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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

Since he announced his retirement as Thomaston Police Chief two weeks ago, Dan Greathouse has received numerous praise from city and county officials.
At the Thomaston City Council meeting on April 7, Mayor Pro Tem Doug Head said recent events have shown what a tough job police officers have.
“I just wanted to thank Chief Greathouse for the

Greathouse honored for service

Since he announced his retirement as Thomaston Police Chief two weeks ago, Dan Greathouse has received numerous praise from city and county officials. At the Thomaston City Council meeting on April 7, Mayor Pro Tem Doug Head said recent events have shown what a tough job police officers have. “I just wanted to thank Chief Greathouse for the

Barnesville is already noted for its downtown murals by artist Shannon Lake. Thomaston may soon be noted for them as well, as Lake is returning to town to paint his second mural around the square. Lake's first mural is on the side of English's Cafe, facing South Church Street, and is a 1920's era mural of the county courthouse and square. He has al

2nd mural coming to square

Barnesville is already noted for its downtown murals by artist Shannon Lake. Thomaston may soon be noted for them as well, as Lake is returning to town to paint his second mural around the square. Lake's first mural is on the side of English's Cafe, facing South Church Street, and is a 1920's era mural of the county courthouse and square. He has al

Anyone wanting to submit the name of a deceased veterans with ties to Yatesville has until Thursday, April 30, 2015 to do so. The deadline is needed in order to give the Yatesville City Council time to make and paint the white crosses, order the American flags, and have everything ready for Memorial Day.
Yatesville began its Veterans Memorial last

Yatesville Veterans Memorial deadline is April 30

Anyone wanting to submit the name of a deceased veterans with ties to Yatesville has until Thursday, April 30, 2015 to do so. The deadline is needed in order to give the Yatesville City Council time to make and paint the white crosses, order the American flags, and have everything ready for Memorial Day. Yatesville began its Veterans Memorial last

Reverend Milton Hall, Pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church, his voice breaking with emotion, may have best expressed the feelings of Vietnam veterans from in and around Upson County for the Welcome Home parade and program held Saturday afternoon. 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, a war from whose veterans were never welcomed

Welcome Home veterans!

Reverend Milton Hall, Pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church, his voice breaking with emotion, may have best expressed the feelings of Vietnam veterans from in and around Upson County for the Welcome Home parade and program held Saturday afternoon. 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, a war from whose veterans were never welcomed

Two armed robberies Monday have the Upson County Sheriff's Office and Thomaston Police Department busy investigating the incidents. There is no evidence the two robberies are connected.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is assisting the Upson County Sheriff's Office in the investigation of an armed robbery at a home on Trice Cemetery Road

Two armed robberies investigated

Two armed robberies Monday have the Upson County Sheriff's Office and Thomaston Police Department busy investigating the incidents. There is no evidence the two robberies are connected. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is assisting the Upson County Sheriff's Office in the investigation of an armed robbery at a home on Trice Cemetery Road

The Yatesville Volunteer Fire Department is in need of equipment, and Chief Billy Lee hopes the Upson County Commissioners will provide the funds needed through the SPLOST funds.
In the current SPLOST, $500,000 has been earmarked for use by the six VFD's to purchase equipment. But previous requests for equipment by other VFD's have been turned by

Yatesville seeking 'needed' fire equipment

The Yatesville Volunteer Fire Department is in need of equipment, and Chief Billy Lee hopes the Upson County Commissioners will provide the funds needed through the SPLOST funds. In the current SPLOST, $500,000 has been earmarked for use by the six VFD's to purchase equipment. But previous requests for equipment by other VFD's have been turned by

Nikki Cliff, the daughter of Bill and Penny Cliff of Thomaston and a sixth grade student at Upson-Lee Middle School, won the 2015 “If I were Mayor, I would…” essay contest. Taylor Daniel, Nikki's classmate at ULMS was the Runner-Up. The contest is part of the annual Thomaston Shine/Georgia Cities Week celebration, with the winner

'If I were Mayor, I would…'

Nikki Cliff, the daughter of Bill and Penny Cliff of Thomaston and a sixth grade student at Upson-Lee Middle School, won the 2015 “If I were Mayor, I would…” essay contest. Taylor Daniel, Nikki's classmate at ULMS was the Runner-Up. The contest is part of the annual Thomaston Shine/Georgia Cities Week celebration, with the winner

By a unanimous vote, the Thomaston City Council approved making an offer to Clinton Chastain to become the new Thomaston City Clerk/Finance Director. Chastain will replace Dennis Truitt, who is retiring from the position at the end of May. The action came at the council's April 7 meeting.
Chastain is a native of Thomaston and graduated from Upson-

City thanks Truitt for a job well done

By a unanimous vote, the Thomaston City Council approved making an offer to Clinton Chastain to become the new Thomaston City Clerk/Finance Director. Chastain will replace Dennis Truitt, who is retiring from the position at the end of May. The action came at the council's April 7 meeting. Chastain is a native of Thomaston and graduated from Upson-

When the smoke from 62 barbecue teams had cleared, Rodney Ellington of Thomaston, otherwise known as The BBQ Ninja, stood in 1st Place in the Brisket Category at the 8th annual Smoke On The Water BBQ and Music Festival. The BBQ Ninja finished 12th overall in the competition.
Smoke On The Water is part of the Florida Barbecue Association's competit

