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 »]
Bond was denied and a mental evaluation ordered for Tyler Pitts Thursday in Lamar superior court. Judge Bill Fears denied bond after a hearing dominated by testimony from GBI agent David Peebles. [Full Story »]
A local man is in jail and likely will be for a long time after a bizarre chain of events that began when he entered Lamar County High School early on Oct. 17 and posted nude photos of a minor female family member in boys’ bathrooms on campus.
Editor’s note: Four or five days a week, I walk in Greenwood Cemetery. As a result, I am very familiar with the place. I notice new graves and headstones. I was puzzled when I found new markers in the newest section of the cemetery for a Navy pilot killed in action in 1943.
I reached out to local historian Tim Turner who was equally puzzled by the grave of Earnest Duke Williams. I wanted to learn his story.
It is one of sacrifice and patriotism that is timely as we prepare to celebrate Veterans Day Friday.
Suzanne Forster has a vivid memory of a visit to Arlington National Cemetery with her grandmother, Pauline Witherspoon Williams. Pauline gazed out at row upon row of white tombstones and said, “I will never see my son’s gravestone.”
Her son was Earnest Duke Williams.
This was a family of patriots. Pauline’s husband, Earnest Wright Williams, served in World War I.
Suzanne’s parents, Bill and Gaie Pittman, are buried in Greenwood Cemetery. Bill was a 1st Lieutenant in the Army and served in China in the Pacific Theatre in World War II.
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As always, The Herald Gazette is your source for election results. Results will be updated in realtime throughout the night here at barnesville.com. You may also get results by calling our ever-popular election hotline at 770-358-NEWS (6397).
The Rotary Club of Barnesville will host an Honor Walk on Nov. 12 and has started accepting registration for participation. The Rotary Club would like to thank local first responders and all servicemen for their honor, courage and sacrifice that continuously place service above self.
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