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Larry Stanford

Position: Editor
E-Mail Address: lstanford@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 706-647-5414


About Larry Stanford

Larry joined The Thomaston Times on January 18, 2010. Larry has been a newspaper journalist for 21 years, with 18 years as an editor. He was editor of The Henry Herald in McDonough GA, Jackson Progress-Argus in Jackson, GA, Henry County Record in McDonough and The Henry County Times. “I love community newspapers and enjoy working with the people of Thomaston/Upson County,” stated Larry. ”I am happy to be a part of the staff of The Thomaston Times as we continue to provide our readers with the best news coverage possible.”

Latest Stories by Larry Stanford

The Upson Lee Middle School Knights took on the Gray Station Greyhounds in a double header at the Municipal Field on Wednesday. Unfortunately the Knights suffered two losses by the scores of 6-4, and 12-0.
With the two losses, the Knights' record moves to 6-4 on the season.
In the first game of the twin bill, the Knights jumped out to an early le

ULMS can't hang on

The Upson Lee Middle School Knights took on the Gray Station Greyhounds in a double header at the Municipal Field on Wednesday. Unfortunately the Knights suffered two losses by the scores of 6-4, and 12-0. With the two losses, the Knights' record moves to 6-4 on the season. In the first game of the twin bill, the Knights jumped out to an early le

The Thomaston City Council approved paying a portion of the costs for new 911 equipment for the 911 center. The action came at their first March meeting. Council member Gary Atwater was absent.
City Manager Patrick Comiskey requested the authorization of approval of purchase of the new equipment. He explained the cost will be shared between Thomas

Thomaston paying part of new 911 equipment

The Thomaston City Council approved paying a portion of the costs for new 911 equipment for the 911 center. The action came at their first March meeting. Council member Gary Atwater was absent. City Manager Patrick Comiskey requested the authorization of approval of purchase of the new equipment. He explained the cost will be shared between Thomas

“Fiddler on the Roof” opens this Friday, March 27 at 7 p.m. at the Upson-Lee Fine Arts Center with two additional performances on Saturday, March 28 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 29 with a 2 p.m. matinee. This production is presented jointly by the Thomaston-Upson Arts Council (TUAC) and the Upson-Lee High School Drama Department. The 40

Fiddler on the Roof Friday

“Fiddler on the Roof” opens this Friday, March 27 at 7 p.m. at the Upson-Lee Fine Arts Center with two additional performances on Saturday, March 28 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 29 with a 2 p.m. matinee. This production is presented jointly by the Thomaston-Upson Arts Council (TUAC) and the Upson-Lee High School Drama Department. The 40

Do you know the men in this photo? They are the East Thomaston Ball Club, 1940. If so, we want to know.
The Thomaston Times recently received a copy of the photo along with a letter from Lugenia Snow of Eatonton. In her letter she wrote:
“My late husband, Bill Snow, was raised in Thomaston and went to school at Robert E. Lee and left to ser

1940 E. Thomaston ball club

Do you know the men in this photo? They are the East Thomaston Ball Club, 1940. If so, we want to know. The Thomaston Times recently received a copy of the photo along with a letter from Lugenia Snow of Eatonton. In her letter she wrote: “My late husband, Bill Snow, was raised in Thomaston and went to school at Robert E. Lee and left to ser

The two people found dead Wednesday inside a duplex apartment at 419 East Thompson Street have been identified by the Thomaston Police Department as 37-year-old Alarkii Jordan and 34-year-old Ashley Woodard. An autopsy done by the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta has determined the couple died from carbon monoxide poisoning from a fire that is believed to

Two found in house identified

The two people found dead Wednesday inside a duplex apartment at 419 East Thompson Street have been identified by the Thomaston Police Department as 37-year-old Alarkii Jordan and 34-year-old Ashley Woodard. An autopsy done by the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta has determined the couple died from carbon monoxide poisoning from a fire that is believed to

While most college students head for the beaches by car for the week of spring break, for the past 25 years, a group of Maryville College students from Maryville, Tennessee, head to the beach or elsewhere by bicycle. This year's group of 13 riders, made up of students, staff and alumni, stopped off in Thomaston last Monday, spending the night at th

