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John Bray Jr.

The Celebration of Life Service for Mr. John Bray Jr. of LaGrange will be Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 1:00PM in the chapel of the Lakes-Dunson-Robertson Funeral Home. Rev. Tony Harrison will officiate. Burial will be in the Southview Cemetery. Mr. Bray, a native of Woodbury, Georgia, was born January 19, 1959 and was the son of the late Lillian an

Investigators with the Troup County Sheriffs Office arrested and charged Achyutbhau Patel, 33, of LaGrange with one count of theft over $1,500.
Investigators said Patel unlawfully took at least $300,000 from the Days Inn on Whitesville Road. Patel posted bond and was released from the Troup County Jail.
No further information was available as of

Man charged with stealing $300,000 from business

Investigators with the Troup County Sheriffs Office arrested and charged Achyutbhau Patel, 33, of LaGrange with one count of theft over $1,500. Investigators said Patel unlawfully took at least $300,000 from the Days Inn on Whitesville Road. Patel posted bond and was released from the Troup County Jail. No further information was available as of

Officials from LaGrange's Downtown Development Authority are now more optimistic for a proposal to begin the downtown hotel project.
According to Bobby Carmichael, executive director of the Downtown Development Authority, Carrollton-based Linco Development LLC has shown interest in building a hotel on the site of the former Mansour's building. Car

City shows new optimism for downtown hotel project

Officials from LaGrange's Downtown Development Authority are now more optimistic for a proposal to begin the downtown hotel project. According to Bobby Carmichael, executive director of the Downtown Development Authority, Carrollton-based Linco Development LLC has shown interest in building a hotel on the site of the former Mansour's building. Car

West Point police officers said the 2002 black Pontiac Firebird driven by off-duty LaGrange police detective Wayne Cato crossed the center line on Highway 29, nearly hitting two other cars before crashing into a home Saturday night on U.S. Highway 29.
West Point Police Department released its report of the incident Monday evening.
According to th

Report released on officer's arrest

West Point police officers said the 2002 black Pontiac Firebird driven by off-duty LaGrange police detective Wayne Cato crossed the center line on Highway 29, nearly hitting two other cars before crashing into a home Saturday night on U.S. Highway 29. West Point Police Department released its report of the incident Monday evening. According to th

When it comes to baseball, failure is a way of life.
Even the best baseball players in the world are going to be unsuccessful a lot more than they're successful.
That, according to Callaway coach Dusty Hubbard, is part of what makes the sport such a valuable learning tool for those who decide to play it.
“There's a lot of failure in this g

They were talking baseball

When it comes to baseball, failure is a way of life. Even the best baseball players in the world are going to be unsuccessful a lot more than they're successful. That, according to Callaway coach Dusty Hubbard, is part of what makes the sport such a valuable learning tool for those who decide to play it. “There's a lot of failure in this g

This month's Greater Pickens Chamber of the Month is the Acker, Lambert and Hinton Law Firm. Located at 859 Pendleton Street in Pickens, the Acker, Lambert and Hinton firm provides legal representation to individuals in all aspects of the law from workers compensation to real estate. Shown are Amy Huff, Kayla Finley, Libby Pond, Ken Acker, Sean Hin

Pickens Chamber Member of the Month

This month's Greater Pickens Chamber of the Month is the Acker, Lambert and Hinton Law Firm. Located at 859 Pendleton Street in Pickens, the Acker, Lambert and Hinton firm provides legal representation to individuals in all aspects of the law from workers compensation to real estate. Shown are Amy Huff, Kayla Finley, Libby Pond, Ken Acker, Sean Hin

Archaeology hike to explore Pine Mountain

PINE MOUNTAIN — Callaway Gardens will host a hike of Pine Mountain with local archaeologists on April 11. The guides plan to lead participants to collapsed ruins and abandoned artifacts of old farm houses in Pine Mountain. The hike will take a scenic route through a forest with blooming wildflowers, century-old trees and babbling brooks. Th

Chamber offering scholarships

FAIRFIELD COUNTY — When it comes to scholarships, Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce means business. The Chamber of Commerce will help two Fairfield County graduating seniors pay for their college expenses. Last year, the Chamber established a scholarship, the Excellence In Academics Scholarship, which will award $500 to one graduating se

Thursday, April 2
Noon: The Community Prayer Meeting will be held at the USC-U gazebo. Please come and join fellow citizens of Union County for a short time of prayer for the Church for our community, and also for our state, nation, and the world. You do not have to pray out loud. If you can't get there, please take some time for special prayer du

Jesus is for all people because He loves them

Thursday, April 2 Noon: The Community Prayer Meeting will be held at the USC-U gazebo. Please come and join fellow citizens of Union County for a short time of prayer for the Church for our community, and also for our state, nation, and the world. You do not have to pray out loud. If you can't get there, please take some time for special prayer du

The other day tragedy befell me. I forgot my iPod on my kitchen counter, and I was forced to listen to the radio while I ran errands. Eventually, I tuned in to the classic rock station, and because I listened for more than 30 minutes, I encountered a song from the band Boston's massively successful eponymous debut album.
As I listened to the highl

Bands named after places are, well, terrible

The other day tragedy befell me. I forgot my iPod on my kitchen counter, and I was forced to listen to the radio while I ran errands. Eventually, I tuned in to the classic rock station, and because I listened for more than 30 minutes, I encountered a song from the band Boston's massively successful eponymous debut album. As I listened to the highl

