James Hollis Blackmon, employee of the city of Barnesville since 1977, was named Lamar County’s Outstanding Citizen for 2016 at the chamber of commerce awards banquet Jan. 28.
Blackmon’s award was presented by city manager Kenny Roberts, who described Blackmon as a “Renaissance man,” adept at many skills: “He’s a carpenter, a mason, a plumber, an electrician, welder, designer, fabricator, mechanic, heavy equipment operator, butcher, baker, grill master .... and an accomplished musician and singer. His expertise in many fields has led to his position as special project manager for every major project accomplished in the city for the past 25 years.”
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The pages of Anne Frank’s history-making diary come vividly to life February 10-14 on the stage at Gordon State College. Through Wendy Kesselman’s stirring adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, audiences are invited to enter Anne’s world and share her joy, her pain, and most of her indomitable spirit.
As feared, the driver of a small pickup involved in a one-vehicle crash Monday afternoon has died as a result of injuries sustained in the wreck that occurred just after 3 p.m., according to coroner Jim Smith who identified the dead man.
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The Griffin Area Concert Association continues its concert season with a special Valentine's performance by the renowned Peachtree Jazz Edition on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at the Griffin Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.
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Industrial Drive from Roger Brown Road to just beyond Enercon will be closed indefinitely due to a 48" culvert pipe on an old creek bed that has given way under heavy rainfall, according to James Rigdon, Lamar County Public Works director.
Rigdon said he is unsure when the pipe actually gave way: "We were out there working last week and it was fine." The pipe is about 10 feet under the road surface.
The closure will require Enercon and Jordan Forest Products to access their properties via Grove Street off Old Milner Road. Landfill trucks and Rayonier traffic can access on Fellowship Drive, Rigdon said.
"Until this rain lets up, we can't determine the cause, but we do have replacement pipe. It will be at least Monday (Dec. 28) before we can do anything. Water does some strange things," he added.
The Barnesville-Lamar Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Deck the Halls Christmas Decorating Contest, with $500 in prizes provided by Liberty Hill Ranch. The deadline to enter is Dec. 21 at 5 p.m. and the first place winner will get $250, with $150 for second place and $100 for third place.
“I think this is a wonderful contest. It encourages people to decorate their homes for Christmas and really get into the spirit,” said Jessica Farr, interim chamber president.
Entry forms can be picked up and returned to the Chamber of Commerce office and applicants need to provide their name, address and contact information as well as a brief description of their decorations.
“We will have judges that go around and judge for first, second and third,” said Farr.
“We will also have a People’s Choice option where residents can participate in the Garland Getaway Tour.”
Once all the homes are judged, those who opted to be included in the walking or driving Garland Getaway Tour will be judged by members of the community who pick up and return People’s Choice forms to the Chamber.
Homes will be judged based only on yard decorations and participants on the tour can walk or drive by the houses to enjoy the decorations.
For more information, call the Chamber at 770-358-5884.