Power restored for most of LaGrange, Hogansville

Both LaGrange and Hogansville had relatively short periods of power outages when Tropical Storm Irma passed through the region, and officials were quick to credit utility workers for restoring power. “We are very grateful to the crews — the street crews, the utility crews, the first responders — because they worked through the night dealing…

Project focused on Calumet Village

“This has been a labor of love, it’s taken a lot of time and a lot of commitment,” LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton said of the entire revitalization project. “It’s really been a testimony to your dedication collectively for the neighborhood and the board members of Calumet Village. “It is your dedication that has brought us…

Duracell celebrates progress on new facility

Duracell hit a major milestone Wednesday, as the manufacturer celebrated the topping-off of its new manufacturing facility.

Duracell announced last year that its LaGrange campus will be taking over manufacturing of all AA and AAA batteries for Duracell in North America. By completing the roof for the new section of the manufacturing facility, Duracell moved one step closer to that expansion.

Jim Thornton qualifies to seek re-election as Mayor of LaGrange

Jim Thornton qualified today to seek re-election as Mayor of LaGrange in the November 7th municipal election.

In taking this official step for re-election, Mayor Thornton said, “We have witnessed dramatic improvement in LaGrange over the past few years, and the city is definitely moving in the right direction. The next four years have even greater potential for progress, growth, and positive change. This is our time as a city to shine.”

Dunham’s Sports opens new LaGrange location

Dunham’s Sports celebrated its new LaGrange Mall location with a ribbon cutting at the new location.

The store had been open in LaGrange for several days, but the ribbon cutting was an opportunity for everyone to really appreciate the teamwork between local officials, the mall owners and Dunham’s that made the grand opening possible.

“This is a great day for Dunham’s, and it is also a great day for the city of LaGrange,” Mayor Jim Thornton said.

Students dress up for success

On Tuesday, the LaGrange City Council heard an update on Empowerment Wednesday, a locally run program that hopes to empower students by helping them dress up one day a week.

Empowerment Wednesday began with a small group of students at Whitesville Road Elementary School in 2016, asking them simply to dress up and wear a tie one day a week.

‘It sews together the community’

Hundreds of citizens walked, jogged and ran down the model mile of the Thread on Saturday morning, celebrating the trail’s completion with a fun run.

On Saturday, the Thread trail and the greenspace on Haralson St. were filled with close to a thousand community members for the ribbon cutting and celebration of the completion of the first 1.3 miles of the Thread trail — otherwise known as the model mile. The area where the ceremony took place has undergone drastic improvements in recent years, and officials expressed their excitement over the beautiful public space that it has become.

LaGrange mayor appointed to state board

Governor Nathan Deal appointed Mayor Jim Thornton to serve in Georgia’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council in an announcement on Friday.

Thornton was among 24 appointees to a variety of state boards announced by the governor’s office on Friday. The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council serves as the epicenter of criminal justice policies, research and information in the state. The agency plans and administers tens of millions of dollars in federal criminal justice and victim services grants and administers programs providing direct services to victims of crime.