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20 019 112 It deesn t Manager and Finance Officer is helping one of control spending. Make thew salary performances base and let's see some real action, votes: 10 ~ity council meeting '~ ~nutes an inside job? i i otes: 8 South Georgia alone was devastated by Hur- ricane Michael. Cotton and pecan crops were destroyed, as were other farms. So why are Georgia farmers left out of the federal bud- get? That's not winn ng, that's a slap in the face. votes: 7 Time to drain the Mon- roe County SWAMR Very few are good stewards of the taxpay- ers' money and they are unable to use best practices in making decisions. Vote them all out when they come up for election. Politicians have to be changed like your underwear regularly votes: 7 Dr. Doster definitely didn't get her doctorate in Economics or math. votes: 6 Reporter By Diane Glidewell the work session, Howard said that he was paid for 28 and 26 meetings over Monroe County school the last two years respec- board members won't get a tively, an average of about pay raise this year after all two and a third meetings, because all board mem- or $175, per month. In bers didn't support it. making the motion for the That's what superinten- change, Doster. also asked dent Dr. Mike Hickman that chair and vice chair told the Board of Educa- be paid an additional $50 teen on Feb. 12. Hickman per month. Howard and said state Reps. Robert Evans, who are the current Dickey and Susan Holmes chair and vice chair of told him they do not the board, objected to the want to take a request to additional compensation, the legislature to change and Doster withdrew that pay for board members part of her motion. unless board members Hickman said that he vote unanimously for has tried to contact Sen. the change. Board mem- John Kennedy, Monroe bers voted 4-3 to ask for County's other representa- legislation to change their tive in the state legislature, compensation from $75 but was not able to talk per meeting to $250 per with him before the board month at their winter meeting. He said that work session on Feb. 2. Dickey and Holmes say Board members Eva they are glad to ask for Bilberback, Judy Pettigrew, legislation on behalf of the Greg Head and Dr. Pris- school board but need for cilia Doster voted for the the board to be unanimous increase, and J.R Evans, in what it wants. Nolen Howard and Stuart Hickman explained that Pippin voted against it. At state legislation is needed Page 3A to change pay for school Evans. "What brought this found that local legislation board members because of up now? I'm not going says the offices should only acts in 1993 when Seer- to vote for an increase. I be dected every two years. gia changed the structure started off getting $25. I'm School board attorney Ben of public school districts satisfied?' Vaughn had advised the from appointing board "We have three or four board incorrectly because members and electing meetings per month any-he did not realize it was in- school superintendents way. It won't be any differ- cluded in local legislation, to the opposite. For any . ent,' said Bilderback. "We like the rate of compensa- change in pay to be effec- didn't get paid for [going teen for board members. tive next year, legislation to] graduation. We're not "We have to follow what would have to be approved coming out ahead." the law says because now by the 2019 legislature, "Dickey and Holmes we know" said Pettigrew. which is in session now. were adamant" said How-"When will the two-year Hickman said if Monroe ard. term start?" asked Pippin. County BeE approves "I'm going to be honestAfter discussion, it was the change, state law will with them" said Hickman. decided that the two-year supersede it. Howard and Doster terms for chair and vice "I think I spoke with ev- both said they do not want chair would begin with eryone today except Greg to ask Monroe County's elections for the positions [Head];' said Howard. "If legislative representatives in January 2020. That we don't have a unanimous to introduce legislation to would put the chair and vote it's not going any- change the board's pay ff it vice chair terms on the where?' is not unanimous, same cycle as the board Head said that changing "I'm calling them be- member elections. BOE compensation from cause I want to know," said Hickman said there are a per meeting stipend to a Bilderback. a lot of Monroe County monthly payment would The board also discussed BOE policies that are make it easier for the whether it should elect its redundant. The adminis- school administrators who chair and vice chair every tration will be working to process the checks, year or every two years, make the policies dearer ' 11 of us knew what the It has been electing them and simpler while making