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Hogansville • LaGrange • West Point
Newcomers Guide
2016
Hogansville • LaGrange • West Point
NEWCOMERS GUIDE 2016
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Emory at LaGrange
Emory Clark-Holder Clinic has
been providing medical care to
LaGrange, West Georgia and East
Alabama for more than 80 years.
In the early 1930s, Dr. Wallace Clark
of LaGrange visited the Mayo Clinic
as a patient. Persistent migraine
headaches and a heart ailment had
taken him many places for treatment, but he was most impressed
by a Rochester, Minnesota, medical
facility. Realizing the quality of care
that could be given to patients
through a group practice, Dr. Clark
decided he wanted similar facilities
for the West Georgia area. Therefore, he dedicated his life to make
this dream a reality.
While searching for a partner, a
salesman from a surgical supply house told Dr. Clark about a
young physician who was finishing
his residency in surgery at Ware
County Hospital in Waycross, Georgia. Clark contacted Holder in the
mid-1930s and as the saying goes:
“The rest is history.”
Dr. Clark died in 1955, breaking a
20-year relationship that had been
immensely successful. This left Dr.
Holder at the helm, and through
his strong leadership the clinic
continued its steady growth. By
1957, the physicians had outgrown
their medical facility for a second
time and relocated to the present
facility at the corner of Smith and
North Lewis streets.
In July 2008, the physicians of
Clark-Holder Clinic joined Emory
Healthcare as part of the Emory
Specialty Associates division. This
partnership has enhanced the
clinic’s ability to provide medical
care to the area and attract new
physicians to the community.
Emory Healthcare has been at the
forefront of medicine since 1905
putting cutting-edge interventional research and technology
into lifesaving action. With both
organizations having long histories
of providing outstanding medical
care to the people they serve, this
partnership enhances the health
care services available to the
people of this region.
Emory at LaGrange strives to meet
the medical needs of the community by offering multiple specialties
and services for the convenience of
the patient. From primary care such
as family medicine and internal
medicine to specialty care such as
bariatrics, cardiology, ENT/facial
plastics, gastroenterology, general
surgery, gynecology, hematology/
oncology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonary medicine and
radiology.
In August 2011, the LaGrange-based
Southern Center for Orthopedics
joined Emory Specialty Associates
(ESA) effectively becoming “Emory Southern Orthopedics Sports
Medicine.” The Orthopedic practice
provides high quality comprehensive – injury to recovery – care in
the field of orthopedic surgery and
musculoskeletal medicine.
Doctors, nurses and staff — past and present — plus special
guests and dignitaries studied the clinic’s new memorial
plaques that display the medical center’s 80 year history within the community. A second set of plaques, identical to these,
are also showcased inside the Southern Orthopedics Center.
In order to continue to provide
quality health care, Emory at
LaGrange continues to recruit new
physicians to the practice to meet
patient demand. Along with bringing new physicians to the practice,
Emory at LaGrange continues to
renovate their existing building
by remodeling waiting rooms, the
Radiology Department and a new
Oncology Building. To stay on top of
technology they have transitioned
over to Electronic Medical Records,
radiology digital imaging and a
new state of the art closed MRI
joint venture with Emory Southern
Orthopedics.
Emory at LaGrange healthcare
providers are committed to being
the leading provider of quality
health care in this region. For patient convenience and to meet the
needs of the community, Emory
at LaGrange has a satellite Family
Medicine office in West Point and
a new Family Medicine satellite
office at 380 South Davis Road in
LaGrange. The Davis Road satellite
office now offers extended hours,
Monday thru Thursday from 8 a.m.
until 7 p.m., and on Saturday from 8
a.m. until noon.
table of contents
index of advertisers
Contact
Emory at LaGrange............................................3
In the Troup County community........................4
Education in Troup County................................5
West Georgia Health.......................................... 7
Callaway Gardens offers
a spectacular getaway.......................................8
Hills & Dales Estate:
Beauty at the top of the hill............................. 12
Parks and Recreation...................................... 12
West Point Lake............................................... 13
Government information and services........... 14
Lawmakers....................................................... 15
Attractions in Troup County.............................17
West Georgia Technical College........................2
Higgins LaGrange Chapel Funeral Home..........5
Matt Orr, State Farm..........................................5
Badcock & More Home Furniture...................... 7
Downtown LaGrange......................................... 7
Hills & Dales Estate............................................9
Tim Ellen, New York Life.....................................9
West Georgia Physicians................................. 10
Pleasant Grove Church.................................... 13
Jamie’s Automotive......................................... 13
P & P Tax Service and Lawn Service................ 13
Hughston Clinic............................................... 15
Vernon Woods Retirement Community...........17
Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services...........17
Charter Bank.................................................... 19
West Georgia Health........................................20
Lagrange Daily News
105 Ashton St.
706-884-7311
www.lagrangenews.com
PUBLISHER:
Jeff Parra
706-407-2657
[email protected]
CONTENT MANAGER:
Matthew Strother
706-884-7311 Ext. 2153
[email protected]
MEDIA DIRECTOR:
Jay Kemp
706-407-2648
[email protected]
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In the Troup County community
LaGrange Daily News
105 Ashton St.
P.O Box 929
LaGrange, 30240
Phone: 706-884-7311
LaGrange Daily News is the primary
source of news in Troup County. The
newspaper is published weekday
afternoons with a weekend edition.
The business office is open from 8
a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.
• To arrange for home delivery or
renew a subscription, go online to
lagrangenews.com/subscribe or call
706-884-7311.
• To advertise, go online to lagrangenews.com/advertise or call
706-884-7311 for retail or classified
ads.
• To report news or discuss story
ideas for news or sports, call 706884-7311.
www.lagrangenews.com
Newcomers’ club
LaGrange Newcomers and Beyond
is an organization whose purpose
is to assist women who would like
to join a social club and make new
friends. The club provides numerous social activities and supports
various charities in the community.
Monthly meetings are held in the
fellowship hall in the First Presbyterian Church, 120 Broad St., at 6:30
p.m. on the first Thursday of each
month. During the general meeting
a short program is presented by a
guest speaker and is followed by
a brief business meeting. Monthly
activities consist of informal coffees
in members’ homes, luncheons at
local restaurants, bridge, book club,
special outings and service projects.
Recent recipients of charitable
donations have been the LaGrange
Memorial Library, Relay for Life,
Florence Hand Home and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Guests may attend
activities for two months without
obligation. After that time, dues are
$20 per year. For more information
email [email protected] or
“like” its Facebook page at facebook.com/LaGrange-Newcomersand-Beyond-343065742568000/.
Habitat for Humanity
https://tcchfh.wordpress.com/
The Troup/Chambers/Randolph
County Habitat for Humanity
mission is to eliminate poverty
housing and homelessness through
grassroots efforts to provide simple,
decent housing in Southwest Georgia and Eastern Alabama. Habitat
for Humanity affiliates coordinates
all aspects of Habitat home building
in our the local area — fund raising,
building site selection, partner
family selection and support,
house construction and mortgage
servicing.
The LaGrange Habitat ReStore
directly supports the local Habitat
for Humanity affiliate through
the resale of new and gently used
furniture, home accessories,
building materials and appliances.
To contact the ReStore visit them
at 333 Main St. in LaGrange, call
706-416-6332 or email [email protected] Store hours
are 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesday through
Friday, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday.
Libraries
Troup-Harris
Regional Library system
www.thrl.org
706-882-7784 (LaGrange Memorial
Library)
email: [email protected]
com
Troup-Harris Regional Library
serves Troup and Harris counties
through LaGrange Memorial Library,
Hogansville Library and Harris
County Library in Hamilton. The
libraries receive more than 150,000
visitors each year and offer access
of more than 10 million books and
other materials through PINES, a
statewide lending consortium. Each
location includes public computers, Wi-Fi and digital resources,
including downloadable e-books
and audiobooks. Through GALILEO, the libraries offer over 250
databases, covering areas such as
health, biography, vocational skills,
test preparation and science and
technology. THRL offers more than
200 literary and learning-based
programs every year.
LaGrange Memorial Library
www.thrl.org
706-882-7784
115 Alford St.
LaGrange, GA 30240
9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday and
Tuesday
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and
Thursday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday
LaGrange Memorial Library is headquarters for Troup-Harris Regional
Library.
Hogansville Library
www.thrl.org
706-637-6230
600 E. Main St.
Hogansville, GA 30230
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday
through Thursday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on
Friday
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on
Saturday
Hogansville Library is
part of Troup-Harris
Regional Library. It is
set to move into a new,
larger building to open
in late 2016.
