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January 23, retirement cornmunity st,-u ten on ;41 in Forsyth? This has ome o e ,ere otes: 12 Moon looks amazing at midnightS. Makes your heart feel full. votes: 11 Florida Couple's letter is everything wrong tedm They wrong someone lse lt, rid- ~cy isn't a strong woman. She is a thief and me.tally unstable. This comi~ ~m a hard~ ~rking woman! votes: 9 this ' said that Pel~i hates Presi. :dent Trump more than cou. y. I thinkthat ~ies to the By Richard Dumas Monroe County manager Jim Hedges wants commis- sioners to hire a consulting firm to advise the county on how to get high-speed inter- net to county citizens. Hedges told commission- ers at their Jan. 15 meet- ing that a consulting firm, Excellence Exceeded, LLC, of Evans, asked commis- sioners to contract with it for $50,000 to design a fibemptic network for the county. Hedges said he did not necessarily recommend the county select Excellence Exceeded but said commis- sioners should identify a firm of their choice to do the orter type of work proposed by Excellence Exceeded. "The scope of work is what we need, but it's very expen- sive;' Hedges said. District I commissioner Larry Evans proposed the county send out a request for proposal for intemet con- suiting firms, but commis- sion chairman Greg Tapley urged commissioners to hold off several months on making any intemet-related decisions. Tapley noted that the recent federal Farm Bill includes funding for rural broadband, saying local companies are already ask- ing commissioners to team up with them on grant re- quests for federal broadband dollars. Tapley also pointed By Will Davis 16 that he found the back door of the home kicked in. He said he's taking care Did Wyoming fugitives of the home for Fontenot, The ticketed Florida cou- Richard Fountaine and who's out of town until pie is another example Kimberly Belcher break March. of the county using the into another Hwy. 42 home O'Neal walked through shrift] office for rew. ue, near where they were the home and found two This and the "GOTCHA" captured? Red Bull cans and two attitude of the deputies That's what Monroe plastic soda bottles that is why the Joe County sheriff's investiga- Fontenot said weren't in the doesn't trust the sheriff tor Sam Leggett is trying to home when he left it Dec. office, votes: 9 determine after a caretaker 29. Two of the drink bottles found evidence that some- were in the master bed- You needtore-read that one had entered the home room, and the other two in letter to the editor about of Randal Fontenot, 61, of the kitchen. 3260 Hwy. 42, located adja- Leggett was reportedly the ticketed Fla. couple before you start slam- cent to where the fugitives unable to get fingerprints were arrested on Jan. 11. offthe bottles so it's not ming the sheriff~ office. Dean O'Neal of Forsyth clear whether Fountaine They were pulled over by told Monroe County depu- and Belcher will be charged a STATE TROOPER, not a deputy, votes: 8 ties last Wednesday, Jan. with burglary for that Old Pelosi got her lipstick on and all dressed up with nowhere to gaff! votes: 7 One less Florida driver in Georgia? C-,~EAT JOB GS~lfi! votes: 7 Nothing scares a Democrat more than an informed electorate. votes: 7 I realize the Florida couple was special and should have been allowed to drive as fast as they wanted through Georgia, but I wish they wouldn't bother us with their crybaby letters to our paper. Thanks GSP for being the best law- men in C~I and protecting our county, votes: 7 Getting just about time to play cowboys and muslims, votes: 7 Trump said build a wall and Mexico would pay Not happening. Trump said he would take responsibility for the shutdown, but blames the Democrats? votes: 6 Page 3A Build the wall build 4 walls and put Trump behind them with his Rus- sian friends, votes: 6 Feelin( the montly bill overload! So a SPLOST is passed for an 8.25 million dollar Fine Arts building and we can't even have the counfy~ spelling bee in it? votes: 6 out a newly-proposed state bill that would allow EMC power companies to expand broadband capabilties. "Having talked with the EMCs, I know that as soon as any local or state bill is passed, they've already got deals in place to start expanding;' Tapley said. '~knd that's very encourag- ing and exciting to hear that, and it's also exciting because they're gonna do it with their money." District 4 commissioner George Emami, who cham- pioned putting $700,000 in the county's new Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) for inter- net expansion, noted that between the City of Forsyth, Monroe County and the Monroe County Board of Education, the local gov- ernmental entities spend $90,000 to $100,000 com- bined annually on intemet services. Emami said com- missioners need to decide first whether they want to get into the intemet infrastruc- ture business and said hiring a consultant to design a fibemptic network would be a step in that direction. After about 20 minutes of discussion, comrm'ssioners took no action on intemet at the Jan. 15 meeting. Tapley advised commissioners to discuss internet expan- sion again at a future work session. Who in their right mind wishes for a civil war in their Own country? If you love war so much, move to South America or the Middle East, votes: 5 Libs do not allow children into school without vac- cinations YET they want unvaccinated illegals to cross our borders. Weird folks! votes: 5 DOT to close 2 lanes overnight DOT will close two lanes of 1-75 south ending at the Rumble Road/Smarr exit from Wednesday, Jan. 23 through Friday, Jan. 25 from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. night- ly. Workers will be repair- ing concrete. 