BBQ Ninja wins at SOTW

When the smoke from 62 barbecue teams had cleared, Rodney Ellington of Thomaston, otherwise known as The BBQ Ninja, stood in 1st Place in the Brisket Category at the 8th annual Smoke On The Water BBQ and Music Festival. The BBQ Ninja finished 12th overall in the competition. Smoke On The Water is part of the Florida Barbecue Association's competit

“To me, anything we pass in DC, we need to understand affects 320 million people, and it should affect each and every one of them the same. There are some laws that need to be on the books, but I can't think of any that we have not covered in the last 200-plus years.”
Those were among the comments made by Georgia Third District Congres

Congress is 'polarized,' says Lynn Westmoreland

“To me, anything we pass in DC, we need to understand affects 320 million people, and it should affect each and every one of them the same. There are some laws that need to be on the books, but I can't think of any that we have not covered in the last 200-plus years.” Those were among the comments made by Georgia Third District Congres

Upson-Lee High School senior Rosemary Kramer finished her high school shooting career by adding another gold medal to her hoard this past weekend at the GHSA State Riflery Championship, held at Ft. Benning, Georgia. Kramer finished the individual competition as the GHSA State Champion. Kramer's first place finish also earned a selection to the All-

Kramer is State Champion!

Upson-Lee High School senior Rosemary Kramer finished her high school shooting career by adding another gold medal to her hoard this past weekend at the GHSA State Riflery Championship, held at Ft. Benning, Georgia. Kramer finished the individual competition as the GHSA State Champion. Kramer's first place finish also earned a selection to the All-

Thomaston Police Chief Dan Greathouse is resigning to accept a job as a Law Enforcement Coordinator, with the Regional Organized Crime Information Center (ROCIC), a Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) Center. His last day as Chief of Police will be April 25, 2015 and the new position will begin on April 26, 2015.
“I appreciate the op

Greathouse resigning as Police Chief

Thomaston Police Chief Dan Greathouse is resigning to accept a job as a Law Enforcement Coordinator, with the Regional Organized Crime Information Center (ROCIC), a Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) Center. His last day as Chief of Police will be April 25, 2015 and the new position will begin on April 26, 2015. “I appreciate the op

The warm sunny weather was perfect March 21 for the opening round of Thrill Hill Mudd Boggin'. There were a total of 17 trucks taking part in the mud races, with Tommy Matthews of Box Springs, Georgia coming out on top with a time difference of 0.125 for his two runs. Consistency is the key in mud boggin', with each driver making two passes. The dr

Muddin' at Thrill Hill

The warm sunny weather was perfect March 21 for the opening round of Thrill Hill Mudd Boggin'. There were a total of 17 trucks taking part in the mud races, with Tommy Matthews of Box Springs, Georgia coming out on top with a time difference of 0.125 for his two runs. Consistency is the key in mud boggin', with each driver making two passes. The dr

The 8th Annual Smoke on the Water BBQ Cook-Off and Music Festival is set for this weekend, April 3-4, at Bickley's Lake. Music and BBQ enthusiast are invited to come and enjoy some of the South's best barbecue and live entertainment in the area.
At the 2012 Smoke on the Water, TLC's BBQ Pitmasters filmed one of their shows, and Smoke on the Water

Smoke on the Water is Apr. 3-4

The 8th Annual Smoke on the Water BBQ Cook-Off and Music Festival is set for this weekend, April 3-4, at Bickley's Lake. Music and BBQ enthusiast are invited to come and enjoy some of the South's best barbecue and live entertainment in the area. At the 2012 Smoke on the Water, TLC's BBQ Pitmasters filmed one of their shows, and Smoke on the Water

I'll admit it: I am a 'Shark Tank' junkie. And I'm not talking about sharks that swim in a tank in aquariums. I'm talking about the TV show.
If you've never seen it, the premise of the show is that the 'Shark Tank' is five self-made millionaires and billionaires (the sharks) who listen as entrepreneurs try to sell them on their latest invention or

Things I've learned from 'Shark Tank'

I'll admit it: I am a 'Shark Tank' junkie. And I'm not talking about sharks that swim in a tank in aquariums. I'm talking about the TV show. If you've never seen it, the premise of the show is that the 'Shark Tank' is five self-made millionaires and billionaires (the sharks) who listen as entrepreneurs try to sell them on their latest invention or

The Upson Lee Middle School Knights took on the Gray Station Greyhounds in a double header at the Municipal Field on Wednesday. Unfortunately the Knights suffered two losses by the scores of 6-4, and 12-0.
With the two losses, the Knights' record moves to 6-4 on the season.
In the first game of the twin bill, the Knights jumped out to an early le

ULMS can't hang on

The Upson Lee Middle School Knights took on the Gray Station Greyhounds in a double header at the Municipal Field on Wednesday. Unfortunately the Knights suffered two losses by the scores of 6-4, and 12-0. With the two losses, the Knights' record moves to 6-4 on the season. In the first game of the twin bill, the Knights jumped out to an early le

The Thomaston City Council approved paying a portion of the costs for new 911 equipment for the 911 center. The action came at their first March meeting. Council member Gary Atwater was absent.
City Manager Patrick Comiskey requested the authorization of approval of purchase of the new equipment. He explained the cost will be shared between Thomas

Thomaston paying part of new 911 equipment

The Thomaston City Council approved paying a portion of the costs for new 911 equipment for the 911 center. The action came at their first March meeting. Council member Gary Atwater was absent. City Manager Patrick Comiskey requested the authorization of approval of purchase of the new equipment. He explained the cost will be shared between Thomas





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