Hawkes Library
www.hawkeslibrary.com
706-645-1549
100 W. 8th St.
West Point, GA 31833
12:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday,
Thursday and Friday
Hawkes Library opened in October
1922. It was placed on the National
Register of Historic Places in 1991.
The Library Board has done a wonderful job of restoring the library,
however much of the charm that
makes Hawkes Library so special
has not changed. Patrons still sign
their name on check out cards and
there still is a card catalog. The
library has come into the 21st century with computers for public use,
a fax machine and copy machine.
The library offers free public Wi-Fi
access, junior friends reading club,
weekly preschool story hour, summer reading program, book sales
and book signings.
LaGrange-Troup
County Humane Society
706-298-3608
The LaGrange-Troup County
Humane Society serves as a no kill
advocate and protector of the animals entering the LaGrange Animal
Shelter. The Humane Society office
and kennels are located within
the LaGrange Animal Shelter at
1390 Orchard Hill Road, operating independently of LaGrange
Animal Control. Office hours for the
Humane Society staff are 10 a.m.
to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and by special appointment
on Friday and Saturday. For more
information on the LaGrange-Troup
County Humane Society, visit www.
lagrangehumane.org.
City of LaGrange Animal Shelter
1390 Orchard Hill Road
PO Box 1351
LaGrange, GA 30241
706-298-3606
Residents can adopt or drop off
pets at the shelter, which is open
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays
Officer
Chris Bussey
with shelter
pet Wolfie
are part of
the city of
LaGrange
Animal Control
department.
Bussey was
named 2015
Animal Control
Officer of the
year for the
state of Georgia.
and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Animals from LaGrange and
unincorporated Troup County are
accepted. Animal control officers
are responsible for stray animal
pickups, cruelty investigations and
operating the shelter.
Transportation
Troup Transit
706-883-1673
Troup Transit, operated by the
county government, serves people
who don’t have or can’t afford a
means of shopping and educational
purposes. It works on a first-come,
first-served basis. The transportation system operates under
contracts with the state Department of Human Resources and the
Department of Transportation to
serve clients of Pathways Community Services; New Ventures;
Vocational Rehabilitation Services;
senior centers in LaGrange, West
Point and Hogansville; and the
Department of Family and Children
Services. Elderly and disabled riders
pay $2 per trip, while costs for DHR
clients are paid through the state.
Seniors and disabled people may
call 706-883-1673 a week in advance to schedule a trip or provide
24-hour cancellation notice. Funding for Troup Transit comes through
the state departments of human
resources and transportation, and
the local governments.
LaGrange-Callaway Airport
200 Airport Parkway
Phone: 706-884-2121
Fax: 706-884-3412
www.lagrangeairport.com
LaGrange-Callaway Airport is adjacent to the industrial park. It has a
5,000-foot and 5,600-foot runway
and is equipped with an instrument
landing system, as well as a conference room and the latest navigational aids. Maintenance and flight
school are available at the airport
through separate companies.
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Education in Troup County
Troup County is proud of its
educational resources-both
public and private, as well
as the oldest private college
in Georgia and growing
technical college. As part of
their commitment to public
education, voters in recent
years have approved a bond
issue and four special-purpose local-option sales tax
referendums totaling $203
million to be used for new
construction and renovations and technology.
Public schools
www.troup.org
Elementary schools:
•Berta Weathersbee —
1200 Forest Ave., LaGrange,
706-883-1570
•Callaway — 2200 Hammett Road, LaGrange,
706-845-2059
•Ethel W. Kight — 80 N.
Kight Drive, LaGrange, 706812-7943
•Franklin Forest — 1 Scholar
Lane, LaGrange, 706-8457556
•Hillcrest — 3116 Robert
Hayes Road, LaGrange, 706812-7940
•Hogansville — 611 E. Main
Street, Hogansville, 706812-7990
•Hollis Hand — 641 Country
Club Road, LaGrange, 706883-1580
•Long Cane — 238 Long
Cane Road, LaGrange, 706812-7948
•Rosemont — 4679
Hamilton Road, LaGrange,
706-812-7954
•West Point — 1701 E. 12th
Street, West Point, 706-8127973
•Whitesville Road — 1700
Whitesville Road, LaGrange,
706-812-7968
Middle schools:
•Callaway — 2244 Hammett Road, LaGrange,
706-845-2080
•Gardner Newman — 101 S.
Shannon Drive,
LaGrange, 706883-1535
•Long Cane — 326
Long Cane Road,
LaGrange, 706845-2085
High schools:
•Callaway — 221
Whitfield Road,
Hogansville, 706845-2070
•LaGrange — 516
N. Greenwood St.,
LaGrange, 706-8831590
•Troup — 1920 Hamilton
Road, LaGrange, 706-8127957
THINC College and Career
Academy —1 College Circle,
LaGrange, 706-668-6800
Alternative school:
HOPE Academy (grades
6-12) — 200 Mooty Bridge
Janice Ingram’s AP biology students at LaGrange Academy
learn about recombinant DNA during a class exercise. They
used DNA extracted from jellyfish to make bacteria glow.
Road, LaGrange, 706-8127988
Registration:
Students new to the Troup
County School System
should register from 8
a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays
Higgins LaGrange Chapel
Funeral Home
during the school year and
7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday
through Thursday during
the summer at the Troup
County Board of EducationOffice of Student Assignment located at 100 North
Davis Road, Building C.
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100 Corporate Plaza Dr. • 706-884-7117
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company,
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and will have five campuses
serving Carroll, Coweta,
Douglas, Haralson, Heard,
Meriwether and Troup
counties.
West Georgia Technical
College offers more than
100 certificate, diploma
and degree programs
and through articulation
agreements with four-year
colleges graduates in some
programs can transfer
earned credits to pursue
bachelor’s degrees.
Parents or guardians of students must sign an affidavit
of residence. They must
provide proof of residence
that displays an address,
such as lease agreement,
recent rent receipt, recent
utility or telephone bill, tax
bill mortgage deed, sales
contract. Unacceptable
forms for proof of address
include: driver’s license,
Medicaid card, voter identification card, or television
cable bill.
Parents who are new to
Troup County Schools
must present the child’s
birth certificate, Georgia
Immunization Form 3231,
Georgia Eye, Ear, Dental
Form 3300 and the child’s
Social Security card.
Telephone Directory for
Troup County Schools:
Administrative Services
Center: 706-812-7900
Office of Student Assignment: 706-812-7900
Student Services Center:
706-812-7900
Exceptional Education
Center: 706-812-7939
Custodial/Warehouse
Services: 706-812-7930
Maintenance Department:
706-812-7932
School Food and Nutrition:
706-883-1588
Technology: 706-812-7979​
Private schools
•Lafayette Christian School,
1904 Hamilton Road,
LaGrange, 706-884-6684 or
706-881-9423
•LaGrange Academy, 1501
Vernon Road, LaGrange,
706-882-8097
•Welcome Christian School,
3328 Hogansville Road,
LaGrange, 706-884-2183
•Sound Doctrine Christian
Academy, 202 W. Broome
St., LaGrange, 706-4434830
•First Presbyterian
Montessori pre-school and
kindergarten, 120 Broad St.,
LaGrange, 706-812-8513
•Hillside Montessori
(grades 1-6), 525 Park Ave.,
LaGrange, 404-661-5199
LaGrange College
www.lagrange.edu
Since 1831, LaGrange College has been challenging
minds, inspiring souls and
transforming lives.
Hillcrest Elementary School students and families enjoy Family Read Night,
following a Title 1 meeting. Parents attending also visited the book fair and
watched students play academic games with teachers. Shown here sharing
a book with his Mimi, Doris Moat, is second grader Holden Newsome.
A new Ethel W.
Kight Elementary
School opened in
fall 2015, replacing the more than
50-year-old school
of the same name
that stood at the
same location.
The larger, more
advanced facility
is the newest in
the Troup County
School System.
Today, LaGrange is a fouryear liberal arts and sciences college offering more
than 70 areas of study,
including graduate degrees
in education, clinical mental
health counseling and
philanthropy and development.
With an emphasis on
service and global engagement, the institution gives
students who enroll as
freshmen $2,500 for study
abroad their junior or senior
year. A Servant Scholars
Program offers selected upperclassmen the opportunity to work with community
nonprofits to identify areas
of need and strategies to
address those needs.
The college recently announced a $21 million science building project to be
completed by January 2017.
Also this year, the nursing
and music programs moved
into the newly renovated
West Side building.
