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Matthew Strother

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A man who prosecutors said beat his wife to death in 2013 pleaded guilty on charges of aggravated battery and felony murder Tuesday in Troup County Superior Court.
Charlie Hardy showed no emotion during his plea Tuesday. Judge Dennis Blackmon sentenced him to life in prison for beating his estranged wife, Pamela Hardy, and leaving her to die of he

Man sentenced to life

A man who prosecutors said beat his wife to death in 2013 pleaded guilty on charges of aggravated battery and felony murder Tuesday in Troup County Superior Court. Charlie Hardy showed no emotion during his plea Tuesday. Judge Dennis Blackmon sentenced him to life in prison for beating his estranged wife, Pamela Hardy, and leaving her to die of he

A recent assessment by the Insurance services Offices improved West Point Fire Department's ISO ranking, Chief Mitt Smith announced Tuesday.
The Insurance Services Offices Public Protection Classification ranks municipal fire protection on a class scale from 10 to 1, with 1 being the best. Smith told West Point City Council during a work session T

West Point's ISO fire rating improves

A recent assessment by the Insurance services Offices improved West Point Fire Department's ISO ranking, Chief Mitt Smith announced Tuesday. The Insurance Services Offices Public Protection Classification ranks municipal fire protection on a class scale from 10 to 1, with 1 being the best. Smith told West Point City Council during a work session T

Hogansville will host two public events this week for residents' input and information on plans for the new city library.
The public hearings are set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday and 12:15 p.m. Friday at the Hogansville Senior Center, 407 Church St.
“We encourage the public to attend and provide input into exactly what it is that they want from t

Hogansville to host library public hearings

Hogansville will host two public events this week for residents' input and information on plans for the new city library. The public hearings are set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday and 12:15 p.m. Friday at the Hogansville Senior Center, 407 Church St. “We encourage the public to attend and provide input into exactly what it is that they want from t

Not everybody can spell words like exsculptate or mugwumpery when someone calls them out, but those are some of the words that groups in the past had to tackle to win the annual Troup CLCP Spelling Bee.
The annual spelling bee has raised funds for the Certified Literate Community Program and been a forum for adults to show their spelling chops sin

'17 years later, still going strong'

Not everybody can spell words like exsculptate or mugwumpery when someone calls them out, but those are some of the words that groups in the past had to tackle to win the annual Troup CLCP Spelling Bee. The annual spelling bee has raised funds for the Certified Literate Community Program and been a forum for adults to show their spelling chops sin

Hank Thomas was trapped inside a burning bus. Outside was a group of men trying to kill him.
He and a group of other Freedom Riders on May 14, 1961, in Anniston, Alabama, had spent much of their time in the bus keeping the mob of Ku Klux Klan-lead people from getting inside. However, when one threw an incendiary grenade through a broken window, th

Freedom Rider: Country has changed for better

Hank Thomas was trapped inside a burning bus. Outside was a group of men trying to kill him. He and a group of other Freedom Riders on May 14, 1961, in Anniston, Alabama, had spent much of their time in the bus keeping the mob of Ku Klux Klan-lead people from getting inside. However, when one threw an incendiary grenade through a broken window, th

Workers transfer the contents from the trailer of a Coca-Cola semi truck that buckled and suddenly collapsed Saturday, according to people at the scene, while the truck was going up the driveway of the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Lafayette Parkway. According to police, the load inside the trailer shifted suddenly, which compromised the frame and

Like a crushed Coke can

Workers transfer the contents from the trailer of a Coca-Cola semi truck that buckled and suddenly collapsed Saturday, according to people at the scene, while the truck was going up the driveway of the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Lafayette Parkway. According to police, the load inside the trailer shifted suddenly, which compromised the frame and

Former Hogansville Police Chief Moses Ector was motivated by a dream and determination when he walked from Hogansville to LaGrange as a young man to join the Army.
When the recruiter asked if he was trying to join up as a way to elude police, the young Ector told him that service was his only option. He was poor and could probably get a job workin

