In light of a ruling Friday by the U.S. Supreme Court declaring same-sex marriages legal in all states, some local pastors are standing by the Biblical injunction against same-sex relationships, married or not. The pastors are commenting they want to be understood as loving people, not homophobes or bigots, whose definition of marriage remains between a man and a woman.
In the legal system, the probate court has received new marriage license application forms, changing “bride and groom” to “applicant 1, applicant 2.” About 18 months ago, the probate court stopped performing marriage ceremonies. [Full Story »]
Melissa Stokes Tyler, 48, of Athens was killed in an auto accident June 20 near Wrens in Emmanuel County, Ga. Her husband and daughter were injured when their car was hit by a vehicle driven by a driver allegedly impaired by alcohol and/or drugs.
Mrs. Tyler was the sister of Elizabeth Matthews, wife of former Lamar commission chairman Jay Matthews.
Obituary information is posted under the obits tab below.
Lamar NAACP president Sandra Puckett is calling on all citizens here to stop what they are doing at noon Saturday to pray for those impacted by the Charleston church shootings.
"We as community leaders must continue to pray and ask God to help us to understand and know how to stand up against evil and shine a light on the darkness that wants to destroy our nation. There is still much to be done and together in prayer we can do it," Puckett said.
Due to lightning last Friday night, the Barnesville-Lamar County Chamber of Commerce will host 'When the Game Stands Tall' during Movies at the Ritz. The free movie event is sponsored by Southern Rivers Energy and those who wear jerseys (from any sport) the the event will get half off popcorn and drinks.
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Carl Pruett, one of the original founders of the Barnesville BBQ & Blues Festival that was altered and rebranded this year, reported last week that the original event format will be staged in Griffin this fall.
The Griffin event, called the Doc Holliday Blues & BBQ Festival, will incorporate the Saturday night blues concert which was dropped from the Barnesville lineup.
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The Dorothy W. Hightower Library will get a full makeover as renovations begin in the coming months. Books, supplies, computers and equipment are currently being moved to the library’s new location for the next year: the Instructional Complex building, rooms, 112, 116 and 117. The library is expected to move full-time to the Instructional Complex building in mid-June and reopen sometime around March 2016.
“We currently have two floors and seating for approximately 325 to 350 students, and the campus has outgrown this space. With the renovation, we will almost double that number with a little over 525 seats and areas for students to study,” said library director Dr. Sonya Gaither. [Full Story »]
If you think it is time for your young athlete to move up from recreational soccer play, you may consider having him or her to participate in Fury FC soccer evaluations and tryouts this week.
Training is more intense than recreation soccer and the expectations for parents and players are greater as well. Fury teams at all levels are coached by licensed, experienced coaches. They will also work with paid trainers with vast soccer playing time and skills.
Tryouts for boys and girls at the U9-U12 level are June 1 and 2 from 6-7 p.m. at Pike Soccer Complex located on County Farm Road in Zebulon. Tryouts for those in the U13-U19 level are June 2 and 3 at 6 p.m. also at the soccer complex.
As a testament to the training, every girl on last fall's U15 Athena team that moved on to high school started as a freshman for her high school team.
Participants should bring a ball, cleats, shinguards and water to tryouts. For more info., visit pikesoccer.org.