup County Board of Education on Thursday voted unanimously to close Mountville Elementary School effective at the end of the school year.
“This is one of the most difficult decisions I've had to make as far as I've been on the board, and I've been on the board for 13 years,” said Board of Education member Dianne Matthews. “

Board votes to close Mountville Elementary

The Troup County Board of Education on Thursday voted unanimously to close Mountville Elementary School effective at the end of the school year. “This is one of the most difficult decisions I've had to make as far as I've been on the board, and I've been on the board for 13 years,” said Board of Education member Dianne Matthews. “

Students from LaGrange High School recently attended the Georgia Music Educators Association All-State Chorus. These students passed two rigorous auditions to join other singers from around the state to work with national and world-renowned choral conductors for a three-day event and performance at The Classic Center in Athens, Georgia. The 2015 GM

Good for you LHS participate in All-State Chorus

Students from LaGrange High School recently attended the Georgia Music Educators Association All-State Chorus. These students passed two rigorous auditions to join other singers from around the state to work with national and world-renowned choral conductors for a three-day event and performance at The Classic Center in Athens, Georgia. The 2015 GM

TCSS responds on MES suggestions

Troup County School System Superintendent Cole Pugh on Monday addressed some of the suggestions made by opponents of closing Mountville Elementary School as the deciding vote by the Board of Education draws closer. The board is set to vote Thursday on the proposal, as well as a connected proposal to move students among Whitesville Road, Berta Weat

Skate-a-Thon to benefit Emmaus Shelter
Emmaus Shelter hosts a Skate-a-Thon from 7–11 p.m. Friday at Red's 2 Skate Center on Old Roanoke Road. People interested may pick up a sponsorship form at the Emmaus Shelter office at 321-B Greenville St., The Medicine Cabinet and Red's 2 Skate Center and raise donations through Friday. The first 100 pe

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Skate-a-Thon to benefit Emmaus Shelter Emmaus Shelter hosts a Skate-a-Thon from 7–11 p.m. Friday at Red's 2 Skate Center on Old Roanoke Road. People interested may pick up a sponsorship form at the Emmaus Shelter office at 321-B Greenville St., The Medicine Cabinet and Red's 2 Skate Center and raise donations through Friday. The first 100 pe

Kiwanis of LaGrange recently donated $2,500 to the West Georgia Health Cancer Center project. From left are, front, Steve Cavender, Betty Patterson and Susan Ferguson of WGH; second row, Mark Hughes, Joyce Ellis-Johnson and Libby Willingham. Kiwanis donated to the project with the money earmarked to provide a children's play area at the new facilit

Good for you Kiwanis donates to WGH Cancer Center

Kiwanis of LaGrange recently donated $2,500 to the West Georgia Health Cancer Center project. From left are, front, Steve Cavender, Betty Patterson and Susan Ferguson of WGH; second row, Mark Hughes, Joyce Ellis-Johnson and Libby Willingham. Kiwanis donated to the project with the money earmarked to provide a children's play area at the new facilit

LifeSouth blood drives
LifeSouth will host the following blood drives in the area:
• Charter Bank of West Point from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday.
• Troup High School from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday.
Drivers needed for disabled veterans
The Disabled American Veterans van needs volunteer drivers to take veterans about once a month to VA medica

You can help

LifeSouth blood drives LifeSouth will host the following blood drives in the area: • Charter Bank of West Point from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday. • Troup High School from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday. Drivers needed for disabled veterans The Disabled American Veterans van needs volunteer drivers to take veterans about once a month to VA medica

The second public hearing Monday at the school system's Administrative Services Center about the closure of Mountville Elementary School brought some suggestions for alternatives to save money and concerns of how it will affect students.
Prior to the hearing, school system Superintendent Cole Pugh gave an overview of the budget and then gave a lis

More oppose MES closing at hearing

The second public hearing Monday at the school system's Administrative Services Center about the closure of Mountville Elementary School brought some suggestions for alternatives to save money and concerns of how it will affect students. Prior to the hearing, school system Superintendent Cole Pugh gave an overview of the budget and then gave a lis

LifeSouth blood drives
LifeSouth will host the following blood drives in the area:
• LaGrange Nursing & Rehab 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Today.
Drivers needed for disabled veterans
The Disabled American Veterans van needs volunteer drivers to take veterans about once a month to VA medical centers. The van goes to Atlanta, East Point and Newn

You can help

LifeSouth blood drives LifeSouth will host the following blood drives in the area: • LaGrange Nursing & Rehab 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Today. Drivers needed for disabled veterans The Disabled American Veterans van needs volunteer drivers to take veterans about once a month to VA medical centers. The van goes to Atlanta, East Point and Newn

