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PAGE 6A Mary Lisa Connally Mary Lisa Connally, 52, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2015. A private Celebration of her Life o was held on Tuesday, March 10, at Snow's Memorial Chapel. Burial followed in Riverside Cemetery. Rev. Craig Walden officiated. The family asks that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Pine Pointe Hospice, 6262 Peake Road, Macon 31210 or the Special Olympics Georgia, 4000 DeKalb Technology Parkway, Suite 400, Building 400, Atlanta 30340. Lisa was born in Lincoln, Neb., the daughter of the late Mary Parker Connally and Hulon L. Connally. She was disabled, was of the Methodist Faith, and was active withthe Special Olympics. Lisa is survived by her sisters, Maureen (John) C. Swain of Bolingbroke; Kay Kennedy of Mississippi; nieces, Jessica (Steve) Wilder of Chelsea, Ala. and Heather-(Travis) Adams of Liberty, Mo.; nephews, Justin (Kerri) C. Swain of McDonough and John (Kacie) T. Swain Jr. of Milner; 10 great-nieces and nephews. Angel in the Sky If you look way in the sky, there I'll be waving back Hi/. Sometimes when you blink I'll be the thought that made you think? The flowers on the ground, don't worry for me. I'm around. The gentle breeze that blows or the tickle on your nose. The sunrise of morning to the new moon of glow. The sweet laugh of a child or the warmth of a smile. Look close .... I'm around. I am the gentle rain from spring and the sweet songs the birds sing. I'm the butterflies that you see, I'm the sound buzzzz from the bees, So if your lost and your chins to the ground, pick it up point it to the sky. Just wave .... I'm around/ Love, Justin Visit www.snowsmacon.com to express tributes. Snow's Memorial Chapel Funeral & Cremation Services, Cherry Street, had charge of arrange- ments. 00RcpOrter In Memory Roy Edward Watts Sr. February 8, 1939- March 6, 2015 Roy Edward Watts Sr. of Forsyth passed away Friday, March 6, 2015. Graveside services were held Sunday, March 8, at Monroe Hills Memorial Gardens. Rev. JWe-sley Privett officiated. Mr. Watts, the son of the late Benjamin Franklin Watts and Sarah Gossett Watts, was born Feb. 8, 1939, in Thomaston. His wife, Marian Jordan Watts, preceded him in death. He was retired from Greene's Propane Company. Survivors include his children, Cathy (John) Jenkins, Debbie Bush and Roy (Lynn) Watts Jr., all of Forsyth; brothers. Ben Watts of Forsyth and flames Watts of Warner Robins; sisters, Peggy Whitehead of Bolingbroke, Betty Watts of Griffin and Dorothy Watts of Warner Robins; five grand-' children and eight great grandchildren. The family may be contacted at the residence of Roy and Lynn Watts, 888 Lee King Road, Forsyth, Georgia 31029. Please visit www.monroecountymemorialchapel. com to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel had charge of arrangements. Card of Thanks he family Of Doris Barkley Crier acknowl- edges with deep appreciation the kindness shown to us during the loss of our loved one. Your personal visits, prayers, calls and gifts were very comforting. Thank you for your thoughtfulness. May God keep and bless each of you. The family of the late Doris Barkley Crier BARNESVILLE MARBLE & GRANITE COMPANY Commissioners warn fire chief on us.ing Bogulski BY RICHARD DUMAS forsyth@mymcr.net Monroe County commissioners on March 3 urged fire chief Donny Mercer to keep local gadfly Scott Bogulski at arm's length after a private citizen ques- tioned Bogulski's role. Monroe County resident Keith Scott said he has been involved in an online dispute with an unnamed person since early last month. Though Scott never mentioned the person by name, multiple sources said he was refernng to Bogulski. Scott said during the discus- sion Bogulski admitted to being convicted of stealing from the county while being a county employee. Despite this, Scott said Bogulski remains part of the fire department. Scott said, "With the mentali- ty and the history of this one particular individual, again why is he allowed to show up on our fire scenes, our crime scenes?" District 3 commissioner John Ambrose asked Scott where Bogulski currently works. Scott, who he said he didn't know Bogulski until last month, answered, "He doesn't work anywhere. He plays on the computer all day from best I can tell. I don't know if he