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Page 5B February 6, 2019 By Diane Glidewell Ken Bowman, longtime owner of Forsyth KOA Kampground, passed away on Friday, Feb. 1. His wife of almost 60 years passed away a few days earlier. The two of them came to Forsyth to- gether in 1996, bought the KOA Kampground and have welcomed everyone here into their family since then. They worked hard to make the KOA Kampground bet- ter, and they didn't hesitate to get involved with the city and com- munity, giving generously of their time and contributing innovative ideas. The Bowmans werefrom northern Louisiana. They met at Lousiana Tech University in 1956 and were pretty much insepa- rable after that, raising children, working in various fields, includ- ing nmning three grocery stores and traveling through 49 states in their RV until they decided to embark on their last business to- gether by buying a campground undecided on the one in Forsyth. Cheryl Fortner met the Bow- mans in 1996 when they bought the Forsyth Park and has worked for them over the years since. She said the Bowmans were more like family than bosses, as they lived at the KOA Kampground and she watched their grandchil- dren grow up as they visited over the years. As Mary Ann's health failed over several years, Former watched Kennie care for her and keep her involved in the Kamp- ground every though she could no longer be part of day to day operations. "They lived the ultimate love story;', said Fortner. "She was included in everything with the park." Former said the Bowmans were inseparable and that she loved to watch them enjoying themselves with their grandchildren at the park. "He was the kind of man you don't find anymore and the kind of boss you don't find any more" said Fortner. She said when her own father died, she called Ken- nie and told him he was the only dad she had left. He was always thinking of ways to make a stay at KOA special for visitors; his ideas were thought- ful and also good for business, For example, those checking in are welcomed with a big, warm chocolate chip cookie. Forsyth KOA has come to be known as the "Cookie The Bowmans brought home many President's Awards from Annual KOA Kampground meet- ings. In late 2016 Ken proudly added a putt-putt golf course and a "panning for treasures" opera- tion to give guests more to do. In 2014 Ken and an employee built a trackless train to take guests from the KOA into For- syth for a tour on weekends. It was modeled on one they had seen. The train has been a hit at city festivals, and Ken generously loaned it to the city for council and mayor to ride in the annual Hometown Holidays Parade. In spite of being involved with the Forsyth KOA Campground 24/7, Ken accepted an appoint- ment to Forsyth's Downtown De- velopment Authority and Main Street boards, about January 2010 and he served through about 2017, taking on the jobs of chair and vice chair. He also served on the start-up board of the Forsyth Convention & Visitors Bureau beginning in 2015 and helped get the new organization focused on promoting tourism in Forsyth off to a good start. "Ken was always involved in the community and seemed to truly love Forsyth and Monroe County,' said City Manager Janice Hall. Loraine Khoury, former director of Main Street Forsyth, recalled how Ken would insist on having the annual Main Street retreat at the Forsyth KOA con- ference center at no charge and would also feed those attending at his own expense. "He worked tirelessly for the community; he wanted to see us grow" said Khoury. "He was a super good citizen and a true gentleman in every sense of the word" Khoury said that Mary Ann also worked tirelessly for the good of the community as long as her health allowed and that their devotion to the community and to one another made a lasting impression. Bonnie Barker worked with Ken on the DDA, Main Street and CVB boards, sometimes altemating chairman and vice chairman duties with him. She saw him give many volunteer hours to his community, come up with many good ideas and always conduct himself with dignity and ethics. "He was very dedicated to his business and to the city of For- syth,' said Barker. "He always had the good of the community at heart. I'm going to miss him" The staff at KOA Kampground echoed that they are going to miss the Bowmans, even though their children plan to keep the Kampground running as usual with the same employees. "He's a good man, and he loved the Lord, too,' said Shar- ron King, who has worked at the Campground for the last two years. "He really did care about his employees; he wanted you to do a good job. You were family; it didn't matter if you were a new or old employee" King said that if they needed him, Ken would come fill in for any employee at any time. "Mr. Kennie is with his Mary Ann" said King. "They'll never be away from here" A memorial service was held for