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Page 6A il orter January 10, 2018 Dewildar Baull'Dee'Waldrep March 11, 1927 - January 4, 2018 Dewildar Rose Baull "Dee"Waldrep, of Forsyth, passed away Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 7 at Monroe County Memorial Chapel with burial in Monroe Hills Memorial Gardens. Rev. Stan Harrell officiated. Mrs. Waldrep, the daughter of the late Frank A. and Katie L. Baull, was born March 11, 1927, in Columbus. Her husband, George Monroe Waldrep, preceded her in death. She was a retired sales clerk and a faithful member of Fairview United Methodist Church. Survivors include her nephews, Fred, Earnest and Steven Carter, Wynn and Glen Claridy; nieces Janet Carter, Lisa Waldrep, Ramona, Diana and Sabina Claridy, along with great nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Fairview United Methodist Church, c/o Molly Davis, 442 Sunset Circle, Forsyth, GA 31029 or to Pine Pointe Hospice, 6261 Peake Road, Macon, GA 31210. Please visit www.monroecountymemorialchapel. com to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel had charge of arrangements. Ella'Pearl"Watkins July 15, 1944 - December 29, 2017 Ella "Pearl"Watkins, of Winston-Salem, N.C was born July 15, 1944 in Macon, to the parentage of Rose and Allen Watkins Sr. She departed this life on Dec. 29, 2017. A memo- rial celebration will be held on Jan. 13, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Second Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 230 Stovall Street SE, Atlanta GA 30316. Pearl attended Bibb County Public System and graduated from Ballard Hudson High School. Pearl leaves to cherish her memories: her sister, Patricia Maddox; son, Shelton Stafford (Sharon); daughter, Shunya Stafford; grandson, Shameron Stafford; granddaughters, Sheena and Shanna Bilue; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. In lieu of flowers, send donations to: The Children's Ministry c/o Abundant Life COGIC, 1280 Benteen Way SE, Atlanta, GA 3031S. Elizabeth Stephens June 4, 1928 - Dec. 31,2017 FORSYTH - Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth Stephens were held on Saturday, Jan. 6 at Wrights Grove Baptist Church, Forsyth. Burial was in Monroe Hills Memorial Gardens. Survivors include her daughter Shirley Wilson; granddaughter Erica Wilson and a host of relatives and friends. m By Diane Glidewell Forsyth real estate developer George Emami presented plans for two three-story buildings on Railroad Ave. to be used primarily for upscale office space to the Forsyth Planning & Zohing Board on Jan. 4. The board responded by recommend- ing that Emami's request to rezone the land from Traditional Neighborhood to Highway Business be granted so that he can proceed with the plans. The unanimous recom- mendation of the board comes just before P & Z is combined with the city's Design & Review Board. A review of the rezoning after the meeting by Forsyth eco- nomic development l director Michael Norris found that Highway Business zoning would ;! require seven vari : ances in addition to rezoning, mostly dealing with setbacks. Norris said that chang- ing the zoning to Mixed-Use District instead would only require one vari- ance. That vari- ance would allow the zoning for i!ii~!i!;! ~,~ ~ Emami's 2.92 acre Developer George Emami, top, is asking tract instead of the Railroad Avenue. normally 10-acre tract required for more of an asset to the Mixed-Use District. The city at the site. He is now P & Z board will meet in operating his real estate a called session on Jan. business from his Macon 10 at 5 p.m. to consider office but would like to the change to Mixed- have office space for three Use District instead of or four agents in Forsyth. Highway Business. The property on The planned entrance Railroad Ave. currently and exit for the planned belongs to the Jimmy buildings is just around Lawson estate; Emami the corner from North Lee and a partner have a Street. Advanced Auto contract to purchase it. Parts and Captain D's Emami said he had listed Restaurant will be behind the property for Lawson the buildings at the back for about a year and a of the parcel. Emami half before his passing. As said there is a shortage he thought about his own of Class A office space need for office space, the in Forsyth. He noted good location of the prop- that there are a number erty near downtown led of offices on the court- him to ideas to develop it