The Empty Stocking Fund is still short of its $15,000 goal which it hopes to get to help more than 78 families and 200-plus children have a merry Christmas. The money will go to provide toys for them.
“We’ve collected $12,300 in monies and toys,” said organizer Vicki Forsyth. “We need a little more to finish up the last minute families that have been referred to us that fell through the cracks.”
Rock Springs and First United Methodist churches have angel trees set up. DBs Pizzeria also has an angel tree set up or people can drop off a toy and see Debbie Adamson for a free beverage.
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Saturday, Dec. 13 will be the last sequential date of the 21st century: 12-13-14. The next numerical alignment won't be for another 89 years. There is no 13-14-15 and there won't be anything like it until 2101.
Wedding planners, casinos and numerologists are among those celebrating the special date.
The Hope Tree Ministry Foundation is reaching out to all the churches, local vendors and other prospective donors in Lamar and neighboring counties for donations for its annual Christmas event.
Thanksgiving dinner at Barnesville First Baptist Church fed several families but residents are helped with groceries at home too. A recent donation from Gordon State College is helping fill larders, but more food is needed.
The charity is seeking donations of dry, canned and boxed goods and perishable items. Food drives are being held at First Baptist and the Barnesville-Lamar County Library through Dec. 20. Hope Tree is also requesting donations of new and slightly used toys and clothing for children ages 3-10 for Christmas gifts. All donations may be dropped off at First Baptist Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monetary donations can be hand delivered or mailed to Rev. Fambro in care of First Baptist at 200 Zebulon St., Barnesville, 30204. Monetary donations are tax deductible and a statement will be provided upon receipt.
Households in need of aid for Christmas should contact Mrs. B.J. Fambro at 770-358-2792 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. so she will know how many children need help.
Tickets are available in advance through December 2, in Griffin at Artistic Flowers and Gifts and Safehouse Coffee Roasters, in Barnesville at Goggans Florist, in Zebulon at A Novel Experience bookstore, and in Thomaston at the TUAC Gallery. Tickets will also be sold at Griffin First Baptist Church (enter through Hill Street doors) on Dec. 3 & 4 from 10 a.m.-noon & 2-4 p.m. Tickets may also be available at the door, but advance purchase is recommended. This is typically a sell-out, so plan early!
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The Ferguson, Mo. grand jury has reached a decision on whether or not to indict police officer Darren Wilson who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown following a scuffle Aug. 9. That decision will be announced at 9 p.m. Monday.
Wilson is white. Brown was black.
Though no repercussions are expected locally, you should be prepared.
Violence is possible. In an unscientific online poll run on barnesville.com and pikecountygeorgia.com, 250 of 484 respondents (51.65%) said rioting and looting are acceptable reactions if Wilson is not indicted.
Two storms, possibly tornadoes, roared through Lamar County Sunday evening - one east of Barnesville and one west.
Bobby Ferris of Southern Rivers Energy reports the co-op is aware of damage. "We don't know how bad it is. Our computer system is down and the IT team is working on it." UPDATE: The SRE system was back up at 6:41 p.m. At that time there were about 1,700 co-op members without power. Outages can be viewed at the southernriversenergy.com storm center link.
Multiple trees and power lines were down along the following roads: Sanders, Morgan Dairy, Rock Springs, Walton, Johnstonville, High Falls Park, Chappell Mill and Parker Branch. Power is out in multiple areas.
A pole barn was destroyed at the county barn near the Barnesville-Lamar County Industrial Park. Lamar public works superintendent James Rigdon said it appeared the storm went in the back door and out the front door, damaging both roll-up doors. County commission Jay Matthews said his initial assessment is the county barn is a total loss.
Sheriff Brad White said as of 5:50 p.m. no injuries had been reported.
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A home on Perdue Rd. was completely destroyed in a fire that broke out about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. According to tax records the home and 141 acres are owned by Joe Brown Jr. of Cleveland, Ohio.
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