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.
1 ham of choice
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup whole cloves
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Score ham with a sharp knife in a diagonal pattern. Repeat scoring, diagonally, in the opposite direction to create a crossing pattern. Spread brown sugar over ham. Insert whole cloves at the scored crossings. Place ham in roasting pan fat side up; the melting fat will baste your ham. Cover with foil. Turn ham over half way through baking to avoid uneven salting from the brine in the meat. If roasting a ham that is not precooked, bake for approximately 20-30 minutes per pound. If the ham is precooked, follow the label directions for cooking times.
People who are never recognized or honored for their help to the community actually never want to talk to reporters. They can be convinced only when they understand that their actions serve to inspire others to help -- and much is needed. Mildred Musick and Paul Stinson are two such people. Musick said she does most of her “good works” through First United Methodist Church, but does reach out to help wherever she’s needed. Stinson is a “right-hand man” to everybody’s “Brother,” Jimmy Fambro of Hope Tree Ministries when most other volunteers work only during holidays.
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Pork chops and apples on sale at Giant Mart this week.
4 (3/4 inch) thick pork chops
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tart apples - peeled, cored and sliced
Preheat oven to 175 degrees F. Place a medium dish in the oven to warm.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brush chops lightly with oil and place in hot pan. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes, turning occasionally, or until done. Transfer to the warm dish, and keep warm in the preheated oven.
In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, salt and pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add butter to skillet, and stir in brown sugar mixture and apples. Cover and cook until apples are just tender. Remove apples with a slotted spoon and arrange on top of chops. Keep warm in the preheated oven.
Continue cooking sauce uncovered in skillet, until thickened slightly. Spoon sauce over apples and chops. Sprinkle with pecans.
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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