WellStar Health System of Marietta has entered into negotiations with Tenet Healthcare to purchase Spalding Regional Medical Center in Grffin, Sylvan Grove Hospital in Jackson and other health care facilities in the region.
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Lamar County tax digest figures related to schools are up slightly for 2015, meaning the Board of Education can decrease its millage levy by a small amount, from 16.736 in 2014 to 16.716 for this year.
Reassessment of real property in Lamar County resulted in slightly higher values, said tax assessor Jeannie Haddock. That creates the opportunity for the slight millage rate decrease, according to Haddock. Adjusted M&O digests are created separately for the county and BOE because some exemptions apply to one and not the other, she said.
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As the result of an investigation into alleged misconduct by former Spalding County Sheriff’s Deputy, David Gibson, which led to Gibson resigning his position on May 21, a lawsuit has been filed by four employees of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office against both Gibson and Sheriff Wendall Beam. [Full Story »]
Ritz Park will feature local legends and nationally-known acts during the Summer in the Sticks summer concert July 11 hosted by the Barnesville-Lamar County Chamber of Commerce. Gates will open at 6 p.m. with great entertainment on stage as well as food vendors and a cornhole tournament.
Local favorites Gary Ware, Bill Kunst, Josh “Junior” Humphrey and Drew Stewart will take the stage along with Florida natives Jordyn Stoddard and Grayson Rogers with musical acts starting at 6:30 p.m.
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The criminal jury trial calendar set for July 13-17 has been cancelled and jurors do not need to report for jury duty.
After reviewing the potential trial calendar, the trial week was cancelled due to an extremely small number of cases that are currently pending and will be ready for trial on the criminal trial calendar. None of the individuals who are anticipated to be on the trial calendar for July 13-17 are currently in the Lamar County Detention Center awaiting trial.
“Therefore, in the interests of judicial economy and financial costs for the court and Lamar County, the criminal jury trial week is hereby cancelled,” wrote superior court judge William A. Fears in an order issued July 1.
Several citizens of the Barnesville / Lamar County area have received calls claiming to be from the I.R.S. about delinquent taxes. The Internal Revenue Service has posted repeated warnings about tax phone frauds, in which criminals call consumers pretending to be agents from the I.R.S.
The impostors claim the taxpayer owes back taxes, then threaten arrest or legal action, unless the individual makes a payment quickly. Sometimes victims are urged to wire money, but more commonly they are directed to obtain a prepaid money card at a retailer and provide the number to the caller. The callers are aggressive, they are relentless and they are ruthless.
Most calls start out with statements such as: “This call is officially a final notice from the I.R.S., Internal Revenue Service. The reason of this call is to inform you that I.R.S. is filing a lawsuit against you.”
The callers strive to appear authentic; they may use robocalling technology that shows “I.R.S.” on your caller identification screen. They may know part or all of your Social Security number and they may provide a fake I.R.S. “badge” number. In some cases, follow-up calls may come, supposedly from local police or prosecutors.
The I.R.S. does not initiate contact through phone or email, but rather sends written correspondence through the United States mail. The I.R.S. does not call people nor does it initiate contact through phone or email, but rather sends written correspondence through the United States Mail.
If you are concerned that you owe , you should contact the I.R.S. directly at 800-829-1040.
A 34-year-old Barnesville man was arrested and charged with battery (family violence) and other crimes after he allegedly caused a one-vehicle wreck after he punched the driver on June 14.
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Barnesville’s Cedar Grove Landfill won’t be the first to use “pyrolysis technology” to turn garbage into fuel - but it is the only facility working on a plant to bring together all the processes that allow “cooking” garbage into sale-able fuels.
“Pyrolysis simply means heating, or cooking,” said landfill director Johnny Poore. “There are many other facilities using a portion of the process but as far as we know, we’re the only ones who have come close to a complete solution to protecting a landfill while turning waste into dollars.”
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The Department of Defense announced on Sunday that a young soldier from Griffin, Georgia serving in Kuwait was killed in a non-combat related incident while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.
PFC. Monterrious T. Daniel, 19, died June 12 in Camp Buehring, Kuwait, in a non-combat related incident. PFC Daniel will be flown to the Upson Thomaston Airport at 1 pm Monday where a transfer will be made from a military air craft to Bentley and Sons hearse with full military honors. The processional will then travel from the airport Thomaston to Bentley and Sons Funeral Home there.
PFC Daniel was assigned to 68 th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, of the 43rd Sustainment Brigade, under the 4th Infantry Division, at Fort Carson, Colorado.
Funeral Services will be held at noon Wednesday in Thomaston at the Thomaston Civic Center. Interment will be in Talbot County at New Hope Cemetery in Talbotton, Georgia.
Lamar County athletic director Calvin Scandrett (left) was recognized by the board of education for having been named “Athletic Director of the Year” in Region 4AA for the second year in a row. He is shown with deputy superintendent Cleve Hendrix.