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.
This edition of The Herald-Gazette was published on the third day of Christmas. Speaking of which - did you receive three French hens? Or, if you’re reading this on Wednesday, did you receive four calling birds? If not, you might want to consider just how true your “true love” is.
You might be like me, though: I’d prefer three Cornish hens (they’re mighty tasty!) or four non-calling birds (I’m on the bird no-call list).
If you’re like me (admit it: you just said, “Not likely!), you were a grown human being before you learned that there really are twelve days of Christmas. For the first two decades of my life, I thought it was just one of the worst Christmas songs ever written.
It’s not the worst one, though, not by a long shot. The worst Christmas song of all time is “Last Christmas” by Wham!.
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At its final meeting of the year Dec. 20, the Lamar County commission bade farewell to Van Baker who completes a four-year term Dec. 31.
Baker, a Republican and retired Norfolk Southern railroad executive, decided not to seek reelection. Ryran Traylor, another Republican, ran unopposed for Baker’s post and will take office Jan. 1.
“It has been my pleasure. I had no idea what I was getting into. It has been a learning process. I have great appreciation for all the men and women on this board and who work on county staffs. In four years, I have seen tremendous positive change. I have been proud to be a part of that,” Baker said. [Full Story »]
The December term grand jury is designated annually as the investigative grand jury and does inspections of county facilities. This year’s group has recommended the construction of a new jail.
The current jail, named for longtime sheriff J.C. Waller, was built in 1993. Incarcerated clients are tough on facilities and 23 is pretty old in jail years.
The grand jury found the jail was orderly and well run.
“The staff was friendly and helpful. The inmates we encountered were respectful, busy and appeared to be well treated,” the grand jurors wrote in their presentments.
They noted, however, that the age of the jail prevents it from being a state of the art facility. They were greatly concerned about the jail control room and cited the safety of staff and inmates.
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Mutt Williams was raised in Fort Walton Beach, FL and was a longtime resident of Destin. He was born to the late Melvin Eugene Williams and Helen LaVerne Williams. He is survived by his older sister and brother, Donna Williams Stuart and Jeffrey Lee Williams, and their families.
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