Pike County sheriff's investigators, GBI investigators and members of Pike County Public Works were digging for evidence at a property on East Milner Road Wednesday morning in regards to the 2010 Reid Road murder. Christopher Lee Chambley, 29, of Lamar County was shot and killed outside his vehicle on Reid Road June 5, 2010. He was in an area of Reid Road isolated from any residences and suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the head.
"The investigation that led to this site is in reference to the Reid Road murder," said sheriff Jimmy Thomas. "New information has surfaced and we believe there is a possibility of evidence here linking this case together."
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After 41 years, Buggy Days still has the magic touch.
Huge crowds were on tap at Friday's street dance and all day Saturday though they peaked during the parade. Saturday night's pig chase drew record throngs, much to the chagrin of several PETA operatives who reportedly were at the rodeo arena and shooting video.
Benefitting from magnificent early fall weather, attendance may have been the best ever in the history of Barnesville's signature event.
Christopher Keith Calmer, 46, made a first appearance in Monroe Superior Court Sept. 16 before Judge Tommy Wilson. He was returned to jail. Security was tight as evidenced in video inside by Monroe County Reporter publisher Will Davis.
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Five Mary Persons players, including top running back Dee High, have been suspended for Friday night's game with Lamar County after posting an obscenity-laced Facebook video in which they set fire to a hoodie brandishing an LC logo.
The video came two weeks after Pike players taunted Lamar with a basket of pigs feet, bacon and bacon bits left outside their dressing room before the game. The slur backfired on the Pirates who were down 40 points at the half.
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Details are sketchy but a motorcyclist was killed in a crash near C&B Convenience Store near the intersection of Fredonia Church Rd. and Hwy. 41 South Sunday evening. Deputy coroner Cindy Killingsworth was still on the scene at 8 p.m., according to coroner Jim Smith.
One of the last true southern ladies has died. May Wingfield Melton, widow of Quimby Melton Jr., died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 at her home in Griffin at age 91.
Born in Athens, Georgia on March 9, 1923, Mrs. Melton was the only daughter of Middleton Barnett Wingfield and Lura May Kenimer Wingfield.
She graduated from Athens High School where she was a valedictory speaker and from the University of Georgia. She was the first female editor of the Red & Black student newspaper at the University of Georgia in 1944 and a member of Phi Mu sorority.
Married in a military ceremony at Fort Riley, Kansas on June 30, 1943, Mrs. Melton worked on the Sacramento Union newspaper in California and was society and feature writer for the Griffin Daily News.
Living in Griffin for 70 years, Mrs. Melton was president of the Griffin Utility Club, W.S.C.S and J.O.Y. Sunday School class of the First United Methodist and the first president of the Dogwood Garden Club.
Mrs. Melton enjoyed reading, playing bridge and gardening, especially working with roses.
She is survived by four children: Dr. Oliver Quimby Melton III and his wife Louisa of Griffin, Mary Melton Forehand and her husband James of Stone Mountain, Laura Melton Geiger and her husband Walter of Barnesville and Leila Melton Stone and her husband Charles Edward of Forsyth.
Seven grandchildren survive: Dr. Oliver Quimby Melton IV and his wife Samantha, Isaac Lucius Melton and his wife Shelly of Griffin, Marianne Forehand DeVito and her husband Steven, Robert Edward Stone, Carol Elizabeth Forehand, May Melton Geiger and Olivia Lanier Geiger. Three great-grandsons, Isaac Melton, Asher Melton and Silas Melton of Griffin survive. Two brothers, Middleton Barnett Wingfield Jr. and his wife Frances of Memphis, Tennessee and William Terrell Wingfield and his wife Joy of Athens, Georgia also survive.
A memorial service for Mrs. Melton, who was an organ donor, will be held Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014 at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Griffin. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials can be made to the First United Methodist Church, 1401 Maple Drive, Griffin, Ga. 30224.
Haisten-McCullough Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Enrollment at Gordon State College is down by about four percent this fall compared to last year. About 4025 students were enrolled as of Aug. 27, GSC president Dr. Max Burns told the Gordon Foundation at its regular meeting.
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A local woman, distracted by emergency vehicles responding to a separate incident at Ingles, inadvertently drove through the front of the Crossroads convenience store at the corner of Rose Avenue and Veterans Parkway Tuesday evening, slightly injuring a customer inside the store.
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The Lamar County Trojans host the Pike Pirates Friday night in the annual Battle of Potato Creek. The Trojans are asking their fans to wear blue for a 'Blueout" at the huge rivalry game.
Commemorative t-shirts are available for the contest. Cotton shirts are $10. Drifit shirts are $15. Call 478-256-7648 for more information.
Maxpreps has installed Lamar as a 19 point favorite. Most observers feel it ail be much closer than that.
The Trojans will strive to play the entire game this week like they played the second half in the opener as arch rival Pike County comes to town for the Battle of Potato Creek. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Trojan Field. Pike has yet to play a game this season but hung with Starrs Mill in a scrimmage two weeks ago.
Lamar’s stats from the Howard game were pretty decent given the horrid first half.
They finished with 215 yards of total offense.
Eure had 18 carries for 115 yards and two TDs.
Smith had seven carries for 48 yards. Fuller had nine carries for 27 yardsand one TD.
Other rushers (carriesyards) were Juan Tucker (5-9) and Andruw O’Neal(5-8).Smith completed only one of seven passes. Malik Collier got that grabfor eight yards.In addition to his two picks, Smith was also the top tackler for the Trojanswith five tackles and two assists. Larry Dumas had five tackles and oneassist.Other top defenders (tackles-assists) were Eure (4-0), Hood (2-1), Alex Gardner (2-1) and Johnson (1-1). A host of other Trojans had one tackle each.
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Gordon State College President Max Burns accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge Monday and was doused by his wife, Lora, and Natalie Rischbieter, alumni affairs and annual fund coordinator. The challenge is spreading across campus with several noting personal connections to family or friends impacted by ALS.
The Lamar County Trojans overcame a horrid first half, in which their offensive and defensive lines were manhandled, to come back from a 13-0 deficit to tie the Howard Huskies 19-19 at Trojan Field Friday night.
Lamar had only 39 yards of total offense in the first half of football of the Jamie Abrams era - a half he will, no doubt, not remember fondly.
Coaches and fans knew going in that this team did not possess the overall team speed previous teams have had. Lamar went from backs with 4.3 quickness to 4.8 quickness and it was a glaring contrast.
The LC offensive and defensive fronts were owned by the Huskies in the first half. The defensive front jelled in the second half but the offensive line struggled throughout the game. The fullback dive, key to the Trojan Wing-T attack, was never effective.
Junior Noah Hood pounced on a muffed punt return by the Huskies early in the second half to trigger a burst of adrenaline by Lamar. Alas, the lack of a kicking game - and center line blocking for it - derailed hopes for a comeback win.
Game balls from our perspective go to Hood, quarterback L.J. Smith, running back Noah Eure and defensive lineman Rashad Johnson, who just refused to be blocked.
It should be noted that Franklin Stephens coaching tenure at Lamar also resulted in a tie.
Lamar hosts Pike County next Friday in the Battle of Potato Creek and it will be a war.
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