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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

Luanne Helms, a first grade teacher at Upson-Lee South Elementary, has been named the Thomaston-Upson School System Teacher of the Year for 2015-2016. Helms and the other three candidates, Lesley Murphy of ULHS, Marcus Flowers of ULMS, and Sandra Rogers of ULNE, were honored by the Board of Education at a reception just prior to their regular meeti

Luanne Helms named TOY

Luanne Helms, a first grade teacher at Upson-Lee South Elementary, has been named the Thomaston-Upson School System Teacher of the Year for 2015-2016. Helms and the other three candidates, Lesley Murphy of ULHS, Marcus Flowers of ULMS, and Sandra Rogers of ULNE, were honored by the Board of Education at a reception just prior to their regular meeti

In marked contrast to last December, the Thomaston City Council has yet to receive any negative public comments on the city's new budget at its first two budget hearings. In fact, the council has yet to receive any public comments at all. At the first hearing, held at noon Wednesday, two citizens attended, but said they were there to receive inform

Water/Sewer rate increases proposed in Thomaston budget

In marked contrast to last December, the Thomaston City Council has yet to receive any negative public comments on the city's new budget at its first two budget hearings. In fact, the council has yet to receive any public comments at all. At the first hearing, held at noon Wednesday, two citizens attended, but said they were there to receive inform

Larry Stanford|The Thomaston Times
This Christmas, as in years past, the people of Upson County are showing and sharing their generosity with those less fortunate through donations to various organizations. Employees of the Tencate plants in Molena and Zebulon combined for a Toys For Tots drive. Left to right in the upper photo are Tencate employe

Upson County gives

Larry Stanford|The Thomaston Times This Christmas, as in years past, the people of Upson County are showing and sharing their generosity with those less fortunate through donations to various organizations. Employees of the Tencate plants in Molena and Zebulon combined for a Toys For Tots drive. Left to right in the upper photo are Tencate employe

A Thomaston woman died of injuries sustained in a one-car accident on Friday, December 5, 2014.Two passengers in the vehicle were also injured.
According to a report by the Georgia State Patrol, A 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Linda Trice Flemming, 56, of Thomaston, left the roadway on Kendall Road near Yatesville about 6:15 p.m. while negoti

Thomaston woman dies after accident

A Thomaston woman died of injuries sustained in a one-car accident on Friday, December 5, 2014.Two passengers in the vehicle were also injured. According to a report by the Georgia State Patrol, A 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Linda Trice Flemming, 56, of Thomaston, left the roadway on Kendall Road near Yatesville about 6:15 p.m. while negoti

I called a local store the other day to speak to a particular salesperson who had given her card to my girlfriend. The female person who answered the phone said this salesperson was at lunch. Then she asked, “Can I get your number so she can call you back, darling?”
I gave her my number and hung up, then sat there steaming for a few se

What is your 'pet peeve?'

I called a local store the other day to speak to a particular salesperson who had given her card to my girlfriend. The female person who answered the phone said this salesperson was at lunch. Then she asked, “Can I get your number so she can call you back, darling?” I gave her my number and hung up, then sat there steaming for a few se

Due South, a self-proclaimed “bluegrassabilly” band featuring Upson County Sheriff Dan Kilgore on upright bass, was inducted into the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame on Saturday night, November 29, 2014.
Due South is made up of Dan Kilgore, guitar player and singer Bennie Rose, and mandolin player David Thompson. They've been playin

Due South now in HOF

Due South, a self-proclaimed “bluegrassabilly” band featuring Upson County Sheriff Dan Kilgore on upright bass, was inducted into the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame on Saturday night, November 29, 2014. Due South is made up of Dan Kilgore, guitar player and singer Bennie Rose, and mandolin player David Thompson. They've been playin

Just in time for Christmas, Rev. Herb Flanders, Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Thomaston, has compiled a Christmas collection of his favorite articles, entitled 'The Perfect Gift.' He is doing a book signing today from 3-6 p.m. at The Prescription Shop in Thomaston.
Rev. Flanders said he has been writing articles for weekly church news

'The Perfect Gift'

Just in time for Christmas, Rev. Herb Flanders, Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Thomaston, has compiled a Christmas collection of his favorite articles, entitled 'The Perfect Gift.' He is doing a book signing today from 3-6 p.m. at The Prescription Shop in Thomaston. Rev. Flanders said he has been writing articles for weekly church news

BOE calls for ESPLOST renewal

The Thomaston-Upson Board of Education unanimously approved calling for a special election on March 17, 2015 to vote for a five-year continuation of the ESPLOST, the one penny sales tax used for education. The action came at their November meeting. The current ESPLOST, which began in Fiscal Year 2011, set a revenue goal of $14,700,000. As of the e

