With a change in sponsorship, the annual celebration to honor the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will continue to be held on the holiday, January 16.
The Lamar Chapter of the NAACP is handling details for the event. Plans include a continental breakfast at E.P. Roberts Center, 188 Mill Street, at 8 a.m., followed by a march to the courthouse. A speaker and soloist will be featured at the courthouse, according to NAACP president Barbara Minter, and the group will march back to the center.
Local musicians, color guard and other details are pending, said Minter. Plans were made at the chapter meeting last week, when new officers were installed by Henry Wilder, president of the Upson NAACP Chapter. The chapter is seeking donations of food for the breakfast. Call Minter at 770-584-4361. The officers are Minter, president; Richard Miller, vice president; Christopher Hightower, second vice president; Anita Reid, secretary; Juanita Fletcher, assistant secretary; Cynthia Banks, treasurer, and Joe Hudson, honorary senior advisor.
The 2017 outstanding citizen and businessperson of the year will be honored alongside other exceptional citizens at the annual Community Awards Banquet Jan. 19 at the civic center. Tickets for the banquet are available at the chamber of commerce for $25 and must be purchased before 5 p.m. Jan.16.
Those nominated for outstanding citizen are the late fire chief Steve Andrews, Patricia Peurifoy of Dolly Goodpuppy, United Bank president Robbie Tenney, assistant city manager Tim Turner and sheriff Brad White.
The businessperson nominees are Debbie Adamson of DB’s Pizzeria, Stacey Ard of Coastal Home Care, Maxine Gibson and Angela Tipton of Goggans Florist, Ronald Horton of the Horton's Rendezvous, Kim Ozier of Ozier Dance and John, Glen and Russ Walters of Sunny Grove Assisted Living Center.
Also to be honored are the community’s farmer of the year, career woman of the year, law enforcement officer of the year, Britton Cauthen firefighter of the year, volunteer of the year and the STAR student and teacher.
For additional information contact the chamber at 770-358-5884.
The apparent failure to pay some employees in the Summer Food Service Program has resulted in “termination of relationship” between the city of Barnesville and April Smith Scott, an investigation by the supervising state agency providing SFSP funding and magistrate court filings for payment of debt from two SFSP employees.
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New Towaliga circuit district attorney Jonathan Adams was sworn in last week and enjoyed his first day on the job Monday.
Adams, who unseated Richard Milam in voting last year, has made no significant changes to the circuit’s prosecutorial staff and must hit the ground running with big cases coming up for trial here and in Butts and Monroe counties which round out the circuit.
Mark Daniel remains chief assistant district attorney for Lamar with a second ADA to be hired later this month to work the local office.
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Forecasts and weather models can change considerably over the next 36 hours but, as of now, it appears Lamar County will get a light dusting of snow overnight Friday that will melt away by Saturday afernoon. So, if you are going to make a snowman, plan to do it early Saturday.
Lamar is under a winter storm watch Friday night and Saturday morning. Rain is expected to turn to snow late Friday with snow taking over about 2 a.m. Saturday. Current models call for just over one tenth of an inch here.
Temperatures will rise to 36 degrees Saturday afternoon so the snow will melt as the day goes on.
Again, the forecast could change. As much as 3.5 inches is expected in northeast Georgia, so any deviation could bring heavier snow amounts to our area.
A Forsyth man in his early 20s was killed early Saturday morning in a crash on Hwy. 41 North just outside Barnesville.
Roger Sullivan of Clayton English Drive in Forsyth was driving northbound in a van at 4:08 a.m. when he ran off the road and took out fencing and a for sale sign at the old Tarpley cabin, according to coroner Jim Smith.
The van overturned and Sullivan was ejected. He died at the scene.
A female passenger, Kenya Sullivan of Barnesville, left the scene but was brought back there by a relative, according to sheriff Brad White. She was taken to an area hospital and treated for minor injuries. The accident is being worked by the Georgia State Patrol. Alcohol is suspected of being a factor in the crash, sheriff White said.