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The Troup Lady Tigers are hoping to end a three-game losing streak this week. Page 9

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Today’s artist: Mary Kate Miles, fifth grade, Berta Weathersbee School.

Local Find out which local restaurants were inspected and what health inspectors found in the weekly “restaurant inspections” listing. Page 8


As the state works to close a $2.2 billion budget hole, it’s slashing some $18.9 million from Meals on Wheels, adult day care, in-home respite programs and other initiatives which advocate for the elderly say help senior citizens stay in their homes rather than enter costly nursing homes. Page 4

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Burglar makes bank ‘withdrawal’

What does he know? Groundhogs see spring differently

LILBURN, Ga. (AP) — Georgia’s groundhog, Gen. Beauregard Lee, has failed to see his shadow, predicting an early spring. The Southern varmint’s prediction differed early Monday from that of his famous Northern colleague, Punxsutawney Phil, who did see his shadow, meaning winter will last another six weeks. Beau emerged from his mockup antebellum mansion at the Yellow River Game Ranch in Lilburn about 7:30 a.m. under overcast skies and a temperature of 30 degrees. A small crowd, many waving pompoms, clapped and cheered. No official records of Beau’s forecasts have been kept, but his owner, Art Rilling, has said he’s only missed once in his career. That one miss was a biggie. Beau called for an early spring in 1993 and the worst blizzard in decades blasted the South. Meanwhile, up in Pennsylva-

Suspects nabbed at scene of burglaries By Kenneth Thompson Staff writer

Ben Hughes, handler of the weather-predicting groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, holds Phil in the air after removing him from his stump at Gobbler’s Knob today in Punxsutawney, Pa. The Groundhog Club said Phil saw his SEE GROUNDHOG, PAGE 2 shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter. AP photo

Nation, world Piloting his Dodge Dakota through the narrow horse trails of far west Kentucky during the worst power outage in state history, David Strange was quickly earning his new nickname: “the generator man.” Page 5


Political scientist John A. Tures looks at approval records of new presidents with surprising results, while Rep. Randy Nix says the state legislature is facing tough choices on budget issues. Page 6

Sports Callaway wrestler Brandon Hontz won a championship on Saturday. Page 9


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A burglar jimmied the lock of a downtown bank Sunday afternoon and made off with cash from locked cabinets inside. LaGrange Police responding to Charter Bank at 300 Church about 2:30 p.m. found the front door unsecured and an undisclosed amount of cash missing from locked cabinets behind the teller windows. Authorities have several leads, including security camera images, said Sgt. Mark Cavender. “At this point, we still have quite a few leads to look at, including the tape’s images,” Cavender said. Reports said the suspect was described as having a medium build, with no hair and wearing a long sleeve T shirt, dark jeans and boots. Also Sunday, local authorities twice made burglary arrests after catching suspects inside local businesses - Dairy Queen at 230 New Franklin Road and Mariotti Gym on the LaGrange College campus. Police said Dardareous Reid, 20, of Forrest Avenue, is accused of breaking into the gym and may face four additional counts of burglary for previous incidents at the same location within the past month. Reid is accused of using a

LaGrange College student’s key to enter the gym around 11 p.m. and damaging the glass doors to the women’s basketball coach’s office. After securing a perimeter around the building, police found Reid inside the gym, running toward its rear doors. The burglary of Dairy Queen occurred at 12:45 a.m. when a security alarm alerted the restaurant’s owner who was at his home during the incident. Police accused John Henry Green, 45, of no determined address of damaging one of the establishment’s windows to enter the building. Police caught the suspect inside of the building shortly after the breakin. Green was charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools and giving a false name to an officer. “There have been a string of burglaries with businesses along New Franklin Road the past month and a half, including another one at Dairy Queen and two at Roger’s Bar-b-Que,” Cavender said. “We are looking into the possibility of Green also being related to some of those. But as of now, that’s only speculation.” No more details on any of the cases were available at this time. Anyone with more information was asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (706) 8121000 or LaGrange Police at (706) 883-2603. Kenneth Thompson can be reached at or (706) 884-7311, Ext. 228.

Local Red Cross looking for heroes From staff reports

Explorations in Antiquity Center curator Barbara Herlan makes adjustments on one of the displays at the newest exhibit, ‘Jesus’ Last Night with His Disciples.’

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‘Passover’ exhibit opens at Antiquities Center By Sherri Brown Staff Writer

The Explorations in Antiquity Center has opened its latest exhibit detailing a history of the Passover supper leading up to Jesus’ last meal with his disciples and on through a modern-day passover celebration. The Last Supper is an event retold by historians, novelists and theologians and celebrated by Christians at communion services and on Maundy

Thursday. The annual Passover holy day celebrates the exodus from Egypt. The Bible tells that God sent 10 plagues to convince Pharaoh to release the Israelite slaves. The tenth plague was the death of firstborn sons. Israelites were spared this plague – and the angel of death “passed over” their homes – if they marked their doorposts with the blood of a lamb. To better understand the his-

tory of the event that is pivotal in Christian tradition, the center has designed a display that shows the progression of the passover meal, beginning with the event itself. “With Easter coming and a lot of folks thinking about the events of Passion week and the Last Supper, we thought it would be a good exhibit,” said Derrick Lewis, general manager of the center. Staff member Hannaniah


Whether it’s the firefighter or policeman or the kindly neighbor down the street, The Troup-Valley chapter of the American Red Cross is looking for “Hometown Heroes.” The heroes, nominated in 10 separate categories, will be honored at the annual heroes breakfast, 7:30 a.m. March 19 at Lafayette Garden Inn. The organization has used “heroes” to campaign for funds for the Red Cross for the last three years. The awards are a new and different and although a fundraising campaign will go on this year, these particular heroes won’t have to raise money, said executive director Connie Hensler.

“We wanted to bring a little more to the Heroes campaign,” she said. Hometown heroes may be nominated in the following categories: humanitarian; good samaritan (youth and adult awards); military; health and safety; education; environment; emergency response and community partner. Hensler said the categories encompass all aspects of the community and she’s hoping for many nominees. All nominees will be invited to the breakfast along with chosen winners. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 20. Nominations may be e-mailed via the chapter Web site, or nominations may be called in to the chapter office, (706) 8845818.

Optimist Club essay winners celebrate ‘power of youth’ From staff reports

A home-schooled LaGrange teenager will represent her hometown at the state level of the Optimist Club’s annual essay competition. Writing on the theme, “The power of youth,” Haley Batchelor, 15, won the local competition with an essay crediting youthful energy and enthusiasm with having the power to change the world. Citing Anne Frank, George Washington and Joan of Arc, among other examples, she concludes “There is no right age to do something great. Young people can be empow-

ered with the knowledge that their desire to make the world a better place can be accomplished now. They do not have to wait until they grow up to do noble things.” Batchelor, daughter of Ed and Claire Batchelor, was honored at a recent Optimist Club of LaGrange luncheon along with runners-up Tiffanie Scott, 17, second and MacKenzie Regier, 18, third. As first place winner, Batchelor received a gold medallion and $100 savings bond. Scott, a senior at Callaway High School, received a silver medallion and $75 bond, and

Regier, a Troup High senior, was awarded a bronze medallion and $50 bond. The bonds were donated by RBC Centura Bank of LaGrange. Scott’s essay linked power to a good education, noting “We have the power to do and to become whatever it is that we dream of achieving.” Progress, Regier suggested, requires fresh thinking and a willingness to change. “The youthful have the miraculous ability to cock their heads to the side and say, ‘No, that has to go. This can be done better and we need to


Winners of the 2009 Optimist Club of LaGrange essay contest are, from left, Tiffanie Scott, second; Haley Batchelor, first and MacKenzie Regier, third.


2 - Monday, Feb. 2, 2009 On the road to Colorado

■ Obituaries President GROUNDHOG vows review nia, Punxsutawney Phil emerged just after dawn in of peanut front of an estimated 13,000 Lakes-Dunson witnesses, many dressed in LakesRobertson butter safety black-and-gold to celebrate Dunson- Funeral Home FROM 1

The Spivey and Hurst families recently vacationed with Lagrange Daily News in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Chuck, Christy, Mary-Charles, Harrison and Lucy Spivey, along with James and Nancy Hurst enjoyed a long weekend snow skiiing away from Georgia’s warmer climate.

Wednesday is statewide tornado drill From staff reports

The impending arrival of spring means its time for the annual statewide tornado drill. Warning sirens will sound around the state at 9:10 a.m. Wednesday and schools, businesses and those in government buildings are encouraged to participate. There will be no “test watch” issued beforehand and no “test all-clear” issued when the warning is over. If there is inclement weather anywhere in the state Wednesday, the drill will be held at the same time Friday. Spring and fall months are prime time for tornadoes around the southeast. A tornado on May 11 damaged several homes and vehicles in the Hines Road area southeast of Hogansville, but no one was injured. The national weather service suggests the following tornado safety rules: If at home:

If you have a tornado safe room or engineered shelter, go there immediately. Go at once to a windowless, interior room; storm cellar; basement; or lowest level of the building. If there is no basement, go to an inner hallway or a smaller inner room without windows, such as a bathroom or closet. Get away from the windows. Get under a piece of sturdy furniture such as a workbench or heavy table or desk and hold on to it. Use arms to protect head and neck. If in a mobile home, get out and find shelter elsewhere. If at work or school: Go to the area designated in your tornado plan. The most interior room, on the lowest floor without windows. Avoid places with widespan roofs such as auditoriums, cafeterias, large hallways, or shopping malls.

Get under a piece of sturdy furniture such as a workbench or heavy table or desk and hold on to it. Get down low with your head against the wall and use your arms to protect head and neck. If outdoors: If possible, get inside a building. If shelter is not available or there is no time to get indoors, lie in a ditch or lowlying area or crouch near a strong building. Be aware of the potential for flooding. Use arms to protect head and neck. If in a car: Never try to out-drive a tornado in a car or truck. Get out of the car immediately and take shelter in a nearby building. If there is no time to get indoors, get out of the car and lie in a ditch or low-lying area away from the vehicle. Be aware of the potential for flooding. Use arms to protect head and neck.

Dealer defaults hurt car buyers When a car buyer still owes money on a vehicle being traded in, the dealer promises to pay off the outstanding loan, then resells the vehicle. But as more auto dealerships go out of business, they are sticking consumers with the bill. Lenders then go after the previous owner who thought the debt was paid, or they repossess the car from the new owner who assumed it came with clear title. Some ways consumers can avoid problems with dealers when they seek to trade-in a vehicle with an outstanding loan or are considering buying a used vehicle:

— If you still owe money on your old car and you can afford to pay off the loan yourself, do so before trading in the vehicle. Otherwise, it’s important to find a reputable, financially stable dealer who will pay off the loan. Look for high-volume dealers, usually in urban areas, who are part of a larger auto dealership group. They usually are less likely to go out of business and more likely to clean up their commitments if they do fold. — If you are buying a trade-in, insist on seeing the used vehicle’s title to make sure it is in the dealer ’s name — not the former owner’s. There should be no

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lien on the vehicle, and if there is one, there should be a lien release attached to the title. — Check the vehicle’s history. They are available from Web sites such as for a fee, but many reputable dealers will provide them for free. — If you run into problems, complain to the agency that regulates auto dealers in your state, often the Department of Motor Vehicles. Many state attorneys general and local prosecutors also are getting involved with this growing problem. — You may be able to file a claim against the bond the dealer posted with the state. However, the bonds often are too small to cover all the losses, and payments are usually made on a firstcome, first-served basis. File early. — Hire a lawyer. Your recourse may be to sue the dealer. But if the dealer goes out of business and is bankrupt, there often is no money left for consumers.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, speaking as the nation’s chief executive and a father, promised a comprehensive review of the Food and Drug Administration amid a salmonella outbreak linked to a Georgia peanut processor. More than 500 people have been sickened and at least eight may have died with authorities faulting Peanut Corp. of America. Officials said the company shipped products that initially tested positive for salmonella after retesting and getting a negative result. The outbreak has led to a massive recall of products ranging from ice cream to cookies. “I think that the FDA has not been able to catch some of these things as quickly as I expect them to catch,” Obama said in an interview aired Monday on NBC’s “Today” show. “And so we’re going to be doing a complete review of FDA operations.” The president said Americans should be able to count on the government to keep children safe when they eat peanut butter and that includes his 7-year-old daughter Sasha. “That’s what Sasha eats for lunch probably three times a week. And you know, I don’t want to have to worry about whether she’s going to get sick as a consequence to having her lunch,” Obama said. The FDA has asked the Justice Department to launch a criminal investigation into Virginia-based Peanut Corp. of America. More than 430 products have been pulled off the shelves in a recall that reaches to Canada and Europe. National brands of jarred peanut butter sold directly to consumers, as well as the perennial must-have Girl Scout Cookies, have been unaffected by the recalls. But FDA officials warn that some smaller companies may have received peanut products from the Peanut Corp. processing plant in Georgia.

