UPDATE: 8:45 a.m. Department of Corrections officers still have a perimeter in place and are taking warrants on Coe. He is still at large.
UPDATE 8:15 a.m., at daylight Eric Kenneth Coe, 19, was still at large. He is 5'11" tall and weighs 158 pounds. He has less hair than shown in this photo. Local and state law enforcement officers continue to search for him.
UPDATE: At 11:25 p.m., the searches in all locations had been for naught.
UPDATE: Following a sighting by a citizen of a white male dressed all in white near a woodline, some units have moved into the area of Pine and Poplar streets and Memorial Drive in Barnesviille to search as of 10:25 p.m. Wednesday.
Sheriff Brad White said the investigation into the reliability of the report was ongoing though search dogs were deployed.
He suggested residents keep home and vehicle doors and windows secured.
BPD chief Chuck Keadle said the search would continue through the night until the Department of Corrections called it off.
Again, the escapee, Eric Kenneth Coe, was incarcerated for violating his probation on theft charges. He is not thought to be violent but all precautions should be taken anytime an inmate is on the run.
Any suspicious activity should immediately be reported by calling 911.
Julia Heidbrink, a local field trial dog trainer, is the founder/operator of the Georgians for Trump Facebook page and was interviewed by an Atlanta television station in that role. She still stands behind Trump despite the Megyn Kelly blowup.
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Though they have been busy with camps and workouts all summer, the Lamar County Trojans officially opened practice for the 2015 season Monday with preseason conditioning drills. The Trojans will do full contact work for the first time at a midnight scrimmage at Trojan Field Friday night/Saturday morning.
The ‘practice’ begins at midnight. One-on-one board drills will commence at about 12:30 a.m. There will be a 35-minute controlled scrimmage at 12:45 a.m.
New GHSA contact guidelines limit the amount of scrimmage time. Admission for the event is a box of Tide detergent or Tide liquid detergent. The midnight event takes advantage of GHSA’s mandate that football practice in pads cannot begin until August 1. That is also the first day practices are allowed for high school softball, cross-country, volleyball and cheerleading squads.
Gordon State College resident students will begin moving into the residence halls on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 10 and 11 with Fall 2015 Semester classes set to get under way Wednesday, Aug. 12. [Full Story »]
Hours, days and weeks of preparation have been aimed at a target date: Monday, Aug. 3, the day Lamar County students will come back to school for the 2015-16 year.
Open house for all schools will be held July 30 from 2-6 p.m. at all four locations. Parents and students are invited to meet teachers, receive information and enjoy seeing friends again after summer vacation.
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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.