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ATLANTA (AP) – Early voting is under way in most counties in Georgia, including Troup. Voters could begin casting ballots today in the runoff for the U.S. Senate race between Republican Saxby Chambliss and Democratic challenger Jim Martin.

Today’s artist: Noah Lindsey, third grade, Long Cane Elementary School.

Community

The LaGrange Civic Chorale and Bel Canto LaGrange will join forces as the West Georgia Choral Society for this year’s annual Thanksgiving concert.

The runoff is set for Dec. 2. In Fulton County, early voting begins Tuesday. Both Chambliss and Martin are looking for new ways to coax weary Georgia voters back to the polls next month in one of the nation’s most hotly contested Senate races.

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‘Massie Day’ big success

State Like all illegal immigrants, Lorenzo Jimenez knew the knock on the door from immigration agents could come at any time. Still, he had enough faith in the American dream to buy a house in an Atlanta suburb, even though signing the papers meant raising the risk: He put his 2-year-old, American-born daughter’s name and Social Security number on the title. PAGE 4

Nation, world John Podesta, a leader of Presidentelect Barack Obama’s transition team, was the Clinton administration official who worked to douse scandals, outmaneuver Republicans and keep Bill Clinton popular even through impeachment. He’s now in charge of a 450-person staff whose experts – including Podesta himself – aren’t always in sync with those of his new boss. PAGE 5

Opinion

Political scientist John Tures draws parallels between the Chambliss/Martin runoff and a previous runoff contest between Wyche Fowler and Paul Coverdell

By Sherri Brown Staff Writer

Friends Claire Gaddy, 10, Tashia McCerde, 7 and Brittney Moore romp in fall leaves Saturday off Boulevard. Weekend wind gusts made it appear to be ‘raining’ leaves at times and some trees that started the weekend full of color were nearly bare by Monday.

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Obama team blends D.C., Chicago leaders WASHINGTON (AP) — Presidentelect Barack Obama is forming a White House leadership team that combines experienced Washington insiders who can help build a bridge with Congress and trusted associates who share his Chicago roots. The West Wing appointments that Obama has announced in recent days stand in contrast to those of George W. Bush, who relied heavily on fellow Texans for top posts. They had virtually no experience dealing with Congress, nor did the former Texas governor who was their boss. Obama comes to the Oval Office with

an ambitious list of campaign promises that will require Capitol Hill’s cooperation and approval, and his team is heavy on the legislative experience that Obama is lacking. He resigned his Illinois Senate seat Sunday after less than four years of service, half of which he spent out on the presidential campaign trail. During that time, Obama had Pete Rouse as his Senate chief of staff to take care of his business on the Hill. On Sunday, Obama named Rouse to be a senior adviser in his White House. Rouse has 24 years of experience as a top Senate aide, also running the

WASHINGTON (AP) — The country is sinking deeper into the economic doldrums, and it’s likely to stay there for a while. That’s part of the latest outlook from forecasters in a survey to be released Monday by the National Association for Business Econom-

ics, also known by its acronym, NABE. Approximately 96 percent of the economists polled believe that a recession has started, and nearly threefourths think it could persist beyond the first quarter of 2009. Under one definition, a

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recession happens when the economy shrinks for two quarters in a row. The economy contracted 0.3 percent in the third quarter as battered consumers cut back sharply on spending, the government reported last month. It was the worst showing since 2001, when

the country was last in a recession. NABE economists, among other experts, predict activity will continue to shrink in both the final quarter of this year and the first quarter of next year as weary consumers hunker down further

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Hard freeze likely tonight From staff reports

A repeat of this morning’s subfreezing temperatures is likely for the next few days, with a hard freeze Tuesday night. The mercury is forecast to fall into the 20s and 30s through Thursday. The coldest day will be Tuesday, with a high in the mid-40s and a low of 24 forecast for LaGrange.

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Troup students ‘play’ stock market, learn economics Editor’s Note: This is American Education Week and each day a story will spotlight innovative learning activities in Troup County Schools.

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Forecasters: Tough road ahead for economy

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offices of former Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota and Obama’s Illinois colleague, Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin. Other names that have begun to roll out in recently come with varying degrees of Washington experience. Obama is drawing on accomplished Chicago friends, longtime congressional aides and former Clinton administration officials, including some with ties to the Monica Lewinsky scandal. The new chief of staff, Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., combines the Chicago roots and the legislative connec-

Despite the wind and cold, almost 100 motorcycle riders showed up Saturday to take part in a fundraiser ride for Troup County sheriff’s Lt. Rick Massie. The all-day event included the ride, sponsored by Diverse Power, hamburger plates, children’s games, a silent auction and a raffle, raising about $3,800 for the family, said organizer Jennifer Jones-Whitley. Massie was seriously injured Oct. 8 when a 17-year-old drove too fast into a sharp curve and his car crossed the center line. Massie’s injuries included a nearly severed right foot, torn ligaments in the left knee, several cracked ribs, bleeding in the brain and other internal injuries. “It was great to see Rick and his family out there. When all the bikes came up you could see how touched they were. It was a nice moment,” said Jones-Whitley, a West Point police officer and Massie’s cousin. Also, LaGrange Shrine Club donated funds for the materials to build a wheelchair ramp at Massie’s home.

By Kenneth Thompson Staff writer

Troup High School economics teacher Glenn Quiggle assists senior Mike Nolen with ‘StockQuest,’ an online stock market simulator that allows students to “invest” virtual money.

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How do you keep high school students awake during a senior economics class? Give them $100,000 to experiment with stocks. Economics teacher Glenn Quiggle uses ‘StockQuest,’ an online program developed by UGA that simulates real time US and international stock markets, to engage his Troup High School students. “Basically, this program has taught me more about the economy than any regular

class could have,” senior Mike Nolen said. “This has provided an in-depth analysis of the market that I can carry with me through life. It’s a great idea by Mr. Quiggle.” Nolen’s current portfolio value of more than $5 million leads Quiggle’s three classes, but trails Quiggle’s $12 million portfolio. Each student started with $100,000 of virtual money in early September and has fought tooth and nail to gain the most money by Thanksgiving, Quiggle said. “It’s absolute pure competition in each class,” he said. “They are having the time of their lives, though. They have learned the system and now know how to

buy and trade American and foreign stocks.” On their way to a major test grade, students are graded how aggressively they play and how they handle transactions. “Buying and trading stocks is speculative in nature,” Quiggle said. “They have to study changing trends in the economy and stocks in general. It forces them to make very sound economic choices in order to succeed.” Quiggle has used ‘StockQuest’ for several years, he said. But the state of the current economy has made it even more of a roller coaster this year. “The economy and the fact that it’s a political year has

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■ 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: ■ Amira’s Mediterranean Cuuisine, 1 Young’s Mill Road, LaGrange Date inspected: Nov. 7 Score: 92, A; Previous score: 80, B Risk factors Comments: Outdated milk products; use products by expiration dates. Personal medication stored with food; store personal items separate from food items. Wash hands before putting on new pair of gloves. Vent hood not turned on while cooking. Fryers should be entirely positioned under vent hood. ■ Biscuit Stop, 3116 Roanoke Road, LaGrange Date inspected: Nov. 5 Score: 91, A; Previous score: 91, A Risk factors Comments: Employees must wear gloves when handling ready-to-eat foods. Good retail practices ■ Explorations in Antiquity Center, 130 Gordon Commercial Drive, LaGrange

Date inspected: Nov. 4 Score: 100, A; Previous score: 97, A Comments: Good retail practices ■ Jumbo’s Chinese Restaurant, 213 Commerce Ave., LaGrange Date inspected: Nov. 3 Score: 82, B; Previous score: 67, U Risk factors Comments: Food on buffet not positioned under sneeze guard. All foods must be stored covered. Food in freezer and dry storage area. Cold foods not held at 41 degrees and below (eggs 58 degrees, vegetables 61 degrees). Good retail practices Comments: Utensils stored between equipment; all utensils must be stored in a clean area. Using unappoved drill as mixer; must use a good-grade mixer to mix food items. A fly-control method is needed; flies present around bar area and kitchen – issue must be addressed. ■ Momma Goldberg’s Deli, 380 S. Davis Road, LaGrange Date inspected: Nov. 7 Score: 100, A; Previous score: 100, A ■ Ryan’s Family Steak House, 1509 Lafayette Parkway, LaGrange Date inspected: Nov. 5 Score: 96, A; Previous score: 52, U Comments: Carbon buildup on pans; remove buildup. Remove mold from ice machine. Repair broken tile behind equipment. Broken and missing floor tiles. Clean floor under display shelves in bakery area. ■ Subway, 1960 Whitesville Road, LaGrange Date inspected: Nov. 3 Score: 95, A; Previous score: N/A

■ Local weather ■ TUESDAY

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High 59 Low 27 Mostly sunny.

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Good retail practices Comments: Remove mold from ice machine. Clean dining area. Sweep freezer floor; debris present. Shield all lights. Roaches present in facility; address issue. ■ Zaxby’s 129 Commerce Ave., LaGrange Date inspected: Nov. 6 Score: 96, A; Previous score: 93, A Good retail practices Comments: Clean shelves in kitchen. Repair walk-in doors (rusted). Clean shelves in dining area under beverage dispenser. Repair leak at three-vat sink. Clean grease trap. Repair broken tile in facility. Clean air-conditioning vents throughout facility.

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under the stresses of rising unemployment, shrinking nest eggs and falling home values. “Business economists became decidedly more negative on the economic outlook for the next several quarters as a result of the intensification of credit market stresses and evidence of spillover to the real economy,” said NABE president Chris Varvares, president of Macroeconomic Advisers. NABE economists are now forecasting the economy to shrink at a 2.6 percent pace in the final quarter of this year and then at a 1.3 percent pace in the first three months of 2009. The new projections marked downgrades from the association’s previous survey, which called for growth of just 0.1 percent in the final quarter of this year and a 1.3 percent growth rate in the following quarter. For all of 2008, the association’s economists are predicting the economy’s growth will slow to 1.4 percent, down from 2 percent in 2007. If the new, lower projection proves correct, it would mark the weakest performance since the 2001. The picture would turn worse in 2009. The NABE economists are projecting the economy will jolt into reverse, shrinking by 0.2 percent for all of next year. If that happens, it would mark the worst showing since 1991, when the country was starting to pull out of a recession. With the economy losing traction, the nation’s unemployment rate will climb to 7.5 percent by the end of next year, the economists predict. Other analysts think it could rise to 8 percent at that time, or even hit 10 percent or higher if a U.S. auto company were to go under. The nation’s unemployment rate bolted to 6.5 percent in October, a 14-year high, the government reported earlier this month. To cushion the fallout, the Federal Reserve has slashed a key interest rate, dropping it to just 1 percent, a level seen only once before in the last half-century. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has warned that the country’s economic weakness could last for some time — even if the government’s unprecedented $700 billion financial bailout package and other steps do succeed in getting financial and credit markets to operate more normally. In a speech Friday, Bernanke left the door open to another rate reduction, warning that financial markets remain under “severe strain.” Wall Street investors and economists believe the Fed probably will lower interest rates again on Dec. 16, its last regularly scheduled meeting this year, by onequarter or even one-half percentage point. The NABE survey of 50 forecasters was taken Oct. 28 through Nov. 7. The raft of grim economic news prompted Sandra Pianalto, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, to say in a speech Friday that the data to date “tells me that the economy is now in a recession.”

