Callaway High Cavaliers upend Pike County to win region championship. Page 9
LaGrange Daily News SATURDAY
November 8, 2008 WEATHER Pg. 2
West Point looks at new youth program
A night for color
Mostly sunny and mild.
Today’s artist: Morgan Pressley, fourth grade, Long Cane Elementary School.
By Jennifer Shrader Staff writer
Local Heating assistance is available for residents of Troup and other counties. PAGE 2
Fans for LaGrange and Troup high schools show their colors at their football teams face off Friday night in a crosstown rivalry at Callaway Stadium. LaGrange won 17-14. For more on the game, see page 9.
State Forget final vote tallies. In Georgia, the sprint to an expected runoff election next month for the U.S. Senate already has begun. PAGE 4
■ Since election day, much of the attention has been on the government transition, but there is family transition unfolding, too, as President-elect Barack Obama, his wife and daughters prepare for life at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. PAGE 5 ■ Even Barack Obama can’t change the calendar. The presidentelect said Friday he wanted to act urgently and deal ‘head on’ with the nation’s economic crisis. But he recognized that his power was limited by the fact that George Bush will be running things until Jan. 20. PAGE 5
Sports According to the official rules of baseball, what one word does the umpire say to start a game? Answer on page 2.
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A pregame downpour forced fans to don rain gear and break out their umbrellas. The rain was intermittent during the game, but temperatures remained mild.
With a decision on tap to discontinue funding the Boys & Girls Club of West Georgia, a group of West Point’s civic leaders began charting a new program for the city’s youth. “Of all the things I’ve done since I became mayor, this is the one thing I’m most excited about,” said Mayor Drew Ferguson IV. Planning for the program still is in its infancy and although the leadFerguson ers want it to be faith-based, a funding source has not been identified. Ferguson said he’d be involved with the project even if he weren’t mayor. Residents long have said that more programs for the city’s youth are needed, and a group at the city’s First United Methodist Church began planning afterschool enrichment programs earlier this year. A “study buddies” tutoring program has been in place for several weeks and already is gaining popularity, officials said. The need for a youth program became even more apparent to West Point residents this summer, when the Boys & Girls Club shuttered its building for the summer and instead bused interested youths to LaGrange facilities. City leaders, who hold the lease on the O.G. Skinner Drive building, were able to negotiate starting up club programs again in time for the school year, but since then have been dissatisfied with the club’s operations. The 2009 West Point budget does not include funding to support the local club. Ferguson said Friday one option for the new youth program would
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Firefighters step up ‘haz mat’ training By Joel Martin Senior writer
More than 50 personnel from the LaGrange, Troup County and West Point fire departments will have completed a hazardous-materials technician course by the time Kia Motors’ auto assembly plant in West Point starts production late next year. Such training, along with the purchase of a “haz mat” vehicle, was part of the incentive agreement for locating the Kia plant in Troup County. The county expects to take delivery of the vehicle no later than July, but it already has received most of the equipment and a decontamination trailer. “It enables our firefighters to properly respond to and work at a hazardous materials incident,” said county fire Capt. Dennis Knight, the department’s training officer. “With two railroads, interstates, major highways and a growing industrial base, a properly trained and equipped countywide haz mat team will be a great asset to the citizens and visitors in our area.” On Friday, 25 firefighters from Troup, LaGrange, West Point, Newnan and Fairburn completed the technician course, which lasted 48 hours over five days. They took final exams for national certification and demonstrated hands-on skills
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Troup County firefighter Brad Brock and LaGrange firefighters Nicole Camille and Josh Williams de-contaminate themselves at a hazardous materials drill Friday at the county Fire Department’s training center on Hamilton Road. through a simulated accident in which a farmer driving home with drums of chemicals gets into a traffic accident, and the chemicals spill and mix together. The training was conducted by the Georgia Fire Academy at the county Fire Department Training Center on Hamilton Road and the LaGrange Fire Depart-
ment’s administration building. Several training courses have been conducted here over the past few years. It all starts with an eight-hour “awareness” course, followed by a 32-hour firstresponder operations course. Some firefighters go on to the technician course.
