Record December Propels Kia Motors To Best-Ever Annual Sales In The U.S.

Capping off an historic year that saw the Kia brand collect more third-party awards and accolades for quality and reliability than ever before, Kia Motors America (KMA) today announced all-time best annual sales of 647,598 vehicles in 2016, up 3.5 percent over 2015. The year concluded with best-ever fourth quarter sales, including the highest December total in company history of 54,353 units.

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Academy teaches multiple workforce skills to students

A workforce development program that’s become key in educating local high school students is entering its second year.

“The key point of the College and Career Academy is workforce development,” said Kathy Carlisle, CEO of THINC. “Our major focus is preparing the next workforce for Troup County. Our main focus is to prepare students for life after graduation.”

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LaGrange celebrates low utility prices

City leaders were amped to announce early this week that in a recent ranking, the city of LaGrange’s utility services had received a good rating on Georgia’s Public Service Commission’s Residential Rates Survey for winter 2016. The surveys are conducted biannually on all electric providers in Georgia.

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Progress continues downtown

Progress on the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in downtown LaGrange appears to be on schedule according to city officials. The building was ahead of schedule, but recent rain delayed work enough to put it back on the original schedule. The downtown hotel is being built at the location where the Mansour’s store once stood and is expected to be complete late in 2017.

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Firsts for the U.S: The Ray to Unveil State-of-the-Art Solar Highway

On December 20, 2016, an event on the Ray C. Anderson Memorial Highway (The Ray), an 18-mile section of I-85 in West Georgia that is a model for the highway of the future, will showcase two newly installed state-of-the-art technologies that are the first in the U.S.: Wattway drive-over solar panels that turn ordinary highways into power producers, and the WheelRight drive-over tire safety system that provides tire pressure and tread depth information to drivers.

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West Georgia Technical College was named a finalist for the Technical College System of Georgia’s 2016 Technical College of the Year award December 1 by the Board of the Technical College System of Georgia.

West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel accepted a resolution from TCSG State Board Chairman Joe Yarborough in recognition of the college’s achievement during the past year and the outstanding efforts by the college’s faculty and staff on behalf of their students and the communities, businesses and industries they serve. Only three of the 22 technical colleges in the state were recognized for this honor.

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