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NEW YORK (AP) — Citigroup Inc. is cutting approximately 53,000 more jobs in the coming quarters as the banking giant struggles to steady itself after suffering massive losses from deteriorating debt. The plans, posted on the company’s Web site, are being discussed by CEO Vikram Pandit at the company’s town hall meeting in New York Monday with employees. The company said total headcount is being reduced by 20 percent from its peak of 375,000 at the end of 2007; the company had already announced in October that it was eliminating about 22,000 jobs from those levels. The total workforce reductions include thousands of jobs that will be lost when Citigroup completes the sale of Citi Global Services and its German retail banking business. The New York-based bank has posted four straight quarterly losses, including a loss of $2.8 billion during the third quarter. The company said that in addition to job cuts, it plans to lower expenses by about 20 percent, and that is has reduced its assets by more than 20 percent since the first quarter of the year. Citi shares fell 42 cents, or 4.4 percent, to $9.10 in morning trading. The company’s shares have been trading at 13-year lows. Shortly before the town hall meeting in New York, Citigroup Chairman Win Bischoff said at a business forum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, that it would be irresponsible for Citi and other companies not to look at staffing in the event of a prolonged economic downturn. “What all of us have done — and perhaps injudiciously — we’ve added a lot of people over … this very benign period,” Bischoff said. “If there is a reversion to the mean … those job losses will obviously fall particularly heavily on the financial sector,” he added. “Certainly they will fall particularly heavily on London and New York.” A Citigroup spokesman said that while certain regions and businesses might have higher concentrations of job cuts, they would generally be across the entire company and around the world. In his comments to the Associated Press, Bischoff did not rule out the likelihood that Citi’s leaders would go without bonuses this year. — a move that

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definitely had an impact,” Quiggle said. “We recently had a couple of kids’ stocks wounded pretty badly. Some of them got caught up in a slide and lost about 40 percent of their accounts.” Quiggle says the students have learned that there are still plenty of opportunities, though, to make money despite the gloomy economy. “They are learning how to go out and make smart decisions to earn some money when many people are struggling,” he said. “There are still plenty of opportunities out there and they are seeing that first hand. These are all seniors that are about to be out in the real world. They need this financial information.” Student Josh Murphy says the knowledge gained is invaluable. “This is proof to me that even if the economy is bad, you can still make plenty of money,” Murphy said. “I hardly knew anything about stocks before. Now I can go out and do it in real life.”

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his fist in the Publix parking lot at 139 Commerce Ave. on Sunday. The suspect later ignored police sirens and moving traffic as he ran across Commerce Avenue, barely dodging traffic, police said. The man was charged with pedestrian darting into traffic. A suspected drunk driver slammed into the rear of a stopped vehicle at the intersection of Whitesville Street and West Lukken Industrial Drive on Sunday morning before driving off and turning onto Hamilton Road nearly striking a telephone pole, police said. No one was injured and the driver was charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident and reckless driving.

Naked man

A naked man was seen running in the 700 block of Hamilton Road Sunday morning. The suspect, who police said was drunk, told police that another man had stolen his clothing. A crowd of onlookers gathered around him and police as he was charged with indecent exposure and public drunkenness.

Shoplifting

Kroger employees at 203 Commerce Ave., saw a drunken man conceal pork loins, ribs and deodorant bars in his pants Sunday morning. The suspect was charged with shoplifting and public drunkenness. A security camera recorded a man hiding three bars of soap and some body wash in his pants and jacket Sunday night at Piggly Wiggly at 522 S. Greenwood St. The man returned the items to a nearby shelf once he realized he was caught, police said. He then paid for two packs of noodles and fled on foot from employees who tried to hold him for police. The suspect was charged with shoplifting.

Vandalism

A man used a steak knife to puncture all four of his girlfriend’s SUV’s tires in the 100 block of North Cary Street and threw a cinder block through the front windshield, causing more than $500 of damage Sunday night. The suspect was charged with criminal damage and a family violence act violation.

Truck fire

An electrical error caused a fire in a semi-trailer truck traveling on Interstate-85 Sunday morning. The driver was uninjured, but the truck was heavily damaged, Troup County Fire Department officials said.

Burglaries, thefts

A thief removed an air conditioner from a side window of a house in the 900 block of Kelly Street on Sunday night and stole a 32-inch TV valued at $650. A 57-inch TV of unknown value was stolen from a house in the 100 block of Commerce Court Sunday night. Police found pry marks on the residence’s back door but were unable to obtain finger prints. A Honda Civic valued at $2,500 was stolen from the driveway of a house in the 1000 block of Juniper Street.

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A freeze warning is in effect from 1 to 9 a.m. Tuesday. Highs the other days are predicted to be in the 50s. The winterlike weather comes as a strong Canadian cold front brings a renewed surge of cold air into the region Tuesday. Canadian high pressure will settle over north and central Georgia by Wednesday morning, with a hard freeze Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. The normal extremes for this time of year in Troup County are 66 and 42.

J. D. Butler

Mr. J. D. Butler, 97, of LaGrange, passed away Saturday, November 15, 2008 at the home of his daughter and son-in-law. Mr. Butler was born March 7, 1911 in Cleburne County, Alabama, son of the late John David Sr. and Ida Price Butler. He was a member of Hurricane Baptist Church and a retired farmer. Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Jessie and Harold East of LaGrange, and Betty McCormick of Bowdon; seven grandchildren; several greatgrandchildren and greatgreat-grandchildren; and a sister, Oma Thompson of Heflin, Ala. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Butler and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be 11:00 Tuesday at the HunterAllen-Myhand Chapel with Dr. Harold Lawrence officiating. Interment will be in the Hurricane United Methodist Church Cemetery in Cleburne County, Alabama. The family will be at their home at 187 Chase Road, and receive friends at the funeral home this evening from 7:00 to 9:00. Condolences may be expressed and memories shared in the guest book at www.hunterallenmyhand.com

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tions. Vice President-elect Joe Biden’s chief of staff Ron Klain held the same role for Vice President Al Gore. Obama has picked Mona Sutphen and Jim Messina as his deputy chiefs of staff. Like Rouse, Messina has served as chief of staff for three different lawmakers — Sens. Max Baucus, D-Mont, Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, DN.Y. — and has a vast network of relationships to show for it that he can tap on Obama’s behalf. Philip Schiliro, who has more 25 years experience working for Congress, is Obama’s liaison to Capitol Hill. Biden, a longtime senator from Delaware, has said he intends to be a frequent voice on the Hill and use his 36 experience as a lawmaker to promote the administration’s agenda. That’s a departure from Vice President Dick Cheney, who only appeared occasionally on the Hill to meet with Republican members and cast a tiebreaking vote. Obama is keeping some campaign advisers close in the West Wing. He has named longtime confidant Valerie Jarrett as a senior White House adviser and is expected to bring along Robert Gibbs as press secretary and David Axelrod as another senior adviser. The senior adviser title is a vague one, but those who fill it can have held vast authority. Karl Rove and Karen Hughes had the title at one time in Bush’s White House, and each had very different but influential role — Rove was the political strategist with a big say over policy while Hughes was the chief communications specialist. Democratic officials say Obama’s pick for White House counsel is Gregory Craig, who was President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial lawyer, but it has yet to be announced. Sutphen, too, had a role in the Lewinsky scandal that led to Clinton’s impeachment. Sutphen is a foreign policy expert who has had several federal government positions, including as an aide to Bill Richardson when he was ambassador to the United Nations. In that role, Sutphen helped conduct a 45-minute job interview with Lewinsky in late 1997 at the request of John Podesta.


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Symphony to feature Johnson composition From staff reports

Bettie Biggs, far left, leads the Choral Society of West Georgia in a rehearsal for their Thanksgiving concert Sunday. The group features the members of LaGrange Civic Chorale and Bel Canto LaGrange.

Combined choirs to present concert From staff reports

This year ’s annual Thanksgiving concert, “We Gather Together – A Concert of Thanksgiving and Praise,” will feature the debut of the Choral Society of West Georgia, the combined voices of the LaGrange Civic Chorale and Bel Canto LaGrange, a women’s vocal ensemble. The concert will be at 5 p.m Sunday at First Presbyterian Church. The program will focus on American sacred music, specifically arrangements originating from early American folk sources such as the Sacred Harp, according to Bettie Biggs, founder and artistic director. Also included will be original pieces from American masters such as Samuel Barber and contemporary composer Rene Clausen. David Kocsis, First Pres-

byterian Church organist, will be the featured soloist for the concert as well as violinist Callie Hammond. Marcia Wooten will perform the role of narrator, sharing carefully selected reflections on American life and the meaning of Thanksgiving. Cindy Brown is accompanist. “The response from the community has been tremendous,” Biggs said. “Last year’s Thanksgiving concert at The First Presbyterian Church was received with a full house, and the church has been very gracious in allowing us the use of their elegantly appointed sanctuary once again.” The combined choruses of Bel Canto LaGrange and The Lagrange Civic Chorale will be the first ever collaboration between the two ensembles.

The Choral Society of West Georgia recently performed a concert in West Point. “Not all of our singers are from LaGrange,” Biggs said. “We have members from all over the region including Warm Springs, Woodland, Pine Mountain, Newnan, West Point, Opelika and Valley, Ala. Their energy and enthusiasm for this concert is overwhelming.” Tickets at $10 in advance

and $12 at the door are available from Hill Street House, Plum Southern and CharterBank in West Point or any member of Bel Canto LaGrange or the LaGrange Civic Chorale. For more information, email choralsociety@bellsouth.net or call (706) 882-2734.

■ In our community Events Monday-Tuesday The LaGrange Memorial Library hosts a book fair from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring a selection of books and gifts for all ages, including children’s items, stationery, albums, cookbooks and other items. Proceeds benefit the library. For more information, call Pat Gay at (706) 882-7784.

Tuesday The LaGrange Symphony Orchestra presents “Music: The Invisible Art,” featuring a composition by Lee Johnson, professor of music at LaGrange College and an Emmy-award winning composer. A reception will follow at Wes Cochran Art Gallery. The LaGrange Shufflers square dance club holds dances from 7-9:30 p.m. at the Senior Center at 140 Ragland St. in LaGrange.

Wednesday The Round Table book club meets at 4 p.m. at the home of Sybil Allen with Cindy Greene serving as hostess. Allen will review “A Love Beyond Explaining” by Jason Robertson. The Tabard Book Club meets at 10 a.m. at the home of Sarah Daniel at 910 S. Willowcrest Way. LaGrange Memorial Library holds preschool storytime at 10 a.m. For more information, call Pat Gay at (706) 8827784.

Thursday First Baptist Church in Hogansville will host a blood drive from 2 to 7 p.m. Cuban guitarist Manuel Barrueco will kick off the inaugural season of the Callaway Concert series at 7:30 p.m. at Callaway Auditorium. Barrueco has spent three decades performing with some of the nation’s and world’s premier symphonies. Tickets are available for $10, $20, $25 and $200 for a box. Non-LaGrange College student tickets are $5. Tickets can be bought at www.lagrange.edu/callawayconcertser ies or by calling (706) 880-8107.

Churches Through Wednesday The West Georgia Ministerial Alliance presents a pre-Thanksgiving revival at St. Paul Baptist Church, 205 Union St. Services will be at 7 p.m. The Rev. Titus Roberson will speak today, the Rev. Lonnie Walls will speak Tuesday and the Rev. W.T. Edmondson will speak Wednesday.

Today Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church’s Angel Choir for children ages 3 through third grade rehearses at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call (706) 884-4976.

Tuesday Word Harvest Ministries hosts a Bible

study at 6 p.m. in the banquet room of the Days Inn on Whitesville Road. LaGrange First Assembly of God hosts the Rev. Tommy Bates of Independence, Ky., in services at 7 p.m. 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) 845-8662. 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. The Rev. C.M. Chivers is pastor. Word Harvest Ministries hosts a Bible study at 6 p.m. in the banquet room of the Days Inn on Whitesville Road.

Thursday The Baptist Tabernacle Food Closet at 849 S. Davis Road is open from 9 to 11 a.m. For more information, call (706) 882-0087. Solomon Grove Baptist Church on Fulton Street holds Bible study at 6 p.m. St. Paul C.M.E. Church at 250 Lower

Glass Bridge Road holds a Bible study at 7 p.m. Lighthouse Worship Center holds prayer and small groups Bible study at 7 p.m. at the clubhouse at 1600 Meadow Terrace. The Rev. Lois Brown leads a Bible study at 6:30 p.m. at 308 Sivell Road.

Meetings Today The Salvation Army Home League meets at 6 p.m. at the Salvation Army Worship and Community Center at 806 Murphy Ave. LaGrange Amateur Radio Club will have a net on frequency 146.700 at 9 p.m. Cub Scout Pack 324 meets at 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church on the Square, fourth floor above the gym. The Troup County Airport Authority meets at noon at the LaGrange-Callaway Airport. Hogansville City Council meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall. A Likely Tale Book Club meets at 7 p.m. in the board room at LaGrange Memorial Library.

Tuesday LaGrange Newcomer’s Club meets for lunch at 1 p.m. at Momma Goldberg’s Deli. Call (706) 845-9515 for reservations. International Association of Administrative Professionals meets at 5:30 p.m. at Ayres Memorial United Methodist Church. The Troup County Commission meets at 9 a.m. in the first-floor commission meeting room in the Government Center at 100 Ridley Ave.

