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

Deep-fried turkey is one of the most delicious ways to serve turkey at Thanksgiving, but it can also be one of the most dangerous. According to the U. S. Fire Administration, about 2,000 homes in the United States catch fire from deep frying turkeys on Thanksgiving Day each year, resulting in deaths, injuries, and millions in property loss.
The Th

Thurston VFD showing dangers of deep fry turkey Saturday at 2 p.m.

Deep-fried turkey is one of the most delicious ways to serve turkey at Thanksgiving, but it can also be one of the most dangerous. According to the U. S. Fire Administration, about 2,000 homes in the United States catch fire from deep frying turkeys on Thanksgiving Day each year, resulting in deaths, injuries, and millions in property loss. The Th

'It's beginning to look a lot like… deer in the road season.' The Upson County Sheriff's Office had accident reports on six vehicles that hit deer or were hit by deer from November 8 to Nov. 15. One of the accidents was a Sheriff's deputy en route to another call. The deer hits came on Jeff Davis Road (2), Highway 19 South, Highway 80, Logtow

Look out for deer

'It's beginning to look a lot like… deer in the road season.' The Upson County Sheriff's Office had accident reports on six vehicles that hit deer or were hit by deer from November 8 to Nov. 15. One of the accidents was a Sheriff's deputy en route to another call. The deer hits came on Jeff Davis Road (2), Highway 19 South, Highway 80, Logtow

Three of the main complainants against Thomaston Police Officer Phillip Tobin were arrested over the weekend and have had additional charges lodged against them after the Grand Jury of Upson County true billed cases against them.
Kelcey Roquemore, Betty Snipes and her daughter, Tammy Dawson, were already facing charges of obstructing an officer. R

3 Tobin accusers arrested for lying to GBI

Three of the main complainants against Thomaston Police Officer Phillip Tobin were arrested over the weekend and have had additional charges lodged against them after the Grand Jury of Upson County true billed cases against them. Kelcey Roquemore, Betty Snipes and her daughter, Tammy Dawson, were already facing charges of obstructing an officer. R

The Thomaston City Council is known for not wasting time in their meetings, and they proved it November 4, with the meeting going from approval of minutes to adjournment in four minutes and 10 seconds. Plus, they did it while approving $175,000 in infrastructure improvements.
Afterwards, Mayor Hays Arnold justified the quick meeting by noting that

City Council okay's $175K in 4 minutes

The Thomaston City Council is known for not wasting time in their meetings, and they proved it November 4, with the meeting going from approval of minutes to adjournment in four minutes and 10 seconds. Plus, they did it while approving $175,000 in infrastructure improvements. Afterwards, Mayor Hays Arnold justified the quick meeting by noting that

One of my friends was telling about her spring cleaning of an armoire in her house. During the cleaning, she found an envelope with $300 in it and was thankful for her good fortune. Trying to figure out where the money came from, she remembered that when she got her tax refund back this year, she decided to put some of it aside for vacation time. S

Christmas is a good time to find hidden treasures

One of my friends was telling about her spring cleaning of an armoire in her house. During the cleaning, she found an envelope with $300 in it and was thankful for her good fortune. Trying to figure out where the money came from, she remembered that when she got her tax refund back this year, she decided to put some of it aside for vacation time. S

The City of Yatesville held its first Veterans Day program Tuesday afternoon in a city field marked with 53 white crosses honoring 53 deceased veterans. Each cross has the name and war a veteran fought in, or the name and service of a veteran who did not fight in a war, and is topped with an American flag. The city council has been working on the p

Vets remembered

The City of Yatesville held its first Veterans Day program Tuesday afternoon in a city field marked with 53 white crosses honoring 53 deceased veterans. Each cross has the name and war a veteran fought in, or the name and service of a veteran who did not fight in a war, and is topped with an American flag. The city council has been working on the p

Halloween is over. Football season is over (locally). Thanksgiving is still two weeks away. What is there to do in Upson County this weekend?
Plenty! Between 'Pianos In The Round' tonight, and 'Romeo & Juliet - The Rock Concert' Saturday and Sunday, your weekend is filled. Plus, there is an artist of the month reception and a diabetes communit

