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A documentary based on the Nancy Harts of LaGrange is expected to air this spring, after crews finished filming in LaGrange last week.
The documentary will feature local sites of the Civil War era, interviews from local historian Clark Johnson and actors, and show a reenactment of Union and Confederate soldiers and the Nancy Harts, a female militi

Nancy Harts documentary to air in spring

A documentary based on the Nancy Harts of LaGrange is expected to air this spring, after crews finished filming in LaGrange last week. The documentary will feature local sites of the Civil War era, interviews from local historian Clark Johnson and actors, and show a reenactment of Union and Confederate soldiers and the Nancy Harts, a female militi

Hundreds of people came out to walk Saturday morning during the Walk to End Alzheimer's at Vernon Woods retirement community.
Money raised from the walk is still being calculated.
Here are some photos from the event.

Walking for a cause

Hundreds of people came out to walk Saturday morning during the Walk to End Alzheimer's at Vernon Woods retirement community. Money raised from the walk is still being calculated. Here are some photos from the event.

After a three-day search for a missing LaGrange police K9 this week, the city has decided to purchase GPS collars for its K9s, with other local agencies expected to get on board, pending anticipated funds through fundraising.
Mayor Jim Thornton issued a statement regarding the purchase on his Facebook page Thursday, the day after K9 Chico, who wen

LPD to purchase K9 tracking collars

After a three-day search for a missing LaGrange police K9 this week, the city has decided to purchase GPS collars for its K9s, with other local agencies expected to get on board, pending anticipated funds through fundraising. Mayor Jim Thornton issued a statement regarding the purchase on his Facebook page Thursday, the day after K9 Chico, who wen

Downtown hotel in competitive market for tax credit program

There's still one thing holding up the construction of the downtown hotel — securing funding from the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) — which seems to be a quite competitive process for the LaGrange development. According the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund website, the federal tax credit helps fill project finan

Hogansville City Council approved Monday some expenditures for a new generator at city's police department building.
At the Monday evening city council meeting, Hogansville Police Chief Brian Harr asked for council's approval in acceptance of a bid of about $56,000 from Alexander Electric for the generator.
The new generator, to be funded with se

Council approves funds for new generator, honors officers

Hogansville City Council approved Monday some expenditures for a new generator at city's police department building. At the Monday evening city council meeting, Hogansville Police Chief Brian Harr asked for council's approval in acceptance of a bid of about $56,000 from Alexander Electric for the generator. The new generator, to be funded with se

Council discusses revisions to alcohol ordinance

City officials discussed at a recent work session possible changes to the city's alcohol ordinances. The discussion stemmed from a presentation at a June city council meeting by a LaGrange resident, who requested that the city allow the use of growlers, which are carry out beer containers. “These aren't things I'm necessarily advocating for

A survivor of ovarian cancer hopes a recent proclamation will bring more attention to the disease.
LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton issued a proclamation Wednesday proclaiming September “Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month” in the city.
Ovarian cancer is a growth of abnormal cells that begins in the ovaries and according to the American Cancer

Survivor shares story after proclamation for Ovarian Cancer Awareness

A survivor of ovarian cancer hopes a recent proclamation will bring more attention to the disease. LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton issued a proclamation Wednesday proclaiming September “Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month” in the city. Ovarian cancer is a growth of abnormal cells that begins in the ovaries and according to the American Cancer

LaGrange mayor, three council members and others on the city staff returned Friday from a week-long trip to sister-city Craigavon, Northern Ireland.
During the visit, the delegation visited with Mayor Colin McCusker, attended a Craigavon Council meeting, met with council members and staff, and toured several large industries and businesses in the

City staff report on sister-city visit

LaGrange mayor, three council members and others on the city staff returned Friday from a week-long trip to sister-city Craigavon, Northern Ireland. During the visit, the delegation visited with Mayor Colin McCusker, attended a Craigavon Council meeting, met with council members and staff, and toured several large industries and businesses in the

It's that time of year again when downtown Hogansville is packed with people from all over the state.
In October, the streets will be flooded with an estimated 15,000 people for the 17th annual Hogansville Hummingbird Festival.
“We're looking forward to another successful festival,” said Hogansville Mayor Bill Stankiewicz. “We h

Exciting events build up to Hummingbird Festival

It's that time of year again when downtown Hogansville is packed with people from all over the state. In October, the streets will be flooded with an estimated 15,000 people for the 17th annual Hogansville Hummingbird Festival. “We're looking forward to another successful festival,” said Hogansville Mayor Bill Stankiewicz. “We h

