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March 20, 2019 R orter Page Georgia Southern Univer- sity recognized approximately 3,300 students on its Fall 2018 Dean's List. To be eligible for the Dean's List, a student must have at least a 3.5 grade point aver- age and carry a minimum of 12 hours for the semester. Local students named to the Dean's List are Kathryn Britt of Forsyth, Bailey Caffthon of For@th,MaKenna Howard of Fors 13,H arrE Hudgms of Forsytli', Brooke Scroggs of Fors'y th, Ryan Watson of For- syth, Leia Williams of Forsyth, Hannah Williamson of Jullette. Georgia Southern University, a pub- lic Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving nearly 26,500 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. The University of West Geor- gia has named RMya Lyons of Forsyth to its 2018 Fall Dean's List. A student's GPA must be 3.5 or above on a minimum enrollment of 12 hours for recognition on the Dean's List. Mya was inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for her academic success. She is the daughter of Ronnie and Angela Lyons and is a 2018 graduate of Mary Persons. {l~lllli~ll;!lliiItti!t}liHt~Hl~ittlil~tli{~ ~{~)}Hi~H~)i{{~)))~i~1iHii{I~i~iiH~ii~I~Hi~!~iI~iII~)~I~ii~I1~)~ii~Ih)~H[iIHH~!III~)!!iII~)H~I)~! March 20 March 22 March 26 Nolen & Penny Howard Keith Corley Becky Merritt Kathy Jo & Randy Daniels Anna Wangerin Nathan & Michelle Jackson March 21 March 23 March 27 Riley Baswell Bill & Patricia BoswellCass & April Cassell Ansley Hunt Cecil & Elsie Daniels March 24 Dennis 8, Jennie Merrit This week's birthdays and anniversaries are courtesy of Forsyth Lions Club calendar. To have your name added to the calendar, contact Virginia Remick at 994-5426. Children's birthday notices through age 12 and birth announcements are published free of charge for the community. Email Diane Ghdewell at with information and picture. Ii IIi Illi t)tl H~I iHHiqIII IIIHHIHI tttl~qlllltH IH!tIII II IHll lii III!]IHIH~HIHi 1989 County Chamber of Commerce welcomes Brownie Troop 234, led by Donna Rut- visitors to Bolingbroke for antiquing, art fin and Debbie Zellner, plants a Leyland and food. Cypress at the Culloden Community sign. It was a gift of Rosebud Christmas Tree The show band Clutch will perform for the Farms. Spring Fling Rotary Thing at the Wellington Building at the corner of Chambers and Gary Horton of Forsyth is the winner of a Kimbell Streets. 1976 Dodge Sportsman Van given away by Ledford Motors as part of a promotion by the dealership and WDEN. Forsyth declines to pay compensation to residents of Holiday Cove Apartments, including meals out and hotel rooms, for a 22-hour power outage caused by an overloaded line and faulty transformer. Parents, students and others come to the Monroe County Board of Education to ask that it consider adding soccer to the athletic teams. Melvin Lawrence and Bill Ouerry are run- ning in the special election to fill the city council post held by the late Ed Bazemore. Monroe County school board rehires principals of its three public schools for next year. Monroe Academy's Lady Mustangs, bas- ketball team wins its 6th region title. High Falls State Park will host a Forsythia Festival Crappie Tournament on March 25. Laura Ann Martin is Mary Persons STAR student. She has chosen Mike Franklin as her STAR teacher. The new law office of Tommy Wilson opens at 19 N. Lee Street, Forsyth. Tom and Oveeda Bass celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends at American Legion Post 30 in High Falls. Forsyth city council unanimously approves the lease contract with Forsyth Downtown Development Authority for the cable system and planned improvements to be bought from CommuniComm. Mary Persons students spend an average of 22 hours per week working at part- time jobs according to a survey of 142 students in grades 10-12. Monroe Countian Linda Arthur is named Jackson High School's STAR teacher, chosen by STAR student Sharon Duty. Georgia Public Safety Training Center sees more than 26,000 students during its first 18 months of operation. Plant Scherer reaches a major milestone as its final electric generation unit begins com- mercial operation, bringing Scherer to a combined capacity of 3.2 million kilowatts. A Forsyth man is killed and another seri- ously injured in a Barnesville shooting that police are blaming on crack cocaine. Alvin Randall, a Bibb County resident, is the new head of the Forsyth Electric Department. 