Living for others

Former Hogansville Police Chief Moses Ector was motivated by a dream and determination when he walked from Hogansville to LaGrange as a young man to join the Army. When the recruiter asked if he was trying to join up as a way to elude police, the young Ector told him that service was his only option. He was poor and could probably get a job workin

Uplift Your Faith and Heavenly Heights International Ministries, 104 Youngs Mill Road, along with the community observed its 14th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Day Celebration. The group also dedicated a headstone to Mary Lou Boykin, who was a longtime contributor to Jake Sessions and the Bethesda Outreach Ministry. Guest speaker was Minister G. Wi

Uplift Your Faith and Heavenly Heights International Ministries, 104 Youngs Mill Road, along with the community observed its 14th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Day Celebration. The group also dedicated a headstone to Mary Lou Boykin, who was a longtime contributor to Jake Sessions and the Bethesda Outreach Ministry. Guest speaker was Minister G. Wi

Radney Houze took his LaGrange Daily News and Crimson Tide spirit on the road to New Orleans, Louisiana, when he attended the first college football playoff on New Year's Day. Houze said the Allstate Sugar Bowl game was filled to capacity as the SEC champions, Alabama Crimson Tide took on the Ohio State Buckeyes. 'It was a great game and I was exci

On the road to … Sugar Bowl

Radney Houze took his LaGrange Daily News and Crimson Tide spirit on the road to New Orleans, Louisiana, when he attended the first college football playoff on New Year's Day. Houze said the Allstate Sugar Bowl game was filled to capacity as the SEC champions, Alabama Crimson Tide took on the Ohio State Buckeyes. 'It was a great game and I was exci

The Rosemont Academic Bowl Team placed third at the first meet held at Hollis Hand Elementary. RES Academic Bowl Team: RES placed third at the first meet of the season at Hollis Hand. From left, front row, Avery Pearson, Miles Ivey, Madison Hester, Wendi Bouma and Olivia Parker; second row, Trey Ketchum, Kelton Morgan and Will Keeter; third row, Dy

The Rosemont Academic Bowl Team placed third at the first meet held at Hollis Hand Elementary. RES Academic Bowl Team: RES placed third at the first meet of the season at Hollis Hand. From left, front row, Avery Pearson, Miles Ivey, Madison Hester, Wendi Bouma and Olivia Parker; second row, Trey Ketchum, Kelton Morgan and Will Keeter; third row, Dy

LifeSouth blood drives
LifeSouth will host the following blood drives in the area:
• CVS on U.S. 29 in Lanett, Alabama, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday.
• Kroger on Commerce Avenue, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Tuesday.
• InterCall of West Point, 7 a.m.–4 p.m. Friday.
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LifeSouth blood drives LifeSouth will host the following blood drives in the area: • CVS on U.S. 29 in Lanett, Alabama, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday. • Kroger on Commerce Avenue, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Tuesday. • InterCall of West Point, 7 a.m.–4 p.m. Friday. Drivers needed for disabled veterans The Disabled American Vete

LifeSouth blood drives
LifeSouth will host the following blood drives in the area:
• Point University of West Point from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday.
• Walmart of Roanoke, Alabama, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday.
• LaGrange Art Museum from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
Troup Cares clinic seeking volunteers
Troup Cares, a free medical clin

You can help

LifeSouth blood drives LifeSouth will host the following blood drives in the area: • Point University of West Point from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday. • Walmart of Roanoke, Alabama, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday. • LaGrange Art Museum from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Troup Cares clinic seeking volunteers Troup Cares, a free medical clin

A 17-year-old Troup High School student was charged Thursday with misdemeanor marijuana possession at the school.
The school principal reported to police that he had received information that the student had marijuana in his possession. He called the student to his office and asked him if he had “something he shouldn't have,” according

THS teen charged with pot possession

A 17-year-old Troup High School student was charged Thursday with misdemeanor marijuana possession at the school. The school principal reported to police that he had received information that the student had marijuana in his possession. He called the student to his office and asked him if he had “something he shouldn't have,” according

