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Lady Trojans win, advance to Sweet 16; Trojans eliminated

The GHSA Class A Div. 1 state basketball playoffs got underway Tuesday night.

LC’s Lauren Wilcher (15) drives for a layup in a round one win over Savannah High.

The LC Lady Trojans rolled to a 56-40 win over the Savannah High Blue Jackets at the LC gym. They will battle East Laurens in round two here. That game will be played Friday at 6 p.m. at the LC gym.

Lamar’s Journi Harris (45) battles for a rebound in Tuesday’s win.

East Laurens, the #3 seed from Region 2, defeated Irwin County 64-47 in round one.

Tuesday night’s game was rough and tumble at times with many players hitting the floor.

The Trojans, a #4 seed, traveled to Savannah where they were eliminated by Woodville-Tompkins 60-33.

Lady Trojan Kaylee Hamrick (3) defends during Tuesday night’s big win. (Photos: Walter Geiger)

Wrong way driver crash injures three

A man driving a pickup southbound in the northbound lane of Veterans Parkway here Saturday night collided with another pickup truck that was northbound, resulting in three injuries.

The wrong way driver, reportedly an older male, was lifeflighted to a Macon trauma center.

A father and son, identified as Byron and Fisher Prince by family members, were taken to Macon by ambulance. Fisher Prince, 16, was released about 3 am. Sunday.

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Lady Trojans win region title; will host state playoff game vs. Savannah High here Tuesday

The Lamar County Lady Trojans defeated Heard County 59-38 in the title game of Region 4A Div. I basketball tournament Tuesday night at Temple. The locals finished 22-4 overall and 8-0 in region play.

Along with the title, they earned a #1 seed in the state tournament and will host Savannah High School in the first round of the GHSA state playoffs here Tuesday. The Blue Jackets are 12-14 and the #4 team from Region 3A Div. I. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. at the LC gym.

The Trojans lost to Crawford County in the regional third place game. They are the region’s #4 seed and will be on the road Tuesday in Savannah at Woodville-Tompkins in the first round. The Wolverines are 18-9 and the #1 seed from Region 3A Div. I. Tipoff is tentatively set for 6:30 p.m.

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Ben Moore has died

Longtime Barnesville businessman Ben Moore died Tuesday night at his home with his wife Doris by his side. He was 87.

The Moores operated Moore Chevrolet-Buick-Oldsmobile in Barnesville and satellite operations in Thomaston and Forsyth for generations. They retired in 2013.

Moore won multiple state championships in skeet shooting and sporting clays.

Conner-Westbury Funeral Home in Griffin has charge of arrangements. A service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 at First United Methodist Church in Barnesville, 375 Thomaston Street. A short reception will follow.

WBAF operator cited by FCC

The Federal Communications Commission has issued a notice of violation to Ploener Radio Group of Barnesville, LLC. which operates WBAF radio here. According to a release the operator was cited for “operating 104.9 W285FK Barnesville…

Access to Honeysuckle Lane from Gordon Road will be closed beginning Monday

Honeysuckle Lane at Gordon Road will be blocked off beginning Monday, Feb. 20 for repairs to the sewer line that runs along Gordon Road. Honeysuckle will be accessible from Holmes Street while the work is underway.

The roadblock could be in place for as long as three weeks.

Crews will be replacing the existing 10-inch line with a new 16-inch sewer main. The line is a major artery carrying sewerage from a large portion of the city to the waste water treatment facility.

There was a major spill in the area of the road closure Feb. 5 which was attributed to heavy rain, deteriorating pipe and inadequate pipe capacity.

“Aging sewer infrastructure is a problem throughout the city. It is not uncommon for sewer lines to be over 50 years old. We are actively working to upgrade the system,” city manager Tim Turner said.

Region basketball tournament gets underway Saturday at Temple

The Region 4A Div. 1 basketball tournament gets underway Saturday at Temple High School in Temple. The region consists of only four teams so all four will go to the state tournament. The tournament decides all important seeding.

The Lady Trojans face Crawford County in the first round at 5:30 p.m. Barring catastrophe, LC will win that battle and face the Temple-Heard County winner at 6 p.m. on Valentines Day. The Lady Trojans beat Temple 69-58 Feb. 7.

The Trojans will face Heard County at 4 p.m. Saturday. A win would propel them into the final against the Crawford County-Temple winner Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. LC was blasted by Temple 86-43 Feb. 7.

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