“Additional training, drills and exercises will be conducted for haz mat personnel to maintain their current skills and to keep up with new techniques and technology,” Knight said. Joel Martin can be reached at jmartin@ lagrangenews.com or at (706) 884-7311, Ext. 235.
Jury says courthouse gunman is guilty ATLANTA (AP) – The shooting spree began when Brian Nichols overpowered a deputy, stole her weapon and burst into a courtroom where he shot a judge and court stenographer dead. Soon he had slain another deputy and a federal agent and stolen a car, plunging the city into deep fear and horrifying the country on a day locals would long remember as simply “the rampage.” He then took another woman hostage, holing up in her apartment and Nichols using her drugs before surrendering to authorities the next morning. But it wasn’t nearly over: Efforts bring the 36-year-old to justice would stretch for more than three years, draining millions of dollars and frustrating victims’ families. Finally, on Friday, jurors found Nichols guilty of murder and a slew of other charges in a packed courtroom around the corner from where the notorious shootings took place. The facts of the case were never in doubt – Nichols confessed to the killings – but he claimed he was gripped by a delusional com-
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■ Public safety ■ Marriages
2 charged in theft Troup County sheriff ’s investigators Thursday arrested two people for allegedly stealing power and lawn equipment from homes in LaGrange and the unincorporated area. Clifford Lane Brown, 25, and Kimberly Ann Driver, 23, both of LaGrange, were charged with three counts of felony theft and one count of attempted theft. Investigators recovered an estimated $3,000 worth of the stolen equipment from pawn shops.
Arrest Troup County sheriff ’s investigators charged Anthony Ashley Newsome, 28, of Pine Mountain Valley with a burglary in October on Dallis Mill Road. Newsome has pending charges in Harris County as well. ■ It is the policy of LaGrange Daily News to print the names of people charged with felonies.
pulsion that he was a slave rebelling against his masters. The jury rejected that argument, finding him guilty of all 54 charges against him, including felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and armed robbery. The jurors now will debate whether he deserves capital punishment. The murder in the court enveloped the city with a sense of dread, as residents heard minute-by-minute accounts of the crime and urgent pleas from authorities to stay vigilant. It also shook the justice system, leaving attorneys and judges to question their safety and forcing courthouses around the state to re-examine security.
Weekend trivia From page 1 Sports According to the official rules of baseball, what one word does the umpire say to start a game? The word is “Play.’’
These marriages were recorded in October at the Troup County probate office: Derick Efuetnguh Amin and Lakesha Micheal Maddox; Phillip David Bates and Jeannie Annette Poole; Rodney Lee Blank and Amy Jean Fegan; Eric Dwayne Bowles and Shameka Shanta Mahone; Joshua David Brawner and Jessica Nicole Irvin; Robert Lee Burch III and Kimberly Allison Deriso; Jonathan Andrew Burns and Caralyn Claire Maylott; Jerry Jason Farmer and Whitney Lauren Willey; Robert Jay Fisher and Thelma Jean Satterfield; Justin Thomas Ford and Megan Elizabeth Selph; Billy Wayne Green and Akira Malik Bray; Jack Kinzell Harmon and Jenny Leigh Whitlock; Christopher Edward Hendricks and Stephanie Faith Plemons; Steven Dustin Hunt and Heather Jo Eunice; William Kenneth Johnson and Freda Joy Johnson; Michael Len Jones and Angela Bovene Oglesby; Finis Brandon Jones and Leslie Annette Moore; Gilbert Christopher Key and Amelia Joyce Harman; James David Knight and Kimberley Marcie Bradford; Harry Webster Lipford and Tiffiny Marie Bowen; Gregory Dan Lovvorn and Heather Marie Martin; Ricky Dean Matthews Jr. and Samantha Joy New; Jeffery Lynn Oglesby and Sherry Lynn Hand; Carlos Monta Poythress and Tynesha Cantrell Parks; Nery Abelamar Recinos and Patricia Lopez Vazquez; Thomas Cody Royster and Elisa Louise Erwin-Brown; Cary Jason Searels and Donna Sue Smith; Mark Edward Shannon and Amber Lindsay Laster; Dexter Lamar Simpson and Cokeithia Lashae Roman; Adam Christopher Smith and Stephanie Amanda Nelson; William Joseph Tanner and Terri Elizabeth Fincher; Taylor Scott Thornton and Erica Daneille Alvarado; William Eugene Tilson and Casey Dell Ishman; Dwayne Lemon Edward Wade and Consandra Sessions; Matthew Dawayne White and Hanna Cherie Seymour; Perry Lee Wilder IV and Caitlin Rebecca Norris; Christopher Lee Williams and Hilary Lynn Arrington; Justin Ryan Woitena and Stacy Lynn Hand; and Jeffrey Brian Woody and April Patha Scruggs.