Mary Ann Bowman at Mon- roe County Memorial Chapel on Jan. 29. A dual service was held for Kennie and Mary Ann Bow- man at Edmonds Funeral Home Chapel in Jonesboro, La. on Feb. 3 with interment at Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church Cemetery on Driskell Mountain. F Continued from 4B Deputies seize over $6,000 in cash during 1-75 North traffic stop A 39-year-old black Macon man was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute after a traffic stop on 1-75 North on Jan. 29. At about 3:37 p.m Dep. Willie Brown saw a brown 2007 Honda Accord traveling on 1-75 North female Taylor Road resident told Dep. Peyton Henderson she had received multiple phone calls from a male caller identified as Officer Eddie Foster, saying he worked at the Social Security Office. The resident said the caller told her she had 22 pounds of cocaine inside her home and in- structed her to bring all the mon- ey she had and to meet someone at Walmart. The resident said the caller also told her that her blue Toyota Corolla had been found at an E1 Paso, Texas home. Hender- son instead found the residents car outside of her home. near mile marker 181. Brown determined the car's male driver was wanted out of Henry County and smelled the odor of marijua- na. Both the driver and the male passenger admitted to having drugs inside the car. Brown and Sgt. Kirk Seckinger then searched the car and found in the center console two cartridges filled with suspected hash oil. They then found another cartridge filled with hash oil in the driver's side door pocket. Inside the glove box, deputies found a brown plastic bag filled with cash wrapped in black rubber bands. Next to the plastic bag was a dear plastic container filled with suspected marijuana. The driver told Brown he was headed to Atlanta to pick up a car and estimated he had between $6,000 and $7,000 in the car. However, the driver was unable to provide Brown with a name of the car dealer or loca- tion where he was picking up the car. Dispatchers then notified Brown that both the driver and the passeager had prior drug arrests. Deputies then bagged up the drugs and cash and took the driver to the Monroe County Jail, where they found more cash and an additional cell phone in his pockets, while the passenger was released from the scene. The driver, who earlier had said he was a landscaper, told jailers he was unemployed and looking for work. Deputies later determined they had seized $6,881 in cash. "Resident reports phone call about car being located in Texas At about 3 p.m. on Jan. 29, a Old Cork Read woman reports n ghbor dog bit her on Jan. 30 At about 7:50 p.m. on Jan. 30, a female Old Cork Road resident told Cpl. Timothy Campfield that her male neighbor's dog bit her. The resident said she was outside with her dog when her neighbor's dog ran into her yard and jumped on her dog. The resident said she got between the two dogs to try to break up the fight but was unsuccessful. The resident said she then kicked her neighbor's dog at which point her neighbor's dog turned and bit her on the left arm. Campfield saw two puncture wounds and a scratch on the resi- dent's arm. Monroe County EMTs checked the residents injuries at the scene, but her family intended to take her to the hospital for fur- ther treatment. The neighbor told Campfield that his dog had gotten out. The neighbor made sure the resident was okay after the attack and secured his dog inside his home. Woman reports son missing after he took truck to Macon At about 2:19 p.m. on Jan. 31, a Buck Creek Road woman told Dep. Christian Sawley that her son left for Macon in her maroon 1996 Ford F-150 with a Florida tag to visit friends on Jan. 22. The woman said her son texted her that same night to let her know he made it okay but said she didn't hear from her son again until about 7 a.m. on Jan. 29 when he sent another text letting her know he was okay. The woman said she had not heard anything from her son since the Jan. 29 text and said she believed her son was using drugs again. She said her son has gone missing for several days previously but never for that long. Sawley then entered the woman's son and her mack as missing. Couple arrested in Waffle House lot after deputies discover pot A 35-year-old black East Dublin man and a 34-year-old black Dublin woman were each arrested and charged with pos- session of marijuana with intent to distribute after a traffic stop on Tift College Drive on Jan. 31. At about 10:22 p.m Dep. Willie Barkley saw a maroon 2006 Ford Fusion with dark tinted windows traveling on 1-75 South near mile marker 186. Barkley followed the vehicle onto the Exit 186 ramp and stopped it in the Tift College Drive Waffle House parking lot, where the vehicle hit a parked car. As Barkley approached the ve- hicle, the driver's side door swung open and a female passenger tried to exit. The passenger, who claimed