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Page 6A February 7, 2018 ii: 1111 7 :ii ~i !ii~ ~iiiii ~i~ii~ i~il ii!i ~ i!!! !{!ii!i! iil ii!!ii!iiiiil; iii!i II:! i Eddie James Johnson 7 1 :i:: ;ill:: ! ; i[[ May 24, 1952 - January 24, 2018 : Forsyth - Funeral services for Eddie James Johnson were held Wednesday, Jan. 31 in the Freeman Funeral Home Chapel, Forsyth. Reverend'Rufus J. Whatley officiated. Burial was in the Rocky Mount united Methodist Church Cemete.ry, Survivors include his sister, Barbara (George) Johnson; brothers, Harold Johnson, Clarence Johnson ~fid lester Johnson Jr and a host of relatives and friends[Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of ~rrangements. GRAMLING l porter e Gresco Utility Supply in Smarr has announced plans to invest $3 million to expand the warehouse at its Rumble Road location. Gresco president and CEO Steve Gramling said the company has grown 19 percent the past two years and simply needs more room for inventory to keep up with growing demand. Gresco broke ground for the project last week and it should be completed later this year. Gramling said Gresco will have just about filled up its current location when the addition is finished. Gresco's primary business is sell- ing electrical materials to electric membership cooperatives, municipalities, and contractors. It has also added new technologies to its offerings, including drones and fiber-optic cable. Gresco has hired Stroud and Co. of Macon to build the 40,000-square-foot ware- house as well as a long lean-to for storing inventory. The new warehouse space will nearly double Gresco's capacity, said Gramling. Gresco has hired 14 new employees in the past year to keep up with its growth, said Gramling. The company now has about 79 employees at its Smarr facility and 180 employees around the South. Continued from 1A 'i birthdate, and he came back as .want- ed in Burke and Bulloch counties. Flores said he was wanted for proba- tion violation related to a marijuana arrest. When asked, Flores said he had Costeyetta no drugs inside his car. But a search Monteiro turned up three vacuum-sealed bags containing marijuana in a suitcase in the trunk, as well as a brown bag in the back seat with a large amount of cash, according to a report. Colvard also found two flip phones in the front passenger seat and two iPhones on Flores. Deputies counted the cash and found it totaled $67,686. Flores was charged with possession Pririce of marijuana with intent to distribute. Monteiro He was released on a $15,000 prop- erty bond. Colvard made another big drug arrest on 1-75 Monday around 8:28 p.m. after pulling over a Macon pair in a Dodge Charger for having no tag light. Colvard reported smelling marijuana and then find- ing more than a pound of meth and three guns in the car. The driver, Costeyetta Monteiro, 27, of Macon, and passenger Prince Monteiro, 30, were charged with possession of firearms during the commission of a felony and possesion of meth with intent to distrib- ute The driver was also charged with illegal window tint and no tag light. The vehicle was seized and impounded. Continued from 1A who sent several employees to remove the cows. In a separate but related incident, at about 4:30 p.m. that same day, a second Tompkins Creek Trail resident, identified as Susan Landrum, told Maples she was fed up with the cows also being in her yard. Landrum said about 50 cows caused landscape dam- age to her yard and damaged her screen porch, Both Joseph and Landrum said they planned to seek resti- tution from Vaughn for the damages. 109D Patrol Road 478-994-9911 apply and manage 3aoto" accowzt online Monroe Courity begins advertising in this week's Reporter an auction of properties for unpaid taxes. Tax commissioner Lori Andrews is advertising parcels trying to collect more than $199,000 in unpaid taxes. The notice, which usually shrinks each week as taxpayers settle up, is found in this week's D section. The delinquent properties are Scheduled to be auc- tioned off on the courthouse steps at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 6. Bidding opens at the amount of taxes owed on the property. Buyers must bring certified funds or cash to buy the delinquent properties, and pay a $12 recording fee. Under the law, buyers aren't able to touch the prop- erty for 366 days after the auction, giving the property owner a year to re-claim it. However, to reclaim the prop- erty, the original property owner would have to pay 120 percent of what the buyer paid, said Andrews. Andrews has said she doesn't act on properties unless they're delinquent for more than one year. The last tax sale was held in September. For more information call the tax commissioners office at 994-7020. A crowd gathers on the steps of the Monroe County courthouse last year to bid on delinquent property at a tax auction. (File photo) UNFAIR AND UNBALANCED by Maril.yn Langford thought that a small, innocuous word like "Memo," would set the hair on fire of an entire nation? In business, I