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Cannon Street Elementary School inducted 12 students into Cougar Pride, a group of fourthand fifth-graders who demonstrate good character and will act as role models for their peers. Nominated by their teachers, Cougar Pride students develop leadership, social and service learning skills. They are assigned to a teacher to assist as needed with tutoring, mentoring, mediating, and assisting with special events and service projects. Above, the new inductees are, front, Tre Forrest, Qua Ray, Alexandra Thornton, B.J. Reed and Harmonie
Sample-Brown; back, Kiara Thornton, Kiyana Simpson, Jaylen Harrison, Michael Freeman, Cor tney Alexander, Shantenia Bonner and Vanquez
Hines. They join current members, called Senior Cougar Pride. Cougar Pride activities are coordinated by school counselor Ann Sweeney.
YOUTH From left are Senior Cougar Pride students Kamaria Porter, Aaliyah Garrett, Kalifa Hill, Terry Sheppard and Michael Pless.
Cub Scouts of Den 2, Pack 21, recently were honored for earning Cub Scouting’s highest rank, the Arrow of Light Award. From left are, front, Larkin Easterwood, Nathan Ramon, Payton Barr and Zachary Yates; back, Bernard Bledsoe of Boy Scout Troop 21, Cub Scout leader Phillip Ivey, Mike Wilson of Troop 21 and Cub Scout leaders Mike Joyce and David Easterwood.
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Two Troup 4-H members and three LaGrange FFA members competed in livestock events at the Georgia National Fair recently. Scott Hicks, a 4-H’er and third-grader at Rosemont Elementary School, was a first-year goat exhibitor, showing his two Boer does. Haley Throne, a 4H’er and seventh-grader at West Side Magnet School, showed a Boer cross doe, two commercial heifers and an Angus steer. She received a belt buckle for winning in seventh-grade market goat showmanship. FFA members Ava Hersey, Kayla Riggs and Katherine Throne exhibited market goats. Riggs exhibited a wether that placed third in its class, while Throne exhibited a doe that placed second in its class. Throne also exhibited beef heifers and steers and placed 11th in 12th-grade beef cattle showmanship. ‘Good for you’ recognizes individuals and groups for good deeds or personal achievement. Send photos to “Good for You,” LaGrange Daily News, P.O. Box 929, LaGrange, GA 30241 or to Dan Baker at dbaker@ lagrangenews.com, or bring it to our office at 105 Ashton St. Here are a few guidelines:
Community Action for Improvement Inc. will administer the energy assistance program for Troup, Heard, Meriwether, Coweta and Carroll counties. The program helps pay heating costs for gas, electricity, wood, coal or kerosene. One-time payments are made to the energy supplier on behalf of eligible households. Appointments for the medically homebound, disabled or households where all people are 65 or older will be taken through Nov. 30. Applications for other residents will begin Dec. 1. Troup County applicants may visit the LaGrange Service Center at 1380 Lafayette Parkway or call (706) 8826412. Applicants in other counties may call their local CAFI service center. Households must be responsible for their home heating costs. Eligibility is based on gross income of all household members. Applicants must provide their most recent home heating bill and proof of gross income for all household members for the past 30 days. They also must provide the original Social Security card for each member of the household. The program is administered on a first-come, firstserved basis.
