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Think You Can Sing?

Show Your Stuff at the 2013 West Georgia Idol Singing Contest!

July 13, 20 & 27

Cost of Audience Admission – $5.00 

What is West GA Idol?

West Georgia Idol is a singing contest held annually as a fundraiser in Hogansville, Georgia. The contest is organized as a series of concerts held in July. Audience members are treated to a series of vocal performances by contestants and to commentary by a distinguished panel of judges. In addition to gaining valuable experience, performers compete for a top prize of $1,000 + more.

Who Can Enter?

The West Georgia Idol contest is open to all vocal performers aged 14 years and above. Residence in the West Georgia area is not a requirement. There is an entry fee of $60, which covers up to four performances, if the performer advances all the way to the finals. (All proceeds from the contest go to a non-profit organization.)

What Can I Win?

The final winner of the West Georgia Idol contest receives a $1,000 cash prize.  Second Prize $500, People’s Choice Award $500.  Even if you are not the final West Georgia Idol winner, you can still expect to gain a lot from the experience of performing in front of an audience and receiving feedback from a professional panel of judges.

Go to: www.westgeorgiaidol.com

for more info and Registration Form

or call 706-333-2520

We’ve been celebrating…


Congratulations to Emory Clark-Holder Clinic upon the opening of their new Oncology Clinic and to Sammy D’s Original upon the ribbon cutting for the new restaurant!

Congratulations to Holliday Realtors upon the relocation of their office to 605 Hill Street (former location of Hill Street House).  Please stop by to visit with them!

The Whetstone Group’s Florida Middle School CAPE IT Career Academy Project (sponsored by Workforce Florida, Inc.) was recently recognized as one of Florida’s two major innovate initiatives focused on development tomorrow’s workforce talent.  The program was touted in a national economic development magazine, “Expansion Solutions.”  Congratulations to Tracy  Bumpers and his team for a job well done!  (And we are delighted that Tracy is participating in Troup County’s career academy planning efforts as one of the outstanding volunteer steering committee members—thank you!)


WRBL Channel 3 of  Columbus spotlighted our community with a live broadcast this week from Lafayette Square.  Be sure to watch for clips from their broadcasts via their website and Facebook page.  Huge thanks to all of you that attended!  In particular, we appreciate the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra and Shelby Warren for providing live music!  And we here LaGrange College’s Pounce made quite an impression—go Panthers!

Chamber Events & Activities


Please join us for a ribbon cutting in honor of the new location for Interior Designs by Nicole on Tuesday, July 2 at 5 pm (100 Smith Street, LaGrange).  What a great way to start (or end) your holiday week!

The chamber office will be closed on Thursday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

Volunteers Needed!

The Leadership Troup Board is seeking nominations for the 2013-14 class.  Please submit your nomination forms ASAP to Sheila (sheila@lagrangechamber.com).  A form is attached for your use.


Holiday Happenings


Red, White & Blue Friday (June 28, Lafayette Square).  LaGrange Community Orchestra presents patriotic music program.  Hot dog eating contest.  Best decorated picnic table contest & free movie—“October Sky.”  Carry out dinner from a downtown eatery and join the fun.  Presented by the Downtown LaGrange Development Authority.

The Junior Service League of LaGrange will host the annual Sweet Land of Liberty Parade (July 4, downtown LaGrange); the theme is “Of Thee I Sing” with Grand Marshal Lee Johnson.  Application forms and t-shirts are available at Troup County Parks & Recreation (1220 Lafayette Parkway, LaGrange).

Gardner Newman Middle School Athletics will host their own 1st Annual 5K Walk/Run on Thursday, July 4 at 7:45 am beginning at Granger Park Tennis Courts and going through the flower streets, Gordon Circle and other in-town neighborhoods.  $25 race day.  Registration at 7 am.  For more information, contact Serenity Graham (706-323-8392 or sgraham@troup.org), or India Jones (762-323-8392 or jonesim@troup.org).

