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Procjre F .Ai-lion 2.018 FORWARP MON February 7, 2.018 LEE'S LESSONS 3 Years in Business Lees Lessons has been providing "top shelf" guitar and bass instruction right here in Forsyth for the past 3 1/2 years.-Lee offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced small group guitar classes that are FUN, INFORMATIVE, and well ORGANIZED. Lee says, "Not only do you have fun learning along with others, but you get to develop your performance skills in our student concerts. For more information or to register, please visit or call 478-254-1259. Also, subscribe in iTunes to: Play Guitar Podcast. It's my pod- cast that is all about getting better at the guitar!" Lees Lessons is located at 44 E. Johnston St. in downtown Forsyth GA. 478-254-1259 44 E. Johnston St. Forsyth YARN LOVE 1 Year in Business On April 8, 2017 Yam Love opened it's doors behind Southem Charm Gem eral Store in Bolingbroke. Rebecca Carpenter is the owner and after 43 years in education as a teacher and Media Specialist, she retired and decided to fill a void in Middle Georgia by opening a yarn shop. The vision for Yarn Love is to provide a venue for yarn enthusiasts to gather, network, share and be able to buy quality yarns and accessories. "I love teaching these skills to new people so that they can 0 help continue to preserve the craft': said Rebecca. Yarn Love. offers quality yams, needles, and notions for kniRing and crochet- ing and offers classes for beginners, intermediates, and expert knitters and crocheters. 478-342-2251 8175 Rivoli Rd. Bolingbroke (Behind Southern Charm General Store) ya FITCO HEALTH CLUB 1 Year in Business Fitco Health Club brings you everything you are looking for in a state-of-the-art fitness center. FitCo is a "women friendly" facility that provideS all members with top of the line fitness eqm'pment, a wide range fitness classes, personal training staff, tanning and childcare. Local owners Daniel Stickler and Stacy Bryant both grew up here in Forsyth, attended Mary Per- sons High School and reside in Monroe County with their wives and children. In fact, all of FitCo's employees are Forsyth natives. FitCo Health Club is open 24 hours a day Drop by today and a friendly staff member will be happy to give you a tour and answer any questions you may have to make 2018 your healthiest/best year yet. The gym is located at 833 Patrol Road, Forsyth. For more information visit their website at or call 478-993-2202. 478-993-2202 833 Patrol Rd Forsyth, GA www.fitcohealt hclub.corn By Richard Dumas Internet Expansion com- mittee, and he followed through on his promise About 40 Monroe by holding the commit- County residents attend- tee's first meeting on Jan. ed a meeting on Tuesday, 16. The meeting, which Jan. 16 of the newly-cre- was open to all members ated committee to expand of the pubhc, was held internet throughout the directly following the county. Jan. 16 commissioners' New District 4 commis- meeting and lasted two sioner George Emami hours. vowed in his first meet- State Rep. Susan ing last November to Holmes, who served on create a High Speed the state senate and We have Tire Brands & Prices You'll Love! We do headlight restoration too! Locally owned & operated by Dennis Lewis 675 Hwy 83 North Forsyth, GA 5% t house joint broadband the system from follow,net technology is called fines and lease them out committee last year, said ing through on this goal. Project AirGig, which to private companies. expanding internet cover- Mercer said the system is will operate using aerial Greg Nickel said he pays age to rural Georgia has also considering addingpower line infrastructure, a high rate for a poor been a passion of hers for mobile WiFi on all school Among notable citizen service to his current pro- a long time. Holmes, who buses, comments: Becky Merrittvider and said the county said internet is as impor- Terry Smith, AT&T suggested using county has to figure out a way tant to many persons as Georgia Regional properties as wireless to break up the service water, said the state gov- Director of External hubs for citizens, espe- provider monopolies that ernment cannot provide and Legislative Affairs, cially students, to logdominate the internet internet service but can said AT&T has spent onto the internet. Steve industry. help facilitate it. $5 billion in the past Harbin suggested com- Emami said Thursday Holmes said interest three years on wirelesspiling a comprehensive at the county commis- in expafiding internet and wired networks in map of residents' internet sioners' all-day retreat continues to increase Georgia. Smith said 99.5 coverage by sending outthat he met follow; among state legislators percent of Georgia is cov- surveys to all landown-ing Tuesday's meeting and said the legislature ered by AT&T wireless as ers using the county's tax with a private business has formed a rural devet- of May 2017. He said the map mailing list. Neal owner who is interested opment council with an expansion is the natural Jackson said internet in expanding internet interest in broadband of result