Thanksgiving is upon us and we have so very much to be thankful for. All you have to do is follow the news cycle for 24 hours and you will realize we have it pretty good.
It is highly unlikely, for example, that we will be beheaded because of our faith. Freedom of religion is alive and well in the United States of America but, sadly, many do not avail themselves of it. They remain faithless at a time when faith is so sorely needed.
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Just after 5:00 pm Monday evening, November 24, 2014 Officers from the Griffin Police Department (GPD) responded to a report a man shot in the Ma and Pa Grocery Store parking lot located at 1137 Meriwether Street, Griffin, Georgia.
Upon their arrival they located a black male victim that had been shot lying on the ground near the car wash. EMS was notified and responded to the scene at which time the victim was transported to Spalding Regional Medica l Center. Shortly after arriving at the ER the victim was pronounced dead. He was identified as Demarkis Willis, 21 years of age of 409 S. 15th St., Griffin, Georgia. [Full Story »]
The Ferguson, Mo. grand jury has reached a decision on whether or not to indict police officer Darren Wilson who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown following a scuffle Aug. 9. That decision will be announced at 9 p.m. Monday.
Wilson is white. Brown was black.
Though no repercussions are expected locally, you should be prepared.
Violence is possible. In an unscientific online poll run on barnesville.com and pikecountygeorgia.com, 250 of 484 respondents (51.65%) said rioting and looting are acceptable reactions if Wilson is not indicted.
Two storms, possibly tornadoes, roared through Lamar County Sunday evening - one east of Barnesville and one west.
Bobby Ferris of Southern Rivers Energy reports the co-op is aware of damage. "We don't know how bad it is. Our computer system is down and the IT team is working on it." UPDATE: The SRE system was back up at 6:41 p.m. At that time there were about 1,700 co-op members without power. Outages can be viewed at the southernriversenergy.com storm center link.
Multiple trees and power lines were down along the following roads: Sanders, Morgan Dairy, Rock Springs, Walton, Johnstonville, High Falls Park, Chappell Mill and Parker Branch. Power is out in multiple areas.
A pole barn was destroyed at the county barn near the Barnesville-Lamar County Industrial Park. Lamar public works superintendent James Rigdon said it appeared the storm went in the back door and out the front door, damaging both roll-up doors. County commission Jay Matthews said his initial assessment is the county barn is a total loss.
Sheriff Brad White said as of 5:50 p.m. no injuries had been reported.
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The Lamar County Trojans were outscored 34-0 in the second half and lost 48-20 Friday to the GAC Spartans. They finish 8-3-1.
Coach Jamie Abrams' Trojans hung tough in the first half and actually led at intermission against the top ranked team in Class AA. They fell behind in the second half, however, and, when forced to pass to stay alive, threw what seemed to be more interceptions than completions.
The Trojan showing in the first half was strong enough that Spartan head coach Tim Hardy felt it necessary to leave his starters in in order to tack on one last touchdown with under a minute left and the game long since decided. That was judged a classless move by all on the LC sidelines.
Realtime scoring from the game was provided by Walter Geiger.
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With the Empty Stocking Fund and Toys for Tots concentrating on making Christmas happen for Lamar County children under age 12, the school system is stepping up to help make the holidays happy for teenagers.
“Christmas assistance is going to keep me busy,” said school social worker Kiana Battle.
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The recent celebration of Veterans Day, marking the end of World War I on Nov. 11, 1918, becomes even more meaningful with discovery of photos brought home from Europe by Sam Paul Jones of Barnesville.
Jones’s daughter, Christine Williams of Barnesville, brought the photos to The Herald Gazette and talked about her father’s service in the U.S. Army in World War I. She said she can remember that as a child she marched in Veterans Day parades with her father. [Full Story »]