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March 6, :!i ii:!iii?!!/ii.lii! :i i;idii ;i:(;i!i ii iii ili Reporter I I'm madder than Hillary Clinton in a dry county after the city said it's gouna hold on to the old city hall annex rather than selling it. City says it's gouna use it as an "event venue". Now the city did the fight thing with the adjacent city hall building, selling it to Scoops for a new ice cream and candy shop. But I ain't sure about holding onto this annex. I mean I thought the whole point was to turn buildings on the square over to private businesses? Now, instead, the city's gonna rent out space? For what, birthday parties? I mean the city has already taken over and begun repairs for the old American Legion building, which is good for hosting events. 1hen the county spent $1 million buying the Monroe County Conference Center. And then the county spent another $200;000 building the Monroe County Clubhouse for eventS after tearing down the old one. We also have devdopers planning on building an event venue for Forsyth (stay tuned). People can also rent Alderman Hall, the Conley Building at the railroad depot, etc. Do we really need local governments managing so many event venues? Shootfire, can't anyone play this game? 3A i- I had ai hone time,! il ii!!iiiiiii~!iii!!!iiii!i!~!i!!i!ii!~iiiii!;iiii Mary Persons High principal Dr. Jim Finch was honored last month at the 16th International Conference on Posi- tive Behavior Support in Washington, D. C. He was presented the Jim Carr Award, a prestigious international recognition for leading and nurturing a positive school climate. Dr. Finch is the first Georgian to receive this award. Through support from local and state PBIS personnel, Mary Persons High School is considered a model school for PBIS in Georgia. Dr. Finch has also helped lead the statewide PBIS strategic plan in Georgia and has also consulted with the Georgia Professional Stan- dards Commission to help develop the first PBIS en- dorsement to certificated personnel in Georgia. Dr. Finch brought !iii:i i; dlii iiii;ii iiiii !!ii iiiii! iiiiii iiii By Rkhard I ams A Jacksonville, Fla. woman was arrested after a Monroe County deputy had to shatter her vehide window to get her to exit a stolen taxi cab on 1-75 North on Feb. 22. Kaytan Christina Eno Edem, 24, was taken to the Monroe County Jail and charged ,with ob- kenewsisgeffi struction. worse. Glad to read Accord- ingtothe ington has a report, " at about 4:17 Cpls.hcobEDEM Rob : lONERS HATEB GP I and Brace Hughley, each ofthe Monroe County Sheriff's Office, met at the Wame on black bian College Drive with Edem, he often wor to death who was confused as to where she left her car. Edem, who said she didn't know what type ofvehide she was driving, said she knew her vehicle was somewhere near mile marker 185. Robins then locatedan abandoned white and orange Dodge Caravan taxi with a Florida tag, sitting just north ofthe Exit 185 entrance ramp that was still warm t0 the touch. Robins retumed to Waffle House and asked Edem whether her vehide was a Dodge Caravan and whether she had a key for it. Edem told Robins she meant ; no disresoect but refused to votes: 4 answer either of his ques- e ERC S LL ENGINE REPAIR SERVICE Your One Stop Lawn & Garden Equipment Sales Service Parts Repair ,Cmplete Lawn & garden Equilaneat . Garden Tractors . Lawn Tractors . Riding Mowers & Tiller . Four Wheeler . Chain Saws . Weedeater Pay for year in va,ce, get one month FREE Pick-Up g Delivery Husqvarna James Willis (Repairman) 478-994-57~9 636A Hwy 83N, Forsyth, GA Hours: Mon, T~s, lhor, Fri 8 00 AM - 5.~0 PM. Wed & Sat 8:00 AM- 12:00 PM MPHS students with him to Washington D.C. Trippe Moore, Brianna Morgan; Daizha Outlaw, and Sunny DeVane shared the great lhings happen- ing at MP in a conference session focused on student choice and leveraging student input in support of positive behavior in the high school culture. The students were chaperoned by TGS Teacher Marie Moore. Congratulations to Dr. Finch, the MP staff, MP students, family, and community. From left, Mary Persons' students Trippe Moore, Brianna Morgan, Daizha Outlaw, and Sunny DeVane went with principal Dr. Jim Finch, right, to Washington to talk about the school's positive behavior program as Finch received the Jim Carr Award. (Special to the Reporter) tions, saying she only wanted a ride to Atlanta. When Rob- ins told Hughley the aban- doned minivan most likely belonged to Edem, she got upset and tried to jump out of Hughley's patrol car and dart at Robins. Edem instead hit her head on Hughley's patrol car roof and said she would just walk to Atlanta. Dispatchers then contacted the taxi cab company who idenlLfied Edem.and said she did not have permission to drive the minivan out of state. A company representative then asked Robins to have the minivan towed but said he didn't want to prosecute Edem for theft, speculating she was trying to run away. As Robins