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be to use the Boys & Girls Club building – if the club would agree to terminate the lease with West Point. The city built the building after a $500,000 community development block grant was awarded from the state in 2004. A terms of the lease to the Boys & Girls Club state that the building must be used for youth programs for low-income and underprivileged youths. The city contends that since the club is serving only about 20 children since its reopening, the club isn’t honoring the lease. Under the grant terms, if the state agreed with West Point and found the club in violation of the lease, the club could be held responsible for paying back the $500,000 grant. Ferguson and others would rather arrange for the club to back out of the lease. “We don’t want to be taking money away from the children in LaGrange” who use the Boys & Girls Club, he said. The leaders gathered Friday want the new program to have several components, but stressed the need for whatever is created to be faith-based. “That should be our umbrella,” said Nan Schuessler, a West Point resident. “If it’s based in faith, we will pray about it and the right people will come. The Lord will work it out.” The new program would include after-school tutoring, character development and leadership training, family education, and nutrition and physical education programs. There’s no timeline for setting up the new program, and Ferguson said it likely will take several planning meetings to iron out the details. The group will meet again Friday, and Ferguson urged members to think about what they envision for the project. Members stressed Friday that even if the Boys & Girls Club still operated in the city – and even if they had to find another building – the new youth program would go forward. “This is not to beat up on the Boys & Girls Club,” Ferguson said. “This is about what’s best for our children.” Jennifer Shrader can be reached at jshrader@la grangenews. com or by calling (706) 884-7311, Ext. 236.
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Calumet Mill celebrates it 15th reunion Oct. 24-25 From staff reports
The Calumet Mill held its 15th annual reunion Oct. 2425. Activities included a gathering at Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church and Katie’s restaurant. Friday night’s dinner was catered by Country’s Barbecue, and the 80 attendees met at Katie’s on Saturday for the main event. Those attending from LaGrange were Jim Andrews, J.W. Andrews, Sarah Andrews, Lois Adams, Robert Alexander, Betty Allen, Larry Bishop, Mary Nell Cheek, Dot Correll, Tommy Crowe, Pat Nauss, Alfred Elder, Jack Folds, Jenny Folds, David Gordon, William Harris, Andra Weathers, Alice Seppala, Rae Seppala, Handley
Heard, June Heard, Robert Hendrix, Rogene Hendrix, Janet Houser, Kathleen Looney, Calvin Meadows, Mae Meadows, Bill McGee, Joyce McGee, James Scott, Bobbie J. Scott, Rebecca Moore, Barbara Norred, Ralph Norris, Sylvene Norred, Sue Parks, Tabitha Parker, Tommie Nell Pitts, Ruby Powers, Wallace Reid, Betty Wright, Judy Schticher,, Lois Brown Smith, Joann Stroud, Fred Thompson, Bobby Traylor, Mot Traylor, George Wallace, Marth Wallace, James Walls, Betty Walls, Billy Williams, Ruth Williams, Ben Thompson, Alane Thompson, Benjie Thompson, Dianne Yarbrough, Jessie Henson, Kathleen M. Teague, Elsie Ledford Pike, Pat Pruitt,
Attendees at the 15th anniual Calumet Mill reunion gather in front of Katie’s restaurant for a photo. Larry Pruitt and Berta Mae Perry. Out-of-town guests included Danny and Phyllis Andrews of Bowdon; Sandra Bowles Bonner of Hogans-
ville; Terry Boules of Fayetteville; Joe Brazil of West Monroe, La.; Ondas and Becky Brown of Jonesboro; Larry, Jerry and Judy Manor Boggs, all of Dadeville, Ala.;
Harvey Griffin of Duluth; Carlton Hart of Mooreville, N.C.; Bobby Knighton of Hogansville; Deanne Scubelek of Lebanon, Ind.; Bonnie Rae Slaughter of
Morrow; Thurman Slaughter of Baton Rouge, La.; Patsy Johnson of West Point; and Randall Todd, Betty Joe Todd, Alan White and Tracy White, all of Valley, Ala.