1999 Monroe County couple Richard and Mela- nie Hortman are arrested and changed with theft by deception after allegedly taking $3,750 from a Macon man in a flim- flam conspiracy. Forsyth Exchange Club honors Tommy Campbell Paint & Body Shop in Baling- broke with its Proudly We Hail award. Kyle Perry, 9, is recognized by Monroe County fire chief andparamedics for his heroic actions in calling 911 for help after his mother had a diabetic episode. A new rack card at Forsyth-Monroe 2009 Monroe County's up-and-coming racer driver Beau Slocumb, 23, is diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing tests in Houston, Texas. Monroe County Middle School 6th grader Katie Anderson wins the district Spelling Bee; 8th grader Amy Wood is runner-up. The ninth family in Monroe County realizes its dream of home ownership as a Habitat for Humanity house is dedicated on Stuart Ave. in Forsyth. Monroe County issued 477 concealed weapon permits in 2008, a 75 percent increase over 2007, and is on pace to double that in 2009. After four years as CEO of Monroe County Hospital, O.J. Booker resigns. Monroe County employees will get a 3 percent cost of living raise under the pro- posed budget. Georgia Transmission Corporation will break ground in Smarr for an 80,400 sq. ft. warehouse to store its electrical trans- mission parts. Monroe County Deputy Mike Hull nabs a fugitive from Chicago fleeing sentencing. Former Monroe County resident Iris Ruther- ford Hale lands a role in "Every Knee Shall Bow" in the Imzadi Performing Arts Theatre in Atlanta. Betty Raymond and Maxwell Hamrick are crowned King and Queen at Heritage Healthcare. This look at what Monroe County residents were reading in the Reporter 30, 20 and 10 years ago this week is hrougM to you by Monroe County Memorial Chapel 'We set the standards that others follow' Harley Ray "Spanky" Beck 86 West Main Street * Forsyth 478-994-4266 IN Calendar items run free of charge as a community service each week as space allows. Mail items for the Community Calendar to Diane Ghdewell at by 8 a.m. on Monday. in Forsyth welcomes all Master Masons to at- The Hubbard Day Parade will kick off at 10 tend its next meeting on Tuesday, March 26. a.m. on Saturday morning, April 20. Lineup is in Following a meal at 6:30 p.m the meeting is front of Robins Financial Credit Union, 75 East at 7:30 p.m. Meetings are held on the second Johnston Street. The parade will proceed to the and fourth Tuesdays of each month. For more William Hubbard School campus. information, including information on becoming a For tickets to the banquet or more information Mason, contact Sonny McDonald at 478-957- on the 2019 Hubbard Day Celebration, contact 6641. Winifred Berry at 478-747-362Z March 26 The Lt. James Monroe DAR will honor and recognize their MC Middle School DAR Historical Essay Winners at the March meeting on Tuesday, March 26 at 6 pm at the Conley Building (Depot). Mary Persons Spring Plant Sale The Annual Spring Plant Sale at Mary Persons Greenhouse will be Wednesday, March 27 from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be hanging baskets (wandering Jew, fern, spider plants, Swedish ivy, wave petunia, ivy-leaf geranium, floral flats (salvia, verbena, wax begonia, coleus, impatiens, marigolds, petunias, celosia, vegetable/fruit fiats (watermelon, cucumber, tomatoes, peppers) and 1-2 gallon pots (fox glove, lamb's ear, cone flower). Six packs and 4-inch pots are $2; 6-inch pots are $3; 1-2 gallon pots are $5; flats are $8; hanging baskets are $10. Come early for best selection. March 28 Community Appreciation/Reveal Night at the Rose The Backlot Players Guild's annual community appreciation night, with super food, mystery and entertainment will be on Thursday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. Come for an opportunity to preview Backlot's 25th season as directors give a sneak peek of their productions. Hubbard Alumni Auo :tion Anmml The Hubbard Alumni Association has opened registration for its Annual King & Queen Competition for its 2019 Hubbard Day Cel- ebration held on April 13. The winners and each competitor get to ride on the float in the Hubbard Day Celebration Parade; the winners are introduced Jn the Hubbard Day Celebration Banquet; they appear in the Fort Valley Home- coming Parade; ride on the Hubbard Alumni float in the Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber Christmas Parade and pass the baton to the incoming king and queen at the 2020 King and Queen Pageant. For more information, contact Annie Evans, Chairman, at 478-994-9791. Until April 15 Free income tax preparation assistance AARP Js again providing the community service of free income tax preparation for low and middle income residents in Middle Georgia, including those who live in Monroe County. It is available to all ages and does not require membership in AARP The service is available at the Buck Melton Center on Sessions Drive in Macon every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. through April 15. You must bring your