Thursday The Troup County Board of Education holds its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. at 100 North Davis Road, Building C. The LaGrange Elks Auxiliary meets at 7:30 p.m. on S. Davis Road. The Troup County Sportsman Club meets at 7:30 p.m. at the clubhouse on Roanoke Road. The Kiwanis Club of LaGrange meets at noon at Highland Country Club. Breast Friends for Life, a breast cancer support and awareness group, meets at 5 p.m. in the Enoch Callaway Cancer Clinic on the campus of West Georgia Medical Center. For more information, call Wanda Lowe at (706) 845-3866. Items in In our community run three days prior to the event, on a space available basis. Announcements are for nonprofit, civic, cultural, club or church events. Items for political or for-profit groups will not be listed in the calendar. To submit something, email it to ddurrence@lagrangenews.com, fax it to (706) 884-8712, drop it by our office at 105 Ashton St. or post it directly to our Web site at www.lagrangenews.com. Web site submissions must include contact information to be published. For more information, call Debby Durrence at (706) 884-7311, ext. 229.

The LaGrange Symphony Orchestra’s concert Tuesday, “Music: The Invisible Art,” will feature the work of contemporary American composer a n d LaGrange’s own Lee Johnson, followed by the flowing voice of a tradi- Johnson tional Korean folk song and the majestic German voice of Richard Wagner. The performanc will be at 7:30 p.m. in Callaway Auditorium. Each part of the program will celebrate the unique role of music in culture, symphony officials said. The concert will open with the second performance of Johnson’s “The Spheres 3.6.9” Symphony No. 8,” a work Johnson has described as “a symphony about the world of music.” Included in this performance will be violin soloist Sergiu Schwartz, soprano Sewell Griffith, tenor Ed Biggs, the Columbus State University Chamber Singers, directed by Constantina Tsolainou, and the LaGrange College Chamber Choir, directed by Debbie Ogle. Also on the program will be “Variations on a Korean

Folk Song,” which features music based on the ancient Korean folk song “Arirang.” This music is said to bind together culturally the peoples of North and South Korea. The concert will conclude with the Preludes to Act III and Act I of Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger,” an opera that celebrates the wonders of music. Concertgoers were asked to take non-perishable food to support the fourth annual LaGrange Symphony Orchestra food drive benefiting the LaGrange Interfaith Food Closet. Food will be collected in the Callaway Auditorium lobby prior to the performance. Immediately following the concert, there will be a free reception at the LaGrange Art Museum – Cochran Gallery, located at 4 East Lafayette Square in downtown LaGrange. Tickets may be purchased in advance from the symphony office by calling (706) 882-0662 prior to the day of the concert. Tickets will also be sold at the Callaway Auditorium box office beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Adult tickets are $25 for mezzanine seating and $15 for seats in the orchestra and gallery. Tickets for students sixth grade and older are $5. Children fifth grade and younger are admitted free with an adult.

Couple arguing long, short of wife’s hair Dear Abby: How do I make my husband understand that how I cut my hair has nothing to do with him? I am 30 years old, and I have a fulltime job and three kids who are involved in everything. Because I am always on the go, I need a hairdo that is easy to manage and cute, so I ended up getting my hair cut short. I love it. It makes me feel younger, cuter and trendy. When my husband and I started dating, I used to have long, thick hair – but I was not aware that keeping my hair long was “part of the deal.” He feels I cut my hair purposely to go against what he wants. That sounds selfish to me. Isn’t it my hair? – Short and Trendy in West Texas Dear Short and Trendy: You cut your hair “purposely to go against what he wants?” I wouldn’t call your husband selfish. I would call him controlling. Long hair can be lovely, but it does require time and care – not unlike a pet or the garden. If he can’t understand that your busy schedule no longer allows you that kind of time to devote to yourself, that’s his problem. Do not make it yours. You are no longer the carefree girl you were when you were dating. You are a woman with real

■ Dear Abby responsibilities. And it’s time for your husband to grow up, too. Dear Abby: I am a sophomore in high school, and I need help with something. I am a die-hard Christian who strongly believes in the whole “no sex before marriage” deal. All my old boyfriends have tried to take advantage of me. When I say I am saving myself for true love, they always dump me. So here’s the question: Do I tell the guy straight out that he’s not getting any, or do I just wait until the subject comes up and casually mention it? – Dee in San Diego Dear Dee: I see no reason to announce upon meeting someone that he “won’t be getting any.” Give the person a chance to know you, and while that is happening, avoid situations where you are alone and tempted. When the subject of sex comes up, explain that you are saving yourself for marriage. It sends a clear message and is less of a put-down than saying you’re saving yourself for “true love,” which makes it appear he somehow doesn’t measure up.

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Both lose in aborted immigrant-citizen home sale ROSWELL (AP) – Like all illegal immigrants, Lorenzo Jimenez knew the knock on the door from immigration agents could come at any time. Still, he had enough faith in the American dream to buy a house in this Atlanta suburb, even though signing the papers meant raising the risk: He put his 2-year-old, American-born daughter’s name and Social Security number on the title. And it worked, for a while. Jimenez and his family lived happily enough for several years alongside “regular” citizens. Nicole Griffin’s mom lived a few doors away, and when Griffin visited, she said, her kids played with the Jimenez children. When Jimenez put his four-bedroom, two-bathroom home up for sale last spring, wanting more space, Griffin was immediately interested. A contract was negotiated but when the sale appeared to go sour, Griffin raised a new issue: that she was a citizen and Jimenez wasn’t. She told local media, immigration officials, his boss and others that he was here illegally. She even put signs in the yard of the house exposing his residency status. As a result, agents came knocking last month, and now Jimenez is fighting to keep from being deported. He also lost his job. “I’m very sad and very worried,” said Jimenez, 32. “I can’t sleep because I’m thinking about my family. What’s going to happen? I don’t know.” Griffin insists her intent was to buy the house, nothing else. The 28-year-old single mother of two maintains she was wronged first, so she acted to protect her interests. She has no regrets. “At the end, do I feel bad the family got in trouble? No, not at all,” she said.

Lorenzo Jimenez stands in front of a home he owns in Roswell. After a deal to seal the house went sour, Jimenez, who is in the US illegally was reported to immigration officials.

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Those who enter the U.S. illegally often say they’re just striving for the same things that most American citizens want out of life – a good job, home ownership, maybe a chance to get a little bit ahead. But the ambitions of citizens and non-citizens can collide and, as the painful entanglement between Jimenez and Griffin shows, both sides can wind up feeling like victims. Jimenez, who is Mexican, has been in the U.S. for about a decade. When he bought the house four years ago, the real estate agent handling the sale told him he could get a better interest rate using his daughter’s information on the closing documents than he could using the federal tax identification number he uses to pay income tax here. Jimenez later filed papers to have his own name added to the title, and that’s how it stayed until Griffin spotted

the “for sale” sign and $164,500 list price this spring. With both sides enthusiastic about the sale, a deal was reached and the closing was set for May 15. Griffin, a payroll clerk and first-time homebuyer, asked to postpone the closing until June 1 because she had problems locking in her interest rate. Jimenez agreed but asked that she move into the house as planned and pay rent until the closing. Shortly after Griffin moved in, her attorney said there was a problem with the title on the house, namely that Jimenez’s young daughter’s name was on the title but her signature wasn’t on the sale documents. Attorneys said some extra paperwork– establishing a conservatorship to watch out for the child’s interest, the first step in getting the title transferred solely to her father – would clear the title, and everyone

agreed to postpone again. Griffin didn’t pay the rent, however, claiming she was promised three months free since the delay was Jimenez’s fault. She has an e-mail from his real estate agent, Alina Carbonell, saying he’d made the offer. Jimenez’s lawyer, Erik Meder, told her that offer was never firm and insisted she pay rent or vacate the house. Locked in a letter war with Meder, Griffin escalated her actions. She contacted the FBI, the Roswell Police Department, local media, the state attorney general’s office and the governor’s office, among others. She asked her congressman, U.S. Rep. Tom Price, for help, saying she felt Jimenez and Meder had deceived her. Price’s office, in turn, contacted U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said Brendan Buck, a Price spokesman.

“I am a law-abiding American merely trying to purchase a home,” Griffin wrote in mid-July in a letter to American Homebuyers, a nonprofit that helps low- to moderate-income families buy homes. “An illegal family fraudulently obtained a mortgage using a 1 yr old SSN, and appear to have all the rights in this situation – How can this be when they shouldn’t even be in America?” She said she contacted anyone she could think of who might be able to help the sale go through. Jimenez said she started making his life a nightmare. He claims she caused cosmetic damage to the house and intentionally clogged the plumbing, both of which she denies. Griffin also went after Carbonell, the real estate agent. She contacted the Georgia State Real Estate Commission to try to get her license revoked. Carbonell said the threat to her reputation and to her career caused her so much stress she had to take a leave of absence. Griffin said she reported Carbonell because the agent knew Jimenez’s daughter’s name was on the title from the beginning but didn’t tell her right away. (Carbonell was not the real estate agent who originally advised Jimenez to use his daughter’s name.) In September, Meder got a judge to order Griffin to pay retroactive rent and get out of the house within a week. Griffin then went to the upscale Atlanta restaurant where Jimenez worked as a cook and told his boss he was undocumented, which Jimenez said resulted in his firing. “It was my last resort,” Griffin said, “but once I realized my family had seven days to get out of a house that a family’s not even legal-

Racial slurs, threats against ■ Georgia in brief Obama at some universities Child struck, killed TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Marsha L. Houston, a professor at the University of Alabama, was so happy Barack Obama won the presidency that she put up a poster of the soon-to-be first family on her office door after the election. First, someone ripped down the poster. When she put up another, someone scrawled a racial slur on it along with a death threat against the first AfricanAmerican to win the White House. “It seems the election brought the racist rats out of the woodwork,” Houston, who is black, said in an interview Thursday. The slur and threat that defaced Houston’s poster was but one of a string of racist taunts and menacing on U.S. campuses in the wake of Obama’s historic victory, which apparently pulled the hood off old-fashioned hate. Juicycampus.com, a Web site where students from some 500 schools nationwide post comments anonymously, is littered with hundreds of racist rants and death threats toward Obama, whom exit polls showed was favored by young voters by a 2-1 margin over Republican John McCain. Nancy Riffe, a faculty member at Alabama, was so incensed that she posted a message on the site chastising university students. “I think that what we’re seeing is an escalation of this sort of thing since the election,” Riffe said in an interview. “Instead of hiding behind white hoods, they’re hiding behind the Internet.” Officials at Alabama said the university police referred the racist vandalism to federal agents. Roy Sexton, the agent in charge of the U.S. Secret Service in Birmingham, said the agency couldn’t comment on any investigation. “We’re obviously concerned with anything that

SMYRNA (AP) – Cobb County police say a child has been struck and killed while trying to cross a busy road before dawn with a woman and three other children. Smyrna Police spokesman Michael Smith says the woman and the three other children were taken to a hospital with what he calls “superficial” wounds. Smith says the five were hit before 6:30 a.m. today while crossing the five-lane South Cobb Drive. The ages of the children were not immediately available. The accident happened near a Cobb County Transit bus stop, but Smith does not know if the family had just gotten off a bus or was headed to the bus stop. He says the driver of the vehicle who hit the five stopped

Signs hang on the office door of University of Alabama professor Marsha L. Houston posting a message against racism after someone defaced a previous poster of Barack Obama and his family with a death threat and racial slur. AP photo

might pose a threat,” he said. Houston, who refers to herself as an “unreconstructed ’60s revolutionary,” said she was hardly surprised by what happened at Alabama, where then-Gov. George C. Wallace made his infamous “stand in the schoolhouse door” against racial integration in 1963. The student body and faculty members are mostly conservative, she said, and racist incidents seem to occur every year or so. Before the election, a student was disciplined for defacing copies of the student newspaper that featured a frontpage story on an Obama rally on campus. “The main thing I’d like to see reinforced from this is that this is not the kind of climate we want in our college or university,” said Houston, a communications professor. “We do not want the University of Alabama, with its history, to be seen as being like this.” A university administrator said any student found responsible for the vandalism could face a reprimand or suspension. “That is not behavior we expect of our students or behavior we condone,” said

