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Page 6A January 9, 2019 l porter IN LOVING Oscar Marvin Coile January 29, 1927- December 30, 2018 Macon - Oscar Marvin Coile passed away Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018.' Services and burial will be private. Mr. Coile, the son of the late W'flliam McKinley Coile and Hattie Jewel Hickman Coile, was born Jan. 29; 1927, in Forsyth. His wife, Helen Virginia Gilmore Coile, preceded him in death. He was retired from Robins Air Force Base and was a veteran of the United States Army serving during World War II. Survivors include his son, Jerry Keith Coile of Warner Robins; and sister, Catherine Gore of Byron. Please visit www.monroecountymemorialchapel.com to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel has charge of ar- rangements. Inez Sims Griswell Inez Sims Griswell, 99, met her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Dec. 25, 2018. After a short illness she passed away at Hospice. Inez donated her body to science at the University of Mississippi. She was born in Dacula, in Gwinnett County, to Lola Ethridge and Herman Sims. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ernest Griswell and grandson Riclo/Cowan. She is survived by two daughters Alice Tidwell (Larry) and Sherry Cowan (Richard); grandchildren Robyn Smith and Wesley Cowan; four great grandchil- dren and three great great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Wages Funeral Home in Stone Mountain on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019 at 1:30 pm. James Edmond Long April 15, 1926 - January 4, 2019 Forsyth - James Edmond Long passed away Friday, January 4, 2019. Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, at Fairview United Methodist Church with burial in Forsyth City Cemetery. Rev. Stanley Harrell officiated. Mr. Long, the son of the late David Tillman Long and Mary Lizzie Cbleman Long, was born April 15, 1926, in Jacksonville, Florida. He was retired from Georgia Power Company with 38 years of service. Mr. Long was a veteran of the United States Navy and Seabees, a member, deacon and treasurer with Fairview United Methodist Church and a former commissioner for Monroe County. Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Mary Jackson Long; daughters, Sandra Waldrep (Jimmy) and Susan Pearce (Gerral); grandson; Brian Todd Smith (Mary Kay); triplet great grandchildren, Benjamin, Matthew and Mary Margaret Smith; and several nieces and nephews. The family suggests donations to Fairview United Methodist Church, 137 Fairview Church Road, For- syth, Ga 31029. Please visit www.monroecountymemorialchapel. com to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel had charge of ar- rangements. JoAnn Moore November 14, 1938 - December 31, 2018 Forsyth - Homegoing Services were held Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019 at Union Hill Baptist Church. Rev. Rufus J. Whatley officiated. Burial was in Rest Haven Cem- etery. Survivors include children, Regina Clements, DeAu- tra Ponder and Willie Moore (Shanda); 9 grandchil- dren,; 2 sisters, Eleanor Battle and Mae Fannie Battle and a host of other relatives and friends. Freeman Funeral Home of Forsyth was in charge of arrangements. By Richard Dumas two recorded years, 2006 forsyth@mymcr.net and 2007 remain the top two years for new homes The number of new with 301 and 254, respec- homes in Monroe Countytively. After the 2008 hous- increased by just under 5 ing crisis, the number of percent in 2018. new homes fell all the way According to statistics to as few as 47 in 2011 and provided by the Monroe 2012 before slowly rising County Building Depart- back up to where it is now. ment, there were 135 new Meanwhile, the total homes reported in Monroe number of building per- County in 2018, up from mits issued in 2018 was 129 in 2017. The 2018 total 453, up from 435 in 2017. of 135 marks the third-best The total number of mobile single year for new homes homes built was 22, the since the city and county total square footage of new combined building permit buildings was 454,166, and offices in 2005. The first the total construction value was $54,746,997, which again m includes a total residen- tial construction value of Welcome Food Mart vows to rebuild after Sunday fire The Welcome Food Mart is likely a total loss after fire swept through the Jackson Street convenience store popular for its chicken wings on Sunday. Fire chief David Herndon said the fire may have started as an electrical blaze on the kitchen side, to the left. The store was closed due to illness on Sunday. Store owner Ashu Raina said they planned to rebuild and maybe even add gas pumps. (Photo/Will Davis) Monroe County teachers will receive, on average, a $1,600 supplement to their base salary next Tuesday, Jan. 15 as the school system pays out what's become a regular January lump increase for three years running. The school system pays out the 3 percent supple- ment each January when teachers have the longest time between monthly paychecks. The schools pay teachers the last workday before Christmas, and the next paycheck doesn't come until Jan. 31. Gov. Nathan Deal gave teachers the 3 percent supplement three years ago, but didn't add it to teachers' base salary.