‘Marrying minister’ retiring NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Rev. Ed Taylor has been marrying tourists in the Smoky Mountains for more than three decades. Now, he’s the one saying “I do” — to retirement. Taylor, 77, estimates he’s performed about 85,000 marriages in Gatlinburg, where the majesty of the mountains is just a bouquet toss away. “I won’t know until I get to heaven how many stayed together,” he said by telephone. “But we laid the groundwork for them.” In Gatlinburg, there is no waiting period or mandatory blood test to get married. Just like Las Vegas, couples have flocked to the town of 4,900 to get married and stayed for their honeymoon. Feeling impetuous? A wedding license is available for $38.50 (even on Saturday). Then, stroll into a wedding chapel, say the vows and you can be married in a matter of moments. According to the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce, 600,000 people come to the Great Smoky Mountains each year to get married or attend a wedding. The town is marketed proudly as “the wedding capital of the South.” “I’ve done it seven days a week,” Taylor said. “We used to do ‘marrythons’ on Valentine’s Day around the clock. We did as many as 60 in a 24-hour period.” Taylor, an ordained Baptist minister known affectionately around town as the “Rev. Ed,” has performed weddings for Billy Ray Cyrus (the father of “Hannah Montana” star Miley Cyrus) and country singer Patty Loveless.

the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Super Bowl victory the night before. “There’s significant buzz from the Steelers win and quite a few Terrible Towels floating from the crowd,” said Mickey Rowley, deputy secretary for tourism in Pennsylvania. The annual ritual takes place on Gobbler’s Knob, a tiny hill in Punxsutawney, a borough of about 6,100 residents some 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club announced the forecast in a short proclamation, in which Phil acknowledged the Steelers’ 27-23 win over the Arizona Cardinals. According to German superstition, if a hibernating animal casts a shadow on Feb. 2 — the Christian holiday of Candlemas — winter will last another six weeks. If no shadow was seen, legend said spring would come early. Since 1887, Phil has seen his shadow 97 times, hasn’t seen it 15 times, and there are no records for nine years, according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. Rowley said the Groundhog Day festivities is Pennsylvania’s largest tourist gathering in the winter. And if Phil’s forecast proves correct it should bring even more tourists to the state. “It’s six more weeks of skiing,” Rowley said.



Pinto has written a book on Jesus’ last night with this disciples. “This was a great opportunity to use his material and put it in an interactive form for people to see. We are able to talk not just about the Last Supper, but all the Passover, because the Last Supper was the Passover meal.” The Antiquity Center’s exhibit includes photographs, models and lifesized displays of ancient Passover feasts and modern day celebrations. It is divided into four sections including a Bedouin-type tent that includes explanations of bondage and the Exodus; two reclining table exhibits; meal and food items; and a 19th center Jewish dining room set up for Passover. “Putting the tent up inside the building was interesting,” Lewis said. “We had to get logs and rocks to make it look like a Bedouin-type tent. It was also challenging to pull some of the things together for the 19th century family Seder setting. You want to make sure it’s as authentic as possible – you don’t want an iPod on the table. We worked on it for about four weeks to get it ready.” ■ Explorations in Antiquity Center is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The new exhibit is included in the cost of the entrance fee, which is $10 for adults and $6 for children. On Feb. 21, Jim Fleming, CEO of the center, will present lectures on the parables of Jesus. For information, call (706) 885-0363.



make room for greater things.’” Ida Jones was chairman of the essay competition, and Vaughn Yarbrough is Optimist Club president. Judges were Pam Huff, librarian; Annie Greene, artist and retired educator and Nora McLaughlin, retired librarian from Hogansville. The essay competition was held in conjunction with the club’s Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration. Complete essays by all three winners will be featured on Tuesday’s Opinion page.

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Virgil Moss Mr. Virgil Moss of 386 West Drummond Road passed away Monday morning at Hospice LaGrange. The family will be at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Sommer and Clifton Lewis at 4451 Highway 18. Arrangements will be announced by the LakesDunson-Robertson Funeral Home.


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Minnie Peterson Minnie Peterson of 207 North Dawson Street passed away Sunday at her home. The family will be at their home. Arrangements will be announced by the LakesDunson-Robertson Funeral Home.


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Kenneth Cameron Kenneth Cameron of 805 Park Avenue passed away Saturday at Hospice LaGrange. The family will be at their home. Arrangements will be announced by the LakesDunson-Robertson Funeral Home.

Lee Bailey, Jr. Lee Bailey, Jr., 51, of Pine Mountain, died Saturday, January 31, 2009, in Rogersville, Ala. Born November 4, 1957, Mr. Bailey had lived in Troup County most of his life. He was a 1996 graduate of LaGrange College, was a seventh grade social studies teacher at Long Cane Middle School, and had served as a deacon at Springhill Baptist Church. Mr. Bailey raised and trained beagles, was a member of West Georgia Kennel Club, and had won numerous awards at field trial events across the southeast. Survivors include his wife, Cindy Bailey of Pine Mountain; son and daughter in-law, Wil and Crystal Bailey of LaGrange; grandchildren, Avery Lee Bailey, W. J. Bailey, Lillie Bailey, Emma Bailey, and Abby Bailey; his parents, Bill and Jeanette Bailey of LaGrange; sisters, Annette and Randy Thompson of LaGrange and Christine and Eddie Rudd of Dudley; and his mother in-law and father in-law, Wylene and William Herndon of LaGrange. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Celia Elaine Bailey Knight. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, in the Chapel of Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home. The Rev. Steve Johnson and Mr. George Huguley will officiate and interment will be in Myrtle Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 until 8 this evening. Condolences may be expressed at www.mckibben

■ Public safety Dryer fire damages home A fire reported at 2:17 p.m. Sunday caused an estimated $15,000 damage to the home of Chris Hammock at 152 Mallory Drive. The fire started around a clothes dryer in the laundry room, but the cause had not been determined.


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50th anniversary

Dad makes light of ‘fat’ comment

Mr. and Mrs. Emory Mallory recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married Dec. 20, 1958, in LaGrange. The couple was honored on their anniversary at a reception at Oakside Baptist Church. They have three children - Dean Mallory, Lynn Mallory and LaRisa Bowen, all of LaGrange, as well as three grandchildren

Dear Abby: My daughter ’s 15-year-old friend “Willa” no longer comes over to our house. When I asked my daughter why, she said my husband told Willa she was getting fat. Willa told her mother, and her mother told her not to visit us anymore. I confronted my husband and told him his comment was rude and that he should never have said it. My husband says I’m wrong, making a huge deal out of nothing and he did not mean anything by it. As a mother, I would not appreciate a grown man making comments about my daughter’s body. Am I wrong to think my husband’s remark is a form of sexual harassment, even though it was not in the workplace? - Upset Mom in Bellflower Dear Upset Mom: I wouldn’t classify your husband’s unfortunate remark as sexual harassment. I would, however, call it extremely insensitive and inappropriate. It cost your daughter a girlfriend, so to her it is a big deal. I’m sure your husband would have been similarly hurt and

■ Dear Abby Dear Abby is written by Jeanne Phillips, also known as Abigail Van Buren offended had Willa remarked to him that he is getting a paunch or losing his hair. Suggest it to him, and maybe then he’ll get it. Dear Abby: A few weeks ago, my husband and I decided to clean out our garage. Stored on a top shelf was the box containing my wedding dress. As I pulled it down, I wondered what it looked like after 21 years. After our wedding night I had sent it to the cleaners to be dry-cleaned and boxed. It was returned to me with a gold seal across the opening. I decided to break the seal and check the condition of the dress, hoping no moths had gotten to it. When I opened the box, there was no wedding dress inside. My husband asked if I had let someone borrow it. “No,”

I replied, “the box has been sealed all this time.” Then it dawned on me that my dress had never been returned from the cleaners. I never thought to check inside the box when I got it back. Please pass this on as a warning to future and current brides to check their wedding boxes. Duped in California Dear Duped: What happened was truly unfortunate, and I am pleased to spread the word. It’s far too late to find out if your dress was lost or stolen, but checking the box makes sense - if only to make sure the dress inside is the one that was sent to the cleaners. Better to be safe than sorry. Dear Abby: I want to propose to my boyfriend of 3 1/2 years. We’re both in our 30s. My problem is, I don’t know what to present to


him (like an engagement ring) when I do. Have you any ideas? Is it strange for a woman to propose to a man? - Doing It Backward, Butler, Pa. Dear Doing It Backward: It isn’t strange at all. Women have been proposing to men ever since romantic love entered the picture. There is no rule that a man must present anything to his intended at the time he proposes, and neither should you. If your boyfriend says yes, the two of you can discuss what he might like to have as an engagement gift at the time you both select a ring for you. Write to Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

■ Club news

Salvation Ladies on Mission

The Salvation Ladies on Mission met at the church on Jan. 26. Margie Hill gave the program about the Salvation Army, followed by refreshments. The group will have a Bible study and first class weight loss every Monday for six weeks.

■ In our community Events Today Ballroom dance lessons are given from 7 to 8 p.m. at Clearview Chapel Church at 2101 South Davis Road. For more information, call (706) 884-5857.

Tuesday The LaGrange Symphony Orchestra presents “Classic Gems” in concert at 7:30 p.m. at Callaway Auditorium, featuring clarinet soloist Staci Culbreth. Tickets at $25 for mezzanine seating, $15 for orchestra and gallery seating and $5 for students sixth grade and older are available by calling the symphony office at (706) 882-0662 or at the auditorium box office the day of the concert. Children fifth grade and younger are admitted free with an adult. The LaGrange Shufflers square dance club holds dances from 7-9:30 p.m. at the Senior Center at 140 Ragland St. in LaGrange.

at 4 p.m. at Price Theatre. The public is invited and admission is free.

Thursday First Baptist Church of Hogansville will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 2 to 7 p.m. The premiere of Steve Martin’s new film, “Pink Panther 2,” will serve as a fundraiser for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Chattahoochee Valley, featuring food and a “glitterati” party at the Legacy Museum on Main, followed by the film at Carmike Cinema across the street. Patrons can choose to attend a Glitterati party at 6 p.m. and the film premiere at 7 p.m., or the party at 7 p.m. followed by the film at 8 p.m. Tickets at $50 are limited and can be purchased at Hill Street House, Plum Southern and the Big Brothers Big Sisters office in the DASH building at 1200 4th Ave. For more information, call Kim King at (706) 2982434, Ext. 123.




LaGrange Memorial Library holds preschool storytime at 10 a.m. For more information, call Pat Gay at (706) 882-7784. The Paichai University Choir and Dance Troupe from Daejeon, South Korea, will perform

Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church’s Angel Choir for children ages 3 through third grade rehearses at 5:30 p.m. A Bible study is at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary at DASH for

LaGrange Inc. at 1200 4th Ave. Angela White-Fannin leads the study. St. Paul C.M.E. Church at 250 Lower Glass Bridge Road has a Bible study at 7 p.m.

Tuesday Eastside Baptist Church at 1016 Mason St. holds a theological extension center class at 7 p.m. Faith Temple Church of Deliverance at 221 Edgewood Ave. holds morning Bible study at 10 a.m. For transportation, call Bobby Cox at (706) 8458662. The Rev. C.M. Chivers is pastor.

Wednesday Eastside Baptist Church at 1016 Mason St. holds a Bible study at 7 p.m. New Beginnings Baptist Church has Bible study at 6 p.m. First Baptist Church Fannin Street holds Bible study classes at 7 p.m. First Assembly of God at 430 Corinth Road in Hogansville holds services at 7 p.m. Applying the Word Church at 838-A New Franklin Road holds Bible study at 7 p.m. Burks Chapel United Methodist Church on 855 Burks Chapel Road has Bible study at 6:30 p.m., led by the pastor, the Rev. John D. Tompkins.

Saints of Christ Christian Center at 208 Clark St. holds Bible study at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The Rev. Michael Roland is pastor. Wards Chapel CME Church at 140 North St. holds Bible study at 6:30 p.m. Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church at 118 Cox St. holds Bible study at 7 p.m. The Rev. William A. Dean is pastor. Sonrise Baptist Church at 1500 Whitesville Road holds Bible study at 7 p.m.. Interim pastor is Woody Woodard. Hall’s Chapel Baptist Church at 434 Burkes Chapel Road holds Bible study at 6:30 p.m. The Rev. Gary Johnson is pastor. Mountain Spring Baptist Church on Ga. 18 in West Point holds Bible study at 7 p.m. The Rev. Alfonzia Simpson Jr. is pastor. Threat Grove Baptist Church at 192 Rosemont Road holds Bible study at 6:30 p.m. Louise United Methodist Church holds Bible study at 6:30 p.m. Smith Chapel United Methodist Church at 6225 Hopewell Church Road holds Bible study at 7 p.m. Faith Temple Church of Deliverance at 221 Edgewood Ave. holds Bible study at 7 p.m. For transportation, call Bobby Cox at (706) 845-8662. Word Harvest Ministries hosts a Bible study at 6 p.m. in

the banquet room of the Days Inn on Whitesville Road.

