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Asia Ashley

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One person received minor injuries in a three-car wreck just before noon Friday near Callaway High School.
The crash happened at the intersection of Whitfield Road and Smokemont Drive about 11:54 a.m.
According to Georgia State Patrol, a red Kia sedan was turning left out of Callaway High School onto Whitfield Road and was hit on its right side b

3-car wreck injures 1 near CHS

One person received minor injuries in a three-car wreck just before noon Friday near Callaway High School. The crash happened at the intersection of Whitfield Road and Smokemont Drive about 11:54 a.m. According to Georgia State Patrol, a red Kia sedan was turning left out of Callaway High School onto Whitfield Road and was hit on its right side b

The Checkers restaurant on Vernon Road is expected to reopen by the end of January, according to company Director of Operations Sundar Pillai.
The restaurant has been closed since Nov. 3 after car crashed and burst into flames on the side of the building.
LaGrange firefighters determined at the time that the fire may have been caused by a spark t

Checkers to re-open in January

The Checkers restaurant on Vernon Road is expected to reopen by the end of January, according to company Director of Operations Sundar Pillai. The restaurant has been closed since Nov. 3 after car crashed and burst into flames on the side of the building. LaGrange firefighters determined at the time that the fire may have been caused by a spark t

After 22 years of service in Georgia's House of Representatives, District 132 Rep. Carl Von Epps is preparing for his final farewell in the new year.
“I took that label to heart because people elect you to be a voice and represent them, especially for local concerns,” Von Epps said. “I will miss the people most of all. Being a re

Longtime rep will miss people

After 22 years of service in Georgia's House of Representatives, District 132 Rep. Carl Von Epps is preparing for his final farewell in the new year. “I took that label to heart because people elect you to be a voice and represent them, especially for local concerns,” Von Epps said. “I will miss the people most of all. Being a re

City hears update about its future in retail

Officials with the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce and group Retail Strategies are optimistic about the future of local retail recruitment. “Five years ago when we were in the midst of our economic downturn, we realized that we needed to do something in terms of residential and business growth, even though we knew it might take a w

City outlines priorities, concerns with legislators

Local government officials spent Tuesday morning hearing updates and needs from the city of LaGrange LaGrange City Council members and city staff, county commissioners, local state representatives and a Georgia Municipal Association representative were part of the “Hometown Connection” seminar at City Hall. The group was briefed on La

Hogansville applies for road repair grant

Hogansville City Council approved a grant application Monday evening that would fund some some sidewalk repair projects in the city. The Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG) is dispersed by the Georgia Department of Transportation and is used for local governments to fund state roadway improvements. Hogansville's grant application indic

Powdersville Middle School honor roll announced

GREENVILLE — Powdersville Middle School recently released it honor rolls for the first nine weeks. All A Honor Roll Eden Elisabeth Albrecht, Ryan Thomas Battaglia, Ellison Lauren Bloomer, Allison Clementine Borcherts, Cole Hunter Bracken, Madelyn Grace Brancato, Abbie Marie Brooks, Lydia Jean Burrows, Arianna Hope Cain, Anna Michelle Carpen

Hope 'birthed from a backpack'

Operation Building H.O.P.E (Helping Other People Excel), a non-profit organization that began this year in West Point, was “birthed from a backpack.” At the group's Lunch-N-Learn open house event Friday, attendees learned why the organization saw need to give “hope” to the community. During the annual “Operation Back

Man reports theft of thousands in tools

A man in the 200 block of Westside Court reported theft of tools over a two-week period. The man said two weeks ago, an Echo leaf blower and two Makita drills totaling $800 were missing. On Thursday, he reported a Miller Spectrum plasma cutter and a black welding helmet totaling $3,100 was missing. There was no sign of forced entry and there is no

Banquet to be held for 'special guests'

A local church is inviting the homeless community to a banquet Dec. 20, planned especially for them. “A Love Feast” started out as a Christmas dinner for St. Paul A.M.E. Church that served as a fundraiser for the church's mission trips to Haiti, according Pastor Alveria Williams. This year the event will be an evening of feast and gift

A woman pulled over for speeding Thursday afternoon was arrested on a felony drug charge resulting from the stop.
Meghan Paulk, 19, was driving at 57 mph in 40 mph zone near Country Club Road and Piney Woods when an officer stopped her vehicle near Hollis Hand Elementary. The odor of marijuana came streaming out the car as Paulk rolled down her wi

Woman arrested on drug charges from traffic stop

A woman pulled over for speeding Thursday afternoon was arrested on a felony drug charge resulting from the stop. Meghan Paulk, 19, was driving at 57 mph in 40 mph zone near Country Club Road and Piney Woods when an officer stopped her vehicle near Hollis Hand Elementary. The odor of marijuana came streaming out the car as Paulk rolled down her wi

