The days leading up to Lamar County's Friday matchup with Mary Persons were filled with gang threats from MP players and the game ended controversially as Lamar threatened to tie the game.
The Trojans had come back from a 29-13 deficit, pounding away at an MP defense that was done for the night. Three Dogs defenders were knocked out of the game. LC cut it to 29-27 with 1:53 left in the third period and lined up to kick a PAT when MP was called for offsides. Trojan coach Jamie Abrams elected to go for two but MP coaches rushed on to the field with a lightning detector and called the game before the PAT try from the one yard line.
After multiple delays the game was ended just after 11 p.m. with MP up by two.
There had been lightning in the area all night but nothing was done until the Dogs began getting stuffed on offense and outrun badly on defense.
Lamar officials believe the PAT try has to be allowed and are checking with the Georgia High School Association. Lamar fans felt MP hid behind its lightning detector.
Realtime scoring from the game was provided by Walter Geiger from the sidelines.
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The body of a 43-year-old Barnesville man is at the state crime lab for autopsy after he died in bed following his return home seemingly uninjured after a traffic accident, according to coroner Jim Smith.
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The Miss Barnesville Buggy Days pageant and the annual window decorating contest will be held this Saturday, a lead-in to the 41st annual Buggy Days event, which has plenty of happenings to please almost every palate.
While the pageant will begin at 9 a.m. and go on all day and into the evening, the window decorating will be judged on the theme, Nothing More American than Barnesville Buggy Days. The first place winner will receive $75. Second place will get $50 and third place will get $25. All will receive ribbons for display.
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Five Mary Persons players, including top running back Dee High, have been suspended for Friday night's game with Lamar County after posting an obscenity-laced Facebook video in which they set fire to a hoodie brandishing an LC logo.
The video came two weeks after Pike players taunted Lamar with a basket of pigs feet, bacon and bacon bits left outside their dressing room before the game. The slur backfired on the Pirates who were down 40 points at the half.
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My Mama, May Melton, was a true Southern lady. She exuded faith, beauty, grace, kindness, courage, spirit and love. When she left this mortal earth at 91, she had taught me how to live and also how to die.
Most in life, she loved and cherished my Daddy. For 69 years they were true to the vows they took June 30, 1943 before they passed under the crossed sabers in their full military wedding at Fort Riley, Kansas. When the love of her life died 19 months ago, Mama covered the enormous hole in her heart and showed us how to bravely ‘carry on’ just as he had instructed me to do.
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Details are sketchy but a motorcyclist was killed in a crash near C&B Convenience Store near the intersection of Fredonia Church Rd. and Hwy. 41 South Sunday evening. Deputy coroner Cindy Killingsworth was still on the scene at 8 p.m., according to coroner Jim Smith.
One of the last true southern ladies has died. May Wingfield Melton, widow of Quimby Melton Jr., died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 at her home in Griffin at age 91.
Born in Athens, Georgia on March 9, 1923, Mrs. Melton was the only daughter of Middleton Barnett Wingfield and Lura May Kenimer Wingfield.
She graduated from Athens High School where she was a valedictory speaker and from the University of Georgia. She was the first female editor of the Red & Black student newspaper at the University of Georgia in 1944 and a member of Phi Mu sorority.
Married in a military ceremony at Fort Riley, Kansas on June 30, 1943, Mrs. Melton worked on the Sacramento Union newspaper in California and was society and feature writer for the Griffin Daily News.
Living in Griffin for 70 years, Mrs. Melton was president of the Griffin Utility Club, W.S.C.S and J.O.Y. Sunday School class of the First United Methodist and the first president of the Dogwood Garden Club.
Mrs. Melton enjoyed reading, playing bridge and gardening, especially working with roses.
She is survived by four children: Dr. Oliver Quimby Melton III and his wife Louisa of Griffin, Mary Melton Forehand and her husband James of Stone Mountain, Laura Melton Geiger and her husband Walter of Barnesville and Leila Melton Stone and her husband Charles Edward of Forsyth.
Seven grandchildren survive: Dr. Oliver Quimby Melton IV and his wife Samantha, Isaac Lucius Melton and his wife Shelly of Griffin, Marianne Forehand DeVito and her husband Steven, Robert Edward Stone, Carol Elizabeth Forehand, May Melton Geiger and Olivia Lanier Geiger. Three great-grandsons, Isaac Melton, Asher Melton and Silas Melton of Griffin survive. Two brothers, Middleton Barnett Wingfield Jr. and his wife Frances of Memphis, Tennessee and William Terrell Wingfield and his wife Joy of Athens, Georgia also survive.
A memorial service for Mrs. Melton, who was an organ donor, will be held Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014 at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Griffin. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials can be made to the First United Methodist Church, 1401 Maple Drive, Griffin, Ga. 30224.
Haisten-McCullough Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.