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Child molestation trial begins

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It’s doubtful that anyone wanted to be in Judge Dennis Blackmon’s courtroom in Troup County Superior Court on Monday as jury selection began in an aggravated child molestation case.A grandmother, a childless truck driver and a kindergarten teacher were among the 48 prospective jurors who may decide the fate of Daryl E. McGruder, 49, of LaGrange. Twenty-four jurors were interviewed yesterday in a cramped courtroom, with the same amount to be questioned today. Twelve will ultimately be chosen for the jury, along with one or two alternates. If convicted, McGruder could face decades in prison.

 

Business: CB&T announces new officers

CB&T has announced two promotions of employees to officers at the local offices of the bank. Jake Jones has been promoted to senior vice president of Commercial Bank and Trust and Holly Anderson has been promoted to assistant vice president at Commercial Bank & Trust, Frank McRae, president and CEO, announced.Jones started his career with CB&T in 2004 as a mortgage originator with Synovus Mortgage. In 2006, he was named a commercial banker and was promoted to vice presid...

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Gardens hosts Family Fright Nights with Halloween movies on beach

PINE MOUNTAIN — Family Fright Nights will be the theme of the October “Movies on the Beach” series at Callaway Gardens.Families are invited to enjoy a family Halloween movie on Robin Lake Beach, which will each begin at dark, about 7 p.m. The movies scheduled are:• Oct. 11: “Hocus Pocus”• Oct. 18: “Frankenweenie”• Oct. 25: “Hotel Transylvania”“Bring a blanket or...

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Club news

The Troup County Retired Educators Association will hold its first meeting for the 2014-2015 year on Sept. 25 at the Highland Country Club.Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. followed by the business meeting.The new officers for 2014-2016 are in place and ready to begin. Rachel Shiver will take the helm as the new president. Jean M. Crocker will serve as the first vice president planning programs for the year. Myrtice C. Adcock will continue as second vice president. Laur...

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Governor to host rally downtown for re-election campaign

Gov. Nathan Deal will hold a rally for his re-election campaign on Lafayette Square Thursday.Deal is expected to be on the square in downtown LaGrange noon-1 p.m. Thursday for the rally.Deal, a republican, faces Jason Carter, a democrat, in November for the governor’s seat. Deal is in his first term as governor, serving since 2010.

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Employee marks 50 years working at local business

It’s rare to have someone work 50 years, and even more rare for someone to stay in the same job for 50 years.Mary Sivell, 68, an employee of Daniel Insurance and Realty, passed the 50-year milestone in July. She has worked for the company since she graduated from Harris County High School.The Pine Mountain native came to LaGrange and on someone’s recommendation, the 18 year old came to Daniel Insurance for a job in July 1964. When she began, owner Jimmy Danie...

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Giving muscular dystrophy the boot

The LaGrange Fire Department raised $1,728.78 during their annual boot drive.All the proceeds go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help pay medical bills and send kids with muscular dystrophy to camp.The fire department raised $100 more than last year.

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Police: Teen becomes violent after aunt takes phone

A Cross Creek Court mother called police on her 13-year-old daughter Monday after the youth refused to go to school and became physically violent with her aunt.Police arrived at the house shortly before noon and were told the young girl refused to leave the house for school, and to discipline her, the aunt attempted to take her mobile phone away, according to reports.The young girl kicked and swung her fists at the aunt, who sustained minor injuries.The youngs...

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Local company makes magazine cover

Signature Kitchens & Baths magazine, a national consumer-enthusiast publication featuring innovative kitchen and bath designs, has selected a recent design by Splash Kitchens and Baths of LaGrange for the cover of the magazine’s fall issue.The design by Tara Hutchens, CKD, CBD, and Cathy Winslow has also won second place in it’s 16th Annual Design Awards issue. The issue features a select group of designers from across the country, each judged by a panel of professional...

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Woman’s Club to host Fall Fashion Show Oct. 9

The LaGrange Woman’s Club will present its Fall Fashion Show Luncheon on Oct. 9 at Del’Avant.“This fundraising event for the upkeep of Bellevue has become a LaGrange tradition,” said Kathren Fogg, publicity chairman for the LaGrange Woman’s Club. “Local models will walk the runway in clothes provided by Dillard’s of Auburn, Alabama.”Tickets are $30 and may be purchased at Bellevue. All proceeds go to the preservation of Bel...

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In our community: Sept. 23, 2014

TodayEvents: Long Cane Elementary School hosts PTO Open House/Title I Annual Meeting.Whitesville Road Elementary School hosts a PTO Meeting at 3:30 p.m.Franklin Forest Elementary School hosts a PTO Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m.LaGrange High School hosts a Junior Parent Workshop at 6:30 p.m.LaGrange Memorial Library hosts Pajama Night for children of all ages at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will hear tales followed by milk an...

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Panther golfers get started

LaGrange College’s golf team, looking to build on a stellar 2013-2014 season that ended with a top-10 finish at the NCAA Division III national championship in the spring, opened its fall season with a fifth-place performance in the Tournament Town Championship Preview in North Carolina.After opening the tournament in eighth place after the first round on Saturday, the Panthers moved up to fifth place following Sunday’s second round, and that’s where they remained ...

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LaGrange stumped by Columbus

LaGrange High’s softball team, in the first of two games it will play against Columbus High this week, fell short 7-1 on Monday in a game that was postponed earlier this season because of rain.The teams will play their regularly-scheduled game on Thursday at Granger Park.Columbus grabbed the lead with a run in the bottom of the second inning, and it took control with three more runs in the fourth.Trailing 7-0, LaGrange avoided the shutout with a run in t...

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Troup backs are running strong

When the Troup Tigers snap the football, there’s a pretty good chance something spectacular is going to happen.The Tigers are putting up video game-like numbers on offense this season, cutting through opposing defenses without mercy.They’ve compiled around 1,000 yards of offense the past two weeks against Harris County and Carver, and they’re averaging 31 points per game against some stout competition.And this is an offense that lost one of i...

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New Ga. lobbying rules allow for summer travel

ATLANTA (AP) — New lobbying rules in Georgia have not put much of a damper on free beach convention travel for state politicians.An analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://bit.ly/1uV6Dm2 ) shows lobbyists spent more than $100,000 hosting lawmakers and state officials at roughly two-dozen summertime conferences. Many were held on the coast of Georgia, Florida and South Carolina during June and July.That spending increased by about 35 percent from 2012, ...

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Six LaGrange Academy students earn AP Scholar honors

LaGrange Academy announced Monday that six of its students earned AP Scholars honors based on their performance on AP exams during their high school career.According to the College Board, the AP Scholars Program is designed to “recognize high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams.” AP exams are scored on a 1-5 scale with a score of three or higher demonstrating mastery of the material.

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You can help

LifeSouth blood drivesLifeSouth will hold the following blood drives in the area:• Interface of LaGrange from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday.West Point Lake Trash Cleanup seeking volunteersThe annual West Point Lake Trash Cleanup Event is 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday starting at Pyne Road Park. Volunteers are sought for the event to clean trash from along the shoreline of the lake. Park rangers will provide volunteer ...

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Weekend air show draws huge crowds

The LaGrange-Callaway Airport hosted the Southern Wings Fly-in and Car Show on Saturday, drawing a crowd of hundreds to see vintage aircraft and vehicles.The weather cooperated Saturday, with cool, overcast skies as visitors viewed more than a dozen aircraft, from retired war birds to experimental aircraft and gliders. The event also included inflatables for children, food and beverages.While the event was hosted to entertain, for some, the airshow is a way to preserve t...

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