house square although to fill a need in the city. that space is primarily He hopes to build one designed for, and better building first and then suited to, retail business, a second building after Emami had a real estate the first is occupied. office on the square but Something like Macon's found another business Lofts at Bass, he sees [Magnolia's Med Spa] retail space on the ground which he felt could make level and offices on the better use of the 4,000 second and third floors, sq. ft. space and would be with possibly a residential the city for permission to build two three-story buildings on loft on the third floor ff from Lamar, Butts and there is more demand for Macon to Forsyth." that than for office space. Members of the P&Z There would be common board discussed that the restroom facilities, not houses that used to be included in the rental in the area and were the space and maintained by reason for the Traditional building management, Neighborhood zoning are rather than facilities in almost all gone. each office, as well as a "Highway Business is common entry way at what it ought to be in my street level. He would opinion," said P&Z mem- like to eventually connect ber Steve Coleman, : the two buildings with P&Z chairman Martin a plaza. The buildings Presley asked if busi- would be about 6,000 and nesses that sold alcohol, 7,000 sq. ft. like restaurants, could The design for the 2.92 locate in the development acres has room for about under Highway Business 143 parking spaces. The zoning. Norris said that one entrance/exit would would not be a zoning be on Railroad Ave question. which has been re-paved City attorney Bobby and upgraded by the city. Melton said that if city Emami hopes to situate council approves adver- one building so that it can tising the zoning change have a drive-through; he at its Jan. 16 meeting, sees a coffee shop thriving a public hearing can be in an office building, scheduled for Feb. 19 and "Medical folks are find- the zoning change can ing Forsyth a good place become final on that date to be," said Emami. "I with council's approval. expect to draw people Street in Culloden the fol- '"13 e cold wind bit at our lowing day, at 5:30 p.m. on fingers and noses, but we Continued from the front page Monday, Jan. 8. That homehad a mission to accom- was also totally destroyed plish", said Battalion Chief of homeowner Alexander but the residents, who Wesley Jackson. He added Carmean, 63, just a few were older adults, escaped that the below freezing tem- feet from the home's front unharmed. Cook said an peratures did not hamper door, said Monroe County extension cord maifunc- operations or cause any EMS spokesman Shane tioned and caught a mat- issues with water supply. Cook. Carmean lived alone, tress on the front porch on ' We were able to put out said Cook. Carmean's fire, starting the blaze,the fire without any prob- 1,400-square-foot home was Firefighters from lems", he said. built in 1992, according to Cu.lloden, headquarters, Shi Firefighters from High Monroe County property Road and an ambulance Falls, Johnstonville and records, from Bolingbroke responded Headquarters fire stations The body was sent to the to that fire. responded to the fire. GBI crime lab for an autop- And on Saturday, Jan. 6, The home is considered sy. Cook said they don't sus- Monroe County firefight- saved, with only an esti- pect arson, era were able to help save mated 25 percent damaged. Firefighters from a home in the Smith Road The homeowner said he will Bolingbroke, headquar- area by containing a blaze, stay with other family for ters, Shi Road and Smarr First arriving units found the night and start repairs responded to the blaze, heavy smoke coming from in the morning. along with Monroe County the rear of the home. The cause was determined deputies. Fortunately, the homeown-to be fire from the fireplace Monroe County firefight- era were already safely that somehow entered into era responded to another outside, the void spaces within the house fire at 127 Lockett chimney flue, and moved : into the wall and roof. Monroe County firefightersj BLE&( battle a house fire in Culloden on Monday night. ,B. RNESVILLE MA[ . I"~ ~. Designers & ManufactUres of ;i ] ~ SI~'~'~'~ ~ Marble, Granite & Bronze * I ~'~ [~l ] ] I1~ Memorials since 1908 George & Call your local Monroe County representative I SULLIVAN lil e S ~ v-- ~. 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