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January 10, 2018 Page 7C Reporter e e By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.net Monroe County expressed gratitude to its approximately 350 employees by hosting an Employee Appreciation Day on Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Monroe County Recreation Department Youth Center. Employees and their families were invited to a lunch of hot dogs and hamburgers with all the trimmings, including baked beans, chips, soft drinks, cook- ies, candy, coffee and hot chocolate. They were served by members Of the Board of Commissioners, who also helped grill the entrees. Kelsey Fortner, Monroe County deputy zoning officer, spearheaded orga- nizing the event. She said the county previously had held a Christmas luncheon for employees during the week but had not held a weekend event that encouraged employ- ees to bring their families and enjoy some unofficial time with each other. The Employees Appreciation Day gave employees from different county departments, as well as families, an opportunity to become acquainted and to interact with one another. There were inflatables, including a giant slide, games and activities for children. Party Man Productions provided music and a DJ. Tables were decorated with a holiday theme, and a table full of cakes invited participants to join the Cake Walk. There were hayrides around the Recreation Department for those ready to venture outside. 'qCCe really appreciate the ladies on the third floor for making this hap- pen," said Monroe County Recreation Director Keith Edge as he announced the start of the hayrides. Fortner said that the tenure of county employ- ees ranges from 41 years on the job to two weeks earlier when District 4 Commissioner George Emami and Monroe County Sheriff Chief Deputy A1 Shackelford were sworn into office. The event was punctu- ated by hugs as employ- ees and family members arrived and greeted one another. Sponsors of the event included, ShawHankins, The Miller Group, John R. Walker Inc Utility Partners Inc Carter Watkins, Associate Architects Inc WOW Inflatables, Carter & Sloope, United Bank, Univirtual Solutions. Left to right, Monroe County commissioners Greg Tapley, Eddie Rowland, George Emami and John Ambrose let county employees know they are appreciated by serving them lunch at an event that included their families on Dec. 9. Above, Kelsey Fortner, standing, checks to see that everything is going well at Monroe County Employee Appreciation Day. Right, a young family member enjoys the inflatables at Monroe County Employee Appreciation Day. Daniel Collins of Forsyth has been named to Columbus State University's Fall 2017 Presidents List with a Grade Point Average of 3.83. Collins is a Junior at Columbus State majoring in Mathematics. He is the son of Dan and Michelle Collins of Forsyth. Sunshine Sandefer of Forsyth has been named to Columbus State University's Fall 2017 Presidents List with a Grade Point Average of 4.0. Sandefer is a Freshman majoring in History. She is the daughter of Clay and Samantha Sandefer of Forsyth. Colton Perkins of Forsyth made the Fall 2017 Dean's List at Georgia Southwestern State University and was among 600 students recognized for scholastic achievement. To be eligible for the Dean's List, a student must earn a semester GPA of 3.5 or better and take a minimum of 12 credit hours. Georgia College awarded degrees to the fol- lowing graduates of the class of December 2017: Tenisha Moore of Forsyth major- ing in Nursing, RN-BSN; Garrett Scarborough of Forsyth majoring in Computer Science. Georgia College, the state's designated public liberal arts univer- sity, combines the educa- tional experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Jasmine Sherri Coleman of Forsyth achieved Brenau University's Merit List Honors for the spring 2017 semester. Coleman is a class of 2018 student majoring in early childhood education. Merit list students must maintain a 3.5 grade point average while carrying 12 to 14 semester hours of course work with no grade lower than B in that semester. tive for more than thewearing a hght-colored the mail about an ambu-had been drinking, theto distribute after a traf- ConUnued from 6C legal limit of alcohol on shirt and jacket, and lance ride in California driver held up his left fic stop on 1-75 South a state breath test. The was carrying a red and for which he was being hand and indicated a on Dec. 31. At about driver was also charged yellow-colored raft that charged. The resident little bit. The driver's 2:25 a.m Dep. Thomas Jackson driver with failure to maintain is five-feet long and said he had neither lived eyelids then drooped Haskins saw a gray charged with lane. three-feet wide. Justice in nor visited California and his head dropped as 1998 Toyota Tacoma then searched the area before and contacted if he was falling asleep, traveling 88 mph in a 70 DUI after stop Deputy receives but was unable to find the company listed on Maples then asked the mph zone on 1-75 South on 1-75 North complaint about the friend, the bill. The resident driver if he had been near mile marker 191. said he learned the drinking beer, and theHaskins immediately A 33-year-old white disappearance Locust Grove company had all of his driver closed his eyessmelled the odor of raw information