Meetings Today

Hogansville’s Community Watch committee meets at 6 p.m. at the city police department, 117 Lincoln St.


Hogansville City Council meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall. 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.

Tuesday The Troup County High School Band Boosters meets at 6 p.m. in the band room. Xi Epsilon Gamma meets at 7 p.m. at a member’s house. The Five Star Social Club meets from 8 to 9 p.m. at a member’s house. The Troup County Commission meets at 9 a.m. in the firstfloor commission meeting room in the Government Center at 100 Ridley Ave. The Union Lodge 28 F&AM meets at 7 p.m. at Lodge Hall on Hogansville Road. The Downtown Merchants, Business & Professional Association meets at 6:05 p.m. at Ou La La.

The LaGrange Sierra Club will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Parish Hall. Harold Harbert, outreach unit coordinator the the Georgia Environmental Protection Division in charge of Georgia’s Adopt-a-Stream program will be the speaker. Open to the public. Crime Stoppers meets at 6 p.m. in the LaGrange Police Department training room. Community Action For Improvement meets at 7 p.m. in the CAFI central office. Older Americans Sharing in Service, the senior adult group of Rosemont Baptist Church, meets at noon in the church fellowship hall. LaGrange Woman’s Club executive board meets at 10 a.m. at Bellevue. The Thursday Lunch Club meets at noon in the fellowship hall of First Methodist Church. The Sons of LaGrange Lodge No. 537, a Prince Hall Affiliate, meets at 7:30 p.m. at the corner of Brown and Watson streets. The Kiwanis Club of LaGrange meets at noon at Highland Country Club.

ONLY $20 TO ANYONE WHO NEEDS HELP BUT HAS NEVER BEEN TO A CHIROPRACTOR BEFORE (or hasn’t been in a long time) Dear Friend, If you have ever thought about going to a chiropractor but you’ve hesitated because you weren’t sure it was right for you, please read on… Were Dr. Joseph Doughty and Dr. Stephan Langston. We are celebrating 4th year at our Ridley Street location. We have agreed to “give away” (to anyone who asks for it) $250 worth of my services for only $20... ...-that’s right $20. I’m Dr. Doughty and in the eleven years since I’ve been in practice, I’ve helped thousands of people. New to the LaGrange area, I’m looking forward to getting you feeling better and healthier, with a more productive life through chiropractic care. And now, I would like to introduce even more LaGrange residents to the many benefits our profession has to offer. For instance, chiropractic care may be able to help you if you are suffering from any of the following conditions: -Migraine Headaches -Lower Back Pain -Numbness or soreness in your arms and legs -Constant fatigue; lack of energy -Muscles spasms, sprains, and strains And a whole host of other problems ranging from torticollis to dizziness to ringing in the ear can also be helped. These symptoms can be caused whenever the vertebræ in your neck and spine are out of alignment, because these “Misalignments” directly affect your nerve system. Fortunately, if you are suffering from any of these problems, or similar affliction right now, they may be relieved or eliminated by proper chiropractic treatment (commonly called adjustments). So if you have always wanted to “check out” chiropractic care and see what it can do for you, now is the best time to do so because… For 10 days only, $20 will get you all of the services I charge new patients up to $250 for! What does this offer include? Everything. Take a look at what you will receive…. • In-depth consultation about your health and well-being… • Complete chiropractic spinal examination… • Full set of specialized X-rays (if needed) to determine if a misalignment in your spine is causing your pain or symptoms… (NOTE: Nobody gives these kinds of X-rays free, they would normally cost you at least $250). • Analysis of your X-rays and spinal exam results so we can see what needs to be done to help relieve your problem.

• Personalized oral and written follow up report of findings… • Answers to all your most probing questions about chiropractic care and what it can do for you… • The appointment will not take long at all. And like I said, normally the charge is $250 for this (most of this would cover the full set of X-Rays). But now, as part of this one-time offer, you can come in and find out for certain if you need chiropractic care and how it might help you eliminate the pain you are feeling. Before you come in, though, you will probably want to know a little bit about us. So let me tell you… Meet the Doctors I was licensed in 1998 and have cared for those in need of specialized care. My chiropractic education was completed at Life University School of Chiropractic, in Marietta, Georgia where I received my Doctor of Chiropractic Degree. I have completed extensive post-graduate studies here and in Russia, focused on a precise and gentle form of correction, where I provided care to thousands of sick people needing this service. I’ve tested through the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and have been licensed in the states of Georgia, California and New York. Certified as an upper cervical chiropractor, I am one of only a few chiropractors in the state of Georgia who utilizes the Upper Cervical Specific method of spinal analysis. This brings a unique chiropractic adjustment to the area, which provides a gentle, effective, approach to renewed health and relief of discomfort for the entire family. Dr. Joseph Doughty Dr. Stephan Langston I brought professional chiropractic quality care here to this area in 2005. Since opening our practice, I have also become president of Fibromyalgia Centers of America. This nationwide group of doctors are dedicated to [pic here] researching and treating Fibromyalgia cases all over the United States. I am a graduate of Life University and did my Bachelor of Science degree at East Carolina University.

LaGrange Georgia is my home and my family and I love living here. But you ask… Does Chiropractic Really Work? Absolutely! Here are some findings from studies done by chiropractors and orthopedic surgeons… Harvard Medical School Health Letter-Sept 1990 “Chiropractic treatment of low back pain, which affects 75 million Americans, is superior to the standard regimen administered by medical doctors, a major British study concluded. “Chiropractic almost certainly confers worthwhile long term benefit in comparison with hospital outpatient management,’ said Dr. T.W. Meade, a British medical doctor who headed the study concluded at 11 hospitals and chiropractic clinics.” Federal Medical Study Endorses Chiropractic for Back Pain – US Agency for Healthcare Policy and Research December 8,1994 – A panel of 23 doctors headed by Dr. Stanley Bigos, MD, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, studied 3,900 medical articles on low back pain. Their conclusions were that “Chiropractor’s manipulation of the spine was more helpful then any of the following: traction, massage, biofeedback, acupuncture, injection of steroids into the spine, back corsets, and ultrasound. Surgery was beneficial to only 1 out of 100 cases!” Would you like even more proof that chiropractic works? Then listen to a few of these comments from a few of our patients…

Success Stories? Digestive Problems I came to Dr. Doughty and started care in September of 2001. I have had many health problems all my life. I have suffered from chronic intestinal pseudo obstruction disease, questionable cystic fibrosis, very frequent sinus and ear infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, bradycardia and severe low back pain. Most of these problems began at birth and worsened as I grew older. I have been in and out of doctor’s offices and hospitals all my life. I have also been put on many medications. Since beginning upper cervical adjustments, I have had a lot less infections. I have been able to gain a little weight and I feel a lot better. I’m back in school and able to play sports. I also no longer take medications. I feel better now than I can ever remember. I am so thankful to God for leading me to Dr. Doughty. -Roger K. age 13 Chronic Fatigue, Headaches and Sleeping Problems I came to Dr. Doughty and started care on February 27th, 2001. I suffered with chronic fatigue, severe back and shoulder

pain, headaches, dizziness, chronic sleeping problems and tingling in my hands and arms. The pain and discomfort have been intolerable for a long time. It was difficult to function and life had a “grey cast”. I have seen multiple medical specialists over the years and all of them provided no real positive results. This has been very frustrating! I didn’t know what to do until I came to see Dr. Doughty. I learned I had spinal degeneration, my neck had lost its proper curve and I had pressure on my brainstem. No other doctor told me I had these problems. With consistent chiropractic adjustments I feel better than I have felt in 20 years. The patience and caring of Dr. Doughty has made my journey a true learning experience. Life now has more color once again. After 2 months of chiropractic care, I no longer am taking Prilosec, Celebrex or Advil and I hope to be off my hypertension medication soon. I no longer have any intense pain, headaches and the tingling in my hands and arms has decreased significantly. I also fall asleep much easier and I am more rested in the morning. I will always be thankful for the day we received the flyer about this type of chiropractic care. IT CHANGED MY LIFE!

-Vickie W. age 42 Limited Time Offer Obviously with an offer like this, We cannot afford to do it for very long. So we picked February 2nd - February 16th. If you would like to take us up on our offer and see what Chiropractic can do for you, all you have to do is call our office and set up and appointment with one of our helpful staff members.

Phone: 706-882-1000 Call this number only……. The office hours are 9:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Tell the receptionist you would like to come in for the Special Introductory Examination for $20 between February 2nd February 16th. We expect to get flooded with appointments for this event, so please call as soon as possible to assure that you do not miss out. Thank you very much and we look forward to helping you get relief from your pain so you can start living a healthier more productive life. Sincerely, Dr. Joseph Doughty, D.C. Dr. Stephan Langston, D.C.


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State budget cuts hit elderly, slash meals ATLANTA (AP) — Richard Garcia was heating up some lunch when he nearly lit his house on fire, forgetting he’d turned on the stove. He’s likely to wander away from his Newnan home and become lost. Dementia has settled over the 64-year-old Garcia like a dense fog. His wife, Martha, works full time to keep the struggling family afloat but she fears leaving Garcia alone. The family has found salvation in an adult day care center that provides him a safe place to spend his days. But deep cuts in Georgia’s budget are hitting programs like Garcia’s hard. As the state works to close a $2.2 billion budget hole it’s slashing some $18.9 million from Meals on Wheels, adult day care, in-home respite programs and other initiatives which advocates for the elderly say help senior citizens stay in their homes rather than enter costly nursing homes. The state cuts come as nonprofits, charities and faith-based groups, which often fill the gap, wrestle with their own funding shortfalls. “These cuts are just devastating for our seniors who have given so much,” said Kathryn Fowler, of the Georgia Council on Aging.

Demonstrators hold a signs including photos of the elderly who need care, to protest the governor’s plans to reduce funding for senior services, outside the Georgia capital in Atlanta. AP photo

At a rally of seniors at the state Capitol last week, several state lawmakers pledged to restore at least some of the $18.9 million in funding for the elderly Gov. Sonny Perdue’s budget proposal eliminated. “We cannot cut our budget on the backs of the least of these,” state Rep. Roberta Abdul-Salaam, a Riverdale Democrat, said. But with state revenues plummeting, the legislators

will have to replace any money they funnel into aging services with cuts elsewhere. With budgets lean everywhere that will be tough to do. Pat Presley, of Franklin, Ga., said she began to rely on daily meal deliveries after recent emergency abdominal surgery. The 66-year-old has no family in the area and lacks a car. “I could not have managed without Meals on Wheels,”

she said. But perhaps even more important than the food is the contact with the outside world. “Since I’m alone they are sometimes the only people I will see in a day,” Presley said. “It’s been comforting to have that.” Advocates estimate that the cuts to elderly nutrition programs will mean the loss of 138,000 meals from the roughly 3.9 million delivered

at Michelle Golden’s Beauregard home without a collar and Golden took him to Auburn University’s School of Veterinary Medicine where she works in the pharmacy. Staff members scanned him and found he had a computer chip with his owner’s information. Dely is from Americus, where he serves as Webster County’s Sheriff. His dog somehow ended up more than 100 miles away.

Police say 51-year-old Bernard Pearson approached a 49-year-old woman who was reclining on a couch in the lobby of their downtown apartment building with her brown purse beside her. They say Pearson took the purse and tried to get away but the woman yelled at him to return the purse and it was recovered. Pearson got into an elevator and went to his room. He was arrested for robbery a short time later. Two officers took Pearson to The Medical Center for treatment and police say Pearson insulted one of the officer’s weight, cursing and

to homes or provided through senior centers. The state budget also targets state money for respite support to caregivers who have elderly family members. Some of that money is for inhome caregivers, other dollars are for adult day care. Respite care provides relief to family members by giving them a break for caring for family members with Alzheimer’s or other debilitating conditions. Supporters say the programs are vital in giving caregivers the help they need to keep family members at home. Garcia said the program he attends five days a week at Cambridge House in Newnan has been a lifeline for his family. “I never, ever thought I would be in this position,” Garcia said. “I always thought I would be working until I died.” The state budget cuts translate into the loss of $30,000 at Cambridge House, the facility’s executive director Mary Ann Neureiter said. That’s nearly 20 percent of their total budget. Also wiped out in the governor’s proposed budget is funding for a promising program that provides the elderly with volunteer legal

guardians, Becky Kurtz, Georgia’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman, said. Volunteers in the program help mentally incapacitated seniors without family with legal decisions on things like surgery and care options. “In the past, we had some seniors that needed surgery and couldn’t get it because there was no one competent to make the decision,” Kurtz said. The state Department of Human Resources did not return phone calls seeking comment on the cuts. State Department of Human Resources Commissioner B.J. Walker acknowledged at a recent state budget hearing that she had to make “tough choices.” But she said given the tough economic times they were unavoidable. “I am comfortable I can figure out how to make it work,” Walker said.

