Two Lamar County Trojan runners traveled to Charlotte, N.C., to take part in the Foot Locker South Regional Championships. Sydney Tenney leaves Lamar County as the most decorated distance runner in school history while Frank Spafford will return next year as the Trojans’ top runner.
Runners from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands gathered at McAlpine Park to run the most competitive race the South has to offer.
Frank Spafford, a sophomore, ran first in the sophomore boy’s race in a field of 280 runners. Spafford ran his best race of the season by nearly 40 seconds. He finished in 127th place in a time of 18:27.
Senior Sydney Tenney, running in her third Foot Locker South Regional, ended her career by shattering her own personal and school record of 20:02 (set in Charlotte, in 2012). For the second time in her career, Tenney garnered All-South Region honors (2012) by completing the course in a blazing 19:49, making her a Georgia Elite for the third time in her career. She missed National Elite status by a mere four seconds for 29th place in the senior girl’s race.
Tenney, Spafford, and the rest of the cross country Trojans will be honored with a banquet at the high school Thursday, Dec. 18.
School social workers are a relatively new part of education but are essential behind the scenes, the board of education heard. It also learned the grant that pays for some of the services offered locally has been extended to March 2015.
“School social work is the link between home and schools,” said social worker Kiana Battle at the Nov. 11 board of education meeting. “I’m an advocate for students. We can’t educate a child without supporting his or her other needs.”
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“It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.”
Edmund Burke’s insight returned to mind while watching cable news coverage of the rampage in Ferguson, Missouri, after St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced that officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
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Do you take for granted your ability to make cell phone calls in Barnesville and Lamar County? Think about what makes that happen and you may want to thank your local governing bodies.
There are 12 cell towers here, three in the city and nine in the county, all serving multiple providers with Verizon coverage being predominant. Company officials have told local 911 dispatchers, who may get calls about tower lights not burning, that their network is mapped and computerized to enable them to locate lights-out immediately anywhere in the world.
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