compensation was when annually over the last few sure they are in line with we were elected,' said years but Hickman had state polices. Long-time Department of Corrections administrator Tim Ward was sworn in as commis- sioner of the Forsyth-based agency by Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday. Ward has served as the interim commissioner and chief of Staff for the GDC in the past. Ward holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Savannah State University and a master's degree in public administration from Columbus State University. Currently, Ward serves on the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council as one of 28 commissioners nation- ally on the American Correctional Association for the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections. Ward and his wife have three children. A native of Dawson, Ward lives in Milledgeville. Ward oversees a department of 13,000 employees that supervises 60,000 offenders. The Bulldog colors are Black and Gold. We have ahvays worn black paint to represent ~the school. Try again! NASCAR Sundays are back!lI. votes: 5 Jussie Smollett paid two men to orchestrate the assault. Don Lemo of CNN needs to text the dude and ask him why he did this. votes: 5 Another guard at the Burruss prison has been charged with having sexual contact with an inmate. Lajay Chambliss, 38, of Jackson, is accused of be- ing a law enforcement officer having sexual contact with a person in custody between March i and April 30, 2018 at the Burruss prison. A warrant said Chambliss put her hand in the pants of inmate Ontorio Waymyers, age 38. Waymy- ers is serving a 10-year sentence for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in Greene County and for shoplifting in Hart County. Lajay Chambliss, left, was charged with having sexual contact with inmate Ontorio Waymyers, right. i; As a slave to Jesus Christ, I will continue to MP BAND vent until every unborn Continued from Front child is allowed to roam the earth as I do. Their Thompson wrote of his lives matter too. votes: upcoming move: 'Although 4 I am very excited about this next chapter in our lives Running for office is I will be forever grateful just Stealing from the for the positive impact taxpayers these days! that each child, parent, votes: 4 co-worker, and administra- tor have had.on my life at Thank you commission- Mary Persons High School. ers for NOT expanding It has truly been one of my the drug infested slum greatest honors to serve the of High Falls. votes: 4 Monroe County communi- ty and I will forever cherish 2 Thessalonians 3:10 the memories, relationships, I agree. Amen votes: and music that we have 3 made?' Thompson, a Macon Will we really need native, came to MP in 2013 emojfs on this page, after three years at Treutlen DDD It helps people High School. An 2005. FPD laugh, cry, consider alum, Thompson was a someone crazy and get member of the University their anger manage- of Georgia Redcoat Band, ment issues out. votes: 3 having played the trumpet since he was a child. While Humans are all slaves at UGA, Thompson was in- vited to play in the Bulldog of something, votes: 3 Brass ensemble and also performed the Dixieland If JESUS APPROVED of soloatfootball games. SLAVERY, Why did He Under Thompson's watch, Deliver the ISRAELITES the MP marching and from EGYPT? votes: 2 concert bands spiked in participation, rising to more i Certified Public Accountants 68 North Jackson Street Forsyth (p) 478-994-1820 (f) 478-994-3102 HOPKINS ~i!ASSOCIATES Serving Forsyth for more than 40years! than 100 marching band musicians in the last several years. MP's creative halftime shows, which have included themes like "The Wizard of Oz'; Michael Jackson, night- mares and rain, have been a huge hit with audiences. Thompson's tenure at MP will also be remembered for a horrific tragedy that occurred in March 2016 when his then-fiancee Katie Poff, who informally assisted the MP band, was killed in an auto accident in Milledgeville. Students and supporters of the MP band held a candlelight vigil to remember Poffin the wake of the tragedy. MP principal Dr. Jim Finch said in an e-mail on Tuesday that Thompson will be missed. "Mr. Thompson is a fan- tastic band director and was exactly what our band and school needed at the time we hired him" Finch wrote. "Honestly, I'm surprised we kept him as long as we did. He's a really hard worker and pushed our kids to be really hard workers too. We wish him nothing but the best at Kansas State Univer- sity7 The school has posted the vacancy on its website. Residential & commercial We Service All Brands Honest & Reliable Service Licensed and Insured Experience You Can Count On Locally Owned & Family Operated Financing Available. 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