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f in Mrs. Rozar's first grade class at Hubbard Primary School are just beginning their journey the Monroe County educational system. Here the students take a dreaded spelling test. said. their kids prepared for college Another encouraging num- -- college prep curriculum -- ber, one in which Monroe but there are also many County students are far above things that are offered in the the state averages, is the per- area of technical skills. So cent of students who are eligi- many college students wind hie for HOPE scholarships, up reverting to technical skills Statewide 5S.4 percent are for their actual employment HOPE scholarsh'p eligible, even after they graduate from but in Monroe County more college. If they can get that in than 69 percent are eligible, high school, I think it puts Cowart pointed to a little no- them ahead of the game." ticed number that he believes Although the drop-out rate is very important to the skill for Monroe County students sets students will have after has come down, Cowart takes college, little comfort in these num- "The number of students bers. At 6.9 percent, the drop- who graduated with both col- out rate appears much lower lege prep and technical career than most school systems in prep diplomas increased from Middle Georgia, but the num- four to 14, Cowart said. bers are difficult to rely on be- "We're excited about that. We cause of differences in the way encourage students to consid- "drop-outs" are defined. er dual diplomas right now. In today's society, parents want See Report card, Page 2. MICHAEL STONE aged 986 on the SAT. football, improvement is While School Superinten- easy to measure, dent Scott Cowart was Mary Persons Bulldogs pleased with the progress, he's to the second round ofnot ready to claim victory in playoffs in 2001 after post- the never end!ng struggle to a losing record in 2000, for educate our county's young people. the educational "We're pleased to see of the entire Monroe progress," Cowart said. "But School System is a lit- just because you're better naore complicated, than you were, you still may there were a number ofnot be where you need to be. signs on the We're proud of the increase in Public Education Re- the SAT scores but we also Card released by the recognize there is room for week. growth." most visible sta- Cowart also pointed out on the report shows that ACT scores have risen SAT scores for from 16.2 the previous year to y students went 17.5 this year. 49 points to 955. That's "As you look at this, I think the state average of what we see is a picture of a However, students in the very good class that came prep program aver- through the system," Cowart BY DEBRA STAPLES asked Wilson to request the The City of Forsyth opened same fine and suspension their Jan. 22 meeting to dis- for their business. Council cuss the disposition of beer agreed to do so. and wine license suspensions Representatives from f()l r for both W.C.'s Minit Mart and local stores, who were cited Ingles. and fined last year after a On Dec. 7, 2001 a sting oper- March 23 sting operation, say ation conducted by the De- the situation is no different partment of Revenue resulted from theirs but they were in citations to both establish- fined $1,250, licenses were ments after clerks sold boer to suspended for 75 days and a minor undercover agent, each store was placed on one Both establishments received year's probation. formal notice of these suspen- "It's extremely unfair," said sions on Jan. 10, 2002. Tammy Batten of Big Billy's. Forsyth City Council. "These stores should have heard arguments from its paid the same fines and they own acting attorney (Nor- should have had probation man Smith), as well as the and suspension for the same attorney for W.C.'s Minit period. Their licenses were Mart, Tommy Wilson, on the not suspended until after the case of the violation of the holidays. We received our cita- alcohol sales law. After tion within 2 weeks of the vie- much deliberation, council lation date. They lost two voted unanimously (with weeks of business, we lost two Bill Querry abstaining) to and a half months. Why.were levy a fine of $3,000 for sell- they treated different than ing alcohol to a minor and us?" enforce a suspended license "Council feels that a fine period of 16 days for W.C.'s of $3,000 represents a Minit Mart. Ingles' business strong statement against representatives were also the violation of alcohol sales present at the meeting and See City, Page 2 A Broward County grand The grand jury alleges that jury indicted a Monroe Coun- Hymer killed Goodman while ty man for first degree murder the two were staying at a Jan. 22. Florida motel on Dec. 15, Thomas Albert Hymer, 26, Goodman's body was found by has been a suspect in the a maid the following after- death of Sandra Lee Good- noon. man, also of Monroe County, The first degree murder in- since his arrest on Dec. 16 dictment carries with it the while driving the murderedpossibility of a death sentence woman's car in Gray. if Hymer is convicted. He was extradited by Flori- Arraignment will follow in da authorities recently after the next few days with a trial spending several weeks in the date not yet established. Monroe County jail. Q Pae Monroe County Board down the list of locations sioners met with proposed for the youth cen- from the ter. Georgia Regional Some have suggested lo- aent Center RDC) cating the youth center on 3 an applicat bn the the Recreational Complex plans to subn t for a property, while others want Development the facility located near the Grant at the meeting Recreation Department of- Tuesday, Jan. 15. The rice on Country Club Drive. would be used to build Commissioner Harold youth cente$ in MonroeCarlisle mentioned the old t Farmers Furniture Building Direc- on East Main Street, and of the Middle Georgia other locations have been told the board a key discussed. in obtaining the Tonn emphasized that time available would be is of the essence in submit- location. Tonn said that ting the grant by April due of the benefit of to the number of steps that center would have to be must be undertaken be- moderate and low in- tween now and then, includ- families, ing the selection of a loca- Board asked ifTonn of tion, submission of a prelim- RDC could send repre- inary plan for the facility to Monroe Coun- and a public hearing to get to help them narrow input fromresidents. The annual Martin Luther King Jr. march was held on Monday, Jmm. 21 as Dr. King's memory was honored by residents who walked from the square to Kynette Baptist Church. For more on the march see Page lB. The Monroe County Board of Commissioners names Calvin Hicks and Milton A. Brown to succeed Jane Newton as Tax As- Sessors for the county. The City of Forsyth and Mayor Richard Truitt ask the coun- ty to take full control of the Recreation Department. Tilt College news: Becky Stokes of Crawfordville is crowned Miss Tift and Gloria Rainey, dean of students, resigns to accept a position with an information systems company. The Backlot Players present "Butterflies are Free" at the Roberts Chapel on campus. "Enter the Ninja" is playing at the Nancy Cinema. Davis Bros. cafeteria offers seafood on Friday and Saturday nights. V Forsyth Big Star announces that it will not close despite the sale of 15 stores and closings in Toccoa, Rome and Hartwell. Mary Persons High School purchases its first compu rs, a pair of Apple II Plus machines. The Black and Gold page in the Reporter says these things are IN: The 280ZX, "Dynasty," Rubik's cubes, Pac Man and Tom Selleck, to name just a few.