Callaway Gardens will host the annual July 4th Star Spangled Banner Beach Party at Robin Lake Beach.  Highlights include beach activities, live music and the annual Fireworks Extravaganza.    Call 1-800-CALLAWAY for more information.

Troup County Parks & Recreation and Wendy’s (Bodnar Enterprises, Vernon Street) will host the 33rd Annual Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks Show at Pyne Road Park on Thursday, July 4.  Gates open at 8 am.  Enjoy food and refreshments.  Children’s area activities will be held from 4-7 pm.  Rustic Charlie will play at 6 pm.  Giant fireworks show at dark!  Admission is $10/vehicle.


[A few safety reminders if you attend the Pyne Road Park celebration . . . possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.  Prior to beginning the fireworks show, all spectators must move behind the area roped off with yellow tape in front of the stage.  At the conclusion of the event, all traffic must exit the park in a one-way direction.  Law enforcement officers will provide assistance to ensure safe departure.]


Mark Your Calendar


The Hogansville Downtown Development Authority will be hosting the 2013 West Georgia Idol Singing Contest on July 13, 20 and 27.  The contest is open to all vocal performers aged 14 years and above.  Entry fee of $60 covers up to four performances.  The final winner of the contest receives $1000 cash prize; second prize $500 and People’s Choice Award $500.  Visit www.westgeorgiaidol.com or call 706-333-2520 for more information.

Downtown Hogansville will also be the site for “Trade Days” starting July 13 and continuing every 2nd Saturday from 8 am to 3 pm.  The flea and farmers market is searching for vendors; call 770-807-9809 to participate as a vendor.

The 2013 Kia of LaGrange Back-A-Kid Golf Tournament will be held on August 22 at Highland Country Club to benefit the Boys & Girls Club.  Sponsorship opportunities are available.  Contact Bart McFadden (bart_mcfadden@yahoo.com) for more information.


Fun, Meaningful Events & Activities

Fabulous Fridays at Callaway Gardens (Fridays from 4-9pm, Robin Lake Beach).  Enjoy your summer weekends with festivities including the Callaway Gardens Farmers Marketing (4-7pm through August 2) and continuing into the evening with great food, drink specials, beach activities and the Florida State University Flying High Circus (8 pm performances through August 2).  Each week, various bands will take the stage at 7 pm as part of the Summer Music Series.  Admission to Robin Lake Beach is free beginning at 4 pm.  Visit www.callawaygardens.org for more information and a schedule of bands.

Market on Main (Saturdays from 8  am to 10 am in Carmike Cinema parking lot).  Purchase locally grown produce and homemade goodies.  Sponsored by the Downtown LaGrange Development Authority.


Faces of World War II:  West Georgia (Legacy Museum on Main, 136 Main Street, LaGrange; May-September).  The exhibit was prepared by guest curators Isabelle Knight, Bobby Cammon and Terry Hoppe and displays photographs, news clippings, uniforms, weapons and much more—all dating from 1941 to 1945.  All of the materials relate to men and women who served in World War II who were originally from this area, who later lived her or those that have family in the area.  The stories are fascinating and cover the earliest days of the war until its end.  The exhibit is open Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm.  Admission is free.

Camp LAM, Elementary (June 15-21, LaGrange Art Museum).  Summer camp for grades 1-5 at LaGrange Art Museum.  Cost is $130/members and $150/non-members.

Callaway Gardens is anxiously anticipating the Fourth of July!  Come join us for a great day filled with a ton of fun in the sun and a spectacular fireworks show.  Bring the entire family and enjoy a myriad of beach activities.



Guests of all ages are sure to be thrilled by the acrobatics of the Florida State University Flying High Circus as they perform at 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. During the day, DJ Fade to Black will entertain beach-goers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; dancing to the classic beach music of the Swinging’ Medallions, part of the tradition and fun for all ages, will begin at 7:30 p.m.  The anticipated patriotic fireworks finale will shoot off at approximately 9:30 p.m. (weather permitting).




