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Chalk it Up event is Saturday at Depot Plaza

Depot Plaza will be the hot spot in downtown Barnesville Saturday as the ‘Chalk it Up’ event makes its debut. The schedule includes a sidewalk chalk competition and a spring market featuring food trucks and local vendors.

Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. There will also be rock painting and music on the schedule. The entry fee for the chalk competition is $5.

The event is sponsored by the Barnesville Downtown Development Authority, Lamar Arts and the chamber of commerce.

For more information, call 404.733.7034.

Tax assessment notices in the mail

Chief appraiser Jeannie Haddock reported Monday that tax assessment notices for 2023 were to be mailed today. The notices are not a tax bill. They are to inform property owners of the assessed value of their property on which their tax bill will be based.

At the bottom of the notice is an estimate of 2023 taxes based on the 2022 millage rate. The 2023 millage rate will be set this summer.

Property owners can appeal their assessments in several different ways. For more information, call the tax assessors office at 770.358.5161.

Multiple Lamar track athletes qualify for state meet

Multiple LC track athletes placed in the huge sectional meet held here Saturday and will advance to the state meet to be held at Barron Stadium in Rome Thursday-Saturday.

Samiya Smith qualified in the long jump while Clayton Nelson made the field in high jump. Antonio Altman will be competing in the discus while Journi Harris will battle for the shot put title.

Lamar’s Samiya Smith takes flight during the long jump competition at the sectional track meet held here Saturday. The event drew a throng of competitors, coaches and fans to Trojan Field. Smith was among a large collection of LC athletes to qualify for the state meet to be held this week in Rome. (Photo: Walter Geiger)

Terry Welch and Nelson qualified in the long jump while Shy Foster made the field in the triple jump.

These athletes will compete on Thursday.

On Friday, Lamar’s Reco Walker will run the 110m hurdles while Aniya Barron will run the 100 meter dash and the 200 meter dash.

Lamar’s Tony Altman releases a throw during the discus competition at the sectional track meet held here Saturday. The meet drew athletes, coaches and fans from all over the state. Altman was among many LC athletes to qualify for the state meet this week in Rome. (Photo: Walter Geiger)

Both the boys and girls 4x100m relay teams made qualified and will run Friday. The girls team includes Foster, Barron, Smith and Armani Flewellen. The boys team includes Walker, Caleb Laster, T. Jones and J. Jackson.

Wilson laments private school dominance of Class A athletics in missive to GHSA, others

Note: Since this story was written, the Lamar County golf team finished second in the sectionals and qualified for the state tournament. Darlington, a large private school, was the first place team from the sectional and defeated LC by 40 strokes, according to Jute Wilson.

Lamar County school superintendent Dr. Jute Wilson has written GHSA officials and members of its reclassification committee addressing what he terms ‘competitive imbalances’ in Class A. LC was moved to Class A, Div. I from Class AA last year during the reclassification process.

In his missive, Wilson noted he has been a head coach of multiple sports, a nationally certified athletic director and a high school principal in his career. “We are blessed in Georgia with one of the best athletic associations in the nation with GHSA,” he continued.

He also lauded the work of the classification committee then added, “We know full well that reclassification is not an exact science and will always create winners and losers.”

Wilson then explained that, with the school year winding down, only one public school has won a state championship in Class A. That team was the Heard County softball team.

“The simple fact is private schools are mowing through their competition with a clear and distinct advantage,” he wrote.

Wilson goes on to point out that the state championship games in boys basketball, girls basketball, boys soccer, girls soccer and volleyball all pitted two private schools against each other. The football and wrestling titles were also won by private schools.

“These results speak for themselves and warrant a plan of correction going forward, Our hope is these issues will be considered and addressed in the next reclassification cycle,” he concluded.

Sporting clays event to benefit Boys & Girls Club

The inaugural Pulling for the Club sporting clays tournament is set for June 9 at The Meadows Gun Club in Monroe County. Check-in starts at 9 a.m. The shoot begins at 10 a.m. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m.

Shooters and sponsors are needed. For more information, contact Steve Caison at 770.358.5770.

To register your team or become a sponsor, please visit the Boys and Girls Club website at

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