to be driving, appeared overly nervous with her hands shaking uncontrollably while she said she had to use the restroom. The passenger said the male driv- er, who claimed to be a back seat passenger, was a friend and said they were headed from Atlanta to Dublin. Barkley then determined that the driver's license was sus- pended. Barkley then separated the driver and passenger, and the passenger admitted that she was not the driving the vehicle. Bark- ley and Cpl. Wade Kendrick of the Forsyth Police Department then found inside a purse on the front passenger side floorboard a white bag containing two vacuum- sealed bags of marijuana. Both the driver and the passenger denied knowledge of the marijuana and both were taken to the Monroe County Jail. The driver was also charged with a window tint viola- tion and driving while license suspended/revoked. Christian Road woman reports fraudulent charges on accounts At about 10:42 a.m. on Feb. 2, a Christian Road woman told Dep. Christian Sawley that someone tried to open accounts in her name at multiple stores, includ- ing J.C. Penney, Banana Republic, Kay Jewelers and Victoria's Secret, where someone charged $900 to her account. The woman said a male caller claiming to be T.W. McCarthy, a U.S. Drug Enforce- ment Administration (DEA) agent, told her someone had also used her information to rent a car, open six accounts and smuggle cocaine into the countr The woman said the caller told her he needed her social security and driver's license number to prove it wasn't her making the transac- tions, and she said she gave it to him. Illinois driver arrested after deputies locate maffluana oil cartridges A 42-year-old white Park Ridge, Ill. man was arrested and charged with Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act after a traffic stop on 1-75 South on Jan. 30. At about 4:48 p.m Cpl. Thomas Haskins saw a black 2008 Chrysler 300 with very dark window tint failing to use its tum signal while chang- ing lanes on 1-75 South near mile marker 189. The male driver, who appeared very nervous and was visibly shaking, had a suspended Illinois license. Haskins then found a half-filled marijuana oil e-cigarette cartridge in the driver's pocket. Haskins, Dep. Nicholas Ortiz and Sgt. Kevin Williams then found a black sealed pack- age with seven rolled marijuana cigarettes, three marijuana oil cartridges and two bumed mari- juana cigarettes inside the car. When Haskins arrested the driver, he then admitted to having an ad- ditional marijuana oil cartridge in his sock, which Haskins removed. Monroe County Animal Control took possession of the driver's dog while the driver was taken to the Monroe County Jail. The driver was also charged with posses- sion of marijuana, a window tint violation, failure to use a turn signal and driving while license suspended. Tools, cash, liquor taken from truck at home on Collier Road on Feb. 2 At about 11 a.m. on Feb. 2, a Collier Road man told Dep. Peyton Henderson that he was missing numerous items from his 2000 Chevrolet Silverado. The stolen items included: a tan duffle bag, a blue and orange Old Navy bookbag containing $600 worth of tools, a $30 bottle of liquor, an FM transmitter valued at $50 and an unknown amount of cash. The man said he last saw the items at about 5:30 p.m. on Feb. I when he returned home from work. He said he noticed they were missing when he went to get something out of his mack at about 9 a.m. that morning. The man, who said his truck was unlocked at the time of the thefts, said he noticed vehicles driving past his home and parking at a nearby cemetery at about midnight the previous night. Forsyth man arrested after alleged mooning incident on Hwy. 42 S. A 24-year-old white Forsyth man was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after he allegedly mooned children on 42 South on Feb. 3. At about 3 p.m Dep. Peyton Henderson went to the Shady Oaks trailer park on Hwy. 42 South where a male resident said a shirfless white male wearing tattoos and blue jean shorts came to his home earlier that morning and ap- peared to be under the influence of drugs. The resident said the same man, who was later identi- fied, returned to his home later in the day acting irate and wanting to fight him. Henderson saw the man was acting disoriented and confused. A male witness told Henderson the man had pulled down his pants, exposing his buttocks to residents, including the witness' two children, who were outside. Henderson and Cpl. Jake Justice then handcuffed the man and took him to the Monroe County Jail. Lee Smith 994-1666 Mon - Fri 10 to 7 Unless Playing Golf FREEMAN FUNERAL HOME A name that can be trusted for funeral and burial arrangements Brentwood Place Forsyth 994-6483" 994-6576 Boarding Bathing Medical Management Wellness & Preventive I "After Hrs. & Emergency J 60 S. 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