year : 2017 16 results

Bringing the Music to LaGrange

We talked to Becca Eiland, the Sweetland Amphitheatre Board Director, about how she came to LaGrange and what she loves about her job. LDN: How long have you lived in Troup County/ LaGrange? Eiland: I have lived in Troup County for seven years. I met my husband in college, and he was from here. We lived in Atlanta and we lived in Miami and decided to move to LaGrange sort of as a temporary move. [We] fell in love with it and decided to stay. LDN: What college did you and your husband both ...

Lafayette Alliance: Local group focuses on Lafayette’s impact

Cur non, or better yet, why not? The motto of Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roche-Gilbert du Motier de Lafayette and his family was spoken as ‘cur non’ in the original French, but it still stands to LaGrange’s new society, Lafayette Alliance today. According to the group’s chair, Richard Ingram, the saying was a part of the Marquis de Lafayette’s family’s coat of arms and was bolted to a sense of optimism. Ingram sees promoting Lafayette as important because of the historical ...

From Farm to Table: Long Cane Farms supplies food for Pine Mountain restaurant

Staring at the 125 acres full of cows, chickens and vegetables at Long Cane Farms, it’s almost hard to take in all that you’re seeing. But for owner Richard Wolfe, this is just another day at the farm.  “It’s turned into a serious hobby, but it’s still just a hobby,” Wolfe said. Wolfe, a long time LaGrange resident and community figure, bought the farm when he moved back with his family 20 years ago. The farmer was born in LaGrange and went to LaGrange High School before going ...

Keeping Its Character

Jim and Cathy Arrington have renovated a house built in 1835, but they’re keeping as much as they can original Driving down Vernon Road, it would be easy to miss the antebellum, greek revival cottage tucked behind two ancient magnolia trees, but the historic Ferrell-Holder House seems satisfied to sit away from the hustle and bustle of the busy road. The historic home was added to the National Register of Historic Places Inventory on August 14, 1979, as the Ferrell-Holder House, after ...

Passion for Painting

It’s three days before the Hogansville Hummingbird Festival and Melissa Howington is as busy as ever. There are snowmen and pumpkin door hangers to be painted and the time to do so is running out fast. This festival is her busiest time of the year, and it’s one of the things she most looks forward to. “I work until midnight Friday night (the day before the festival),” Howington said. “I paint, paint, paint, work, work, work, and it’s not even all painting. It’s pricing and ...

Not Going Anywhere: The Cart Barn has been dishing out great food since 2003, and Tony Bishop’s crew has no plans to stop

Tony Bishop admits he’s getting a little annoyed with the question, although the amount of times he’s been asked shows just how much people like his food. Bishop’s Cart Barn Grill has been a staple of LaGrange since September 2003, but locals fear for its future due to a new shopping center being installed on the property of the restaurant’s current location. Will the restaurant close or will it move to another spot? Not surprisingly, it’s been the hottest topic of conversation at ...

Something’s Brewing

Three to four years ago, Anthony Rodriguez and Rob Goldstein first discussed opening a brewery together. They didn’t know the location, the how, or exactly what it would take to get their idea off the ground, but they knew that together they could make it happen. They were ready to take a chance — a leap of faith. “Rob and I, even when we do festivals and all the other business ventures we have put together, we have always been the risk-takers, more so than our friends around us,” ...

Historic home

By Alicia B. Hill At the center of McLendon Circle, at the end of Ben Hill St., sits a beautiful antebellum home framed between two magnolia trees as old as the house itself. Bellevue is one of LaGrange’s most notable historic homes, thanks to its rich history as the home of Sen. Benjamin Harvey Hill. Hill ran a successful law practice in LaGrange, was a U.S. Senator both before and after the Civil War, and was a senator for the Confederacy during the war. “This is the second house ...

The artistic hub of West Georgia

By Baker Ellis On a given summer weekday in downtown LaGrange within the confines of a nondescript, single-story building on Bull Street, a cacophony of laughter, singing and dancing can be heard ringing through the halls. Children of all ages are clustered together at various times of the week in various stages of the building, some in pink tutus practicing ballet, others clambering around in costumes, preparing for an upcoming theatre performance. This is the Lafayette Society for Perfor...

More than a sport

By Kevin Eckleberry It’s a fellowship. The men and women who get together on a regular basis to fish in tournaments at West Point Lake are competitive, and no one is angling for second place. In the same breath, however, the group has formed a sense of community and family. When the day is done, when the final boat has docked and the fish are in the bag, the anglers gather together to swap stories, share refreshments around the picnic tables, and just enjoy each other’s ...