BOE moves through agenda, no public comments

The Board of Education on Thursday moved quickly through its agenda without public comment. Despite a group of parents' complaints about scheduling at Gardner Newman Middle School and being denied to speak at Monday's caucus, there was still no one on the agenda to speak Thursday. Superintendent Cole Pugh said that officials had considered after t

The first celebration by the city of Hogansville of the life of Martin Luther King Jr., set for Sunday, will look at the enduring message and lessons of the late civil rights leader.
Willie Edmondson will be the speaker for the event. He is a LaGrange City Councilman, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in West Point and owner of Lakes-Dunson-Rober

Hogansville MLK event on tap Sunday

The first celebration by the city of Hogansville of the life of Martin Luther King Jr., set for Sunday, will look at the enduring message and lessons of the late civil rights leader. Willie Edmondson will be the speaker for the event. He is a LaGrange City Councilman, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in West Point and owner of Lakes-Dunson-Rober

Ashley Lassett of Wheelabrator Group delivered gift bags and tasty treats to the Berta Weathersbee's faculty and staff in appreciation for their hard work on being named a 2015 Reward School. From left are first grade teachers Ann George, DeAundria Lawton, media assistant Michelle Hanock, principal Lorraine Jackson and Lassett.

Ashley Lassett of Wheelabrator Group delivered gift bags and tasty treats to the Berta Weathersbee's faculty and staff in appreciation for their hard work on being named a 2015 Reward School. From left are first grade teachers Ann George, DeAundria Lawton, media assistant Michelle Hanock, principal Lorraine Jackson and Lassett.

LaGrange took a first step toward creating a youth advisory board and council Tuesday.
City Council held first reading of an ordinance based on a similar measure by the city of Newnan. The ordinance would establish a youth advisory board consisting of seven adults appointed by the mayor and council and youth advisory council would consist of 24 me

LaGrange moves forward on youth board, council

LaGrange took a first step toward creating a youth advisory board and council Tuesday. City Council held first reading of an ordinance based on a similar measure by the city of Newnan. The ordinance would establish a youth advisory board consisting of seven adults appointed by the mayor and council and youth advisory council would consist of 24 me

Mattie Mayo, a fifth grade student at Hillcrest Elementary School, was recently rewarded by being the 'Principal for a Day.' He assisted Hillcrest Principal, Pam Doig, right, with many tasks during the day. Abigail Lathrop, a fifth grade student, was rewarded by being the 'Media Specialist for a Day.' She assisted Media Specialist, Kim Sharkey, lef

Mattie Mayo, a fifth grade student at Hillcrest Elementary School, was recently rewarded by being the 'Principal for a Day.' He assisted Hillcrest Principal, Pam Doig, right, with many tasks during the day. Abigail Lathrop, a fifth grade student, was rewarded by being the 'Media Specialist for a Day.' She assisted Media Specialist, Kim Sharkey, lef

West Point will have a new development at its disposal, said Mayor Drew Ferguson, after a decision Monday.
West Point City Council on Monday approved a resolution to submit to the state legislature for approval to create community improvement districts, or CIDs. The CIDs are for commercial districts that would be created through a request of at le

West Point moves forward on improvement districts

West Point will have a new development at its disposal, said Mayor Drew Ferguson, after a decision Monday. West Point City Council on Monday approved a resolution to submit to the state legislature for approval to create community improvement districts, or CIDs. The CIDs are for commercial districts that would be created through a request of at le

Police are investigating multiple robberies from Friday night.
Just before 9 p.m. Friday, an unknown black male entered the Petro Food Store in the 1700 block of Vernon Road and demanded money at gunpoint.
The robber fired one shot in the direction of the store clerk and narrowly missed, according to a press release from the Troup County Sheriff'

Police search for armed robber

Police are investigating multiple robberies from Friday night. Just before 9 p.m. Friday, an unknown black male entered the Petro Food Store in the 1700 block of Vernon Road and demanded money at gunpoint. The robber fired one shot in the direction of the store clerk and narrowly missed, according to a press release from the Troup County Sheriff'





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