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Those who spoke at a public hearing about the proposed closure of Mountville Elementary School on Monday touted students' high achievement rates and said moving them to bigger, more crowded schools would have a negative impact on test scores.
“I don't understand it, why you're closing such a good school and opening up all these new schools,&

MES proponents speak out on closure

Those who spoke at a public hearing about the proposed closure of Mountville Elementary School on Monday touted students' high achievement rates and said moving them to bigger, more crowded schools would have a negative impact on test scores. “I don't understand it, why you're closing such a good school and opening up all these new schools,&

LifeSouth blood drives
LifeSouth will host the following blood drives in the area:
• Johnny's New York Style Pizza in downtown West Point, 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Wednesday.
• West Point First United Methodist Church, 306 E. 7th St., 3–5 p.m. Wednesday.
• Capital City Bank in downtown West Point, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Frida

You can help

LifeSouth blood drives LifeSouth will host the following blood drives in the area: • Johnny's New York Style Pizza in downtown West Point, 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Wednesday. • West Point First United Methodist Church, 306 E. 7th St., 3–5 p.m. Wednesday. • Capital City Bank in downtown West Point, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Frida

Race to benefit Winshape Camp
Chick-fil-A hosts the Connect Race run and walk – 10K, 5K and 1 mile – at 8 a.m. Saturday on Lafayette Square to benefit the local Winshape Camp. A free Family FunZone for children under 12 years old is open 7-10 a.m. on event day with activities and inflatables. Early registration for the event is 4-7 p.m

Fundraisers

Race to benefit Winshape Camp Chick-fil-A hosts the Connect Race run and walk – 10K, 5K and 1 mile – at 8 a.m. Saturday on Lafayette Square to benefit the local Winshape Camp. A free Family FunZone for children under 12 years old is open 7-10 a.m. on event day with activities and inflatables. Early registration for the event is 4-7 p.m

LaGrange High School recently held a blood drive for the American Red Cross. A total of 62 units of blood were collected. This will provide life-saving blood or blood products to nearly 186 patients. This also beats the school's record of 61 pints collected in 2013. Blood donors shown are Skylar Crowe, Paul Wentz, Hailey Titus, Madison Rauccio, Mal

Good for you LHS students donate blood

LaGrange High School recently held a blood drive for the American Red Cross. A total of 62 units of blood were collected. This will provide life-saving blood or blood products to nearly 186 patients. This also beats the school's record of 61 pints collected in 2013. Blood donors shown are Skylar Crowe, Paul Wentz, Hailey Titus, Madison Rauccio, Mal

Jung Jin Ryu of Callaway High School is congratulated by LaGrange College President Dan McAlexander for her participation in the college's 2014 Presidential Scholarship Day on Feb. 8. Students who have demonstrated the highest levels of academic achievement and leadership were invited to attend the annual scholarship competition.

Good for you CHS student honored for academic achievement

Jung Jin Ryu of Callaway High School is congratulated by LaGrange College President Dan McAlexander for her participation in the college's 2014 Presidential Scholarship Day on Feb. 8. Students who have demonstrated the highest levels of academic achievement and leadership were invited to attend the annual scholarship competition.

Tristian Thompson of Troup High School is congratulated by LaGrange College President Dan McAlexander for his participation in the college's 2014 Presidential Scholarship Day on Feb. 8. Students who have demonstrated the highest levels of academic achievement and leadership were invited to attend the annual scholarship competition.

Good for you THS student honored for academic achievement

Tristian Thompson of Troup High School is congratulated by LaGrange College President Dan McAlexander for his participation in the college's 2014 Presidential Scholarship Day on Feb. 8. Students who have demonstrated the highest levels of academic achievement and leadership were invited to attend the annual scholarship competition.

