News Line for LaGrange

Calumet Park renovations near completion
Renovations to Calumet Park is expected to be complete next month, according to LaGrange City Manager Tom Hall.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Mayor Thornton leads delegation to Korea
Mayor Jim Thornton and other members of LaGrange’s economic development team are meeting with South Korean leaders in Korea this week to discuss ways to enhance the relationship and economic development between LaGrange and South Korea.
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LaGrange receives updates on projects at council retreat
The LaGrange City Council spent the day on Merrimac Lake in Senoia Tuesday during the city’s annual retreat. To kick off the day, filled with discussion and brainstorming, City Manager Tom Hall updated the council on major upcoming projects for the city.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Law enforcement use social media to fight crime and inform public
In a whole new era of crime fighting, social media has proven to be a useful tool among local law enforcement in catching the bad guys and informing the public.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Council approves funding for boat race in May
Funding for a summer boat race was approved by LaGrange City Council Tuesday, and the event is anticipated to draw large numbers.
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LaGrange residents may see increase in utility bill
Residents and businesses could see a slight rate increase on utility bills if LaGrange council approves the proposed 2014 MEAG Power budget.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Committee strives to eradicate street gang activity across county
After 2013 proved to be a heavy gang activity year, local law enforcement along with other agencies have formed the Troup County Gang Coordinating Committee in an effort to eradicate street gangs across the county.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

New housing authority director wants innovation
LaGrange Housing Authority’s newly announced executive director told a group of authority officials that it is time to innovate.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Veterans Village project plans under way
The south side of LaGrange will be seeing more housing in retail in the upcoming years with a project slated for the former American Legion site on Hamilton Road.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Police: Justice reform bill contributing to increase property crime
LaGrange police believe a state law reducing punishment for thefts and burglaries is putting more repeat offenders back out on the street.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Commission denies smaller buffer on Sandtown Road annexation
County Commissioners on Tuesday didn’t accept a new proposal for a decreased zoning buffer for LaGrange’s proposed Sandtown Road annexation.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Lake resort study approved by council
A new resort-style marina could be the next big thing for LaGrange.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

County objects to zoning in LaGrange annexation proposal
County Commissioners on Friday made an objection to the zoning of a proposed city of LaGrange annexation that would make LaGrange and West Point city limits contiguous.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

‘He has been a very visionary leader’
For the city of LaGrange, it’s the end of an era as retiring Mayor Jeff Lukken prepares to bid city government farewell after 16 years and let Mayor-elect Jim Thornton take the helm.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

County creates scholarship in honor of longtime LaGrange mayor
Troup County on Dec. 17 created a scholarship in honor of outgoing LaGrange Mayor Jeff Lukken to fund additional candidates for the Troup Trained program.
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Council to hold further talks with county over annexation
LaGrange Council on Thursday agreed to hold more discussion with the county before deciding on an annexation that would connect LaGrange and West Point city limits.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Annexation would connect LaGrange, West Point city limits
Troup County plans to address concerns with the city of LaGrange over an annexation request that would connect West Point and LaGrange city limits.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Council hears final details on Boyd Park amphitheater
Renovations and construction at Boyd Park is predicted to be complete in spring 2015, LaGrange City Council learned during work session Tuesday morning.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

County signs off on TAD for downtown hotel
County Commissioners approved Tuesday agreements for a tax-allocation district, or TAD, in downtown LaGrange for the planned Marriott hotel in the former Mansour’s building.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

City considers annexation of school property
LaGrange City Council held a public hearing Tuesday for the annexation of Ethel Kight Elementary into the city.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Lukken: ‘Our best days are ahead of us’
Outgoing LaGrange Mayor Jeff Lukken gave a farewell during the final Chamber of Commerce Early Bird Breakfast on Tuesday, poking fun at himself along the way.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Thornton elected mayor
LaGrange City Councilman Jim Thornton wanted to wait late Tuesday night until all the numbers were in before allowing his supporters to celebrate his rise to the mayor’s seat.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Work starts on park
When LaGrange City Council agreed to spend about $100,000 on park improvements in September, City Manager Tom Hall said he hoped the project would be completed over the winter months.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Mayoral, council candidates discuss city issues at forum
Candidates for the LaGrange City Council and mayor took part in a candidate forum at Best Western Lafayette Garden Inn Tuesday, sponsored by the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Mayor hopefuls answer questions about poverty
Candidates hoping to be the next LaGrange mayor faced questions Thursday night from Circles of Troup County, the area’s anti-poverty initiative.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Utilities director marks 25 years with LaGrange
Patrick Bowie, director of utilities for the city of LaGrange, recently marked 25 years of employment with the city.
Source: LaGrange Daily News