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Page 2C JReporter January 10, 2018 MONROE COUNTY BUSINESS NEWS India Crumpton Robins Financial Credit Union announces the newest addition to its management team: India Crumpton, Forsyth Branch Manager. Crumpton has been with Robins Financial for 18 years. She has worked in several branch positions before being promoted to Branch Manager. Crumpton enjoys spending thne with her family, playing with her dogs and volunteering at All About Animal Rescue. Robins Financial Credit Union is a local non- profit financial cooperative with 20 branches in central Georgia. It provides financial services to over 188,000 members, with assets exceeding $2.4 billion. 'ANightto I United Bank's Forsyth Branch presented its Annual Christmas donation to New Providence Baptist Church to be used for"A Night to Shine""A Night to Shine"is a special prom-like celebration sponsored by the 1im Tebow Foundation that provides an experience of recognition and joy for special needs individuals over 14 years olcL New Providence Bap- tist in Smarr is host to the event. It is planned for Friday, Feb. 9 from 6-9 p.m. this year. Guests walk the red carpet, enjoy royal treatment and dance the night away. Pictured are Cole Davis, left, United Bank Forsyth branch manager, and Brian Moore, senior pastor of New Providence Baptist Church. ~i%*iiiiiiii!iiiiiii!i!iiiiiiiiii;i;i!i;i;!ii~i;i; ~!i'*ii!ii!ii;oiii!iiiiii!iiii}iiiiiiiiii!iiiiii!iiiii!7!i!iii!i!iiiiiyii4 i~{i{{i:i]igi{i~iiiiii]iiiiiiii~iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiriiiiii United in Pink Executive Director Laura Paxton and United in Pink Development Director Mindy Horn hold a check from Central Georgia EMC Foundation. e Central Georgia EMC packs. The pink pack isnext dollar. Foundation awarded a a way to connect with The donated amount grant totaling $2,500 women diagnosed with averages about 50 cents to United in Pink, Inc. breast cancer so they per month for each par- United in Pink, Inc. is know there is a "family" ticipating customer-own- committed to enhanc- in the community that er. The Central Georgia ing the quality of life for cares for them and wants EMC Foundation Beard breast cancer survivors to help support them of Directors distributes and their families by through the journey. The funds to qualifying chari- addressing their unique pack contains various ties in the CGEMC com- physical, psychological, items that are comforting munity. relational, and educa- and useful to a survivor CGEMC Foundation is tional needs. It offers during and after treat-accepting applications, programs and services ment. It also provides which are available to over 600 families in special packs for spouses online at www.cgemc. 30 counties throughout and children to help them corn or can be picked up Central Georgia includ- support their survivor,in person at the CGEMC ing Bibb, Butts, Fayette, This charitable grant office at 923 S. Mulberry Jasper, Jones, Lamar, is made possible through St. in Jackson, Monroe, Putnam and the generosity of Central Any eligible organiza- Spalding. Georgia EMC customer- tions seeking assistance Funds will be used owners who voluntarily in CGEMC's 14-county for their UpReach pro- elect to have their electric service territory are gram to purchase pink bills rounded up to theencouraged to apply. Monroe County Farm honor that a county Farm 2017 MCFB president, organization, GFB serves Bureau (MCFB) was rec- Bureau in the state canChuck Benson is the as the voice of Georgia ognized as one of the top receive- in recognition of incoming MCFB presi- farmers and rural county Farm Bureau pro- the activities it sponsored dent. Georgia by advocating for grams in the state during during the past year toFounded in 1937, the them on legislative issues the organization's 80th promote agriculture. Georgia Farm Bureau and promoting Georgia annual convention held MCFB was one of 10 Federation is the state's commodities. on Jekyll Island Dec. 3-5. county Farm Bureaus to largest general farm Its volunteer members The county chapter be recognized as a finalist organization with 158 actively participate in was named a finalist for in the medium member- county chapters, activities that promote the prestigious McKemie ship category. As a membership- agriculture awareness. Award - the highest Butch Copelan was the driven, nongovernmental Georgia Farm Bureau President Gerald Long, right, congratu- lates 2017 Monroe County Farm Bureau President Butch Copelan. By Diane Glidewell "I like how we handle this by rotation," said Lawrence, referring to To begin the new year, council's agreement to city council members give each member the Mike Dodd, Julius Stroud opportunity to serve as and Chris Hewett were mayor pro tem for a year. sworn in for new terms of Council voted to re- office by city clerk Kristal appoint all of the city's Dunn at the Forsyth department heads and council meeting on Jan. professionals for another 2. The three council year and to set the members were re-elected qualifying fee to run for for the next four years council and mayor at 3 when they were the only percent of the annual candidates to quality for salaries of $10,045 for their offices, saving the council and $12,500 for city the cost of an elec- mayor. tion. They join council Professionals re- members Dexter King, appointed to Municipal Melvin Lawrence and Court are Kristi Lovelace Greg Goolsby and Mayor (chief judge), Benson Eric Wilson to make up Ham (judge), Frank Forsyth's elected govern- Wilder (alternate judge), ing body. Amy Boyer (solicitor), Stroud was elected by Jefferson Adams (pub- his fellow council mem- lic defender), Georgia bers to serve as mayor Corrections Corp. (proba- pro tem for 2018, that is, tion office). he will serve in place of Others re-appointed the mayor at any time were Kristal Dunn, Wilson is not available for custodian of records; mayoral dujties. Robert Melton, city Forsyth city clerk Kristal Dunn, left, administered the oath of office to council members Mike Dodd, Julius Stroud and Chris Hewett on Jan. 2 as they began new four-year terms of office. (Photo/Diane Glidewell) attorney; Hofstadter & Georgia Municipal prior approval. Assoc water & sewer Association Mayors Day In her report to council, engineers; GeoTechnical Conference. Hall said she is work- & Environmental City manager Janice ing with Department of Consultants, environ- Hall said that she did Transportation to repair mental engineers; John not have any invoices a leak in a pipe on the Hewett, utility engineer; or requisitions greatersquare under Lee Street. Buckley & Hopkins, than $5,000 to present to DOT delayed repair until financial auditors; council for approval but after the holidays but put Charles Grinstead, finan- asked that council allow down sand on New Year's cial consultant; Steve her to pay any bills that Eve because of the added Coleman, surveyor, need to be paid before the traffic from the Ball Drop Council voted to table next council meeting onevent. appointment of mem- Jan. 16 and then approve Plans were to repair it bers to city boards until payment at that meeting, this week, but weather its retreat planned Council voted to autho-may cause another delay. for Sunday, Jan. 21 rize her to pay bills until Hall said the street will in Atlar a during the the next meeting without have to be blocked off for the repair. Hall said that the mayor and all council members are registered for classes and accom- modations at GMA Mayors Day Jan. 19-21. She said there will be several opportunities to learn about starting a youth council, which Forsyth plans to do. She said council will meet in a reserved room for its retreat at 9 or 10 a.m. on Sunday. Vffllson reported that the city's New Year's Eve event had attendance a little greater than 2016, its first year, in spite of extreme cold weather. The city provided six heaters and an indoor photo booth for the pub- lic at no charge. Vffllson said Cruise Control did a great job providing enter- tainment, and he consid- ered the event a success. Wilson said he would like council to get involved in the 10-week Mayors' Fitness Challenge, which has a goal of encouraging a non-sedentary lifestyle. '`it doesn't cost any- thing," said Wilson. "It encourages citizens to get out and be healthy." Council held a 20-min- ute closed door session on land acquisition/disposal before adjourning.