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Soccer, baseball, Relay for Life on tap today

It’s a busy Friday in Barnesville. The Lamar County Diamond Trojans, fresh off their first ever region title, host a first round doubleheader against Fitzgerald in the first round of the GHSA Class AA baseball playoffs beginning at 4 p.m. The third game in the best of three series will be played Saturday at 2 p.m. if necessary. All games are at Aldora Field. The LC Lady Trojans, who just finished up their third straight region title, are also in playoff action as they host winless Brooks County at Trojan Field at 5:30 p.m. The Trojans were eliminated last night by Berrien County in a close 2-1 match at Trojan Field. At 6 p.m., the annual Relay for Life fundraiser kicks off at 6 p.m. at Summers Field Park. The latest report from the American Cancer Society shows that 17 teams and 96 par ticipants have raised $1-0,161.75 so far for the local Relay for Life. RFL planners and Shea Costantino, ACS coordinator, expect to raise about $22,000 total from teams, spon-sors and those who participate Friday night, April 2-9, at 6 p. m. at Summers Field Park. City Councilwoman Anne Claxton will open the event (see related story on page one), followed by invocation, presentation of colors, and the National Anthem, sung by survivor McKenzie Dyer. The Sur-vivor Lap star ts at 6: 3-0 p. m., with an expected 6-0 or more cancer sur vivors on the field. Anyone who has been touched by cancer is invited to join this lap, said cochair Ruth Hice, herself a sur vivor. Top fundraising teams so far are First Baptist Church, St. George’s Episcopal School Dragons and the primar y school. Other teams are Anytime Fitness, Barnesville police department, CASA Cancer Crush-ers, Gordon State Cancer Crushers, Gordon State Student Government Association, Health Depar tment, high school, primar y school, middle school Trojans, Merr y Methodists, Mountain Gap Church, Ramah Church, TAC Terminators and United Bank. Sponsors include United Bank, BarnesvilleLamar County Fire Rescue, Preferred Logistics LLC, Upson Regional Medical Center, G& R Rock Climbing Adven-tures, Mitch’s Auto Towing and Salvage, Songbird Acres, Piedmont Green Power LLC, Enercon, Ramah Church, Farm Bureau and Barnesville Women’s League. Cochair Sharon Greer said Luminaria bags may be purchased for $10 to honor or remember loved ones who had cancer. The ‘Luminaria ceremony’ is always a quiet and moving experience, said Relay planner Sherry Farr. Constantino commented, ‘The American Cancer Society Relay for Life movement symbolizes hope and our shared goal to end a disease that threatens the lives of so many people we love. If cancer has touched your life, par ticipating in Relay for L-Ife is a way to take action and help finish the fight. It’s an opportunity to honor cancer survivors, remember those you have lost, and raise funds and awareness to fight back and help end cancer forever.’

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