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Matthew Strother

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E-Mail Address: mstrother@civitasmedia.com
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The Cold War in the 1950s brought about the McCarthyism era of censorship as Sen. Joseph McCarthy fanned flames of Communism infiltration and looming fear of Soviet bombs. That's the background of Lafayette Society for Performing Arts' upcoming play, which may not feature literal bombs, but the cast does drop a few F-bombs.
Director Ryan McWhorter

Laughing your (bleep) off

The Cold War in the 1950s brought about the McCarthyism era of censorship as Sen. Joseph McCarthy fanned flames of Communism infiltration and looming fear of Soviet bombs. That's the background of Lafayette Society for Performing Arts' upcoming play, which may not feature literal bombs, but the cast does drop a few F-bombs. Director Ryan McWhorter

Dina Smith spends at least one day a week making a point to talk to people. She goes to them and asks about their life, background, family and interests. For some, she may be the last person they talk to.
Smith is one of 118 volunteers for West Georgia Hospice that help out in various capacities. The duties of working with patients in hospice for

'An important part of my day'

Dina Smith spends at least one day a week making a point to talk to people. She goes to them and asks about their life, background, family and interests. For some, she may be the last person they talk to. Smith is one of 118 volunteers for West Georgia Hospice that help out in various capacities. The duties of working with patients in hospice for

Music, worship event to benefit hospice
A Night of Worship and Unity gospel concert to benefit West Georgia Hospice is Friday at 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church on the Square in downtown LaGrange. Soloist Kevin Dunn will be the featured performer. A brief informative overview of West Georgia Hospice will also be presented. The event is free. An

Fundraisers

Music, worship event to benefit hospice A Night of Worship and Unity gospel concert to benefit West Georgia Hospice is Friday at 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church on the Square in downtown LaGrange. Soloist Kevin Dunn will be the featured performer. A brief informative overview of West Georgia Hospice will also be presented. The event is free. An

For 12 years Kevin Dunn has come in weekly to volunteer at Hospice LaGrange, but his contribution isn't what most people would think – it's his voice.
Dunn goes to each of the hospice's four living areas on Mondays and sings a couple of songs in each to the residents and family members who may be there. He also is sometimes invited into a pa

'A true servant's heart'

For 12 years Kevin Dunn has come in weekly to volunteer at Hospice LaGrange, but his contribution isn't what most people would think – it's his voice. Dunn goes to each of the hospice's four living areas on Mondays and sings a couple of songs in each to the residents and family members who may be there. He also is sometimes invited into a pa

LifeSouth blood drives
LifeSouth will host the following blood drives in the area:
• Warm Springs Medical Center from 11:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Monday.
• Langdale United Methodist Church of Valley, Alabam, from 4–7 p.m. Wednesday.
• Charter Bank of Valley from 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Wednesday
• Walmart of Roanok

You can help

LifeSouth blood drives LifeSouth will host the following blood drives in the area: • Warm Springs Medical Center from 11:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Monday. • Langdale United Methodist Church of Valley, Alabam, from 4–7 p.m. Wednesday. • Charter Bank of Valley from 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Wednesday • Walmart of Roanok

LaGrange High School senior Nashanthea Roland didn't expect much when she applied for the Gates Millennium Scholarship earlier in the school year, but now she is one of its few distinguished recipients.
Daughter of Vanessa and Michael Roland, the teen is deciding among three colleges to attend next year. She plans to major in biology as a stepping

LHS student earns rare honor

LaGrange High School senior Nashanthea Roland didn't expect much when she applied for the Gates Millennium Scholarship earlier in the school year, but now she is one of its few distinguished recipients. Daughter of Vanessa and Michael Roland, the teen is deciding among three colleges to attend next year. She plans to major in biology as a stepping

Friday's Relay for Life exceeded its annual fundraising goal as hundreds of people descended on Chris Joseph Track to take part in the event.
As of 9 a.m. Friday, volunteers had raised $86,300. After the relay, the event totaled $110,771.43, according to local relay coordinator Lynn Howard, putting the amount more than $10,000 over this year's goa

'We fight back together'

Friday's Relay for Life exceeded its annual fundraising goal as hundreds of people descended on Chris Joseph Track to take part in the event. As of 9 a.m. Friday, volunteers had raised $86,300. After the relay, the event totaled $110,771.43, according to local relay coordinator Lynn Howard, putting the amount more than $10,000 over this year's goa

A car overturned this morning on Interstate 85 just south of Whitesville Road, trapping the driver inside.
The vehicle was reported upside down at the edge of the woods between mile markers 11 and 12 off the northbound lane of I-85 at 7:42 a.m. today, according to 911 officials. The driver of the vehicle called 911 and advised she was pinned behin

One injured after vehicle overturns on I-85

A car overturned this morning on Interstate 85 just south of Whitesville Road, trapping the driver inside. The vehicle was reported upside down at the edge of the woods between mile markers 11 and 12 off the northbound lane of I-85 at 7:42 a.m. today, according to 911 officials. The driver of the vehicle called 911 and advised she was pinned behin

There was a poor choice of words used in a print story of the weekend edition.When a story states it will continue on another page, we use what is called a “jumpline” as a one-word title for that continued story, which typically is a word from the story's headline. In this case, a story about Wayne Cato used the first word in the story'

