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Page 2C Hannah Ivey sworn in as Towaliga child advocate Towaliga CASA (Court Appointed Spe- cial Advocates), a non-profit that recruits, screens, trains, and supervises volunteers who are appointed to children who have been abused or neglected, just gained one more CASA volunteer, who happens to be a Monroe County resident. Her name is Hannah Ivey. Monroe County’s Hannah Ivey was sworn in by Juvenile Court Judge Sharon Sullivan as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) on Dec. 5. A CASA serves as a voice for children in foster care in juvenile court dependency cases and makes recommendations as to what is in the best interest of the child. Hannah will be assigned to a child in the Towaliga Judicial Circuit. Towaliga CASA recruits, screens, trains, and supervises volunteers who serve as the Guardian ad Litem for children in foster care in the Towaliga Judicial Circuit. For more information, call Mary Ann Leverett at 478-394—0315. MONROE IN COLLEGE Local students named to the Fall 2019 Dean’s List at Berry Colle e are Rowan Sandy of Fors , Clark of Forsyth, Nat ' e Bertram of Juliette. The Dean’s List honors students who posted an academic average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale while carrying a class load of at least 12 hours during the semes- ter. Nationally recognized for academic ex- cellence and as an outstanding educational avis value, Berry is an independent, coeduca— tional, comprehensive liberal arts college of approximately 2,100 students. Do You Remember When... is: S'}’?-:;...:. .5) :. Lit, .;:» «H 1990 . Martin Luther King Day events will include a Chil~ dren's March by Monroe County Child Care Center and a community-wide rally from the courthouse to Kynette Park. Monroe County begins a six-month agreement to dump trash at the Crawford County landfill. Forsyth City Council Police Committee directs disband- ing of the Police Investiga- tions unit for six months, putting the two officers on patrol. After several years of near-drought, 3989 brought Forsyth 60.83 inches of rain over T39 Tempera- tures ranged from TI to 98 degrees. Forsyth thanks Aretha Neal and Charles Wilder as they leave their service on city council. The Macon Marathon last week began at Tift College, reached halfway at Boling- broke and ended at Central City Park in Macon. Culloden City Council swears in new members Reuben Jordan, Ozzie Pen- namon, Betty Lockett and Jo- net Smith and approves on $85,799 budget for 1990. First Baptist Church Pastor Dan Whitaker features the “climbing tree" in the church yard on his annual Christ- mas card drawing. Heavy rains” cause cons com in Bolingbroite’when the earthen dam at Lake Williamson shows signs of weakening. Thls- look at what Monroe County residents were roadan In the Reporter 30, 20 and 10 years ago this week ls brought to you by... Monroe Academy's Angel Dunaway scores 38 points against Mount de Sales. Georgia State Patrol investi- gates 24 traffic accidents in Monroe County in Decem- ber; they resulted in nine injuries and one death. 2000 Cameron Jamal Holden is Monroe County's (and Coli- seum Hospital's) first baby of the millennium. He is the son of James and Valentia Holden of Forsyth. Forsyth swears in Council members Melvin Lawrence, Ralph Ogletree and James Calloway; Boy Scout Troop and Pack 51 took in 224 Christmas trees for recycling in the “Bring One for the Chip- per" program at Forsyth Walmart. Christell Moseley is the v January Associate of'the Month at Bolingreen Nursing Center, a division of Baptist Village, where she has worked for almost 29 years. Work of local artist George Mettler is being displayed in Monroe County at Falls View Restaurant, Grits Cafe and Stofko-Dixon Line Art Gallery. 2010 Monroe County commis- sioners choose a proposal from Fry Design and Renfroe Construction for a new $3.5 million county administrative building. Jo Anna Banks and Eric Wilson are sworn in as new members of Forsyth city council, replacing long—time council members Lamar Rus- x:Effif:€;.