Asia Ashley

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It was a packed house at Del'avant Thursday evening for Emmaus Women's Shelter Blues and Barbecue fundraising event.
“The event was sold out,” said host David Bell. “What a credit for the community for supporting such a worthy cause like the Emmaus Shelter.”
Last night's annual event serves as the group's largest fundraisi

Blues and Barbecue event raises thousands for Emmaus

It was a packed house at Del'avant Thursday evening for Emmaus Women's Shelter Blues and Barbecue fundraising event. “The event was sold out,” said host David Bell. “What a credit for the community for supporting such a worthy cause like the Emmaus Shelter.” Last night's annual event serves as the group's largest fundraisi

Mentoring program to host dodgeball tournament

The Big Brothers Big Sisters program in LaGrange will host a dodgeball tournament on Dec. 6. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a program that matches a non-related adult mentor with a child and focuses on providing children with a positive, caring and supportive role model. Organizers hope the tournament will become an annual event and are using it not

New Hogansville library project underway

Plans are underway for construction of a new, larger library in Hogansville. Troup County Commission on Tuesday approved an architectural contract for the new library, expected to open in 2016. The new library will be constructed by McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture out of South Carolina, and is planned to be more than three times larger than th

With Thanksgiving approaching, guests at Tuesday's LaGrange-Troup County Early Bird Breakfast heard from speaker Chuck Stump why giving back is important.
Stump is founder and CEO of the Performance Group Inc. and since 1998 has been a corporate trainer in the areas of leadership, coaching, communication, client care and change management.
He pro

Speaker: Give a little, gain much more

With Thanksgiving approaching, guests at Tuesday's LaGrange-Troup County Early Bird Breakfast heard from speaker Chuck Stump why giving back is important. Stump is founder and CEO of the Performance Group Inc. and since 1998 has been a corporate trainer in the areas of leadership, coaching, communication, client care and change management. He pro

Hogansville splash pad re-bid, moves to spring 2015

A new splash pad in Hogansville is now anticipated to open mid-spring 2015 after earlier estimates had predicted its completion by September this year. At the Monday night City Council meeting, City Manager James Woods said the hold up is due to re-bidding the project because an original bid from Vortex Aquatic Structures International Inc. was ov

Children and parents at the Boys and Girls Club of West Georgia got a taste of fresh, healthy living on Thursday afternoon.
A West Georgia Health dietitian was on site in a lobby area passing out a vegetable soup to passersby to encourage healthier eating.
The event stemmed from District 4 Public Health's partnership with the BGCWG, where Distric

Students get taste of fresh, healthy life

Children and parents at the Boys and Girls Club of West Georgia got a taste of fresh, healthy living on Thursday afternoon. A West Georgia Health dietitian was on site in a lobby area passing out a vegetable soup to passersby to encourage healthier eating. The event stemmed from District 4 Public Health's partnership with the BGCWG, where Distric

The Chattahoochee River has been named in the Georgia Water Coalition's “Dirty Dozen” list for 2014, which shows the Georgia water ways the coalition says are threatened and the state policies that harm them.
“The Georgia Water Coalition publishes this annual list as a call to action for our state's leaders and its citizens to co

Report cites pollution for river's 'Dirty Dozen' status

The Chattahoochee River has been named in the Georgia Water Coalition's “Dirty Dozen” list for 2014, which shows the Georgia water ways the coalition says are threatened and the state policies that harm them. “The Georgia Water Coalition publishes this annual list as a call to action for our state's leaders and its citizens to co

Shoe Junkie in downtown LaGrange will be closing Saturday to move into its sister store Whimzey.
Shoe Junkie opened in March after owner Kesha Edwards said she learned from downtown visitors that a shoe store was desired in the downtown area. In the eight months that Shoe Junkie has been open, however, the store has struggled in sales.
“It'

Shoe Junkie to move into Whimzey

Shoe Junkie in downtown LaGrange will be closing Saturday to move into its sister store Whimzey. Shoe Junkie opened in March after owner Kesha Edwards said she learned from downtown visitors that a shoe store was desired in the downtown area. In the eight months that Shoe Junkie has been open, however, the store has struggled in sales. “It'

National group presents LPD accreditation certificate

The LaGrange Police Department was presented with a certificate of professional accreditation from the the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) Tuesday at the LaGrange City Council meeting. South Carolina Supreme Court Justice John Kittredge presented the award on behalf of CALEA and said it represents great significanc

American flags waved in the wind at Hipp Park in downtown Hogansville on Tuesday morning at the annual Veterans Day program, hosted by councilman George Bailey.
Hogansville City Manager James Woods welcomed the crowd by acknowledging the freedoms in the country, such as the right to vote, religion, and speech.
“We enjoy so many freedoms tha

Hogansville shows appreciation at Veterans Day program

American flags waved in the wind at Hipp Park in downtown Hogansville on Tuesday morning at the annual Veterans Day program, hosted by councilman George Bailey. Hogansville City Manager James Woods welcomed the crowd by acknowledging the freedoms in the country, such as the right to vote, religion, and speech. “We enjoy so many freedoms tha