I was surfing online the other day and came across an article entitled “The Ten Best Days of the Year for Men.” I don't remember who wrote it, and it didn't go into much detail about why they decided to write it, but they just mentioned that these were their picks for the ten best days of the year for men.
Here are the top ten days tha

My 10 best days of the year

I was surfing online the other day and came across an article entitled “The Ten Best Days of the Year for Men.” I don't remember who wrote it, and it didn't go into much detail about why they decided to write it, but they just mentioned that these were their picks for the ten best days of the year for men. Here are the top ten days tha

'You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I'm telling you why: Santa Claus is coming to town.'
It's that time of year again, when a jolly old fat man with a white beard and wearing a red suit and hat comes to town, ready to listen to the good little boys and girls tell him what they would like for Christmas.
Santa Claus has

Santa setting dates to meet with kids in Thomaston

'You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I'm telling you why: Santa Claus is coming to town.' It's that time of year again, when a jolly old fat man with a white beard and wearing a red suit and hat comes to town, ready to listen to the good little boys and girls tell him what they would like for Christmas. Santa Claus has

Weather analysts are still trying to determine if it was a tornado that touched down or straight line winds that destroyed a house and another structure and damaged several others in the Logan Crossing subdivision late Sunday afternoon. The families that live in those four homes don't really care what it was that hit them, they are just glad to be

'We are very blessed'

Weather analysts are still trying to determine if it was a tornado that touched down or straight line winds that destroyed a house and another structure and damaged several others in the Logan Crossing subdivision late Sunday afternoon. The families that live in those four homes don't really care what it was that hit them, they are just glad to be

Deep-fried turkey is one of the most delicious ways to serve turkey at Thanksgiving, but it can also be one of the most dangerous. According to the U. S. Fire Administration, about 2,000 homes in the United States catch fire from deep frying turkeys on Thanksgiving Day each year, resulting in deaths, injuries, and millions in property loss.
The Th

Thurston VFD showing dangers of deep fry turkey Saturday at 2 p.m.

Deep-fried turkey is one of the most delicious ways to serve turkey at Thanksgiving, but it can also be one of the most dangerous. According to the U. S. Fire Administration, about 2,000 homes in the United States catch fire from deep frying turkeys on Thanksgiving Day each year, resulting in deaths, injuries, and millions in property loss. The Th

'It's beginning to look a lot like… deer in the road season.' The Upson County Sheriff's Office had accident reports on six vehicles that hit deer or were hit by deer from November 8 to Nov. 15. One of the accidents was a Sheriff's deputy en route to another call. The deer hits came on Jeff Davis Road (2), Highway 19 South, Highway 80, Logtow

Look out for deer

'It's beginning to look a lot like… deer in the road season.' The Upson County Sheriff's Office had accident reports on six vehicles that hit deer or were hit by deer from November 8 to Nov. 15. One of the accidents was a Sheriff's deputy en route to another call. The deer hits came on Jeff Davis Road (2), Highway 19 South, Highway 80, Logtow

More improvements could be coming to Sprewell Bluff if funding is granted to Upson County through the Georgia Recreational Trail Program through the Department of Natural Resources. At their meeting on November 11, the Upson County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to submit an application to the DNR for $100,000 plus to be used for the expa

Bluff grant sought

More improvements could be coming to Sprewell Bluff if funding is granted to Upson County through the Georgia Recreational Trail Program through the Department of Natural Resources. At their meeting on November 11, the Upson County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to submit an application to the DNR for $100,000 plus to be used for the expa

Three of the main complainants against Thomaston Police Officer Phillip Tobin were arrested over the weekend and have had additional charges lodged against them after the Grand Jury of Upson County true billed cases against them.
Kelcey Roquemore, Betty Snipes and her daughter, Tammy Dawson, were already facing charges of obstructing an officer. R

3 Tobin accusers arrested for lying to GBI

Three of the main complainants against Thomaston Police Officer Phillip Tobin were arrested over the weekend and have had additional charges lodged against them after the Grand Jury of Upson County true billed cases against them. Kelcey Roquemore, Betty Snipes and her daughter, Tammy Dawson, were already facing charges of obstructing an officer. R

The Thomaston City Council is known for not wasting time in their meetings, and they proved it November 4, with the meeting going from approval of minutes to adjournment in four minutes and 10 seconds. Plus, they did it while approving $175,000 in infrastructure improvements.
Afterwards, Mayor Hays Arnold justified the quick meeting by noting that

City Council okay's $175K in 4 minutes

The Thomaston City Council is known for not wasting time in their meetings, and they proved it November 4, with the meeting going from approval of minutes to adjournment in four minutes and 10 seconds. Plus, they did it while approving $175,000 in infrastructure improvements. Afterwards, Mayor Hays Arnold justified the quick meeting by noting that





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