Charles Duncan Cantrell teaches biology and forensic science at LaGrange High School. He was selected to receive a $1,000 New Teacher Assistance grant from Georgia Power. In this program, nominations are received from each of the public colleges in Georgia that have education programs. Candidates must be in the top 25 percent of their graduating cl

Charles Duncan Cantrell teaches biology and forensic science at LaGrange High School. He was selected to receive a $1,000 New Teacher Assistance grant from Georgia Power. In this program, nominations are received from each of the public colleges in Georgia that have education programs. Candidates must be in the top 25 percent of their graduating cl

Memorial committee hosts dance
The Ethel W. Kight Memorial Committee hosts a Red and Gold Banquet and Dance at Main Events on Daniel Street from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Tickets are available by calling 706-883-6971 or 706-594-6357.
Concert to benefit veterans
Defending America's Defenders prese

Fundraisers

Memorial committee hosts dance The Ethel W. Kight Memorial Committee hosts a Red and Gold Banquet and Dance at Main Events on Daniel Street from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Tickets are available by calling 706-883-6971 or 706-594-6357. Concert to benefit veterans Defending America's Defenders prese

On Feb. 9, four students were able to serve as a Page for Sen. Josh McKoon's office. From left are Cody Frailey, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Hamilton Bedingfield, McKoon, Jon Alan Phillips and Harrison Lawson.

Students serve as pages for senator

On Feb. 9, four students were able to serve as a Page for Sen. Josh McKoon's office. From left are Cody Frailey, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Hamilton Bedingfield, McKoon, Jon Alan Phillips and Harrison Lawson.

The school system is making use of the former Unity Elementary School building and has options for two other old school properties, officials said during Thursday's Board of Education meeting.
The 6-acre Unity school site was appraised in August 2013 and found to have “no current market value,” said John Radcliffe, assistant superinten

BOE reviews former school properties

The school system is making use of the former Unity Elementary School building and has options for two other old school properties, officials said during Thursday's Board of Education meeting. The 6-acre Unity school site was appraised in August 2013 and found to have “no current market value,” said John Radcliffe, assistant superinten

The cardiac rehabilitation program at West Georgia Health will have new exercise equipment, thanks to a grant from Heart of West Georgia, a local fundraising and heart health promotion group. Jane Bower, center, WGH director of cardiovascular health services, accepts the gift from Heart board members J.J. Kuerzi, left, and Gary Stephens.

Good for you Group raises funds for cardiac rehab

The cardiac rehabilitation program at West Georgia Health will have new exercise equipment, thanks to a grant from Heart of West Georgia, a local fundraising and heart health promotion group. Jane Bower, center, WGH director of cardiovascular health services, accepts the gift from Heart board members J.J. Kuerzi, left, and Gary Stephens.

The Union County Sheriff's Office reported the following arrests:
— Dangelo Devante Simmons, 18, of 1208 Linersville Road, Buffalo, was charged with assault and battery around 10:50 p.m. Feb. 18. According to the incident report, Simmons became enraged during an argument at his residence, and he threatened to kill both his mother and sister,

Crime Report

The Union County Sheriff's Office reported the following arrests: — Dangelo Devante Simmons, 18, of 1208 Linersville Road, Buffalo, was charged with assault and battery around 10:50 p.m. Feb. 18. According to the incident report, Simmons became enraged during an argument at his residence, and he threatened to kill both his mother and sister,

The possible closure of Mountville Elementary School would mean also moving groups of students from other schools to accommodate the redistribution, school officials noted Tuesday.
Part of the proposal to close Mountville Elementary would reconfigure some of the current elementary school boundaries to accommodate Mountville students attending othe

Board hears school closure proposal

The possible closure of Mountville Elementary School would mean also moving groups of students from other schools to accommodate the redistribution, school officials noted Tuesday. Part of the proposal to close Mountville Elementary would reconfigure some of the current elementary school boundaries to accommodate Mountville students attending othe

Hogansville City Council unanimously moved to name the former Blue Creek reservoir as Jimmy Jackson Lake in memory of the late Hogansville mayor.
“I mentioned that I thought it appropriate to name the lake after former Mayor Jimmy Jackson because he took such interest in that lake the whole time he was mayor, and I thought it would be approp

