Walgreens Boots Alliance senior media specialist Allison Mack, based in Deerfield, Ill. reported Friday morning she is 'unaware' of any pending closing of the local store on Rose Avenue in Barnesville. She pledged to get back with us to provide more information.
However, there are corporate moves afoot that could lead to upheaval at the local Walgreens.
Walgreens is working through the purchase of Rite Aid and, to avoid antitrust issues, has plans to sell 865 Rite Aid stores to Fred's for $950 million in cash.
Thus far, financial media outlets have not reported any Walgreens stores being involved in the sale.
Reports that the local Walgreens would shut down sprang from store employees late Thursday.
More information to follow as it becomes available.
Nearly six years after a devastating tornado tore through Grove Street in Barnesville, local citizens are heading down to help with recovery efforts after southern Georgia was struck hard by tornadoes. Niall Mathieson spent the weekend helping remove debris and fallen trees.
Mathieson and his woodturning friend Richard Willets of Conyers are getting their chainsaws prepared for a full weekend of work. Anyone who would like to travel with them and help are invited to call 404-444-2671 and make plans. The two will be leaving Saturday morning and returning late Sunday.
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A jury was selected Monday and testimony got underway this morning in the murder trial of Joshua James Cox.
Cox is charged with murder, felony murder and two counts possession of a firearm during commission of a felony in connection with the July 14, 2015 shooting death of Donald Terrell Clark.
Testimony started with the man who found Clark's body and a young woman who saw Cox acting strangely just after the shooting.
James Bell of Griffin testified he had been doing yard work for Clark and went to his home to fix a starter on his truck. He found Clark lying in his driveway.
"I thought he was goofing around and tapped his foot with my foot and said 'Get up man'. Clark did not respond and Bell called Clark's wife then 911. Sabrina Clark and a co-worker from Waffle House in Barnesville arrived before the ambulance.
Erica Callahan, a Spalding County 911 operator, testified Cox called at 9:03 a.m., identifed himself and said he had shot someone. She asked where he was. He answered, "You know" then hung up.
Dakota Lupton testified she was tending horses at her home across the street when she heard two gunshots in quick succession. She said she saw Cox in the road with a cellphone to his ear. He then threw the phone to the ground, knelt in the road and screamed something like, "I can climb any mountain". He then sped away in a lifted, regular cab truck, she said.
Court broke for lunch just before noon and will reconvene at 1 p.m.
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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.