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.
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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 »]