Board names LaGrange president

LaGRANGE - An administrator at Belmont University in Tennessee has been named the new president of LaGrange College.

The LaGrange board of trustees voted unanimously Thursday to name 55-year-old Dan McAlexander as leader of the small, private liberal arts college on the state's western border.

McAlexander has been provost at Belmont in Nashville, Tenn., for eight years, overseeing the campus' faculty and staff.

He replaces Stuart Gulley, who is leaving LaGrange to become president of Woodward Academy in College Park.

Suspect jailed in 43 thefts

GAINESVILLE - Hall County authorities said Friday they have linked a Gainesville man to a rash of thefts in at least 4 counties in North Georgia.

Hall County Sheriff's Lt. Scott Ware said 20-year-old Brent Allen Boles is a suspect in 43 theft cases in Hall, Banks, Habersham and White counties.

Boles has been in custody since late March. Ware said dozens of stolen items were recovered from the suspect's house and another residence.

Investigators said additional arrests are expected.