Fun continues on Friday with a Red, White and Blue Fun Run at 7 a.m.; a Farmers Market at 4 p.m.; an evening Jessta James beach concert and the FSU Flying High Circus performing at 8 p.m.




Saturday night will be packed with entertainment with a 5 p.m. concert by Matt Whitten and an evening concert by Secret Sauce.  Another thrilling FSU Flying High Circus performance will be in the big tent at the special time of 7:45 p.m. to make sure everyone is out watching the sky for the dusk jump by the Aero eXtreme Parachute Demonstration Team (weather permitting).




In addition, Robin Lake Beach offers guests a number of activities for a fee including Aqua Island, Paddle Boats, Light Striker Laser Tag, waterskiing, tubing, wakeboarding and lessons, rock climbing wall, spider jump and a flying trapeze.  A limited number of beach umbrellas with chairs are available for rent as well as semi-private cabanas overlooking Robin Lake Beach.  And, not to be overlooked, are the traditional Robin Lake Beach games of miniature golf, table tennis, shuffleboard, and giant chess and checkers.




At some time during a visit, guests definitely want to check out TreeTop Adventure, a course in the tree canopy featuring a combination of aerial challenges and zip lines, located adjacent to the Callaway Discovery Center.  Reservations are required.  The cost is $35 per person, who must be 54” tall and wear closed-toe shoes.  Add the new Lake Course for only $15 per person.




Rest and relax this Fourth of July by staying overnight.  Guests can choose from lodging in the newly renovated Mountain Creek Inn, relaxing Southern Pine Cottages or secluded Mountain Creek Villas and Vacation Homes.  The special July 4th Star Spangled Beach Party overnight package includes lodging, admission to the Gardens and Beach Party and breakfast in the Plant Room. 




Special Event admission for July 4th is $25/adult; $20/senior 65+; $12.50/child age 6-12; children 5 and younger are admitted for free.  Tax is included.  Annual passholders and military personnel, with valid active duty or retired identification, can enter this special event for half-price.  Admission includes access to the Gardens attractions from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the Star Spangled Beach Party festivities at Robin Lake from 7 a.m. until the fireworks finale.


 General admission applies Friday through Sunday – $18/adult; $15/senior 65+; $9/child age 6-12; children 5 and younger are admitted for free.  Tax is included.  Annual passholders and military personnel, with valid active duty or retired identification, are admitted for free.  Admission includes access to the Gardens attractions from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Robin Lake from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m.

 The Robin Lake Beach entrance is on U. S. Hwy. 27. 




Callaway Gardens® is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus.  To make a reservation or for additional information, visit www.callawaygardens.com/july4 or call 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292).

29th Annual

Sweet Land of Liberty

Parade for the Youth

Honoring Grand Marshall : Lee Johnson

Thursday, July 4, 2013  10:00 a.m.

Downtown LaGrange

For Youth 19 and under.

Register today at

Troup County Parks & Recreation

1220 LaFayette Parkway

LaGrange, Georgia

Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr Opens June 27th!

As the kickoff to NTC’s Summer Series, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr opens this Thursday at 8:00 PM. It will run through Sunday, with Sunday’s show starting at 3:00 PM.

Fans of the Disney animated classic will enjoy the songs they remember, and all their favorite characters, including the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, and, of course, Alice herself. Let yourself get whisked down the rabbit hole once more, and come enjoy Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr.

The NTC Summer Series also includes Ken Ludwig’s Midsummer/Jersey and the Tony Award Winning musical, Spring Awakening, with music by Duncan Sheik and lyrics and book by Steven Sater. Midsnummer/Jersey opens July 11 at 8:00 PM, and runs through Sunday, July 14. Spring Awakening opens July 25 at 8:00 PM and runs through Sunday, July 28.

