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Larry Stanford

Position: Editor
E-Mail Address: lstanford@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 706-647-5414


About Larry Stanford

Larry joined The Thomaston Times on January 18, 2010. Larry has been a newspaper journalist for 21 years, with 18 years as an editor. He was editor of The Henry Herald in McDonough GA, Jackson Progress-Argus in Jackson, GA, Henry County Record in McDonough and The Henry County Times. “I love community newspapers and enjoy working with the people of Thomaston/Upson County,” stated Larry. ”I am happy to be a part of the staff of The Thomaston Times as we continue to provide our readers with the best news coverage possible.”

Latest Stories by Larry Stanford

The Upson County Board of Commissioners has approved an agreement with four local funeral homes to provide transportation and cremation services for indigent individuals in Upson County. Under the agreement, the county will provide $300 for transportation, if needed, $650 for cremation, and will store the ashes in a county facility.
The BOC approv

BOC approves contract with funeral homes

The Upson County Board of Commissioners has approved an agreement with four local funeral homes to provide transportation and cremation services for indigent individuals in Upson County. Under the agreement, the county will provide $300 for transportation, if needed, $650 for cremation, and will store the ashes in a county facility. The BOC approv

The third mud boggin' of the season on May 16 at Thrill Hill will be remembered not only for the trucks that went through the pit, but for the special 'mud shower' (wedding shower) held for one of the founders of Thrill Hill. Ben Dean, who is the inspiration and one of the owners of Thrill Hill Mudd Boggin', along with his parents, Bruce and Tammy

Mud Boggin' and Mud Shower featured at Thrill Hill

The third mud boggin' of the season on May 16 at Thrill Hill will be remembered not only for the trucks that went through the pit, but for the special 'mud shower' (wedding shower) held for one of the founders of Thrill Hill. Ben Dean, who is the inspiration and one of the owners of Thrill Hill Mudd Boggin', along with his parents, Bruce and Tammy

Reverend Edward Searcy III, Senior Pastor at Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, has been selected to receive the coveted Chosen Award for 2015 by the Gospel Choice Awards. Creed Parnell of Gospel Choice Awards and gospel recording artist John Kendall recently came to Mt. Moriah to make the announcement about the selection.
Gospel Choice Awards

Searcy honored

Reverend Edward Searcy III, Senior Pastor at Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, has been selected to receive the coveted Chosen Award for 2015 by the Gospel Choice Awards. Creed Parnell of Gospel Choice Awards and gospel recording artist John Kendall recently came to Mt. Moriah to make the announcement about the selection. Gospel Choice Awards

Yatesville will hold its first Memorial Day Commemoration at its Veterans Memorial on Monday, May 25, beginning at 5 p.m. Yatesville began its Veterans Memorial last fall, putting the names of 53 deceased veterans on white crosses with flags attached to them, and placing the crosses in a city field at the corner of Highway 74 and Matthews Drive. Th

Memorial Day Commemoration to be held in Yatesville

Yatesville will hold its first Memorial Day Commemoration at its Veterans Memorial on Monday, May 25, beginning at 5 p.m. Yatesville began its Veterans Memorial last fall, putting the names of 53 deceased veterans on white crosses with flags attached to them, and placing the crosses in a city field at the corner of Highway 74 and Matthews Drive. Th

Voters upset with Elections Board

Residents from Salem and Yatesville attended the Upson County Board of Commissioners' (BOC) meeting on May 12 to protest the proposed reduction in voting precincts from nine to three. Board of Elections Chairman Robert Haney has proposed the reduction, stating it could save the county between $16,000 and $20,000 during a major election year. Curre

Who will be Yatesville's next mayor?

By the end of 2016, both Thomaston and Yatesville will have new leaders at their helms. Thomaston Mayor Hays Arnold announced last year that he is retiring at the end of his current term in 2016. And at the Yatesville City Council meeting on May 11, longtime Mayor Cecil Moncrief announced he will not be seeking reelection this fall. “I'm goi

Two suspects in a home invasion on Trice Cemetery Road on April 13 got a rude welcome when they returned to the home on May 13 to attempt another robbery. In the first incident, the retired, married couple in the house were bound and robbed at gunpoint, with the robbers stealing several guns and fleeing in the couple's car, which was later recovere

Couple scares off home invaders

Two suspects in a home invasion on Trice Cemetery Road on April 13 got a rude welcome when they returned to the home on May 13 to attempt another robbery. In the first incident, the retired, married couple in the house were bound and robbed at gunpoint, with the robbers stealing several guns and fleeing in the couple's car, which was later recovere

After making an untold number of journeys around and through Upson County, poring over maps and talking to people, and putting 229,000 miles on his truck, Grady Kelley's seven-year project to document cemeteries is complete. His 'Forgotten and Found' books can be found at the Thomaston-Upson Archives.
Grady has located, photographed, and marked on

'Forgotten and Found'

After making an untold number of journeys around and through Upson County, poring over maps and talking to people, and putting 229,000 miles on his truck, Grady Kelley's seven-year project to document cemeteries is complete. His 'Forgotten and Found' books can be found at the Thomaston-Upson Archives. Grady has located, photographed, and marked on