Nelson, vice president of student affairs. Nelson was one of two administrators who sent a university-wide e-mail discouraging similar acts. Many campuses haven’t been caught up in the wave of racism. At Georgia State University in Atlanta, Celia Willis of the campus Democratic club said she’s only seen support for Obama since the election. “I have seen some negative reactions behind closed doors from friends and family members but for the most part they say, ‘This is my president now, I’ll support him,”’ said Willis. At the University of Florida, campus Democratic leader Zach Moller said he hasn’t heard of any racist reaction to the election. Emily Wasyluka, a junior at Alabama, said she hasn’t heard any overt racism about Obama in class or walking around campus. But digital communication seems to bring out the worst in people, she said. “I’ve gotten some racist text messages … from friends who were upset over him winning. I was like, ‘Whoa, where is that coming from?” said Wasyluka, of Hoover.

ly supposed to own, I did go to his employer and I did let his employer know.” She also put bright red signs in the yard reading, “This house is owned by an illegal alien.” When Jimenez tore them down, she put up new ones. Griffin said she wanted the neighbors to share her outrage over what was happening. “I don’t feel bad for anything that happens to the Jimenez family at this point,” Griffin said recently, “because no one feels bad that all I tried to do was buy a house, and I ended up living back with my mother.” In early October, plainclothes ICE agents showed up at Jimenez’s apartment. They asked him about his residency status and his purchase of the house, then handcuffed him and took him away. He was released a few hours later and is due before a judge in January and could face eventual deportation. His lawyers plan to apply to keep Jimenez in the country permanently, a process that could last several years. While it’s pending, he will be eligible for a work permit. But even if he gets one, Jimenez will be living in limbo. His application to stay could be rejected, which means he still could be ordered to leave the country. Jimenez has taken the house off the market but doesn’t want to move his family back in amid the uncertainty, so they’re still in the apartment that was supposed to be a transitional stop until they bought a bigger place. Griffin hasn’t tried to buy another home, in part because she can’t afford to, so she and her kids are still staying with her mother. Down the street, the Jimenez house sits empty.

and called 911. Police have not released the name of the child who was killed. The road was shut down in both directions for more than an hour after the accident.

‘Click It or Ticket’ begins SAVANNAH (AP) – Law enforcement officers across Georgia are going to be paying closer attention to make sure motorists are wearing their seat belts. Their message to motorists is buckle up or pay up as officers kick off the “Click It or Ticket” campaign Monday. The goal of click it or ticket is to increase seat belt usage. The campaign runs through Nov. 30.


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Firefighters make gains on wildfires as weather conditions improve DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (AP) – Firefighters aided by Mother Nature continued to make gains early today on three raging wildfires that reduced hundreds of homes to ash and cinders and forced thousands of residents to flee in Southern California. Ferocious Santa Ana winds finally abated after fanning the blazes that have destroyed more than 800 houses, mobile homes and apartments since Thursday night from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles and counties to the east. In all, the fires burned more than 35,000 acres or 55 square miles. In Orange and Riverside counties, the fires chewed through nearly 24,000 acres and were pushing toward Diamond Bar in Los Angeles county. A major aerial attack on Sunday raised containment to 19 percent. Meanwhile, a 15 square-mile fire that hit hard in the Sylmar area of northern Los Angeles on Saturday had moved into the Placerita Canyon area of the rugged San Gabriel Mountains and was burning vigorously, but well outside the city. It was 40 percent contained. The Santa Barbara-area fire that swept through tony Montecito has burned 3 square miles and was 80 percent contained.

Iraq’s Cabinet overwhelmingly OKs US security pact, parliament next BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s Cabinet overwhelmingly approved a security pact with the United States on Sunday, ending prolonged negotiations to allow American forces to remain for three more years in the country they first occupied in 2003. The deal detailing the conditions of the U.S. presence still needs parliamentary approval, and lawmakers could vote as soon as Nov. 24. For Iraqis, the breakthrough was bittersweet because they won concessions from the Americans but must accept the presence of U.S. troops until 2012. “It’s the best possible, available option,” said government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh. He was referring to the conflict between Iraq’s desire for full sovereignty and control over security and its need for American support and cooperation to achieve that goal. Al-Dabbagh described the pact — intended to supplant the U.N. mandate expiring Dec. 31 — as an “agreement on the withdrawal of U.S. troops,” and Washington welcomed the Cabinet’s approval. “While the process is not yet complete, we remain hopeful and confident we’ll soon have an agreement that serves both the people of Iraq and the United States well and sends a signal to the region and the world that both our governments are committed to a stable, secure and democratic Iraq,” said Gordon Johndroe, spokesman for the White House’s National Security Council.

Astronauts prepare to fix wing-rotating joint on space station HOUSTON (AP) — Astronauts aboard the international space station and the newly arrived shuttle Endeavour planned today to start unpacking a new toilet and a contraption that purifies urine and sweat into drinkable water at the orbiting outpost. The main business of the day is unloading a cargo container nicknamed “Leonardo” from space shuttle Endeavour’s belly and attaching it to the international space station. Inside the 21-foot-long container is almost 15,000 pounds of equipment that will allow the space station to expand from three to six crew members next year. “Things are going exceedingly well,” said LeRoy Cain, chairman of the mission management team. Besides the extra bathroom and urine processor, Endeavour delivered an exercise machine, kitchenette and two sleeping compartments. Endeavour docked with the space station Sunday afternoon almost two days after it launched from Florida. The shuttle’s crew will spend almost two weeks orbiting 220 miles above Earth at the outpost, setting up the new equipment and going on four spacewalks to clean and lubricate a solar wing-rotating joint that broke down more than a year ago.

Huntington, W.Va., home to highest percentage of obese HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – As a portly woman plodded ahead of him on the sidewalk, the obese mayor of America’s fattest and unhealthiest city explained why health is not a big local issue. “It doesn’t come up,” said David Felinton, 5-foot-9 and 233 pounds, as he walked toward City Hall one recent morning. “We’ve got a lot of economic challenges here in Huntington. That’s usually the focus.” Huntington’s economy has withered, its poverty rate is worse than the national average, and vagrants haunt a downtown riverfront park. But this city’s financial woes are not nearly as bad as its health. Nearly half the adults in Huntington’s five-county metropolitan area are obese – an astounding percentage, far bigger than the national average in a country with a well-known weight problem. Huntington leads in a half-dozen other illness measures, too, including heart disease and diabetes. It’s even tops in the percentage of elderly people who have lost all their teeth (half of them have).

‘TRL’ says goodbye to screaming fans, Times Square, superstars in finale NEW YORK (AP) – Carson Daly chatted with Eminem, Beyonce gave a show-stopping performance, girls shrieked at the sight of Justin Timberlake and hundreds of fans lined up outside in Times Square for a glimpse at superstars. For few hours, it seemed like old times at MTV’s “Total Request Live” – back when the show was not only music’s most powerful force but a dominant part of pop culture. Unfortunately, it took the show’s demise to make it relevant again. MTV pulled the plug on its most influential franchise Sunday night following years of declining ratings, but not before marking the occasion with celebration and nostalgia, as some of pop’s biggest stars paid respects to the show that helped launch their careers. “I feel like they’re kinda tearin’ down my home,” said Eminem, via phone, as he and Daly, “TRL’s” first and most famous host, commiserated during the live, three-hour broadcast from the show’s headquarters, in the heart of Times Square. “It’s a bittersweet moment,” Diddy, the show’s most frequent guest, said as he cried mock tears and gave one of the final waves to the Times Square audience from “TRL’s” glassencased studios above.

WASHINGTON (AP) – John Podesta, a leader of President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team, was the Clinton administration official who worked to douse scandals, outmaneuver Republicans and keep Bill Clinton popular even through impeachment. He’s now in charge of a 450-person staff whose experts – including Podesta himself – aren’t always in sync with those of his new boss. Podesta has proposed a different way to pay for universal health care than Obama – even though they both support a huge expansion of coverage. Both men say they also favor a transparent, open government that protects civil rights and liberties, but have different ways to get there. Podesta, Clinton’s former chief of staff who ran the liberal Center for American Progress, acknowledged some differences. “Before joining the transition, I ran a think tank and have obviously put forward a number of ideas for tackling our nation’s most critical problems,” Podesta told The Associated Press in a statement. “But I am here to help implement Presidentelect Obama’s agenda, not my own.” Podesta is the best known among Obama’s three transition leaders. The others are Pete Rouse, who worked on Capitol Hill more than 30 years and was Obama’s chief of staff in the Senate, and Valerie Jarrett, a friend of the president-elect and campaign adviser. Podesta has thrived on pressure many others wouldn’t stand, handling the scandals of the Clinton White House. But since leaving government, he has

Heavy lake-effect snow hits Great Lakes states ERIE, Pa. (AP) – As much as 2 feet of snow fell around parts of the Great Lakes region today, making driving hazardous and closing some schools. Cold wind picked up moisture from the lakes to produce lake-effect snow that piled up on the eastern and southern shores of lakes Superior, Michigan, Erie and Ontario. Police reported numerous accidents on slippery roads in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. “It’s not nice,” emergency dispatcher Laurie Moore said in New York’s Cattaraugus County. “Lots of snow. Roads are snow-covered and slippery.” Several school districts in northwestern Pennsylvania closed or planned to delay classes because of the slippery roads. More than 60 Ohio Department of Transportation plows were at work clearing roads in the region. Motorists in northern Indiana were warned that visibility along Interstate 94 and the Indiana Toll Road could drop to near zero at times. The National Weather Service said the heaviest snow was in upstate New York. Downwind from Lake Ontario, 24 inches had fallen at Constableville on the Tug Hill Plateau, a region that usually gets roughly 25 feet of snow a year. Downwind from Lake Erie in western New York, 20 inches had piled up at South Dayton, south of Buffalo.

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John Podesta, left, co-chairman of president-elect Obama’s transition team, stands with White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten at the White House.

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been writing and speaking on the same issues that Obama will face when he takes office: the economy, global warming, health care, education, the Iraq war. Podesta, 59, accepted the job as Clinton’s chief of staff just before the president’s impeachment trial began. Clinton not only survived but, with Podesta’s help, maintained high approval ratings. Podesta also handled controversial firings at the White House travel office, and questions about Hillary Rodham Clinton’s profits from commodity trading and the family’s controversial investment in property known as Whitewater. “He doesn’t need a favor,” said Podesta’s brother Tony, one of the top lobbyists in Washington. “Obama picked him because he’ll give it to you straight. He knows a lot about policy and politics,

intern Monica Lewinsky. Podesta repeated the falsehoods, and found himself in the embarrassing position of trying to find Lewinsky a job outside the White House. Podesta’s account of Hillary Clinton as an observer in the firing of White House travel staff members was contradicted by a draft memorandum by a Clinton aide that surfaced in 1996. The memo said the thenfirst lady was the central figure in the dismissals. In a book, articles and speeches, Podesta has proposed paying for universal health care with a valueadded tax, a levy on the value of a good or service. He also has proposed that Americans who don’t enroll in a health insurance plan should pay a charge that would be tied to their income and the care they would need.

and knows all the people you might pick to run the government.” Obama campaigned against lobbyists’ influence but Podesta saw lobbyists as valuable assets because of their government experience. In his first news conference, Podesta announced that lobbyists could join the transition team if they signed a strict ethics code. They must avoid working in any field in which they lobbied in the last year. They also must pledge not to lobby the Obama administration on the same matters they focused on during the transition for a year after leaving Obama’s service. Podesta’s willingness to operate under pressure doesn’t mean that everything went smoothly. Podesta said President Clinton personally lied to him about Clinton’s sexual relationship with former White House

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Opinion

6 - Monday, Nov. 17, 2008

LaGrange Daily News

Memo to Saxby: Remember lesson of Wyche Other than being Georgia Senators, Saxby Chambliss and Wyche Fowler seem to have little in common. One is a liberal member of the Democratic Party, while the other is seen as a conservative Republican. One is an Atlanta native, while the other seems more comfortable in rural settings. One voted against the first Iraq War, while the other championed the second conflict in Iraq. Yet unless Saxby Chambliss runs the race of his life over the next few days, he’s bound to follow in the footsteps of Senator Fowler. Both are first term U.S. Senators who failed to win 50 percent +1 of the votes in their reelection bid. Each has now had to face a runoff. And though both finished first on Election Day, it is possible both could experience defeat in the rematch. So how can Saxby Chambliss avoid being a second round casualty, as Wyche Fowler once was? Here are a few tips for

