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January 8, 2020 Page 7A Councilman urges city retaliation against Reporter for publishing photo GOOLSBY By Diane Glidewell news©mymcrnet Forsyth council member Greg Goolsby told council on Jan. 6 that he wants the city attorney to find a way for the city to avoid paying for legal notices to run in the Monroe County Reporter, as is required by law. He said he was disturbed by a picture in the Dec. 25 paper that accompanied coverage of a jury trial in which a step-father was found guilty of abusing his step-son in 2016 and sentenced to 10 years to serve. disgrace for printing “such filth” as a “picture of a boy abused by his-family.” The picture, which was provided to the paper by District Attorney Jonathan Ad- ams, shows only the boy’s back The article doesn’t namethe boy or his brother, who testified in the case, but does name the convicted step-father and the child’s mother, who is also facing charges. Goolsby said the paper ‘ gave the child’s name. “I have had several people talk about it. . ..I’m going to stand up for this young boy. I’m pissed,” said Goolsby. “I don’t really like it. I hope they write my tirade word for word,” Goolsby said he has researched requirements for printing legal notices and that he went to a Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) class last year that talked about its efforts to change laws so that online notifications would meet legal requirements. Gools- by said Forsyth needs to send its support to GMA in these efforts. Goolsby said he doesn’t know the boy, anyone in the boy’s family or anything else about the case but feels printing the picture of the marks on the boy’s back was a disgrace. He said that since he is a public figure just not buying the paper himself is not enough of a statement. He said he hopes people will watch the broadcast of the council meeting and hear all of his remarks. “I hope oflicials who are here take action,” said Goolsby. “I apologize for raising my voice. I am not going to sit back and not use my platform.” “I totally agree,” said council member Julius Stroud. “I think some things can be tasteless. Greg, don’t apologize for your words.” Goolsby said the paper was a A Forsyth man was hospitalized on Dec. 22 after the car he was rid- ing in hydroplaned off of Hwy. 74 and crashed into a brick church sign. Jontavis Durham, 25, of Forsyth was taken by Monroe County EMS to Navicent Heath in Macon after being injured in the wreck. Durham was the passenger in a 20I8 Toyota Corolla when the west-bound driver, Tara Robinson, 48, of Lower Simmons Road, lost control on the rain-slickened road and careened into the sign in front of . Little Rogers C.M.E. Church around 7:33 p.m., according to Monroe County deputy Larry Sullivan's report. : Rainy wreck destroys Hwy. 74 church sign Saturday, January 25, 2020 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Hubbard Elementary Gym/Cafeteria Photographer 0 DJ. oRetreshements Door Prizes Tickets are $l0 and are available at Southern Smiles, United Bank and DE iff’s hat and shirt. got permission to go to his issues while working at the Connie Ham Middle Georgia Realty Continued from Front Long called Freeman home and seize his patrol sheriff’s office, from some around 10 am. on Friday car and other equipment. minor issues about filling mined Stewart had bought to tell him one of his guys Stewart was told to be out his time card. Freeman some Lonab pills while was caught buying drugs. at the sheriff ’5 office at 9 said he has a wife and kids. driving his Dodge pickup Freeman said he sent two am. Monday morning but “It’s sad,” said Freeman, truck Bibi, deputies pulled investigators to Jackson didn’t show and has been “but I’m not gonna tolerate Stewart over, discovered immediately. The Monroe terminated. it. We had six openings [for the drugs and also noted County deputies seized his Freeman said Stewart deputies], now we’ve got his Mbnroe County Sher- sheriff ’5 office property and had no major disciplinary seven.” KILLER Continued from Front in Atlanta. While deputies . collected the cash, Williams handed over another large stack of bills in his right pocket and deputies found another wad of cash in his left pocket. Due to their criminal his- tories and fleeing, deputies seized the cash which came to $9,855 for Williams and $11,235 for Carter. Carter was charged with fleeing, failure to maintain lane, failure to use turn signal, reckless driving, speeding, driving in the emergency lane, follow- ing too closely and driving without a license. SUBDIVISION Continued from Front then possibly expand to the raw land be— hind which he has room for about another 109 lots. The original plans, which show a start date of Feb. 25, 2006 and an anticipated finish date of May 25, 2006, describe the property as 90.94 acres. The minimum lot size is 14,502 square feet. Houses are a minimum of 1,800 square feet. There is .7 acres +/- of open space and a landscaped boulevard entrance. The original plan called the subdivision Juliette Village, but it is now referenced as Juliette Commons. City Manager Janice Hall said the houses would have Forsyth city water and sewer but would be served by Central Georgia EMC. P&Z Commis- sion member Steve Coleman said that having been abandoned for over a decade and how little work needs to be done to update it. Hughston Homes is already marketing the subdivision on its website under the name Monroe Metro. It reads: “Forsyth is a quaint and historic city about a little over an hour south of Atlanta. Residents enjoy easy commutes to nearby cities, as well as a low cost of living and convenient access to the region’s wealth of attractions and sites of interest. For families, retirees, commut— ers and young professionals, Forsyth is a fantastic place to live. Forsyth’s schools were recently rated in the top 5 for best schools in the state of Georgia. In addition, the area boasts a dynamic economy and diverse community. Forsyth is home to the historic Rose Theater and is a great place for community goers to enjoy the arts.” Juliette Commons is the latest of sev— eral subdivisions bringing new homes to underground power lines are now required the county. The city has just approved a m... voter" ‘l name" a I Dr. Lyle Lastinger Optometrist 134 Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Suite D Medical Pavilion - Forsyth, GA 31029 (Next door to Monroe County Hospital) 478-994-0994 WINTER CONTACT LENS SPECIALS! Two Boxes ACUVUE OASYS Transitions Contacts YES! They Change to Sunglass Lenses! 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