First Baptist Church of Barnesville will sponsor its annual “Prayer Walk” around Lamar County public schools the day before school begins, on Sunday evening Aug. 2 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
“Prayer walking,” said FBC pastor Garth Forster, “is simply praying as you walk. The community is invited to join us in this special time of prayer.”
Participants will gather around the front of the Fine Arts Center for Christian music, refreshments and instructions. At 6:45 p.m., a general prayer list will be distributed and people may choose the school they want to walk around, said Forster.
“We believe that prayer works, and that praying for our schools is the best way to ensure that they will have a great year,” he added.
Flyers will be issued to participants asking that they pray for the superintendent, board of education, Matt Adams and the high school faculty, Julie Steele and the middle school faculty, Andrea Scandrett and the elementary school faculty. Becky Brown and the primary school faculty; transportation/bus shop personnel, cafeteria and nutrition staff, custodial and maintenance staff, and the students and parents.
The 8th annual Lamar County community-wide Back to School Bash will be held on Saturday, Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ed Taylor Memorial Recreation Complex on Gordon Road in Barnesville.
“The goal of the Back to School Bash is to provide parents and community members with the knowledge of local resources for families and to provide essential school supplies to over 1,700 Lamar County youth,” said April Smith, chair. Amy Banks is cochair.
The event will include booths from the Lamar County school system on site to help parents learn about Title I and how they can become involved in the Title I program. Also, several local and state agencies will have booths on site for parents to visit and gather information that may empower youth and families, Smith added.
“All interested persons are invited to participate in the 2015 Back to School Bash by donating book bags, school supplies or funds. Your contributions will make the difference in helping us exceed our goal, reach more youths and prepare Lamar County students for the 2015-2016 school year. Organizations may also contribute with giveaways, information and handouts about the services provided in Lamar County,” Smith said. Financial contributions may be made with checks payable to the “A. D Smith Community Service for the BTSB’.” Please bring or send all supplies and/or financial contributions no later than July 30, 2015 to A.D. Smith Community Service, Inc. at 188 Mill Street, E.P. Roberts Center. Vendors are asked to bring their own tent, table, chairs and all equipment needed to display your organization’s information. Refreshments and water will be provided for all participants.
For questions or concerns as well as information about donations, contact April Smith at 770-358-3311 or Amy Banks at 770-358-5891.
“Working together, we will help shape the future of our youth and improve their overall well-being. Thank you for your continued support,” added Banks.
Kelly Hughes, library manager of the Barnesville public library, was installed as president of the Barnesville Rotary Club at a banquet June 25 at Gordon State College. Hughes accepted the gavel from outgoing president Ryran Traylor.
Three people were inducted into the club's Hall of Honor. Longtime, late Rotarian Emmett L. Coleman was inducted. His daughter, Mary Kelly Coleman, accepted on his behalf. Coleman, proprietor of Coleman Insurance, was very active in the community and died in 2004. [Full Story »]
As the Independence Day holiday approaches, freedom and fireworks move to the forefront of the holiday agenda whether you are at the lake, beach or celebrating around the pool or grill in your own backyard.
The largest celebration in Lamar by far will be held at Rock Springs Church on Sunday, July 5 from 5-10 p.m. The Independence Day Family Picnic is a fundraiser for Rock Springs Clinic. A free will collection will be taken for the clinic which generously serves area residents without insurance with free, quality medical care.
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Monroe County authorities, working with other agencies, have raided a marijuana grow operation off Flint Road in southwest Monroe. They pulled up marijuana plants with a street value of over $100 million. Lamar deputies assisted with the raid.
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Eloise Nelson celebrated her 100th birthday recently surrounded by her friends and care givers at Sunny Grove.
“I had such a nice time at the party but I enjoy living every day and I’m thankful. I’ve had a lot of good things happen to me,” she said.
She was treated to cake and ice cream and her favorite desert - peach cobbler.
“At the end of the party we released 100 balloons,” said Jenea Morgan. “She loves to read and is kind to everyone.”
She was born on May 30, 1915 in Robinsville, N.C. Her parents were John and Trudie Conner. She attended college and worked many years in medical records. She is a devoted Baptist. She has one son, John McCarter of Barnesville who is married to Zohreh McCarter.
She said if she could tell today’s young people one thing, it would be to “live every day to be thankful for what we have.”
If you see a bright red fire hydrant while riding through Barnesville, chances are that 77-year-old Ralph Jones volunteered his time to repaint it. He was given the task of repainting a few of Barnesville’s fire hydrants a couple years ago during the Great Day of Service and has continued to paint hydrants since then - giving a fresh coat of paint to over half of the city’s 41 fire hydrants [Full Story »]
Through the tears, pride, history and sentiment of last week’s rededication ceremonies at Greenwood Cemetery, a lone mockingbird offered a song of gladness to accompany the many words.
What has been accomplished at the cemetery, with the help of many people, sets the path for the continued protection and beautification of Greenwood, said Hedy Cauthen in welcoming remarks. Cauthen is president of the Greenwood Cemetery Preservation Association Inc., which grew out of projects began in 2010 by the Azalea Garden Club.
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United Bank announced today that the latest version of its mobile app now includes SecureSwipe, a new feature that adds another level of protection against fraud by putting control of debit and credit cards directly into the hands of United Bank customers.
Customers who enroll in SecureSwipe have the power to lock their cards, preventing any unwanted transaction.
When customers are ready to make purchases with their cards, they can easily “unlock” their cards using the app, and then they can select the length of time for their cards to remain unlocked. Cards enrolled in SecureSwipe will automatically return to a locked status after the selected time period is over or number of transactions has been reached. United Bank customers can enroll all United Bank debit and credit cards in Secure-Swipe through the mobile app.
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