Each year, we get thousands of letters to Santa at The Herald Gazette. This year we got a very special one from a very special child with a specific request.
Here it is:
My name is Connor Hatchett, I just moved to 674 Country Kitchen Rd. I like my new home here in Barnesville. I am non verbal and non ambulatory. My favorite thing to do is swing and I would like you to please bring me a wheelchair swing. I have been a real good boy all year. If you can bring my mommy and daddy a surprise too that would be nice. Thank you very much. Have a very Merry Christmas.
We checked out this need through Sherry Farr at the local health department and it is legitimate. Connor has cerebral palsy and other issues. A swing has been found that can be purchased at cost for just over $1300. A volunteer has offered to install it for free. The Barnesville Rotary Club raised $500 from members at its meeting Tuesday.
You can help. Drop your donation off at the health department or at our office at 509 Greenwood St. or mail to Box 220, Barnesville, Ga. 30204.
Based on webpage comments and an overwhelming number of social media messages and e-mails, Khris Burk and Matthew Smith have been named the winners in The Herald Gazette #1 Trojan fan contest. They will receive four tickets to tonight's game and a pre-game meal donated by Slices Pizzeria in downtown Barnesville.
Others nominated were: Ray Smith, Ryan Christopher, Kenny Green, Buddy Lanier, Lee Otis Butler, James Mann, Danny Turner, Tom Coffey, Taylor Burk, Coach Wimberly, Dr. & Mrs. Harris, Mr. Hightower, Mr. Smith, Mrs. Byars, Dr. Olivier & Mrs. O'Neal.
GAME TIME WEATHER UPDATE: 70 degrees with a 20% chance of rain at kickoff time. 67 degrees with a 30% chance of rain by game's end.
UPDATE FROM SAVANNAH: Every ticket allotted to Benedictine and to Thompson's Sporting Goods in Savannah was sold. If you want a seat, you better get there early! Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
The Lamar County Trojans (14-0) fought back from a 7-0 halftime deficit to defeat the Benedictine Cadets 10-7 at Trojan Field Friday night and will advance to the state title game next Saturday in Atlanta.
The Trojans will play Lovett at 2:30 p.m in the Georgia Dome
Realtime scoring from the game was provided by Walter Geiger.
Scores of interest and and image slideshow inside...
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Each home on this year’s Barnesville Women’s League Tour of Homes has its own charm, from features still evident after 100 years or so to the attractive innovations made by current owners.
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The coming weekend has turned into a two-day pair of events for fundraising for Gavin Lance and family. Lance had an accident in August, suffering a brain trauma, and has recovered enough to attend the Holiday Hustle road race at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. [Full Story »]
With the biggest game in the history of local football set to kickoff Friday night when the Lamar County Trojans host the Cadets of Benedictine, The Herald Gazette is searching for the LC’s #1 fan.
UPDATE; Thus far those nominated are Matthew Smith, Khris Burk, Ryan Christopher, Kenny Green, Buddy Lanier, Lee Otis Butler, James Mann, Danny Turner, Tom Coffey, Taylor Burk, Coach Wimberly, Dr. & Mrs. Harris, Mr. Hightower, Mr. Smith, Mrs. Byars, Dr. Olivier & Mrs. O'Neal!!! Make your opinion known in the comments section.
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