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Memorials planned at city’s newest park

By Kay S. Pedrotti Memorials recognizing the contributions to the city made by Jason Shirey and Betty Smith Crawford were discussed by the Barnesville city council last week. Final forms and appropriate locations for the remembrances will be developed by the donors and city manager Kenny Roberts. Pinta Masonic Lodge #88, of which Shirey was a dedicated member, ‘would like to remember Jason with a bronze plaque,’ said councilman Larry Whitworth. ‘Jason was a Mason, a friend, a dedicated servant who gave his time and talents to help his fellow men and women.’ Approval was unanimous. Friends of Betty Smith Crawford, longtime Barnesville resident and animal lover who touched many lives, have asked that she be remembered by a tree planted in the ‘dog park’ portion of the new park, formerly Summers Field. There will be further discussion, Mayor Peter Banks said. The council also approved the second reading of the outdoor dining ordinance. Roberts will demonstrate to those restaurants seeking outdoor dining the exact setback requirements, he said. Beverly Eskridge of the Barnesville Lamar County Humane Society told the council ‘there are now another six feral cats downtown that won’t reproduce,’ thanks to the society and the generosity of H.E.L.P. through the society’s PetSmart partnership. One of 10 puppies recently found has been adopted but all 10 have been spayed or neutered, she noted.

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