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LaGrange Academy on Friday crowned Homecoming queens Brandi Smalls, left, and Jennifer Whitlow, right. Homecoming runner up was Monima Anam, center.

LaGrange Academy crowns Homecoming queens

LaGrange Academy on Friday crowned Homecoming queens Brandi Smalls, left, and Jennifer Whitlow, right. Homecoming runner up was Monima Anam, center.

Hogansville will host two public events this week for residents' input and information on plans for the new city library.
The public hearings are set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday and 12:15 p.m. Friday at the Hogansville Senior Center, 407 Church St.
“We encourage the public to attend and provide input into exactly what it is that they want from t

Hogansville to host library public hearings

Hogansville will host two public events this week for residents' input and information on plans for the new city library. The public hearings are set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday and 12:15 p.m. Friday at the Hogansville Senior Center, 407 Church St. “We encourage the public to attend and provide input into exactly what it is that they want from t

A group of people attempted to break into a Turner Street apartment and may have vandalized the resident's vehicle and later ransacked the apartment on Monday.
A resident reported Monday that she had been pulled from her vehicle in the parking lot by another person earlier in the day and assaulted, and a video of the incident had been posted on Fa

Turner Street resident terrorized

A group of people attempted to break into a Turner Street apartment and may have vandalized the resident's vehicle and later ransacked the apartment on Monday. A resident reported Monday that she had been pulled from her vehicle in the parking lot by another person earlier in the day and assaulted, and a video of the incident had been posted on Fa

A former campaign volunteer for a state House candidate told the Daily News on Monday she is considering filing a lawsuit against the county.
Sandra Allen, 58, of LaGrange said she believes her civil rights were violated while she was campaigning Nov. 4 for District 132 candidate Gene King, a Republican. Allen said a worker at the William J. Grigg

Campaigner alleges rights violation

A former campaign volunteer for a state House candidate told the Daily News on Monday she is considering filing a lawsuit against the county. Sandra Allen, 58, of LaGrange said she believes her civil rights were violated while she was campaigning Nov. 4 for District 132 candidate Gene King, a Republican. Allen said a worker at the William J. Grigg

The Union County Sheriff's Office reported the following arrests:
— Joshua Grant Lankford, 40, of 542 Mudbridge Road, Buffalo, was charged with possession of meth around 5:40 p.m. Jan. 23.
— Harry Douglas Edwards III, 22, of 3922 Foster Drive, Sharon, was charged with operating an uninsured vehicle and improper vehicle license around

Crime Reports

The Union County Sheriff's Office reported the following arrests: — Joshua Grant Lankford, 40, of 542 Mudbridge Road, Buffalo, was charged with possession of meth around 5:40 p.m. Jan. 23. — Harry Douglas Edwards III, 22, of 3922 Foster Drive, Sharon, was charged with operating an uninsured vehicle and improper vehicle license around

It was nearly midnight, I had just turned off the 11 o'clock news and was on my way to my bedroom. Halfway down the hallway the lights went off. Within the darkness I was frightened by the moonlit image of a large body leaning against the outside of my bedroom windows.
I stepped back in shock – as I did the body slowly dropped to the outside

Only a dream

It was nearly midnight, I had just turned off the 11 o'clock news and was on my way to my bedroom. Halfway down the hallway the lights went off. Within the darkness I was frightened by the moonlit image of a large body leaning against the outside of my bedroom windows. I stepped back in shock – as I did the body slowly dropped to the outside

Federal judge stays Alabama gay marriage ruling for 2 weeks

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has put a temporary hold on her decision that overturned Alabama's gay marriage ban, but indicated she will soon answer a key question: Must state probate judges issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples when the stay is lifted? U.S. District Judge Callie V. S. Granade on Sunday refused the Alabama a

Depends on who is involved

(Editor's note: This letter was submitted in December, but the Daily News wanted to contact all parties involved due to the allegations before running the letter. A story about the current status of this case appears on page 1A of today's edition.) I try to attend all Troup County Board of Elections and Registration (BOER) meetings. Recently, for

Democrat leaders loved President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech, while Republican leaders didn't. But what did the American people think of it? Here are five lessons we learned:
1) Americans are more enthusiastic about Obama's policies now than before the SOTU.
The Wall Street Journal ran an article with polling data that suggested ther

Did the Public Like Obama's State of the Union Speech?

