In The Herald Gazette office, my desk is about as far from the front door as it’s possible to be. But when the late judge William Thomas came to visit, I could immediately recognize the stentorian tones of his amazing voice. Usually I would dash up to the counter so I could say hello.
I will really miss that – and a lot of other things about Will Thomas. I think of him in the three words that defined my conversations with him: faith, courage, wisdom. He and Jean were among the first friends I made when we moved to Milner 10 years ago; we were working with the Friends of the Library Milner and the Sociables luncheons at Milner Methodist.
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In light of a ruling Friday by the U.S. Supreme Court declaring same-sex marriages legal in all states, some local pastors are standing by the Biblical injunction against same-sex relationships, married or not. The pastors are commenting they want to be understood as loving people, not homophobes or bigots, whose definition of marriage remains between a man and a woman.
In the legal system, the probate court has received new marriage license application forms, changing “bride and groom” to “applicant 1, applicant 2.” About 18 months ago, the probate court stopped performing marriage ceremonies. [Full Story »]
As the Independence Day holiday approaches, freedom and fireworks move to the forefront of the holiday agenda whether you are at the lake, beach or celebrating around the pool or grill in your own backyard.
The largest celebration in Lamar by far will be held at Rock Springs Church on Sunday, July 5 from 5-10 p.m. The Independence Day Family Picnic is a fundraiser for Rock Springs Clinic. A free will collection will be taken for the clinic which generously serves area residents without insurance with free, quality medical care.
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Several citizens of the Barnesville / Lamar County area have received calls claiming to be from the I.R.S. about delinquent taxes. The Internal Revenue Service has posted repeated warnings about tax phone frauds, in which criminals call consumers pretending to be agents from the I.R.S.
The impostors claim the taxpayer owes back taxes, then threaten arrest or legal action, unless the individual makes a payment quickly. Sometimes victims are urged to wire money, but more commonly they are directed to obtain a prepaid money card at a retailer and provide the number to the caller. The callers are aggressive, they are relentless and they are ruthless.
Most calls start out with statements such as: “This call is officially a final notice from the I.R.S., Internal Revenue Service. The reason of this call is to inform you that I.R.S. is filing a lawsuit against you.”
The callers strive to appear authentic; they may use robocalling technology that shows “I.R.S.” on your caller identification screen. They may know part or all of your Social Security number and they may provide a fake I.R.S. “badge” number. In some cases, follow-up calls may come, supposedly from local police or prosecutors.
The I.R.S. does not initiate contact through phone or email, but rather sends written correspondence through the United States mail. The I.R.S. does not call people nor does it initiate contact through phone or email, but rather sends written correspondence through the United States Mail.
If you are concerned that you owe , you should contact the I.R.S. directly at 800-829-1040.
Marion Lewis White, Sr. passed away Sunday, June 28, 2015. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., July 1, 2015, at Monroe County Memorial Chapel with burial in Monroe Hills Memorial Gardens. Dr. H. Darrell Watson will officiate. The family will greet friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at Monroe County Memorial Chapel.
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