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Dad-Daughter Dance is Feb. 10

The annual Dad-Daughter Dance will be held at the Women’s Clubhouse on Saturday, Feb. 10 beginning at 6 p.m.

The event offers fathers and daughters of all ages a date night type event during the Valentines Day season.

The dance is sponsored by Barnesville First United Methodist Church. Tickets are $5 and available at the church office, ACE Hardware, Goggans Florist and House to Home.

For more information, call 770.358.1494

Tag office moving to new administration building Jan. 29-30

The tax commissioner’s office, known as the tag office to most, will join other departments at the new county administration building next week. Office personnel will be moving Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 29-30.

The county administration, tax assessor’s and planning and development offices have already made the move to new facilities in the old Fred’s building on Veterans Parkway.

Two local industries bought out

Two local industries have new ownership after sales negotiations were completed near the end of 2023. Pacolet Millican, an investment firm, has purchased the Piedmont Green Power plant here. PGP, located off the MLK bypass,…

Commissioner Lovett confirms he and commissioner Gilles were interviewed by an FBI agent and had records subpoenaed by a federal grand jury

Prior to Tuesday night’s county commission meeting, sheriff Brad White served civil papers on commissioners Jason Lovett and Ashley Gilles who have been sued by the legal counsel for the Lamar County Regional Solid Waste…

Dziedzic publishes book of her grandmother’s prayers

Lisa Dziedzic has published “Compassion at the Cross’, a collection of poetic prayers written by her late grandmother Ova Mae English.

Mrs. English was a native of Mayland, Tennessee. She met and married Gus English, former Lamar County commissioner, in Chattanooga and they returned to northeast Lamar County in 1949.

Mrs. English taught Sunday School at Rock Springs Church for over 50 years. She died in 2006 at the age of 96.

Her prayers are expressed in the rhythmic medium of poetry and she left them to Dziedzic when she passed away.

“Her poetry speaks to your head as well as your heart. It is with passion and confidence that I greatly recommend her writings,” noted Dr. Benny Tate who was Mrs. English’s pastor at Rock Springs for decades.

The book is available on You can also acquire copies by contacting Dziedzic at 770.468.0402.

Traylor not reappointed to LCRSWA; forensic audit shot down for now

In a heated, chaotic session before a packed meeting room, the Lamar County commission took multiple votes on issues regarding the Lamar County Regional Solid Waste Authority. At one point there were three motions on the table at once. At another time, three motions to table previous motions were on the table simultaneously.

When they smoke had cleared, the commission had:

•TABLED the reappointment of Ryran Traylor to the LCRSWA.

•TABLED calling for a forensic audit of the LCRSWA.

•AGREED to hire conflict counsel to determine if they have the power to call for an audit or otherwise supervise the LCRSWA.

•TABLED a motion to ask the sheriff, district attorney, GBI and FBI to conduct a forensic audit of the LCRSWA. Commissioner Jason Lovett said he had been threatened after he began looking into the finances of the LCRSWA.

Highlights of the discussion during the public comments segment:

Tom Rauch: “This whole thing with the solid waste authority has all the earmarks of something not on the up and up.”

Beth Pearce (directed at Traylor and commissioner Nancy Thrash who is also a member of the LCRSWA): “You should have recused yourselves . That fact that you did not is a crying shame. You should be ashamed of yourselves. We will be looking into recalling you.”

James Hyde: “You need to remove all members of the LCRSWA and replace them with people who can read and understand the law.”

Mike Maddox: “We used to be able to take two tons of trash per year to our landfill. Now, we are turned away. A lot of that trash is now on the side of the road. The county is turning into the landfill.”… “Watch out when they start tabling stuff. You table stuff to cover it up.”

For much more on this story, see the 12.26.23 print edition of The Herald Gazette.

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