News Line for LaGrange

Boys and Girls Club campers build a city
LaGrange has some new city planners already building the town of the future.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

LaGrange firefighers medal in Olympic games, set state records
Several LaGrange firefighters participated in this year’s Georgia Police and Fire Olympics and setting state records along the way.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

LaGrange council approves nearly $128 million budget
LaGrange City Council on Tuesday voted to approve a $127,981,147 budget.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

LaGrange, Lukken receive awards from GMA
The Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) recognized LaGrange and former mayor Jeff Lukken during its annual convention in Savannah this week; Lukken was inducted into the Municipal Government Hall of Fame and the city of LaGrange received the City of Ethics designation at the conference on Monday.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Downtown hotel construction waiting on tax credit
Developers of the downtown hotel project are still awaiting a New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) before demolition and construction at the site can begin.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Ribbon Cutting debuts revitalized Calumet Park
LaGrange City Council voted in September to spend $100,000 on park improvements after several residents in the area approached the council requesting revitalization of the area.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Planner: Macon-LaGrange highway more important with Savannah Harbor upgrades
The deepening of Savannah’s harbor and a planned expansion at Georgia’s Kia automobile plant could be the keys to a new highway study, says an advocate for the road.
Source: Macon Telegraph

‘Growlers’ to be considered in city
Mitch Key, a LaGrange resident, proposed to the LaGrange City Council on Tuesday a change in the city’s alcohol ordinance that would allow for the use of “growlers” at businesses in the city.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Annual LaGrange Youth Police/Fire camp set to begin
Nineteen years since its inception, the LaGrange Police Department-sponsored Youth Police/Fire Camp continues to grow and is coming back to the Mike Daniels Recreation Center starting next week.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Council votes to take loan to fund nuclear plant expansion; employee honored
LaGrange City Council voted Tuesday evening to accept a loan from the Department of Energy, that would help refinance the city’s portion of the upcoming Plant Vogtle 3 and 4 nuclear plant expansion.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Law enforcement accepts cold water challenge in support of worthy causes
The Cold Water Challenge, a viral Internet sensation, has made its way to LaGrange prompting local public safety agents to participate and tag others to do so as well.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

LaGrange takes advantage of tax-credit program
In an effort to spur job creation and business investment, LaGrange and other cities around the state are taking advantage of the state of Georgia’s business tax-credit program.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Council votes to make McGee Street a one way street
LaGrange City Council on Tuesday voted to approve a request to make McGee Street a one-way street, per request of area residents and recommendation from the city police department.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Proposed $247 million budget goes before council
A $247 million budget was proposed before the LaGrange City Council on Tuesday, with an increase in the city’s employee health care costs, no rate increases, a new city employee position and a $6.7 million landfill site for the fiscal year beginning July 2014.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

McGee Street, Boyd Park and ethics discussed by council
LaGrange city council on Tuesday reviewed a request to make McGee Street one-way.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Optimist Club honors city firefighter, officer of the year
The Optimist Club held a luncheon Monday at the Mike Daniels Recreation Center to honor the LaGrange Police Officer and LaGrange Firefighter of the Year for distinguished and dedicated service.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Delegation to S Korea discussed future business opportunities
Several leaders of LaGrange spent last week in South Korea learning about Korean businesses and discussing future business opportunities.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

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.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

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.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

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