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March 20, 2019 Page 5A iRe orter ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN by Don Daniel i Tam sure Forsyth's police chief, dty manager and maybe even II the mayor can explain wh ; get ready, 11---thafs right 11! II Forsyth City Police cars were parked at the city parking lot Jkbehind where the new dty hall is going to be built. Not only did I see them one day, but two days in a row. Here are some reasons, maybe: all of the patrolmen were in class learning how to use a ruler to measure the 12 inches from tire to yellow line a class on the proper way to eat donuts, drink coffee and answer the radio at the same time what about trying on "muscle shirts so all officers will look like the chiefi, and finally maybe it was just shift change. But for two days, the officers were not on patrol Tuesday night was Forsyth Council meeting and on the agenda was the Chief introducing a new employee and a police department promotion. Wonder if the dty will have to pur- chase a couple more police cruisers? comment was written to express my surprise at why at least 11 police officers were not out patrolling the city. IF YOU want to sell booze---wine, beer and hard liquor---in the dty of Forsyth you have to acquire an alcohol license for your business and even ifyou are wanting your guests to imbibe at a party or spedal event in the you have to get dty council approval to pour and offer alcoholic beverages for sale. Don't think a party at your house would apply-- only if you are having an event at a city-owned event center One of the most unusual groups to request a temporary alco- holic permit was presented at the council meeting Monday night It was a request to provide booze for the Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia. The party booze offering was for two nights long graduation---to be held at the Monroe County Conference Center in April Guess the undertakers want a stiff drink. At least maybe nobody will say it was a dead UNDERSTAND THE "you gotta have an event center" (which is a fancy-lawyer term for a party) is catching on like the upcom- ing tick season. The embalming party at the conference center is an event. Talk on the street is besides the old dty hall, which is be- ing renovated supposedly as an event center, the city owned VFW building and community dubhouse, four finandal investors are each considering investing in other event centers. The county collected $200,000 plus from the fi-fa delinquent property courthouse tax sale last week, which was the answer to The Question. But no one answered it correctly I was interested in a particular no-tax-paid property and went to the sale antid- pating getting in on the bidding. But, at the last minute, couple of days betbre the Tuesday bidding begin, the owner of the property under the fi-fa paid the 3-year tax lien and the property was not forced to be sold. I HAVE insisted that to be properly and totally informed about what is happening in Monroe Count, one of the most important "r ds" are the legal ads in this paper. Our local govemments- --city and county---are required to publish in this newspaper advertisement informing us when, where and for what purpose public hearings are going to be hdd. These hearings are also sup- posedly to keep us informed, like dty and county budget hearings. Like the city hearing last week on the dty park proposal, and the railroad crossing dosing. It is surprising0 or maybe not, that citizens do not show up at public hearings and then moan and complain about some action that is going to be taken that they absolutdy have no idea about but have fun expressing their ignorance. SURELY OUR county commissioners will schedule manypub- lic hearings before they attempt to adopt a "Property Maintenance Ordinance" that is chock full of rules altering the lifestyles of all of us. It is a classic example of when we dodt use common sense and govem ourselves and actions we become govemed and often over- governed which is called suppression of freedoms. ACCORDING TO the latest county check register, not only do our jail inmates get fantastic health care while incarcerated in the local hoosegow, but our canine officers get excellent health care too. For example, our canine four-footer Zibi racked up a $201.45 vet bill. Here are some more of where our tax money went: We paid Central Georgia EMC $1,553.94 for using their dectricity; watercooler rental bill was $107; We used a lot of City of Forsyth utilities, sending the city a check for $7,372.22; spent a whopping $15.98 at a local builders supp,Dodd Builders Supply; we obvi- ously created a lot of bulk years waste, paying F- 5 Hauling Services $13,227.30; Georgia Coroners Association got a $300 member- ship check I assume on behalf of our local coroner, Joey Proctor; get ready for this one: $9,419.74 for pipe from Hanson Aggre- gates, Inc; Our