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History and Art

LaGrange Art Museum showcases creativity of LaGrange By Alicia B. Hill The LaGrange Daily News A 126-year-old example of Victorian architecture draws the eye of first time visitors and locals alike exploring downtown LaGrange. The building that now houses the LaGrange Art Museum was originally constructed in 1892 to serve as the Troup County Jail and did not find its current use until 1978. In the time between, it served a variety of purposes including the city welfare office, ...

When Life gives you Lemons

Three decades in, Taste of Lemon has become a LaGrange staple By Daniel Evans The LaGrange Daily News Betty Daniel said if she had to name her restaurant today, she’d probably choose a different one than she gave it 36 years ago. However, the uniqueness of the name Taste of Lemon — now nearing its fourth decade in operations — sets the scene for a special experience, unlike any you can find elsewhere in Troup County. The restaurant is housed in the old First Methodist Episcopal ...

Hitting the Right Note

2017 LaGrange Has Talent winner has a bright future ahead By Alicia B. Hill The LaGrange Daily News Charlie Key is only 12-years-old, but she has already achieved local acclaim for her singing abilities, thanks to her award-winning performance at LaGrange Has Talent last fall, in addition to an impressive number of other locally performances. Key isn’t even in high school yet, but she already has a dream to one day start a children’s theater. She has performed in programs through ...

Why I Love LaGrange: Keith Schuermann

By Daniel Evans The LaGrange Daily News Keith Schuermann has served as the director of the Troup-Harris Regional Library system since 2012. We sat down with him to talk about his role at the library and what he likes to do when he’s not working. LDN: Are you originally from LaGrange or Troup County? Schuermann: No, I was actually born in Ferguson, Missouri. I would often as a teenager go to the city of St. Louis, so I moved to Chicago for film school. In the course of ultimately ...

Home with a view

Bakers get to look at Piney Woods Lake all year long By Gabrielle Jansen The LaGrange Daily News Sitting in the windowed porch of the Baker house on Country Club Drive, you get a view of Piney Woods Lake and the wildlife. “We’re after the view and certainly we’ve not been disappointed,” homeowner Markette Baker said. Markette and Jim Baker bought the land from Milliken and Company in 2016 and built and finished their two-story, 4,500-square-foot total house in 2017. Milliken ...

‘It’s why I get up in the morning’

The Keegans have a long history of taking care of horses, training riders at Flat Creek Ranch Hidden in the country roads of Hogansville is historic Flat Creek Ranch. The ranch currently boards horses and teaches riding lessons, but has an extensive history, which includes being a host site for the Olympic games and playing a role in the founding of the South Eastern Arena and Trail Series. The ranch has its ties with the 1996 Olympics and former Olympians, according to owner Joan Keegan. ...

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 ...