§1§§:E‘gsEEtiliffTJEECEJHEEHEEEtiftiifllfiéiiifiiflfl"Ef33322”?fisvlfflli’sllilhf‘i . -. Gordon State College has named Courtney Copeland to its Dean’s List for the Fall 2019 semester. To be eli- gible for the Gordon State College Dean’s List a student must be enrolled full time and have a semester grade point average of 3.50 or higher. Courtney is the daughter of Mike and Sandra Copeland of Juliette and is a senior Bachelor of Arts of History with Teaching Certification major. .Jiflii‘iiiééltiiiiiliii sell and Rosemary Walker. Oglethorpe Power's l,000- acre tract near Smarr is a finalist for a new $600 mil- lion natural gas fired power plant that would produce 605 megawatts of power. Phil Ham is appointed to the seat on the Monroe County Development Authority that George Berry vacated after sewing for six years. The new Georgia Cor- rections Academy at Tift College hosts an open house with self-guided tours and an address by Gov. Sonny Perdue in Roberts Audito— rium. Forsyth Police Chief Art Philiips and Fire Chief Walter Carter will stay‘ in their roles on an interim basis while replacements are selected after taking early retirement, including a “0,000 cash bonus and health benefits until Medicare age. John Wesley and Mamie Jo- sey of Forsyth celebrate their / 60th wedding anniversary. MonroeCounty Hospitai buys adiacent land to build a l5,000 sq. ft. office build- ing to attract doctors to the county. Monroe County Hospital installs a plaque honor- ing Gloria Bridges on the American Cancer Society Memorial at the hospital as her family and friends attend. Forsyth’s Jim Cole is named Mercer University’s new athietic director. He will oversee Mercer's 14 Division athletic teams. Monroe County Memorial Chapel 'We set the standards that others follow' Harley Ray "Spanky" Beck 86 West Main Street 0 Forsyth 478- 994-4266 LCI’ Shwi appretin to January 8, 2020 the Greatest Generation TOP: Grover Tyner, left, and Henry Self, right, are two of what's thought to be ll World War 2 veterans surviving in Monroe County. They enjoyed dinner with their wives and DAR regent Amanda Garnett (top center) at Minori's courtesy of an anonymous donor. Strict Observance Lodge installs 2020 officers Strict Observance Lodge Number 18 of Forsyth installed new officers at its Dec. TO meeting. The 2020 elected officers are John H. Ambrose, Worshipful Master; Roy Jeffries, Senior Warden; Ronald Norris, Junior Warden; Jim Huffman, Secretary; Earl Friedeborn, Treasurer. The appointed officers are Jeffery Wilson, Senior Deacon; Adam Tolbert, Junior Deacon; Michael Bittick, Senior Steward; Junior Watts, Junior Steward; Frank Worley, Tyler; Sonny McDonald, Chaplain. Charles Holloway served as the election marshal. Pictured, left to right, are Jeffries, Ambrose and Norris. (Photo/Sonny McDonald) EDUCATION Continued from T C Mr. Magda who have taught her life skills as well as academic knowledge. “We are blessed with students with the drive to be successful,” said Hickman. He thanked the school principals for the school system’s success: “They are where the rub— ber meets the road every day. I’ve had this group with me since I became superinten- dent.” Hickman said to get better Monroe County Schools are focusing on improv-, ing reading and math skills by 3rd grade with multi-tiered interventions to close achievement gaps between students. The community volunteers in the new Readers to Leaders project is helping the literacy initiative. The school system is also focus- ing on safety, from fencing to keyless locks and using the $30,000 grant from the state toward that end. He said there is a fine line between making a school safe and making y it too much like a prison. Other concerns are teacher retention, graduation rates and financial efficiency. The graduation rate is above the state aver— age at 86.6 percent, but it has stayed about the same for several years. Major capital improvement projects include the Ag—Sci- ence Center, which has just been completed, and renovations at Mary Persons, which began last summer and will continue in the summer of 2020. In the coming year Monroe County Middle School will add 14 classrooms and expand its cafeteria. The unusable buildings on the Hubbard campus will be demolished in the next few months. Assistant Superintendent Jackson Daniel said the Fine Arts Center celebrated its 3rd anniversary on Dec. 12 and rarely sees a day when it is not used by either the school system or the community. Many impressive performers have been complimentary of the venue, and the Fine Arts Center was pleased to welcome the Ten Tenors back for their only show in Georgia on the evening of the State of Education address. 0