Father’s Day for Farmer of the Year Donald Yoder is like every other day at the farm and while he identifies his children as the backbone of the farm, every day is special as the 11 Yoder children do not need just one day to work hard and honor their father.
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Longtime local multitalented achiever Joyce Brooks Haire died June 10 at the age of 83. An Air Force veteran, she graduated from both Gordon Junior College and Tift College magna cum laude.
She did graduate work in Journalism at UGA and was alumni and public relations director at Tift during the period 1979-1984. During that same span, she wrote highly-popular profiles of local people that were featured on the front page weekly in the Barnesville Herald and subsequently The Herald Gazette. She moved on to work for the Hometown Journal in Thomaston and later opened her own print shop in downtown Barnesville.
She is survived by one daughter and two sons and a multitude of others.
Details of the 2009 murder of Buzz Burousas of Lamar County will be revealed on the Oxygen channel’s television series Snapped. The show debuts at 9 p.m. Sunday, June 12 with a rerun at 11 p.m. For viewers who miss the episode’s first showings, it will be aired again at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 18 and at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 19. The episode will tell details about Buzz and his wife who killed him, Teresa Mangham Burousas. A preview of the local Snapped series can be viewed below.
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The casket bearing the remains of fire chief Steve Andrews will be borne by a fire truck Friday morning for visits to the two fire stations and church where he devoted so much of his time.
His widow, Hope Andrews, and son, Luke Andrews, will ride in the fire engine that will leave Williams Funeral Home at 8:15 a.m. It will drive by the Barnesville fire station then travel to the the main LCFD station on Hwy. 36 West where it will pull through the back door and out the front door for one last response.
The engine will make its way to the Fine Arts Center for the 10 a.m. funeral service, circling Andrews' home church, Calvary Baptist, one last time.
Burial with full honors will follow the service in Greenwood Cemetery.
Interim fire chief Douglas Matthews said mourners are encouraged to observe the cortege at the two fire stations and at Calvary Baptist.
Firefighters from multiple counties will join in the final tribute to the chief. Others will volunteer their time to man local fire stations and respond to calls so local firefighters can pay their last respects to Andrews who died early Monday of pancreatic cancer.
The Barnesville-Lamar County Library will kickoff their summer reading program Saturday, June 4 with a Race for Reading 5K starting at Summers Field Park.
Registration begins at 7 a.m. the day of the race and will include a $30 entry fee. The race will begin at 8 a.m. Runners may choose to pre-register until May 31. The cost for pre-registration is $25. Pre-registration for students and children under 12 is $15. All runners who pre-register will receive a ‘Race for Reading’ t-shirt. Proceeds will benefit library youth services. [Full Story »]
Challenger Jonathan Adams won big enough in Lamar and Monroe counties to overcome a strong showing by incumbent Richard Milam in his home county of Butts to win the race for Towaliga Circuit district attorney in the May 24 general primary. [Full Story »]
A community-wide sunrise service will be held at Rainbow Ranch, the home of Steve Andrews, on Sunday, June 5 at 8 a.m. Pastor Allen Newman of Calvary Baptist Church will lead the service. Those who are younger and more mobile are requested to park toward the back in order to allow closer parking to the service area for those less mobile. For more information please contact Pastor Allen Newman at 770-358-1208.
Valedictorian Ben Seleb and salutatorian Elizabeth Ctibor will lead the Lamar County High School Class of 2016 through graduation exercises Saturday morning at Trojan Field.
Approximately 170 seniors will receive diplomas during the ceremony that begins at 9 a.m. In addition to Seleb and Ctibor, other students, board members, central office and high school staff and superintendent Dr. Jute Wilson will take part in the ceremony.
So far, the forecast for Saturday is perfect but Dr. Wilson and his staff are watching the weather for Saturday morning. Inclement weather would require moving graduation to the Fine Arts Center and limiting each senior to three or four tickets.
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District Attorney (Circuitwide) FINAL:
UPDATE 2: AT 11:10 P.M., MULTIPLE REPORTS INDICATED MILAM HAD CONCEDED THE RACE TO ADAMS THOUGH THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S WEBSITE HAD NOT CONFIRMED FINAL NUMBERS. Milam was up by about 1000 votes in his home county of Butts but lost Lamar and Monroe.
UPDATE: Adams carried Lamar 957-344. At 10:30 p.m., Adams led in Monroe County 2200-1377 with one precinct and absentee ballots not counted.
U.S. Senate (Republican Ballot):
Two black males have been arrested in connection with a 12:30 a.m. shooting early Saturday morning that killed at Griffin High football player and wounded a LCHS senior who was to march with the Class of 2016 Saturday morning.
Four people were shot at a graduation party at a home on Levi Barnes Road in Butts County Friday night. One, a 16-year-old Griffin High football player, was killed. One victim is an LCHS senior.
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With May 21 quickly approaching, the City of Milner is preparing for the premier of its fledgling Pecan Festival.
The first annual event will take place at the Milner City Park located near city hall and St. George’s Episcopal School. It will include a car show, kid’s park, fun run, the Run Like a Nut 5K and a live performance by country music star Donnie Lee Strickland. [Full Story »]