Part of NCAA Division III,
the LaGrange Panthers
compete in 16 sports. For
the past three years, the
men’s basketball squad
has advanced to the NCAA
Division III National Tournament. LaGrange golfers
have also competed at
national tourneys, placing
second in the 2014-15
championship.
Affiliated with the United
Methodist Church and the
oldest private institution of
higher learning in Georgia,
LaGrange is consistently
ranked among the South’s
top colleges by U.S.News &
World Report. The campus
covers more than 120 acres
and is home to slightly
more than 1,000 students.
West Georgia Technical
College
www.westgatech.edu
West Georgia Technical College, a part of the Technical
College System of Georgia,
is regionally accredited by
the Southern Association
of College and Schools.
The college is located on a
newly renovated, 81-acre
west campus at 1 College
Circle in LaGrange Industrial Park and an 88-acre
east campus on Fort Drive.
In July 2010, the college
merged with West Central
Georgia Technical College
in Carrollton. The combined
college is known as West
Georgia Technical College
Point University
www.point.edu
Founded in 1937 as Atlanta
Christian College, Point
University is a private, fouryear liberal arts Christian
institution now based in
West Point. Point University’s mission is to educate
students for Christ-centered service and leadership
throughout the world. The
University seeks to serve
the next generation of
Christian leaders motivated
to live out their faith in the
marketplace.
The learning environment
and the curriculum – biblical and theological studies,
arts and sciences, and
various professional studies – are designed to help
students grow spiritually,
intellectually, socially, physically and professionally.
In addition to a traditional
student track, Point University offers an accelerated
degree program called
Access. This option for nontraditional students offers a
Christ-centered educational
experience in a convenient
format and is available at
locations in West Point,
East Point, Peachtree City,
Savannah and Birmingham.
The main campus moved
to West Point in 2012. It’s
dining hall in downtown is
open to the public, serving
breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The university also hosts
12 intercollegiate athletic teams that compete at
locations in West Point and
Valley, Ala.
Point University is accredited by the Commission on
Colleges of the Southern
Association of Colleges and
Schools to award the associate and baccalaureate
degrees.
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West Georgia Health
WellStar West Georgia Medical
Center has been dedicated to
serving the health care needs of
West Georgia and East Alabama for
more than 75 years. From the very
beginning as a 65-bed city-county
hospital, the mission has been to
provide exceptional, compassionate
health care.
That tradition continues and West
Georgia Medical Center (WGMC)
has earned many accolades that
demonstrate that commitment to
quality patient care.
Most recently, Truven Health Analytics™ has named WGMC as one of
the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals®. In
addition, WGMC recently received
the 2016 Women’s Choice Award®
as one of America’s Best Hospitals
for Patient Safety and was named
Georgia Trend’s No. 1 Large Hospital
in Georgia for 2015.
On April 1, 2016, West Georgia
Health joined WellStar Health
System to become WellStar West
Georgia Medical Center. Troup
County and the surrounding West
Georgia community will benefit
immensely from this partnership,
according to hospital officials. It will
improve WGMC’s ability to manage
costs through shared resources,
physician recruitment, new service
development and enhanced clinical
services by drawing from WellStar’s
expertise in clinical and operational
efficiencies. In addition, WellStar
has committed to investing $84
million in capital improvements
over seven years, with $30 million
to be allocated within the first two
years of the partnership. Through
this capital commitment and the
generosity of hundreds of West
Georgia Health Foundation donors,
WGMC expects to begin renovating
and upgrading its new community
cancer center in the near future.
The cornerstone for healthcare in
Troup and surrounding counties,
West Georgia Medical Center is a
nonprofit 276-bed hospital, which
includes an Emergency Department, Heart Clinic, Intensive Care
Unit, Labor and Delivery Unit and
Newborn Nursery. The hospital, as
well as other divisions of the health
system are accredited by The Joint
Commission and certified by the
We add to the
beauty
West Georgia Health (WGH) has been dedicated
to serving the health care needs of West Georgia
and East Alabama for more than 75 years.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Additional services
include outpatient surgical services, bariatric services, diagnostic
services, pulmonary services, and
rehabilitation services including
physical therapy, speech pathology
and audiology.
The Emergency Department
includes 30 treatment rooms, four
trauma rooms and four cardiac care
rooms.
The Imaging Department offers
state-of-the-art MRImaging, breast
MRI screenings, interventional
radiology capabilities, 64-Slice
Computerized Tomography (CT),
low dose Lung CT cancer screenings, and PET imaging for cancer
staging.
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of your new home
Enjoy our vibrant downtown
for shopping , dining & just
plain fun!
28 shops 14 eateries 2 museums
10 movie theaters & amphitheatre
free community events
local farmer’s market
Fairfield Collection
1701 Roanoke Rd. • LaGrange
706-884-0279
There is a reason every season
to visit downtown LaGrange.
www.downtownlagrange.com
00818949
389594
for event times & information
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Callaway Gardens offers
a spectacular getaway
A quick description of Callaway Gardens is “an award-winning, 6,500acre gardens, resort, preserve and
community nestled in the southernmost foothills of the Appalachian
Mountains, in Harris County.” But,
ask anyone who knows Callaway
Gardens and you’ll learn that it is so
much more.
Owned by the nonprofit Ida Cason
Callaway Foundation, the site of
Callaway Gardens was originally
depleted cotton fields. Cason and
Virginia Callaway’s love of westcentral Georgia and passion for
nature were the inspiration for
the Gardens’ creation. After much
restoration of plants native to
west-central Georgia, the Gardens
opened on May 21, 1952, offering
guests a five-mile Scenic Drive, the
original nine holes of the Lake View
Golf Course and the opportunity for
boating on Mountain Creek Lake.
Today visitors wander through mature woodland gardens by bicycle,
vehicle or on foot. Along their path
they may witness the majesty of a
raptor in free flight at a Birds of Prey
show; learn about birding, enjoy an
art exhibit or feed a turtle at The
Virginia Hand Callaway Discovery
Center; see the emergence of a
brand new butterfly at the Cecil B.
Day Butterfly Center; and sit and
enjoy the beauty of more manicured
gardens at the John A. Sibley Horticultural Center..
For those looking to be more active,
Callaway Gardens offers 10 miles
of paved bicycle trails; 36 holes
of championship golf; 10 tennis
courts; 13 lakes for both fly fishing
and conventional fishing.
Seasonal events also provide a
reason for return visits throughout
the year. A leisurely stroll through
the Callaway Brothers Azalea Bowl
and Overlook Azalea Garden are
enjoyable any time, but the eye
popping color of these two gardens
during Celebrate Spring! has made
Callaway Gardens world famous.
A surprise for most guests is the
summertime opportunity to enjoy
Robin Lake Beach in landlocked
Pine Mountain, home to Callaway
Gardens’ world’s largest inland,
manmade beach and site of the
world premier Masters Water Ski &
Wakeboard Tournament on Memorial Day weekend. The summer ends
on a high note with the Sky High Hot
Air Balloon Festival. Other special
events happen throughout
the year including the Annual Plant Fair & Sale; Easter
Eggstravaganza; Symphony
on the Sand featuring the
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra;
Summer Music Festival; Summer Farmers Market; July 4th
Star Spangled Beach Party;
Chrysanthemum Season;
The Steeplechase at Callaway
Gardens; Fantasy In Lights, a
holiday light and sound production featuring more than eight
million lights; and New Year’s
Eve Celebration.
Year-round programs provide
guests opportunities to explore
the environment and learn more
about the world around them.
Callaway hosts numerous events,
including workshops, seminars,
fitness events, special dinner packages and more. A great way to enjoy
Callaway Gardens is to purchase
an annual pass, which allows the
passholder and up to five guests in
the same vehicle free admission on
general admission days and halfprice admission to special events.
Local residents can purchase a pass
for $95 per year, a savings from the
standard price of $125. To purchase
an annual pass, visit www.callawaygardens.com/annualpass, email
[email protected]
or call 706-663-5019.
Becoming a Callaway Gardens
Connection Member is another
great way to experience all that
Callaway Gardens offers and more
special events created specifically
for Connection members. For more
information on Callaway Gardens
Connection memberships, call 706663-5170 or email [email protected]
callawaygardens.com.
Both inside and outside of the
Gardens gates provides opportunities for unique shopping at themed
gift shops and wonderful dining.
The Country Kitchen, inside the
Callaway Gardens Country Store,
serves a wonderful Southern meal
for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The
renovated Mountain Creek Inn features the Plant Room for a Southern
breakfast buffet and special events
while the Vineyard Green has been
upgraded from a bar to offer some
great lunch and dinner options
and occasional live entertainment.
