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Ard plans ‘great year’ for chamber

By Kay S. Pedrotti An enormously popular decision to ‘bring back BBQ and Blues’ is not the only change that is planned for the Barnesville-Lamar Chamber of Commerce, according to Stacey Ard, new chair of the board of directors. ’˜We are planning to bring ‘˜more of everything’ to Barnesville and Lamar County, to give our community something new to do and to encourage more visitors,’ she added. ‘Relay for Life will be bigger and better now that the event has changed to April 29 at Summers Field Park. There will also be some changes in the events over the summer. We will be hosting a Casino Night for the community to enjoy. Hopefully this will be something different and everybody will come out to support us in this change.’ Ard, 45, is a lifelong resident of Barnesville, the daughter of Harold and Sandra Bryan of Milner and granddaughter of Esther Fuller; she also has a sister, Shannon Reeder. Ard said she enjoys taking trips with her dad on his motorcycle and notes that he has given her the privilege of seeing a lot of the country. When she graduated from Leadership Lamar in 1998, she became very involved with the chamber and has been a board member ‘off and on’ since then. Even when she did not serve on the board, she said, ‘I was always volunteering.’ This is her first term as chairman of the board; she said she has ‘a wonderful team to work with and we are going to make this a really great year.’ Now the branch manager for Coastal Home Care, Ard has been with Coastal for three years and was made branch manager within nine months. She attended Gordon, and received her nursing degree from Flint River Technical College, she noted. The company is a member of the Rotary Club as well as the Chamber of Commerce. ’We are active in both civic organizations,’ she added. She was nursing director and administrator at Sunny Grove for two years. She has two grown children, Brittney and Bryan, and two granddaughters, Kinsley and Kennady, and is a member of First Baptist Church of Barnesville. ’Our team is willing and able to work as hard as I do. I’d like not only to have a great year, but also be able to look back next year and know we did a good job,’ Ard said.

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