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‘Local Lens’ exhibit at Depot Gallery, which features work of 11 local photographers, opens Friday

By Kay S. Pedrotti

Opening January 20 with the usual 6-8 p.m. Friday reception is the latest exhibit at the Depot Gallery, featuring local and area photographers’ many views of Barnesville and its residents.

Among the contributors are Aleni Barkley, Bob Barber, Bill Chamberlain, Eduardo Cordon Blu, Walter Geiger, Janet Graham, Stef Parker, Sara Preston, Jessica Traylor, Josh Varnadoe and Lora Watson. Co-curators are Dorothy Carter, Angela Preston and Eleanor Stecker.

Scenes on display will include streets, houses, landscapes and skyscapes, churches, residents, schools, sports events, and other local and area interests.

Geiger, editor and publisher of The Herald Gazette, has entered some poignant crime scenes and “live” sports photos. “I am proud to have my work displayed, I truly am,” he said.

Bill Chamberlain of Zebulon is well-known in the area for his work in black and white. A visitor here from Guatemala, Cordon has been very excited about photographing the area – including a local football game – and is a nephew of Andreas Romero.

“To look at our area through the eyes –Local Lens – of our exhibitors is a real treat,” said Angela Preston. “We encourage everyone who loves a good picture to come look at these camera artists.”

The show will be up through Sunday, March 12, Stecker added.

Note: Lamar Arts supporters generally get postcards with notice of upcoming shows. The tornado that ripped through Griffin made that impossible for this show

Local tornado relief collection site opens at Church of the Nazarene Wednesday

Barnesville churches and civic organizations are working to assist with the tornado relief effort in Griffin. A collection site will open at the Church of the Nazarene Wednesday, Jan. 18.

From Rev. Ann Mann, FUMC:

We will start collecting the following items for those affected by the recent tornado storms that swept through our surrounding areas starting Wednesday, January 18th. We are working in coordination with City Church in Griffin as a drop-off point that will distribute items to those in need. They are the main donation center tornado victims. We are only a collection site, we will not be distributing items.

Our collection site is located at:
The Church of the Nazarene
744 Veterans Pkwy,
Barnesville GA 30204

***Hours to drop off donations:
Monday – Thursday 9am – 1pm & 4pm – 6pm
Sunday 3pm – 5pm
***Please drop off items only during these days and times.

***If you want to volunteer in the donation process, PLEASE contact Penny at gagirl2469@gmail.com so we can put you down for the day/hrs you can be there.

***The Griffin-Spalding Chamber is coordinating hot meals for first responders. Call or text 770-597-7916 for more information or if you would like to help – They are in current need of snack foods and quick meals.

***Items to donate(all items must be NEW):

Non-perishable food items
Diapers – all sizes, baby wipes, formula, baby food
New Toiletries – such as: toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, brush/combs, razors/shaving cream, body lotion, chapstick, Q-tips, toilet paper, etc.
Bath Towels, Wash Cloths
Hand sanitizer
Gift Cards – fuel, restaurants
First Aid Kits
Flashlights
Batteries – all kinds
Paper Towels
Bottled water
Paper Plates – Plastic Utensils
Trash bags
Laundry detergent
Pet food

***Blankets – if you have good clean blankets to donate, we will take them. Please bag them. They will go to the Salvation Army center for distribution.

No clothing items accepted at this moment. Hopefully that will change soon, if so I will update.

This will be an ongoing collection site, not sure yet for how long we will need to. We will be in need of boxes as well.

MLK Day events get underway Sunday

Two days of events are on tap for the Martin Luther Kind, Jr. Day observance here in Lamar County.

Events kick off Sunday, Jan. 15 with the Beloved Community Commemorative Service which will be held at 6 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church on Johnstonville Road.

According to organizer Chris Hightower, the service will pay tribute to Dr. King and serve as a reunion for participants in past.

Hightower founded the celebration in 1992 as an opportunity to empower and encourage local youth as they developed their leadership skills and demonstrated their talents. “I am proud that those who were once participants are now young adults who are professionals in many fields and positive citizens in our community and throughout the nation,” Hightower said.

Rev. Coleman Dumas, pastor of Stone Well Worship Center in Thomaston will deliver the keynote address. Also featured will be Bishop LaDamium Raines. The Fellowship of Champions choir and the Stone Well choir will perform.

The Beloved Community March will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16. Participants will line up at the E. P. Roberts Center at 9 a.m. The march will begin at 9:30 and end at the courthouse for a program featuring county commission chairman Ryran Traylor as the keynote speaker.

The celebration will conclude with a food giveaway at noon led by Rev. Terrence Curtis and Calvary Baptist Church. Food boxes will be available at the church which is located at 968 Veterans Parkway.

All events are sponsored by the Lamar County chapter of the NAACP. For more information, call 470.352.9287.

Tax commissioner’s office to open late Jan. 17

The Lamar County Tax Commissioners Office will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2023 in observance of the Martin Luther King Holiday. The office will reopen Tuesday after a morning training session at 10 a.m.

Lamar schools closed Friday

Due to Thursday’s storms, Lamar County Schools will be closed Friday.

From school superintendent Jute Wilson:

In light of the damage from severe weather incidents in the area, Lamar County Schools will be closed tomorrow, Friday, January 13, 2023 for all students and staff. With MLK holiday Monday, we will return to our normal schedule Tuesday. Please be in prayer for those impacted by the storm and stay safe.

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