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

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

the Georgia incumbent. 1) Explain your controversial votes. There was Senator Fowler’s support of the tax increases and the confirmation of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, which helped neither his standing with conservatives nor his record with liberals. But clearly his vote against the Persian Gulf War raised plenty of eyebrows in this pro-military state. Fowler turned to Greek philosophical arguments to defend his position, which may not have been the most effective means of handling the situation. Given that a number of other Senate Democ-

rats cast these votes and survived, there was a better way to handle the situation. There’s no question about it; Saxby Chambliss must explain his support for the $700 billion package, which my research shows took him from a “Safe Republican” to “No Clear Favorite” designation overnight (going from a 15 point lead in a Survey USA poll in midSeptember to a dead heat in an InsiderAdvantage poll on October 9). As the package backers like Secretary of Treasury Hank Paulson and President-elect Barack Obama try to change the deal around to suit their constituencies, Senator Chambliss must hold both accountable to the legislation and its aims that were originally agreed upon, or call for the bill to be torpedoed in light of questionable alterations made by legislators and bureaucrats. 2) Don’t underestimate your opponent. Senator Fowler was-

n’t worried about his opponent, Paul Coverdell. After all, he had defeated the Republican in a prior election. Of course, the Senate election was held in the state of Georgia, and not a small congressional district. Senator Fowler evidently spent a lot of time on trips, not putting a fullcourt press in 1992. Nobody seems to have given former state legislator Jim Martin much credit. After losing a race for Lt. Governor to Casey Cagle, getting a late start in the U.S. Senate primary, and finishing second to DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones in the first round, folks (including me) have repeatedly written off Martin. But the man has a history of pulling upsets. Just ask Greg Hecht, Jones, and now Senator Chambliss, who never expected to be thrown into a runoff. Martin is clearly capable of catching the incumbent napping. 3) Finishing first in one election

have given former state legislator Jim Martin much credit.

” means nothing in the runoff. Senator Fowler finished first in 1992, falling only 0.6 percent short (17,000 votes) from victory. Yet in the runoff rematch, it was Coverdell who got 51 percentroughly a week later. Though Chambliss got 49.8 percent, he should take nothing for granted in his December 2nd rematch. As Democrats seem to gain momentum in undecided races in Alaska and Minnesota, Senator Chambliss is the only thing standing between the Democrats and a filibuster-proof majority.

■ Letter to editor

Best friend?

Two-thirds American? Two-thirds American Please, help me out here. Our first parents – was it Adam and Eve or Adam and Steve? I’ve always thought that it was Adam and Eve who produced Cain, Abel, and eventually Seth among other sons and daughters. But, I want to make sure. And, in the animal kingdom. Doesn’t it require a tiger and tigress to have an ambush, or a lion and lioness to have a pride, or a papa bear and mama bear to have a sloth? Yes, it is the proper name for a bear family. None of these ever work with two tigers or two mama bears, right? OK, because in California they recently let the people vote to determine the legality of this concept. Proposition 8, a ballot initiative which passed with a vote of 52 percent to 48 percent, restricts marriage to one man and one woman. Not a man and another man. Not a woman and another woman. Not even a man and two women. Seems logical, and moral enough to me. If we want to keep populating the planet, we need more humans, and in order to get more humans, we need more marriages and what generally follows from marriage? More people. Minor apologies to all of our crowded earth theorists. However, many Californians don’t think that marriage is a sacred union between a man and a woman. So, when Prop. 8 passed, Hollywood and San Francisco got mad. Stories have surfaced of Prop 8 opponents accosting an old lady with a styrofoam cross. People are calling for arson on religious places of worship, and the situation is getting nasty. Fast. In short, those who lost are pitching a grand fit about the whole matter. The people of California spoke. They spoke when they voted for President-elect Obama and they spoke when they voted how they wanted marriage legally defined in their state. Wonderful. Now, they can all move on and abide by the law. Everyone, except, of course those that lost. Those, like Melissa Etheridge, who now because of this new, yet old and sensible definition of marriage, says that she is not going to pay her state taxes. Read what she says on her blog. “I don’t mean to get too personal here,” Etheridge wrote. “But there is a lot I can do with the extra half a million dollars that I will be keeping instead of handing it over to the state of California.” How can she get away with it? What’s her reasoning for withholding taxes? Without a right to marry, she mused, “I am not a full citizen.” What part citizen is she then? Three-quarters? Two-thirds? One-tenth? More importantly, are we now reaching a point in the United States when if a decision is made with which I don’t agree, can I pick and choose what part citizen I am so as to skirt the law? Since I don’t care for Roe v. Wade, can I opt out of my $4000 a year health insurance premiums and say I’m 95 percent American? Since I voted for McCain, can I opt out of paying into Social Security, and reap the benefits when I retire, if there are any left? If so, in this outlandish game of Jeopardy, what percentage of citizenship would that cost me, Mr. Trebek? Please, let me know because in the coming days, I may want to trade a citizenship percentage to liberate both my principles and my pocketbook. To me, that sounds like a match made in….California.

“Nobody seems to

Forever disqualified for one remark? Fresh ire aimed at former Harvard University President Larry Summers prompts the question: Shouldn’t there be a statute of limitations on dumb things expressed in public? (Please say yes.) Forever accursed is the economist and Clinton-era treasury secretary for having raised – more than three years ago – the eensy-weensy possibility that innate differences between men and women might explain in part why more men than women reach the top echelons in math and science. His comments, though not completely without scientific basis, unleashed a millennium worth of female scorn, making Hell a suddenly attractive destination for the discriminating traveler in search of cooler climes. Research pointing to malefemale differences that could partly explain different career outcomes is available to anyone in search of clues to the gender universe. But let’s not go there. The social construct versus hard-wiring debate will continue unabated until the last woman utters: “No, honey, you stay in bed. I’ll go see what that noise was.” For these purposes, let’s stipulate that Summers said a dumb thing. He didn’t, really. Provocative, yes, but it was a question about theory, not an assertion of belief. Impolitic? Without question. Still, we’ll call it dumb. Should said offense forevermore disqualify Summers from public service? Or even public appearances? Summers was driven out of Harvard following his remarks. In September 2007, he was dropped as the keynote speaker at a University of California Board of Regents meeting when a female professor circulated a petition to have his invitation withdrawn. Now, feminists have begun raising objections over speculation he might be considered for a second term as treasury secretary. Kim Gandy, National Organization for Women president, expressed her concerns to the Huffington Post. Gandy acknowledged that Summers is a smart guy on economics, but wondered whether his perceived bias would preclude women being hired within the department. That seems a stretch.

Kathleen Parker is a columnist with Washington Post.

“What say we call a moratorium on punitive measures for dumb things uttered while in the commission of “good stuff?”

” There may be compelling reasons to appoint someone other than Summers, but his having said something dumb – or at least unpopular – once upon a time shouldn’t be one of them. According to Financial Times business commentator John Gapper, Summers is “genuinely an inventive and original thinker and there are precious few of those.” No mention of people skills, but haven’t we had enough of hiring people according to their beer-a-bility? What say we call a moratorium on punitive measures for dumb things uttered while in the commission of “good stuff?” Many would benefit from such a moratorium. A few that come to mind: Howard

”Arrrrrggggggg!!!!!” Dean; John “I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it” Kerry; Andrew “He’s (Bill Clinton’s) probably gone with more black women than Barack” Young. The stainless steel-tongued Joe Biden gets his own page. Make that a booklet. Even Obama should get a pass for once saying he had campaigned in all 57 states with one to go, a mental detour interpreted by fevered minds on the right as proof that he’s a secret Muslim. (There are &– aha! – 57 member states in the Organization of the Islamic Conference.) One small slip, repeated and amplified, can have serious consequences. A new Beliefnet.com exit poll found that half of McCain voters think Obama is or was a Muslim, with 32 percent saying, “He used to be Muslim and still has too many connections to Islam.” Although Republicans, led by the renowned neologist George W. Bush, are doubtless equally guilty of foot-in-mouth incursions (Trent Lott’s infamous birthday paean to Strom Thurmond comes to mind), the GOP might benefit as much from an Adultery & Wide Stance Amnesty Act. Given all the words uttered in the course of a presidential campaign, some are going to be screamingly funny; others ridiculous; some embarrassing and still others painful. Covering all of the above, Biden, speaking to the Columbia, S.C., Rotary Club, all but boasted: “Hey, I’m from a slave state, too!” Well, dang, Bubba, why didn’t you say so in the first place?! At the risk of a too-brisk segue, sometimes intelligent, thoughtful, talented people simply step in it. And though some misstatements are too delicious to ignore, there really ought to be a point at which good outweighs bad; when smart outpaces stupid. When even a screamer like Dean, who as Democratic National Committee chair rebuilt his party in all 57 states to run Republicans out of Washington last week, ought to be remembered best for the latter. Make that all 50 states. And give Summers a break. Kathleen Parker’s e-mail address is kparker@kparker. com.

Is dog really man’s best friend? Dear Editor: As both a kitty cat and puppy dog lover, I would like to challenge the readers of the LaGrange Daily News as to which pet is really man’s best friend? As a child, I grew up with both pets and really it was always difficult to choose between the two which I adored the most. On the one hand the kitty always enjoyed the unlimited stroking while the puppy enjoyed it, he/she could take it or leave it. As a child and later on into adulthood, I can still recall the hide and seek game that I always enjoyed with my puppy. The advantage it had was it could always trace me with its keen sense of tracing ability. The kitty cat did not enjoy those games, but enjoyed an endless number of cat games such as chasing paper balls pulling on strings, climbing into my lap and even enjoyed spending time in my small rocking chair. Now with a kitty cat, most of them will sleep some 14-15 hours a day, groom themselves for another 2-3 hours and then dedicate the rest of the day to playing the aforementioned games and eating their far share along the way. They never seem to miss out on the opportunity to sit for the daily several minutes of rubbing in their master’s lap. Needless to say, that is the real happiness of owning the kitty cat. We have kitties whom we had to adopt because a neighbor moved off and left them. How regrettable that anyone would do this. We just couldn’t take the chance of taking them to the animal control shelter for fear no one would adopt them and they would have to be put to sleep. We have selected names for them, I.e., Billy Bob, Fuzzy, McQue and Little Foot. They have all been neutered, gotten their shots, etc. We don’t currently own any puppy dogs, but have had our number of them over the years. They were adored equally along with the kitties, even though the two of them occasionally had their spats and had to be disciplined with fly swatters. It’s very true that they definitely do qualify as one of man’s best friends. We always found them to be obedient most of the time unless they got excited or unruly and desperately wanted to bark. They enjoyed their daily strolls, but never seemed to get adjusted to an occasional kitty that they observed on their walking trail. When that incident occurred the fight began. They too enjoyed their games of chasing balls and tossing sticks, etc., for them. The moral to this story is, let’s all try to be kind to our dear and beloved kitty cat and puppy dog friends and give them the best of our love and care. Believe me they will reciprocate. That goes for taking them to their favorite vet for their required grooming, shots, and etc. Also, with the winter months ahead, let’s all ascertain that if they are outside pets that they have a good place to shelter. Remember the Holy Bible says that man is to have dominion over all animals, but nowhere is it mentioned that we are to be unkind to or abuse them as our thoughtless neighbors did with the three kitty cats that we adopted. Thank you. Jean Simpson, Hazel Way

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Comics

LaGrange Daily News

Monday, Nov. 17, 2008 -

THE BORN LOSER

ONE BIG HAPPY

GARFIELD

ALLEY OOP

BLONDIE

Relief for celiac sprue DEAR DR. GOTT: I have been reading your column for a long time. I am very thankful for all the information you provide, including natural and home remedies. Every time I get the paper, your column is the one I look forward to and then clip out, saving it for future reference or to help someone else. Thank you, Dr. Gott, for caring. Please keep up all the good work you do. I want to share my own sickness with you in the hopes that my experience can help someone else. I have celiac sprue and went through years of not feeling well and seeing many doctors before I got any answers. I learned that it is an allergy to the gluten in grains such as wheat, rye, oats and barley. I love baked goods, and baking was a family activity. I had to stop and learn how to use new ingredients. In my town, there is a Sprue Club. Many hospitals and libraries also have a lot of information for sufferers. I have found several excel-

ON A CLAIRE DAY

FRANK AND ERNEST

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lent cookbooks written by Betty Hagman. I have also learned to read every label on store-bought foods, since I never know where I might find products with grains, flours and gluten. DEAR READER: Celiac sprue can be a difficult condition to diagnosis, especially because symptoms are often embarrassing for patients to discuss with their doctors. Gas, bloating, abdominal pain and diarrhea are common symptoms for many disorders. Therefore, it is important to get a diagnosis. You were right to continue looking for the answer despite several failed tries. Your persistence paid off, and now you appear to be leading a healthful, productive life. I have published your letter to show other readers that help can be found and a normal life can be had despite having this troublesome condition. I am

also glad you mentioned reading labels because, in today’s society, gluten can be found in several unusual places, such as soy sauce. Any person who suffers similar symptoms should see his or her primary care physician for an exam and testing. These same symptoms can be the result of benign conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome or the result of more serious conditions such as ulcerative colitis or cancer. Knowing the cause and finding it early can make the difference between minimal or aggressive treatment, especially for potentially severe conditions. Thank you for writing to share your experience and providing resources for help. For those with Internet connections, resources abound. Simply “Googling” a medical condition can provide several reliable, informative Web sites and even link you with support groups, both virtual and in real life.

