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Page 8B February 7,2018 l orter e e By Diane Glidewell Valentine's Day is approaching and it's time to celebrate the joy of love. There are wonderful stories of marriages that have endured "better or worse" for decades and of blossoming relationships anticipating what life will bring. One special type of love is that between daughter and mother, often repre- senting he bond between two people who know one another better than anyone. Chandra Walton, daughter of Annie Ree Evans and Larry Evans, decided to celebrate her mother on Jan. 20. She picked a day that wasn't Valentine's Day, a birth- day or retirement. Walton chose a day when she could completely surprise her mother and the cel- ebration would be totally about her. "I wanted to give my morn her flowers while she is alive," said Walton. ' I wanted to show her how much she is appreci- ated." Working on allthe details over about six months, Walton, who lives in Jacksonville, Fla invited 120 guests, including many family members and her moth- er's friends. No men were allowed. She created a magi- cal semi-formal event at the Monroe County Clubhouse, decorating in gold and white with a theme of elegance and roses. "She likes pretty things," said Walton. "She's a girlie girl." She arranged a special dinner and entertain- ment by Betty Stewart, Sandy Buckner and Ingrid Brown. She set up the stage, decorated tables and made name tags for each guest. She prepared her own trib- ute to her mother and arranged for special com- ments from others. She had some talented friends helping her get it all together locally, includ- ing Winifred Berry, Lola Zellner, Alecia Hansford, Emma Hansford, Juanita Pitts, Wanda Freeman and more. Others included on the evening's program were MiKara Brown, Janice Slaughter work in the community. and Shirley Henderson. "She has a lot of daugh- Annie Ree Evans ters but only one birth taught school for many one," said Walton. years in Butts County, Evans continues to being summoned back give her time and tal- several times even after ent to many as she she retired. She was works with the Hubbard especially known for her Alumni Association in ability to teach young various ways, includ- children to read and often ing organizing the King volunteered to teach and Queen pageant each those that others found year, Monroe County hard to teach. Walton Workforce Development, said her mother was her church and other Teacher of the Year four groups. She also inspired times, her daughter to develop Annie Ree Evans is the her abilities to create and wife of longtime Monroe organize. County commissioner The scripture verse Larry Evans and is the Proverbs 3:15 was placed mother of twin sons in on the greeting table: addition to Walton. She "She is more precious has been like a mother to than rubies; nothing many others through her you desire can compare years of teaching and her with her." The statement refers to Wisdom, but can certainly also apply to a wise woman. The evening created a lot of memories that will long be enjoyed, according to those who attended. One of Walton's greatest achievements was keeping the event a secret from her mother, Right, Chandra Walton transformed Monroe County Clubhouse into an elegant banquet hall for an event to honor her mother. Left, Walton, right, and her mother, Annie Ree Evans, are pictured together at an earlier event. with so many people involved and so much preparation. One of her mother's classmates told her they were going to a church banquet to get her to the surprise gala, and Walton even helped her pick a dress for the 'church banquet.' She said she was 'super careful' and thinks her mother was truly surprised. e By Diane Glidewell Plans for Monroe County Schools' new agriculture-science build- ing are moving forward. School facilities director Roger Onstott told the school board on Jan. 23 the SP Design Group of Macon had completed a sketch of the planned building that week. The agriculture-science building will be on 12.8 acres owned by Monroe County Schools on Thornton Road, near T.G. Scott Elementary and Monroe County Middle School Banks Stephens campus. The structure is planned for the use of high school and middle school students. When asked about a projected completion date for the agriculture- science building, Onstott said, "Everything has flown through [getting approval at the state level]. All we have left is grading; then we'll put it out for bids." The building will include a cattle barn, hog barn, pavilion, storage areas for feed, fencing, gates and a grassy area for pasture in front. '~here's a good buf- fer all the way around," said Onstott. ' rhe space is good. [Mary Persons agriculture teacher Bill Waldrep] has got room to grow it however he wants." A board member asked if there are any adjacent property owners who might object to animals on the property. Onstott said there is only one pri- vate property owner next to where the agriculture- science building will be. That owner does not live on the property and has not expressed any concerns. Onstott said that animals will not be housed at the site con- tinuously. They will be brought there for activi- ties like FFA shows or specific classroom activi- ties and generally housed overnight and then transported back to their permanent pastures. Board member Priscilla Doster announced that the FFAAlumni Association will honor parents of the Mary Persons and Monroe County Middle School students who have excelled in FFA team competitions over the last year on Feb. 8 at Blue Tick Mercantile. It was suggested that she have a sketch of the proposed agriculture- science building to dis- play at the event. Doster emphasized that Monroe Custom Designed Metal Duct Systems . Zoned Systems Im ~w " ,ql~ County teams have done exceptionally well in agriculture competi- tions at region, state and national levels, which is one reason the school system is investing in the facility to meet the interest in the field and provide more opportuni- ties. In updating other facili- ty news, Onstott said the Monroe County Schools maintenance crew had cleaned out all the fil- ters in the Hubbard Elementary air circula- . tion system in four days He explained that recir- culated air goes back to the classrooms so that it doesn't have to be reheat- ed, but hot water coils had gotten stopped up at Hubbard Elementary. Onstott said the crew put new roofs on both sides of the system. 'qCCe are always looking to improve and to do in house," said Onstott. He said the crew regu- larly replaces lighting fixtures at the facilities to keep lighting work- ing well and to avoid the need to replace too many at one time. The crew has also been busy tak- ing bookshelves out of the school media centers. 'qvVe keep getting requests for more computer space," said Onstott. "It's valuable to be able do it in house." '2Vledia center have less books because students can access books online," said Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman. Onstott was proud of the work the mainte- Pictured are Monroe County Schools' working drawings of the cattle barn, hog bam and pavillion that will com- prise the new agriculture- science building. nance crews had done getting the Education Center ready for Monroe County Achievement Center to move into at the beginning of the school year. Because of the renovations, the student and staff were able to move into a nicer building than the one they left. '%Vhenever the yard crew was inside because of rain, they were doing the floors and ceiling," he said. 'qCCe want the move to be to their benefit." Other projects com- pleted over the summer included moving the bank of transformers at Mary Persons as part of replacing the switch gear. AS a result, the high school cannot lose power because of problems with the transformers or'switch gear. Hubbard Elementary installed a new playground with the same equipment as the new playground installed the previous year at T.G. Scott Elementary, Onstott said there are good warrantees on the equipment. Assistant superinten- i: dent Jackson Daniel :: added praise for the C: employees the school sy~ tern has hired that makE it possible to take care of much maintenance, repairs and renovations without hiring outside contractors. Hickman said he saw Onstott and a crew going around with a blowtorch to melt ice in any dangerous spot before students and staff came back to school after: snow days. 'The devil's in the details," said Daniel. '~/'ou don't see what goes on day to day."