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City officials decline meeting with protesters until after investigations completed

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Thomaston Police Chief Dan Greathouse and Thomaston Mayor Hays Arnold issued the following press release on Tuesday, July 8, 2014:On Monday, July 7, 2014, City of Thomaston Mayor Hays Arnold received a letter from an organized group of citizens calling itself the Thomaston Improvement Association, P.O. Box 371, Thomaston, GA 30286, requesting that he and Chief of Police Dan Greathouse attend a meeting on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s AME Church to discuss allegations regarding Thomaston Police Officer Phillip Tobin.In response, Chief Greathouse advises the public that he has requested the GBI to investigate two recent incidents involving Officer Tobin. These GBI investigations are ongoing.

 

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“Involving or denoting a speed greater than that of sound,” that’s the technical definition of “Supersonic,” and that’s exactly how fast the Crawford County Supersonics ran through their competition on their way to winning three National Championships.The Crawford County Supersonics are an AAU Basketball Program based out of Roberta, even though nearly half of the eight grade team resides in Thomaston. One member of the ninth grade team and two m...

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“I beleive that UL will win!!!”

The 2014 FIFA World Cup has been taking place in Brazil for the past month. As you read this, the semi-finals are being played between Germany and Brazil in one game and Argentina and the Netherlands in the next. Millions across the world have been glued to TV screens in hopes that their national team will be the ones raising the elusive golden World Cup trophy. Even millions of Americans across this great nation got excited about our National team and the ride that they took us on in the tou...

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BOC approves contract for new bus

The Upson County Board of Commissioners voted to approve a $9,564 increase for the contract renewal with the Three Rivers Regional Commission (TRRC) for the purpose of replacing a shuttle bus used for public transportation services in the county at their regular meeting held last week. Chairman Rusty Blackston told the board the 2009 bus, which is primarily used at the Senior Center, has over 300,000 miles on it and has experienced engine problems. It is estimated the replacement will take be...

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‘The Invaders’ bringing Beatles music to Greatest Generation Park

The Thomaston-Upson Arts Council and The City of Thomaston present The Invaders this Saturday, July 12, at 7 p.m. at The Greatest Generation Memorial Park. This free concert features members of the internationally acclaimed touring Beatles show, The Return. The Invaders will be performing many of your Beatles favorites in a casual setting. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets and spend your evening reliving the music of the greatest band in history. From “I Want To Hold Y...

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Unexpected photos are often the best

I’ve always liked taking photographs, although it wasn’t until I started working for newspapers that I really got into it. Prior to that, I was the Instamatic guy, using whatever relatively cheap camera was available to get the pictures I wanted.But when I was hired as a part-time sports reporter at The Henry Herald in 1985, the Sports Editor, Brad Ashmore, took me under his wing and showed me how to get the best photos. And we used lots of film to do it. Brad used seve...

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T-Town’s Fulcher places third at Senoia

Thomaston’s Shane Fulcher has been a mainstay in the top three in the Jodeco Auto Sales Late Model standings nearly all season long at Senoia Raceway. Here are the results from the past weekend’s races:Jodeco Auto Sales Late Model (Feature): 1-Glenn Morris, Fayetteville 2-Dana Eiland, Phenix City, AL 3-Shane Fulcher, Thomaston 4-Austin Horton, Grantville 5-Pat Wall, Columbus 6-Clifton Moran, Roopville 7-Chad Wallace, LaGrange 8-Corey Pa...

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School system CRCT scores improve

Statewide CRCT (Criterion Referenced Competency Test) scores for the 2013-14 school year have been released, and Thomaston-Upson students have outperformed statewide averages in 24 of the 30 content areas.Thomaston-Upson students in grades 3, 4, 5, and 8 exceeded state averages in all content areas: Reading, English/Language Arts (ELA), Math, Science, and Social Studies.Sixth grade T-U students exceeded state averages in Reading, Science, and Social Studies. Sixth grader...