■ Georgia in brief 27 Atl. firefighters call in sick Sunday ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta’s fire chief says five fire stations were temporarily closed on Super Bowl Sunday after 27 firefighters called in sick. Chief Kelvin Cochran says the number doubles the average of 13 firefighters who call in sick on a given day. Cochran also says firefighters tend to call in sick more often on payday weekends when there’s a holiday or a big event like the Super Bowl. “Our goal is not to instill panic, but we are definitely stretched very thin,” Cochran said Sunday. Staffing cuts, hiring freezes

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and furloughs have put a squeeze on the city’s fire department as of late. Lt. Jim Daws, who heads the Atlanta chapter of the International Association of Fire Fighters, says the problem could continue if firefighters are stretched thin because of budget problems.

Missing dog found after five years AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — A West Georgia man and a fourlegged friend have a lot of catching up to do. Randy Dely was reunited with his Labrador retriever late last week nearly five years after the dog went missing. “Ace” recently showed up

Wheelchair-bound man theft suspect COLUMBUS (AP) — Columbus police have arrested a wheelchair-bound Ralston man who is suspected of stealing a woman’s purse.

spitting in his face. Pearson was charged with obstruction of an officer on Saturday and was released from the Muscogee County Jail later that day.

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Notice of Application for license to sell spirituous liquors. The undersigned has made application to the Mayor and Council of the City of LaGrange for a license to sell spirituous liquors at Southside Package Store, 1200 Hamilton Road, LaGrange, GA. 30241. This application will be heard by the Mayor and Council of LaGrange at its regular meeting to be held at 5:30 p.m. on the 10th day of February, 2009. Signed: Tyesha Woods, Applicant

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David Strange, left, fills Jimmy Timmons’ portable generator with fuel in Columbus, Ky., after electric service to Timmons’ house was knocked out following a winter storm.

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‘Generator man’ delivers for victims of Ky. storm CLINTON, Ky. (AP) — Piloting his Dodge Dakota through the narrow horse trails of far west Kentucky during the worst power outage in state history, David Strange was quickly earning his new nickname: “the generator man.” The 52-year-old Texas transplant, who has worked dozens of jobs including roughneck, auctioneer, and trailer park landlord, managed to get his hands on 200 units of the disaster region’s most precious commodity: gas-powered generators to keep the lights and heat running through a blackout that could last weeks. Some call him a Good Samaritan — even a godsend — for distributing the machines, which cost anywhere from $450 to $1,100. But Strange has a more earthly view: “I’m a hustler,” he said through a Texas drawl that has taken on a touch of Kentucky slide during 22 years of life here. “But I won’t rip anyone off,” he added. “I guess that’s why I make such a good living. … People just seek me out when they need something.” Strange has marked up prices about $50 to $100,

depending on the needs of the customer. He’ll install it, pour gas in it and deliver it night or day to places so remote the deer scurry into the woods as he pulls up. On Sunday, his customers included an 80-year-old woman who needed an outlet to run her oxygen equipment, a man who counted bloodhounds and rifles as his only companions, and an elderly couple fearful they couldn’t run a dialysis machine. “I just don’t know how to put what he’s done for us into words,” said Janeen Timmons, 62, the dialysis patient. She came up with the godsend moniker in her next breath. “I was thinking I was going to have to take her to the hospital, until he came out,” said her husband, Jimmy Timmons, 63, a retired iron worker. Timmons was reluctant to pour gas into the unit as it ran for the 12 hours a day his wife needs on dialysis, so Strange did it for him in the twilight of a 16-hour workday. Strange operated in the epicenter of an ice storm that has paralyzed communities from the Ozarks to Appalachia since early last week. Officials blamed more

than 40 deaths in nine states on the freeze, most from hypothermia, traffic accidents or carbon monoxide poisoning. At its height, the storm knocked out power to 1.3 million customers, more than 700,000 of them in Kentucky. By Sunday, the figure in Kentucky had dropped more than half. But Strange’s cell phone was still buzzing with people who heard about his services through the word-of-mouth that travels quickly through small towns, even when telephone lines are dead. “My brother down in Columbus (Kentucky) got one from him,” said William Lee, 55, whose bloodhounds wailed as Strange helped him unload a new 7,000-watt unit. Strange took that unit to Berkley, Ky., the next town over from Columbus. He bought his generators Sunday from a friend who runs an independent wholesale warehouse in Fulton, Ky., near the Tennessee state line. The enterprising generator salesman said he has an 11thgrade education, but said he earned a six-figure income last year from various investments and occupations.

Helicopter rescues stranded boys BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two boys who wandered away from their families were plucked to safety by an Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopter after spending the night in a freezing southwest Idaho canyon. The boys “looked very tired and cold,” said Dale Rogers, chief deputy of the Boise County Sheriff ’s Office. “And just very thankful to be alive, actually.” The teens spent Saturday night outside after being separated from their families, who had driven below the Bogus Basin ski area to go sledding. Rogers said the teens’ fathers called authorities for help and then followed their sons’ footprints into the canyon on Saturday evening as it was getting dark. Four members of Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue found the parents about 12:30 a.m. and two rescuers brought them out. The two remaining rescuers continued on and found the two teens about 2 a.m. and stayed with them overnight. “They got them out of their wet clothes and started a fire and hydrated them,” said Rogers. He said

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and couldn’t walk, so he called for help from the Idaho Army National Guard. Rogers said he did not know the boys’ names, and a spokeswoman for Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue said the group wasn’t authorized to release the names.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Businesses are faring much better in the Senate than they did in the House as Congress works on a massive package of spending and tax cuts designed to stimulate the economy. The Senate package, which could be voted on this week, has billions of dollars in business tax credits not included in the House plan. Both packages would enable money-losing companies to get refunds of taxes paid on profits in previous years. But the Senate plan offers more ways to do it, boosting payments to companies by about $15.5 billion. The total cost of the Senate package — taxes and spending — at the opening of debate on it Monday stood at about $890 billion, compared with $819 billion for the plan passed by the House last week. Both tax packages are aimed at getting individuals and companies to spend money to help revive the economy at a time when most are inclined to cut back and save. The business tax credits are designed to help struggling companies stay afloat and reward companies that invest and expand. Some supporters are skeptical that the tax measures will spur much business investment. For many companies, the goal is simply to stay in business, said Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., chairman of the Senate Budget Committee.

— Gunmen kidnapped an American U.N. official and killed his driver in southwestern Pakistan today, underscoring the security threat in a country wracked by al-Qaida violence and rising criminality. The official was abducted in the morning on his way to his job as head of the U.N. refugee office in the city of Quetta, senior police official Khalid Masood said. He identified the kidnapped official as John Solecki of the United States. “Solecki has been serving in Quetta for more than two years,” Masood told The Associated Press. “We cannot speculate on the motive behind the crime.” Authorities sealed exit routes from the city, said Wazir Khan Nasir, another senior police official. Meanwhile, police in the border town of Chaman said they were checking vehicles to prevent the kidnappers from whisking the captive to Afghanistan. It was not immediately clear what impact the kidnapping would have on U.N. staff. September’s bombing of Islamabad’s Marriott hotel

has already prompted new U.N. rules prohibiting expatriate staff in Pakistan from living with their children in parts of the country, including Quetta.

Israeli airstrike wounds 2 in Gaza GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian medical officials say two people have been wounded by an Israeli airstrike in the southern Gaza Strip. Witnesses say the men were wounded while traveling in a car in Rafah, a town near the Egyptian border. Their conditions and identities weren’t immediately known. Monday’s airstrike comes in response to recent rocket attacks on southern Israel. Israel often targets Rafah because it is the site of a brisk smuggling industry. Israel recently ended a three-week offensive meant to halt rocket attacks on Israel and end weapons smuggling into Gaza. The Israeli army had no comment on the reported airstrike.

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Honeymoon or hangover? Approval ratings for new presidents vary In the last column I wrote about a President’s first few days in office, I found that if the chief executive is from the Democratic Party, he or she is more likely to have a seven point advantage in approval ratings around Inauguration Day. But how about what happens the day after…or months later? Which party is more likely to have a president have a “honeymoon,” when the public (and press) give the new leader the benefit of the doubt? Which ones are likely to have a “hangover,” with little or no break before being attacked by the people and press? To determine this, I look at all presidents from Dwight D. Eisenhower to George W. Bush, looking primarily at Gallup polls. I compare the party of the president to how long it took that president to have an approval rating that dipped below 50 percent. For Dwight D. Eisenhower, it was a charmed first term. He never got below 50 percent in his first

John A. Tures is associate professor of political science at LaGrange College.

four years. After his second inauguration, it took him until March 27, 1958, to drop below 50 percent. Even then, his approval ratings were always ahead of his disapproval ratings, and his term ended on a high note. It may shock you that President Kennedy never dropped below 50 percent during his term. People may not have always liked his accent or policies, but respect for the president remained high. Similarly, in finishing up JFK’s term, LBJ was above 50 percent. That changed in President Johnson’s first full term. His approval ratings dipped below 50 percent in a May

5, 1966 poll. They were rarely above 50 percent the rest of his term in office. Surprisingly, Nixon had a longer honeymoon that his predecessor, sticking it out above 50 percent until a Gallup poll on February 19, 1971. His second term honeymoon was much shorter, thanks to Watergate. His 67 percent rating around Inauguration Day had plummeted 20 points by April 27, 1973. Similarly, it didn’t take long for President Ford to get on people’s bad side. From his high ratings in August of 1974 until November 8 of that same year, his numbers continued to slide. President Jimmy Cater did little better. Only a year after being inaugurated, Carter slipped under 50 percent, though he continued to wildly vacillate between the 20s and 50s. Reagan surprised a lot of people. Starting only at 51 percent, he climbed to the 60 percent range,

but by November 13, 1981, he was below 50 percent. He didn’t recover from bad poll numbers until November of 1983. After his second inauguration, it took much longer for him to drop below the 50 percent line, in the wake of the Iran-Contra Scandal (December 4, 1986). George Herbert Walker Bush followed a path similar to Reagan’s first term, but stayed high considerably longer. Only until the beginning of his last year in office did his numbers tank. Bill Clinton had a short honeymoon in his first term (it only lasted until May of 1993) but never fell below 50 percent in his second term. Contrary to some conservative claims, George W. Bush had a relatively long honeymoon, which lasted three full years (until January 29, 2004). But his second term was a disaster in public surveys. Bush sported the shortest honeymoon of any of any recent president’s terms, being over 50

had a longer honeymoon that his predecessor.

” percent only on his Inauguration Day poll. Just as Democrats have higher Inauguration Day polls, they also have longer honeymoons with the American people. But here’s a warning for Barack Obama. Democrat honeymoons only last 1.5 months longer than what Republicans get, on average, before their poll numbers sink below 50 percent. That’s a little less than two years before the American people’s enthusiasm for their new president tends to wane, regardless of their Inauguration Day numbers.

State Rep. Randy Nix, R-LaGrange, represents District 69, including part of Troup County.

Michael Andrzejewski, a former LaGrange pastor, is a missionary and church planter in Portugal.

Tough choices

I’m having a missionary day I’m having a day. I know that we all have them, but today is my day. It’s not often that I get to have a day because I live with five women. Their hormones take up too much time and space for any of my fits or tantrums. As the man of the house, I expend all my energy trying to make them whole. On their days, I deal with emotions on steroids and waste time trying fix whatever seems to be broken. One day I’ll quit and just empathize. One day, I’ll say that I’m very sorry, tilting my head slightly to one side, give a hug, and never mention a word about trying to remedy anything. Right now though, that goes against every molecule of my manhood. Obviously, there exists precious little time for my complaints. Ashamed as I am to say it, my problems pale in comparison to so many others. I’m happily married, cancer-free, live in peace, and am on my way to heaven. None of those things fix today. Regardless of my long term situation, I’m still having a day. My day, this kind of day I have coined as a “missionary day.” Without provocation, today I woke with a sense of longing in my heart. Melancholy often creates desires for very simple things. This morning, I stood in line at the grocery store buying a frozen pizza that I knew would never even approach the quality of the famous Mama Rosa’s frozen pizza sold in every Wal-mart in America, and it gnawed at me like an abscessed tooth. I miss Mamaw’s banana pudding. Mamaw is my maternal grandmother who married my grandfather after Nanny, his first wife died when I was just a toddler. I love Mamaw’s banana pudding. Everybody loves Mamaw’s banana pudding. She makes it when the bananas are just ripe, just before the spots start showing. Uncooked, without meringue, simple banana pudding with ‘Nilla wafers and whip cream. She always had a huge bowl whenever I showed up for a visit. When I was a kid, I was convinced that she either made it every day, or Mamaw had some built in timing device that signaled her when to make pudding so it would be fresh when we visited. Almost thirty years later, I still haven’t solved the mystery. I don’t remember the last time I had it, but I never remember there ever being anything wrong with it. One thing about Mamaw’s banana pudding, people liked it, even if they didn’t like banana pudding. Today, I miss playing golf with my dad. Neither of us are terribly good, but that never mattered. I miss having him fuss about my approach to the ball, like he groused about my batting stance when I was ten. Even more than that, after pooh-poohing his instruction and shanking it into the woods, I miss hearing him say, “One of these days, you’ll listen to me.” I miss having to tell him that regardless of how bad I was, I didn’t want to use his secret and questionable remedy for my slice. Today, I miss those things. Tomorrow, well, tomorrow will be tomorrow without banana pudding or golf, and it will be alright, but that doesn’t help me today. Maybe today, you can say you’re sorry and tilt your head to one side and pretend to give me hug. Don’t try to mend anything. I’m having a day – a missionary day. Please send your comments to Michael Andrzejewski at