Social Security card and photo ID for yourself and all dependents. Also bring last year's return, if possible. For more information, call 478-361-9984. April 1 Life Line reening Life Line Screening will be at Forsyth United Methodist Church, 68 W Johnston Street, on Monday, April 1. Packages start at $149 to screen for plaque buildup in arteries, HDL and LDL cholesterol levels, diabetes risk, bone den- sity, kidney and thyroid function and more Call 1-877-237-1287 or visit the website at lifeline for more information or to register. Pre-registration is required. April 27 Ride for a April 13, 19, 20 The 2nd Annual Ride for a Cause will raise funds lmnual Hubbard Celebration for Fun Jn the Son Camp at Reconciliation House, The Annual Hubbard Celebration will begin on Inc. Fun in the Son Camp is held each summer Saturday, April 13 with the King and Queen Pag- for children whose parents or caregivers are eant at 6 p.m. It will be at the newly-renovated incarcerated. Ride for a Cause will be Saturday, Monroe County Board of Education Auditorium, April 27 starting at Thurston Fire Department, 25 Brooklyn Ave Forsyth. 4178 Crest Highway, Thomaston. Registration The Hubbard Alumni Association Banquet will starts at 11 a.m and the ride starts at 12 noon. be Friday, April 19 at 7 p.m. at Monroe County $20 to ride, $10 for a passenger, includes food. Conference Center, 475 Holiday Circle, Forsyth. The ride is 67 miles and will have a Georgia The keynote speaker will be Mrs. Lori Johnson, State Patrol Escort at the end with a meal at the evening news anchor at WMAZ, Channel 13. camp. There will be a 50/50 raffle and other Tickets for the catered banquet are now avail- prizes. Please pre-register to help with planning; able for $40 per person, call Angela Johnson at 478-787-4215. April 16 PubJk Mee on Fo-nah cey Park t&astm" Plan Forsyth will have a public meeting on its City Park Master Plan at Aldermen Hall, 5 W. Adams St Forsyth on Tuesday, April 16. Design archi- tects will be available to discuss the prolect and take input from 1-7 p.m. By Diane Glidewell Monroe County Schools are getting ready for the 2019-20 school year. The school board approved a number of personnel actions at its March 12 board meeting, with board members Nolen Howard, ].P. Evans, Judy Pettigrew, Stuart Pippin and Dr. Priscilla Doster voting in favor of the actions. New board member Greg Head abstained, stating he is still learning about the board's hiring process; board member Eva Bilderback left the meeting before the vote. The board accepted the resignations of three teachers effective May 24, Rachel Britt of T.G. Scott Elementary, Brittany Irwin of K.B. Sutton Elemen- tary, and Leah Rucker of Hubbard Elementary, and one paraprofessional ef- fective March 15, Lenesha Calloway of K.B. Sutton. The board accepted the retirement of one teacher effective May 24, Wanda Crowder of T.G. Scott, of one paraprofessional effec- tive May 24, Angela Brisner of T.G. Scott, and two clerical employees effective June 28, Janet Bush and Catherine Chambliss, both of Monroe County Middle School. One teacher, Andrea Wil- kes, will be moving from Monroe County Middle School to T.G. Scott effec- tive July 29. Dona Coleman moved from driver trainee to full-time bus driver ef- fective March 14, and Leslie Hart moved from lead bus driver to special needs bus driver effective March 11. The board hired two substitute workers, Julia Yawn as a "nurse only" and Katie Whifley as a tutor at Hubbard Elementary. New hires approved by the board included Amanda Bemard as media assistant at Mary Persons effective May 1, Jennifer Brown as part-time parent mentor for the system in HOPKINS ~.ASSOCIATES Certified Public Accountants 68 North Jackson Street Forsyth (p) 478-994-1820 (f) 478-99g-3102 Serving Yorsyth for more than 40years~ the SPED Department ef- fective March 13 and Terra Ueckert as school technolo- gy specialist for the system effective March 13. Teachers hired effective July 29 are Amy Brand at Mary Persons, Dylan Dupree at Mary Persons, Christin Fuller at Monroe County Middle, Quinshea High at Hubbard Elemen- tary, Lee Kicklighter at Mary Persons, Sara Logue at Monroe County Middle, Hannah Clair Marks at Hubbard Elementary, Vidal Olivares at Mary Persons, Lily Phelan at Monroe County Middle, Halle Seitz at Hubbard Elemen- tar Sarah Smart at Mary Persons, Laurie Thomas at Mary Persons, Catherine Turner at Mary Persons, ]acqueline Van Tone at T.G. Scott and Krista Whitley at Monroe County Middle. Heating & A/C, Inc. We Service All Brands of Heating & Air Conditioning Units Serving Monroe County & Surrounding Areas for over 40 years Free Estimates Financing Available Jullette Rd. * Forsyth, GA 478-994-6127 Ga.Reg.CU401419 turn to ~C 7' ;7