liked, and preferred, memos. Unlike a formal letter or report, a memo was less formal and contained useful, to-the/point informa- tion. Once again, the Trump administration has ruined a perfectly good word for me. For two weeks "the memo" threatened (or promised) to end life as we know it in our country. The memo was said to prove the Justice Department, the FBI, and our FISA Courts were rife with corruption and there- fore all must go! It was also said to prove Donald Trump would be vindicated. BY NOW, everyone has read or heard about the contents of this infamous memo. When I read it, I was frantically searching for more pages because I read nothing-in the memo that even addressed collusion or obstruc- tion, not to mention evidence that the FBI was corrupt and on a witchhunt. Then it became clear to me--it was never about the memo, but about the construction of a vast conspiracy theory aimed at causing chaos, divisiveness, and to undermine the:integrity of the FBI to prepare for either A) the firing of Rod Rosenstein and]or Robert Mueller to stop the Russia investigation or, B) a reason for Trump and his allies not to adhere to the findings of the Special Prosecutor's investi- gation. am vindicated." Proof he never read the memo. And Donald Trump Jr. said on a Sunday talk show, '~t was sweet revenge!" SO that's what they think this was. Revenge. Someone needs to send them a memo and tell them our country is more important than personal revenge. IF THE release of this memo was not for A or B, why would any half-way educated person still think the memo was a panacea for all that ails Trump's presidency and continue the fal- lacy. Hannity of Trump TV said after its release, "It is shocking!" The only thing shoc.ldng about it was that it was not shock- ing, Donald Trump tweeted, '~ ALL OF the distractions being caused by Congressman Devin Nunes, Scan Hannity, and of course Trump, is to turn our atten- tion away from what started all this---Russian our democratic elec- tions. Not one single thing has been officially done to expose, punish, and deter Russia from doing it again. In fact, they are still doing it by affecting public opinion on social media. A prime example is #releasethememo. As Sen. John McCain said, '"They are doing the work for Putin." As the 2018 mid- term elections approach, look for the Russian bets to work-over time. For the first time, we will go to the polls with little confi- dence that the results will not be tainted. you heard lately, ' If such and such happens, it will cause a Constitutional Crisis7' Those words sound so ominous. What exactly is a Constitutional Crisis? A Constitutional Crisis has occurred so few times in our history, there appears to be no clear explanation of what causes one, or what happens when there is one. A Constitutional Crisis is when a problem goes beyond a disagreement that can't be resolved clearly by the Constitution; when there is a breakdown in ordinary proce- dure, and an unusually strong reaction to the breakdown. Further, a crisis results when the branches of the Government cease to resolve the conflict, or (and pay attention to this) when a President has fundamental lack of understanding or disre- gard for the Constitution. Trump and all his allies in Congress all took the same oath, '~I do sol- emnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all ene- mies, foreign and domestic " When did Russia stop being our foreign enemy? SEEMS A Constitutional Crisis is imminent, what will hap- pen? The answer is "not scrap damn doodle." The RepublLcan Party of Trump is in power. The Republican Congress has no incentive to take action adverse to Trump. They will not give up LAST WEEK, Trump refused their honey pot easily, not ex;en to impose sanctions on Russia to save our country. The ~och for interfering in our election Brothers gave Speaker Paul that was passed overwhelm- Ryan $500,000 after the tax bill ingly by the Congress. He said passed. There's no telling what the passage of the bill was he'd get if he saved Trump's deterrent enough. Whaaaat? Presidency. I think the Koch Uncharacteristic of Trump, he Brothers would quite like to be has never said an unkind word called Oligarchs instead of bil- about Putin. Trump's chummy lionaires. interactions with Putin should give you pause. I think there is . REMEMBER I told you an ample preponderance of evi- last year that the Trump dence that Trump may have been Administration was headed for a compromised by Putin and the tram wreck? Well, they had one Russians. I don't know if it's in last week, in Charlottesville of all the way described in the Steele places. I told you so! Dossier, but Trump's behavior certainly indicates there is a gun Marilyn Langford of High Falls to his head where Putin is con- writes about current events from cerned, the liberal perspective. Email her at marilynlangford85@gmail. HOW MANY t'Enes have com. BARNESVILLE MARBLE & (,RANITE COMt ANY Residential & Commercial. 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