“Surprisingly, Nixon

Obama should spray Taliban poppies President Barack Obama should wage an aggressive “Colombia-style” offensive against opium production in Afghanistan, Rep. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., contends after returning from military service in the war zone. Particularly, he said, Obama should reverse Bush administration policy — and Obama’s own reported preference — and authorize aerial herbicide spraying of the farms of drug “kingpins” in order to shut down the major source of funding for Islamic extremists. Kirk also said in an interview that Obama should make use of his international popularity and call on NATO allies to send 20,000 more troops to Afghanistan — and persuade Canada and the Netherlands not to go through with plans to pull theirs out. In December, Kirk became the second member of Congress — and first House member — since 1943 to serve on active duty in a combat zone, witnessing parts of a major allied victory at Nad Ali in Afghanistan’s Helmand River valley, the source of nearly half the world’s heroin. The Pentagon has barred congressional reservists from active-duty service in combat zones since World War II, but Sen. (and Army Col.) Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., broke the ban in 2006 and Kirk followed. A Naval reserve officer, Kirk served for three weeks developing counter-narcotics plans in NATO’s southern regional command and said he flew in a helicopter with the top U.S. general in the region, watching as British and Taliban forces exchanged artillery and small-arms fire. Because U.S. troops were not directly involved, the battle of Nad Ali got little media coverage in America, but its result was that “for the first time in history, (NATO) is directly in control of a major drug-producing area. So, a new policy is very much needed,” Kirk told me. This is especially true, he said, because the Helmand River valley — rather than the Pakistan border region — is the destination of most of the 20,000 to 30,000 additional U.S. troops scheduled to be sent to Afghanistan this year. “Assuming the plan goes as

Morton Kondracke is executive editor of Roll Call, the newspaper of Capitol Hill.

“Afghanistan accounts for 93 percent of the world’s opium production.

” NATO expects, by September, President Obama’s troops will control the major heroin-producing area on the planet for the first time in U.S. history,” Kirk said. Afghanistan accounts for 93 percent of the world’s opium production, according to the United Nations, and half of it originates in the Helmand River valley. “So then, the big question is going to be, what’s our plan for 2010?” Kirk said. The opportunity exists, he said, to slash the Taliban’s $500 million in drug profits per year, now used to buy “the latest weapons, satellite communications and good uniforms.” Kirk said that Obama’s policy should be similar to that pursued by the United States and the government of Colombia, culminating in aerial spraying of the poppy fields of die-hard, top-level opium growers. He said that after the military drives out the Taliban, the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, the Drug Enforcement Adminis-

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tration and the U.S. Agency for International Development should move in with offers of seed and fertilizer for farmers willing to plant alternative crops. “The military should support Afghan police to eradicate crops when people don’t take the offer and support the DEA to take down drug kingpins,” he said, policies that worked in Pakistan as well as Colombia. In Colombia, authorities chopped down drug crops grown by low-level producers but sprayed farms owned by drug bosses. “At that point,” Kirk said, “most of the valley will flip.” Aerial spraying was barred as a U.S. tactic because the Bush administration feared arousing images of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, he said. Kirk said he’s heard from Obama transition officials that Obama strongly opposes spraying, but Kirk said that spraying just the land of kingpins would do less environmental damage than drug production already does in the Helmand and adjoining provinces near Kandahar. Graham, just back from a Congressional trip to Iraq and Afghanistan with Vice President-elect Joseph Biden, says he agrees with Kirk on the need for an “aggressive” antidrug policy, but he favors employing jobless Afghans to uproot the crops instead of spraying. “Most Afghans consider the drug trade un-Islamic,” Graham told me, “and we should help them show it.” He does favor “all-out war” on drug labs and prosecution of drug lords. Graham said he also told Obama on Wednesday to push for $1.5 billion in aid to Pakistan over 10 years to bolster its anti-extremist campaign. And, while asking NATO allies for more troops where possible, Graham said, Obama should ask others for more money and police trainers. Kirk and Graham both agree with Obama that Afghanistan has been a “forgotten war” and that the Taliban is resurgent. Destroying opium — and Taliban funding — would be a good strategy for an allied comeback.

During this week of the legislative session, several bills were on the agenda. Although the session has just begun, we, as legislators, are already in full swing deciding on numerous important pieces of legislation. Governor Sonny Perdue gave his State of the State address two weeks ago and included his budget recommendations for the amended 2009 budget and the 2010 fiscal year budget. Two major tax bills were on the calendar for debate on Friday, only one of which was voted upon. The House passed HB 143 on Friday, the Homeowners Tax Relief Grant legislation (HTRG), and it has been sent to the Senate for consideration. Next week, members of the House of Representatives will vote on HR1 which will decide the fate of Property Reassessment Caps. In this current budget climate, what we are dealing with is the same thing every individual family in Georgia has to deal with. Our income is down and some tough choices and decisions have to be made. When times get tough, we have to cut back. Families all across Georgia are making some similar decisions that we as lawmakers are facing with our budget. In this climate, with such a severe economic downtown, we have to look at our options concerning the budget and cut back on nonessential and some essential items. It is a challenging and sometimes heart wrenching task. With a $2.2 billion budget deficit, the Governor had tough choices to make in his proposal. The issue is revenue. By using some of the money in the Revenue Shortfall Reserve (RSR), also known as Georgia’s rainy day fund, the Governor is hoping to get through the difficult economic times Georgians are facing. In the Governor’s recommended 2009 Amended Budget, $187 million was used from the Midyear Adjustment Reserve and $50 million from the RSR. For the 2010 budget, $408 million was included from the reserve. The Governor’s proposal is the recommendations for the budget. We are in the process of budget hearings to determine our version of the budget, as is the Senate. Using the Governor’s revenue estimate, set at around $19.2 billion for the rest of 2009 and $20.2 billion for fiscal year 2010, the members of the House will decide how we believe the money in the budget should be spent. The House and Senate will then come to an agreement on a budget proposal to be voted on by both chambers. The Governor’s proposal would eliminate the Homeowner’s Property Tax Relief Grants, essentially saving the state $428 million. The problem that arises is that if it is not funded, this amount is placed onto the property owners in Georgia, another bill for $200-300. With many families facing dire economic times, this could become a burden on families in our communities. The legislature promised this money last year and the House plans on fulfilling the promise they made to property owners. The members of the House are struggling with the idea of how to fund the grant this year and on Friday we passed HB 143 by a 117-55 margin. This Homeowners Tax Relief Grant legislation commits us to pay for the grant covering the 2009 budget and sets the rules for how the grant program will be administered in the future. This program is intended to be a mechanism to send back surplus funds to homeowners and the legislation we passed outlines how and when these grants will be distributed and will also make it easier for local governments to plan their budgets. Please do not hesitate to let me know your position or thoughts on issues that concern you. If you would like to reach me, please call me at (404) 656-0177 or write me at: State Rep. Randy Nix, 18 Capitol Square, Suite 501 CLOB State Capitol, Atlanta, GA 30334 or e-mail me at


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Internet-based diagnosis leads to confusion DEAR DR. GOTT: My 73year-old husband has been diagnosed with vascular Parkinson’s (progressive supranuclear palsy). After the neurologists’ diagnosis, I did research on the Internet and found that my husband has every symptom, both physical and mental. His falls started several years ago. His movements are now painfully slow, his thinking is impaired, he has trouble swallowing, spills foods, requires help getting up and down, has great trouble walking even with a walker, has lost weight, is very weak, spends 15-plus hours in bed a day, and has a blank stare and reduced eye movement (says he can’t see). He has not accepted that there is no cure and asked that I write for your opinion on the best place to seek help. DEAR READER: I believe you may have misunderstood the diagnosis, since vascular Parkinsonism and progressive supranuclear palsy are two separate, yet



■ Dr. Gott

similar, disorders. VP is caused by small strokes within either or both of the basal ganglia portions of the brain. Symptoms include resting tremor, rigidity, slowness of movement and difficulty walking. Some patients may experience sudden onset of symptoms as well as a stroke-like event. Others may be completely unaware of the strokes and develop gradual worsening of symptoms. Diagnosis can be difficult since it closely resembles typical Parkinson’s disease and is often misdiagnosed as such in the early stages. Brain scans will show evidence of strokes. Treatment is primarily aimed at eliminating future strokes. Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) is also a Parkinson-like disorder but differs in several small ways. Like VP, it is often misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s disease in the early stages. The symptoms are caused by deterioration

of nerve cells in several tiny areas of the brainstem, including an area commonly affected in typical Parkinson’s disease. Symptoms include loss of balance while walking, stiffness, unexplained falls (usually backward), awkward gait, irritability, forgetfulness, loss of interest, impaired thinking, sudden laughing or crying, apathy, problems controlling eye movement, blurred vision, inability to maintain eye contact during conversation, slurred speech, trouble swallowing solids or liquids and more. Based on the symptoms of each disorder, your husband appears to match closely those of PSP rather than VP. Treatment for PSP can be difficult, as there are no truly effective medications or therapies. Medications that increase levels of dopamine are successful in about 30 percent of cases, but effectiveness is limited to about two years. Antidepressants such as Prozac improve symptoms for some, but it is not clear why.

— Quit wasting time worrying about whether your ideas are any good; find a way to put them to the test. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — If you had to go through an intermediary to get what you want, don’t get upset if that individual has delayed things. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Avoid persons who have a tendency to drag their feet, because you’ll have little tolerance for them. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Your determination to succeed is your most powerful asset, which you’ll quickly discover once this force is awakened. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Plans that require initiative and bold measures are

likely to get easier for you as time passes. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — A situation you’ve been letting control you, instead of vice versa, will relinquish its hold. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Someone whose cooperation you need has been patiently waiting for signs that you’re ready to jump on board. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23Dec. 21) — Push yourself a bit harder to finalize that sale you’ve been pitching for a long time. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22Jan. 19) — An endeavor in which you’re involved that has been getting a bit stale lately needs a new infusion of leadership.

■ Horoscope MARMADUKE


■ Crossword


THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME Unscramble these four Jumbles, one letter to each square, to form four ordinary words.

by Mike Argirion and Jeff Knurek


©2009 Tribune Media Services, Inc. All Rights Reserved.






Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009 AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Significant accomplishments are possible now. If you arouse your work instincts, it will compel you to do all that you can to make them a reality. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — One of your greatest assets is the ability to make people feel important. When you do so, it could awaken a strong sense of responsibility in others. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — There is nothing wrong with being motivated to seek ways to achieve selfgains. But as you’re looking out for No. 1, it is even more admirable to do so in ways that help others out as well. TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Now arrange the circled letters to form the surprise answer, as suggested by the above cartoon.

(Answers tomorrow) Jumbles: DUSKY CRAZE UNFAIR OUTING Answer: What a back seat driver seldom seems to do — RUN OUT OF “GAS”

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8 - Monday, Feb. 2, 2009 â&#x2013; Restaurant inspections Explanations: Here is an explanation of food service inspection violations used by Troup County Health Department. 1. Food-borne illness risk factors and public health interventions: Risk factors are food preparation practices and employee behaviors most commonly reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as contributing factors in foodborne illness outbreaks. Public health interventions are control measures to prevent illness or injury. 2. Good retail practices are preventive measures to control the introduction of pathogens, chemicals and physical objects into foods. N/A, not available These are the most recent inspections: â&#x2013;  Asian Garden Restaurant, 1861 Roanoke Road, LaGrange Date inspected: Jan. 20 Score: 71, C; Previous score: 100, A Risk factors Comments: Bar soap present at hand sinks; use liquid soap. Raw fish stored over mushrooms in walk-in refrigerator. Raw oysters stored above avocados in walk-in. Soup held at 70 degrees in pot stored on floor. Date-mark all readyto-eat foods. Good retail practices Comments: Open bulk items/dry products open; store in properly sealed and labeled containers. â&#x2013;  Chalk It Up, 1872 Vernon Road, LaGrange Date inspected: Jan. 21 Score: 96, A; Previous score: 96, A Risk factors Comments: Date-mark all ready-to-eat foods. Good retail practices Comments: None â&#x2013;  Keebleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hole in the Wall Barbecue, 1989 W. Lukken Industrial Drive, LaGrange Date inspected: Jan. 14 Score: 85, B; Previous score: 95, A