■ In our community Events Today Hills & Dales hosts a “Welcome the Birds” workshop from 10 a.m. to noon. Chris Smith will help participants create a birdhouse. Participants will also receive information on bird feeding preferences and plants to attract wildlife. Cost is $25, and $10 for Girl and Boy Scouts. Children must be accompanied by an adult. (706) 882-3242. The LaGrange Art Museum hosts its ‘Pop! Bash’ fundraiser at 7:30 p.m. at the museum on Lafayette Parkway. Attire for the event is dressy casual. Tickets are $50 and includes wine, beer, food and entertainment. For more information, call (706) 882-3267. The Troup County 4-H Club holds a horse fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m at the Troup County Equestrian Park Arena on Roanoke Road. Featuring riding demonstrations, cake walk, costume contest, a parade of breeds, games and more. Concessions will be provided by the Troup County 4-H Club. Entertainer Elijah Kelley of LaGrange will be one of the artists honored at a program at 8 p.m. at the Liberty Theater in Columbus. Tickets at $25 are available by calling (706) 412-9751. The second annual car show to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stanford Automotive and Repair, 66 Youngs Mill Road, featuring catered food, door prizes and drawings. There is a $20 car entry fee. A benefit for the family of Lt. Rick Massie will be from 4 to 6 p.m. at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, 3704 Hamilton Road. LaGrange Mall hosts Ladies Day at the Mall from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., featuring a fashion and entertainment show at 1:30 p.m. and services geared toward women, including beauty services, foot massages, hobbies, jewelry, crafts, home decor and food tastings.
Sunday-Wednesday The Mistletoe Market at St. Mark’s returns in Margaret’s Room, downstairs at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. The event will
be from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday. A percentage of the sales from the artists will be donated to St. Mark’s Kindergarten.
Monday The third annual veteran’s appreciation day reception will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Georgia Department of Labor, 1002 Longley Place. Refreshments will be provided.
Churches Today Upper Room Apostolic Church at 3479 Hogansville Road holds a yard sale and breakfast at 7 a.m., rain or shine. Teaver Road Baptist Church at 215 Teaver Road holds a shred-a-thon fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the church parking lot to benefit its outreach programs. Personal and household documents will be shredded for $20 per household or 65 gallons.Items will be shredded onsite. Concord CME Church at 404 Society Circle in Woodbury hosts a fruit of the spirit fashion show at 4 p.m. Callaway Baptist Church at 310 John Lovelace Road holds revival services at 7 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Ron Herrod, president of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists, will be the speaker. A fellowship meal will be served at 5:30 p.m, followed by special music at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday Eagle’s Nest Cathedral at 1306 E. 10th St. in West Point holds a family and friends service at 7 p.m. The Rev. Solomon Huguley of Atlanta will be the guest speaker. True Worship Baptist Church celebrates the first anniversary of its pastor, the Rev. Willie Hutchinson. The guest speaker at the 11 a.m. service will be the Rev. Arthur Hart. The Rev. William E. Harris of New Beginnings Baptist Church will be the guest speaker at 2:30 p.m.. Welcome Baptist Church in the Redline Community celebrates family and friends day at 11:30 a.m. with the Rev. C.F. Reed of Ebenezer Baptist Church of Franklin as special guest. Also featuring Ebenezer Shining Stars.