The famous Gardens Restaurant,
situated on the edge of Mountain
Visitors
observe the
variety of
flowers at
Callaway
Gardens.
Balloons rise at the annual
Hot-Air Balloon Festival.
Creek Lake offering a beautiful
sunset view offers its delicious
menu focused on local, regional
cuisine. For a quick meal, visit the
Discovery Café inside the Gardens,
Champions Grille in the Mountain
View Clubhouse and Robin Lake
Beach’s Pavilion and Bar during the
Summer.
When looking for a quick getaway,
minus the travel time, or guests
coming to town, Callaway Gardens
offers a range of accommodations
such as a single room at the charming Mountain Creek® Inn; a secluded
one or two bedroom Southern Pine
Cottage; a deluxe Mountain Creek
Villa and Vacation Homes, featuring
one to four bedrooms. This variety
of room types mixed with more
than 80,000 square feet of meeting
and function space make Callaway
Gardens a wonderful location for
weddings, family reunions, corporate meetings, retreats, training and
association functions. The sales
team is available at 706-663-5179
or [email protected]
Through the more than 60 years
since its opening, Callaway Gardens
has blossomed to offer guests a
bevy of ways to spend time in nature having fun and learning at the
same time. Whether spending time
with loved ones, business associates or quality time alone, Callaway
Gardens offers something for
everyone while fulfilling its mission
of “connecting man and nature in a
way that benefits both.”
The Gardens are open daily from 9
a.m. to 5 p.m., staying open until 6
p.m. during the summer. General
admission is $20 per adult, and
$10 per child ages 6 to 12. Special
event admission is $25 per adult,
and $12.50 per child ages 6 to 12.
Children 5 and under are always
admitted for free.
For more information about Callaway Gardens, visit www.callawaygardens.com or call 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292). Great offers, news
and more is available at facebook.
com/CallawayGardens and at twitter.com/CallawayGardens.
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The Heart Clinic (Department of
Cardiovascular Medicine) offers a full
spectrum of heart and vascular care
including an accredited Chest Pain
Center with distinction in PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Interventions),
interventional cardiology, cardiac
catheterization, and non-surgical
procedures including Electrocardiography (EKG), Echocardiography,
Vascular Ultrasound, Stress, and
Holter and Event monitoring as well
as Cardiac Rehabilitation.
The Intensive Care Unit is equipped
with 24 rooms to provide comprehensive and continuous care for
persons who are critically ill.
The Labor and Delivery Unit features
10 labor-delivery-recovery rooms
that include accommodations for
family members, two operating
suites and a Level II nursery with
state-of-the-art equipment, including fetal monitoring technology.
The Enoch Callaway Cancer Clinic
offers Stereotactic Radiosurgery
(SRS) and Stereotactic Ablative
Surgery (SABR) radiation therapies.
In addition to infusion therapy, immunotherapy, genetics counseling,
advanced diagnostic technologies
and a multidisciplinary cancer committee to evaluate each new case to
determine the optimum treatment
for each patient. The program is
accredited by the Commission on
Cancer of the American College of
Surgeons.
West Georgia Home Care offers
skilled nursing, physical therapy,
speech therapy, care/homemaker
services, infusion therapy, telehealth
services and pediatric home care.
West Georgia Home Care serves
residents of Troup, Harris, Heard and
Meriwether counties.
West Georgia Hospice/Hospice
LaGrange provides skilled and
compassionate care for terminally ill
patients and their families, centering
on the relief of pain and symptoms
and focusing on living fully through
illness and bereavement. Patients
may receive care at home or Hospice
LaGrange, a 16-bed hospice house.
The Women’s Health Center provides
a full range of digital imaging
capabilities such as screening and
diagnostic mammograms, bone
density scans, MRI-guided biopsy
and ultrasound.
Long Term Care Services include
Florence Hand Home, Twin Fountains
Home and Vernon Woods Retirement
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Community. Florence Hand Home
is a 150-bed skilled nursing facility
that provides long-term care and
short-term rehabilitation services.
Twin Fountains Home is a 116-bed
facility that provides intermediate
and skilled nursing care. Vernon
Woods Retirement Community offers both independent and assisted
living options. Meals, transportation,
housekeeping and maintenance are
provided. Assisted living residents
receive support with activities of
daily living.
Rehabilitation and Wellness offers
a full range of clinical and diagnostic testing for pediatric and adult
patients. Services include spine
care/ MDT, aquatic therapy, balance
and vestibular problems, swelling
disorders and LSVT/BIG Therapy for
patients with Parkinson’s disease.
Specialized therapy is offered for
work related-injuries and total joint
replacements.
Wound Care offers treatment for
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that are slow to heal including abrasions, pressure wounds and
diabetic wounds. The care team of
doctors, nurses and physical therapists specialize in wound care for
patients of all ages using advanced
therapies and technology including a
West Georgia Medical Center
706-882-1411
Enoch Callaway Cancer Clinic
706-882-1411
Florence Hand Home
706-845-3256
Rehabilitation and Wellness
706-845-3883
Twin Fountains Home
706-882-0121
Vernon Woods Retirement Community
706-812-2899
West Georgia Home Care
706-845-3291
West Georgia Hospice
706-845-3095
West Georgia Worx
706-845-3075
Women’s Health Center
706-880-7411
Wound Care
706-880-7366
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and workplace injury prevention
and treatment programs and is
conveniently located in the LaGrange
Industrial Park.
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Hills & Dales Estate:
Beauty at the
top of the hill
Hills & Dales Estate sits on the
crest of a gently rolling hill in
LaGrange. The centerpiece
of the estate is a beautiful
Georgian Italian villa, designed
by architects Hal Hentz and Neel
Reid for textile magnate Fuller E.
Callaway. Completed in 1916, the
home complements the pre-Civil
War boxwood gardens planted by
Sarah Ferrell.
Now celebrating the home’s
centennial year, the property is
open for house and garden tours.
Annual events include Picnic
in the Garden in May, Stories
in the Garden and Halloween
Trick or Treat in October and the
Children’s Christmas Celebration
in December which are open to
the public at no charge.
For more information visit
hillsanddales.org or call 706-8823242.
Parks and Recreation
Troup County Parks and Recreation is an agency of Troup County
Government, under the direction of
Troup County Commission.
Facilities
The Active Life Senior Center: 140
Ragland St., LaGrange. 706-8831681
Callaway Stadium: 801 Dallis St.,
LaGrange. 706-883-1689
Calumet Park: 402 Hines St.,
LaGrange; water splash pad, playground, pavilion, basketball court
and green space.
Chris Joseph Soccer Complex: 299
Fort Drive, LaGrange.
Chris Joseph Track, 303 Fort Drive,
LaGrange.
Dunson Park: 1220 Hogansville
Road, LaGrange; practice field.
Eastside Park: Across from 229
Niles St., LaGrange; 3 practice baseball fields and walking trail.
Easy Street Park: 130 Easy St.,
LaGrange.
Edgewood Park: Corner of Edgewood Avenue and Guinn Street,
LaGrange.
First Tee of Troup County: 1220 Lafayette Parkway, LaGrange; 9 hole,
par 3 golf course.
Granger Park: Across from 516 N.
Greenwood St., LaGrange; tennis
courts, 706-883-1685, playground.
Gray Hill Park: James Simpson
Bartley Building (rental facility),
playground, 3600 Bartley Road,
West Point.
George F. Harris Baseball Complex:
131 Ragland St. 706-883-1686
Hendricks Stadium: 611 E. Main St.,
Hogansville; football field.
Hogansville Gymnasium: 407
Church St., Hogansville.
Hogansville Recreation Department:
407 Church St., Hogansville.
Hogansville Active Life Center: 407
Church St., Hogansville.
Hogansville Sportsplex: 2063 Mobley Bridge Road, Hogansville.
Lindsey Street Park: Behind 217
Lindsey St., LaGrange.
McGee Field: 303 Church St.,
Hogansville.
Mike Daniel Recreation Center: 1220
Lafayette Parkway. 706-883-1670
Pyne Road Park Trails and Arena:
4194 Roanoke Road, LaGrange.
Pyne Road Park: 4481 Roanoke
Road, LaGrange; camping, fishing,
swimming, boat ramp and practice
field. 706-884-1414.
Shuford Field Softball Complex: 950
Calumet Drive, LaGrange.
Sixth Avenue Park: Corner of Sixth
Avenue and Lucille Street, West
Point.
Strozier Park: 602 W. Boyd Road,
Hogansville; three pavilions, playground, water splash pad
Twelfth Street Pool: Corner of 12th
Street and Avenue C, West Point.