Spring Awakening does contain mature content, as it deals frankly with many of the issues facing teenagers today. Please use your own judgment before bringing younger audience members with you to this show.


Come swing in the jungle with the cast of Tarzan at The Legacy Theatre! Based on Edgar Rice Burrough’s Tarzan of the Apes and the smash-hit Disney film, Tarzan tells the story of an orphaned infant boy. Taken in a raised by a tribe of gorillas, the young boy strives for acceptance by his ape father, while grappling with his uniqueness. When a human expedition enters their territory, Tarzan – now a man – encounters strangers like him for the first time!

Show Times: Tuesday-Saturday at 7:30 PM and Saturday-Sunday at 3:00 PM


Ticket Prices: Adults $25, Seniors 60 and older/Students $22, and Children 12 and under $15


Group Rates: Groups of 20 or more people receive tickets for $20 a person, and the group leader receives a                                                        free ticket!!
Legacy Links
Legacy Theatre | (404) 895-1473
1175 Senoia Road
Suite C
Tyrone, GA 30290


You are cordially invited to attend the
Grand Opening Day and Ribbon Cutting Event
For the
Brown’s Mill Battlefield Civil War Historic Site
155 Millard Farmer Road, Newnan , GA 30263
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Ribbon Cutting at 9:45 am
Dedication Ceremony with Color Guard
Cannon and Rifle Salute
Historians on site 11:00 am until 2:00 pm
Music and Food
Scavenger Hunt and Grand Prize
The Brown’s Mill Battlefield Association wishes to dedicate this site to the Confederate and Union cavalrymen who fought and died on this hallowed ground on July 30, 1864; and to the Confederate and Union medical staffs who tended the wounded after the Battle of Brown’s Mill.
Only handicap parking on site.
All Others Park at the
Coweta County Fairgrounds
275 Pine Road, Newnan , GA 30263
Shuttle service begins @ 9:00 am and is provided until 4:40 pm.
Those with wheel chair needs only may access parking at the Brown’s Mill Historic Site after acquiring a parking pass at the Fairgrounds to present to entrance security.
This Historic Site is opening almost 149 years to the day that Union Soldiers under General Edward M. McCook, marching from Atlanta toward Macon , were defeated by General Joseph Wheeler’s Confederate cavalry that had ridden south from Decatur .  “Fightin’ Joe” Wheeler’s relentless pursuit of the raiders virtually destroyed Sherman ’s cavalry and kept Atlanta ’s vital supply lines open.
But more than that, the Battle of Brown’s Mill changed the course of the Atlanta campaign.  It forced Sherman to abandon his efforts to use cavalry to cut Atlanta ’s railroads and compelled him to begin a lengthy siege, the very thing he had hoped to avoid.                                                  

The Troup County Parks & Recreation Commission announces that the 33rd Annual July 4th Fireworks Show will be held at Pyne Road Park located on West Point Lake off of Roanoke Road.  This event is sponsored by Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers at 303 Vernon Street, LaGrange.

The gates at Pyne Road Park will open Thursday morning at 10:00 am.  There will be an admission fee of $10.00 per car.  Happy Hoppers will be on hand to provide children’s activities such as a waterslide, inflatable castle, slip & slide and a small train.

The local band Rustic Charlie will begin playing at 6:00 pm.  The fireworks show will begin at appropriate dark.  After the end of the fireworks show, Rustic Charlie will play for approximately an hour to conclude the day’s activities.