Concord CME Church at 404 Society Circle in Woodbury celebrates its 130th anniversary at noon. The Rev. Willie Williams, pastor, will be the pastor. Dinner will be served. Callaway Baptist Church at 310 John Lovelace Road holds revival services at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Ron Herrod, president of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists, will be the speaker. St. Paul Baptist Church at 205 Union St. holds worship service at 11 a.m. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Adrian Smith of Newnan. Ebenezer Baptist Church of Pine Mountain celebrates the pastoral anniversary of the Rev. and Mrs. Gregory Turks at 11 a.m. The Rev. George Strozier of Threats Grove Baptist Church will be the speaker. Confidence Missionary Baptist Church celebrates its 19th anniversary at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. C. W. Martin of Valley Grove Baptist Church will be the guest speaker. St. Elizabeth grand chapter Order of the Eastern Star hosts its Five-point Tea at 2 p.m. at 420 Macon St.
parents, to have a break and to share with other parents. The Salvation Army Home League meets at 6 p.m. at the Salvation Army Worship and Community Center at 806 Murphy Ave. LaGrange Amateur Radio Club will have a net on frequency 146.700 at 9 p.m. Cub Scout Pack 324 meets at 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church on the Square, fourth floor above the gym. The Experimental Aircraft Organization meets at 6:30 a.m. at LaGrange-Callaway Airport. The NAACP general membership meeting is at 7 p.m. at the William Griggs Recreational Center. Downtown LaGrange Development Authority Business and Economic Development meets at 2 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce. The LaGrange-Troup County Humane Society meets at 6 p.m. at the animal shelter at 1390 Orchard Hill Road. West Point City Council meets at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Work sessions are at 8:15 a.m. on the Thursday before the council meeting.
Confidence Missionary Baptist Church holds fall revival services at 7 p.m. Monday’s speaker will the the Rev. Frank Kennedy of Pilgrim Baptist Church; Tuesday’s speaker will be the Rev. Tracy Neal of Leverette Hill Baptist Church and Wednesday’s speaker will be the Rev. Gary Fanning of New Bethel Ministries.
Grandparents raising Grandchildren meets from 10 a.m. to noon at the Mike Daniel Recreation Center on Lafayette Parkway for a Thanksgiving luncheon. The Troup County Republican Women meet at 11:30 a.m. at Highland Country Club. $10 for lunch. To make reservations, email email@example.com. Tuesday The LaGrange Symphony Orchestra Board meets at 5:30 p.m. in classroom A in the Callaway Education Building at LaGrange College. The Downtown Development Authority meets at 2 p.m. at the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce. The LaGrange Housing Authority Board of Commissioners meet at 4 p.m. at 201 Chatham St. The Troup County Republican Women meets at 11:45 a.m. at Highland Country Club. For reservations, call president Pat Bodine at (706) 637-0865. Grandparents raising Grandchildren meets from 10 a.m. to noon at the Mike Daniel Recreation Center on Lafayette Parkway.
Monday Callaway Baptist Church at 310 John Lovelace Road holds revival services at 7 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Ron Herrod, president of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists, will be the speaker.
