Lamar County voters go to the polls today to cast ballots in the general primary runoff. Polling places throughout the county will be open from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
The only race on local ballots is that for the Republican nomination in the District 3, U.S House race. Mike Crane and Steve Ferguson are vying for the GOP nod. The winner will face Democrat Angela Pendley Nov. 8.
There were 264 Lamar countians who cast advance ballots with 62 absentee ballots mailed out of which 41 had been returned.
As always, The Herald Gazette will be your source for election results. Realtime results will be available as they come in at barnesville.com
The mobile app Pokemon Go has taken the world by storm as millions of Pokemon ‘trainers’ walk the streets in neighborhoods across the globe - and in Lamar County - to capture and battle Pokemon characters. Pokemon is Japanese for ‘pocket monsters’ and has been a worldwide phenomenon for around 20 years.
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Members of the Azalea Garden Club partnered with Goggans Florist for the national observance of ‘Make Someone Smile Week’ July 17-23. More than 200 ‘Be Happy’ bouquets of daisies in smiley face mugs were arranged and delivered as surprise gifts to individuals around Barnesville-Lamar County.
Telefora donated the yellow mugs to thousands of florists nationwide who in turn donated their time and got wholesalers and growers to contribute flowers.
Advance voting in the July 26 general primary runoff comes to an end Friday. Ballots may be cast daily at the elections office in the administrative office on Thomaston Street.
The only race on local ballots is that for the Republican nomination in the District 3, U.S. House race. That seat is being vacated by Rep. Lynn Westmoreland who is thought to be a future candidate for governor. Mike Crane and Steve Ferguson are vying for the GOP nod. The winner will face off with Democrat Angela Pendley in the general election Nov. 8.
Elections supervisor Anita Reid reported Monday 118 Lamar countians have cast advance ballots thus far. Her office has mailed out 60 absentee ballots of which 38 have been returned.
At their July 19 meeting, the Lamar County Board of Education approved a revised dress code presented in the 2016 LCMS/ LCHS handbook.
With this new revision students will not be required to wear shirts with collars, but will still be required to follow dress code stipulations that reflect concepts of modesty and school spirit. A dress code must still be enforced to enhance the safety of the school’s students.
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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.