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CJ to lead Christmas parade as Grand Marshal

Former Trojan star and current Georgia Bulldog freshman phenom CJ Allen will lead this weekend’s Christmas parade as grand marshal it was announced Tuesday.

The Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree Parade will wind through the streets of Barnesville Saturday evening, officially ushering in the Christmas season.

Staging will begin at the Gordon parking lots off College Drive at 4 p.m. with preliminary judging beginning at 5 p.m. The parade will start at 6:30 p.m. and follow the usual Buggy Days parade route.

Both golf carts and floats will be judged. Entry forms must be submitted to city hall by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The top float will win $250 with second place getting $150 and third place getting $100. The first place golf cart will win $120 with second place receiving $75 and third place taking home $75.

Entry forms are available at city hall or by clicking on the parade ad on

For more information, call 770.358.2789.

Help ‘Miss Merle’ get 100 cards for her 100th birthday

Merle Childs, the undisputed queen of Johnstonville, will celebrate her 100th birthday on Dec. 15. Family members say Miss Merle is still very much aware and active but does not want a big party for her centennial celebration.

The family has a big box and is seeking birthday cards to fill it for a celebration to be held Christmas Day. The goal is 100 cards

“Mom has made many friends and touched many lives in here 100 years, so no box is big enough. We would love for everyone to join us in surprising her,” daughter Susan Childs Davis reported.

Cards may be mailed to Merle Childs, c/o Susan Childs Davis, 4850 Ivy Ridge Dr., Unit 303, Atlanta, Ga. 30339.

For more information, contact Davis at 404.998.1040.

Operation Christmas Child effort underway here

November 13-20 is national collection week for Operation Christmas Child (OCC). Shoeboxes filled with simple gifts for children are distributed in over 170 poverty stricken countries around the world. This project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international disaster relief organization, is headed by Franklin Graham.

OCC provides gift filled shoeboxes to children in war torn, poverty stricken countries to share the love of Jesus Christ. This year OCC is celebrating its 30th year of delivering shoebox gifts to children in need and it recently delivered its 200 millionth shoebox gift to a child in Ukrain. In addition to the gift, children are invited to participate in a 12 week Bible study ‘The Greatest Journey’.

Everyone is invited to pack a shoebox for a child in need. Simply chose a boy or girl and age range, 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14. Fill the box with simple gifts a child of that age or gender would like. Suggestions include: stuffed animals, small dolls, balls (soccer balls deflated with a pump), toy cars, books, school supplies, crayons, and hygiene items (bar soap and toothbrushes), clothing (socks, t-shirts, etc.) A monetary donation of $10 is encouraged to help with shipping costs, training leaders and material used for the Bible study.

Some items are inappropriate for this project. Please do not include: war related type toys or camouflage clothing, liquids or creams, food or candy, vitamins or medication, glass, toothpaste, used or soiled items.

Shoebox gifts may be dropped off at First Baptist Church November 13-20. For more information call Nancy Cloudt at 770.584.4521 or the church office at 770.358.2353.

Biggest crowd ever?

Trick-or-treating along Thomaston Street and its tributaries drew record crowds Tuesday night as ghosts, goblins, ghouls and other assorted characters paraded the streets collecting treats.

Here is a pictorial.

(Photos: Walter Geiger)

Gordon Theatre to present ‘Cotton Patch Gospel’

Gordon State College Humanities and Fine and Performing Arts will raise the curtain on its 2023-24 season with the sensational bluegrass musical, Cotton Patch Gospel. A whirlwind of banjos, fiddles and harmonies will set the stage for an amazing premier production.

Written by Tom Key and Russell Treyz, and music by Harry Chapin, Cotton Patch Gospel is described as “the greatest story ever re-told.” It’s based on the book, “The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John” by Clarence Jordan. The musical score begins with a raucous, “Something’s Brewing in Gainesville” and continues on a journey that captivates the audience with reverent humor and redemption.

The bluegrass band that accompanies the show consists of Dr. David Janssen, GSC English professor on guitar; Michael Sanders, GSC Human Services major from Bibb County on upright bass; Sue Tomlin, professional musician and entertainer from Bibb County on fiddle; and J.M. Philips, professional musician based in Barnesville on the banjo.

The full production will run Nov. 2-5 at the GSC Fine Arts Theatre beginning at 6:30 p.m. nightly culminating with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on Nov. 5. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for children 12 and under. Complimentary admission for all GSC students, faculty and staff.

The 2023-24 GSC theatre season is made possible in part through a generous grant from Upson EMC in Thomaston, Georgia and GSC Board of Trustees member, Dan White, with the endowed Constance H. Chinery Fine and Performing Arts Support Fund.

Halloween events underway here as big night looms

Trick-or-treating along the streets of Barnesville’s Thomaston Street corridor is a time-honored tradition and is the climax of a series of events leading up to the promenade of ghosts and goblins.

Barnesville will celebrate Halloween on Tuesday, Oct. 31 and Thomaston Street and other thoroughfares will be blocked off beginning at 5 p.m.

Lamar Arts kicks things off this week with the Painted Pumpkin Promenade Oct. 19-21 at the Depot Gallery. Participants can pick a pumpkin, paint it and either take it home or leave it on display at the gallery. The cost is $12 per pumpkin and includes the necessary art supplies.

Other events we are aware of include:

Oct. 22:
Halloween Friendly Pageant, 10 a.m. at the event center located at 108 Main Street in Barnesville. $55 entry fee; $10 photo fee. Costume contest. Info: 770.584.4201.

Oct. 28:
Lamar NAAACP Freedom Fund Variety Show, a local talent showcase featuring social media comedian Mattie J.; LC Fine Arts Center, 5-7 p.m. Tickets are $40 and available from any NAACP member.
Trunk or Treat, presented by the Milner civic committee, 5-7 p.m. at Milner city park. Candy donations are encouraged and can be dropped off at Milner city hall. Contact mayor Kathy Buffington at 770.468.8893 to reserve a spot.

Oct. 29:
All Howls Eve Harvest Fest to benefit Dolly Goodpuppy Society; noon-6 p.m. at Summers Field Park. Dog costume contest and dog walk parade. Food trucks, vendors, kids’ events, cakewalk, photo booth, hot dog bobbing, raffle. Info: 678.640.4351.
Fall Festival hosted by First Baptist Church, recreation department football field, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Info: 770.358.2353.

Oct. 31:
Fall Festival, front lawn, Barnesville First United Methodist Church, 5-6 p.m. Start your trek down Thomaston Street with popcorn, games and other goodies. Info: 770.358.1494.

Wrestling fundraiser for Heather Bunn

A Pro Wrestling event will be held Nov. 18 at the St. George’s gym in Milner to benefit Heather Bunn who is battling breast cancer for the second time. Heather is the wife of Milner police chief Lamar Bunn.

For more information on tickets and other ways you can help, call 770.358-1604.

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