County commission chairman Charles Glass has ordered the U.S. flags flown at county buildings and grounds be lowered to half staff for the remainder of the week in honor of the servicemen killed in Chattanooga.
"Last Thursday five soldiers were killed in an act of domestic terrorism in Chattanooga, Tennessee. On behalf of the citizens of Lamar County we are grateful for their selfless service to protect our freedoms and our way of life. We mourn their loss and we desire to honor them with the dignity and respect they rightfully deserve," Glass said.
I am writing to inform you of a legal judgement against me.
Laura and I took over operation of The Herald Gazette and The Journal Reporter in Zebulon in 1979. For several years, we printed our newspapers at the Griffin Daily News where there were two presses. In 1982, one of those presses was moved to Barnesville where the papers were printed for some 15 more years.
With the increasing demand for color pages that our Goss Community press could not handle, we sold that press and moved our printing back to the Griffin Daily News on a contract basis. Later, the corporation that runs the Griffin paper decided to shutter its press and we were given one week to find a printer.
We signed a contract with The Macon Telegraph and got great reproduction from its flexographic press. Flexo presses are expensive to operate and maintain and the Telegraph eventually decided to shut it down and our printing was moved to Columbus under the same contract. The Telegraph fired its press and mailroom crews.
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A fast-moving squall line generated high winds and heavy rain Wednesday afternoon, knocking out power west of Milner and in the Liberty Hill area.
Southern Rivers had just under 250 members without power at 7 p.m. Most of those were along the Five Points Road between Hwy. 18 West and Hwy. 41 North. Also hard hit was the area near the Liberty Hill Community House.
At 7:05 p.m., SRE's Bobby Ferris reported the co-op lost four circuits near Milner but three had been restored. Repairs should not take long unless there are issues along service lines on private property.
The City of Barnesville has reached a monetary settlement with the mothers of two men who were struck and killed by a Barnesville Police Department cruiser driven by officer Terry Belvin on May 16, 2014.
After the death of one beloved family member recently, his survivors debated whether to talk to the newspaper about their ordeal.
“If it will help somebody to know what we’re going through, and help them support their own family members who are diagnosed with cancer, we’re ready to tell the story,” said Patty Johnson, whose brother John Stacey Curry, 51, died of widespread cancer in his liver, lungs and abdomen.
“My brother was diagnosed in July 2014 and the doctors said he could live about a month without treatment, or six months with treatment. He had both radiation and chemo, and made it almost a year,” Johnson added. “I have a doctor’s appointment soon and I’m having every test I can have. Everybody should pay attention and if there is any cancer, catch it early.” [Full Story »]
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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