Meetings Today Emily’s Place offers a monthly support group for the parents of special needs children, meeting from 2 to 4 p.m. at the LaGrange Memorial Library. A guest speaker will speak briefly on a topic of particular interest and need to you, however, this time is primarily designed for
Teen’s fear keeps her out of driver’s seat ■ Births Dear Abby: I am 19, Why can’t I give her Kelly Blazer and Diwarn Hill of LaGrange ■ Dear Abby father. female, smart, responsible the love she deserves? She’s and friendly. I also have a terrible fear of driving. I have read driving manuals, but I’m scared to be in control of a big vehicle with so many other vehicles on the road. I always found an excuse not to sign up for driver’s ed in high school, and have refused countless offers from friends and family to teach me. My response was always, “No, I’m not ready.” All my younger relatives have driver’s licenses, and I do feel I am missing out on things. How do I overcome this fear? Do I just say yes to my friends or family when they offer again? Please tell me what to do. – Non-Driver in Massachusetts Dear Non-Driver: Having the fear of driving that you do, you should not get behind the wheel of a car until you have first consulted a professional counselor who specializes in helping
people with phobias. My concern is that you might overreact out of fear and cause an accident. Once you have mastered your fear, then who should teach you is up to you. However, I am recommending you learn from a professional driving instructor. It will be safer for all concerned. Dear Abby: I would like to have a relationship with my granddaughter, “Zoe,” who is 10. My son refuses to have anything to do with her. He was 16 when he got his girlfriend pregnant. He is now 26 and married, with a 9month-old child. His wife won’t have any part of his little girl. Should I step in and be a grandmother, even if my son and daughter-in-law may never talk to me again? Zoe doesn’t even know her
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announce the birth of their daughter, Layla Starr Nicole Hill, on Oct. 2 at West Georgia Medical Center. She is the granddaughter of Susan and Kenneth Pitts and Lavern Hill, all of LaGrange. Jana and Chris Colson of LaGrange announce the birth of their daughter, Madaline Rae Colson, on Oct. 13 at West Geor-
gia Medical Center. She is the granddaughter of Jennifer and Donnie Smith of LaGrange and Christine and Steve Colson of LaGrange. Genika Little Davidson and Tseyonka Davidson announce the birth of their daughter, Skylah Elise Davidson, on Oct. 24. Grandparents are Ouida Watson, Eugene Watson, Teresa Davidson and Bernard Little.
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Senate race chugs on to likely runoff
Kia dealership in Athens closes ATHENS (AP) â€“ A Kia car dealership in Athens has closed after six years of business. Jane Sykes with Southeast Automotive Group, the dealershipâ€™s parent company, said the store closed Thursday. She said the operation is being consolidated with the Gwinnett Place Kia dealership about 50 miles west of Athens in Duluth. Sykes said some employees will be transferred to the Gwinnett Place store. She was unsure how many workers were at the Athens dealership.
GBI probes sheriff â€™s office
Pupils from Westmont Elementary School check out a display of various costumes McCRAE (AP) â€“ Authori- and suits worn by soul singer James Brown in an exhibit at the Augusta Museum.
ties are investigating allegations of financial impropriety in the Telfair County Sheriffâ€™s Department. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said search warrants were served at the home of Sheriff Jim Williamson, his office and the county jail. Greg Harvey, in charge of the GBI office in Eastman, said the investigation began May 20 and revealed documents and other evidence that public funds were improperly converted and spent. Harvey the funds â€œappear to have been takenâ€? from traffic citation bonds and the sheriffâ€™s operating budget. Williamson, who leaves office next month after two terms, could not be reached Friday for comment.
Soldiers will march for vets SAVANNAH (AP) â€“ Two groups of Georgia National Guard soldiers will march to honor veterans this weekend. A 30-soldier contingent will march from Fort Stewart to the armory in Savannah in honor of Veterans Day and to call attention to the 2009 deployment to Afghanistan. Another group of 75 soldiers from the 118th Field Artillery Regiment will hold a similar march in the Atlanta area. The Savannah-area soldiers hope to complete the 48-mile march in 48 hours. The troops will follow a tank trail running parallel to Ga. 344 and will spend a night camping out. The march begins Sunday at Fort Stewart.
Chick-fil-A head honored ATLANTA (AP) â€“ The founder of Chick-fil-A has won the 2008 prize for leadership from the Philanthropy Roundtable. S. Truett Cathy was honored Friday at a luncheon for the Washington, D.C.-based association. He is donating his $250,000 prize to two Union City charities â€“ Hope House Childrenâ€™s Respite Center and the Childrenâ€™s Village. Cathy founded the Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A in 1967. The chain now has more than 1,400 stores across the country and brings in annual sales of $2.64 billion. He has focused his philanthropic activities on children. He provides college scholarships to restaurant employees and established the WinShape Foundation to support foster homes, summer camps and wilderness retreats for children.
