James Edward Stewart, Sr., passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 31, 2016 on his 89th birthday. The family will meet friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Monday, January 2, 2017 at Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Barnesville, GA with the Rev. Frank Gibson officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 804 Cherry St., Macon GA 31201.
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Forecasts and weather models can change considerably over the next 36 hours but, as of now, it appears Lamar County will get a light dusting of snow overnight Friday that will melt away by Saturday afernoon. So, if you are going to make a snowman, plan to do it early Saturday.
Lamar is under a winter storm watch Friday night and Saturday morning. Rain is expected to turn to snow late Friday with snow taking over about 2 a.m. Saturday. Current models call for just over one tenth of an inch here.
Temperatures will rise to 36 degrees Saturday afternoon so the snow will melt as the day goes on.
Again, the forecast could change. As much as 3.5 inches is expected in northeast Georgia, so any deviation could bring heavier snow amounts to our area.
A new year has dawned and countless behavioral change resolutions have been made. No doubt many of those will have been broken by the time you read this.
Humans are creatures of habit. Our good habits go largely unnoticed but our bad habits are always under the spotlight’s glare. We may not be able to see them but everyone around us can. Our egos often will not let us acknowledge our negative traits and, thus, we allow them to take over our lives.
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A new year brings new life and the search is still on to find Lamar’s first baby of the new year. If you or yours welcomes a new baby into this world within the first few days of 2017 and the parents live in Lamar County, call 770358-NEWS (6397) to share the word. And, congratulations!
Kathy Davis Oxford, a veteran of the economic development field who lives in Barnesville, has been hired as executive director of the Industrial Development Authority to replace Missy Kendrick who resigned last year to take a similar post in Polk County.
Oxford will assume her new duties in February.
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The deadline to submit a nomination for the 2017 Outstanding Citizen of the Year and Businessperson of the Year is Jan. 4.
The 2017 Outstanding Citizen and Businessperson will be announced alongside other exceptional citizens at the Community Awards Banquet Jan. 19. Nominations should be turned into the chamber office no later than 5 p.m. January 4. Nomination forms must include biographical information about the nominee, including a brief summary of their professional life, participation in civic, church and social activities, contributions to the community and why the person should receive the award. Updated nomination forms can be found at the chamber office, or on their website barnesville. org. Completed forms may be mailed to P.O. Box 506, Barnesville or faxed to 770-358-5886.
January’s banquet will also recognize the community’s Farmer of the Year, Career Woman of the Year, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Britton Cauthen Firefighter of the Year and the STAR student and STAR teacher.
The Farmer of the Year will be presented by the Farm Bureau, the Career Woman will be presented by the Rotary Club, the Law Enforcement Officer will be presented by the Dewaine T. Bell Difference Makers, the Firefighter will be presented by the fire department and the STAR student and teacher will be recognized by the Kiwanis Club.
Tickets for the banquet are $25 and must be purchased before 5 p.m. January 16. For additional information contact the chamber at 770-358-5884.