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Shooting on Matthews Street in Barnesville; 17-year-old male victim has died

A large law enforcement presence is in place at 245 Matthews Street in Barnesville following a shooting. Witnesses said at least one person was transported by ambulance.

UPDATE 3: Chief Penamon has confirmed the victim is Christopher (CJ) Wellmaker, 17.

UPDATE 2: The Herald Gazette has learned the victim in this shooting has died. Multiple reports indicate the shooting was a retaliation for a previous incident.

UPDATE: BPD chief Belinda Penamon reports the victim was a 17-year-old male who was transported by ambulance to an area hospital.

According to tax records, the property there is owned by Leroy and Janice Collier.

More to follow…

Trojans win 19-7; Olivia Ogletree is HC Queen

The Lamar County Trojans (4-2) topped the Social Circle Redskins 19-7 in the annual homecoming game Friday night at Trojan Field.

Realtime scoring updates from the sidelines.

11:52 2nd qtr: LC 7 SC 0: Jordan Glover 17-yard TD run. Joe Davis PAT.

Half: 7-0

Olivia Ogletree was crowned HC queen.

8:59 3rd qtr: LC 7 SC 7: SC 38 yard TD run. PAT good.

3:40 3rd qtr: LC 13 SC 7: Qua Hughley 1-yard TD run. PAT failed.

1:44 4th qtr: LC 19 SC 7: Hughley 47-yard TD run. PAT failed.

FINAL: 19-7

LCMS Lady Trojans win district volleyball title

The LCMS Lady Trojans topped Jasper County in the semis and Mary Persons in the final match to win the CGMSAL volleyball championship Wednesday evening at the LC gym.

The Lady Trojans won both matches 2-0.

The Lady Trojans are coached by Elizabeth Branan. Her assistant is Katie Burnette.

The newly-crowned champs include Brielle Taylor, Corley Cave, Piper Wise, Neva Fletcher, Braelyn Burrow, Aubrey Studle, Finley Eubanks, Sophie Crooms, Ellie Kate Moore, Jadyn Foster, Raegyn Smith, Ava Fitzpatrick, Nadiya McEachern and Harper Osborne.

It’s homecoming week: Parade today, big game tomorrow

It’s homecoming week at LCHS and the main events begin today with the parade. Units will begin forming up at 4:30 p.m. at the Gordon parking lots off College Drive.

The homecoming court (above) includes (front, l-r) Kymora Buckner, Karmen Barkley, Armani Flewellen, Faith Buice, Ally Bloxham, Olivia Ogletree; (middle, l-r) Kaney Bryan, Aniya Barron; (back, l-r) Samiya Smith, M’Kenzie Smith, Shakiria Foster and Ella Bleu Leverett. (Photo: Walter Geiger)

The parade will begin at 5 p.m. and follow the traditional Buggy Days parade route.

The Trojans will do battle with Social Circle Friday night at 7:30 p.m. The traditional homecoming festivities will take place at halftime.

The candidates for LC homecoming king are (front, l-r) Christopher Morrison, Andres Leal Crespo, Skyler Hannan; (back, l-r) Cameron King and Sullay Tyus. The king will be crowned later this week. LC battles Social Circle in the homecoming game Friday night. (Photo: Walter Geiger)

The big homecoming dance is set for Saturday night.

Shots fired at Sammie’s, no one hit. Four suspects arrested

UPDATE: BPD investigators have identified and arrested four suspects involved in this incident. They are D’Mario Harp of Thomaston and Christopher Smith, Jr,. Quentavious Walker and Jamerius Walker, all of Brrnesville. All are in jail awaiting preliminary hearings in magistrate court.

Multiple shots were fired during a ruckus at Sammie’s on Mill Street at about dusk Saturday night but no one was hit by the gunfire. An ambulance as called to treat one person who was injured in a fall during the dust-up.

“We never could get a straight story from anyone about what happened. We did collect shell casings from the road and parking lot but no one was hit,” BPD chief Belinda Penamon reported Sunday morning.

The incident had no connection to Buggy Days.

Rain can’t halt Buggy Days

Despite on and off heavy rain, the 2023 Buggy Days parade did not disappoint as a large crowd turned out.

They were treated to everything from tacos to monster trucks, beauty queens to beautiful classic cars and even an old fashioned shootout on Main Street at the end.

Saturday night and Sunday events will go on as scheduled despite the weather.

Photos by Walter Geiger

Trojans rout Red Devils 31-0

The Lamar County Trojans (3-2) routed the Jackson Red Devils (1-3) 31-0 Friday night at Trojan Field.

Realtime scoring from the sidelines.

3:54 1st qtr: LC 7 JAX 0: Qua Hughley 16 yard TD run. Caleb Miller PAT.

0:19 1st qtr: LC 13 JAX 0: Ty Head 1 yard TD run. PAT failed.

End 1st: 13-0

3:10 2nd qtr: LC 16 JAX 0: Miller 37 yard FG.

HALF: 16-0.

6:11 3rd: LC 24 JAX 0: Jordan Glover 63 yard TD run. Two point PAT good.

0:37 3rd qtr: LC 31 JAX 0: Glover 10 yard TD run. Miller PAT.

The fourth quarter was played with a running clock via mercy rule.

FINAL: 31-0.



Upson-Lee 21 Haralson Co. 3

Howard 49 Pike Co. 0

Rabun Co. 45 Heard County 14

Party like its Buggy Days with special event cocktail

Due to plumbing issues at the Depot Gallery and the subsequent lack of restroom facilities, the Buggy Days kickoff party, which was to be held there Thursday, has been canceled. A private, invitation only party for volunteers, sponsors and VIPs will be held from 5-7 p.m. at a private residence instead.

A public after party will go on as scheduled at Mangia on Main downtown from 7-10 p.m.

Throughout the festival, Mangia on Main and the Playpen Lounge will be serving a special Buggy Days cocktail featuring a handmade mixed berry syrup by J2, a new business venture by local bartenders. J2 will be selling their syrups and other goodies downtown during the festival in booth 13.

The cocktail also includes vodka, soda water and lemonade and will be served in a special Buggy Days commemorative cup.

Next year there will be a new downtown spot to celebrate Buggy Days. Joe and Cristy Sims have sold their downtown building to Robert Parlier and purchased the former Tommy’s building from Robyn Underwood. They will move their Georgia Hometown Realty office there.

Parlier has also acquired the old Toki building adjacent to the former real estate office and is tearing out the dividing wall to build out a sports bar.

On Saturday, Jim Graham of Balamo Building Supply on Taylor Street will host a concert featuring his legendary band Junkshun.

The Southern Creed Band will perform from 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the nearby special events area in front of the old B&L convenience store building at the corner of Taylor Street and College Drive. There will be a corn hole tournament there as well.

Just down the road at Summers Field, Al Cast will host Sound Wave, a rap/hip-hop extravaganza, from 6-9 p.m.

Soundwave features DJ Smooth, Roscoe Dash, Destiny Reeves, Elijah Parham, Juroses, Big Fwad, Rad, Slade Babies, Yung Blizzy, Sensitive Thugs and others. There will be food trucks and vendors on site.

The Buggy Days fireworks show will follow immediately after the concert at the park.

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