county manager got a $50.91 reimbursement for travd; keeping the county offices dean, costs us $2,484.56, which included $13.56 for flypaper. About the biggest check went to Piedmont Electric, $40,898 for lighting, drcuits for HVAC and change orders; we are leasing a clothes washer for $386. Wonder why we purchased envdopes from Spinx Forms and System in the amount of $1,392.09 instead of a local printer, Star Printing. Guess the county manager didn't know we had a local printing and paper supplier. Guess he's still learning. Thirty-five people received "utility refund water" checks. Guess there are still "ougs" in the county water department billing. Ad- vice: check your county water bill, you may be eligible for a refund , in some undisclosed amount The County's United Bank credit card was used to the tune of $8,000 plus and induded a stay by some dected offidal or county employee at Epworth by The Sea, $730.60. You know down on the Georgia Coast. The biggest taxpayer check went to Walthall Oil Company for fur, $53,765.25 with the total checks written $198,798.56. HERE'S THE Question for this week: what day of the week does "tax day" come on this year? First correct answer after 12 noon on Thursday gets a certificate for a dozen Dunkin Donuts, dessert down at The Sweet Tea in Bolingbmke flied green tomato appetizer at Juliette's Whistle Stop Caf,Forsyfl Dairy Queen Blizzard, slice of Jonalqs pizza, slice ofShoney's straWoerry pie The Pickled Okra dnnk, sandwich and chips and a Forsyth Main Street t- shirt. Donald Daniel is the founder and former publisher of The Monroe County 1C,porte'c Email him at r~ TO THE ' i,still enl I, ' / / To the Editor: " "" / T enj Y the c mmunity inf rma-s Eq k ii ,t.ion in your hometown paper, / |especially Terry Johnsons ha- ,L.ture column. However, to this reader, you seem a bit one-sided on e ! To the Editor: Tknow that good old-fashioned gossip tends to be the trend in news these |days, but have you ever stepped back and thought if it was appropriate or even relevant to the story? I used to attend Monroe Academy and was reading catch- ing up on the news in Forsyth, when I saw your artide on Bluetick. I found it very distasteful to include personal information, especially the location of the owner's home. Reporting the news should not resemble an article in The National Enquirer magazine! You did nothing but spread gossip with some facts mixed in! Hopefully you are perfect and never have anything going wrong in your life, because if you aren't, your mistakes or issues just might end up as a headline! How would that make you feel? You might think about that next time you write trash with facts mixed in! Rachel Cleckler Maplesville, Ala. e To the Editor: AcS I read the story in last week's Re- porter about the proposed Monroe ounty property maintenance rdinance, something stood out as being very unusual. The story noted that Commissioner Eddie Rowland took issue with "a requirement that hot water heaters must maintain a temperature in excess of 120 mph." Here's where I am having trouble understand- ing the story because I have never seen a "hot water heater" but I have seen a water heater. Why would anyone want to heat water that is already hot? Just to be sure, I went to my utility room and checked. Sure enough, I have a wa- ter heater and, as a bonus, it was stationary. If anyone sees a hot water heater doing in excess of 120 mph, please call the Monroe County Sheriff's Office because I am certain that this is a super speeder case ffthere ever was one. John Ricketson Monroe County basketball players in MP Ann, Julie and Beth. Continued from Front program history after Ham, who died in 2007 transferring from Hub- at the age of 76, was a 1949 bard High as a sophomore Mary Persons alum. Then Doooy wmton aria . "imm Watts in 1969-70. ChamblissSr. known by her maiden /. nY was MP's captain and Most name Goodson, Ham Dame, a zuuo , M ,'- Persons vamaoie viayer tivlv r) started at guard on a pair of - "" . - in each of his final two region championship girls alum, Was a stan(1-I ~ outthree-sport seasonsin 1971 andbaskethaUteams, being athlete (football, ] "k 1972 andheld the named All-Region for her basketball and11 1 i programs s.ingl:- outstanding performance. --" t MP ; game scoring e- As an adult, Ham spent Ye Zecom-Y oraof 4po more an30r in, an All- L ," (against Crawtord public service, induding S eastem County) for the last 24 from 1972-96 as Conference (SEE) safety for the Georgia Bulldogs from 2003-06. Battle is per- haps best remembered in Athens for intercept- ing Auburn quarterback Brandon Cox three times, inducting returning one for a touchdown, in a 37-15 Bulldogs' road win in 2006. Battle went on to play one season in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys and San Diego Chargers, making 15 career tackles, including 10 solo. After retirement Battle, who is married