Upson County Sheriff's investigators didn't have to go far to find a man they believe has committed six burglaries of restaurants on the north side. Thomaston Police investigators have also linked him to two more burglaries at a restaurant inside city limits.
On May 6, 2015, Sheriff's investigators went to the home of Alonzo Dean Westmoreland, 26,

Alleged restaurant burglar caught

Upson County Sheriff's investigators didn't have to go far to find a man they believe has committed six burglaries of restaurants on the north side. Thomaston Police investigators have also linked him to two more burglaries at a restaurant inside city limits. On May 6, 2015, Sheriff's investigators went to the home of Alonzo Dean Westmoreland, 26,

The third mud boggin' on Thrill Hill's nine-month schedule is this Saturday. Thrill Hill runs its races the third Saturday of each month, and the schedule runs through November.
Consistency is the key in mud boggin', with each driver making two passes. The driver with the most consistent times in both runs wins. Thrill Hill's season standings are

Thrill Hill Mud Boggin' is Saturday

The third mud boggin' on Thrill Hill's nine-month schedule is this Saturday. Thrill Hill runs its races the third Saturday of each month, and the schedule runs through November. Consistency is the key in mud boggin', with each driver making two passes. The driver with the most consistent times in both runs wins. Thrill Hill's season standings are

A Lincoln Park man convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison in 2004 was back in Upson County Superior Court last week seeking a new trial. Tracy Bernard White and his attorney, Ivars Lacis of Peachtree City, came before Upson Superior Court Judge W. Fletcher Sams last week, seeking a new trial based on five points of law.
The first thre

Tracy White seeking new murder trial

A Lincoln Park man convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison in 2004 was back in Upson County Superior Court last week seeking a new trial. Tracy Bernard White and his attorney, Ivars Lacis of Peachtree City, came before Upson Superior Court Judge W. Fletcher Sams last week, seeking a new trial based on five points of law. The first thre

The annual Smoke on the Water BBQ and Music Festival brings hundreds of people, BBQ teams, and musicians to Thomaston each spring, and in the process, generates money not only for local coffers, but for the six local volunteer fire departments (VFD's) as well.
Each year, The Smoke On The Water committee donated a portion of the money from the fest

SOTW donates to VFD's

The annual Smoke on the Water BBQ and Music Festival brings hundreds of people, BBQ teams, and musicians to Thomaston each spring, and in the process, generates money not only for local coffers, but for the six local volunteer fire departments (VFD's) as well. Each year, The Smoke On The Water committee donated a portion of the money from the fest

With the annual open burning ban beginning Friday, a Fly for Wounded Vets event and Concert on the Square Saturday, and a Veterans Memorial service on Sunday, this looks to be a busy weekend in Upson County.
Burning Ban
Beginning May 1, 2015 and ending September 30, 2015, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division's (EPD) open burning ban will

From burning ban to memorial service, weekend filled

With the annual open burning ban beginning Friday, a Fly for Wounded Vets event and Concert on the Square Saturday, and a Veterans Memorial service on Sunday, this looks to be a busy weekend in Upson County. Burning Ban Beginning May 1, 2015 and ending September 30, 2015, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division's (EPD) open burning ban will

The Thomaston Police Department is investigating a drive-by shooting on April 26 and an armed robbery on April 28 in which a gunshot was also fired. No one was hurt in either of the incidents and the department is requesting the community's help in both cases.
According to a news release by Thomaston Police Lieutenant Andrew Pippin, officers respo

Drive-by shooting, robbery investigated

The Thomaston Police Department is investigating a drive-by shooting on April 26 and an armed robbery on April 28 in which a gunshot was also fired. No one was hurt in either of the incidents and the department is requesting the community's help in both cases. According to a news release by Thomaston Police Lieutenant Andrew Pippin, officers respo

Standard Textile is undergoing an expansion project which includes the addition of 53 new jobs and an investment of more than $3.5 million. Standard Textile will continue to hire positions in the following areas: warping, slashing, weaving and supervisory positions.
The Thomaston-Upson Industrial Development Authority joined with officials of Stan

Standard Textile adds jobs

Standard Textile is undergoing an expansion project which includes the addition of 53 new jobs and an investment of more than $3.5 million. Standard Textile will continue to hire positions in the following areas: warping, slashing, weaving and supervisory positions. The Thomaston-Upson Industrial Development Authority joined with officials of Stan

Families wanting to have loved ones cremated and placed at Southview Cemetery can now place two family members in one lot in the cremation portion of the cemetery. The Thomaston City Council approved a change to the ordinance at their April 21 meeting. City Attorney Joel Bentley was absent.
City Manager Patrick Comiskey brought approval of an ordi

Council approves change in cemetery ordinance

Families wanting to have loved ones cremated and placed at Southview Cemetery can now place two family members in one lot in the cremation portion of the cemetery. The Thomaston City Council approved a change to the ordinance at their April 21 meeting. City Attorney Joel Bentley was absent. City Manager Patrick Comiskey brought approval of an ordi





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