of a tremendous expansion can't be leftservice into Monroe which state representa- increase in demand overentirely in the hands of County. Emami, who did tive Robert Dickey is a the past decade as AT&Tprivate cable and phonenot reveal any specifics member. Holmes said the has shown a 250,000 per- companies because thoseabout the identity of the state government could cent uptick in data usage companies are more potential investor, told possibly team up with on its network since interested in making a commission chairman EMCs to expand internet 2007. profit than meeting theGreg Tapley he could and/or set aside state Smith also told citi- needs of their customers, accompany him to a funds for internet needs, zens about AT&T Fixed Be Gregory said there are future meeting with the Dr. Valerie Mercer, Wireless Internet, which opportunities availablebusiness owner to learn Monroe County Schools' he said will expand inter- for broadband grants more details about the chief technology officer, net into 67,000 homes through the United proposal. said the school system and small businesses States Department of Emami did not specify is still utilizing a tech- within the next six years. Agriculture (USDA). Jimwhen another public nology plan that was Smith said 44 counties,Barber suggested a needmeeting on internet created nine years ago. including Monroe where for an internet cafe towould be held but Mercer said the system a new tower on Hopewellopen up downtown. Greg encouraged all citizens wants to provide Google Road was recently intro- Head suggested the pro-interested in the mat- Chromebook laptop corn- duced, will receive addi- posal of a penny sales tax ter to join his Facebook puters for all students, tional coverage throughdedicated to expanding page: Monroe County but the lack of avail- Fixed Wireless. internet infrastructureGA Internet Expansion able internet for some Smith said AT&T's and recommended com- Committee. students has prevented newest high-speed inter- missioners buy cable t ! of your resolutions, Hospital Navi.cent[- {eakh P,t would like to help you pay off your debt. ili ii!:!iiii iil ill =:~ i Valid thru April 30th, 2018. **One time 20% off your entire balance can only be combined with the following promotions 0 Online payment discount off entire balance (total disc.25%). 15% Early pay discount on full balance on accounts paid in full within 30 days. (Total discount can be combined up to 40%) Rick Cantrel I 478-992-7042 LAND CLEARING/FORESTRY MULCHING BRUSH MOWING / RIGHT OF WAYS / BOUNDARY LINES NO DEBRIS TO HAUL OFF / NO BURNING / ECO FRIENDLY Set up a new payment plan before April 30, 2018 and receive a one time 10% discount off entire balance ** 3 Offer not valid on existing payment plans. Offer not valid on accounts in collection status. By Richard Dumas for the retreat. Tapley said commis- District 1 eommis- sioners are next expect- sioner Larry Evans, whoed to convene at the Monroe County had a conflicting meet-Georgia state capitol for Commissioners held an ing in Warner Robins, Monroe County Day at all-day work session was the lone eommis- the state legislature on on Thursday, Jan. 18 sioner absent from the Thursday, Feb. 1. Tapley at a cabin on Fickling retreat. County attorney also said he intends to Reserve Road. Ben Vaughn and county hold some commisgion Commission chairman manager Anita Buice meetings in alternate Greg Tapley said the were also in attendancelocations this year Fickling family, which along with the Reporter. with at least one meet- owns the cabin, loaned No votes were taken ing each quarter being out the facility for the during the retreat, moved out into the vari- commissioners' use free which lasted from 9 pus districts. of charge. Tapley's wife, a.m. until 5 p.m. with Fran, also cooked lunch an hour-long break for In other Board of for the event, so no tax- lunch. Commissioners' news: payer dollars were spent Major topics discussed Looking for answers or options? We can help! Free pregnancy test c0 ! 478-994-3173 I Men, Tue& Thu lO:OOa, m.-4.30p.m, I ww~v,m0nr0ec0unty~, included: economic Monroe County development, water, Commissioners unani- roads, the upcoming mously approved on SPLOST, internet, tour- Tuesday, Jan. 16 to ism and recreation, appoint Priscilla Doster Tapley and District to the River Edge 3 commissioner John Behavioral Health Ambrose had been push- Center board Doster, ing hard for a retreat who was elected in for over a year, but until November to the Monroe George Emami was County school board, elected as the District replaces District 1 com- 4 commissioner in missioner Larry Evans November, there hadn't on the board been a full commission. Commissioners said they plan to hold simi- lar retreats every six months going forward. Monroe County Commissioners unani- mously approved on Tuesday, Jan. 16 to grant a pouring license for liquor to Backwoods Bar & Grill on High Falls Road. County manager Anita Buice said Backwoods owner Russell Acree must prove that the establishment earns more than 50 percent of its revenue in food sales in order to maintain its liquor license.