Union Street Park: Across from 601
Union St., LaGrange.
West Point City Park: 1205 U.S. 29,
West Point; softball field, football/
soccer field, gymnasium, 4 baseball
fields, tennis courts, playground,
water splash pad, pavilion and green
space.
West Point Recreation Department:
1128 O.G. Skinner Drive, West Point.
706-645-3529
West Point Senior Center: 1114 O.G.
Skinner Drive, West Point. 706-6453580
William J. Griggs Recreation
Center: 716 Glenn Roberston Drive,
LaGrange; practice baseball field,
tennis courts and swimming pool.
706-883-1657
Youth Sports
Baseball, basketball, cheerleading,
football, flag football, flag football,
golf (First Tee program), karate,
coed in-line hockey, soccer (outdoor
and indoor), softball, swimming,
T-ball, tennis and track.
Adult Sports
Basketball and softball.
Registration
Registration for youth and adult
sports, leisure programs and
therapeutic activities is conducted
each quarter at the Troup County
Parks & Recreation Commission
office in the Mike Daniel Recreation
Center at 1220 Lafayette Parkway in
LaGrange and the unincorporated
areas of Troup County. Residents
living inside the city of Hogansville
register at the Hogansville Recreation Department at 407 Church
St. in Hogansville. Residents living
inside the city of West Point should
register at the West Point Recreation Department at 1128 O.G.
Skinner Drive in West Point.
Main office: 706-883-1670
West Point office: 706-645-3529
Hogansville office: 706-637-4427
Pyne Road Park office: 706-8841414
www.trouprec.org
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West Point Lake
West Point Lake
West Point Lake is a U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers lake that
extends 35 miles along the Chattahoochee River, just north of West
Point. The lake, with a shoreline
of more than 500 miles, is surrounded by forests and fields on the
Alabama-Georgia state line.
The lake offers fishing, camping and
many other recreational opportunities. Its construction was authorized
by the Flood Control Act of 1962.
Congress approved the project for
flood control, hydroelectric power,
navigation, fish and wildlife development and general recreation.
Construction began in 1965; actual
impoundment of the lake began in
1974.
The project provides water storage
for navigation on the ApalachicolaChattahoochee-Flint Waterway,
running 260 river miles from
Apalachicola, Florida, to Columbus,
Georgia. The powerhouse’s three
generators produce enough power
yearly to serve 17,000 residences.
West Point Lake and dam are credit-
ed with many firsts for the Corps of
Engineers, including the first use of
the “slurry trench” technique which
prevents seepage under the dam. It
also marked the first use of hydraulically operated tainter gates by the
Corps. The lake controls flooding
of the river by managing seasonal
variations in the water flow.
Camping
There are 10 campgrounds at West
Point Lake, four of which are operated and maintained by the Corps.
The Corps campgrounds are fee
campgrounds with resident park
attendants.
All fee campgrounds have sites with
electrical and water hookups, and
camping fees entitle campers to
the full use of campground facilities
such as grills and tables, dump
stations, laundries and showers.
Many of the fee campgrounds also
offer boat ramps, fish cleaning
stations, playgrounds, ball fields,
tennis courts, basketball courts and
nature trails.
During the summer season, reser-
Pleasant
Grove
Church
vations are accepted at Corps fee
campgrounds but
are not required.
For camping
reservations call
1-877-444-6777 or
reserve online at
www.recreation.
gov.
Boating
With its 525 miles
of shoreline and
25,900 surface acres, West Point
Lake is a boater’s paradise. There
are boat launching ramps located in
34 public recreation areas — including four leased areas — around the
lake. Some ramps charge a boat
launch fee. Two privately operated
marinas provide fuel, storage, boat
repair, rentals, supplies and other
boater’s needs.
Hunting
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
and Georgia Department of Natural
Resources each manage hunting
areas of nearly 10,000 acres. To
hunt Corps property, hunters must
have a valid state hunting license
as well as a Corps hunting permit,
which can be obtained from the
West Point Project Management
Office by phone with credit card, by
mail or by stopping by and purchasing one in person.
The cost for the permit is $20.
Hunters are not permitted to use
center-fire rifles on Corps hunting
lands. They may use shotguns,
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Government information and services
UTILITIES AND SERVICES
Troup County cities provide certain
utilities to their residents. To find
companies other than the ones
listed below, call the local city hall.
For a list of other companies providing gas utilities in this area, contact
the Georgia Public Service Commission toll free at 800-282-5813, or
visit the PSC website at www.psc.
state.ga.us.
Natural Gas, Electricity,
Water and Sanitation
City of LaGrange: 706-883-2030
City of Hogansville: 706-637-8629
City of West Point: 706-645-3503
Electricity
Diverse Power Inc.: 706-845-2000
Georgia Power Co.: 888-660-5890
Telephone and Internet
AT&T Georgia: 888-757-6500
Charter Communications: 877-7283814 or 888-438-2427
WOW! Valley: 706-645-8630
Taxes
Income tax: Georgia residents are
subject to state income tax. For
information, contact a Georgia Department of Revenue regional office
from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays:
Columbus Regional Office
1501 13th St., Suite A
Columbus, GA, 31901
706-649-7451
The city of LaGrange does not assess property taxes. Instead, it operates mostly from utility revenues
and sales taxes.
Sales Taxes: The sales tax rate in
Troup County is 7 percent. Some
items are exempt from sales tax.
CITY OF LaGRANGE
LaGrange City Hall
200 Ridley Ave., LaGrange
706-883-2000
www.lagrangega.org
LaGrange, incorporated in 1828, is
the seat of Troup County. The city
operates under a council-manager
form of government, with a sixmember elected council, a mayor
elected at-large and an appointed
professional city manager. Daily
administration and management
are handled by the city manager,
with policy and guidance provided
by the Mayor and Council.
Regular meetings of the mayor and
council are at 5:30 p.m. the second
and fourth Tuesdays of each month
in the City Council Chamber and
Municipal Court building at 208
Ridley Ave.
Municipal operations are financed
largely by sales taxes and utility
revenues, which allows the city to
operate without property taxes.
Police Department
Emergency: 911
Non-emergency: 706-883-2603
The LaGrange Police Department
is a full-service, nationally and
internationally accredited law
enforcement agency. It is responsible for patrol, investigations, code
enforcement and animal services.
Accreditation and state certification
monitors departmental policy compliance and maintains compliance
with documentation for both the
Commission on Accreditation for
Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)
and state certification programs.
laundry detergent jugs), glass
(brown, green, and clear), aluminum
and tin cans, newspapers, magazines, phone books, scrap paper,
computer paper, cardboard and
electronics (including computers,
TVs and cell phones; batteries can
be taken to Home Depot). The city
also gives away mulch. Drop-off
sites are at Walmart Supercenter,
803 New Franklin Road; Fire Station
at 1425 S. Davis Road; Granger Park
on Hunnicutt Place; South Davis
Recycling Center at 530 S. Davis
Road; and Piggly Wiggly at 1861
Roanoke Road.
Economic Development
LaGrange is home to several major
industries and Fortune 1,000 companies. About 60 major industries
are in LaGrange, mainly in the
production and distribution fields.
Products as diverse as medical
supplies, manufactured homes and
electronic components are made
every day in LaGrange for markets
around the world. Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia in West Point
accounts for about 2,500 direct
jobs. Several Kia suppliers also are
located in Troup County.
CITY OF WEST POINT
West Point City Hall
730 First Ave.
706-645-3522
www.cityofwestpointga.com
West Point, in the southwestern
part of Troup County, borders the
West Point Lake reservoir and offers
recreational opportunities, such as
boating, fishing and camping. An assembly plant for Kia Motors held its
grand opening in February 2010 on
a large site that the city annexed in
2006. The plant has brought growth
to the city, which has more than
doubled in size through annexations
in the last year.
The West Point Technology Park is
owned by the West Point Development Authority and offers amenities
and utilities usually associated with
parks located in much larger communities.
The city is in Troup and Harris counties. It is governed by a mayor and
six council members, all elected to
staggered four-year terms. Under
their direction, the city manager
oversees the operations of the various departments. Council meetings
are at 6 p.m. the second Monday
of each month at City Hall at 730
1st Ave.
West Point owns and operates its
own electrical, water, waste water
and gas systems.
Recycling
LaGrange offers free, curbside
recycling to sanitation customers.
Recycling pickup is weekly, on the
same day as garbage pickup. To sign
up for curbside recycling, call 706883-2023. All recyclables except
glass are collected curbside.