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Tobin supporters signing online petition to keep him on the job

People in Thomaston have begun taking sides in the issue of whether Thomaston Police Officer Philip Tobin should punished and/or terminated from his position following an incident on June 11 in which Tobin tasered Kelsey Rockemore in the parking lot of the Handy Mart.

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It’s the simple things that matter the most

The end of the semester was busy with students complaining about their grades and wanting to know if there was any way they could make up for their lack of diligence during the semester. I was feeling quite tired and sat down in my office chair to rest.That was when I noticed an envelope that had been slipped under my door. I picked it up, opened it, and a letter fell out. I started to read.“Dear Professor Howard, I am Richard Hampton. It has been a couple of years...

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2014 Upson-Lee Kick-Off Classic

This year the Upson-Lee Touchdown Club will be having its annual kick-off classic to benefit the football program. The tournament will run like it has in the past. The format will be a two person shamble. A shamble means that both players hit their drive. The team chooses the best drive and then each player plays their own ball from that point. The team takes the lowest score on the hole after that. All golfers will be flighted by handicap.

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A case of mistaken identity

In any criminal trial, at some point a witness has to identify the defendant sitting in court as the person who committed the crime. It is an essential element that must be proved.That usually provokes a familiar argument. The defense lawyer makes a point that resonates with all of us.“Have you ever encountered somebody on a sidewalk or in a store and mistook them for somebody else?”Of course, we all have. You know the drill.You see somebody approa...

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Thomaston’s Oglesbee wins Blind Golf Match Play Championship

Waking up everyday with the ability to see what goes on around you and others as we travel through the journey of life, is something that many take for granted everyday. For Thomaston’s Brian Oglesbee, the loss of sight is just something that he has dealt with as a part of everyday life for 20 years.Even without the ability to see, Oglesbee has became a successful teacher, a coach, a loving husband, and now can add Championship golfer to the list. Brian recently competed in t...

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Rally against Tobin held on City Hall steps

Several hundred people gathered in front of the Thomaston-Upson County Government Complex last Tuesday evening to protest against Thomaston Police Officer Phillip Tobin and to support calls for Tobin’s termination from the department. Tobin is currently on administrative leave with pay until the conclusion a GBI investigation of an incident on June 11 in which he Tasered Kelsey Rockemore, and an internal investigation of numerous other complaints against the 14-year officer.A...

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David Perdue rally held at Bickley’s Lake

By Larry Stanfordlstanford@civitasmedia.comSeveral hundred supporters turned out Friday night at Bickley’s Lake to enjoy a low country boil and rally with U. S. Senate Republican candidate David Perdue. Known as “the outsider” in the Republican primary, Perdue’s background includes being CEO of Reebok and Dollar General, but having no direct political experience. Still, “the outsider” led the Republican primary with 30.64 percent of th...

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In Search of Heroes

The Thomaston Times is joining other newspapers in Georgia and across the United States is helping to find photos of heroes from their communities.The Faces Never Forgotten project, sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation, is a quest to get a photo of every U.S. soldier killed in action in Vietnam and listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington, D.C. The foundation, which is planning to build an education center next to the wall, wants to make the photo...

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A conversation with Paul Wood

I had an opportunity a few days ago to have a wonderful phone conversation with Paul Wood. In case you don’t know, Wood was an all-state caliber running back for the R.E. Lee Rebels in 1953, 1954, and 1955. He was named to the All-Region 1AA team in 1955 and participated in the GHSA/Atlanta Journal High School All-Star Game in 1956.Wood received a football scholarship to the University of Alabama and played for the Tide in 1956, 1957, and 1958. He played for Coach J.B. Whitwo...

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Address signs now available through VFDs

Address signs for the Upson County “Blue Sign” ordinance are now available for purchase through the local volunteer fire departments, County Commissioner Ralph Ellington and Northside Volunteer Fire Chief Andy Hay announced at a press conference held last week. The county commissioners and the VFDs have been working for some time to have a display ordinance for address numbers in place for the unincorporated areas of the county, noting this would ensure emergency personnel are abl...

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