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School Teachers of the Year announced

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The Thomaston-Upson School System announced the school Teachers of the Year on Thursday, September 11. These teachers were chosen by their peers to represent their schools and will now compete for the title of T-U System Teacher of the Year. The system Teacher of the Year contest is judged by a panel of school and community members. Teachers must complete a written application, personal interview, and a classroom observation. The system Teacher of the Year will be announced in December and will represent Thomaston-Upson Schools in the Georgia Teacher of the Year contest.


Knights pass first test of the season

In their first two games of the season, the outcome for the Knights was in little doubt as the fourth quarter started. However, on Friday night Upson Lee needed to play a tough four quarters to escape Matthews Field with a 21-13 victory over the Northside-Columbus Patriots.Kenderius Pennyman rushed for 119 yards on 31 carries and scored two touchdowns to lead the Knights. Kalen Puckett also scored on an 11-yard touchdown run and passed for 80 yards on seven completions in 11 attemp...

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Grace Wolverton of ULHS wins Nordstrom Scholarship

Grace Wolverton, a senior at Upson-Lee High School, is a winner of a $10,000 Nordstrom Scholarship. The surprise announcement was made at ULHS on Wednesday, August 27, by two Nordstrom employees who flew in from Seattle, Washington.The Nordstrom Scholarship, which began in 1994, is awarded yearly to 80 college-bound high school students throughout the U.S. Applicants must live and attend school in a state or U.S. territory with a Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack store; have at least a 2...

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It’s time to dismantle the Braves

Yes, I know that it’s football season, but our beloved Atlanta Braves are also busy limping to the finish of another baseball season. As I write this column they are comfortably out of any playoff contention and playing like they aren’t interested in the playoffs anyway. I honestly feel that they don’t deserve to be in post-season action and would lose quickly if they did somehow find a way in.With that all being said, the question is then, “What do we do wi...

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Students of Cunningham Junior High gather for reunion

Cunningham School held its fourth reunion for the students of 1956 and beyond. Previous reunions were held in 2003, 2005 and 2010. More than 200 former students attended with family members, with some coming from as far away as Arizona, Florida, and Tennessee. The students are now well over the age of 60 and beyond, and as high as 85 years old at present.The students were reminded through the history of how they attended several one-room schools, which accommodated all elementary g...

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Two heroes of September 11

Like you, I spent a little time reflecting on September 11. I still get a lump in my throat when I think about the tragic losses so many experienced that day 13 years ago.But, the memory that is most vivid for me involves the heroes. Ordinary citizens on an airliner who called their loved ones and stormed the terrorists. The plane crashed, but they thwarted the plan and the jet missed its intended target. The phrase “let’s roll” will always send chills up my spine...

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ULMS Lady Knights come back to knock off Pike County 14-10

The ULMS Lady Knights tallied eight hits and sent nine runs across the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning to come from behind and defeat Pike County by a 14-10 score, keeping the Lady Knights undefeated on the 2014 season with a 6-0 record.The Lady Knights exploded for five runs in the top of the first inning, with base knocks coming from Julia Walden, Skylar Elliot, Lanier Williams, Josie Eldridge, Susie Mast, and Larsen Newell. Williams, Eldridge, Mast and Newell all drove h...

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BOC cracking down on wood trucks on roads

In efforts to protect the roads in Upson County from damage, the Board of Commissioners approved increasing the bond associated with the timber harvesting and transporting ordinance from $1,000 to the state maximum of $5,000. Commission Chairman Rusty Blackston stated there have been numerous problems in the past with logging trucks tearing up the roads throughout the county and leaving the county to pay for it.“We have a lot of problems with our local roads being damaged,...

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‘Yatesville has water,’ mayor says to stop rumors of outage

Does the City of Yatesville have a serious problem with its wells and water supply? Yes. Should residents start stockpiling water? No. That will only make matters worse, especially since there is no need to. That was the message Yatesville Mayor Cecil Moncrief wanted to get across at the Yatesville City Council meeting last Monday.