The city also operates a recycling
center where residents may take
a variety of items for recycling,
including No. 1 and No. 2 plastics
(soft drink bottles, milk jugs and
Phone Numbers
Emergency: 911
City Hall: 706-645-3522
Police (non-emergency): 706-6453525
Fire (non-emergency): 706-6453508
Utilities: 706-645-3503
Licenses & Permits: 706-645-3505
Health Center: 706-643-1111
Lanier Memorial Hospital: 334-7563111
Chamber of Commerce (Valley
Fire Department
Emergency: 911
Non-emergency: 706-883-2650
The LaGrange Fire Department is a
paid department offering a variety
of emergency and non-emergency
services. It includes four stations.
The department has a Class 2 fire
suppression rating as determined
by the Insurance Services Organization. This lower rating allows
residents to receive homeowners’
insurance premiums lower than
those in other areas.
Area): 334-642-1411
West Point Historic Commission:
706-645-8000
Downtown Development Authority
and Better Hometown Committee:
706-643-8484
West Point Senior Citizens Center:
706-645-3580
CITY OF HOGANSVILLE
Hogansville City Hall
400 E. Main St.
706-637-8629
www.cityofhogansville.org
Hogansville is situated in the
northern end of Troup County just
off Interstate 85. The downtown
area hosts a historic train depot,
a veteran’s park, an art gallery, a
bookstore, several antique stores
and unique shops and restaurants.
The city is governed by a mayor,
five council members and a city
manager. Council meets at 7 p.m.
the first and third Monday of each
month. City offices are located at
400 E. Main St.
Phone Numbers:
Emergency: 911
City Hall: 706-637-8629
Police (non emergency): 706-6376648
Fire (non emergency): 706-6378059
Utilities: 706-637-4389
Utilities (problems on nights and
holidays): 706-637-6648
Recreation: 706-637-4427
Active Life senior center: 706-6376606
Library: 706-637-6230
TROUP COUNTY
Troup County Government Center
100 Ridley Ave., LaGrange
706-883-1610
www.troupco.org
The Troup County Board of
Commissioner is comprised of
a chairman, who is elected in a
countywide election, and four commissioners, who each are elected
from specific district, serving
four-year terms. A county manager
handles the day-to-day operations
of the government. In 1826 the
state legislature created the Inferior
Court as the first governing body of
Troup County. A council of five was
elected to serve with judicial powers
in lesser cases, as opposed to the
Superior Court. Troup County was
reorganized in 1827 and divided to
create Meriwether County from the
eastern portion.
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Lawmakers
Georgia
General Assembly
Randy Nix
State Representative
District 69
402 Coverdell Legislative
Office Building
Atlanta, GA 30334
Email: [email protected]
ga.gov
Office: 404-656-5087
District address:
P.O. Box 991
LaGrange, GA 30241
Phone: 845-9853
Robert “Bob” Trammell
State Representative
District 132
611-G Coverdell Legislative
Office Building
Atlanta, GA 30334
Office: 404-656-0314
Email: [email protected]
house.ga.gov
District address:
128 N. Main St.
Luthersville, GA 30251
John Pezold
State Representative
District 133
504-E Coverdell Legislative
Office Building
Atlanta, GA 30334
Office: 404-656-0188
Email: [email protected]
ga.gov
District address:
P.O. Box 1595
Fortson, GA 31808
State Senate
Mike Crane
State Senator
District 28
325-B Coverdell Legislative
Office Building
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone: 404-656-6446
Fax: 404-463-1381
Email: [email protected]
ga.gov
District address:
P.O. Box 700
Newnan, GA 30264
Joshua McKoon
State Senator
District 29
18 Capitol Square;
319-A Coverdell Legislative
Office Building
Atlanta, GA 30334
Office: 404-463-3931
Email: [email protected]
Home: 706-442-9130
P.O. Box 2565
Columbus, GA 31902
U.S. House of
Representatives
Lynn Westmoreland
District 3
2202 Rayburn House Office
Building
Washington, DC 20515
Office: 202-225-5901
Fax: 202-225-2515
http://westmoreland.house.
gov/
District Office:
1601-B East GA Hwy 34
Newnan, GA 30265
Phone: 770-683-2033
Fax: 770-683-2042
U.S. Senate
Johnny Isakson
131 Russell Senate Office
Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-3643
Fax: 202-228-0724
http://www.isakson.senate.
gov/public/
Nix
Trammell
McKoon
Westmoreland Isakson
District Office:
1 Overton Park
3625 Cumberland Blvd
Suite 970
Atlanta, GA 30339
Phone: 770-661-0999
Fax: 404-661-0768
David Perdue
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Phone: 202-224-3521
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Voting
Visit these offices to register:
• Troup County Voter Registration,
Government Center,
100 Ridley Ave., LaGrange; 706883-1745.
• LaGrange Memorial Library
115 Alford St., LaGrange; 706-8827784
• West Point City Hall,
730 First Ave., West Point; 706-6453522
• Hogansville Library,
600 E. Main St., Hogansville; 706637-6230
• Department of Driver Services and
Troup County Health Department,
(Both) 900 Dallis St., LaGrange
• Department of Family and Children Services
1220 Hogansville Road, LaGrange;
770-830-2178
To vote in city, county, state and
federal elections, a person must
be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years
old (17 ½ to register), mentally
sound and not a convicted felon
who is still on probation.A potential
voter needs proof of residency and
identification, such as automobile
registration, driver’s license or
Social Security card.
For more information, contact Troup
County Voter Registration in the
Government Center, 100 Ridley
Ave., at 706-883- 1745.
Convenience Centers
All county convenience centers
recycle metal and cardboard, and
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muzzleloaders, rim fire rifles and
bows. The West Point wildlife
management area (WMA), operated by the Georgia Department
of Natural Resources (DNR), is
actually comprised of three areas,
West Point WMA, Dixie Creek WMA
and Lakeside WMA.
This land is managed under DNR
guidelines so some rules and
restrictions are different from
Corps-managed lands, such as the
use of center fire rifles.
To hunt the WMA at West Point
hunters must have a valid state
hunting license as well as a WMA
stamp, which is purchased through
the Georgia DNR. Hunters do not
need a Corps permit to hunt the
WMA, and likewise do not need a
WMA stamp to hunt Corps lands.
Game and nongame species that
may be hunted on both Corps
most also recycle aluminum cans,
plastic milk jugs, paper, newspapers
and magazines.
Loyd-Tatum, 711 Old West Point
Road
Hillcrest, 30 Hillcrest Road
Abbottsford, 40 Abbottsford Road
Cattle Barn, 3610 Hogansville Road
Gray Hill, 65 Gray Hill School Road,
West Point
Troup County C & D Landfill /
Mountville, 174 Parmer Road
Oak Grove, 85 Oak Grove Road
Mobley Bridge, 2601 Mobley Bridge
Road, Hogansville
Knott Road, 80 Knott Road
Reed Road, 172 Reed Road, West
Point
Public Works Camp/Correctional
Institute, 2490 Hamilton Road
Liberty Hill, 1504 Liberty Hill Road
Crime Stoppers
Residents may leave anonymous
tips by calling Troup County Crime
Stoppers at 706-812-1000 and
receiving a code number. The tip
is passed on to law enforcement
officials. When an arrest is made as
a result of the information, a reward
may be authorized by a committee.
Using the code assigned, the tipster
calls Crime Stoppers to check the
status of the tip and learn how to
collect the reward if one is offered.
DRIVER SERVICES
Drivers Licenses
Department of Driver Services
900 Dallis St., LaGrange
New Georgia residents must obtain
a state driver’s license within 30
days of establishing residency.
hunting areas as well as the WMA.
For more information about
Wildlife Management Area, call
706-884-3915. Hunting also is permitted in specific Corps-managed
areas for hunters with valid state
hunting licenses and West Point
Lake hunting permits, and using
weapons designated for the area
on a current hunting map. For
more information about the West
Point Lake Wildlife Management
Area call the LaGrange office at
706-845-4178 or for the Georgia
Department of Natural Resources,
Wildlife Resource Division call 478825-6354.
For more information about hunting at West Point Lake, contact the
West Point Project Management
Office at 706-645-2937.
Fishing
Fishing is probably the most popular activity on West Point Lake.
With a valid out-of-state driver’s
license, drivers need to take an eye
exam, have proof of residence and
a birth certificate or passport. Firsttime drivers must also take a road
test and written exam.
