Heavy rains pounded Barnesville-Lamar County Wednesday night and all day Thursday, Christmas Eve, resulting in flash flooding and one home fire sparked by a lightning strike.
At one point Upson County was under a tornado warning. That twister remained aloft and apparently never touched down.
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The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating 30 year old Christine L. Ruschmeier also known as Christine Green. Christine is a white female standing 4 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 140 pounds. Christine has blue eyes and blonde hair but she changes hair colors to red, blue and other assorted colors. Christine also has numerous tattoos, one of a fish on her right arm and one of Tweety Bird on her left arm.
She was last seen on July 15, 2015 in Spalding County, anyone who may know the whereabouts of Christine is asked to call the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office at 770-467-4282 or your local Law Enforcement Agency.
Students who scored in higher percentages on former tests did not “suddenly get dumber” as a result of Georgia Milestones scoring, said Lamar schools superintendent Dr. Jute Wilson.
“They have been asked to clear a higher bar,” he said. “The Milestones have four levels, each defined as designations that shift the focus away from just test scores; instead, capturing the progression of students’ learning.”
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Of the more than 3,000 Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes from Lamar County, 405 of them were packed by one extended family. Another eight went with their children and grandchildren to other churches.
Bobby and Ginny Passmore of Barnesville, five of their married children,10 grandchildren and Ginny’s parents all were involved in the years-long search for appropriate and affordable toys, personal hygiene items, school supplies, stuffed animals and other goodies shipped out last week from First Baptist Church. The Passmores are former FBC members now attending Devotie Baptist in Griffin. They have been concentrating on increasing the total shoeboxes filled as much as possible each year for the last six.
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This year’s Holiday Tour of Homes Dec. 5 will showcase two venerable 1800s churches and an eclectic sampling of three different kinds of houses. During the tour, sponsored each year by the Barnesville Women’s League, the league will serve wassail and cheese straws at the Women’s Clubhouse on Stafford Avenue at the “Trees to Treasure” showing.
Organizations and charities supported by the league will have an opportunity to let visitors know what they do; information and possible gift items may be for sale from some of the groups. Money from all sales will go directly to the charitable organizations.
Tickets are $10, at the clubhouse, door, and in advance at Goggans Florist. Ticket stubs will be entered in a $50 cash prize drawing at the end of the evening at the clubhouse. It starts at 3 p.m. and includes:
Ellis-Burrell home, 100 Memorial Drive
Littiken home, 113 Big Oak Drive
Grospitch home, 1198 Brown Road
Fredonia Congregational Church