“You meet the nicest people on a Honda.” Remember that advertising slogan? That was before Hondas had four wheels in America. The commercials always featured happy people scooting around on their motor bikes. I’ve never owned a Honda with two or four wheels but I’ve discovered some mighty nice people where they park those big red fire trucks.
There’s something about firemen that fascinates kids. I’ve never met a firefighter – man or woman – who wouldn’t take time to let a little one explore his or her fire hall and climb up into one of those shiny trucks. When our younger son Eric was barely talking, he’d tell you, “I’m two fire engines old.”
That’s why I could relate to Carter Sanborn’s love of everything to do with firefighting.
In October I introduced you to Carter, who lives in Ashburnham, Mass.
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Vicki Forsyth and other Empty Stocking Fund volunteers became a part of the Black Thursday shopping frenzy on Thanksgiving, starting at 4 p.m. and finishing at 7:30 a.m. on Friday. At the Business After Hours on Thursday, turnout numbered around 100 people at United Bank for food, fun and fellowship while they supported the charity with cash donations and toys at the annual ESF event.
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The Hope Tree Ministry Foundation is reaching out to all the churches, local vendors and other prospective donors in Lamar and neighboring counties for donations for its annual Christmas event.
Thanksgiving dinner at Barnesville First Baptist Church fed several families but residents are helped with groceries at home too. A recent donation from Gordon State College is helping fill larders, but more food is needed.
The charity is seeking donations of dry, canned and boxed goods and perishable items. Food drives are being held at First Baptist and the Barnesville-Lamar County Library through Dec. 20. Hope Tree is also requesting donations of new and slightly used toys and clothing for children ages 3-10 for Christmas gifts. All donations may be dropped off at First Baptist Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monetary donations can be hand delivered or mailed to Rev. Fambro in care of First Baptist at 200 Zebulon St., Barnesville, 30204. Monetary donations are tax deductible and a statement will be provided upon receipt.
Households in need of aid for Christmas should contact Mrs. B.J. Fambro at 770-358-2792 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. so she will know how many children need help.
Investigator Keith Dryden, Lead Fraud Investigator with the Griffin Police Department, has secured a total of twelve (12) felony warrants against Deno Rene Labrada, 52, of Norcross, pursuant to an active investigation into a reported check fraud incident involving a local bank in Griffin.
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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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