to wife Lnisa and has four children, became an anes- thesiology technidan. Bohannon, a 1961 Mary Persons alum, was an of- fensive lineman for three years from 1958-60 under legendary football coach Dan Pitts. Bohannon went on to an accomplished head coaching career of his own, leading Powerhouse Griffin High School to a 156-58 record over 18 seasons from 1978-95, including a state champi- onship in his first season in 1978 and another trip to the state title game in 1980 Bohannon coached nearly a dozen future NFL players at Griffin, induding future NFL stars Willie Gault and Jessie Tuggle. Bohan- non, the father of current Georgia State head coach Brian Bohannon, is also a member of the Griffin- Spalding Hall of Fame. Chambliss Sr a 1972 Mary Persons alum, became one of the top sgo,t Hall more than two decades. Chambliss Sr. was also a member of Pitts's 1971 and 1972 football teams, receiving All-Middle Georgia recognition. After high school, Chambliss Sr. owned and operated Chambliss Paint and Body Shop for 35 years until his 2013 retirement. He and wife Ella have three children, daughters Iris Chambliss-Kelly, MD and Patrice Chambliss-Walker, MD and son Richard Chambliss Jr. Clarke, who died in 2013 at the age of 85, played football for Mary Persons in the early 1940s before enlisting in the U.S. Army as a 17-year-old during World War II. Clarke served MP football in a myriad of capadties during his adult life, including being a charter member of the MP Touchdown Club in 1951. Away from sports, Clarke became one of the most influential Georgians of the 20th centre. He served five terms on the Georgia House of Rep- resentatives beginning in 1961 before returning to his full-time law practice. He was eventually dected president of the State Bar of Georgia in 1976 and was appointed to the Georgia Supreme Court in 1979. Clarke served 13 years on the state Supreme Court, rising to Chief Justice between 1990-94. Clarke and his late wife Nora had four children, son Harold Jr. "Hal" and daughters Lee Monroe County Superior Court ClerE Ham and hus- band Max had three sons, Max Jr Gary and Jerry. Hatcher, a Macon native, served as head football coach and athletic director at Monroe Academy from 1972-1977. After playing football and basketball at Florida State, Hatcher, a 1964 Mount de Sales alum, moved back to middle Georgia, where he became an assistant at Willingham High. In 1972 he was hired at Monroe, where he led the Mustangs to back-to-back SEAIS state championships in 1973 and 1974 while being named SEALS Coach of the Year. After five years at Mon- roe, Hatcher returned to Macon, where he coached Northeast and Southwest for a combined 17 years, winning 108 career games. Hatcher's son Chris was the 1994 Division II Na- tional Player of the Year at Valdosta State and is now the head football coach at Samford University. Hatcher is also a member of the Macon Sports Hall of Fame. Mdton, a 1965 Mary Per- sons alum, is perhaps the premier historian of Mary Persons football. In the late 1970s, Mdton wrote the history of MP footbalL After the initial publication of his MP history book, he has subsequently spent countless hours over the past 40 years updating it to keep it current. Away liom sports, Melton has a suc- cessful hw practice, serving as the city of Forsy attor- ney for nearly four decades. Mdton and wife Anne have one daughter, Melanie. Watts, a 1960 Hubbard High School alum, was a standout Hubbard football player in the late 1950s. Watts starred at linebacker on defense and at fullback on offense, averaging 100 rushing yards per game while serving as team captain throughout his high school career. Watts became the first Hubbard athlete to earn a four-year college scholarship when he attended Morris Brown College. Watts, who now lives in Hopewell Junc- tion, N.Y graduated from Morris Brown with a Social Sdence degree and became a successful businessman, induding being recognized by the mayor of New York City for his professional achievements. Tickets for the June 22 induction ceremony will be on sale to the public at Persons Bank, United Bank, the Reporter and Alderman Hall. The cost of a ticket is $35 per person, which will indude a seated dinner. Team members, coaches, cheerleaders and managers of the Monroe Academy 1973 and 1974 SEAIS state championship football teams, coached by 2019 enshrinee Hatcher, wiU be also recognized at the banquet For more information about the Forsyth-Monme County Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremon contact one of the Hall of Fame committee members." Mary Frances Chambliss, Gaytyn Cole, Richard Dumas, Vice Chairman Keith Edge, Herbert Gantt, Chairman Jim Hardin, Bob Harris, Nolen Howard, Secretary/Treasurer Penny M tch ChaL,'man Bobby Mdton, or Marcus White- head. Interested persons can also visit the Hallof Fame's website at forsTth- monmecountysportshallof- fRine.conl. )