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West Georgia Regional Library System gets new bookmobile
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The West Georgia Regional Library system has announced the arrival of its new bookmobile.

Last year, WGRLS received funding through a grant from Georgia Public Library Services and the Institute of Museum and Library Services to build a new bookmobile after the last one was retired in the 2010s. This new vehicle will be making appearances at community events, schools, and other locations to provide services for areas that may not have the ability to visit the library in person.

A naming contest for the bookmobile was held at the end of September with the official name of the bookmobile being, “Bookin’ It West.” Andie Brasley, a teacher from Temple Middle School, came up with the name, and shared his thought process.

“All in all, the thought process was like this...West Georgia? Hmm. GOOOO WEST. Books? Well, those are amazing. Traveling West for Books? No. We are Bookin’ It (moving quickly) with the bookmobile...So, combine them as a play on words. Bookin’ It West! That’s the winner!” explained Beasley.

To celebrate the bookmobile being event-ready, WGRLS will be hosting the official ribbon-cutting ceremony at Ruth Holder Public Library on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m. Members of the public are welcome to attend and check out all of the exciting new things the bookmobile will be offering!

Villa Rica to Celebrate "Christmas on Main"
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By Special to the Villa Rican

The holiday spirit will be in downtown Villa Rica on Dec. 3 as the city celebrates its annual Christmas on Main event.

The yearly yuletide event features something for children of all ages, including the Egg Nog Jog, the Reindeer Run 5K, a parade, and a chance for Villa Rica residents to meet Santa and get a head start on their holiday shopping.

All the events are free and will take place rain or shine in downtown Villa Rica.

The day will start early, with registration for the Reindeer Run 5K race at 10:30 a.m. At noon, those who want to participate in the Egg Nog Jog will set off from The Mill amphitheater, 106 Temple St., while participants in the Reindeer Run, which follows the same course, will start at 12:30 p.m.

Leaving The Mill, participants will head out to Stone Street and turn north to Gordon Street, then travel to Candler Street and south to Church Street. The route then heads westerly to North Avenue, then all the way up to Old Stone Road. As the participants approach the intersection with Gold Road, they will reverse course and return to The Mill.

The Mistletoe Market, where homemade arts and crafts are sold, will take place around The Mill from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. The Mistletoe Market is sold out!

The annual Christmas Parade will begin at 5 p.m. downtown, and Santa Claus will make himself available between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. for photos with your children that you can take on your own. At the same time, there will be entertainment on The Mill stage.

The holiday event ends with the lighting of the Villa Rica city Christmas Tree at 7 p.m.

This year, the Christmas on Main Street event is sponsored by Jones-Wynn Funeral Homes and Crematory, GFL, J. Collins Funeral Home, and Main Street Villa Rica and the City of Villa Rica.

Basketball season is gearing up in the West Georgia area. Some teams have already begun the regular season, while others have begun scrimmages and pre-season play. Pictured is Villa Rica’s J.T. Dumas.

Man arrested on August rape warrant
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Law enforcement arrested a Peachtree Corners man Sunday on a warrant issued early August for a late July assault incident that occurred in Villa Rica.

On July 30, 2022, Villa Rica Police were notified of an incident that occurred at Hampton Court Apartments.

The officers discovered that the victim had met a male friend, later identified as Dareyon Javar Lawson, 26, of Peachtree Corners, and had invited him to her home to watch a movie. After the movie was over, the victim went upstairs and when she returned Lawson was allegedly naked and wanting to have sex.

As the victim tried to flee the apartment Lawson allegedly grabbed her, began to choke her and then raped her. He allegedly further stole the victim’s phone when he left the apartment, set fire to a bag of property owned by the victim, and caused damage to the apartment. Detective Rowan investigated this incident and on Aug. 8 warrants were issued for Lawson’s arrest.

Lawson was arrested on Nov. 20 in relation to this incident. VRPD officials did not have details on how he was arrested at this time. Lawson’s charges include aggravated assault, rape, second degree criminal damage to property, theft by taking, battery, and third degree arson.

Lawson is currently in the Carroll County Jail with no bond set.

Fight with parents leads to arrest
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Christina Tarkington

A Villa Rica woman was arrested after getting into an alleged fight with her mother and stepfather on Saturday.

On Nov. 12, Carroll County Deputy Mason Dodson was dispatched to 3207 Greenhill Drive in reference to a man with blood all over himself. According to dispatch, the complainant was a security employee for Fairfield Plantation in Villa Rica because a man drove himself from that address and told security his wife and stepdaughter, later identified as Christina Tarkington, 34, of Villa Rica, were fighting, per the report.

According to the report, upon Dodson’s arrival there was a woman with blood all over herself and no pants standing on the yard distraught, which was determined to be Tarkington. The report cites that Tarkington was under the influence during the incident. As Dodson followed Fire Engine 11 crew inside the residence he noticed a woman laying on the kitchen floor with blood on herself and a large amount of blood around her.

During this time, Dodson observed the male victim had blood squirting from the back of his head, which he called over medical attention.

Dodson went to speak with Tarkington about what occurred that led to the large amounts of blood.

According to the report, Tarkington continued to state that it was “her step dad’s fault, but she was not making much sense.” She reiterates that the blood came from her fighting with her step dad and mom and while speaking with Dodson she requests that she just be “taken away.”

The male victim told Dodson that Tarkington stabbed him with a piece of glass, per the report. Dodson stated that the victim had a clear cut on his left shoulder and was bleeding “profusely” out of the back of his head/neck area. The female victim told Dodson that Tarkington pushed her down and once on the ground, kicked her in the throat. The male victim had to be airlifted to Kennestone Hospital.

Tarkington was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and battery. The incident was punishable under the Family Violence Act due to Tarkington living in the home with the victims and being their daughter.

Tarkington was released from the Carroll County Jail on a $10,000 bond.