Maryville bikers stop in Thomaston on way to coast

While most college students head for the beaches by car for the week of spring break, for the past 25 years, a group of Maryville College students from Maryville, Tennessee, head to the beach or elsewhere by bicycle. This year's group of 13 riders, made up of students, staff and alumni, stopped off in Thomaston last Monday, spending the night at th

The Thomaston-Upson Board of Education and School System received two bits of good news Wednesday. The first was that the renewal of the one percent ESPLOST (Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) was overwhelmingly approved by county voters Tuesday. 'Yes' votes outnumbers 'No' votes by nearly six times the number of votes. The final tal

Happy Wednesday for BOE

The Thomaston-Upson Board of Education and School System received two bits of good news Wednesday. The first was that the renewal of the one percent ESPLOST (Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) was overwhelmingly approved by county voters Tuesday. 'Yes' votes outnumbers 'No' votes by nearly six times the number of votes. The final tal

The Georgia State Crime Lab is conducting autopsies on two bodies found in a duplex at 419 East Thompson Street Wednesday afternoon. There was heavy smoke damage in the duplex.
According to Thomaston Police Chief Dan Greathouse, the mother of the female victim became concerned when she had not heard from her daughter in several days. She met the o

2 bodies found in house

The Georgia State Crime Lab is conducting autopsies on two bodies found in a duplex at 419 East Thompson Street Wednesday afternoon. There was heavy smoke damage in the duplex. According to Thomaston Police Chief Dan Greathouse, the mother of the female victim became concerned when she had not heard from her daughter in several days. She met the o

Thomaston Mayor Hays Arnold and City Manager Patrick Comiskey have launched a study of the possibility of having a Citizens Police Review Board. They are expected to provide the Thomaston City Council with a summary of their findings within the next 90 days.
The issue of a police review board first came up last summer during a series of public hea

City studying possibilities of police review committee

Thomaston Mayor Hays Arnold and City Manager Patrick Comiskey have launched a study of the possibility of having a Citizens Police Review Board. They are expected to provide the Thomaston City Council with a summary of their findings within the next 90 days. The issue of a police review board first came up last summer during a series of public hea

'A Window of Hope for Upson's Kids, Inc.,' a foster parent association in Upson County, recently beat out 158 other counties for the distinguished award of Foster Parent Association of the Year for 2015. The award was recently presented at the annual AFPAG (Adoptive and Foster Parents Association of Georgia) Conference at Jekyll Island.
Scott Batc

'A Window of Hope' wins award

'A Window of Hope for Upson's Kids, Inc.,' a foster parent association in Upson County, recently beat out 158 other counties for the distinguished award of Foster Parent Association of the Year for 2015. The award was recently presented at the annual AFPAG (Adoptive and Foster Parents Association of Georgia) Conference at Jekyll Island. Scott Batc

The Georgia House of Representatives has passed a version of House Bill 170, the transportation funding bill, which seems to have appeased some of the municipal and educational organizations that opposed it initially. State Representative Johnnie Caldwell of Thomaston voted in favor of the bill.
Currently, Georgia charges a four percent sales tax

There are alternatives to HB 170

The Georgia House of Representatives has passed a version of House Bill 170, the transportation funding bill, which seems to have appeased some of the municipal and educational organizations that opposed it initially. State Representative Johnnie Caldwell of Thomaston voted in favor of the bill. Currently, Georgia charges a four percent sales tax

While law enforcement personnel are usually the first ones to enter a dangerous scene where shooting may be involved, emergency medical personnel are often close behind, ready to care for any wounded individuals. But what happens when a “secured scene” suddenly becomes a shootout again, and how should medical personnel react?
That was

Combat medicine!

While law enforcement personnel are usually the first ones to enter a dangerous scene where shooting may be involved, emergency medical personnel are often close behind, ready to care for any wounded individuals. But what happens when a “secured scene” suddenly becomes a shootout again, and how should medical personnel react? That was

“I'm innocent,” said Dantazias J. Raines, convicted in 2013 for the 2011 murder of taxi driver Brandy Guined and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Raines' statement came during a hearing for a request for a new trial held Monday afternoon in Upson Superior Court before Judge Christopher Edwards.
Raines and his attorney, Rober

Raines seeks new trial on murder charge

“I'm innocent,” said Dantazias J. Raines, convicted in 2013 for the 2011 murder of taxi driver Brandy Guined and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Raines' statement came during a hearing for a request for a new trial held Monday afternoon in Upson Superior Court before Judge Christopher Edwards. Raines and his attorney, Rober