Join us on August 22, 2013 at Highland Country Club
as we support the kids of our community!
Purchase your sponsorship today!!! 
This year’s event promises to be a great day of golf and fun as we help support youth in our community with the 
2013 Kia of LaGrange Back-a-Kid Golf Tournament!!!
Select your sponsorship opportunity and 
get registered TODAY!!!
Schedule of Events
8:00 AM       Morning Shotgun Start 
11:30 AM     Lunch Begins
1:00 PM       Afternoon Shotgun Start
5:30 PM       Awards Ceremony
Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:

The Winners of The Carnegie Library/Jawbone Publishing Writing Competition:      “When Coweta Writes
The Carnegie and Jawbone Publishing are proud to announce the winners of their first writing competition, “When Coweta Writes”.
 The competition was open for two categories: teens (13 –19) and adults from age 20. Entries were accepted March 15, 2013 through April 30, 2013. The contest was restricted to prose and fiction only, and limited to 1,000 words.
In the adult category, Laura Lynn Dunklin’s submission, “Small Rooms”, was the winning entry. Laura Lynn Dunklin is the daughter of a retired Army officer and married to the recently retired Colonel Douglas W. Dunklin. She was born in El Paso, Texas, and moved every two years or so until she arrived in her parents’ home state of Georgia in 1978. She graduated from Fayette County High School in 1980 and went on to study biology at North Georgia College in Dahlonega, Georgia. When she left for college her dreams were to become a pediatrician and to write and illustrate children’s books some day. Many years later, she is the proud mother and home educator of two children, Samuel, who will finish high school next year, and Grace, who will be a senior at Berry College. She put medicine and writing on hold to tend to her family and teach science to other homeschoolers for the last thirteen years. Although she has scribbled letters and notes to family and friends over those years, the Carnegie/Jawbone Publishing writing competition was her first foray into public writing since working on her college newsletter.
In the teen category, Rachel Hess’ entry, “Something Really Terrible”, achieved the highest score among the judges. Rachel is eighteen years old and a graduated senior from Trinity Christian High School. She became interested in writing as a middle school student, beginning to work on her first novel as a seventh grader. She has since published articles for the local sports magazine Game Day, written an essay that placed second at the GISA Region Literary Competition, written a book chapter that placed third at the National Fine Arts Competition, and continues to work on multiple writing projects at home. It is her aspiration to one day publish her own book series.
Both “Something Really Terrible” and “Small Rooms” are published by Jawbone Publishing in an anthology of short stories by Coweta writers.  The title of the publication is “Summer Shorts”.   
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Jawbone Publishing was established in 2001 and has published 250 titles.  Publisher, Swanee Ballman, has been writing books for the past 20 years and has received numerous awards for her writing.  To date, she has published five children’s picture books and eight adult novels.  She has also completed three screenplays.  She is a former board member for the Florida Publishers Association and a former regional director of the Florida Writers’ Association. In 2007, she relocated to Newnan where she enjoys encouraging writers to hone their skills.  Along with award winning author, Holly Moulder, Swanee facilitates the Carnegie program, “A Writers’ Exchange”.  This bi-monthly program is designed for writers of all skill levels and interests to work on their craft.
The two finalists, Laura Lynn Dunklin and Rachel Hess, will each receive from Jawbone Publishing three copies of “Summer Shorts” and $25.00 (twenty-five dollars) each from The Carnegie, made possible through a generous donation to adult programming by the Newnan Carnegie Library Foundation.
The competition was judged by Coweta County residents: Dorothy McLean, Michael Scott and Randy Wendt.   Each writer will receive a certificate of participation for their submission to the writing competition. 
The Carnegie is located at 1 LaGrange Street in downtown historic Newnan. For questions, call The Carnegie at 770-683-1347.
“Summer Shorts” – Book Release Party Saturday, June 29, 2013 10:00AM – 12Noon

A book release party for the anthology, “Summer Shorts”, is scheduled for Saturday, June 29, 2013, from 10:00AM – 12PM at Barnes & Noble, 342 Newnan Crossing Bypass, Newnan, Georgia. The publication, “Summer Shorts”, may be purchased for $10.00.  In addition to the book signing activities, various Coweta writers will conduct readings from their published work. The presentation of the awards from The Carnegie Library/Jawbone Publishing writing competition will be conducted.

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