Barnesville-Lamar County can look forward to a much needed dry spell this week to enjoy turkey, dressing and the travel that goes along with it. The sunny days in the forecast come on the heels of a rainy period that will make this the wettest November since at least 1981.
Local creeks were out of their banks and ponds and lakes overflowing after a heavy rain averaging over two and a half inches overnight Nov. 17. Groundwater levels are as high now as they were in the aftermath of the great flood of 1994, many observers say.
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The Apostle Paul, writing to his beloved friends in Philippi, said, “I thank my God every time I remember you” (Philippians 1:3).
Here in this week of Thanksgiving, I want to thank God for people.
I thank God for my parents, the late Champ and Sara Ruffin, who provided me with life and love. I thank God for the people of my hometown of Barnesville, who gave me a wonderful place to grow up. [Full Story »]
Santa Claus will make his debut appearance in downtown Barnesville Wednesday night at the annual Illumination Celebration.
The event promises a festive atmosphere for the Man in Red’s arrival with gingerbread houses in business storefronts, music, handbells, a reading of The Christmas Story and prayer.
Santa will pose for pictures with kids at Salon on Main and businesses will be open for Christmas shopping.
Prayers of Thanksgiving will be the focus at the Community Thanksgiving Service which precedes the celebration at 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church on Thomaston Street. The service is presented by the Lamar County Ministerial Association.
A community choir directed by Rev. John Cox of FUMC will perform as will a trio from Antioch Baptist Church consisting of Margaret McCook, Jeremy Rooks and Grant Turner. Wayne Cook will serve as organist.
Local pastors Rev. Craig Ogletree, Rev. Jeff Morgan, Rev. Ken Ross, Rev. Steve Pattison, Rev. Garth Foster and Elder Leslie Holmes will take part in the program.
An offering will be collected with the proceeds going to the Empty Stocking Fund.
After the church service, attendees will move downtown for Santa’s arrival.
SRE awards almost $20,000 in Bright Ideas Grants for local teachers
Southern Rivers Energy and the Southern Rivers Energy Trust, Inc. awarded a total of $19,690 to local teachers to fund innovative lesson plans for students. Members of the Bright Ideas Brigade from Southern Rivers Energy surprised the winning teachers in their classrooms with flowers, balloons, big checks and gift bags. Grants of up to $1,000 are awarded to teachers for their creative classroom projects. The program is designed to challenge teachers to develop innovative lesson plans that engage students, involve teamwork and re-energize their love of learning. Grants are not awarded for professional development.
Work off those Thanksgiving calories by joining the Barnesville Holiday Hustle 2015 5K at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Benefitting the Dolly Goodpuppy Society, registration is $30 prior to the race and $35 on race day. Participants can choose to run or walk and win prizes for dressing in the spirit of the event. Those who bring a donation of dog food or cash will receive a raffle ticket for a basket of goodies. T-shirts will be given to each runner and extras may be purchased if available. Registration packet pickup starts at 6 p.m. or register online at Active.com by searching for Barnesville Holiday Hustle.
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