A LaGrange native could be the next big jazz star after winning an international jazz vocal competition.
Born and raised in LaGrange, 25-year-old Ashleigh Smith never thought she would win the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition when she competed this year – but she did, and it landed her a record deal with Concord Records.
&

LaGrange native wins international jazz competition, record deal

A LaGrange native could be the next big jazz star after winning an international jazz vocal competition. Born and raised in LaGrange, 25-year-old Ashleigh Smith never thought she would win the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition when she competed this year – but she did, and it landed her a record deal with Concord Records. &

DASH for LaGrange held its official ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday for Hillside Station on Jefferson Street.
“There's nothing more beautiful about LaGrange than being in this part of town and seeing the wonderful things that you all have been able to do to reinvigorate – not only from housing standpoint, but especially from a busine

Hillside events center inaugurated

DASH for LaGrange held its official ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday for Hillside Station on Jefferson Street. “There's nothing more beautiful about LaGrange than being in this part of town and seeing the wonderful things that you all have been able to do to reinvigorate – not only from housing standpoint, but especially from a busine

West Point City Council approved a total budget of $20,002,0782 during its Monday evening meeting.
The budget includes a 2 percent, or 8 cents per household, increase to the curbside trash and leaves service. The same increase is recommended for water and sewer services based on the Consumer Price Index, which would increase base water rates and s

West Point approves 2015 budget

West Point City Council approved a total budget of $20,002,0782 during its Monday evening meeting. The budget includes a 2 percent, or 8 cents per household, increase to the curbside trash and leaves service. The same increase is recommended for water and sewer services based on the Consumer Price Index, which would increase base water rates and s

Group proposes new type of development district

LaGrange City Council may consider a new type of development district that would self-finance new infrastructure. Council members heard the proposal for development of a community improvement district, or CID, Tuesday during its morning work session. A CID is a method of providing funding for improvements in a district, including street and road

The annual Valley-Wide Christmas Parade is set to begin in West Point Thursday at 6 p.m.
The parade will begin at the corner of West 10th Street and 3rd Street in West Point and travel down U.S. Highway 29 through Lanett, Alabama, to the H. Grady Bradshaw Library in Valley, Alabama.
Before the parade, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony will be he

Christmas Parade to start in West Point Thursday

The annual Valley-Wide Christmas Parade is set to begin in West Point Thursday at 6 p.m. The parade will begin at the corner of West 10th Street and 3rd Street in West Point and travel down U.S. Highway 29 through Lanett, Alabama, to the H. Grady Bradshaw Library in Valley, Alabama. Before the parade, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony will be he

It's a tradition for some to bring in December with Christmas spirit by decking their yards with lights, color and all things Christmas.
At a residence in the 800 block of Lakewood Drive, the Long family decorates for Christmas on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Cammie Long said their tradition brings happiness to her family and others who may see

Lighting up Christmas

It's a tradition for some to bring in December with Christmas spirit by decking their yards with lights, color and all things Christmas. At a residence in the 800 block of Lakewood Drive, the Long family decorates for Christmas on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Cammie Long said their tradition brings happiness to her family and others who may see

Woman reports rape at home

Police are investigating an alleged rape reported Thursday. According to a LaGrange Police Department press release, the victim said she opened the door to an acquaintance who allegedly followed her inside her home Thursday. The suspect then allegedly sexually assaulted the victim and left the residence with an unknown amount of cash, a laptop an

The city of West Point is set to begin a fundraising initiative to raise money to build a playground at West Point Youth Services.
Earlier this year, the youth services program was awarded a $9,000 grant for the project from KaBoom, a non-profit organization that helps communities build playgrounds for children, which was not nearly enough for the

WP looks at fundraiser for playground project

The city of West Point is set to begin a fundraising initiative to raise money to build a playground at West Point Youth Services. Earlier this year, the youth services program was awarded a $9,000 grant for the project from KaBoom, a non-profit organization that helps communities build playgrounds for children, which was not nearly enough for the

“A Colorful Christmas” will be showcased in Hogansville Saturday during its annual Christmas parade, which will travel down Main Street in downtown.
Organized by the Hogansville Merchants Association, the parade will start at 6 p.m. with line-up beginning at 4 p.m. at Hogansville Elementary School. Float awards will be given at 5:30 p.

Hogansville Christmas parade Saturday

“A Colorful Christmas” will be showcased in Hogansville Saturday during its annual Christmas parade, which will travel down Main Street in downtown. Organized by the Hogansville Merchants Association, the parade will start at 6 p.m. with line-up beginning at 4 p.m. at Hogansville Elementary School. Float awards will be given at 5:30 p.





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