Although distribution of toys to families is set for Saturday Dec. 19, Empty Stocking Fund organizers say they will try to accommodate requests from qualified families through tomorrow, Wednesday Dec. 16.
Glenn and Vicky Forsyth are planning to use extra toys donated from one division of Toys for Tots to try to help as many as possible, said Glenn. The final ESF results include donations to 286 children from 118 families, he said.
“People are still donating,” Glenn said. “It’s just amazing. I was in the dentist’s office the other day and told my dentist about how we worked with Empty Stocking Fund. When he got through working on me, he said he would be back in a minute; he came back and handed me an envelope. I thanked him and started home without opening it. When I did, I couldn’t believe it -- Dr. Alan Griffith of Griffin Dental Concepts had given us a check for $500.”
Distribution of toys will be held from 9-11 a.m. Saturday Dec. 19 at the Market Street side of the United Bank parking lot. If you can help, call Glenn at 770.468.1253.
Thus far about $9,000 has been raised which is short of this year’s goal of $12,000. Donations may be made at United Bank for the ESF account.
Barnesville-Lamar County lost two public servants in a 24-hour period.
Joe Keadle, former Barnesville city councilman and mayor pro tem, died Thursday night. He operated Keadle Hardware downtown with his late brother, Haygood, for generations. Visitation with the Keadle family is set for 5 p.m. Sunday at Williams Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, December 14, 2015 at 1 p.m. in the Bethel Baptist Church in Milner.
Former Lamar County commissioner Ray Brinkley died early Friday. Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 5-7 p.m. at Conner-Westbury Funeral Home in Griffin. A funeral service will be conducted on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 3 p.m. at the Barnesville Church of the Nazarene.
Judge Tommy Wilson lowered the bond of alleged killer Joshua James Cox from $5 million to $1 million following a hearing Dec. 2 in Lamar superior court.
Public defender Doug Smith renewed the arguments for bond that he brought up at a previous bond proceeding Oct. 21, noting Cox has significant ties to the community and, if released, will live with his parents who are current and former law enforcement officers.
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A bridge in the city limits of Milner, with Old 41 Highway running under it, was checked out by Department of Transportation engineers after a chunk of concrete fell to the road below on Nov. 19.
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The Barnesville Blues Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will put on its annual "Christmas With the Soldiers" ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m. at the Milner Confederate Cemetery. This is located 1.1 miles east of Milner at the intersection of Liberty Hill Rd. and Old Alabama Road.
Santa Claus will make his debut appearance in downtown Barnesville Wednesday night at the annual Illumination Celebration.
The event promises a festive atmosphere for the Man in Red’s arrival with gingerbread houses in business storefronts, music, handbells, a reading of The Christmas Story and prayer.
Santa will pose for pictures with kids at Salon on Main and businesses will be open for Christmas shopping.
Prayers of Thanksgiving will be the focus at the Community Thanksgiving Service which precedes the celebration at 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church on Thomaston Street. The service is presented by the Lamar County Ministerial Association.
A community choir directed by Rev. John Cox of FUMC will perform as will a trio from Antioch Baptist Church consisting of Margaret McCook, Jeremy Rooks and Grant Turner. Wayne Cook will serve as organist.
Local pastors Rev. Craig Ogletree, Rev. Jeff Morgan, Rev. Ken Ross, Rev. Steve Pattison, Rev. Garth Foster and Elder Leslie Holmes will take part in the program.
An offering will be collected with the proceeds going to the Empty Stocking Fund.
After the church service, attendees will move downtown for Santa’s arrival.
The graduation rate for students who finished high school in four years, and met all state requirements, is 91.23% for 2015, superintendent Dr. Jute Wilson told the board of education last week.
“We are running with the top-performing systems in the state,” Wilson said. “This is happening in a system that defies statistics that find the highest graduation rates occur in higher socio-economic systems. Historically, we have a free/reduced lunch rate around 72% each year, and our graduation rate continues to rise despite these odds: from 75.6 in 2012, to 77.2 in 2013, to 89.2 in 2014, and now 91.23 for 2015.” [Full Story »]
James King went to work at Barnesville’s wastewater treatment plant in 1966. He didn’t know if he would be there very long but ended up spending 42 and a half years cleaning city sewage out of water before it flows downstream to Lake Tobesofkee and points south.
“Ralph Barron hired me and trained me. After two years, they told me I was eligible to sign up for the city retirement plan but I felt like I probably wouldn’t be here that long,” King recalled last week in a room next to the lab at the upgraded facility that will be dedicated in his name Wednesday.
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