-Deal encour- RAINFALL Continued from Front Ridge Road and 60.2 inches at Hubbard. The driest part of Mon- roe County in 2018 was Culloden with 66 inches of rain. Shi Road had 71 inches, and Cabaniss had 71.4 inches. In 2017, Culloden was one of the wetter spots with 58.2 inches, while Cabaniss has only 42.8 inches. For 2018, the wettest months were November with 12.01 inches of rain compared with only 2.12 inches in 2017 and May with 11.86 inches of rainfall versus 2.94 inches in 2017. The driest months for Monroe County this past year were February (2.6 inches) and September (2.84 inches). The biggest deluges of rain for a month were 25.3 inches at Pea Ridge Road in November, 20.6 inches at Hubbard in November and 15.4 inches at the Exten- sion Office in November; in May Pea Ridge Road measured 20 inches of rain, and Russell~Ue Road measured 16.9 inches. Each week the attendants at the 12 recycling centers give the totals from the rain gauges to Dana Renaud, who sends the informa- tion to Extension secretary Rachel Frisbie. She adds the reading from the gauge at the Extension Office and sends the data to farmers, landscapers, gardeners and anyone who requests it. At the end of each month, averages are entered on the annual rainfall chart. The information can be found at www.ugaextension.com/ monroe. The collection points and their 2018 totals are Boling- broke (83.05), Brent (77.1), Cabaniss (71.4), Cu[loden (66), Dames Ferry (73.6), English Road (78.4), Extension Office, Mar- $33,566,143. aged school districts to par- cd out the money over the year as a raise, but Monroe County has instead paid it in a one-time lump the past three years for fear the funds may not be available the following year, which would then require a pay cut. The bump costs taxpay- ers about $580,000 and will mostly be funded by addi- tional state funds, accord- ing to assistant superinten- dent Jackson Daniel. The average Monroe County teacher's salary is about $55,035, according to the state Department of Education. Thus the average bonus will be about $1,651. tin Luther King Jr. Drive (81.6), High Falls (74.4), Hubbard (114.6), Juliette Road (75.9), Rea Ridge Road (145.8), Russellville Road (78.1), Shi Road (71), Smarr.(85.7). The 77.63 inches of rain in 2009 was the wettest year in Monroe County Exten- sion records before 2018 topped it by over six inches. Monroe County UGA Extension agent Caitlin Jackson said she has heard local farmers comment on the difficulty of maneuver- ing in muddy fields as they* t/~to put outh~ Ifal~egf6F~ livestock, but she did not anticipate any long-term adverse effects on local farmers. She said there could be 30-40 percent loss of round hay bales if they stand in wet areas but that most local farmers have facilities to cover their hay. On the whole local gar- deners were disappointed with their production this summer, but Jackson did not attribute the poor re- turns to the excess rain. Atlanta meteorologists &dared 2018 the second wettest year since records began in 1878. Average rainfall for Atlanta is just under 50 inches, but it recorded a little over 70 inches in 2018, second to 71.45 inches in 1948. Continued from Front the raging river behind his home. "He said 'I can't hold on" and was scream- ing bloody murder" said Burnet. Burnet encouraged the man, later identi- fled as Vasser, not to scream but to save his energy until he could get some help, but Vasser was too terrified. "He wouldn't quit screaming,' said Burnet. Burnet called 911 and Campfield showed up within I0 minutes. Campfield gave one of his flashlights to Burnet to shine on the man while he drove to the other side where Vasser was still clinging to that tree root. Campfidd had to drive back to High Falls Road and then to Towaliga Trail, whose homes back up to the other river bank. Campfidd found Towaliga Trail resident Jake Pressley, who led him to the river in the dark fog and drizzle. Pressley, who knew the woods best, found Vasser in the river down a:4-foot riverbank as Burnet shone the light on him from the other side. Campfield said it was very muddy and wet, and Vasser, listed on his license as 6-foot-i, 175 pounds, had very little strength left to help. "He was so exhausted,' said Campfield. Holding that flashlight, Burnet kept en- couraging Vasser to hang in there and hold on for just a few more moments. Pressley propped one foot against a tree and grabbed Vasser's hand and tried to pull. When that didn't work, Campfield took one hand and they both pulled, and together they got him to the bank. After about 30 minutes in the frigid water, however, Vasser was extremely cold and disoriented, and in fact was still asking first responders to get him out of the water, thinking he was still in danger.Monroe County EMTs tended to him and found his core body temperature had dropped to 88 degrees (normal is 98 degrees). Campfield said he doesn't want to think about what would've happened if Burnett hadn't called 911, or if they hadn't been able to get to Vasser. "I wouldn't want to fathom what would're happened if he let go,' said Campfield. "But he was able to hang on, and that's a lot better than the alternative" Campfidd said he fell several times try- ing to get down the riverbank to the river, but said it was all worth it. "I was bruised and battered, but it worked for the good,' said Campfield. "In a scenario like that, you don't look at the bigger picture. You just have mnnd vision and try to do the job: Pressley said Vasser, a distant relative who had been visiting his house, said he was on a dock when he lost his footing and fell in. Pressley said Vasser would not have held on for much longer. "It felt good to be able to help somebody,' said Pressley. 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