Barnesville-Lamar County can look forward to a much needed dry spell this week to enjoy turkey, dressing and the travel that goes along with it. The sunny days in the forecast come on the heels of a rainy period that will make this the wettest November since at least 1981.
Local creeks were out of their banks and ponds and lakes overflowing after a heavy rain averaging over two and a half inches overnight Nov. 17. Groundwater levels are as high now as they were in the aftermath of the great flood of 1994, many observers say.
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Work off those Thanksgiving calories by joining the Barnesville Holiday Hustle 2015 5K at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Benefitting the Dolly Goodpuppy Society, registration is $30 prior to the race and $35 on race day. Participants can choose to run or walk and win prizes for dressing in the spirit of the event. Those who bring a donation of dog food or cash will receive a raffle ticket for a basket of goodies. T-shirts will be given to each runner and extras may be purchased if available. Registration packet pickup starts at 6 p.m. or register online at Active.com by searching for Barnesville Holiday Hustle.
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Officials of the Lamar County school system are reporting an estimated loss of $426,570 in local tax revenue this year due to the county’s settlement of a civil suit by Piedmont Green Power. The system also loses $428,904 in equalization funds from the state because of the size of the 2013 county tax digest, and another $724,480 in state “austerity cuts,” according to finance director Brian Stephens and superintendent Dr. Jute Wilson’s presentations at last week’s board of education meeting.
The LC Trojans, coming off a disappointing loss to Macon County, will face the Early County Bobcats in the first round of the GHSA Class AA playoffs next week. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Trojan Field.
Registered voters in the City of Barnesville are shaping local government today in the municipal general election. Incumbent mayor Peter Banks is being challenged by Wanda Sumners Brothers. Incumbent ward 3 councilman Sammie Shropshire is being challenged by Dorothy Carter.