Risk factors Comments: Eggs and raw meat stored above condiments. Date-mark items when stored in refrigerator more than 24 hours. Good retail practices Comments: No running hot water. â&#x2013; Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fried Chicken, 804 Whitesville St., LaGrange Date inspected: Jan. 23 Score: 93, A; Previous score: 91, A Risk factors Comments: Need accessible hand wash sink in kitchen. Good retail practices Comments: Catfish thawing in sink at room temperature; items to be thawed under running water, in refrigerator or in microwave. â&#x2013;  Hong King Express, 1501 Lafayette Parkway, LaGrange Date inspected: Jan. 21 Score: 90, A; Previous score: 96, A Risk factors Comments: Improper cooling of food; rice held at 70 degrees. Good retail practices Comments: Medication, brush and personal food stored with food-service items. â&#x2013;  Rogerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pit Cooked Barbecue, 210 E. Tenth St., West Point Date inspected: Jan. 21 Score: 80, A; Previous score: 99, A Risk factors Comments: Employeesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; drinks must have lids and straws. Improper thawing of hamburger meat and catfish. Cole slaw and tomatoes holding at 60 to 67 degrees. All ready-to-eat foods in cooler must be date-marked. Good retail practices Comments: Employees who prepare foods must wear hats or hairnets. â&#x2013;  Whitetail Pub, 5309 Roanoke Road, LaGrange Date inspected: Jan. 21 Score: 100, A; Previous

score: 100, A Risk factors Comments: None Good retail practices Comments: None â&#x2013; Captainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cove, 301 Commerce Ave., LaGrange Date inspected: Jan. 23 Score: 84, B; Previous score: 90, A Risk factors Comments: Smoking cigarettes in kitchen. Improper drinking; all cups should have lids and straws. Readyto-eat foods not datemarked. Good retail practices Comments: Do not reuse containers for new food items. All food employees need hair restraints. Food and food-service items stored on floor; store all items 6 inches off floor. Not in compliance with Georgia SmokeFree Air Act. Deep-clean all cooking equipment, Clean wall behind dishwasher; an enormous amount of mold is present. Repair rising floor in kitchen. â&#x2013;  Troup County Senior Center, 140 Ragland St., LaGrange Date inspected: Jan. 22 Score: 99, A; Previous score: 100, A Risk factors Comments: None Good retail practices Comments: Remove dust accumulation on ceiling, light and vents. â&#x2013;  Waffle House, 1615 Bass St., Hogansville Date inspected: Jan. 21 Score: 85, B; Previous score: 83, B Risk factors Comments: No soap or paper towels present at front hand sink. Raw eggs stored above orange juice in front refrigerator. Raw eggs stored above lettuce and milk in walk-in. Good retail practices Comments: Clean area under grill. Remove mold from drink dispenser. Label personal food and keep it separate from restaurant food.

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ON TAP Today

Today Basketball

Green Pastures at Dawson Street, 6 p.m.

■ High school basketball: A look at this week’s basketball games

■ Wrestling

Hitting a rough spot

Hontz, Gilbert prevail

Lady Tigers hope to snap losing skid

From staff reports

By Ross Johnson Sports Writer

The Troup girls’ basketball team started strong, but has now hit a bit of a rough patch. The Lady Tigers, who only won three games last season, surprised all of Region 2-AAA by winning four of their first six region games and 11 overall. Troup has fallen off of late, however, losing its past three games despite each being close contests. A week-long break should be welcomed by both the girls’ and boys’ teams, as the they won’t face another opponent until Friday at Shaw. Lady Tigers head coach Caroline Sellers said her team has some things to work on with the incoming break. “We need to regroup and fine-tune some things,” Sellers said after her team's two-point loss to Carver last Friday. “I’ve been wanting to do that. This will be our opportunity. Hopefully, we'll be able to beat (Carver) when it counts (in the region tournament).”

Kevin Eckleberry / Daily News

Troup guard Tanisha Jackson beats Carver’s defense down the floor during Friday’s game. Although the SEE BASKETBALL, PAGE 10 Lady Tigers rallied late, they fell short and dropped their third straight game.

This week’s games

Bo Heath will be one of the seniors honored on senior night at LaGrange Academy on Tuesday.

Callaway boys’ coach Terry Hayes rallies his players late in Saturday’s win over Macon County. Callaway faces region rival Heard County on Tuesday.

■ Super Bowl: Steelers 27, Cardinals 23

Today Green Pastures at Dawson Street, 6 p.m. (boys only) Tuesday Heard County at Callaway, 6 p.m. LaGrange at Northside, 6 p.m. Heritage at LaGrange Academy, 6 p.m. Dawson Street at Oak Mountain, 6 p.m. (boys only) Praise Academy at Lafayette Christian, 6 p.m. Friday Callaway at Jordan, 6 p.m. Columbus at LaGrange, 6 p.m. Troup at Shaw, 6 p.m. LaGrange Academy at Flint River, 6 p.m. Monroe Academy at Dawson Street, 6 p.m. (boys only) Lafayette Christian at Oak Mountain, 6 p.m. Saturday Callaway at Crawford County, 6 p.m. LaGrange at Heard County, 3 p.m. LaGrange Academy vs. Furtah Prep at Philips Arena, 1 p.m.

LaGrange High’s Justin Gilbert and Callaway’s Brandon Hontz returned home Saturday evening with championship medals in hand. Both wrestlers took the top spot in their respective weight class at a tournament at Bowdon High. Gilbert won every match by pin en route to winning the 140-pound weight class, while Hontz won the 130pound class. Braden Duke added a second-place finish for LaGrange, while Callaway’s Ryan Kiss was third at 112 pounds. Gilbert hasn’t lost since the Area 2-AAA duals in Columbus on Jan.16. “I hope he’s peaking at the right time,” Weathers said. Hontz, meanwhile, has only lost one match all season. LaGrange will host the Area 2-AAA traditional meet on Saturday. LaGrange finished second to Columbus in the area duals. “It’ll be a tough tournament,” Weathers said. “Columbus is by far the frontrunner. They’re very, very good.” The Troup Tigers will also participate in Saturday’s tournament.

■ Basketball

Wildcats get wins From staff report

The Dawson Street Christian School Wildcats handled Lafayette Christian 83-37 Friday night. The Wildcats stormed to a 27-6 lead after the first quarter, and they were up 57-23 at the half. Dawson Street led 77-32



Another classic Steelers win on last-minute TD TAMPA, Fla. (AP)—The winning play of the Super Bowl was right out of a schoolyard. Scamble right, scramble

left, find someone open. The perfect unscripted ending to a game of improbable swings. Their Steel Curtain shred-

Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald celebrates his goahead touchdown catch in the fourth quarter.

ded, Ben Roethlisberger and Santonio Holmes improvised the 6-yard touchdown with 35 seconds left that gave the Pittsburgh Steelers a record-setting sixth Super Bowl victory, 27-23 over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday night. “Great players step up in big-time games to make plays,” said Holmes, the game’s MVP. He said he told Roethlisberger that he “wanted to be the guy to make the plays for this team.” And he was. Holmes grabbed the ball with both arms stretched fully above his head in the back right corner of the end zone, his toes barely dragging inbounds. He fell, sat up and cradled the ball like the prize it was. This thriller certainly

AP photo

Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger celebrates with his teammates after throwing a game-winning touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes. matched last year’s upset of the New England Patriots by the New York Giants that ended with Plaxico Burress’ TD catch – with 35 seconds left, too. But this one was even wilder. With the last tensionpacked seconds ticking away, a kneeling Roethlis-

berger held coach Mike Tomlin’s hand as Kurt Warner led one last, but futile, drive. “These guys just don’t blink,” Tomlin said. “They deliver. It’s never going to be pretty or perfect, if you will, but they have a great deal of resolve.”

The Steelers (15-4), winning their second Super Bowl in four seasons, led 207 in the fourth quarter, only to see Warner and the Cardinals stage a remarkable rally to go in front 23-20 with 2:37 remaining.



Could Bobby Knight be Dogs’ new coach? From staff and wire reports

When Georgia fired basketball coach Dennis Felton last week, who knew that his replacement could possibly be the winningest basketball coach in NCAA history. The volatile Bobby Knight,

according to a column in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, would give strong consideration to becoming Georgia’s new coach if offered the job. Whether Georgia wants to pursue is Knight is unclear.

Georgia president Michael Adams didn’t comment on Knight, instead telling the AJC Georgia is “looking right now at everbody in the country who might be available.” One of Georgia’s top players,

junior Albert Jackson, said he would welcome Knight. “I would have to have a coach of that caliber,” Jackson told the AJC. “You have a Hall of Fame coach, you have somebody like that, all you can do is be happy.

“If Bobby Knight wants to come in here, I’d be more than happy.” Knight won three national titles at Indiana before spending eight seasons at Texas Tech. Knight has been a college analyst for ESPN this season.


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■ Super Bowl MVP: Pittsburgh receiver Santonio Holmes

He just wanted the ball Holmes makes most of chance on final drive AP photo

Arizona’s Bertrand Berry looks on while Pittsburgh’s players celebrate a Super Bowl victory.



Warner hit All-Pro receiver Larry Fitzgerald in stride for a 64-yard touchdown and the lead. Already owning a slew of postseason receiving marks this year, Fitzgerald sped down the middle of the field, watching himself outrun the Steelers on the huge video screen. Fitzgerald could only watch from the sideline as Roethlisberger engineered a 78-yard drive to win it in what resembled Heinz Field South. With waves of twirling Terrible Towels turning Raymond James Stadium into a black-andgold tableau—Steelers fans supporting their beloved team, the economy be damned— Pittsburgh’s offense rescued the title. “I knew it was a touchdown 100 percent,” Holmes said, even though it had to withstand a video review. “My feet never left the ground. All I did was stand up on my toes and extended my hands.” And hauled in the pass that punctuated another Pittsburgh championship, adding to those won in the 1974, ’75, ’78, ’79 and ’05 seasons. The stunning swings overshadowed Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison’s record 100-yard interception return for a touchdown to end the first half. That looked like the signature play until the final quarter, when both teams shook off apparent knockout punches to throw haymakers of their own. Big Ben and Holmes struck the last blow, and when Warner fumbled in the



Troup’s boys’ team is hoping the week off doesn’t slow its momentum. After starting 1-6 in the region, the Tigers have won two straight games. By the time the LaGrange teams visit Northside on Tuesday, they will have had a week off. The Grangers will then host Columbus on Friday before heading to Heard County Saturday in a nonregion rivalry game. On Tuesday, the Grangers (6-2 in Region 2-AA) and Patriots (6-3) will play for second place in the region. The Grangers have won six of their past seven games, with the only loss in that stretch coming at Shaw, which leads the region with an 8-1 record. Also on Tuesday, the Callaway Cavaliers have a key home test against Heard County. Heard County is second in the region at 10-2, but the Cavaliers are right behind them at 8-3. In January, Callaway won at Heard County, handing the Braves their first loss of the season. “We’ve got a big game coming up,” Callaway coach Terry Hayes said after Saturday’s win over Macon County. “We'll have to play better. Heard County is real-



through three periods. Nick Wilburn led Dawson Street with 27 points, while Travis Jennings scored 19. Dequincey Williams added 13 points and eight steals, while Zack Cullers scored 11 points. Jacorey Carter scored eight points and pulled down 13 rebounds. On Saturday, the Wildcats beat Solid Rock 60-26 for their fourth straight win.

final seconds, the Cardinals’ dream of winning their first NFL crown since 1947 were gone. “I said it’s now or never, I told the guys all the film study you put in doesn’t matter unless you do it now,” Roethlisberger said. “I’m really proud of the way they responded.” The Cardinals (12-8), playing in their first Super Bowl and first championship game of any kind since 1948, lost their composure after Harrison’s heroics. They had three penalties to keep Pittsburgh’s 79-yard drive going, a 16-play march that ended with Jeff Reed’s 21-yard field goal for a 20-7 lead. And they couldn’t get Fitzgerald free until very late. But boy did he get free. The All-Pro who already had set a postseason record for yards receiving and had five touchdowns in the playoffs was a nonentity until an 87-yard fourth-quarter drive he capped with a leaping 1yard catch over Ike Taylor. He made four receptions on that series on which Warner hit all eight passes for all the yards. And then he struck swiftly for the 64-yarder that put Arizona within minutes of a remarkable victory—a victory that never came because of the resilience of this Steelers team. “I’m disappointed for our team,” said Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt, the offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh when the Steelers won the 2005 title. “This is a group of men that I’m very proud of. They played very hard in circumstances where nobody believed in them.” ly good.” Callaway’s teams finish the week on the road Friday at Jordan and Saturday at Crawford County. LaGrange Academy might have the biggest game of all area teams this week. If not, it’s definitely in the biggest venue. The Warriors are heading to Philips Arena in Atlanta to play Furtah Prep on Saturday. The girls tip off at 1 p.m. while the boys start at 3 p.m. The teams will stay afterward to watch the Hawks face the Clippers. “The kids, that’s all they're talking about,” said boys head coach Matt Dalrymple. “They’re so excited.” Before those games, LaGrange Academy’s teams host Heritage on Tuesday before visiting Flint River on Friday. Tuesday the seniors on both LaGrange Academy teams will be honored before the start of the boys’ game. Dawson Street will be playing three games in five days this week. The Wildcats host Green Pastures tonight before heading to Oak Mountain on Tuesday. Dawson Street will also host Monroe on Friday. Lafayette Christian School will host Praise Academy on Tuesday and head to Oak Mountain on Friday. Dawson Street put it away early, taking a 22-4 lead after the first quarter. Wilburn had a big night with 25 points, while Jennings and Cullers scored 16 and 10 points, respectively. Williams had six points and nine steals, and Carter had 10 rebounds. The Wildcats improved to 15-3 overall and 8-2 in GISA Region 4-A. The Wildcats host Green Pastures Academy at 6 p.m. today in a region game.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Santonio Holmes sat on the grass alongside the end zone – legs outstretched, head bowed, arms wrapped tightly around the ball. He’d come too far to let go. The kid who once sold drugs on a street corner had grown up to become MVP of a most remarkable Super Bowl. Holmes, who overcame his gritty childhood in rural south Florida, made a brilliant touchdown catch with 35 seconds left to give the Pittsburgh Steelers their record sixth Super Bowl title, a 27-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday night. “I dared the team,” Holmes said. “Just give me the ball, give me the chance to make plays and I will do it for you.” He was true to his word on the 6yard winner. After a pass to the left corner went through Holmes’ hands, Ben Roethlisberger lofted the ball toward the right corner, over the hands of not one, not two, but three Arizona defenders. Holmes leaped to get it—and somehow managed to drag both feet in bounds, his toes barely scraping the grass before he tumbled out of bounds. The official threw up both arms – touchdown! – and Holmes sat out of bounds for several seconds, looking down at a ball he didn’t want to give up. His teammates piled on top of him, celebrating a game that will go down