109D Patrol Road 478-994-9911 appl) cmd manage yolo" accol#it on[ilTe home. The pair remains in Monroe County Jail charged with burglary of another home and posses- sion of drugs. Fountaine escaped from a Wyoming prison and was found after a multi-day search in Mon- roe County. Residential & Commercial We Service All Brands Honest & Reliable Service Licensed and Insured Experience You Can Count On Locally Owned & Family Operated Financing Available Service Agreements Thank You for Your Business! Like us on Facebook l~ ~liml~s>~A~a~ r~ 1st day of the 2019.2020 Legislative Session By Rep. Robert Dickey On Monday, January 14th, the Georgia House of Representatives convened for the first day of the 2019-2020 Legislative Session of the Georgia General Assembly. Monday marked the first day of the new term and every member of the Georgia House of Representatives took the oath of office and was formally sworn in. I was honored to be swam in for my fifth term. With only 40 legislative days to complete our business, we promptly cast our first vote of the legislative session to elect our leaders to guide the House through our next two years of public service. After hearing the nominations, Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) and Speaker Pro-Tempore Jan Jones (R-Milton) were both re-elected to their respective positions. Monday afternoon the House and Sen- ate reconvened for a joint session for the inauguration of Georgia's 83rd governor, Brian Kemp. Cynde and I as well as many Georgia citizens gathered to witness as Governor Kemp tookthe oath of office at Georgia Tech's McCamish Pavilion. Gov. Kemp then administered the oath of office to Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan and other constitutional officers. Our new governor began his term with an impact- ful inaugural address and encouraged our leaders and citizens to continue to build on our state's accomplishments.The governor finished his address by calling for biparti- san leadership with the hope of Georgia becoming a"state united" Three days later, on Thursday, January 17th, the House and Senate reconvened for another joint session with Gov. Kemp to hear his first annual State of the State address.This annual speech before a joint legislature, judiciary, special guests and the public gives the newly elected governor the opportunity to present his assessment of the current condition of our state gov- ernment and offer his goals for continued progress and success Gov. Kemp began his State of the State address by reflecting on the leadership and legacies of Governors Sonny Perdue and Nathan Deal. Gov. Kemp commended the work that has been done to make Georgia the epicenter of job growth, the Hollywood of the South and soon to be the Cyber Capital of the World. He also praised Deal's criminaljus- tice reform initiatives and announced that he will continue to build on those reform efforts during his time in office.Through- out his speech, Gov. Kemp celebrated Georgia's victories, while challenging us to accomplish even more. As governor, Brian Kemp vowed to con- tinue to work with state and local officials to recruit industry leaders to Georgia. He highlighted Georgia's rising wages and low unemployment rate - the lowest it has been in 18 years. In the last eight years, Georgia has seen 800,000 new private sec- tor jobs created, which includes industries like agribusiness, aerospace, aviation, healthcare, manufacturing and trans- portation infrastructure. To continue this incredible achievement, Gov. Kemp will establish the Georgians First Commission to review regulations that make it difficult for companies to hire, expand and invest in our state. Gov. Kemp also expressed his commit- ment to strengthening our public schools by recruiting and retaining top talent for our classrooms by keeping teacher pay competitive. Gov. Kemp's 2020 budget proposal includes a $3,000 permanent salary increase for certified Georgia teachers, which would be the largest teacher pay increase in our state's history. Gov. Kemp also prom- ised to look out for our hardworking teach- ers by ultimately raising teachers'pay by $5,000 during his term in office.The gov- ernor's proposal would be a tremendous investment in Georgia's public schools and in our students throughout the state. After hearing a few highlights from the governor's budget proposals, the House of Representatives will use the governor's recommendations as a starting point to determine the state's budget for the second half of fiscal year 2019 and for fiscal year 2020. I along with members of the House and Senate Appropriations com- mittees will start the process of reviewing these budget proposals during a week of joint hearings. I look forward to diving deeper into the details of the govemor's budget plans to ensure that we are spend- ing your tax dollars in the most efficient way possible. Working alongside Rep. Susan Holmes, Rep. Dale Washburn and Senator John Kennedy, we will continue to work diligent- ly on behalf of Forsyth and Monroe County. I hope you will take the opportunity to re- view updates like this to stay informed on legislative matters that affect our district and state. Our House website,, has a number of tools to help you stay up-to-date on what's going on at the Capitol: you can watch a live stream of the House proceedings, view live and archived committee meetings and review legisla- tion we are considering. I welcome you to reach out to me and share your thoughts and opinions as we move throughout the legislative session this year. I can be reached via email at, or by phone at 404-463-2246. Thank you for allowing me to serve as your representative. Rep. Robert Dickey 404-651-7737 245 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334