20) — Instead of wasting your hours doing nothing of importance, engage yourself in something productive, even if you have to push yourself to get started. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Socially, it’s in your nature to be more of a participant than an observer, and this gregariousness is likely to help make new friends at this time. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Because you’ll want to extend yourself in ways that can be of service to your family, give domestic matters top priority. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Should circumstances warrant, try to focus more on mental activities than on physical ones. You are apt to be far better at brainwork than in situations where

brawn is required. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — If you’ve been thinking about changing your budget, put your thoughts into action to see what happens. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — There is a good chance that an endeavor needs a stronger leader than it presently has. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Even if you have to deal with a tough horse-trader, you won’t permit anything but fairness to prevail. It will be this persistency that ends up winning him or her over in the process. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Bright lights and happy people will have a special appeal, so don’t allow yourself to get stuck in a dull activity. Go where the action is .

■ Horoscope MARMADUKE

FAMILY CIRCUS

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■ Crossword

THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME

by Mike Argirion and Jeff Knurek

Unscramble these four Jumbles, one letter to each square, to form four ordinary words.

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©2008 Tribune Media Services, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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CLEMUS

Ans:

Saturday’s

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008 SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Doing something constructive that puts you in front of your peers has a strong appeal. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23Dec. 21) — You’ll respond to the slightest amount of rivalry because competitive developments will provide the impetus to become a bit bolder — and to try a lot harder. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Trade on know-how from well-informed associates, and you can accomplish a heck of lot more than you would otherwise. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — There will always be people around who are willing to call the shots if they see you are reluctant to make decisions. PISCES (Feb. 20-March

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

(Answers tomorrow) YOUTH CHROME BANDIT Jumbles: MANGY Answer: The baker played in the picnic baseball game because he made a — GOOD “BATTER”


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Local

LaGrange Daily News

Hail to the champs After the program was winless in its first two years, LaGrange College head football coach Todd Mooney’s team found its stride this season in posting a 9-1 record and receiving an NCAA at-large postseason bid. The Panthers will face Millsaps College on Saturday in Jackson, Miss..

LaGrange College players salute their fans in song at Callaway Stadium after Saturday’s victory over Huntingdon to claim the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football title.

Sophomore wide receiver Stephen Tuck goes airborne after making a catch.

Sophomore defensive lineman Andrew Christia, 94, and a teammate celebrate with a victory dance as the game ended.

Photos by Matt Jones and Sarah McFadden

After being drenched with Gatorade, defensive coordinator Tony Kunczewski gets a hug from a player after the game.

Mario Wallace, a junior running back, races upfield.

Referees gather around a penalty flag to discuss a call in Saturuday’s game. LaGrange College won 27-17 over the Huntingdon Hawks.


LaGrange Daily News www.lagrangenews.com

9 - Monday, Nov. 17, 2008

Sports

By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor

The Callaway Cavaliers have already won the first region championship in school history, and Friday night they won the school’s first ever state-playoff game. The Cavaliers will try to make a little more history this week when they host the Pepperell Dragons in the second round of the Class AA state playoffs. While Callaway outlasted Greater Atlanta Christian 1914, Pepperell crunched Riverside Military Academy 38-10. Callaway (10-1) is the champion of Region 5-AA, while Pepperell (10-1) finished second in Region 7AA. Also this week, LaGrange will be at home for the second straight week when it hosts Thomson on Saturday at 6 p.m. LaGrange (9-2), the No. 2 seed from Region 2-AA, handled Dougherty 28-6. Thomson (6-5) finished fourth in Region 3-AAA, and it upset Region 4-AAA champion Jackson 28-14. Callaway’s hopes of advancing appeared tenuous when GAC made it to the Cavaliers’ 1-yard line in the

SEE PLAYOFFS,

Textile Bowl at Callaway Stadium, 6 p.m.

Grangers cruise in playoff opener

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By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor

It was not a pleasant trip back from Perry last November. After enjoying so much playoff success coming into the 2007 season, the LaGrange Grangers were bounced in the first round by the Perry Panthers last fall. The Grangers are back in the playoff win column now, though, after dispatching the Dougherty Trojans 28-6 Saturday at Callaway Stadium. The Grangers improved to 23-5 in the playoffs this decade, and they advanced to the second round of the Matt Jones / Daily News Class AAA playoffs. LaGrange High’s Xavier Heard, left, and Ocie Salter celebrate during LaGrange will host Thomson SatSaturday’s playoff victory over Dougherty. urday at Callaway Stadium at 6 p.m.

Thomson, the No. 4 seed from Region 3-AAA, upset Region 4-AAA champion Jackson 28-14. “This time of year, I like wins,” LaGrange head coach Steve Pardue said. “You just want to keep moving on, and I was proud of our guys.” Saturday’s game was scoreless with time running out in the first half when LaGrange quarterback Rodney Tolbert found Ivan Dowell for a 56-yard completion on third down. Ocie Salter finished the drive with a 10-yard touchdown run, and the Grangers led 7-0 at the half. The second half was all LaGrange. Salter, who ran for 150 yards,

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■ NCAA playoffs: LaGrange College at Millsaps Saturday, 1 p.m.

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■ Basketball

LC loses opener Sports Editor

LaGrange College opened its 2008-09 season Sunday at Mariotti Gym with a 70-49 win over Johnson & Wales University. The Panthers placed three players in double figures. Freshman Stefanie Schuck had a team-high 14 points off the bench in her collegiate debut. Transfer Concetta Grissom and junior Valeree Williams each had 13. Robyn Swaby led the Lady Wildcats with a game-high 18 points. The Panthers shot 40 percent in the game. Grissom was 5-for-6 from the floor, while Schuck was 6-for-10. The Panthers held the Lady Wildcats to 29.1 percent shooting in the game. The Panthers held a 49-37 edge in rebounding. Last season, the Panthers were third in NCAA Division III in rebounding. Cameren Farr had a game-high nine rebounds. LaGrange trailed only once in the game. Johnson & Wales' Heather Sanchez scored the game's first bas-

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Todd Mooney’s LaGrange College Panthers earned an invitation to the NCAA Division III playoffs on Sunday, one day after beating Huntingdon to win the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title.

Matt Jones / Daily News

The story isn’t over Panthers earn invite to playoffs By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor

The story of the 2008 LaGrange College football team, which is already a spectacular one, isn’t finished yet. The Panthers, who capped a 9-1 regular season with Saturday’s 27-17 victory over Huntingdon, found out Sunday afternoon they’re one of 32 teams that will participate in the NCAA

Division III playoffs. LaGrange College will travel to Millsaps College (10-0) in Mississippi on Saturday for a firstround game at 1 p.m. “It’ll be a big test,” LaGrange College head coach Todd Mooney said. “Depending on which poll you look at, they’re either No. 4 or No. 5.” The LaGrange College players and coaches gathered at the student center Sunday afternoon so they’d be together when the bracket was announced. Shortly after 3 p.m., it was announced on ESPN News that the Panthers were in. “Everybody was really excited,” Mooney said. “But it is really short-lived. You’re excited, but it’s time to go to work.” The first thing Mooney began working on after he found out the season wasn’t over was tracking down film on Millsaps. Representatives from the two schools got that exchange worked out, and now the coaches will

begin breaking down the Millsaps team. “We’ll be drinking a lot of coffee,” Mooney said. The challenge is a big one for the Panthers, who have made a remarkable turnaround this season after going a combined 0-20 in 2006 and 2007. Millsaps won the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference with a 7-0 record, and the Majors’ smallest margin of victory was last week’s 17point win over Birmingham Southern. The Majors have scored at least 30 points in every game, and they’ve cracked the 40-point barrier seven times. The Panthers’ 2008 resume is impressive as well. Since a Week 2 loss to Shorter, LaGrange College has ripped off eight straight wins. With Saturday’s win, the Panthers wrapped

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Happy homecoming Woodyard helps ■ Atlanta Falcons Denver prevail From staff and wire reports

Matt Jones / Daily News

Keith Brooking tries to get to Denver quarterback Jay Cutler during Sunday’s game in the Georgia Dome. Denver won 24-20.

ATLANTA – There was a rookie celebrating in the Georgia Dome Sunday, but it wasn’t Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan. Wesley Woodyard, a starting linebacker for the Denver Broncos, had nine total tackles to help his team beat the Atlanta Falcons 24-20. It was the first loss at home for Ryan, the rook- Woodyard ie from Boston College who has helped turn around a struggling franchise. For Woodyard, it was a fine way to return to his home state. Woodyard played high-school football at LaGrange High, and his Grangers won a

semifinal game in the Georgia Dome in 2003 on the way to the state championship. After compiling nearly 400 tackles in four years at Kentucky, Woodyard was signed by the Broncos as an undrafted free agent. Woodyard made the team and was mostly a special teams player through eight weeks before getting a start against the Cleveland Browns in place of injured weakside linebacker D.J. Williams. Woodyard had 10 solo tackles in a win over the Browns. Woodyard got his second start on Sunday, and he responded with seven solo tackles as the Broncos limited the Falcons’ highpowered attack to 20 points. The Falcons had a shot late. Ryan rolled to his right and heaved a pass that could've saved the day for the Atlanta Falcons.

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Johnson wraps up points title HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) – Three championships down and Jimmie Johnson is already thinking about No. 4. There’s no time to rest – not with Carl Edwards hot on his bumper. Johnson tied Cale Yarborough's 30-year mark as the only driver to win three consecutive titles, but Edwards made it clear he doesn't intend to play second fiddle for long. Edwards won Sunday's finale at HomesteadMiami Speedway, yet still fell 69 points shy of dethroning Johnson. “I shook his hand tonight,” said Rick Hendrick, Johnson’s car owner, “and he said ‘It’s going to be different next year.” Not if Johnson, crew chief Chad Knaus and their Hendrick Motorsports team has anything to say about it. “I could go race again next week and start the season and go for four,” Johnson said. “It’s on our minds. It's not that we're chasing a number, we just know what we're capable of. We know we can do better. It’s a search to do the best we can.” Edwards, who led a racehigh 157 laps en route to his series-best ninth victory of the season, ran out of gas as he crossed the finish line. To win his first title, he needed Johnson to finish 36th or worse. Not a chance: Johnson won the title by finishing

■ Scoreboard Auto racing Sprint Cup Ford 400

Sunday At Homestead-Miami Speedway Homestead, Fla. 1. (4) Carl Edwards, Ford, 267 laps, 147.1 rating, 195 points, $371,025. 2. (5) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 267, 113.6, 175, $273,661. 3. (7) Jamie McMurray, Ford, 267, 104.5, 165, $192,375. 4. (37) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 267, 92.1, 165, $191,861. 5. (27) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 267, 91.6, 155, $138,350. 6. (18) Kasey Kahne, Dodge, 267, 73, 150, $132,516. 7. (19) Travis Kvapil, Ford, 267, 73.7, 146, $120,414. 8. (12) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 267, 88.3, 142, $98,925. 9. (13) Tony Stewart, Toyota, 267, 109.3, 143, $122,636. 10. (10) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 267, 84.9, 134, $107,158. 11. (43) AJ Allmendinger, Dodge, 267, 66.8, 130, $75,750. 12. (15) Bill Elliott, Ford, 267, 66.1, 127, $87,245. 13. (25) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 267, 105.1, 124, $108,341. 14. (39) Scott Riggs, Chevrolet, 267, 66.9, 121, $95,258. 15. (30) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 267, 93.6, 123, $123,111. 16. (2) Scott Speed, Toyota, 267, 71.2, 115, $79,575. 17. (11) Juan Pablo Montoya, Dodge, 267, 88.3, 117, $99,083. 18. (23) Greg Biffle, Ford, 267, 79, 109, $79,225. 19. (8) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 266, 88.5, 106, $84,975. 20. (1) David Reutimann, Toyota, 266, 95, 108, $77,650. 21. (29) Ryan Newman, Dodge, 266, 49.1, 100, $108,900. 22. (33) Dave Blaney, Toyota, 266, 56.8, 97, $86,533. 23. (31) Brad Keselowski, Chevrolet, 266, 44, 94, $67,075. 24. (6) David Ragan, Ford, 266, 102.4, 91, $77,325. 25. (3) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 266, 107.9, 93, $119,341.

