Mrs. Margaret Cole Simmons, age 84, of Barnesville, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2017 in a Lamar County Healthcare Facility. A native of Atlanta, Mrs. Simmons was the daughter of the late Mr. Frank William Cole, Sr. and the late Mrs. Cora O’Shields Timbs. She was a Retired Teacher from the Atlanta Public School System, and was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church on Gaskill Street in Southeast Atlanta.
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Two Barnesville residents are among over 30 who have been arrested or are still on the run after a ring distributing methamphetamine and other drugs was taken down with multiple busts Wednesday spearheded by the Monroe County sheriff's office.
Assisting with 'Operation No Doze' were The fugitive task force of the U.S. Marshal's Service and the Department of Community Supervision.
The 'Queenpin' of the operation was identified as Jayna Marie Forbus, 38, of Forsyth.
The locals are Richard Kelly, 67, and Erma Lashane McKinnon, 44.
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Mr. Edgar Fletcher, III was born in Lamar County, Georgia to the parentage of the late Mr. Edgar Fletcher, Jr. and Mrs. Louise Sullivan Fletcher on April 8, 1948, being the third of eight children. Being reared in a Christian home he joined Rocky Mount at an early age where he learned about Jesus and realized he wanted him for his personal Lord and Savior.
He was educated in the Lamar County School System and was a graduate of the Booker High School Class of 1967.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Christine Fletcher Reid.
He was affectionally known as "Brother.” In 1987 he moved back to Lamar County with his family. He and his wife Tine helped organize the choir at Rocky Mount. He encouraged and convinced everyone to sing. He was persuasive with people until he convinced members who thought they couldn't carry a tune to sing in the choir. The choir traveled and performed at several churches. He enjoyed fishing and feeding wild animals as they traveled through his yard or flew in for a landing. He was a “Fix It Man." His famous words were "He could either fix it or finish tearing it up." Many times it was the latter. "Brothers" passion was talking about taxes of politics. If you got him started talking about either he could get his Red Man chew and his coffee cup and spend all day with you. His brother-in-law Tommy Ellerby got many firsthand experiences. His love for Lamar County was so great that a seven minute trip to town took him one hour. He had to take all the back roads to see who had moved into the county and what crops had been planted by the farmers.
In his early manhood he met and married the love of his life, Miss Earnestine White and together they spent 44 years until death departed them.
Memories of Edgar will forever linger in the hearts of his beloved family which includes a loving wife: Earnestine W. Fletcher of Barnesville, GA; a daughter: Mrs. Monica (Sherman) Maddux of Marietta, GA; three grandchildren: Jasmine, Terrell and Brittany; two great grandchildren: Hudson and Kennedy; God-daughter: Shirley Thompson of Washington, DC; sisters and brothers: Bettye J. Fletcher of Atlanta, GA; James E. Fletcher, Gretchen (Tommy) Ellerby, Darrell (Mary) Fletcher all of Barnesville, GA; Iris M. McGlothen of East Point, GA and Linda Maxine*Zellner of Jonesboro, GA; aunts and uncles; Lucille Ranson of Seaside, CA; J.C. (Martha) Fletcher of East Point, GA; Otis Fletcher of Gainesville, GA; Minnie Grace Cofield of Columbus, OH; Willa Fletcher of Dayton, OH; Teresa Sullivan and Gertrude Pennington of Atlanta, GA; Myrtle Hutchinson of Decatur, GA; Pauline Moore of Forsyth, GA; Will (Mattie Florence) Hogan of Lizella, GA; Sara Ann Tyus of Jackson, GA; Bishop Mark (Alma) Mays of Ohio and Carl (June) Hogan of Forsyth, GA and host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends also survive.
The LC school board has scheduled a special called meeting to introduce its new head football coach for 6 p.m. Thursday. The position became vacant when current head coach Bryan Love moved on to Woodland High in Henry County after a lone 6-5 season leading the Trojans.
The new coach has agreed to live in Lamar County.
The search drew over 100 candidates from 10 different states.
With Chuck Roast and Coca Cola on sale this week at Giant Mart, this is a family pleaser.
1 beef roast, of choice
1 package onion soup mix
1 (12 ounce) can Coke
red potatoes, halved
carrot, cut in chunks
fresh mushrooms, whole or sliced (optional)
1 can whole kernel corn, drained well (optional)
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Former Lamar County High School soccer players are invited to Friday night’s contests with Temple for special alumni recognition and a coed pickup game after the varsity matches.
Soccer action at Trojan Field begins at 5:30 p.m. with the girls match. The Trojans play afterwards at 7:30 p.m.
“This is a time for our graduates to come back and be recognized between games. We may have an alumni game afterwards. It would be like a homecoming for soccer without all the pageantry. In the past 12 years, the program has grown and progressed into something the community can be proud of and I think it would be great to recognize those players from previous years who laid the foundation for the success we have had recently,” Lady Trojan coach Wayne Calvert said.
Former players interested in attending and/ or playing in an alumni game should contact Calvert at 770.358.8641 or e-mail tcalvert@lamar. k12.ga.us.