month : 06/2018 6 results

Cody has a heart for helping children

Sheri Cody is the executive director of Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services, Inc. We sat down with her to talk about her job and why she loves the community: LDN: Are you originally from Troup County/LaGrange? Cody: No. I moved to Harris County from Virginia when I was 13. I left Harris County when I went off to college and in the early years of my marriage and then we came back here. After about four years, we moved back to Harris County, we’ve been here ever since. LDN: Tell us about ...

Ice Queen figures to be a busy place during the hot summer months

Located on Lafayette Square, Ice Queen joins a number of other recently opened stores and venues in bringing new life to historic downtown LaGrange. Owner Kelly Ou opened the drink and ice cream shop in March of this year at the encouragement of a friend, himself a local restauranteur, who noticed a lack of dessert options in the area. Her business stands apart from the competition for its unusual variety of Asian-style drinks and ice cream treats. The shop itself, filled with the sweet ...

Growing West Point winery was started by family investment

River’s Bend Winery and Vineyard sits on 10 acres of land in a remote part of West Point. In May, owner Donald Hughes wrapped up the final biannual Crafts, Corks and Kegs festival at his venue before announcing the decision to relocate the event in the future to local fairgrounds. More than 800 guests showed up to try his award-winning wines, though Hughes is confident that the move will bring people by the thousands next time. As its name suggests, the event includes a crafts fair of local ...

‘Could this be a game changer?’

Three years ago, Bob Goehring had just returned from a lengthy vacation to Macon, France, to visit his daughter Rachel. During that trip, he biked or walked every day on elaborate trails. He could ride two blocks and get on a trail that ran parallel to the Saone River and could ride three miles into Macon. Or, he could go the opposite direction and ride 30 miles into Lyon. From there, he had another trail he could take down to the Mediterranean Sea. When he got back to LaGrange, he knew he ...

Cameron-Awtrey-Brady-Hunnicutt House has hundreds of years of memories

The Cameron-Awtrey-Brady-Hunnicutt House has stood on Vernon Street for 165 years, and after all that time, laughter and family gatherings are still a mainstay of the stately home. According to William Davidson’s “Pine Log and Greek Revival,” the home was built in 1853 by a pioneer settler, builder and contractor named Benjamin Cameron. It was one of several structures that he built in the area. “Benjamin Cameron built it,” said Gail Hunnicutt, who has lived in the home for most of ...

Everything is coming together for Swanson

Although 19-month-old Salem Swanson doesn’t know it yet, she’s going to be The Suffering Artist’s next owner. At least that’s what her mom and art gallery owner Sarah Swanson says. Swanson said when she was younger, she would tell her little sister Katie that she would be an art gallery owner one day, and Katie would have to babysit for her. “For years that dream really seemed like it was shot because (my husband) Chris and I couldn’t have any kids, and finally, after 12 years of ...