From pianos to plays, plenty to do this weekend

Halloween is over. Football season is over (locally). Thanksgiving is still two weeks away. What is there to do in Upson County this weekend? Plenty! Between 'Pianos In The Round' tonight, and 'Romeo & Juliet - The Rock Concert' Saturday and Sunday, your weekend is filled. Plus, there is an artist of the month reception and a diabetes communit

Three of my grandchildren live in Jackson, and I get to see them on a fairly regular basis. Chad, the oldest, is 16 and is a budding singer/songwriter. Franklin is the middle child and is 13, and Nicholas is the youngest at 11. Usually when I go to see them, Chad is busy singing and playing in his room, while Franklin can be found playing video gam

Remember when 'playing' meant 'outside?'

Three of my grandchildren live in Jackson, and I get to see them on a fairly regular basis. Chad, the oldest, is 16 and is a budding singer/songwriter. Franklin is the middle child and is 13, and Nicholas is the youngest at 11. Usually when I go to see them, Chad is busy singing and playing in his room, while Franklin can be found playing video gam

I walked into a local store (which shall remain nameless) the other day, looking for an eye patch. It was the day after Halloween, but I needed the eye patch as part of a costume I was wearing for a Henry County Moose Lodge show that night (I was dressing up like Ray Sawyer from the group Dr. Hook, because three of us were singing “Cover of t

Veterans are the reason we enjoy the season

I walked into a local store (which shall remain nameless) the other day, looking for an eye patch. It was the day after Halloween, but I needed the eye patch as part of a costume I was wearing for a Henry County Moose Lodge show that night (I was dressing up like Ray Sawyer from the group Dr. Hook, because three of us were singing “Cover of t

Upson County, hold onto your hats! 'Romeo and Juliet, - The Rock Concert,' hits the stage of the R. E. Lee Auditorium on Saturday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m., and again Sunday, Nov. 16 at 2:30 p.m.
'Romeo and Juliet – The Rock Concert' is the brainchild of Jeff Vallaro, head of River Arts Theatre Group. If his name sounds familiar, there is go

'Romeo & Juliet - The Rock Concert' coming

Upson County, hold onto your hats! 'Romeo and Juliet, - The Rock Concert,' hits the stage of the R. E. Lee Auditorium on Saturday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m., and again Sunday, Nov. 16 at 2:30 p.m. 'Romeo and Juliet – The Rock Concert' is the brainchild of Jeff Vallaro, head of River Arts Theatre Group. If his name sounds familiar, there is go

Colonel Stephen C. Melton, a native of Thomaston, was recently awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements.
The Legion of Merit is one of only two United States military decorations to be issued as a 'neck order,' (the other being the Medal of Honor) and the only Uni

Col. Steve Melton receives Legion of Merit Medal

Colonel Stephen C. Melton, a native of Thomaston, was recently awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. The Legion of Merit is one of only two United States military decorations to be issued as a 'neck order,' (the other being the Medal of Honor) and the only Uni

Without a presidential race on the ballot, many political pundits were predicting a relatively low voter turnout, even with races for governor and senator on the ballot. Upson County voters proved the pundits wrong, as 52 percent of registered voters in the county cast ballots Tuesday. Out of a total of 13,879 registered voters, 7,223 went to the p

Republicans sweep Upson and Georgia

Without a presidential race on the ballot, many political pundits were predicting a relatively low voter turnout, even with races for governor and senator on the ballot. Upson County voters proved the pundits wrong, as 52 percent of registered voters in the county cast ballots Tuesday. Out of a total of 13,879 registered voters, 7,223 went to the p

It was a busy weekend for local fire departments, with firefighters working two different structure fires, with both being considered total losses. The City of Thomaston Fire Department and members from all of the volunteer fire departments throughout the county were on hand to respond to the calls.
The first fire broke out Friday afternoon at a h

Firefighters busy

It was a busy weekend for local fire departments, with firefighters working two different structure fires, with both being considered total losses. The City of Thomaston Fire Department and members from all of the volunteer fire departments throughout the county were on hand to respond to the calls. The first fire broke out Friday afternoon at a h