Exhibit on singer is big draw at museum AUGUSTA (AP) â€“ Nearly two years after his death, James Brown can still attract an audience. Walk-in patrons at the Augusta Museum of History have increased nearly 40 percent since the museum opened the â€œGodfather of Soul, Mr. James Brownâ€?exhibition in May. Attendance at the museum from January to September 2007 was 15,428, compared with 23,857 during the same period this year. In comparison, both the Morris Museum of Art and the National Science Center â€™s Fort Discovery report that attendance is down from last year. Itâ€™s a success story that, for the history museum, is proving expensive, particularly the potential of a $156,250 cut from the budget, which includes $75,000 for the popular Godfather exhibition. The cuts are part of a 2009 proposed budget unveiled Tuesday by City Administrator Fred Russell. Nancy Glaser, the executive director of the museum, said that while increased patronage does mean increased income for the museum, admission prices account for only 20 percent to 25 percent of the budget. The cost of running the institution is covered primarily by grants, donations and government funding. She said increased traffic through the museum indicates that it is succeeding in its mission, but it also means that the museum has become more expensive to run. â€œWhat I was asking for is help with the maintenance of the exhibit,â€? Glaser said of the additional $75,000
Trent Tapley, 8, checks out a video of Brown at the museum. requested. â€œThat includes things like staffing. Right now Iâ€™m up there doing tours. There are a lot of factors, because attendance is up. Keeping the building clean, the lights on, little things like toilet paper â€“ it all adds up.â€? The proposed budget also would cut the museumâ€™s regular operating budget. Glaser noted that the funding requested did not represent an increase, but rather a continuation of last yearâ€™s funding. â€œWe just want to keep to momentum going,â€? she said. â€œI know these decisions are tough, and I donâ€™t envy the people that have to make them one bit. We just hope to be able to hold our own.â€? Russell said that while he understands that the museum attracts visitors, and dollars, to the community, the budget cuts, like similar cuts proposed for the Greater Augusta Arts Council and the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, represent the cityâ€™s attempt to prioritize needs and desires. â€œThe hard part of all this is that we are mandated to provide essential services,â€?
he said. â€œSo while it is hard to make those cuts, we see it as necessary.â€? Russell acknowledged that the 2009 budget is far from final, and that resistance from the community and commission could alter plans. He noted that right now, taxes in Augusta-Richmond County remain relatively low, and that each item included in the budget requires resources. â€œA dollar only goes so far,â€? he said. â€œI mean, we can have the greatest museum system in the world, but it all costs money.â€? Because the budget has not been approved, the museum is planning for all contingencies. If the full amount is cut from the museum budget, it will represent about 13 percent of the museumâ€™s annual operating costs. â€œWhat you try to do in a situation like this is minimize the effect on public service,â€? Glaser said. â€œWe have to look very carefully at what we can and canâ€™t do, and unfortunately that means nothing is off the table.â€?
Gun shop gets heat over â€˜Obama saleâ€™ HULL (AP) â€“ An northeast Georgia gun shop has stopped using Presidentelect Barack Obamaâ€™s fame to sell weapons after some passers-by interpreted it as a call to violence against the countryâ€™s first black leader. The Georgia Outdoor Sports shop used an outdoor sign to advertise an â€œObama Saleâ€? on guns and ammo Wednesday morning just hours after his victory was announced. Shop owner Carrie Mentel said she was trying to capitalize on gun ownersâ€™ concerns that their right to bear
arms will be limited under a Democratic administration. On Thursday, she changed the message on the outdoor
sign to â€œSupport the 2nd Amendment Sale.â€? Hull is about eight miles northeast of Athens.