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A much-needed rainstorm chose an inconvenient time to appear Sunday when about 10,000 people had to take shelter in the buildings at Rock Springs Church during their Celebrate America event. The Oak Ridge Boys waited patiently to start their performance and everything went on as planned after the storm, even the fireworks. Wednesday there will be two local observances. Jim and Friends of the Music Barn of Williamson will be the Band of Honor at a July 4 celebration hosted by Marion Matthews VFW Post 6542 in Barnesville. Jim Ehman is a veteran World War II and retired U.S. Army sergeant. His birthday is July 31 and he will be 85. Ehman performed 25 consecutive years hosting Jim and Friends and open stage at the Williamson Music Barn, working in cooperation with the late founder John Williams. Veteran Shorty Colty served in the U.S. Air Force at Moody Field in Valdosta from 1952-56 and was a 25 year partner with Jim and Friends. Les Taylor, a WWII veteran was an original member of Jim and Friends, known 25 years ago as the Shade Tree Boys as the Music Barn had not yet been built. Afterward he continued every Saturday night with Jim and Friends, with Les Taylor and Wayne Roberts rounding out the stage with his support since 1992. Post 6542 will host a live performance of Jim and friends with guest appearance of Country Dan Morgan and Jason Starr. Jim and Friends and Country Dan Morgan kick it off at 4:30 p.m. There will be free hot dogs, hamburgers and sparklers for children. The High Falls/ Towaliga Watershed Alliance will hold its annual Fourth of July Boat Parade on High Falls Lake on Wednesday, July 4, beginning at 10 a.m. at the state park swimming pool dock. Participants must pick up a judging number from the boat parade marshal’s boat at 9:30 a.m. and provide organizers with a cell phone number so the winners can be contacted for trophies that will be awarded for first, second and third place. Boats should be decorated with a patriotic Fourth of July theme. To view the parade attendees should go to the park office, dam wall or the public swimming pool areas. During the parade all state park rules are in effect.

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