Kathy Davis Oxford, a veteran of the economic development field who lives in Barnesville, has been hired as executive director of the Industrial Development Authority to replace Missy Kendrick who resigned last year to take a similar post in Polk County.
Oxford will assume her new duties in February.
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The deadline to submit a nomination for the 2017 Outstanding Citizen of the Year and Businessperson of the Year is Jan. 4.
The 2017 Outstanding Citizen and Businessperson will be announced alongside other exceptional citizens at the Community Awards Banquet Jan. 19. Nominations should be turned into the chamber office no later than 5 p.m. January 4. Nomination forms must include biographical information about the nominee, including a brief summary of their professional life, participation in civic, church and social activities, contributions to the community and why the person should receive the award. Updated nomination forms can be found at the chamber office, or on their website barnesville. org. Completed forms may be mailed to P.O. Box 506, Barnesville or faxed to 770-358-5886.
January’s banquet will also recognize the community’s Farmer of the Year, Career Woman of the Year, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Britton Cauthen Firefighter of the Year and the STAR student and STAR teacher.
The Farmer of the Year will be presented by the Farm Bureau, the Career Woman will be presented by the Rotary Club, the Law Enforcement Officer will be presented by the Dewaine T. Bell Difference Makers, the Firefighter will be presented by the fire department and the STAR student and teacher will be recognized by the Kiwanis Club.
Tickets for the banquet are $25 and must be purchased before 5 p.m. January 16. For additional information contact the chamber at 770-358-5884.
At its final meeting of the year Dec. 20, the Lamar County commission bade farewell to Van Baker who completes a four-year term Dec. 31.
Baker, a Republican and retired Norfolk Southern railroad executive, decided not to seek reelection. Ryran Traylor, another Republican, ran unopposed for Baker’s post and will take office Jan. 1.
“It has been my pleasure. I had no idea what I was getting into. It has been a learning process. I have great appreciation for all the men and women on this board and who work on county staffs. In four years, I have seen tremendous positive change. I have been proud to be a part of that,” Baker said. [Full Story »]
If I cannot be a wise man, guided by a star, Let me be an humble shepherd, as all my people are;
For, though I cannot bring rich gifts to Mary and her Son, And though a lonely hillside is my only Parthenon, I can feel the heaven’s glory – can hear the angels sing, And I know they are proclaiming the advent of a King.
When Mary saw the costly gifts, gold, frankincense and myrrh, I sometimes wonder – wonder if they meant as much to her.
As the fleecy little blankets that wrapped her Blessed Child; And, somehow, when I think of this, I’m always reconciled;
To stay out in the lonely fields and follow up the sheep, So there may be warm blankets where little children sleep.
C&B Store on Hwy. 41 South at Fredonia Church Rd. was hit by armed robbers at 7:20 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22. All were black males, one of whom produced a handgun and took an undisclosed amount of cash.
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Brannon Waller holds numerous academic achievements but remains humble while he is celebrated as the 2017 STAR student for Lamar County High School.
Waller scored a 1460 out of 1600 on his SAT and will be honored for receiving Star Student Achievement Recognition (STAR) during the Jan. 19 Community Awards banquet. Although he has been dual enrolled and primarily attending Gordon State College, Waller selected Sara Wilson as his STAR teacher after taking her math class during his sophomore year of high school. Waller has kept a close student/ teacher relationship with Wilson since the class and has been provided encouragement in all of his academic endeavors.
“This has been something I have always wanted to achieve, and Mrs. Wilson has always been there to provide encouragement,” said Waller. “Many teachers provide their students with great knowledge and spectacular insight to different subjects but Mrs. Wilson’s teaching left a huge personal impact on my will to succeed academically. She always kept an amazing attitude and her students always came to class excited to learn.”
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The man charged with the December 13 shooting death of Jessey Gadzetti appeared before chief magistrate Judge Karen Jackson Thursday afternoon and was denied bond. The murder charge originally lodged against him has been reduced to involvuntary manslaughter. He also faces three other felonies.
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Chuck Keadle will end a long law enforcement career Dec. 31 when he resigns as chief of the Barnesville Police Department, a post he has held since October, 2000.
Major Craig Cooper will become chief upon Keadle’s retirement. His promotion was approved by the Barnesville city council last week.
Keadle is a native Lamar countian and was educated at Gordon Military high school and Gordon Military College. He served seven years in the Georgia National Guard, obtaining the rank of E7.
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Barnesville Police investigators are working a shooting incident that occurred Tuesday evening at 121 North St. in Barnesville that left one person dead. A GBI crime scene investigation unit arrived at the scene just before 9:30 p.m.
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Georgia’s official Christmas tree will be illuminated today at ceremonies at the state capitol and Barnesville’s Sanders East and his family will be front and center in the audience. The official tree came from property around the old East homeplace near Covington.
A private contractor removed the 20 foot red cedar Nov. 28 and it was delicately transported to Atlanta and decorated for today’s event.
East, who goes by Sam, has owned and operated the Barnesville Motel since 1979. He has farms in both Jersey and Brooks. He once had a large spread in Covington but has sold it all except for a small tract that is the site of the family home.
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The Empty Stocking Fund held their first boot drive last Wednesday and has already had an outpour of generosity from the community with donations and family adoptions. This year the ESF will support 218 children from 78 different families.
Volunteers are creating shopping lists and checking them twice. Shopping crews of volunteers braved Black Friday crowds and began shopping Thanksgiving Day until 2 a.m. and continued shopping again on Black Friday to take advantage of sales.
The volunteers received donations throughout the day from other shoppers who supported the ESF’s objective. Lamar County Concerned Citizens collected toys and donated them to the ESF at their November meeting and both Southern Rivers and Rock Springs have already adopted families. The First United Methodist Church of Barnesville has adopted 25 children and continues to be a big supporter in the ESF by putting up an Angel Tree every year. “Empty Stocking could not continue to do what we do without the support of the community,” said ESF’s Vicki Forsyth. [Full Story »]
Fun Run and 5k participants are gearing up for a holly “Dolly” Christmas by running for the dogs in Dolly Goodpuppy’s Holiday Hustle this Saturday.
Walk, run or jog for the Dolly Goodpuppy Society on Dec. 3 in their Holiday Hustle 5k or fun run. All proceeds will benefit the Dolly Goodpuppy Society, a Department of Agriculture- licensed canine rescue organization that promotes humane education and responsible pet ownership. Participants are encouraged to bring a bag of dog food to support the Dolly dogs and to dress in holiday spirit with flashing lights and festive attire. The cost to register on the day of the race is $35 and $20 for children under 12. T-shirts will be available, but are only guaranteed for all who pre-registered.
Registration packet pick up is at 5 p.m. and the fun run will begin one hour prior to the 7 p.m. 5k race. The 5k route will be the same as the certified Barnesville Buggy Days route beginning and ending at Summers Field.
First, second and third place awards will be given to 5k winners by male/ female age categories.
Special prizes will also be awarded for best dressed, so participants are encouraged to come to the event dressed in festive gear or as their favorite Christmas character. For additional information contact Kathy Oxford at 678-877-9532.
The Southside Riders Association will be donating teddy bears to local law enforcement officers and first responders at 5:30 p.m. today as a way to bring happiness to children caught in the midst of a traumatic experience. [Full Story »]