The Azalea Storytelling Festival over the weekend packed the Callaway Auditorium with people who laughed and sang along, hanging on to every word as four storytellers and a new emcee shared their views on life events and maybe-true stories of times past.
Ed Stivender stepped into the role of emcee for the 19th year of the festival, allowing longti

Entertaining the crowd

The Azalea Storytelling Festival over the weekend packed the Callaway Auditorium with people who laughed and sang along, hanging on to every word as four storytellers and a new emcee shared their views on life events and maybe-true stories of times past. Ed Stivender stepped into the role of emcee for the 19th year of the festival, allowing longti

Skate-a-Thon to benefit Emmaus Shelter
Emmaus Shelter hosts a Skate-a-Thon from 7–11 p.m. March 20 at Red's 2 Skate Center on Old Roanoke Road. People interested may pick up a sponsorship form at the Emmaus Shelter office at 321-B Greenville St., The Medicine Cabinet and Red's 2 Skate Center and raise donations through March 20. The first 10

Fundraisers

Skate-a-Thon to benefit Emmaus Shelter Emmaus Shelter hosts a Skate-a-Thon from 7–11 p.m. March 20 at Red's 2 Skate Center on Old Roanoke Road. People interested may pick up a sponsorship form at the Emmaus Shelter office at 321-B Greenville St., The Medicine Cabinet and Red's 2 Skate Center and raise donations through March 20. The first 10

Those who spoke at a public hearing about the proposed closure of Mountville Elementary School on Monday touted students' high achievement rates and said moving them to bigger, more crowded schools would have a negative impact on test scores.
“I don't understand it, why you're closing such a good school and opening up all these new schools,&

MES proponents speak out on closure

Those who spoke at a public hearing about the proposed closure of Mountville Elementary School on Monday touted students' high achievement rates and said moving them to bigger, more crowded schools would have a negative impact on test scores. “I don't understand it, why you're closing such a good school and opening up all these new schools,&

LifeSouth blood drives
LifeSouth will host the following blood drives in the area:
• Johnny's New York Style Pizza in downtown West Point, 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Wednesday.
• West Point First United Methodist Church, 306 E. 7th St., 3–5 p.m. Wednesday.
• Capital City Bank in downtown West Point, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Frida

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LifeSouth blood drives LifeSouth will host the following blood drives in the area: • Johnny's New York Style Pizza in downtown West Point, 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Wednesday. • West Point First United Methodist Church, 306 E. 7th St., 3–5 p.m. Wednesday. • Capital City Bank in downtown West Point, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Frida

Race to benefit Winshape Camp
Chick-fil-A hosts the Connect Race run and walk – 10K, 5K and 1 mile – at 8 a.m. Saturday on Lafayette Square to benefit the local Winshape Camp. A free Family FunZone for children under 12 years old is open 7-10 a.m. on event day with activities and inflatables. Early registration for the event is 4-7 p.m

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Race to benefit Winshape Camp Chick-fil-A hosts the Connect Race run and walk – 10K, 5K and 1 mile – at 8 a.m. Saturday on Lafayette Square to benefit the local Winshape Camp. A free Family FunZone for children under 12 years old is open 7-10 a.m. on event day with activities and inflatables. Early registration for the event is 4-7 p.m

LaGrange High School recently held a blood drive for the American Red Cross. A total of 62 units of blood were collected. This will provide life-saving blood or blood products to nearly 186 patients. This also beats the school's record of 61 pints collected in 2013. Blood donors shown are Skylar Crowe, Paul Wentz, Hailey Titus, Madison Rauccio, Mal

Good for you LHS students donate blood

LaGrange High School recently held a blood drive for the American Red Cross. A total of 62 units of blood were collected. This will provide life-saving blood or blood products to nearly 186 patients. This also beats the school's record of 61 pints collected in 2013. Blood donors shown are Skylar Crowe, Paul Wentz, Hailey Titus, Madison Rauccio, Mal

Jung Jin Ryu of Callaway High School is congratulated by LaGrange College President Dan McAlexander for her participation in the college's 2014 Presidential Scholarship Day on Feb. 8. Students who have demonstrated the highest levels of academic achievement and leadership were invited to attend the annual scholarship competition.

Good for you CHS student honored for academic achievement

Jung Jin Ryu of Callaway High School is congratulated by LaGrange College President Dan McAlexander for her participation in the college's 2014 Presidential Scholarship Day on Feb. 8. Students who have demonstrated the highest levels of academic achievement and leadership were invited to attend the annual scholarship competition.





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