Remember the first murder in the Bible?
It was an act of domestic violence. Cain killed his younger brother, Abel.
God confronted Cain and, of course, Cain pled not guilty. Do you remember God's response?
“Your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground.”
Have you ever wondered how long the blood cries?
Under Georgia law, ther

Silencing the blood

Remember the first murder in the Bible? It was an act of domestic violence. Cain killed his younger brother, Abel. God confronted Cain and, of course, Cain pled not guilty. Do you remember God's response? “Your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground.” Have you ever wondered how long the blood cries? Under Georgia law, ther

One of Confederate Railroad's hit songs says they like their women “a little on the trashy side.” They probably would not like Susan Morris, the former Conservation Ranger turned Upson County Code Enforcement Officer. Not only is Morris not trashy, but through enforcing county ordinances, she is working to make sure Upson County doesn't

The code enforcer

One of Confederate Railroad's hit songs says they like their women “a little on the trashy side.” They probably would not like Susan Morris, the former Conservation Ranger turned Upson County Code Enforcement Officer. Not only is Morris not trashy, but through enforcing county ordinances, she is working to make sure Upson County doesn't

An 18-wheeler traveling southbound on Highway 19 lost control and jackknifed into a ditch near Tobler Creek Thursday afternoon, with oil from the engine leaking down a cement drainage ditch and into a feeder stream for Tobler Creek.
The accident happened about 2:30 p.m. Thursday. According to reports, Joo Hyung Park of Lawrenceville was driving an

Accident leaves mess

An 18-wheeler traveling southbound on Highway 19 lost control and jackknifed into a ditch near Tobler Creek Thursday afternoon, with oil from the engine leaking down a cement drainage ditch and into a feeder stream for Tobler Creek. The accident happened about 2:30 p.m. Thursday. According to reports, Joo Hyung Park of Lawrenceville was driving an

Convicted murderer Dantazias Raines seeking new trial

Dantazias J. Raines, convicted in 2013 for the 2011 murder of taxi driver Brandy Guined and sentenced to life in prison without parole, will find himself back in Upson Superior Court Monday afternoon as his current attorney, Robert L. Mack of Stockbridge, seeks to have a motion for a new trial granted. On December 21, 2011, City Cab driver Brandy

When churches around Thomaston and Upson County want special music or musicians to come in and express their faith through music, one person they can turn to is Mary Anne Cabbage, a pianist and singer living in Pike County. She is already familiar to some church congregations in Thomaston, having played at Trinity Baptist Church, Valley Grove Bapti

Mary Anne Cabbage sharing her faith through music

When churches around Thomaston and Upson County want special music or musicians to come in and express their faith through music, one person they can turn to is Mary Anne Cabbage, a pianist and singer living in Pike County. She is already familiar to some church congregations in Thomaston, having played at Trinity Baptist Church, Valley Grove Bapti

The Thomaston City Council will have a request to form a citizens' police review committee on their agenda for tonight. George Carreker brought the issue up and the council's meeting on February 17, and after discussion with Mayor Hays Arnold, Carreker said he would seek to have it put on the March 3 agenda.
Carreker spoke up during the public com

Police review committee on agenda

The Thomaston City Council will have a request to form a citizens' police review committee on their agenda for tonight. George Carreker brought the issue up and the council's meeting on February 17, and after discussion with Mayor Hays Arnold, Carreker said he would seek to have it put on the March 3 agenda. Carreker spoke up during the public com

One of the busiest sports teams at Upson Lee High School is the NJROTC precision rifle team, which competes in both NJROTC sponsored events and GHSA riflery meets.
The 2014 Navy National Champions, the team, which consists of senior Rosemary Kramer, juniors Miranda Baxley and Alyssa Hanson, and sophomore Shannon Tyssen, headed back to Anniston, Al

UL rifle team stays unbeaten in GHSA

One of the busiest sports teams at Upson Lee High School is the NJROTC precision rifle team, which competes in both NJROTC sponsored events and GHSA riflery meets. The 2014 Navy National Champions, the team, which consists of senior Rosemary Kramer, juniors Miranda Baxley and Alyssa Hanson, and sophomore Shannon Tyssen, headed back to Anniston, Al





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