Do you take for granted your ability to make cell phone calls in Barnesville and Lamar County? Think about what makes that happen and you may want to thank your local governing bodies.
There are 12 cell towers here, three in the city and nine in the county, all serving multiple providers with Verizon coverage being predominant. Company officials have told local 911 dispatchers, who may get calls about tower lights not burning, that their network is mapped and computerized to enable them to locate lights-out immediately anywhere in the world.
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With the Empty Stocking Fund and Toys for Tots concentrating on making Christmas happen for Lamar County children under age 12, the school system is stepping up to help make the holidays happy for teenagers.
“Christmas assistance is going to keep me busy,” said school social worker Kiana Battle.
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The tax commission office has changed its payment system to Envision Payment Solutions. The only requirements to present a check for payment is the taxpayer’s name, physical address and a valid telephone number.
“I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you; this was not our intention,” said tax commissioner Andrea Anthony.
With the deadline to pay property taxes falling on Saturday, the tax commission office is open on Saturdays, Nov. 15 and 22 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Due to this, the office has postponed the 1% interest on late payments from Nov. 20 to Dec. 1. Another 1% will be added Dec. 20. After that the 1% accrues on the 16th of every month.
The office is accepting postmarks on payments mailed in.
The office will be closed for Thanksgiving Nov. 26-28; for Christmas Dec. 24-26 and Jan. 1 and 2 for New Year’s.