Smokey, a child loving prince of a pet vanished today (Tuesday) from his home on Fellowship Drive near Old 41 near Milner. He is a pit bull but does not have the thug mentality associated with the breed. If you have seen him, call 803.556.0571. His family would appreciate it!
UPDATE: Smokey is one smart pup! He monitors barnesville.com for his news - human and canine. He was home within 10 minutes of this posting - covered in mud but healthy. His humans are overjoyed! Thanks for caring.
Summer is the season for outdoor activity and with it comes the yearly return of its favorite blood thirsty villain: the mosquito. With several mosquito borne illnesses that circulate each year and the rising concern of the Zika virus, it is especially important to take precaution in protection against these vexing insects. Though there are many methods to help keep mosquitoes at bay, one of the most natural and cost-efficient methods involves bats.
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Big changes are in the works for next year’s BBQ & Blues Festival, with the board’s decision to join the world’s largest organization of BBQ and grilling enthusiasts by becoming a member of the Kansas City BBQ Society.
KCBS is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and enjoying barbecue. It has more than 20,000 members and sanctions more than 500 barbecue contests world wide. This organization promises to be a step up from the Florida BBQ Association with their 800 members and sanctioning of more than 30 contests a year across five states. KCBS is a larger organization that continues to grow every year and is expected to help with the expanding of the BBQ & Blues Festival.
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Celebrate America’s Independence at two upcoming patriotic events in Lamar County.
Rock Springs Church will celebrate Independence Day starting at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 3 with fireworks, food, games and country music star Randy Owen. Owen is known for his role as lead singer of Alabama, a country rock band that released more than 20 gold and platinum records and sold more than 75 million records during their career. The community celebration will be held at 219 Rock Springs Road in Milner.
The Marion Matthews VFW Post 6542 will offer “fun, food and fireworks” to the community as well as live musical entertainment starting at 3 p.m. Monday, July 4. Live entertainment will include Lady Creech and the Main Street Band and The Dixie Pride Band.
VFW and Auxiliary members will cook hamburgers and hotdogs during the event and sparklers will be provided for all children with adult supervision. The fireworks show will start at sundown. Participants are asked to bring lawn chairs and blankets and make themselves comfortable for the show.
The Gordon State College Police Department and the Lamar County Sheriff's Office will conduct a joint training exercise Friday, July 1 from 8 a.m. - noon. The training will take place at the academic building on the east side of campus.
Expect traffic issues. Several marked cars will be in the area but will not be using lights and sirens.
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.