Georgia residents who need to
change their address can do so
online once during each renewal
cycle. Go to www.dds.ga.gov. For
security purposes, you must have
your Georgia license in hand to
supply key information that is found
only on the license. Licenses are
issued by the Georgia Department
of Driver Services at designated
driver’s license bureau sites. The
office in LaGrange is open TuesdayFriday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For
information about driver’s licenses,
see www.dds.ga.gov. This website
includes all requirements for drivers
licenses, as well as the current drivers license manual. Residents may
also call customer service toll free
at 866-754-3687.
Tag and Auto Registration
Georgia licenses tags must be purchased within 30 days of establishing residency.
The tag must be purchased at the
Troup County tax commissioner’s
office in the Government Center at
100 Ridley Ave. in LaGrange. 706883-1620. The office is open from
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.
Auto owners must provide proof of
insurance, a valid Georgia Driver’s
license, current tag registration,
mileage reading, and title or name
of lien holder or copy of lease agreement.
A dozen creeks and more than
40 square miles of lake provide
plenty of good fishing spots for
the thousands of anglers who fish
there regularly.
The lake abounds with bass,
catfish, crappie and bream. Bank
fishing is excellent at many locations, including public fishing piers
at Hardley Creek Park, Rocky Point
Park and McGee Bridge Park. All of
the piers provide access for people
with disabilities.
Preteens and visitors with disabilities also can fish in a pond
at Hardley Creek Park. For more
information call 706-645-2937.
Day-Use Parks
While many people visit the area
to fish or camp, West Point Lake
also offers 21 Corps of Engineers
day-use parks available for public
use. These areas offer a variety
of recreation facilities including
U.S. POSTAL SERVICE
The US Postal Service operates
three post offices in Troup County.
• LaGrange: 950 Lafayette Parkway;
706-883-7126
• Hogansville: 113 High St.; 706637-4344
• West Point: 729 Fourth Ave.; 706645-1301
ON THE WEB
LaGrange Daily News: www.
lagrangenews.com
City of LaGrange: www.lagrange-ga.
org
Troup County: www.troupcountyga.
org
Chamber of Commerce: www.
lagrangechamber.com
Downtown LaGrange Development
Authority: www.downtownlagrange.
com
LaGrange College: www.lagrange.
edu
Troup County School System: www.
troup.org
West Georgia Technical College:
www.westgatech.edu
Troup County Archives: www.trouparchives.org
WellStar-West Georgia Health: www.
wghealth.org
City of Hogansville: www.cityofhogansville.org
City of West Point: www.cityofwestpointga.com
West Point Lake: www.sam.usace.
army.mil
Troup County Parks and Recreation:
www.trouprec.org
Troup County Clerk of Court: www.
troupcountyga.org/clerk.html
tennis courts, ball fields, basketball courts, fishing piers with fish
attractors and picnic shelters for
individuals or large groups.
Many picnic shelters can be
reserved by calling 706-645-2937.
Four county and municipal parks
on the lake offer similar facilities
and day-use areas as well.
Three public swimming beaches
— Earl Cook, Rocky Point and Yellowjacket — are open to the public
from early May until Labor Day
with a $4 per vehicle charge to use
public beaches.
For more information, call the West
Point Lake project management
office at 706-645-2937 or visit
the visitor center, located at the
resource management office, or
its web site, www.sam.usace.army.
mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Recreation/WestPointLake.aspx. The
visitor center is open year-round.
Tours of the dam are also available.
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Attractions in Troup County
Bellevue mansion
This Greek Revival house at 204
Ben Hill St. in LaGrange served
as home for statesman Benjamin
Harvey Hill. It was built from 18521854 and is a National Historic
Landmark. Admission is charged.
706-884-1832
Callaway Memorial Tower
At Truitt and 4th Ave. in LaGrange,
this 1929 monument to textile magnate Fuller E. Callaway is patterned
after the Campanile of St. Mark’s
Square in Venice, Italy.
Confederate cemeteries
Some 300 soldiers from the
Confederate Army of Tennessee are
buried in the Cemetery on Miller
Street south of downtown LaGrange.
Outside the fence are the graves of
former slaves and master bridge
builder Horace King and his son. Another group of graves is at the West
Point Cemetery on U.S. 29. Both are
free and open to the public.
Biblical History Center
130 Gordon Commercial Drive,
LaGrange
www.biblicalhistorycenter.com
The center depicts daily life in biblical times using full-scale archaeological replicas to take modern-day
time travelers back several years to
the Middle East, the birthplace of
the world’s three largest monotheistic religions-Judaism, Christianity
and Islam. Admission is charged.
706-885-0363
email: [email protected]
com for reservations; [email protected]
biblicalhistorycenter.com for
information
Fort Tyler
A marked trail leads visitors to the
site of a small earthen fort where
a final battle of the Civil War was
fought. The site is off 6th Avenue
near downtown West Point.
Hills and Dales
At 1916 Hills and Dales Drive off
Broad Streeet in LaGrange, this
home and the gardens are open for
tours. Admission is charged. The
visitors center is also available for
special events. 706-882-3242
Hogansville
Hogansville is situated in the
northern end of Troup County just
off Interstate 85 at exit 28. The
downtown area hosts a historic
train depot, a veteran’s park, an
art gallery, a bookstore, several
antique stores and unique shops
and restaurants. Each Christmas
the city hosts storytelling and a
parade, fall brings Callaway High
School homecoming parade, the
annual Hummingbird Festival,
an arts and crafts fair that draws
tens of thousands from across the
southeast. A new splash park is
open to the public (starting April
2016).
The Downtown Development
Authority, in conjunction with the
city and the Hogansville Charitable
Trust, have made funding possible in building the Tower Trail, a
recreational trail stretching from
Hogansville Elementary School
to the city’s water plant on Oak
Street. A historic water tower built
in castle styling gives the trail its
name. Now in its fourth phase, the
trail has a 350-foot boardwalk and
outdoor classroom. Hogansville
features numerous historic sites
and dozens of historic homes dating from the mid 1800’s, including
Victoria Belle Mansion, a premier
event facility.
The FDR Amphitheater was built in
1939 with locally quarried granite
and is used for concerts, movies
and other local events. Event leasing information is available through
City Hall.
Lafayette Square
Lafayette Square salutes Marquis
de LaFayette, for whose French
estate the city of LaGrange was
named. LaFayette served on the
staff of General George Washington
during the American Revolution. A
bronze statue of LaFayette stands
in the center of the square surrounded by a fountain. The statue
on the square downtown was cast
in Italy from a mold of the original
statue which stands in LePuy,
France. The statue is on permanent
loan to the city of LaGrange from
LaGrange College and was funded
by the Callaway Foundation.
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LaGrange historic sites
www.trouparchives.org
LaGrange features a number of
historic buildings and sites dating
from 1830, including antebellum,
Greek Revival and plantation styles,
a Confederate cemetery and the
former Troup County Courthouse,
constructed in 1939 of marble. A
brochure outlining a self-guided
walking tour of downtown LaGrange
is available at the Troup County
Archives at 136 Main St. and the
LaGrange-Troup County Chamber
of Commerce at 111 Bull St., 706884-8671 or 884-1828. There is
also a walking tour app that can be
downloaded at https://play.google.
com/store/apps/details?id=com.
populace.lagrangetour. The home
of Troup County Historical Society
houses history records and genealogical information. The building was
constructed in 1917 for the LaGrange
National Bank. 706-884-1828
Arts and Entertainment
The Choral Society
of West Georgia
www.choralsocietyofwestgeorgia.
com
The Choral Society of West Georgia
is a nonprofit 501(c)3 volunteer organization committed to excellence
in community choral performance.
The organization is comprised of
The LaGrange Civic Chorale, a mixed
vocal ensemble comprised of both
men and women from the West
Georgia and East Alabama areas,
and Bel Canto LaGrange Women’s
Vocal Ensemble, an adult treble
ensemble featuring women’s voices.
Bettie W. Biggs, Founder and Artistic
Director
706-333-0627, [email protected]
Lafayette Society
for Performing Arts
P.O. Box 1448, LaGrange, GA 30241
214 Bull St., LaGrange
www.lsparts.org
Lafayette Society for Performing
Arts (LSPA) delivers a variety of
performance-based presentations
for the enjoyment of the community
at large, as well as promoting and
fostering a higher appreciation for
the performing arts in west Georgia.
Organizations under the umbrella
of LSPA include Lafayette Dance
Academy, Lafayette Theatre Company, Azalea Storytelling Festival and
Young Singers of West Georgia.
Jennifer Shook, executive director
706-882-9909, [email protected]
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Lafayette Dance Academy
Lafayette Dance Academy (LDA) be-
gan in August 2010. LDA offers technical dance training while focusing
on movement as an art form. LDA
focuses on building self-confidence
through movement, with the hope
it will spill over into the dancer’s
everyday life experiences.
