There was no looting, arson or violence on Thanksgiving Eve in Barnesville as the community came together to worship and give thanks.
A throng of celebrants filled the First United Methodist Church for the community Thanksgiving service and heard a rousing sermon from Rev. Craig Ogletree. About 500 souls were at Depot Plaza for the Illumination Celebration that followed and was highlighted by the arrival of Santa.
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Even Santa's helper needs a helper during the busy Christmas season. The big guy at the North Pole asked his helper Wesley Haley to meet, greet and thrill the kids in Barnesville at the Illumination Celebration Thanksgiving Eve. Our own Santa got some help getting ready from his personal Mrs. Claus, his wife Rita. (Photo; Walter Geiger)
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Sam Paul Jones of Barnesville (just right of center, between man with no helmet -- Jones’ hand is on the man’s shoulder) and one with a helmet, is shown with his U.S. Army unit in France during World War I.
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Photo The herald gazette/kay pedrotti Something good is always cooking in Fran and Richard Boggs’ kitchen. Here they are getting ready for the Best of Barnesville cake auction Nov. 25, sponsored by the First Methodist Men’s Club to benefit John’s Place senior ministry at FUMC. Though she’s undecided, Fran said her cake may just be a chocolate pound cake. Richard, president of the UMM, is baking one too but it’s a surprise.