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March you an 20, 2' 19 R@Orter Well I saw where the high sheriff and his boys rounded up the high drivers making their way down 1-75. Let's see ~ , -- 38 drivers arrested m nme hours. By my Monroe County math, that's about five arrests per hour. I guess if we re gonna be arresting folk and raking in fine money, it might as well be the out of town folk. Kind of scary to real- ize so many of them feUers driving 90 mph on both sides of you down the interstate are doing mind-altering drugs. Towaliga Tina says she's about ready to give up motoryde riding after being given that information. Me too! On a hap- pier note, glad to see our main man Tra Battle will be inducted into the Forsyth-Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame. Tra was never the biggest defensive back, but he made up for it with heart -- you know, the ole Dan Pitts Way. Georgia Bulldog fans won't soon forget when Battle picked off Auburnthree times on The Plains in 2006 to lead UGA to another win. Don't think them War Chickens have recovered yet. Even better, after a short stint in the NFL, Battle returned to school and became an anesthesiology tech. He makes Forsyth proud. Page 3A 0 O senior village on 41 The test results am in!! ff shows I am NOT thebaby daddy. I would, Old. votes? 11 Abrams Still Refuses to did Hillary about this nonsense? Please vote "like it" Stacey Abrams to concede, votes'. 11 Love the Forsythia Festival. Only wish the vendors stayed opened till 9 p.m. as well ~cis'the entertain- ment stage, votes: 11 As aclty landowner ! pay for thlctty an fire department~. I see area: What is being planned sidewalks? They are full of every summer and year-reund are actually an eyesore, votes: ]O A guilty dog always barks the loudest, votes: 10 1804 Haiti massacre was d native. 'rench ple, Wonder a massac~ huge amount of Caucasidns. It iS called murdero God not like it. He will punish. Reparations~ votes: 10 Having fire hydrants Saves: on homeowners insur- ance firefightersor not. Some parts of the county are constantly neglected. Would just be nice if the district representatives at a junk store and put it in the front yard.Farm State told us that If would" not reduce our insurance. Theyve seen a thing or too. 2 LOVE THE INCIDENT COLUMN I LIKE TO SEE WHICH OF MY NEIGH- BORS IN HIGH FALLS IS IN JAIL. vofes 8 There has anti= immigrant sentiment, tension, and violence became Jessie S lleff intends to hire OJ. Simpson to help him track down the real perpetrators!,Write a~ book too. voles: 8 you years: cked i An allegedly drunk 300-pound Macon man was charged with resisting an EMT trying to give him medical care after he was found face down behind the Holiday Bottle Shop on Tilt Col- legeDrive the night of March 7. MIC HAEL Thomas Michael, 36, of Macon, was found lying face down by For- syth Police in a flower bed behind Holiday Bottle Shop around 11:19 p.m. Officer Bruce Hughley said the store clerk said the man was dropped off by someone but he doesn't know who. Hughley said they got Michael to sit up but all he could say was his name, ad- dress and date of birth. Hughley called Monroe County EMS to the scene, and first respond- ers took him to Monroe County Hospital without incident. But 10 minutes later, EMS reported that Michael had gotten com- bative. First he unbuckled himself from the bed in the ambulance and first responder Richard Comer had to push him back to the By Richard Dumas Six Dames Ferry Road mail- boxes were damaged during the e~ly morn~g hours of March 14. According to the incident report, at about 9 a.m. on March 14, Patricia Dasher, a Dames Ferry Road resident, told Cpl. Timothy Campfield that her mailbox had been damaged sometime during the night. Campfield also discov- ered that five other mailboxes on Dames Ferry Road had been damaged as well, but no residents were home at the other addresses. Therefore, Campfield left a case number and card at each home. Calloway, Mercer head to Iowa Mary Persons alum Keke Calloway and her Mercer Lady Bears basketball squad learned its postseason destination on Monday. The Lady Bears, who became the second squad in Lady Bears' program history to reach the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament, were given a No. 15 seed and Mll face the No. 2 seed Iowa Lady Hawkeyes in a first-round matchup at Carver- Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa at 2 p.m. (E.T.) on Friday. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2. The meeting will be the first-ever between the Lady Bears (25- 7) and the Lady Hawkeyes (26-6), who defeated Maryland in the Big 10 Tournament championship game on March 10. Calloway, the media's selection for Southern Conference Player of the Year in 2019, enters the NCAA Tournament averaging a team-best 17.9 points per game and a team-high 3.7 assists per game. The senior combo guard is also Mercer's team leader in made field goals (216), made three-pointers (74), made flee throws (66), total points (572) and minutes played (1,102). If Mercer pulls the stunning upset, the Lady Bears would face the winner of the first round contest between No. 7 seed Missouri and No. 10 seed Drake in Iowa City on Sunday. No women's team seeded No. 15 has ever won an NCAA Tourna- ment game. / ~,~ s! ~)~ 478 78 8000 bed and handcuff him. They used a whedchair to push Michael into the hospital and thenurse and doctor asked that his handcuffs be switched from his back to his front. When officer Benjamin Anais removed the cuffs to move them to the from, Michael lunged at him. Anais said he pushed Michael to the ground and pinned him t9 the floor while asking the nurse-to -.:.: get more Officers and EMTs to restrain Michael. As they filed in to help, Anais Tased Michael in the