Angela Anderson, managing director
706-882-9439, [email protected]
org
Lafayette Ballet Company
Lafayette Ballet Company (LBC)
provides multi-faceted performance
experiences to LDA dancers and
additional community performers,
while producing the highest quality
productions possible. LBC provides
students with the opportunity to
perform on stage before live audiences through LSPA funded productions, as well as preparing students
for dance auditions, scholarship and
job interviews.
Amy Orr, artistic director
706-882-9439, [email protected]
Lafayette Theatre Academy
The goal of the Lafayette Theatre
Academy (LTA) is to provide a safe
and supportive environment for
students, of all ages, to express their
individuality and creativity, while
gaining the knowledge and developing the skills necessary to succeed in
all areas of the theatrical arts.
Amy McDow, program coordinator
706-518-9089, [email protected]
Lafayette Theatre Company
Created in 2002 under the auspices
of Lafayette Society for Performing
Arts (LSPA), the Lafayette Theatre
Company (LTC) has grown into a
“must see” live theater production
company. Its inaugural performance
of “Bus Stop” set the stage for what
would become an annual series of
first class productions. Thanks to the
Callaway Foundation, LTC performs in its own Black Box theater
located in the LSPA facility in historic
downtown LaGrange, Georgia, and
produces four live productions each
year. In 2012 LSPA introduced its
“picnic theater” concept, resulting in
sold out houses each year.
Ryan McWhorter, artistic director/
LSPA facilities manager
706-882-9909, [email protected]
lsparts.org
LaGrange Art Museum
112 Lafayette Parkway
www.lagrangeartmuseum.org
Housed in a former jail dating to
1892, the LaGrange Art Museum
is known as one of Georgia’s best
regional museums. The museum
collects and presents contemporary
art with an emphasis on acquiring
Anna Wiley
as the
evil fairy
Carabosse
descends
upon a party
with her bats
during the
Lafayette
Ballet
Company’s
‘Sleeping
Beauty.’
and expanding a collection representative of the Southeastern United
States. The museum is committed to
connecting community with creativity and the role that the arts can
play in our society. The museum’s
educational programs develop the
creativity of thousands of people
each year from all backgrounds
and ages. Free admission to Troup
County residents.
706-882-3267
LaGrange Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 2321, LaGrange, GA 30241
www.lagrangesymphony.org
Since 1990, the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra has been enriching
the local community through music.
Whether performing selections from
classic composers or premiering
new works from today’s modern
musical catalog, the orchestra
demonstrate quality and musical
versatility throughout each season.
The orchestra also provides a wide
range of programs for youth. Each
spring the Orchestra partners with
music educators in Troup, Chambers
(Alabama) and Meriwether counties
to present a children’s concert to
more than 2,000 area public, private
and home-schooled children. The
symphony also brings music into
local schools with its Musicians in
Schools program, which sends small
ensembles into area classrooms,
reaching 1,500 children annually.
The Youth Orchestra and Strings Ensemble is open to youth in Troup and
surrounding counties and serves
70-plus youth annually. The string
instructional programs include
private individual lessons in violin,
viola, cello and bass, group lessons
and our new After-School Strings
Attached cohort program in select
elementary schools and the Boy’s
and Girl’s Club.
706-882-0662
Legacy Museum on Main
136 Main St., LaGrange
www.legacymuseumonmain.org;
www.trouparchives.org
Legacy Museum on Main is located
in a historic 1917 NeoClassical bank
building at 136 Main St. in LaGrange.
Opened in 2008, the museum
showcases three main exhibit areas
and a small theater. The permanent
gallery, at the entrance, illustrates
the history and development of
Troup County and the region around
it, told with artifacts, photographs
and captions.
Featured items include the world’s
oldest bale of cotton and the original
clockworks from Callaway Monument. Individuals featured range
from Fuller Callaway and Horace
King to Sarah Mabry and the Nancy
Hart Militia. A covered bridge leads
attendees to the exhibits in the
Charter Foundation Gallery that
includes a replica of the porch
from the Ferrell home at Hills and
Dales Estate. Displays in this gallery
change during the year to document
or highlight a topical aspect of local
history. The small gallery in the back
has short-term exhibits. The theater,
originally the bank vault, houses historic furniture and shows a half-hour
video on our history.
The museum is free and open to the
public weekdays 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and
usually the first and third Saturdays
every month from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Call in advance to confirm Saturdays. The Troup County Archives is
open the same hours and days.
The Moonlight Ballroom
Dance Club of LaGrange
The club holds monthly dances at
the Lafayette Christian School Gym
on Hamilton Road. Visitor Couples
are welcome, and cost is $20 per
couple. Enjoy swing, foxtrot, waltz,
cha-cha, rumba, slow dancing,
tango, samba and more. For more
information on the dance or local
dance lessons, call 706-884-5857.
Price Theater
LaGrange College’s Price Theater,
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located in a contemporary dramatic
arts building, recently underwent a
$2.18 million restoration. The facility
now boasts updated lighting technology, a renovated 280-seat Mainstage theater and a new Lab Theater,
as well as a scenery workshop and
costume shops. 706-880-8266
Sweetland Amphitheatre
110 Smith St., LaGrange
www.sweetland.events
What was formerly the city park
and pool, Sweetland Amphitheatre
was built on its history as a spot for
friends and families to gather and
the home of LaGrange’s cherished
Sweet Land of Liberty Parade.
Established in 1935 as the City Park
or Municipal Park, it was renamed
to Boyd Park on July 4, 2004, for
Jim and Annette Boyd. The Boyds
started the “Sweet Land of Liberty”
parade more than 30 years ago,
which is held on the Fourth of July
each year, and today still begins at
the park — and is the namesake for
the amphitheatre. Merging the history and progress of this community, the amphitheater project was
made possible by the public-private
partnership between the City of LaGrange, Troup County and Callaway
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Foundation, Inc.
Becca Eiland, amphitheater director
Office: Downtown LaGrange Development Authority
200 Main St. Suite 1B
LaGrange, GA 30240
706-298-5434
Young Singers of West Georgia
www.lsparts.org/yswg
The Young Singers of West Georgia is
a vocal ensemble music school in association with the Lafayette Society
for Performing Arts (LSPA). Young
Singers has been a strong tradition
in the West Georgia area for over 20
years, and was organized to provide
a unique and high-quality musical
experience to talented students in
the Troup County and surrounding
areas. Young Singers offers students
advanced vocal training in ensemble
singing, instruction in proper vocal
technique and music reading skills
as well as exceptional performance
opportunities. Two major concerts
are presented per season and the
groups appear in various community
events throughout the year. In addition to local concerts and weekly
training, the Young Singers members
have the opportunity to apply for
a Tour Choir each season that
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provides students and their families
the chance to grow culturally while
also diversifying their musical and
performance experiences.
Stacey Hardigree, conductor and
artistic director
706-594-1699, [email protected]
com or [email protected]
Festivals
Azalea Storytelling Festival
The Azalea Storytelling festival was
founded by LaGrange residents Dr.
Evelyn Jordan, Mrs. Pat Gay and Mrs.
Joyce Morgan, and held for the first
time in 1997. The festival is recognized as one of the nation’s premier
events, having been awarded the
prestigious National Leadership
Award from the National Storytelling
Network. Audiences totalling over
2,000 from around the Southeast
attend the three-day event that calls
LaGrange College Callaway Auditorium home. Nationally recognized
storytellers Donald Davis, Ed Stivener, Kathryn Windham, Doc McConnell, Kevin Kling, Nancy Kavanaugh,
Michael Perent, and Dr. Rex Ellis have
participated in years past.
Joyce Morgan-Young
706-416-7868
Fourth of July
Fourth of July festivities are held on
the square each year, including the
Sweet Land of Liberty parade, which
features local children. Fireworks at
Pyne Road Park also are an annual
event.
Merry Market
The Merry Market is shopping with
a purpose. Brought in by the United
Way, vendors have booths with
merchandise for holiday shopping.
There is entertainment and there
is an admission charge. All benefits
go to early learning in the area. For
more information please contact the
United Way at 706-884-8292.
Hummingbird Festival
Held the third weekend in October
each year, the festival features arts
and crafts sales and demonstrations, food entertainment and children’s activities. Call 706-637-9497.
Christmas Parade and
Tree Lighting in LaGrange
Held the first Thursday after Thanksgiving. The annual tree lighting and
parade typically draws more than
100 float entries and thousands of
spectators to Lafayette Square, kicking off the Christmas season.
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