A local man is in the Lamar County jail after allegedly prying out the window of a doctor's car at a Forsyth gas station August 10 and stealing a .45 caliber pistol, iPad and day planner.
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Mrs. Peggy Tyus O’Dell, age 92, a native of Barnesville, passed away Sunday, August 16, 2015, at her home.
Mrs. O’Dell was born September 24, 1922, daughter of the late Lewis Calhoun and Dora Howard Tyus. She was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in The Rock. After graduating from Brenau College, Peggy went to Atlanta to work for the Red Cross during World War II. A friend at the Red Cross set her up on a blind date with a marine who was in Atlanta for training, Bill O’Dell.
During college, Peggy was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority. She remained an active alumnus and held many positions over the years working with the college chapters around Georgia. Peggy was also a proud member of the DAR, the Azalea Garden Club and Bridge Clubs in Barnesville. Although she had slowed down, she played bridge throughout 2014.
Survivors include a son, John Tyus O’Dell and his wife, Terry, of Waldo, Wisconsin; daughter, Lisa O’Dell Newton of Conyers; and four grandchildren, Robert Baxter and his wife, Nadine, of Marietta, Loraine O’Dell, Megan O’Dell and Amy O’Dell, all of Waldo, Wisconsin. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill O’Dell and daughter, Margaret O’Dell Baxter.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Greenwood Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Greenwood Cemetery Preservation Association, Inc., 109 Forsyth Street Barnesville, GA 30204.
Services are being arranged and directed by Breedlove Memorial Chapel, Barnesville, GA. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.breedlovememorialchapel.com
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Summers Field has seen generations of families having fun at all sorts of events for more than 100 years and will host a grand reopening Monday, Aug. 17 at 10:30 a.m. after extensive changes to the park.
“Summers Field is one of Barnesville’s oldest and most valuable civic resources. For 104 years now, the people of Barnesville have gathered at Summers Field to partake, to compete and to socialize. Summers Field is our assembly point, our gathering place, our home field,” said Barnesville mayor Peter Banks. “Perhaps more than any other public facility in Barnesville, Summers Field has truly served the people of this community well. Soon we will begin a new era in the illustrious history of the park. Once again, to take its place as an icon of community pride that will be enjoyed by generations to come.” [Full Story »]
UPDATE: 8:45 a.m. Department of Corrections officers still have a perimeter in place and are taking warrants on Coe. He is still at large.
UPDATE 8:15 a.m., at daylight Eric Kenneth Coe, 19, was still at large. He is 5'11" tall and weighs 158 pounds. He has less hair than shown in this photo. Local and state law enforcement officers continue to search for him.
UPDATE: At 11:25 p.m., the searches in all locations had been for naught.
UPDATE: Following a sighting by a citizen of a white male dressed all in white near a woodline, some units have moved into the area of Pine and Poplar streets and Memorial Drive in Barnesviille to search as of 10:25 p.m. Wednesday.
Sheriff Brad White said the investigation into the reliability of the report was ongoing though search dogs were deployed.
He suggested residents keep home and vehicle doors and windows secured.
BPD chief Chuck Keadle said the search would continue through the night until the Department of Corrections called it off.
Again, the escapee, Eric Kenneth Coe, was incarcerated for violating his probation on theft charges. He is not thought to be violent but all precautions should be taken anytime an inmate is on the run.
Any suspicious activity should immediately be reported by calling 911.