Hogansville approves naming Jimmy Jackson Lake

Hogansville City Council unanimously moved to name the former Blue Creek reservoir as Jimmy Jackson Lake in memory of the late Hogansville mayor. “I mentioned that I thought it appropriate to name the lake after former Mayor Jimmy Jackson because he took such interest in that lake the whole time he was mayor, and I thought it would be approp

Kenneth Redding hopes that attendees to this year's Black History program at LaGrange High School will see some parallels to current events.
Following a February tradition, “From Tribulation to Triumph” is the latest original stage production by Redding, assistant principal at LHS. The story follows Amos Robinson, played by freshman Te

Finding triumph in trials

Kenneth Redding hopes that attendees to this year's Black History program at LaGrange High School will see some parallels to current events. Following a February tradition, “From Tribulation to Triumph” is the latest original stage production by Redding, assistant principal at LHS. The story follows Amos Robinson, played by freshman Te

Memorial committee hosts dance
The Ethel W. Kight Memorial Committee hosts a Red and Gold Banquet and Dance at Main Events on Daniel Street from 8 p.m. to midnight Feb. 28. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Tickets are available by calling 706-883-6971 or 706-594-6357.
Concert to benefit veterans
Defending America's Defenders presen

Fundraisers

Memorial committee hosts dance The Ethel W. Kight Memorial Committee hosts a Red and Gold Banquet and Dance at Main Events on Daniel Street from 8 p.m. to midnight Feb. 28. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Tickets are available by calling 706-883-6971 or 706-594-6357. Concert to benefit veterans Defending America's Defenders presen

Hogansville considers naming lake after late mayor

Hogansville City Council may consider naming the Blue Creek reservoir, now a lake, after late Mayor Jimmy Jackson, but some area residents want to see it named after someone who lived near the reservoir, one councilman said. “I mentioned that I thought it appropriate to name the lake after former Mayor Jimmy Jackson because he took such inte

LifeSouth blood drives
LifeSouth will host the following blood drives in the area:
• Walmart of Valley, Alabama, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.
Drivers needed for disabled veterans
The Disabled American Veterans van needs volunteer drivers to take veterans about once a month to VA medical centers. The van goes to Atlanta, East Point and Ne

You can help

LifeSouth blood drives LifeSouth will host the following blood drives in the area: • Walmart of Valley, Alabama, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Drivers needed for disabled veterans The Disabled American Veterans van needs volunteer drivers to take veterans about once a month to VA medical centers. The van goes to Atlanta, East Point and Ne

Travena Hodo, center, Troup High School guidance office administrative assistant, received a certificate of appreciation from the United States Army Atlanta recruiting battalion commander Lt. Col. Luis Parilli, second from left. She also received an Atlanta Recruiting Battalion coin for her tireless efforts and support of the U.S. Army Recruiting M

Good for you THS staff member honored

Travena Hodo, center, Troup High School guidance office administrative assistant, received a certificate of appreciation from the United States Army Atlanta recruiting battalion commander Lt. Col. Luis Parilli, second from left. She also received an Atlanta Recruiting Battalion coin for her tireless efforts and support of the U.S. Army Recruiting M

It was a first for the STAR Student and Teacher program – the winning student wasn't at Wednesday's annual Rotary luncheon at Highland Country Club. Instead, the Callaway High School senior was attending the University of West Georgia in Carrollton and couldn't get out of class.
Thomas Spader plans attend Georgia Tech and study electronic en

STAR Student 'an inspiration'

It was a first for the STAR Student and Teacher program – the winning student wasn't at Wednesday's annual Rotary luncheon at Highland Country Club. Instead, the Callaway High School senior was attending the University of West Georgia in Carrollton and couldn't get out of class. Thomas Spader plans attend Georgia Tech and study electronic en





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