Council approves no-parking areas

LaGrange City Council on Tuesday approved restricting parking on certain areas off Cotton Road. Cotton Road, located just off Lafayette Parkway, provides access to the Comfort Inn Hotel, Longhorn and Holiday Inn Express, which sits at the end of the road. Hotel guests at the Holiday Inn had complained to managers that tractor-trailers and large tr

Women's shelter hosts Blues and Barbecue fundraiser

Emmaus Women's Shelter is gearing up for its annual Blues and Barbecue fundraising event next week. “This fundraiser is our most important special event of the year,” said Emmaus Director Jessica David. “It's our own version of a 'House of Blues'-themed party.” Guests will have the chance to meet rising star Austin French

Editor's note: This is the second part in a series about homelessness in Troup County.
Richard Cochran, 51, has been staying at Fellowship Deliverance Ministries men's shelter on and off since May 2010, where he is now known as the “chief of staff” and aids in everyday operations of the shelter.
Cochran said he had been working for hi

Stories of homelessness

Editor's note: This is the second part in a series about homelessness in Troup County. Richard Cochran, 51, has been staying at Fellowship Deliverance Ministries men's shelter on and off since May 2010, where he is now known as the “chief of staff” and aids in everyday operations of the shelter. Cochran said he had been working for hi

Group requests use of Cannon Street building

Representatives with the Alpha Multipurpose Center on Dawson Street on Monday requested that the city of LaGrange allocate space in the former Cannon Street Elementary School facility for the organization. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity has housed its programs at the center for almost 20 years, said AMPC Executive Director Oliver Green. The center is

Editor's note: This is the first of a two-part series about homelessness in Troup County in observance of Homeless Awareness Month. The first part focuses on local statistics and causes as described by groups that deal with homelessness. 
A recent point-in-time homeless count conducted by LaGrange's Emmaus Women's Shelter revealed that over 900 pe

Homeless in Troup County

Editor's note: This is the first of a two-part series about homelessness in Troup County in observance of Homeless Awareness Month. The first part focuses on local statistics and causes as described by groups that deal with homelessness. A recent point-in-time homeless count conducted by LaGrange's Emmaus Women's Shelter revealed that over 900 pe

West Point reviews smaller budget

The city of West Point's proposed 2015 budget is about 18.1 million, a decrease from last year's about $20.4 million budget. The about $2 million decrease comes mostly from the the city's sanitation budget and bond payments. The city will save an estimated $33,000 due to to the city's recent switch to a private sanitation company for trash pickup

Senate District 28 Republican incumbent Mike Crane will hold his seat after defeating opponent Cynthia Bennett with 72 percent of votes.
With 48 precincts reporting, district 28 totals show Crane with 35,370 votes and Bennett with 13,467, or 28 percent. In Troup County, Crane garnered 3,602 votes against 1,444 for Bennett.
“Voters turned ou

Crane reclaims state Senate District 28 seat

Senate District 28 Republican incumbent Mike Crane will hold his seat after defeating opponent Cynthia Bennett with 72 percent of votes. With 48 precincts reporting, district 28 totals show Crane with 35,370 votes and Bennett with 13,467, or 28 percent. In Troup County, Crane garnered 3,602 votes against 1,444 for Bennett. “Voters turned ou

A LaGrange man was flown to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta this morning after a truck he was driving flipped on Hamilton Road.
According to a Georgia State Patrol official, about 9:10 a.m. Britt Story was northbound on Hamilton Road in a CDP Cable Company utility vehicle when the truck drifted off the road and he over-corrected back onto the r

Utility truck flips, driver escapes serious injury

A LaGrange man was flown to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta this morning after a truck he was driving flipped on Hamilton Road. According to a Georgia State Patrol official, about 9:10 a.m. Britt Story was northbound on Hamilton Road in a CDP Cable Company utility vehicle when the truck drifted off the road and he over-corrected back onto the r

A man reported $203 withdrawn from his bank account after leaving his wallet at TJ Maxx on Saturday afternoon.
The victim said he had his cell phone and wallet in his coat pocket and had taken off his coat to try on other coats in the store. The man said shortly after leaving the store, he noticed he no longer had his wallet.
He immediately check

Residents report debit card theft, fraud

A man reported $203 withdrawn from his bank account after leaving his wallet at TJ Maxx on Saturday afternoon. The victim said he had his cell phone and wallet in his coat pocket and had taken off his coat to try on other coats in the store. The man said shortly after leaving the store, he noticed he no longer had his wallet. He immediately check

WP to hold 1st budget public hearing Thursday

The first public hearing to discuss the city of West Point's 2015 budget is Thursday at 8:15 a.m. The $18.1 million draft budget includes a 2 percent cost of living pay increase to employees. A 2 percent increase is also recommended for water and sewer services based on the Consumer Price Index, which would increase base water and sewer rates by 1





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