AP photo

Pittsburgh wide receiver Santonio Holmes was named the MVP of the Super Bowl. Holmes caught the game-winning pass with 35 seconds left. as one of the greatest in Super Bowl history. The referee took a look at the replay to make sure Holmes had control of the ball and got both feet down. The third-year receiver never had any doubt. “I knew it was a touchdown 100 percent,” he said. “My feet never left the ground. All I did was stand on my toes and extend my hands.” Amazingly, Holmes’ catch came at exactly the same point – 35 seconds remaining – as Plaxico Burress’ 13yard touchdown catch in last year’s Super Bowl, giving the New York Giants their upset of the unbeaten New England Patriots. That finish was a classic. This one was even better. “The first read was the running back in the flat, but he wasn’t open,”

Roethlisberger said. “Then I was going to try to bang it to Hines (Ward, MVP of the 2006 Super Bowl), but someone was closing in on it and I was a little nervous about it. It wouldn’t have been a touchdown. I looked back, scrambled a little bit and saw ‘Ton’ in the corner. I tried to throw it high so he was going to catch it, or no one was. “Luckily, he made a heck of a play.” Holmes was so good – nine catches for 131 yards, four of them on the winning 78-yard drive – that he actually managed to outshine teammate James Harrison, who seemed to be a shooin for the MVP award through three quarters. “Santonio is a guy who just loves to deliver in big moments and big games,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said.

■ Briefs

Warner amazing in loss TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Kurt Warner and his ageless arm painted a fourth-quarter masterpiece. It just wasn’t quite enough. The Arizona Cardinals’ improbable playoff run ended with Santonio Holmes’ tiptoe catch in the end zone with 35 seconds to play and a 27-23 Super Bowl triumph for Pittsburgh. Warner went down flinging, though, completing 14 of 19 passes in the frenzied final 15 minutes for 224 yards. “I am just really disappointed for him that we didn’t get this win,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said. Warner was deprived of one last heave to the end zone. He went back to throw from the Steelers 44 and was hit. The ball came loose for what officials said was a fumble that Pittsburgh recovered with 5 seconds remaining. Officials did not review the play. “I was surprised they didn’t,” Warner said. “I really felt like my arm was moving forward … I would have thought they would have at least taken a look at it.” Warner has been in three Super Bowls, and all of them went down to the wire, the first with a victory for St. Louis over Tennessee in the 1999 season, the second with a last-second loss for the Rams against New England in 2001. And now this one. “I have been fortunate to be a part of three great Super Bowls,” Warner said. “I am definitely proud of it. Would I have liked to win more than one? Of course, but I am proud that I have been able to come to these games and be part of some of the greatest Super Bowls ever.” He knew that just putting up this kind of fight was a moment to be savored for a franchise long the cellar-dwelling laughingstock of the NFL. “I’m so proud of this football team. I think that’s probably one of the reasons it doesn’t hurt as much as it could have,” he said, “because these guys exceeded expectations, they were so fun to play with. I can’t say enough about the season that we had.”

Nadal does it again

AP photo

Kurt Warner threw for 224 yards in the fourth quarter on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to beat Pittsburgh.

Now he is a free agent. The 37-year-old quarterback’s contract with the Cardinals expired when the season ended. The Cardinals say they want him back and say he wants to be back. But in the aftermath of his third Super Bowl, Warner was noncommittal. “I don’t know if I’m going to play next year,” he said. “I haven’t thought about that. I’m going to enjoy what we just accomplished as a football team. I’m going to enjoy this year. I’m going to enjoy this great game that we just played in. And I’m going to take some time away from the game and then I’ll make that decision.” Warner completed 31 of 43 passes for 377 yards and three touchdowns, with one historically costly interception. Picked as NFL man of the year before the kickoff for his good work off the field, he left the game with statistics that stand with anyone who has ever thrown a Super Bowl pass. The 31 completions were one shy of New England quarterback Tom Brady’s Super Bowl record and tied Buffalo’s Jim Kelly for second. Warner now holds the top three marks for yards passing in a Super Bowl, previously throwing for 414 yards in 2000 against Tennessee and 365 yards against New England in 2002.

Harrison goes 100 yards TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – James Harrison didn’t win the Defensive Player of the Year award by making plays like this. He’s a sacker and a runstuffer, not a long-distance runner. Didn’t matter. Harrison went the distance on a 100yard interception return — one of the greatest plays in Super Bowl and Steelers history—to swing the NFL title game on Sunday night when it appeared the Arizona Cardinals were ready to take the halftime lead. The Steelers went on to win their record

sixth Super Bowl, 27-23. On a first-and-goal play from the Steelers 2 with 18 seconds left in the half, Warner threw a short pass over the middle intended for Anquan Boldin, who had made two catches for 11 yards on the previous two plays. Harrison, the Steelers’ right outside linebacker, read the play perfectly and cut in front of Boldin to make the interception at the goal line and take off up the Arizona sideline. The All-Pro linebacker was slowed twice on either side of the 50, with

Warner himself trying and missing to make the tackle, before being hauled down by Larry Fitzgerald’s facemask tackle—but not before thrusting the ball across the goal line. “We were basically on a max blitz,” Harrison said. “Kurt had to get it out and so he had to throw a quick slant in or out and I guessed on it, basically just shifted out, flowed out, and he threw it straight to me. After that, it was about my teammates helping me get to the other end.”

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – First clay, then grass. Now Rafael Nadal has proven he can win on any surface, entrenching his hold on the No. 1 ranking. The former crown prince of tennis is now the “King of Australia” – to quote one Spanish newspaper headline – after outlasting Roger Federer in five gritty sets in the Australian Open final Sunday for his sixth Grand Slam title. Now, Nadal can look ahead to Roland Garros, where he already controls center court. “Everything was very special,” the Spaniard said. “I didn’t have time yet to enjoy the title because I am too tired.” There will be plenty of time for that. Not quite the way Federer envisioned things when he started a run to what he hoped would be his recordtying 14th Grand Slam championship. The 27-yearold Swiss star, renowned for his placid demeanor on court, began sobbing afterward during the awards ceremony. “God, it’s killing me,” lamented Federer, who has said he still can't get used to hearing himself introduced as the second-ranked player in the world after a record 237 weeks at the top. ■ GOLF: Kenny Perry finally finished off Charley Hoffman in a playoff, making a 22-foot birdie putt on the third extra hole Sunday in the FBR Open. After Perry bogeyed the final hole of regulation to set up the playoff, the two bogeyed and parred the first two extra holes. Perry then rolled in the long putt on the 332-yard, par-4 17th to end the second straight playoff in the event. Perry closed with a 2under 69 to match Hoffman (67) at 14-under 270 at TPC Scottsdale. It was the 13th PGA Tour victory for Perry, the 48-year-old Kentucky player who won three times last year and played on the winning U.S. Ryder Cup team.

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ADAMS HOME REPAIR painting, carpentry roofs, plumbing, gutters and pressure washing 706-302-7544

Lawn Service


Other Services

DO YOU NEED Responsible person to help with transportation, errands, appointments, any other assistance. Good references. P.O. Box 800383

EVERGREEN TREE SERVICE 706-882-9790 DIVERSIFIED TREES, INC. ISA certified arborist licensed/insured 706-663-0300


Animals Pets


Full Blooded Golden Retriever Puppies Born 12/07/08. Parents on site. $225. 706-604-5113

SHIH-TZU PUPPIES House Trained Two Males $650 each 334-338-0747


Merchandise Equipment / Supplies

2007 Cub Cadet lawn mower. 60" deck, 23 HP Kohler motor, only eight hours, LIKE NEW! $3900. 706-302-6124.

Fuel/ Oil/ Coal/ Wood/ Gas Fire Wood $60 and Up Also Kindling 706-884-5552 706-333-6058


DUNCAN FIFE TABLE -TWO LEAFS Five chairs, great shape. $400. After 7 p.m. 706-302-5144


Recreational Vehicles


1998 Honda Four Trax 90CC Four Wheeler In excellent condition. $1300.00 706-594-4671 706-594-4670 2007 HONDA FOREMAN 4WD Very low miles $4500.00 706-773-2555

2007 23 Foot Clearwater Walk Around Cuddie Twin Yamaha 115 Four Stroke 60 hours. Ray Marine, Electronic. Great Offshore or Bay Boat 706-845-6578

Campers / RVs & Trailers

2002 PALIMNO POP UP CAMPER With roof air $3950 706-643-4999

32' Fifth Wheel Prowler

2003 Four Wheeler Electric shift, like new less than 50 hours. $2250.00 706-845-1670

Boats / Accessories

2005 26' Camper with super slide pull behind loaded. $9.900 706-302-7265

1997 Nitro 700 LX 120 Horse Power $4500 706-594-0905

Campers / RVs & Trailers

2005 ALPINE CHALET POP UP CAMPER Great condition heater,ac,frig/ freezer, sleeps two or three. $8500 706-812-8891 1992 FOURWINDS 24' MOTORHOME 48,000 miles, excellent condition. $11,900. 706-882-5402


Double slides, new tires, clean $7500. (706)884-7087

GMC MOTORHOME 20 foot Sleep six Well equip New tires Good Condition $4200 or best offer 706-882-2517

1985 YAMAHA VIRAGO 1000 Wind shield, bags 14,000 miles $3399. 706-645-2029


2001 HONDA VXL 600 Black low miles shields, saddle bag $2500 firm 706-882-5770 2004 HARLEY DAVIDSON SOFT TAIL DEUCE $13,000, or best offer Low Miles Excellent Condition New Tires. 706-884-3441 706-298-1659 2006 HD XL1200C Sportster, Trouble Maker Scallop Pipes, 7700 Miles, Service records Available $8000 obo 706 741 6337 706 741 8558

1997 SUZUKI KATANA G-SX 600 18,000 miles Very good condition. New tires and chain. $2,000 706-881-3422

2000 HARLEY DAVIDSON SPORTSTER 1200 CC Custom. Garage kept, Great condition, Many extras $5700 706-881-1884

2006 SUZUKI GSX 600 Excellent condition Red, Includes jacket and helmets $5,600 706-594-1319

2004 DYNA WIND GLIDE Harley Davidson Good Condition $11,500. 706-518-8848



EXECUTIVE STYLE "U" SHAPED DESK 36â&#x20AC;?x72â&#x20AC;? Bowâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;front desk with side return and two drawer lateral file Credenza. $900. Must see to appreciate Call Ron @ 706-302-1254

Boats / Accessories


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2003 HARLEY ULTRA CLASSIC 19 K Miles Excellent condition $14,000 Call after 5 pm 678-447-6572 2005 Suzuki VL1500cc C90 Lots of extras Excellent condition $6500 882-2609,616-2658

1997 Yamaha 750 Virago


Automotive Autos

1987 Corvette Runs Good Need restoring, $4500 706-594-9066

1987 CORVETTE RUNS GOOD Need restoring, $3500 OR best offer 706-594-9066

1996 Lincoln Town Car EXC New tires, windshield, Fully loaded one saddle bags, very clean owner cold air, leather $2600. 770-408-8542 interior, tinted windows, Michelin Other tires, must see. $3500 or best cash offer. Must sell moving 1998 SEADOO SPEEDSTER 706-333-9787 Twin engine - need tune-up. $4,900 or best offer. FOR SALE 678-468-4995 2001 BUICK REGAL GRAN SPORT One owner, 150K TWO miles, all options, all service records. JET SKIS Excellent condition. 1996 Seadoo, 1995 KaAsking $6,200. wasaki, Double trailer $3500(706)675-3938 706-594-5224