back, but it had little effect. Then it took three officers and two EMTs to restrain Michael while he was given a shot in the rear to calm him down. After Michael was treated, he was taken to Monroe County on Hwy. 18 Six mailboxes including this one were destroyed on Hwy. 18 on March 14. Jail and charged with ob- struction of an EMT. Residential & Commercial We Service All Brands Honest & Reliable Service Licensed and Insured Experience You Can CountOn. Locally Owned & Family Operated Flnfinc'ng Ava[ able ;, Sen/ice Agreements Thank You forl Your Business! I By Rep. Robert Dickey r0bert.dickey@h0us This current week of the Georgia General Assembly is our tenth week and has three session days and two full committee days. The busiest part of our legislative session intensifies after Crossover Day (Day 28), which is a crucial deadline for the House and Senate as this is the last day for bills to pass out of the legislative chamber from which they originated in order to remain eligible for consideration for this session. Now we are busy in commit- tees considering many Senate measures as we only have eight more days to pass all legislation for this legislative session. One of the most highly de- bated bills we have passed was HB 481, the"Living Infants Fair- ness & Equality (LIFEI Acffa/k/a "Heartbeat Bill". HB 481may be themost significa nt pro-life le'g: Z islation in Georgia history. It would orohibit most abortions once a child has ahuman heartbeat at about 6 weeks gestation. There are exceptions for when the mother's life or permanent physical health is in danger, when the pregnancy is medically futile, or when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest, in which case the current 20-week cutoff a pplies. I was in su pport and voted in favor of this important bill. The House remained committed to hel p- ing suffering Georgians with the passage of a bill that would provide a legal pathway to manufacture and dispenselowTHC oil in our state. House Bill 324, or the "Georgia's Hope Act;'would allow for the cultivation, manufacturing and dispensing of IowTHC oil with a lawful valid license issued by the LowTHC Oil License Oversight Board to allow registered patients to obtain IowTHC oil in Georgia.This legislation would help the more than 8,000 registered Georgians who suffer from serious medical conditions by establishing a secure, regulated and legal way to obtain this vital treatment. My colleagues and I app roved a measure to wipe out human trafficking and help victims of this grievous crime.The Anti- Human Trafficking Protective Response Act, House Bill 234, unanimously passed, would provide immense treatment for human trafficking victims through a streamlined process involving the Division of Fam- ily and Children Services (DFCS) and law enforcement. The bill would protect minors by prohibiting victims who are under 18 years old from being prosecuted for pros- titution. The Houseado pted House Resolution 403 to advocate for Georgians with dis- abilities and acknowledges that all citi- zens deserve equal access to these basic services. This resolution was introduced by Rep. Wayne Howard from Augusta who was my seatmate for a couple of years and presently serves his district in a wheelchair. HR 403 compels owners and operators of convenience stores to provide easy access to disabled customers who are refueling their vehicles by posting sig ns informing customers who are disabled about assis- tance available for refueling. It encourages gas stations and convenience stores to offer an available employee to help a dis- abled customer pump gas and also display a decal of the universal symbol of acces- sibility on each pump, the station's direc- tions for requesting service, as well as the tele phone number of the establishment for the customer to call when they arrive. According to the Center for Disease Control, 23.6 percent of adults in Georgia are living with Some type of disability, and ~ 14.6 percent of Georgia's adults :::~! have serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs. House Bill 224, a recommenda- tion of the House Rural Develop. ment Council, passed this week to a~nend Georgia's Investment Tax Credit, Job Tax Credit and Quality Jobs Tax Credit to assist and incentivize em ployers to bring dependable jobs to rural areas. Because creating 50 jobs in rural areas can be dif- ficult, this Quality Jobs Tax Credit threshold must be redefined by tier to recognize that disparity, which is what HB 224 seeks to accom plish. This bill would create an incentive for employers that are investing in better paying jobs in rural areas of the state by raising the job creation threshold for the Quality Jobs Tax Credit and revising the wage req uired to earn job tax credits. Employers who relocate orexpand in these locations would receive an additional credit of $500 for each qualified new job created in a Tier One orTier Two county with a population of less than 50,000 and a poverty rate greater than 10 percent. The peach trees are blooming on the farm and we are hoping the cold weather is gone until next winter. Our strawberries are ripening very quickly and we begin picking this week. My mother just celebrated her 92nd birthday and I could not be more blessed to still have both of my parents living and doing well. I appreciate working with Rep. Susan Holmes, Rep. DaleWashburn and Senator John Kennedy on behalf of Forsyth and Monroe County. Please reach out to me and share your thoughts and opinions as we move throughout the last couple of weeks of this legislative Session. I can be reached via email at robert.dickey@house., or by phone at 404-463-2246. Thank you for allowing meto serve as your representative. Robert Dickey Rep. Robert Dickey 404-463-2246 245 State Capitol AUanta, GA 30334