called for a tow truck, Edem got into the driver's seat of the minivan and refused to get out. As Edem locked the minivan, Robins told her he would have to bust the window if she wouldn't get out. AS Rob- ins struck the window with his flashlight, Edem cranked up the minivan. Robins then told dispatchers Edem was laying to escape at which point Hughley got out his axe, causing Edem to jump into the passenger seat. When Edem moved, Hughley hit the window with the blunt end of his axe, shattering the window. Robins then reached in and unlocked the door, and deputies removed the driver f om the minivan and arrested her. Car + Home = See me fi,)r (:ar and Home Insurance and save. S ateFarm LIKE A GOOD NEIGItBOR, STATE FARM IS THERE,' Providing Insurance and Financial Services By Sen. John F. Kennedy (R - Macon) Seven weeks have passed here under the Gold Dome and Crossover Day will be this Thursday--only three days away. Crossover Day is the deadline for all bills that originated in the Senate to be passed on to the House of Representatives for consideration, and vice- versa. In preparation for this key point in the legislative session, we passed over 30 bills in the Senate over the past two weeks. During our sixth week, we passed Senate Bill 48 which provides a comprehensive outline for dyslexia education in Georgia. Dyslexia affects one in five children and cur- rent law provides no guidance for how schools can identify the learn- ing challenge and teach dyslexic students. SB 48 would require all kindergartners to be screened for dyslexia and provide dyslexia education train- ing for teachers. I am so proud to have seen this bill pass the chamber with unanimous support as Georgia's schoolchildren are our most valuable asset. In continuing with the Senate's efforts to prioritize our children, last week we passed Senate Bill 15 or the"Keeping Georgia's Schools Safe ActYThis bill is based off of extensive first- hand research by the Senate Study Committee on School Safety and focuses on streamlining communication between key emergency services, the Department of Education and schools themselves. I commend my col- leagues on their hard work on this bill and I am confident that this will continue to ensure our students'safety in Georgia's schools. I look forward to the House approving both SB 15 and SB 48 as they are both priorities to ensure our children are not only safe, but have every resource available to succeed. On Friday of last week, we passed Senate Bill 158.This bill increases the penalties for those found guilty of human trafficking and updates that age at which a victim of sex trafficking is considered a minor. Atlanta is home to one of the world's largest airports, and with it, one of the world's largest sex trafficking hubs. SB 158 is one part of a continuing fight to ensure that all Georgians, and all people who travel through Our state, are safe. I commend both Sen. Briart Strickland and First Lady Marry Kemp for their leadership in passing this important legislation. In addition to passing SB 158 to protect our children, the Senate also received information on the Georgia Crisis and Access line.This is a service where any of our citizeos- including children - can call the hot- line to have a confidential conversation with an expert about any crises that maybe occurring in their lives. If you or anyone you know maybe dealing with an issues, please con- tact 1-800-715-4225. This service is free of charge and is there to help our citizens. Outside of our legislative duties, the Senate often welcomes distin- guished guests to our chamber to be honored. Last week, I sponsored Senate Resolution 132 welcom- ing the Boy Scouts of America for Scouts BSA Day at the Capitol. It is wonderful to see so many intel- ligent young men get involved in their communities and work towards self- growth, l also welcomed representatives from Middle Georgia State University to celebrate Aerospace Day at the Capitol. Middle Georgia State University has a wonderful aerospace education program and I am proud to see our universities and students working towards careers in STEM. With Crossover Day set for this Thursday, the Senate will take up over 30 bills this week. While we have done some good work so far under the Gold Dome, there is still much to do.While this week will be our busiest yet, our office is willing and able to assist with any questions or concerns you may have.Thank you for continuing to trust me to continue representing you at the Capitol, it is always a pleasure to serve the 18th District. If you have any questions about current legislation or the legislative process please contact my office by phone or email. Sen. John E Kennedy 404.656.0045 Sen. John E Kennedy serves as Majority Caucus Chairman. He represents the 18th Senate District which includes Upson, Monroe, Peach, Crawford, and portions of Bibb and Houston Counties. He may be reached at 404.656.0045 or by email at john.