WP council votes not to raise millage rate

West Point City Council voted Monday to keep the millage rate the same as last year to avoid raising taxes on residents. The city's net digest of taxable property has decreased by about 3.82 percent, or about $52,087, in tax revenue according to city documents. The decrease is the first the city has seen in five years. The state formula had reco

WP council mulls zoning change

West Point City Council is expected to vote on a zoning ordinance change that would allow ATMs on non-bank property in a certain zone. According to Planning & Development Director Sammy Osborne, the current zoning ordinance stipulates that off-site ATMs are not permitted in in any zones, but the amendment would allow them in a General Commerci

Fire investigators say a Saturday morning fire at the LaGrange Veterinary Hospital was caused by an electrical problem in the building's lobby.
According to Lt. Chris Taylor of the LaGrange Fire Department, the fire was reported shortly after 8 a.m., where 26 firefighters responded to the scene.
Seventy five animals, four of the clinic's staff an

Updated: Animals transported from LaGrange Veterinary Hospital after fire

Fire investigators say a Saturday morning fire at the LaGrange Veterinary Hospital was caused by an electrical problem in the building's lobby. According to Lt. Chris Taylor of the LaGrange Fire Department, the fire was reported shortly after 8 a.m., where 26 firefighters responded to the scene. Seventy five animals, four of the clinic's staff an

Motorcyclist serious injured in wreck

A LaGrange man was critically injured after a motorcycle collision Thursday evening. Police say at about 6:45 p.m. Thursday, 57-year-old Ossie Cameron was driving on Greenville Street in a 2000 Ford F150 when he allegedly failed to yield while turning left onto Daugherty Street. Cameron's failure to yield allegedly caused Chadwick Ransom, 39, who

The Yolanda K. Jabaley Clothing Center will open today at its new location at 201 Byron Hurst Street.
The center moved from Ridley Streat early July to a temporary Broome Street location, in order make room for the construction of the Boyd Park amphitheater project. The Ridley Street building was taken down and its materials were used in the const

Clothing center opens at new location today

The Yolanda K. Jabaley Clothing Center will open today at its new location at 201 Byron Hurst Street. The center moved from Ridley Streat early July to a temporary Broome Street location, in order make room for the construction of the Boyd Park amphitheater project. The Ridley Street building was taken down and its materials were used in the const

Council approves rezoning of Country Club Road property

The LaGrange City Council voted to approve the rezoning of an undeveloped area on Country Club Road under special conditions. Developer, Boxwood LaGrange LLC, requested to rezone about 7.8 acres adjacent to Country Club Road, west of Hollis Hand Elementary School, from R-1 to R-8.5. Many area residents were opposed to the rezoning at the Aug. 12

City officials to visit sister city

A delegation of LaGrange officials will travel to sister city Craigavon, Northern Ireland, next week. The delegation will include Mayor Jim Thornton, Councilmen Nick Woodson, LeGree McCamey, and Tom Gore, and members of the city's economic development staff. The civic relationship was created in 1994 to enhance cultural and economic exchange betw

Since 2010 the Hogansville Tower Trail has continued to see growth with extensions into the city's downtown area.
With funding from Georgia Recreational Trail Grant from the Department of Natural Resources, the trail project began in 2010 at the historic water tower- located behind Hogansville Elementary and is named for a water tower built in 191

New phase of Hogansville Tower Trail begins

Since 2010 the Hogansville Tower Trail has continued to see growth with extensions into the city's downtown area. With funding from Georgia Recreational Trail Grant from the Department of Natural Resources, the trail project began in 2010 at the historic water tower- located behind Hogansville Elementary and is named for a water tower built in 191

Emmaus Women's Shelter former director Kay Elam's phone has been a lot more quiet at night since her retirement from the shelter last month.
Elam said she spent nearly 70 hours each week for many weeks tending to the needs of the shelter and answering calls at all times of day and night from law enforcement and others who may have encountered a wo

Women's shelter director Kay Elam retires

Emmaus Women's Shelter former director Kay Elam's phone has been a lot more quiet at night since her retirement from the shelter last month. Elam said she spent nearly 70 hours each week for many weeks tending to the needs of the shelter and answering calls at all times of day and night from law enforcement and others who may have encountered a wo

Fourth annual Teen Maze draws near, volunteers needed

It's approaching that time of year when for one day, ninth grade Troup County students go through a “maze” based on the good and bad decisions they may make. The Troup County Teen Maze is an interactive game that allows teens to experience the consequences of making life-changing decisions in an environment where the effects are not pe

Rules unlikely to have effect on local pensions

The new government accounting standard that requires local and state government entities to report pension liabilities and expenses may negatively affect some agencies in the country, but luckily have no major affect on our local government.Troup County Clerk/Financial Officer Scott Turk said the new reporting requirements by GASB shouldn't affect




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