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up the championship of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Whatever happens this week, it has been a spectacular season for a program that came into the 2008 season looking for its first win. “It means a lot to our team to come from 0-20 to 9-1,” LaGrange College running back Colt Shope said. “It’s unbelievable. It means a lot

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■ Sprint Cup 15th. “We won more races than Jimmie (seven), and we ran with him when he won,” Edwards said. "I know they'll enjoy this championship, but they knew we were here." Indeed they did, constantly looking in the rearview mirror as Johnson chased Yarborough's mark. Yarborough won his three titles 30 years ago, under a different scoring system and in a very different NASCAR. He accomplished his feat when drivers scraped together the cash they needed to race, and the champion was the guy on top at the end of a long grueling season. Johnson's titles have been won in the glitzy new Chase to the championship format, where the best 12 drivers compete over a 10-race sprint to the title. Johnson and his Hendrick Motorsports team have mastered the system, proving themselves unbeatable in their pursuit of Yarborough's mark. They've won their titles with consistency – he finished outside the top 10 just twice in this Chase, a 15th-place finish at Texas – and by winning eight of the last 30 Chase races. They’ve also gotten very rich along the way: Johnson has won more than $2 million in the 10 Chase races this year. 26. (14) Robby Gordon, Dodge, 266, 63.3, 85, $90,933. 27. (34) David Gilliland, Ford, 266, 62.6, 82, $80,133. 28. (24) Elliott Sadler, Dodge, 266, 51.1, 79, $94,520. 29. (21) Sterling Marlin, Chevrolet, 266, 47.7, 76, $64,875. 30. (36) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 266, 41, 73, $76,150. 31. (9) Reed Sorenson, Dodge, 266, 53.1, 70, $94,664. 32. (20) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 265, 67.4, 67, $66,725. 33. (35) Bobby Labonte, Dodge, 265, 42.2, 64, $100,961. 34. (26) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 265, 41.8, 61, $74,275. 35. (40) Aric Almirola, Chevrolet, 265, 41, 58, $97,783. 36. (16) Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, 264, 44.4, 55, $63,400. 37. (32) Tony Raines, Chevrolet, 264, 29.3, 52, $63,200. 38. (42) Michael Waltrip, Toyota, 264, 26, 49, $72,547. 39. (28) Chad McCumbee, Dodge, 263, 30.2, 46, $62,800. 40. (17) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 259, 68.7, 43, $107,983. 41. (22) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, wheel bearing, 246, 64.5, 40, $70,370. 42. (41) Marcos Ambrose, Toyota, 222, 26.9, 37, $62,070. 43. (38) Kurt Busch, Dodge, accident, 207, 38.1, 34, $61,876. Final Point Standings: 1. J.Johnson, 6,684. 2. C.Edwards, 6,615. 3. G.Biffle, 6,467. 4. K.Harvick, 6,408. 5. C.Bowyer, 6,381. 6. J.Burton, 6,335. 7. J.Gordon, 6,316. 8. D.Hamlin, 6,214. 9. T.Stewart, 6,202. 10. Ky.Busch, 6,186. 11. M.Kenseth, 6,184. 12. D.Earnhardt Jr., 6,127.

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to our school.” Mooney is glad to see the players, as well as the coaches, see all the hard work finally yield dividends. “I couldn’t be more proud of the kids, and I couldn’t be more proud of the coaching staff,” Mooney said. “This has been a difficult time over the three years on everybody. We’ve got a great coaching staff, and their families are so supportive of what they’re doing.”

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Roddy White got a step on the defender, looked back for the ball and readied himself to haul in the winning touchdown. It went right through his hands. So did Atlanta's hopes of pulling out another win at home. With Carolina and Tampa Bay both winning, Atlanta lost ground in the NFC South and left itself with a virtual must-win situation next weekend when the first-place Panthers visit the Georgia Dome. “Losing at home is never good,” Falcons linebacker Michael Boley said. “This kind of put a dent in our plans.”

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Georgia’s Knowshon Moreno celebrates with his teammates following Saturday’s win over Auburn. Georgia improved to 9-2 with two games remaining.

One more for Dogs UGA getting closer ■ Georgia football to be named stand in the way. It will be the to 10 wins again Bulldogs' first home game in 42 days, the AUBURN, Ala. (AP) – See if this sounds familiar: Georgia lets a youthful opposing quarterback move his team into scoring position with a chance to win the game, then pulls it out anyway. How about this: Kicking troubles and drives that come up just short help cost Auburn a game. With one more shaky but successful defensive stand, the 13th-ranked Bulldogs (9-2, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) continued their stop-and-go march toward another 10-win season with Saturday's 17-13 win over Auburn, which is still stumbling to a possible losing record. “A bunch of guys didn't flinch in the end,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. They had plenty of chances the past two weeks. This time sophomore Kodi Burns drove Auburn (5-6, 2-5) 66 yards to the Georgia 14 over the final 1:43. Burns’ final two passes into the end zone fell incomplete to end the threat. “We were saying in the huddle, 'We're good, we're good’ ” linebacker Dannell Ellerbe said. “We weren't going to give up. We were going to fight and find a way to get a win.” Again. A week earlier, defensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs picked off a screen pass by Kentucky freshman Randall Cobb from the Bulldogs' 13 to preserve another slim win, 4238. However unimpressive the final scores, Georgia is still on the cusp of its sixth season with double-digit wins in Richt's eight-year tenure. The close calls came after a 49-10 loss to Florida ended the Bulldogs' SEC title hopes. Only Georgia Tech and a bowl opponent

longest such stretch between home dates in the country this season. Richt is 7-0 against Georgia's in-state rival. The Bulldogs went ahead for good on Matthew Stafford's 17-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green with 8:24 left in the game. The drive was aided by two Auburn penalties totaling 20 yards. That was a common theme with both teams helping each other out. Georgia was flagged nine times for 95 yards and Asher Allen was called for pass interference on third-and-10 from the Bulldogs' 38 on the final drive to give the Tigers a first down. “Neither team played good enough to win,” Richt said. “We both had enough mistakes to lose. It wasn't the prettiest game played by any means. It just comes down to sticking together and persevering.” The Tigers' Wes Byrum had missed an extra point and a 42-yard field goal. Byrum also missed a PAT in Auburn's 14-13 loss to Vanderbilt and four of the team's SEC losses have come by a total of nine points. The Tigers rank last among 119 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in red zone offense, scoring only 57 percent of the time on trips inside the opponents' 20-yard line. That trend continued on two late drives. “I'm not going to blame our kicker. Sooner or later, you've got to score some points on offense,” Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville said. “That's the reason I tried to change offenses this year. You can't live off a kicker and your defense very long. Sooner or later, you've got to score some points. “Obviously that didn't work. It's just frustrating. You go back and look at probably three games would have been very, very close had we been just a little bit better in either the red zone or kicking or penalties.”

Tide ready for Auburn TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Now, Alabama waits. The top-ranked Crimson Tide has the perfect record intact, the Southeastern Conference Western Division title in hand and a shot at the national championship within reach. Safety Rashad Johnson had more pressing matters on his mind after Saturday night's 32-7 win over Mississippi State: That six-year losing streak to Auburn. The Iron Bowl is two weeks and one Thanksgiving holiday away, and the title talk can wait. “We’re definitely confident going into the game,” Johnson said. “If we play our game, we've got to win. We've got to determine what happens, rather than adjust to what they do. It's definitely an important game. It means a lot to us seniors. It means a lot to the team, too, being 11-0 now.” But coach Nick Saban always preaches focusing on the next game. Shouldn't be hard this time, even with both teams enduring an extra week's buildup before

“I have to go out there and make those plays,” said White, who had five catches for 102 yards but didn’t make the biggest one of the game. “I feel responsible for the loss today. I had an opportunity and I didn't take advantage of it.” Ryan, who completed 20 of 33 for 250 yards, was diplomatic. “I threw it too much to the outside,” he said, “but luckily Roddy made the adjustment and almost made the catch.” The gritty Broncos (6-4) pulled out their second straight road victory despite a rash of injuries. They played without star cornerback Champ Bailey and all three of their projected starters at linebacker.

■ Alabama meeting because the SEC no longer allows open dates before the league championship game. The Crimson Tide (11-0, 7-0) will play Florida for the SEC title whatever happens in the Iron Bowl. The BCS national championship game will require two more wins in an already surprising season. Alabama needs another one to complete its first perfect regular season since 1994. Incidentally, the Tide lost the league title to Florida 24-23 that year. But 'Bama has been busy erasing unhappy history lately -- from that five-game losing streak to LSU to two years of frustration against Mississippi State (3-7, 1-5) to the nine-year absence from the SEC championship game. None of those streaks were quite as irksome as coming in second six years running in that two-team battle for state supremacy

Spencer Larsen started at both middle linebacker and fullback, the first player in team history to pull off that double. “Well, they needed me on defense,” Larsen said. “I was real excited about it, but I was able to keep my cool. It was fun and challenging. At fullback, you really know what to do, but at linebacker, it's a different world.” On offense, Denver has lost five tailbacks, four of them for the season. Coach Mike Shanahan divvied up the carries among three players, including Tatum Bell, signed a few days earlier after an ugly departure from Detroit when he was accused of stealing luggage from a teammate.

and yearlong bragging rights with Auburn (5-6, 2-5). And now there's an extra week to stew. “No one ever really knows if the bye week is a good time or a bad time,” Saban said. “I look at our team physically, emotionally and mentally, and think that this is a good time for us to get a little bit of rest. Even though we don't have a lot of guys missing games we have a lot of guys beat up. “I also think emotionally, we've had a lot of tough games this year. Our guys put a lot into it. They've played with a lot of intensity, a lot of toughness, a lot of intangibles and probably challenged themselves a little bit more than most teams that I've coached.” Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville isn't fond of the extra week of waiting, and figures the Tide isn't either. “I'm sure both of us would love to play this week,” Tuberville said. “I know I wish we were playing this week. It should be played this week.”

“We made some big strides,” Shanahan said. “Normally, you go the other direction when you have your starters out.” Things looked good for the home team when Michael Turner scored on a 28-yard run to put Atlanta ahead 20-17 with just under 11 minutes left. The Falcons had won four of their last five and were 4-0 at the Georgia Dome. But the Broncos came storming back. Cutler accounted for more than half the distance on the 10play, 83-yard drive when he hooked up with Brandon Marshall for a 47-yard pass after the big receiver broke away from Chris Houston. “It wasn't the first read. It wasn't

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scored his second touchdown in the third quarter, and the Grangers were up 14-0. Tolbert then found David Earl for a 5-yard touchdown to make it 21-0. After Dougherty scored to make it a 21-6 game, the Grangers tacked on a final score on a 13-yard run by Xavier Heard. “We worked hard all week, and it paid off,” LaGrange linebacker Justin Gilbert said. LaGrange’s offense, with Tolbert under center for the sixth game since starter Jamius Gunsby was suspended, was crisp. “I felt like our execution offensively, even against some tough teams, was getting better and better,” Pardue said. “And I thought we really executed on the offensive side of the ball (against Dougherty).” LaGrange’s defense, meanwhile, put the cramps on a Dougherty offense that had put up some big numbers this season. Most impressively, LaGrange held Dougherty to fewer than 100 rushing yards. “We gave up that (touchdown) at the end, but all in all it was a good defensive effort,” Pardue said.

