Two suspects with felony warrants for their arrest were chased by Lamar County Sheriff's deputies, Georgia State Patrol and Spalding County Sheriff's deputies for around 30 minutes Thursday afternoon. The chase took deputies through the northeastern part of Lamar County, into Butts County and back into Lamar and then Spalding County before officers used the PIT maneuver to stop the vehicle.
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Due to unforeseen circumstances out of our control The Herald Gazette newspapers will not make it to the post office in time to go out to our subscribers and will be in stores and racks later than normal today. Subscribers will receive their paper tomorrow.
Subscribers may come by our office at 509 Greenwood Street and pick up a copy.
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It is a busy weekend of sports action for Lamar County teams.
The Lady Trojans play Putnam County today at 4 p.m. in round two of the Region 4AA basketball tournament. UPDATE: The Lady Trojans lost 52-36.
The Trojans face round two opponent Crawford County at 8 p.m. Both games will be played at Bleckley County High School in Cochran. UPDATE: The Trojans got blown out of the gym 86-46.
Play resumes in the Trojan Cup soccer tournament Saturday.
On the winners' side of the bracket, the Lady Trojans battle Spalding County at 2 p.m. at Trojan Field. Lamar beat Rutland 3-1 in the first round while Spalding mercy-ruled Westside Macon 10-0. UPDATE: Spalding won 5-1.
The Trojans moved to the loser's bracket after falling Rutland 6-2 in the first round. They play Westside at 11 a.m. at the LCMS athletic field. UPDATE: Lamar won 10-0.
BASKETBALL UPDATE: Both LC teams lost in the region tourney losers bracket and will be #4 seeds out of Region 4AA in state tpourney play. The Trojans were blown out by Macon County 83-43. The Lady Trojans fell to Bleckley 64-60.
Editor's note: Former Trojan head football coach Jamie Abrams penned this letter to the editor regarding his resignation:
Dear Trojan Supporters:
As I sat and typed out my letter of intent to vacate my position of head football coach at Lamar County High School, I knew the next thing I had to do was send out many thank you notes and acknowledgements of appreciation. There comes a time when any coach realizes he must allow someone else to move a program forward, and that time has come for me.
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Lamar deputies were working an accident on I-75 near the Butts County line Thursday morning in which a vehicle carrying components for a meth lab wrecked. At 10 a.m., hazmat teams were enroute to the area.
Traffic was snarled for some time before one lane was opened.
Teammates since they were five years old, LC standouts Pippin Davis and L.J. Smith signed national letters of intent to play football for rival colleges Wednesday morning at the College & Career Academy.
Davis signed as a linebacker/long snapper with the Valdosta State University Blazers.
Smith signed as a defensive back with the University of West Georgia Wolves.
Standout athlete L.J. Smith of the Lamar County Trojans will sign his letter of intent to play football for the University of West Georgia Wolves at ceremonies set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the high school. That is National Signing Day for fledgling college football players.