as if he was and nodded. He then marijuana coming from Jackson man was ofunknown man woman reports the actual patient. Theasked the driver if heinside the truck. The arrested and charged with DUI after a traf- At about 2:04 a.m. theft of purse at amount of the bill was had been drinking tequi- male driver admitted tic stop on 1-75 North on Jan. 2, Dep. Jake High Falls Park just over $2,000. la, and the driver again to smoking marijuana on Jan. 1. At about Justice was patrolling closed his eyes and nod- inside the truck about 2:43 a.m Dep. Thomas High Falls Road when At about 2:55 p.m. Stone Mountain ded. When Maples askedtwo hours prior to the the driver to take sev- stop but denied hav- Haskins saw a red 2016 he was approached by on Dec. 26, a Locust driver arrested eral field sobriety tests, ing any marijuana left Dodge Dart failing to a white male wearing Grove woman told Dep. after New Year's the driver replied, "I no inside the truck. The maintain its lane on khaki coveralls and a Antwain Jones that she 1-75 North near mile camouflage jacket. The parked her 2007 Ford Eve traffic stop understand." The driver male passenger said he then said he under- hadn't smoked mari- marker 192. Haskins man told Justice he wasExpedition at High Falls stood the field breathjuana since "way earlier, smelled a strong odor searching for his male State Park at about A 40-year-old Hispanic test, which registeredlike this morning," and of alcohol coming from friend whom he hadn't noon that day. The Stone Mountain man a high positive for alco- also denied having any the vehicle and saw the seen in over an hour. woman said when she was arrested and hol. Maples then askeddrugs inside the truck. male driver's eyes were The man said he had returned to her SUV shecharged with DUI the driver if he wouldHaskins and Dep. Jacob very glossy and red and only known his friend saw the front driver's after a traffic stop ontake a state breath test, Robins found inside the his speech was slurred, for three weeks and wasside window was shat- 1-75 South on Dec. 31. and the driver again truck a glass container The driver then admit- unable to provide per- tered completely. She At about 4:40 a.m replied, "I no under- with marijuana residue. ted to having consumed sonal information aboutsaid her purse, which Dep. Cody Maples stand." When Maples They also found inside "a few" beers earlier him. The man said he contained her personal saw a black 2005 Jeep asked him if he would the truck bed a tin con- in the night but said and his friend were at information and credit Wrangler weaving take any more tests, the tainer with wax mari- he stopped drinking another friend's home cards, had been stolen inside its lane on 1-75driver answered, "I nojuana inside, which the at midnight. Haskins on Lakeshore Drive from the front passen- South and changing speak English." Maplespassenger said belonged then asked the driver drinking alcohol. He ger side floorboard. The lanes without signal- then took the driver to him. Deputies then how many "a few" beers said his friend consumed woman said her bank ing near mile marker were, and he replied, "3 to the Monroe County found inside a side corn- several liquor drinks also notified her about189. Maples immedi- Jail, where he was also partment of the truck a or 4 beers." The driver before leaving the home2:15 p.m. that someone ately smelled an odor charged with failure to plastic bag containing then failed several while carrying an inflat- was trying to buy $500 of alcohol coming from signal when changing a large amount of raw field sobriety tests and able raft. When the manworth of merchandise the male driver, when lanes and driving withmarijuana, weighing tested a high positive told the friend he would using her bank cards atMaples asked for his for alcohol on a field an expired license, one ounce, which the go with him, the man a Macon Kroger store, license, the driver driver said was his. breath test. The female instead started running instead handed the passenger said she was down Lakeshore Drive Forsyth resident deputy an orange Auto Deputies locate Haskins then took both . the driver and the pas- too intoxicated to drive with the raft. The man Zone rewards card. raw maruuana senger to the Monroe but was not arrested, appeared hesitant to receives bill from Maples told the driver in truck in New County Jail. The passen- Haskins then inven- provide Justice with ambulance ride it was not his license ger, a 24-year-old white toried the vehicle and anymore information in Califorilia and removed the driver's Year's Eve stop Daytona Beach, Fla. found a cooler on the about the situation. The actual license from his back seat containing five man told Justice his hand. The driver's eyesA 22-year-old white man, was charged with unopened beers. The friend was in his late At about 1:55 p.m. on were bloodshot, and hisAustell man was Violation of the Georgia Dec. 26, a male Forsyth Controlled Substance driver was then taken to 30s or early 40s, had a movement was slow and arrested and charged Act. The driver was also the Monroe County Jail, long brown beard and resident told Dep. lethargic, when Maples with possession of charged with speeding. Antwain Jones that he asked the driver if he marijuana with intent where he tested posi- tattoos on his face, was had received a bill in J