By Walter Geiger
The search is on for a new head football coach at Lamar County High School following the abrupt departure last week of Jason Strickland.
Strickland, who led the Trojans to the best season in school history last year at 12-1 and had a wealth of talent returning, was hired as the head coach of Fitzgerald High School Feb. 16. Strickland was 27-18 overall at LCCHS and 26-8 over the past three seasons. This was his first head coaching job.
A home invasion murder that could send two local men to prison for life without opportunity for parole, interrupted an off-campus party thrown by Gordon students and attended by neighbors in the Westchester Heights subdivision, according to testimony at a pretrial hearing Feb. 8. [Full Story »]
Two girls remain in extremely critical condition following a Sunday morning fire at their mobile home at 1927 Hwy. 36 East Sunday moring. Meanwhile all nine persons involved in the fire have been identified and the cause of the blaze has been narrowed down.
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Herald-Gazette subscriber Elliott Shimley blasted the county in a letter to the editor this week regarding being billed for fire fees he had already paid. We have had dozens of similar complaints. County administrator Bob Zellner promised a response by Friday, Feb. 3. We are still awaiting that response.
Here is Schimley's diatribe:
I received Lamar County’s letter on Jan. 20 accusing me of non-payment of the “carefully considered” fire and ambulance fees. As to the commission’s definition of “carefully considered,” in an article in The Herald Gazette on Dec. 7, 2010 the following is noted: From commissioner Nancy Thrash on small businesses: “I think we did some of them an injustice;” and from chairman Jay Matthews: “The process may be confusing” and he is “drafting an explanatory letter to be posted around the county” and “printed in the paper.”
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Early voting for the Super Tuesday March 6 Presidential Preference Primary starts Monday, Feb. 13 and goes through March 2 at the Lamar County board of elections and registration office. [Full Story »]