The annual Martin Luther King Day observance drew a large crowd for the march to the courthouse where participants heard moving remarks from Rev. Craig Ogletree and district attorney Jonathan Adams, the keynote speakers.
The crowd welcomed the warm weather for the normally frigid event.
With a change in sponsorship, the annual celebration to honor the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will continue to be held on the holiday, January 16.
The Lamar Chapter of the NAACP is handling details for the event. Plans include a continental breakfast at E.P. Roberts Center, 188 Mill Street, at 8 a.m., followed by a march to the courthouse. A speaker and soloist will be featured at the courthouse, according to NAACP president Barbara Minter, and the group will march back to the center.
Local musicians, color guard and other details are pending, said Minter. Plans were made at the chapter meeting last week, when new officers were installed by Henry Wilder, president of the Upson NAACP Chapter. The chapter is seeking donations of food for the breakfast. Call Minter at 770-584-4361. The officers are Minter, president; Richard Miller, vice president; Christopher Hightower, second vice president; Anita Reid, secretary; Juanita Fletcher, assistant secretary; Cynthia Banks, treasurer, and Joe Hudson, honorary senior advisor.
The 2017 outstanding citizen and businessperson of the year will be honored alongside other exceptional citizens at the annual Community Awards Banquet Jan. 19 at the civic center. Tickets for the banquet are available at the chamber of commerce for $25 and must be purchased before 5 p.m. Jan.16.
Those nominated for outstanding citizen are the late fire chief Steve Andrews, Patricia Peurifoy of Dolly Goodpuppy, United Bank president Robbie Tenney, assistant city manager Tim Turner and sheriff Brad White.
The businessperson nominees are Debbie Adamson of DB’s Pizzeria, Stacey Ard of Coastal Home Care, Maxine Gibson and Angela Tipton of Goggans Florist, Ronald Horton of the Horton's Rendezvous, Kim Ozier of Ozier Dance and John, Glen and Russ Walters of Sunny Grove Assisted Living Center.
Also to be honored are the community’s farmer of the year, career woman of the year, law enforcement officer of the year, Britton Cauthen firefighter of the year, volunteer of the year and the STAR student and teacher.
For additional information contact the chamber at 770-358-5884.
Dr. Hewlette Collier Connell died on January 7, 2017, in Williamsburg, VA where he lived with his beloved wife of thirty-seven years, Marty K. Connell, and a succession of dogs whom he spoiled terribly and unapologetically.
He was born on August 16, 1932, in Barnesville, GA, the only child of Doris Collier and George Boyce Connell, Commandant at Gordon Military College. In addition to the normal pursuits of a young boy in small town, Depression era Georgia, Hew caddied at the local golf course and entered into a lifelong love of the game. If he wasn't caddying he was playing, ultimately becoming a scratch handicap golfer.
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Mrs. Gloria Ann Tharpe Devore, age 84, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at a Butts County Healthcare Facility. Mrs. Devore is preceded in death by her husband the late Mr. Earl Daniel Devore; she was the daughter of late Mr. George Alexander Tharpe Sr. and the late Mrs. Mildred Mae Smith Tharpe. Mrs. Devore was a homemaker, and was a member of Ramah Primitive Baptist Church.
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The Amazon original series The Man in the High Castle is loosely based on a novel of the same name by Philip K. Dick. My Good Wife and I have recently finished watching the second season. It’s a fascinating and troubling show. I’m glad there will be a Season 3.
I evidently enjoy being fascinated and troubled.
The premise of the series, which is set in 1962, is that the Axis powers won World War II. The Nazis control the Atlantic side of the United States, while the Japanese occupy the Pacific side. A neutral zone in the Rocky Mountains region separates the rival empires.
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The apparent failure to pay some employees in the Summer Food Service Program has resulted in “termination of relationship” between the city of Barnesville and April Smith Scott, an investigation by the supervising state agency providing SFSP funding and magistrate court filings for payment of debt from two SFSP employees.
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