Democrat leaders loved President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech, while Republican leaders didn't. But what did the American people think of it? Here are five lessons we learned: 1) Americans are more enthusiastic about Obama's policies now than before the SOTU. The Wall Street Journal ran an article with polling data that suggested ther

Not everybody can spell words like exsculptate or mugwumpery when someone calls them out, but those are some of the words that groups in the past had to tackle to win the annual Troup CLCP Spelling Bee.
The annual spelling bee has raised funds for the Certified Literate Community Program and been a forum for adults to show their spelling chops sin

'17 years later, still going strong'

Not everybody can spell words like exsculptate or mugwumpery when someone calls them out, but those are some of the words that groups in the past had to tackle to win the annual Troup CLCP Spelling Bee. The annual spelling bee has raised funds for the Certified Literate Community Program and been a forum for adults to show their spelling chops sin

Who, What, When & Where Of Whitmire: Party in the Pines and a welcome

Hello everyone. Gotta admit, those three days of upper 60's temps spoiled me. Felt like Spring had Sprung. Just when I begin nurturing my plants the old gray dreary cold temps came back on us. Even Gottrocks The Birthday Fairy had lost his cheerful and celebratory spirit due to SAD — Seasonal Affect Disorder. It was the time change to shorte

EASLEY — A resident of Country Place Apartments on Crestview Road in Easley spotted smoke coming from a nearby apartment at approximately 1:30 p.m. Monday and acted quickly, alerting 911 and assisting the apartment's resident to safety.
“I was working on my car and smelled smoke and I thought it had something to do with that,” th

Fire causes damage at Crestview Road Apartments

EASLEY — A resident of Country Place Apartments on Crestview Road in Easley spotted smoke coming from a nearby apartment at approximately 1:30 p.m. Monday and acted quickly, alerting 911 and assisting the apartment's resident to safety. “I was working on my car and smelled smoke and I thought it had something to do with that,” th

Multi-jurisdictional law enforcement efforts, including the Upson County Sheriff's Office and Thomaston Police Department, led to the arrest of two men last week on a variety of drug charges. The first arrest came on January 21, when officers from the Upson County Sheriff's Office, the Thomaston Police Department, the Meriwether County Sheriff's Of

Busted for drugs!

Multi-jurisdictional law enforcement efforts, including the Upson County Sheriff's Office and Thomaston Police Department, led to the arrest of two men last week on a variety of drug charges. The first arrest came on January 21, when officers from the Upson County Sheriff's Office, the Thomaston Police Department, the Meriwether County Sheriff's Of

Mayor to host update meetings

LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton will host a series of meetings around the city to update residents on projects and priorities. Residents' input and suggestions are welcome and encouraged, Thornton said. Council members and city staff also are expected to attend. The meetings will be 6 p.m. on the following dates and at these locations: • Thurs

EASLEY — A resident of Country Place Apartments on Crestview Road in Easley spotted smoke coming from a nearby apartment at approximately 1:30 p.m. Monday and acted quickly, alerting 911 and assisting the apartment's resident to safety.
“I was working on my car and smelled smoke and I thought it had something to do with that,” th

Fire causes damage at Crestview Road Apartments

EASLEY — A resident of Country Place Apartments on Crestview Road in Easley spotted smoke coming from a nearby apartment at approximately 1:30 p.m. Monday and acted quickly, alerting 911 and assisting the apartment's resident to safety. “I was working on my car and smelled smoke and I thought it had something to do with that,” th

Sunday, Feb. 1
11:15 a.m. and 3 p.m.: Bethesda Baptist Church in Santuc celebrates its 125th church anniversary. The morning service message will be delivered by the Rev. Roderick Oglesby Sr. The afternoon service message will be delivered by the Rev. Algerron Williams Sr., Moderator of the Gethsemane Baptist Association in Columbia and Pastor of

God is always caring

Sunday, Feb. 1 11:15 a.m. and 3 p.m.: Bethesda Baptist Church in Santuc celebrates its 125th church anniversary. The morning service message will be delivered by the Rev. Roderick Oglesby Sr. The afternoon service message will be delivered by the Rev. Algerron Williams Sr., Moderator of the Gethsemane Baptist Association in Columbia and Pastor of

Lady Griffins look to bounce back after two losses

WINNSBORO — The last two basketball games haven't gone the way the Lady Griffins of Fairfield Central High School had hoped they would. Fairfield Central High School's girls basketball team lost an away game against regional rival W.J. Keenan High School and fell to River Bluff High School. “Keenan came out aggressive Friday night,

Man dies from injuries Sunday

BUFFALO — A Buffalo man died Sunday evening from injuries he received in a two-vehicle collision Friday morning. In a statement released Monday morning, Union County Coroner William Holcombe announced that his officer had been notified of the death of Grady Tucker Sr., 79, 2450 Mt. Lebanon Road, Buffalo. Holcombe said that Tucker died shortl

Readers Choice winners named

NEWBERRY — The votes are in for The Newberry Observer Readers Choice Awards for our first category – Automotive —and Stokes Trainor Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac was the big winner, taking four of the categories. The winners were: • Best New Car: Stokes Trainor Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac • Best Used Car Dealership:

UNION COUNTY — A Union County Yellow Jackets wrestler has won more than 100 matches.
Union County High School senior Shameek White reached a milestone in his wrestling career last Monday when he picked up his 100th match win against Chesnee. On Monday, Coach G.B. McDaniel told White his record was 99-43, letting him know how close he was to

More than 100 matches

UNION COUNTY — A Union County Yellow Jackets wrestler has won more than 100 matches. Union County High School senior Shameek White reached a milestone in his wrestling career last Monday when he picked up his 100th match win against Chesnee. On Monday, Coach G.B. McDaniel told White his record was 99-43, letting him know how close he was to





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