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Movie Mad Entertainment coming home

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Thomaston and Upson County are already becoming well-known as filming locations for movies such as The Hunger Games, television shows such as The Walking Dead, and commercials, such as the one shot by Georgia Public Television last week for Georgia EMC. Now we can add home of a movie company owner, producer and writer.Vanessa D. Anthony, the daughter of Ralph and Emma Searcy of Thomaston, has brought her movie company, Movie Mad Entertainment, home after starting it in Japan. She recently filmed a short video at the old Meriwether County Courthouse which she will use to help start branding her company and will eventually use as a company logo. And she had plans to film a feature-length movie in the Upson County area next spring.

 

Wainwright pitches CG in UL 5-1 victory

The last five times the Lady Knights and Lady Jaguars from Spalding competed on the softball field, each team won two games, and they battled to a 3-3 tie back in 2009.On Thursday, both teams took the field in the Lady Knights home opener at the ULHS softball complex. It was senior Chelsea Wainwright who took to the circle for the Lady Knights, and proceeded to pitch a complete game four-hitter. Wainwirght allowed just one run on a long solo homer in the top of the fourth inning, a...

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Knights varisty scores three times against Troup County

Football fans got a little taste of what is to come this season for the Upson-Lee Knights. On Friday at Matthews Field, the Knights, in new all black uniforms and matte black helmets, took on the Troup County Tigers in a scrimmage game. It was Coach Tommy Parks’ first game at the helm of the Knights, as he was on the sideline coaching at Matthews Field, a place where he once played.Upson-Lee’s varsity scored three times in the first quarter, forcing Troup County into fo...

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Property taxes increasing in Thomaston and Upson Co.

If the proposed tax millage increases by Upson County and the City of Thomaston are approved at called meetings on August 21 (Thomaston) and August 28 (Upson County), property owners can expect varying increases in their property taxes, depending on the value of their property and where they live.Last December, at the same time that the Thomaston City Council approved a 6.5 percent hike in utility prices to help the city meet its 2014 budget, City Manager Patrick Comiskey predicted...

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Wildfire - An upfront view

The Great Basin is generally very dry in late July and early August. Most thunder showers that come through are fast-moving monsoonal storms and they tend to put out a lot of lightning – but with trace amounts of rainfall. Because of that, the majority of the fires that start here in Northeast Nevada are caused by lightning. The grass and sage is so dry that a single strike can ignite it and the winds generated by the storm – often in excess of 50 miles per hour – spread the...

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My first college football game

As the college football season approaches, fans are beginning to get excited about their teams and the possibility of a championship season. Of course these dreams and expectations will fade in most cases as the season progresses. There’s only one champion left standing at the end of the year, although a team can have a great season without winning that National Championship game.As most of you know, I am an Auburn fan who also has a fondness for Georgia Tech. Yeah, I know th...

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Business prospects making return trips to county

Summertime has a history of being relatively slow when it comes to economic development, without many prospective companies planning trips to check out communities for their businesses. However, Industrial Development Authority Executive Director Kyle Fletcher was happy to report that had not been the case for Thomaston and Upson County as of late, with the community seeing several prospects make repeat trips to the area.

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Relearning good habits

The cold winter, followed by spring monsoons, teamed up to help me form some new habits. Had they been good ones, I would be as happy as a clam in a gin and tonic, but the habits I developed were only suitable for slugs.The habit of walking each morning was the first casualty, but the list is long and slothful.At first, I couldn’t tell a difference in the way I felt, but then I began to realize my energy level was down, and my belt seemed to be shrinking. My guitar...

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‘How to Rob the Tooth Fairy’

There is a new author in town and her name is Jada R. Gresham. She has written and published a children’s book entitled “How to Rob the Tooth Fairy,” and as is the case with most writers, she found inspiration for the story from happenings in her own life. However, there is one thing which sets Jada apart from the many other authors of children’s literature; she is only 12-years-old herself.

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Do _______ value life less than we do?

During the Vietnam War, my mother, an otherwise sweet and compassionate person, said “they” (Vietnamese) don’t value human life like we do, suggesting that I be more comfortable killing them. I never was comfortable with the idea of killing them, and so I didn’t.However, I still hear some people say that an “enemy” doesn’t value human life like we do. Over the years, the enemy changes, but the refrain is the same: some people on “our&...

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Lady Knights blow out Mindy’s Mill 12-0

The Upson-Lee Lady Knights softball team improved their record to 3-2 with a 12-0 blow out victory over Mundy’s Mill on Tuesday. Upson-Lee belted 11 hits on their way to the four-inning victory, while pitchers Brianna Hendricks and Kaylee Ellington combined to give up just two hits, striking out six batters, and allowing zero walks.

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Complaints continue against Officer Tobin

For the second consecutive meeting, the Thomaston City Council listened to members of the community concerned about the actions of Thomaston Police Officer Philip Tobin, who is currently on administrative leave following tasing incident involving Kelcey Roquemore on June 11, and an incident involving Tammy Dawson and her mother on June 12. Both incidents are being investigated by the GBI at the request of Thomaston Police Chief Dan Greathouse, who is also conducting his own internal investiga...

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And a little child shall lead them

I have said many times before, my favorite part of this job is getting to meet interesting people and share their stories with our readers and that is a fact that remains true to this day. In the past five years, I have had the pleasure of interviewing many wonderful members of this community, who through events in their lives have sometimes made me laugh, sometimes made me cry and often restored my faith in humanity. Even once the interviews are over and the articles are written, I am able t...

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Yatesville in need of new water source

The City of Yatesville may soon need to start buying water from Lamar County, if a solution to their drying up city wells is not found.Council member Ronnie Riggins brought up the issue at the July meeting of the Yatesville City Council.“We seriously need to look at getting another well drilled, or another source for water,” said Riggins. “We’re working off one well, and we’re just taking a chance.

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Upson-Lee and Troup County scrimmage tonight

November 8 of last year was the last time the Upson-Lee Knights competed against another team on the football field. On that night, they suffered a 31-7 loss to the Stockbridge Tigers at Tiger Stadium. Tonight, Upson-Lee will get their first chance of 2014 to compete against another team. This game will not mean nearly as much as the Stockbridge game last season, but to some degree it may forecast a little of what fans can expect from the Knights in 2014.

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What Ray Rice teaches us about civilization

The public outcry over Roger Goodell’s failure to adequately punish NFL running back Ray Rice for knocking out his girlfriend in an Atlantic City hotel elevator is an encouraging sign that some vestige of civilization remains. It has been heartening to hear from talking heads that even in 2014 some things are still not tolerable. And, that one of those intolerable things is a man hitting a woman.

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A new look, a new approach, a new year

I am Coach Stephen Boyd, the Athletic Director at Upson-Lee, and I wanted to let you know about some exciting things we have going on this year at UL. Our goal this year, besides winning ball games, is to unite our community with the slogan, “It’s all about the UL.” It’s time for us to uplift our programs with coaching up our kids in the classroom, at practice, on the playing field, and at home. This is one of the best coaching staffs in the state, and I promise they w...

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Split vote approves 2.26 tax mill increase

With a 3-2 vote the Upson County Board of Commissioners set a preliminary millage rate for 2014 at 18.76 mills in a special called meeting held last week. That is a total increase of 2.26 mills. Commissioners Frank Spraggins and Lorenzo Wilder both voted against the rate.

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