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Your abuse is not appreciated

Much has been written in the last several weeks about men’s physical abuse of women. Former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice’s videotaped knockout of his girlfriend and the initial two-game suspension he received from the NFL prompted both outrage and, of course, an outpouring of fan support for the abuser. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell seemed to realize the gravity of the situation and changed league policy to include harsher sanctions for convicted abusers. Then, when TMZ released foot...

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Upson Lee Knights (2-0) vs. Northside-Columbus Patriots (1-2)When: Tonight, 7:30 p.m.Where: Matthews FieldCoaches: UL- Tommy Parks (2-0 at UL in 1st season, 56-54 overall), NS- Morgan Ingram (3-11 at NS in 2nd season, 13-20 overall)Last Meeting: First ever meetingKey Patriots: #2 (RB) Kalan Watts-Jr-(5’9”, 180), #7 (TE/FB/DE) Te’qwan Walrond-Sr- (6’2”, 245), #21 (LB/DE) Christian Johnson R...

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‘Black Friday’ is adoption day for black dogs & cats

Upson County Animal Shelter Director Adrian Releford, and the Upson Humane Society will sponsor a “Black Friday” adoption special on Friday, Sept. 19 for all black cats and dogs for only $10. Black cats and dogs are often the last ones adopted, yet they are as handsome, loving and loyal as a pet with any other color of coat. This is a pre-Halloween event to move the black animals out of the shelter and into a new home before October.

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Knights look to remain undefeated

Tonight will be another first time experience for the Upson Lee Knights. After defeating the Northeast-Macon Raiders 44-6 in their first ever meeting, the Knights will take on the Northside-Columbus Patriots for the first time in school history.The Patriots enter tonight’s game with a 1-2 record, after falling at home to a very good Westover team last week by a 31-10 score. Coach Parks is very familiar with the Patriots from Muscogee County, from when he coached at Harris Cou...

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Penny ponders: A secret garden

On those days you just want to get away from everything, I propose the “Secret Garden.” It’s not really called the Secret Garden, but it is a close to one in Middle Georgia as you can get. Massee Lane Gardens is the perfect get away. Be sure to take a picnic lunch with you.Located in Fort Valley, this floral gem is maintained by the American Camellia Society and has been its headquarters since 1968. Massee Gardens must be one of the most peaceful places we have be...

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2014 Upson-Lee Lady Knights Softball

2014 Upson-Lee Lady Knights Varsity2014 Upson-Lee Lady Knights Junior Varsity#4 Rachel Bridges- Sr.#9 Montana Schug- Jr.#8 Chelsea Wainwright- Sr.#12 Hannah Watson- Sr.#25 Kaylee Ellington- Sr.#6 Bethany Smith- Sr.#33 Olivia Lindsey- Fr.#14 Sarah Mast- Fr.#13 Taylor King- Fr.#42 Shimmie Traylor- Fr.#10 Vanessa Harp- Jr.#7 Mary Masdon McCrary- Fr....

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Interfor uses Quick Start with new hires

In recent weeks, 60 new hires of Interfor attended training classes at Southern Crescent Technical College through the Georgia Quick Start program. The employees were broken into two groups and each completed a four-day class, learning about the company and its policies. Georgia Quick Start is a nationally recognized program that has been providing high-quality training services to new or expanding businesses in the state since 1967.

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Lady Knights down Baldwin 11-0

Wes McCard/The Thomaston TimesUpson Lee freshman Olvia Lindsey rips a base hit in the Lady Knights 11-0 victory over Baldwin last week. The Lady Knights will be in action at home against Griffin and Perry, while hitting the road to take on Spalding. Upson Lee is currently 7-9 and 2-5 in region play.

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Special exception granted for site of Northridge Church

New life is being breathed into the old Hickory Ridge Golf Course with the location soon to be serving as the home to Northridge Church, a new church in town. The Upson County Planning Commission granted approval of a special exception for the property, which is zoned A-R, to house a church, after it was requested by the current property owner, Scott Laseter of Old Course Properties, LLC. According to Planning and Zoning Director Doug Currier, II, a zoning district of A-R allows for places of...

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