A young man who grew up here, and whose parents live in Barnesville, was heartbroken when his 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible was stolen in 2011.
Rickey Shannon had worked a long time on the car, restoring, repainting, getting the engine rebuilt, installing a sound system and custom wheels - just a few of the many projects it took to put the car into top shape, he said.
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Lamar County’s Empty Stocking Fund still needs money to purchase toys, but has so far approved helping 73 families with a total of 206 children.
Glenn and Vicky Forsyth are again volunteering for the annual collection of toys and goods for needy families. They are also helping with the Toys for Tots collections sponsored by the Marine Corps League of Griffin, A.D. Smith Community Service and the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office.
Glenn said the funds are low at this point, compared to previous years. The money is used to purchase needed items that might not have been donated, he said.
The Chamber of Commerce afterhours event to benefit ESF is set for Dec. 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. at United Bank. Donations may be made then, and those attending are asked to bring a new unwrapped toy for local children helped by the program.
Forsyth said that ESF has closed its application process, but Toys for Tots will take applications through Dec. 18 at the E.P. Roberts Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
On Saturday, Dec. 19 from 9 to 11a.m., toys and goods will be distributed from the United Bank parking lot (farmer’s market location) to those families who applied and were approved.
Rock Springs Church and First Methodist are among churches who have adopted several families, and Southern Rivers Energy and some bank employees also have adopted families to help. Money donations for ESF may be taken to United Bank, Glenn said.
SRE awards almost $20,000 in Bright Ideas Grants for local teachers
Southern Rivers Energy and the Southern Rivers Energy Trust, Inc. awarded a total of $19,690 to local teachers to fund innovative lesson plans for students. Members of the Bright Ideas Brigade from Southern Rivers Energy surprised the winning teachers in their classrooms with flowers, balloons, big checks and gift bags. Grants of up to $1,000 are awarded to teachers for their creative classroom projects. The program is designed to challenge teachers to develop innovative lesson plans that engage students, involve teamwork and re-energize their love of learning. Grants are not awarded for professional development.
$500 REWARD for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the thief that stole the utility trailer from 100 Atlanta Street in the early hours of November 17, 2015.
Contact Bill Claxton 770-584-2234 or the BPD 770-358-1234
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Before he went into the U.S. Navy in 1946, Barnesville’s Cecil Rose said, “the biggest water I’d ever been in was a washtub.”
During his three years of service, he had several kinds of jobs and served on three different ships. After boot camp in Norfolk, Va., he was sent to the USS Papago (AF-160), a seagoing tug headed for the port of Bremerhaven in Germany.
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The winners of the Barnesville-Lamar County Chamber of Commerce’s Halloween Decorating Contest were announced recently with Ilicia and Paul Daly winning first place. They live in the historic Gachet House, 951 Highway 18 West. Robin and Scott Leverett on the corner of Thomaston and Tyler streets earned second place and Becky and Robbie Patterson's brick home on the corner of Greenwood and Tyler streets earned third place.