ORLANDO, Fla. — Members of LaGrange High School “The Sound of Champions” Marching Band became stars of their own Disney show on Saturday when they entertained resort guests at the Epcot Park. The group traveled from LaGrange to the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida to take part in the Disney Performing Arts Program.
The marchin

LHS students take part in Disney Performing Arts Program

ORLANDO, Fla. — Members of LaGrange High School “The Sound of Champions” Marching Band became stars of their own Disney show on Saturday when they entertained resort guests at the Epcot Park. The group traveled from LaGrange to the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida to take part in the Disney Performing Arts Program. The marchin

Who, What, When & Where Of Whitmire: Birthdays and March Madness

Hello everyone, Happy Spring to you! One more cold snap, then it's off to planting bulbs right? We have local news on the way after we do our birthday wishes. Gottrocks The Birthday Fairy has texted them in complete with pollen dust on the key strokes. Birthdays Here we go, Happy Birthday Wishes to Alyssa Brock, Travis Newsome, Susie Brown, Shaw

UNION COUNTY — The Union County School District Teacher of the Year is Mrs. Elizabeth Wilson Ireton.
Mrs. Ireton currently teaches special education grades 9-12 in the KEYS program and Advanced Placement Psychology for grades 11 and 12 at Union County High School. She is a 1995 graduate of Jonesville High School. Upon graduation from high sc

Ireton is UCSD Teacher of the Year

UNION COUNTY — The Union County School District Teacher of the Year is Mrs. Elizabeth Wilson Ireton. Mrs. Ireton currently teaches special education grades 9-12 in the KEYS program and Advanced Placement Psychology for grades 11 and 12 at Union County High School. She is a 1995 graduate of Jonesville High School. Upon graduation from high sc

Craig Garner may have found his way into the world of coaching anyway, but Phil Williamson wasn't taking any chances.
Garner was a baseball player at LaGrange College more than 20 years ago, and when it was time for him to declare his major, his coach, Williamson, told him what he was going to do.
“Back in college, I hadn't declared my majo

Williamson has a big coaching tree

Craig Garner may have found his way into the world of coaching anyway, but Phil Williamson wasn't taking any chances. Garner was a baseball player at LaGrange College more than 20 years ago, and when it was time for him to declare his major, his coach, Williamson, told him what he was going to do. “Back in college, I hadn't declared my majo

A home in the 500 block of Youngs Mill Road was struck by lightning this morning, a resident said.
LaGrange police and fire officials responded to the home shortly after 8:30 a.m. after a resident there called 911, reported the strike and said smoke was inside the home. No one was injured.
The resident of the home said she believed lightning stru

Home struck by lightning, resident says

A home in the 500 block of Youngs Mill Road was struck by lightning this morning, a resident said. LaGrange police and fire officials responded to the home shortly after 8:30 a.m. after a resident there called 911, reported the strike and said smoke was inside the home. No one was injured. The resident of the home said she believed lightning stru

After a tough defeat in their game against Veterans on Tuesday, the Knights traveled to Perry to face the Region 2 leading Panthers from Perry High School.
Upson Lee gave up seven runs in one inning, with all seven runs coming with two outs in the bottom of the second.
Upson Lee sophomore Kalen Puckett took the mound for the Knights, and suffered

Rough inning dooms Knights

After a tough defeat in their game against Veterans on Tuesday, the Knights traveled to Perry to face the Region 2 leading Panthers from Perry High School. Upson Lee gave up seven runs in one inning, with all seven runs coming with two outs in the bottom of the second. Upson Lee sophomore Kalen Puckett took the mound for the Knights, and suffered

Today
Meetings: Self Help Harbor, 909 Stonewall St., hosts AA meetings at noon, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
The LaGrange Shufflers meet at the Active Life center at 140 Ragland St. for regular square, round and line dances from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Cost to dance is $6. 706-812-4974
Today–Thursday
New Beginning Baptist Church, 506 Ware St., hosts its spri

In our community

Today Meetings: Self Help Harbor, 909 Stonewall St., hosts AA meetings at noon, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The LaGrange Shufflers meet at the Active Life center at 140 Ragland St. for regular square, round and line dances from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Cost to dance is $6. 706-812-4974 Today–Thursday New Beginning Baptist Church, 506 Ware St., hosts its spri

Council looks at improving parks repair, upkeep

Part of a series on issues discussed by LaGrange City Council at a retreat in Carrollton on March 24. LaGrange City Council members said that many of the city's smaller parks have fallen into disrepair and have been neglected by the county, which is responsible for upkeep and maintenance of all parks. Council discussed making additions and improv

Local attorney Richard Bishoff was recently honored by the Georgia State Patrol for his dedication and participation with the Toys for Tots program. Bishoff has been participating in Toys for Tots for over 10 years and was recently named an Honorary Georgia State Trooper by GSP Commissioner Mark McDonald.
Sergeant Maurice Raines of Thomaston, Post

Bishoff honored for Toys for Tots

Local attorney Richard Bishoff was recently honored by the Georgia State Patrol for his dedication and participation with the Toys for Tots program. Bishoff has been participating in Toys for Tots for over 10 years and was recently named an Honorary Georgia State Trooper by GSP Commissioner Mark McDonald. Sergeant Maurice Raines of Thomaston, Post





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