2002 Jaguar S-Type $13,000 72,000 miles 706-883-7607 2003 XJR JAGUAR black, tan leather, 72,000 miles. $15,000 or best offer. 706-881-2690 1996 MUSTANG CONVERTIBLE Excellent condition $6800 706-882-6756

1993 MUSTANG CONVERTIBLE One owner,46k miles, four cylinder. loaded. $4000. 706-302-7265

MUST SEE 1996 MERCEDES C280 Charcoal gray good condition four door all power, moonroof leather, loaded new tires recently serviced and ready to go! $5k or best offer 706-812-9367


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2002 Silver Honda Accord EX two door, six, cd, 124k miles, sunroof, great condition. $7,500 706-594-5604 2000 350 Super Duty Dually Crew Cab Electrical box, overhead ladder rack $4900. 706-302-7265

Classic / Antique

1967 FORD S.W.B Ranger Pickup 352 V-8 three speed on the column original $3600 706-333-9197 706-884-6775

Commercial / Industrial

2000 MACK FLAT BED TRUCK 8 'x 24 ' BODY 148K MILES 6 CYLINDER DIESEL EXTRA NICE $8,500 706-845-6309

Sport Utility

1998 Chevrolet S10 Blazer Excellent condition white all service up to date 191k miles only $3800 Please Call 1-423-255-4499 2000 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer Blue Great condition looks great runs great all service up to date 168K miles Only $4500 1-706-905-1050

2000 Honda Passport

Low miles, good condition. $4000. (706)884-0652


One Owner 1996 Dodge Ram V8 Magnum Laramie $3500 706-884-8996 706-402-8997


2005 FREE STAR FIVE DOOR VAN Fully loaded $8450 706-883-7274


Real Estate Sales


4000 Square Feet for lease. Great for office, daycare, or kindergarden, with kitchen 102 Corporate Park Court. 706-523-1545

For Sale By Owner 918 GREENVILLE STREET Six room, two bath house, new roof and flooring, 16x240 storage building Fenced back yard.$60K. 706-302-0302.

Houses For Sale

PRICE REDUCED ANXIOUS TO SELL! $90,000.00; Three bedroom, two bath. Bank owned property at 95 Margaret Way, Hogansville; appraised at $110,000.00; Bank will finance 30 years with 6% interest; payments could be as low as $539.73; NO DOWN PAYMENT with qualifying credit; Contact Kristi at Talbot State Bank 706-674-2215; Member FDIC; Equal Housing Lender Three Bedroom Two Bath Five acres $85,000 706-675-0950

NEW HOMES FOR SALE at 706-523-1658

LaGrange Daily News Apartments / Townhouses The Gardens Apartments Two bedroom, two bath. Corporate units also available (706) 883-8728

AUTUMN RIDGE APARTMENTS Formally Versailles One Two and Three bedroom APARTMENTS "Move in Special" Clean, appliances included close to school's, shopping and hospital. 706-884-3357

2008 14x8 Enclosed Trailer Brand new. Great for motorcycle or work. Three doors, $2500. 706-884-1621

Valley's Newest Apartment Homes "The Verandas" One, two, and three bedroom Great rates! Business center, fitness center and laundry On-site Large pools Pre-lease and receive a free Membership to the Valley Sportsplex. Limited time offer. Call Today for more information 334-756-6000

86 TERRACE DRIVE (Lees Crossing Area) Two Bedroom One Bath $650.00 Rent $650.00 Deposit (706) 594-8682 THREE BEDROOM TWO BATH HUGE FENCED IN YARD Dunson Street $575 706-884-5857

THREE BEDROOM TWO BATH With two bonus rooms. 116 Hampton Green Drive. $1000 month $1000 Deposit 706-333-0631



absolutely no pets. 706-812-0056

A MUST SEE Newly renovated mobile homes starting at $150 per week, all utilities provided including cable , no pets. 706-298-1460



Drivers & Delivery DRIVERS NEEDED Local U.S Mail Route Class A CDL. Five years plus experience Clean MVR Call 904-874-8339

ONE AND TWO BEDROOM APARTMENTS AVAILABLE! WEST POINT All apartments have Newer three bedroom, central heat and air, two bath. Next to KIA appliances, washer/ Help Wanted Plant. $895 a month. dryer connections and General (706) 302-6858 blinds. Conveniently Manufactured located in town close 4000 EXPERIENCED Housing to shopping and PRODUCT schools. Deposits will DEVELOPMENT vary based on credit ENGINEER Rentals history. Textile Manufacturing Call now for details TWO BEDROOM Company in Union and be sure to ask TWO BATH City, Georgia seeks about our SPECIALS! No pets. References. experienced Product Durand Properties, (706)882-3691 Development Engineer Inc. 706-883-3481 to develop new products and provide Nice technical expertise for Commercial Two Bedroom marketing efforts. in city park. $375 BS Degree Textile or 10,000 Square Foot monthly Chemical Engineering Building plus $150 deposit. and five years With offices and One also in country. experience. Expertise loading dock (706)882-8276 with aramid fibers is Industrial Park Area preferred. $1700 per month FURNISHED Interested applicants 706-845-6578 NICE, CLEAN should email Two bedroom resumes to 706-884-7747 Houses for Rent 707 PINEYWOODS DRIVE LaGrange School District. Three bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2700 Square feet 706-302-2200

PRICE REDUCED 905 TAFT STREET MOVE IN READY! TWO BEDROOM $85,000.00; ONE BATH Three bedroom Completely remodTwo bath eled, $425 a month, Bank owned $400 deposit property at 941-704-0937 1999 Chevy 1500 95 Margaret Way, Silverado Z71 four wheel Hogansville Georgia; drive pewter color, exHOMES FOR appraised at tended cab, leather, RENT auto, tool box, bush $110,000.00; $200-$750 guard 706-333-4133 Bank will finance 30 MALLORY REALTY years with 6% interest; 706-884-3336 2000 DODGE 2500 payments could be as EXTENDED CAB. HOGANSVILLE low as $530.73; DIESEL. $7500. NO DOWN PAYMENT Newer three bedroom, 706-333-9944 with qualifying credit; two bath. Granite and Contact Drew, Kara, Stainless. $895 2000 Ford Kristi at Talbot State month Ranger Bank 706-674-2215; (706) 302-6858 Extended cab, four Member FDIC; Equal door, stepside, 3.0 liHousing Lender NEW CUSTOM HOME ter, V-6 engine, autoThree bedroom, 2 1/2 matic, air, all power, NICE bath with bonus room, tilt, cruise, bedliner, THREE BEDROOM 2500 square feet. rear slide window. TWO BATH Call Signature 82,500 miles $4800. Built in 2000 plenty Homes 706-884-8642 334-863-5910 of room with split bedroom floor plan 2001 FORD F-150 HOUSES FOR and two downstairs 4X4 RENT unfinished rooms. Black with tan leather. at Home has new paint, www.spinksandyates 36 inch Super new kitchen and bath, .com Swamper Irok's, 706-883-1111 vinyl, and one car 6 inch suspension lift, garage. Off Mountville towing package, 50 GLENDA DRIVE Hogansville Road. 6 disc cd player, Three Bedrooms, Near Hogansville. keyless entry, One Bath. Bargain at $92,900 all power, toolbox, $450 a month. and 100% financing 20 inch 706-333-6401 may be available. chrome wheels, 706-333-8336 sunroof, sliding rear glass. RENT TO OWN Land (Acreage) $12,500 or best offer GREAT LOCATION 706-845-1611 Between I-185, Exit TALLAPOOSA 42, LaGrange, and RIVER 2006 CHEVY 1300 Foot on river I-85, Exit 14 and COLORADO Z71 beautiful bottom land convenient to KIA! CREW CAB great timber value Three bedroom, plus 2WD, 37 miles, three acre Bonus Room, Two Full bedliner, tool box, $55,000 107 acre Baths, Great Room, $5,500 an acre loaded. $14,500 Fireplace. Square 1-334-501-7740 706-881-4200 Day footage at over 1800 706-884-2709 Night Real Estate Rentals S.F. Plus Basement at 3500 over 1800 S.F.Lots of 2006 Ford F-150 Amenities.Rent at Super Crew $1400 a month. 4X4 Lariat Apartments / NEGOTIABLE. Fully loaded Townhouses Call 706-718-1523 Including Leer To See AMBERWOOD Tonneau cover. APARTMENTS $20,500 Now accepting appliOr Best cations for lovely one Offer bedroom apartments. 706-845-0357 Rent based on in2000 CHEVROLET come. Must be 62 or older, handicapped or SILVERADO 2500 Extended cab disabled. Apply in perpickup great truck re- son at 815 North If you truly believe the customer duce to $8600 or best Greenwood or call always comes first 884-0174. Equal Housoffer 706-812-1933 and want to be ing Opportunity. HandiUtility Trailers with the fastest cap accessible. 7x12 HAULMARK ENCLOSED CARGO TRAILER Dual Axle with good Brakes, Ramp and Side Door. All new Lights, Breakaway box, jack, 90% tread left on tires. $2200 706-333-9168

Houses for Rent

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Help Wanted General


Jean Harris, V.P of Human Resources at jean.harris@tencate. com. No phone calls please. ROUTE DRIVERS Company vehicle, cash daily, must have valid drivers license. Go geters only. Call Sandy 706-883-8686



AUTOMOTIVE TECHS NEEDED Must be experienced. Must have tools, Valid driver license and transportation. Monday-Friday References Required Serious inquires only 706-905-1050

Anything on Wheels... Cars, Trucks, Motorcycle, Mobile Homes, SUV’s, Tractors, Trailers, Go Carts, Golf Carts


CNAS, MED TECHS, LPNS, MA or PHLEBOTOMIST NEEDED to do insurance exams in the LaGrange Newnan area. Must have computer. Fax to 770-754-1097 Att: Patti. or email to patti.lindsey@ Heritage Healthcare of Greenville is currently accepting applications for an RN supervisor, 3-11 LPN's,new graduates welcome and 3-11 CNA's newly certified also welcome. We offer many benefits Please apply in person. 706-672-4241

Position Available for

Youth Services Career Facilitator

The Youth Services Career Facilitator provides career counseling and job placement services to youth customers enrolled under Workforce Investment Services. Responsible for implementing the required WIA youth elements. Responsible for helping customers access needed services to ensure employment and/or academic goals are met. Required to meet performance standards. Recruits customers and determines eligibility. Maintains confidential documents to demonstrate compliance with program requirements/regulations. Provides WIA Youth services to economically disadvantaged youth throughout a 10-county region. Proficiency in MS Word and Excel required. Must be a professional, mature individual. A professional appearance and demeanor including appropriate language skills in written and spoken communications; good management skills and organizational skills are essential. Must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited program. Must be willing, able and have the means to travel throughout a ten county service region and must possess a valid driver’s license and automobile insurance. Must be able to work evenings and some weekends. Must consent to a background and credit check. Those interested should submit a cover letter and resume to Workforce Development Corporation, Attn: Regional Youth Program Coordinator, P. O. Box 1562, Griffin, Georgia, 30224 no later than 5:00 p.m., February 6, 2009.

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The West Central Georgia Workforce Development Corporation (WCGWDC) is requesting proposals for financial audit for the period of July 1, 2008-June 30, 2009 (Audit Period One) to be completed by November 1, 2009 and an audit for July 1, 2009-June 30, 2010 (Audit Period Two) to be completed by November 1, 2010. The WCGWDC is a small not-for-profit agency and the grant administrator of Workforce Investment Act funds for the West Central Georgia Workforce Investment Area. Funds to be audited are estimated at $3,800,000.00. The audit must be conducted in compliance with the standards set forth in 29 CF 99.105 and meet the requirements of OMB Circular A-133, Governmental Audit Standards and Generally Accepted Auditing Standards. Proposals must be submitted in the format outlined by the RFP Information Package and must be received by February 9, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. Proposals should be submitted to West Central Georgia Workforce Development Corporation, P.O. Box 1562, Griffin, GA 30224, Attn: Deborah Woerner, RE: Proposal for Audit Services. Inquiries concerning this RFP or request for the RFP Information Package should be made to Tabitha Weaver by e-mail to or by phone at 770-229-9799. Equal Opportunity Employer/Program.


An Equal Opportunity Employer/Program.


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Walk-Ins Welcome

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Bare Metals

56 Jarrell Road (The Old Mead Plant) Greenville, GA 30222 706-672-9818

• Now buying at their new facility in Greenville. • Paying the same competitive prices as the Griffin plant. • Buying all types of scrap metal, copper, brass aluminum, tin & Steel. • Furnishing containers or trailers for any industrial accounts. Please give us a call. We Look forward to doing business with all the good people of Meriwether and Troup County.


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Your old 8mm film 35mm slides; old VHS tapes; photos; weddings, travel, birthdays, special occasions all preserved on DVD.

Old records (L.P. 33, 45)

Audio Cassettes - Now Preserved on CD

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