Many Lamar County citizens have received their 2015 tax bill and the net digest to be collected this year will be $13,202,428, compared to the $12,736,509 collected last year. There are 1,142 parcels of personal property listed this year, up from 1,091 last year and the 2015 real property count is 9,188, down slightly from the 9,194 last year.
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A bomb threat was called in to the dentist office of Dr. Gerald Cauthen, DDS, early in the morning Wednesday, Sept. 16. According to Sgt. B. McWhorter, the first call was made around 7:30 a.m. before the office opened.
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Be on the lookout for the mobile Trojan-themed smoker/grill. The grill was stolen from Trojan Field over the weekend.
If you have seen the grill or have information on it, call Mike Jett (404-313-6019), coach Jamie Abrams (770-358-8641), Tonya Treadwell (678-972-649), Shannon Jett (404-201-4730) or local law enforcement.
This terrier/chihuahua mix (maybe) was found Friday morning on Greenwood Street. It is a male wearing a green John Deere collar. He may have run away during Thursday night's storms. If you know where he belongs, call 770.358.3442.
Though we hate to legitimize rumors via our coverage, rumors of violence at area schools Friday originating out of the Black Lives Matter movement have prompted extra security.
Sheriff Brad White said he will have extra deputies at all Lamar schools Friday.
School superintendent Dr. Jute Wilson sent this memo to staff and teachers today:
As you may have heard, there are rumors on social media of violence planned in the Spalding/Pike/Lamar/Monroe/Upson area. At this time, we have no reason to believe these are anything other than rumors. We are in close communication with our local law enforcement. As a precaution, there is an increased presence of law enforcement on our campuses for visibility and security. The increased officer presence will be in place tomorrow at our schools and the home football game as well.
Again, all measures are precautionary. We will communicate any updates if needed. In the event you have any concerns, please contact your administrator."
No school or law enforcement in the area have been able to verify any of these rumors as credible threats.
Some have described Friday's precautions as a 'soft lockdown'.
As if there were not enough drama surrounding the matchup Friday night between Lamar County and Mary Persons, the game will pit two brothers, each a star in his own right, against each other. [Full Story »]
After three lightly attended public hearings, the Lamar County board of commissioners last week approved several resolutions about taxes -- including a 2015 millage rate of 11.512, up one mill from last year.
County sources said the increase is now 9.09%, down by 2.24% from the original proposal of a 1.236 mill increase that figured out to 11.33%.
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