A little over a month after the Thomaston City Council approved a 12-month moratorium on zoning changes, they faced their first emergency relief issue with the moratorium. The council approved the moratorium on September 2, and a request by Jim Franklin for relief from the moratorium came at their October 21 meeting.
City Attorney Joel Bentley rem

Council approves relief from zoning moratorium for local home owner

A little over a month after the Thomaston City Council approved a 12-month moratorium on zoning changes, they faced their first emergency relief issue with the moratorium. The council approved the moratorium on September 2, and a request by Jim Franklin for relief from the moratorium came at their October 21 meeting. City Attorney Joel Bentley rem

Larry Stanford|The Thomaston Times
A rental home on Third Street in Thomaston was gutted by fire late Friday afternoon. The person renting the home escaped without injury. Firefighters from the Thomaston Fire Department and Northside Volunteer Fire Department fought the blaze, which went into the attic area, filling the house with dense black smok

Fire guts house on 3rd Street

Larry Stanford|The Thomaston Times A rental home on Third Street in Thomaston was gutted by fire late Friday afternoon. The person renting the home escaped without injury. Firefighters from the Thomaston Fire Department and Northside Volunteer Fire Department fought the blaze, which went into the attic area, filling the house with dense black smok

The Thomaston Police Department and Upson County Sheriff's Office will provide extra patrol for Halloween, Friday, October 31, 2014 from 6 until 9 p.m. This will be a time when children enjoy dressing up and roaming the neighborhoods in search of their favorite candy and treats.
To keep our children safe, please observe the following tips:
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Halloween safety tips offered by law officers

The Thomaston Police Department and Upson County Sheriff's Office will provide extra patrol for Halloween, Friday, October 31, 2014 from 6 until 9 p.m. This will be a time when children enjoy dressing up and roaming the neighborhoods in search of their favorite candy and treats. To keep our children safe, please observe the following tips: •

The Chitlin' Hoedown always features a variety of arts and crafts booths, like this gentleman who uses hand tools to carve wooden bowls and other items.
The Chitlin' Hoedown always attracts a crowd with its food, music and arts and crafts.
A variety of musicians took the stage last Saturday. This band played old country favorites.
Larry Stanford

32nd Annual Chitlin' Hoedown in Yatesville

The Chitlin' Hoedown always features a variety of arts and crafts booths, like this gentleman who uses hand tools to carve wooden bowls and other items. The Chitlin' Hoedown always attracts a crowd with its food, music and arts and crafts. A variety of musicians took the stage last Saturday. This band played old country favorites. Larry Stanford

Gardner Newman Middle School honor roll

The following Gardner Newman Middle School students were named to the honor roll for the first nine weeks: Sixth grade Principal's list Malone Aldridge, Will Alford, Ally Arp, Allison Baker, Patrick Basie, Bre'Asia Benson, Madalyn Bozeman, Shakarian Bradley, Jayla Bridgett, Javon Brown, Kristen Carter, Jay Davidson, Madison Dennis, Ryan Donalds

It has been a little over four months since Thomaston Police Chief Dan Greathouse requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigations conduct a review of a incident on June 11, 2014, when Thomaston Police Officer Phillip Tobin tasered Kelsey Rockemore in the parking lot of Handy Mart Grocery. The incident was caught on the store's outside surveillance c

Tobin investigation nears end

It has been a little over four months since Thomaston Police Chief Dan Greathouse requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigations conduct a review of a incident on June 11, 2014, when Thomaston Police Officer Phillip Tobin tasered Kelsey Rockemore in the parking lot of Handy Mart Grocery. The incident was caught on the store's outside surveillance c

An Upson County man was one of 18 people arrested last Thursday in “Operation MasqueRAID,” a GBI investigation targeting people trading in child pornography. Law enforcement officers executed 44 search warrents in 31 counties. They were looking for evidence of the distribution of child pornography using the internet. A total of 535 digi

Upson man among 18 arrested for child porn

An Upson County man was one of 18 people arrested last Thursday in “Operation MasqueRAID,” a GBI investigation targeting people trading in child pornography. Law enforcement officers executed 44 search warrents in 31 counties. They were looking for evidence of the distribution of child pornography using the internet. A total of 535 digi





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