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closing moments, but the Cavaliers came through with a memorable goal-line stand to preserve the win. “We made history on that one play, with that goal-line stand,” Callaway defensive lineman Quay Boddie said. “That’s how I feel.” If Callaway can add another notch to its belt this week, it would host either Henry County or Fitzgerald the following week in the quarterfinals. Looking way ahead, if Callaway could win in the quarterfinals, it would likely face a semifinal test at Buford, the defending state champion. In Class AAA, LaGrange caught a break when Thomson upended Jackson. Because the Grangers are seeded higher than Thomson, they’ll be the home team. “I don’t like Saturdays a lot, but this time of year, I don’t care when we’re playing, as long as we’re playing,” Pardue said. “I love being at home, and I look forward to that. I know (Thomson will) be a real challenge.” The winner of Friday’s game will visit either Dunwoody or North Hall in the quarterfinals.

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ket. The Panthers ran off nine unanswered points from there and never trailed again. The Lady Wildcats got as close as five, 18-13, midway through the first half. The Panthers went on a 15-2 run over a five-minute span to break the game open and take a 33-15 lead. Grissom scored eight straight points to lead the run. The Panthers led at halftime 3723. Johnson & Wales' never got closer than 15 points in the second half. The Panthers led by as many as 27 when Grissom completed a three-point play to make it 67-40 with 5:13 left. The Panthers host Emory University on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

the second read,” Cutler said. “He got behind everyone, and I just threw it up and he made the catch.” On third-and-goal at the Atlanta 9, Cutler scrambled to his right and spotted Graham for the winning score. “It was a busted play,” the quarterback said. “I got a little pressure and had to roll out. Daniel did a great job of finding a hole.” Coming off a 447-yard effort against Cleveland, Cutler completed 19 of 27 passes for 216 yards. Peyton Hillis, P.J. Pope and Bell combined for 113 yards rushing on 21 carries. Hillis, a rookie making his first start at running back, scored on runs of 7 and 2 yards.


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Manufactured Housing Rentals

TWO BEDROOM TWO FULL BATH absolutely no pets. 706-812-0056

Help Wanted General Maintenance Man Wanted To service rental property. Must have experience in plumbing, electrical and carpentry repair. Call 706-884-3336 Weekdays Post Office Now Hiring! Average Pay $20 Hour $57K Year Including Fed Ben OT Placed by adSource Not affiliated with USPS who hires. 866-533-4788

Help Wanted General

Management / Supervisory

Welders Fabricator For store display Manufacture In the LaGrange Industrial Park. Pay based on skill level and experience Call Steve Kirkland at 706-883-6346 Ext 4

West Point Road Mini Storage needs a live-in manager. Must be comfortable with computer. See Oral at 2447 West Point Road.

Medical

Medical Assistant Needed Experience in Doctor office 8am to 5pm Monday-Friday Good Benefits Package Medical Mail resume to Blind Box 1 LPN or Paramedic. Part-time and PRN LaGrange Daily News P.O, Box 929 Opportunities. Local correctional facil- Lagrange Georgia 30241 NOW IS a great time ity. Competitive pay

to make a move. The classifieds are an effective and economical way to sell your home. Call 884-7311 and place your ad today.

and benefits. Apply online at www.cor- THINKING OF buying recthealth.org or fax a home? Check the resume to 770-692- classifieds. 4766.

Medical 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

WHERE DO most car buyers shop? In the classifieds of course. For an easy, effective way to sell your car, place an ad in the classifieds today. Call 8847311.

FURNISHED NICE, CLEAN Two bedroom. 884-7747.

HOUSES FOR RENT

6000

Employment

Administrative /

1103 HOUSTON Professional STREET, two bedroom, $375 Good Administrative 1993 Chevy S-10 monthly And V-6, new transmission, air 513 MILIAM STREET, Customer Service works, nice truck, $2850 three bedroom, $450 Skills Needed or best offer 706-402monthly With five plus years Commercial 2058. 303 MULBERRY of experienced. STREET, 3500 Square Foot Fax Resume to 706three bedroom, $375 Vans former Pizza Parlor in 883-6153 monthly Publix Center on Com428 OLD HUTCHINSON merce Avenue $12 per 2001 Dodge Van ROAD, two bedroom, Professional square foot. 6 Cyl $550 monthly. Accountant 602-380-8080 $5985 Gold exterior 513 WARE STREET, Needed Taupe interior four bedroom, $550 General accounting One owner Commercial monthly and tax experience. 97,600 miles Office Space Call DIANE , Three years DVD player, New tires High traffic area near MALLORY REALTY 706Clean condition experienced Downtown LaGrange 884-3336 Serious inquiries only required. 1000 square feet 706-884-7209 Degree preferred. units up RENT TO OWN to 4000 square feet units. Fax Resume to 706Great off-street parking 883-6153 LAGRANGE Very nice condition 3000 Real Estate Sales 2200 Mooty Bridge Recently renovated all three bedroom, one Help Wanted interiors and exteriors. General J. Anderson bath. $450 Commercial Properties LLC HOGANSVILLE FULL TIME WORK 706-882-1393

Buy Here Pay Here

Auto Sales Business for sale in Lanette near KIA plant 706-518-5475

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

Middleton Insurance Agency Prime office space for lease. High traffic, 1100-3400 square feet. 706-957-4955

must be 21 and have valid drivers license. Make $525+ cash weekly. No experience necessary. Call now! 706-8838686.

Houses for Rent 1101 Second Avenue 1106 Second Avenue Three bedroom $600 month each 706-884-6041 706-885-3184 1308 New Franklin Road Two bedroom one bath remodeled home. Special deal at $475 monthly. Call Mallory Realty at 706-884-3336 or 404273-8447 A CUTE TWO BEDROOM one bath home. 229 Rutland Circle, Appliances, Central Heat and Air, Fenced Yard, Utility Building, Quiet Neighborhood. LaGrange District, $650 Monthly. 706-883-6306, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday-Friday. New Custom Home Three bedroom, three bath, plus bonus room, porches. Decorator fixtures and finishes. Signature Homes 706-884-8642

Land (Acreage)

HOUSES FOR RENT 247 Rutland TALLAPOOSA Circle.Three bedroom RIVER 1300 Foot on river beauti- one bath fenced yard ful bottom land great timand storage house. ber value three acre $750 monthly. $500 $55,000 107 acre $5,500 deposit. an acre 2191 Greenville Road, 1-334-501-7740 three bedroom, one Real Estate Rentals bath, close to I-85. 3500 $725 monthly. $500 deposit. 706-302-5258 Apartments / Townhouses RESORT LIVING NEAR Brand New PINE MOUNTAIN. Townhouses TWO BEDROOM Available! ONE BATH Two bedroom, two HOUSE. bath with central heat 706-594-8215

and air, stove, dishwasher, refrigerator, washer/dryer connections, and mini-blinds furnished. Conveniently located in town close to shopping and schools. $550.00 per month $25.00 application fee Deposit depends on credit scores Sign a 12 month lease, get the last month free! Available November 1st! Ask about our other properties! Durand Properties 706-883-3481

106 Marshall Two bedrooms. $450 rent. 400 Poplar Street one bedroom $225. 207 West Main One bedroom $225. (706)302-6713

300 South Page Street Three Bedrooms, Two Baths, $1000/month and $1000 Security Deposit. Please call 706.523.0096 or 706.523.1683.

SERVICE DIRECTORY

A Service Directory Ad is published 30 consecutive days in The LaGrange Daily News, plus 4 weeks in The LaGrange Shopper and 30 consecutive days on our website www.lagrangnews.com.

KEMP’S CARPET Carpet Tile BLOWOUT! Overstocked! Huge, Huge Inventory Short Lots From

$4.99/Yard 40 Years doing business in LaGrange 1287 LaFayette Pkwy

706-812-0058 Appliance Repair

Appliance Repair

Alan Cook

706-333-9944 LaGrange, Ga. Most major credit cards accepted

The area’s only full service remodeling company with a complete showroom and in-house cabinet shop *Recently featured in Atlanta Home Improvement Magazine *Cabinet Refacing *Complete Kitchen & Bath Remodeling *Additions, Garages, Porches *Full Selection of Countertops *Install Hardiplank and Vinyl Siding *Tile, Lighting, Flooring, Windows, Doors

706-884-2724 • Commercial • Residential • Industrial • Metal Buildings • Concrete • New Construction • Remodeling Terry & Lorrie Hester

12 MONTHS SAME AS CASH

706-882-9616

1107 Mooty Bridge Road

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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

Call Tram at (706) 882-3783 or (706) 882-1336 videoman2004@gmail.com

LaGrange Rare Coins & Detection Technologies, LLC Jewelry Serving you with:129 Bull Street • Security Systems (across from Charlie Joseph’s) • Surveillance Systems • Phone System See us before • Access Control selling your • Network Cabling gold or silver • Sound Systems

NEW CONSTRUCTION

East Alabama Roofing Residential Roofing Specialist WE COLLECT NO $ UNTIL OUR WORK IS COMPLETED!! FREE ESTIMATES

WE BUY:

334-275-1797

Jeb Brantley 706-884-6339

706-883-6779

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Custom Homes Garages • Decks Sun Rooms Metal Buildings RENOV ATION Kitchens • • Baths Custom Cabinets Marble, Granite Demolition

FRANKLIN ROAD ANIMAL CLINIC

Well Repair Pumps, tanks, control boxes, pressure switches, gauges, foot-valves Filtration Water samples for iron, PH, hardness of water, install filtration systems Pumps Installation and maintenance

Well Inspection Bored & drilled wells All well components Terry Smith Cell: 706-523-2103 Nextel: 186*112*3252 Brent Bishop Cell: 706-523-2092 Nextel: 186*112*3177

Cottle-Kelly Electric Co. Licensed & Insured 25 Years Experience

• Commercial • Residential OTHER PRODUCTS * Tile * Hardwood •* New Installs Painting * Electrical * Plumbing * HVAC • Renovations * Driveways • Repairs areas) * Retaining Walls * * Window Replacement

Jon Williamson 706-333-3101

Bare Metals

Santa Claus stores his toys at LaFayette Parkway Mini Storage FREE OF CHARGE

Call for Details! *gold & silver jewelry 706-884-0005 *scrap gold *any size coin collection

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Veterinary

(including rural Licensed & Bonded Landscaping Design Luke

D-Tech

Licensed/Insured Ala & Ga - Residential - Commercial - Industrial -

H&H Builders, Inc. General Contractor

Professional Home Improvement

Preserve ALAN COOK’S Your APPLIANCE Memories Commercial, Residential

Contractor

Remodeling

Carpet

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.

Cottle 706-594-1712 Chad Kelly 706-594-1711

Gale Shelnutt, DVM 1462 New Franklin Road, LaGrange (1.5 miles north of Wal-Mart)

706-882-0054

Walk-Ins Welcome Mon., Tues., Wed., Fri. 2pm - 5pm

NEUTER / SPAY Male/Female Cat $36/$46 *DOG $$56 to $86

Wilkie’s Bobcat Service Attachments ¥Bushhog ¥Roto Tiller ¥Auger - 6 -12 - 24 ¥Forestry Mower ¥Grapple Bucket Grading ¥ Concrete ¥ Sod Laying ¥ ¥ Debris Removal ¥ Tandem Load Crushed Run Gravel Skid Steer Spread $485. (locally)

Boarding $12 Dog $10 Cat

11 Years Experience NO JOB TOO SMALL

Quality Care Reasonably Priced

706-333-8031

*Price based on weight

WILKIE Reflexology HOME Center IMPROVEMENTS • General Carpentry • Home Repairs • RoofingNew and Repairs Five-Year Warranty

706-883-7906 706-333-4611

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$30 Value! Call 706-812-9018 105 Mimosa Terrace LaGrange

Residential Builders 706-333-7624 State Licensed

Roofing Replacement Windows Entry Doors Decking Heating/AC

Island Entertainment 706-333-7624 Blinds / Interior • DJ Shutters • BANDS • KARAOKE Gutters • LIVE MUSIC • CORPORATE Painting PARTIES Pools/Spas Siding

Plumbing Garage Doors & Gas Fireplaces Water Proofing Kitchen &Landscaping Concrete Baths Foundations

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