Editor's note regarding weekend print edition

There was a poor choice of words used in a print story of the weekend edition.When a story states it will continue on another page, we use what is called a “jumpline” as a one-word title for that continued story, which typically is a word from the story's headline. In this case, a story about Wayne Cato used the first word in the story'

Harmony House hosts Flamingos Spring Fling
Harmony House hosts the Flamingos Spring Fling silent auction and $5,000 reverse raffle at 6:30 p.m. at Del'Avant. A $100 ticket will admit two for hors d'oeuvres, drinks, music, raffle and auction. Tickets are available online at www.harmonyhousega.org/flamingos-spring-fling.html.
Relay for Life to rais

Fundraisers

Harmony House hosts Flamingos Spring Fling Harmony House hosts the Flamingos Spring Fling silent auction and $5,000 reverse raffle at 6:30 p.m. at Del'Avant. A $100 ticket will admit two for hors d'oeuvres, drinks, music, raffle and auction. Tickets are available online at www.harmonyhousega.org/flamingos-spring-fling.html. Relay for Life to rais

LifeSouth blood drives
LifeSouth will host the following blood drives in the area:
• Timeless Antiques of Valley, Alabama, noon–4 p.m. Monday.
• EAMC-Lanier of Valley, 7 a.m.–3 p.m. Friday.
District Attorney's Office to hold blood drive
The Coweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office holds a blood drive to mark V

You can help

LifeSouth blood drives LifeSouth will host the following blood drives in the area: • Timeless Antiques of Valley, Alabama, noon–4 p.m. Monday. • EAMC-Lanier of Valley, 7 a.m.–3 p.m. Friday. District Attorney's Office to hold blood drive The Coweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office holds a blood drive to mark V

The Troup County School System is looking to revise its policy for smartphone and tablet use at schools and move toward more technologically connected campuses.
Schools underwent network upgrades last year to accommodate wireless devices and increase capacity for more Internet connections with part of the plan to allow students to use mobile devic

TCSS looks to revise device policy

The Troup County School System is looking to revise its policy for smartphone and tablet use at schools and move toward more technologically connected campuses. Schools underwent network upgrades last year to accommodate wireless devices and increase capacity for more Internet connections with part of the plan to allow students to use mobile devic

Relay for Life, group events to raise funds for cancer research
The Relay for Life event is set for April 24 from 6 p.m. until midnight at Chris Joseph Track. Proceeds benefit cancer research.
Teams competing will host various fundraisers leading up to the event:
• Apple iPad Air Raffle. Tickets are $5 each or $20 for five. The drawing for

Fundraisers

Relay for Life, group events to raise funds for cancer research The Relay for Life event is set for April 24 from 6 p.m. until midnight at Chris Joseph Track. Proceeds benefit cancer research. Teams competing will host various fundraisers leading up to the event: • Apple iPad Air Raffle. Tickets are $5 each or $20 for five. The drawing for

Tina and Glenn Quiggle share a love that not many can relate to – born of trials and triumph over cancer, which they both were diagnosed with during their last nine years as husband and wife. Nine years ago, Tina Quiggle was excited after Glenn Quiggle proposed to her after dating for five years. Six weeks before the couple was set to we

Survivors' love helped them heal

Tina and Glenn Quiggle share a love that not many can relate to – born of trials and triumph over cancer, which they both were diagnosed with during their last nine years as husband and wife. Nine years ago, Tina Quiggle was excited after Glenn Quiggle proposed to her after dating for five years. Six weeks before the couple was set to we

When LaGrange High School junior Emily Flowers decided to take on a service project, as part of a self-proclaimed “big animal family,” she quickly decided that she wanted to put her effort toward helping the animals housed in the LaGrange Animal Shelter.
The teen delivered last week her first 10 beds for dogs at the shelter. She raised

Teen starts mission to help animals at shelter

When LaGrange High School junior Emily Flowers decided to take on a service project, as part of a self-proclaimed “big animal family,” she quickly decided that she wanted to put her effort toward helping the animals housed in the LaGrange Animal Shelter. The teen delivered last week her first 10 beds for dogs at the shelter. She raised

Relay for Life, group events to raise funds for cancer research
The Relay for Life event is set for April 24 from 6 p.m. until midnight at Chris Joseph Track. Proceeds benefit cancer research.
Teams competing will host various fundraisers leading up to the event:
• Ruby Tuesday Community Give Back Program on Friday. Relay for Life team mem

Fundraisers

Relay for Life, group events to raise funds for cancer research The Relay for Life event is set for April 24 from 6 p.m. until midnight at Chris Joseph Track. Proceeds benefit cancer research. Teams competing will host various fundraisers leading up to the event: • Ruby Tuesday Community Give Back Program on Friday. Relay for Life team mem

LifeSouth blood drives
LifeSouth will host the following blood drives in the area:
• Point University of West Point, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Wednesday.
• Market on Jefferson of LaGrange, 8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Saturday.
Drivers needed for disabled veterans
The Disabled American Veterans van needs volunteer drivers to take veterans

You can help

LifeSouth blood drives LifeSouth will host the following blood drives in the area: • Point University of West Point, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Wednesday. • Market on Jefferson of LaGrange, 8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Saturday. Drivers needed for disabled veterans The Disabled American Veterans van needs volunteer drivers to take veterans





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