has a job." Bogulski owns and operates OnScene Services, a crime scene cleanup busi- ness. Scott said a number of firefighters have'asked Bogulski not to show up at fires and had even asked police officers to make the same request. He said some officers had even made Complaints about Bogulski, which had gone "nowhere." Ambrose then asked Scott if he had talked to Monroe County fire chief Donny Mercer about his concerns. Scott said he had. District 2 commissioner Jim Ham then suggested going into closed session to discuss county personnel with Mercer, but county administrator Anita Cauthen quickly pointed out that Bogulski is not employed by the county, meaning com- missioners had no right to close the meeting. Ham answered, "Well in that case, I'll just go ahead and say it, the chief of police (Keith Corley), when he saw him (Bogulski), he was more concerned about that guy. being on his property than he was the fire or whatever it was." Scott asked if other members of the public are allowed to go to crime scenes. "It's just not open for the public, is it?" Scott asked. "If I know there's a fire, I mean I can't just go walk around a crime scene. I can't go to someone dying or a house fire and just walk around like I'm part of the team, I fred that very odd... Once I got to digging into who this guy was. I mean this goes pret- ty deep. He was let go from the county. He was let go for stealing from the fire department of which he was convicted. He pled first offender, which hides that, so when he was given a background check, it didn't come up. But I have him admitting it right here." Scott then showed commissioners a stack of papers which were printed copies of online discussions with Bogulski. Ambrose then asked Mercer to describe Bogulski's relationship with the BRYANT'S COLLISION FULL SERVICE COLLISION REPAIR CENTER Loca//y Owned & Operated by "3 Brothers"- Tracy, Bruce & Loy Bryant BOGULSKI fire department Mercer answered that Bogulski is considered "support person- nel." Ambrose said Mercer should be the one to handle the situation. "My thing is I let him run the fire department, and if he wants to let a man show up, that's upto him," Ambrose said. Scott then asked commissioners and Mercer if there is anything Bogulski adds to the county's fire service. Scott said, "Other than all the disar- ray and the problems that he causes, is there something that equals that he's bringing to the plate here?" Ambrose answered, "I think it ought to be up to Mr. Mercer back there to say if he's got the record he's got, it's up to him to say 'yea' or 'nay.' And with a record like that, I'd hope he'd say 'nay."' Scott said, "I Would hope so too." Ham then asked Scott ff he'd trust Bogulski to come onto his property. Scott quickly answered "no." Scott said, "Until this event, I'd never had any type of dealings witli him, but two hours after asking him, 'Look, we could settle all this. We could meet down with some authorities and solve this.' And he kept on and kept on and kept on... It just shows you the demeanor of this one character, and it makes me think you know again, what does he bring to the plate? Because I started this on Feb. 5. I brought it to Mr. Mercer within 48 hours of the initial... I understand that he's a busy man. There's been a lot of things going on. But with the suspicion, I would think myself that we would have said, 'Okay buddy. You're a volunteer. Let's pump the brakes a little bit and let me get all this straightened out.' But he continues to show up... There is a pattern here. Is it being overlooked for a purpose? If he brings something to the plate that's worth all this headache, hey let's get it out and find out what it is and make us all feel better about this situation." Ambrose then asked Mercer if he had anything to add. Mercer said he'd talk to commissioners later about it before Ambrose prodded him again to speak publicly about it. "Alright I'll tell y'a]] exactly what we did do," Mercer said. "We did talk with him (Bogu]ski) about all that stuff going on. And he (Scott) may be correct. On his background checks, nothing shows up. I talked to Mr. (District i commis- sioner Larry) Evans. Mr. Evans said he didn't know the fellow... But I have not heard any complaint other than this guy here about him. Chief Corley has not talked to me one time, I talked to (Forsyth Fire) Chief (David) Herndon when we went to a fire scene on 83 South. Hernd0n said he had no problem whatsoever with him." Mercer said he was disappointed to learn that county firefighters had approached Scott with their concerns about Bogulski instead of the chief him- self. Mercer said, "I don't know who he's talking about, but I will get to the bot- tom of that." Ham then chimed in: "I'm going to tell you for the record that I don't ever want him (Bogulski) on my plac e. Any land I own, if I see him on it, I'm going to have him arrested. I don't trust him no more than you can throw him. And he's sort of a chunk, so I don't think you can throw him." Mercer said he wants concrete evi- dence of any potential crimes Bogulski is alleged to have committed before making a decision on Bogulski's status. Scott said he presented evidence printed directly from the computer to Mercer. Mercer answezed, 'rou're exactly right, but still under the Title 25 code, all I can go by is what his background check shows... Now I understand what you guys (commissioners) are saying, so we may get into a good moral character clause." Ham then asked commission chair- man Mike Bilderback, who was strug- gling to talk with laryngitis all night, to weigh in on the matter. Bilderback cleared his throat and said quietly, "I would concur with Mr. Ham." When Evans suggested Mercer pursue action under his department's employee character clause, Mercer reminded com- missioners that the county does not have a formal policy for employees regarding behavior on social media. Ham then spoke directly to Mercer. "Right now, you've got things on the move," Ham said. "You're going to let people attach themselves and bring it back down to this level because what they do is a direct reflection of you and what you do is a direct reflection of us." Mercer said he would deal with the issue before reminding commissioners they had not yet approved his own fire department employee policy handbook that he first presented to commissioners last year. Mercer said his own policy does have regulations against social media misconduct. Bogulski was not present at Tuesday's meeting. County records indicate Bogulski worked in the county tax assessor's office from Jan. 8, 2003 to Feb. 27, 2003. The county parted ways with Bogulski during his probationary period after sev- eral documented incidents. A source in county government said Bogulski's termination letter wrote: "His habits did not merit his continuance of service." The same source said Bogulski has never officially been employed with the Monroe County Fire Department. The Reporter reached Bogulski, who was aware of last hesday's discussion, by e-mail on Monday. Bogu]ski's e-mailed statement read: "It's a shame that we live in a communi- , ty where two men can have a private conversation that can be used later to influence payback via the board of com- missioners. It's also a shame that the board wl] use a minimal event to remove a trained volunteer lling to risk his life for his neighbor because that person won't relinquish his right to criticize elected officials. The Fire Chief requested paid personnel to cover the area from Forsyth to Culloden, as fire protection in the Brent community is essentially non-existent and Culloden has a 20 minute wait for help from Forsyth. The Chief was refused the additional personnel and was told to grow his volunteer numbers. The Chief knew my level of training and ability to help in an area in drastic need. End of the day, I can help this FD more from the outside, and will enjoy Jim Ham's choosing of me, to be his personal 300 pound enema." March 11, 2015 Charles Vernon McMullan October 7, 1943-March 7, 2015 Charles Vernon McMullan of Forsyth passed away Saturday, March 7, 2015. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, at Monroe County Memorial Chapel. Rev. Mike McMullan will officiate. Burial will be private. Mr. McMullan, the son of the late Jeff Little McMullan Sr. and Lillie Mac Driver McMullan, was born Oct. 7, 1943, in Forsyth. Survivors include his brothers, William Gordon McMullan and Thomas Michael (Paula) McMullan of Forsyth. Please visit www.monroecountymemorialchapel. corn to express tributes. Monroe County Memorial Chapel has charge of arrangements. 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